5 Social Media Management Tips for the Real Estate Industry

By HootSuite • 1 year ago • 24 Comments

New York - Inman Connect
Long gone are the days of real estate marketing limited to bus stop benches and newspaper pull-outs. Real estate is fully online, and going social.

At the helm of the revolution are industry leaders and innovators like Katie Lance. She is the CEO/Owner of Katie Lance Consulting and Chief Strategist at Inman News, a leading online hub for real estate news and technology.

We’ve asked Katie to draw from her expertise and experience in social media strategy and content development to share with you 5 tips on using social media for the real estate industry.  (We think Katie’s advice can be applied to social media strategies for businesses beyond real estate as well—so keep reading if you want to be more successful in engaging your social media audience.) Here is her guest post:

Katie Lance, @KatieLance on Twitter
Guest Contributor Katie Lance

I’ve had the pleasure of teaching tens of thousands of real estate professionals the art and strategy behind being successful in social media. I am passionate about all things social, from the direct impact it can have on an agent’s success, to the powerful community social has enabled in real estate. There are a number of little things that can make a big difference when planning a strategy for social media management in real estate. Here are five of the most important tips I share with clients in real estate:

1. Be Consistent

The key to being successful in social media is consistently posting content. You can’t Tweet or post to Facebook once in a blue moon and expect results. You need to be there everyday—just like you are with your phone calls, email and the rest of your  marketing strategy. One of the best parts of using a tool like HootSuite is the ability to schedule your messages. You can spend just 15 minutes a day and schedule 3-5 new posts to “drip” out during the day. This is like drip marketing, but for social media.

2. Have a Content Strategy

You have to have a content strategy to be successful in the long haul with social. Ask yourself, ‘what type of content would be most relevant for my brand, for my audience and where am I going to get that content?’ Next, create a content grid or editorial calendar where you can map out topics you plan to post about over the next 30-60 days. Curate content by using Google Alerts or by creating specific lists on Twitter for specific types of content you’d like to re-tweet or re-post.

3. Never Forget: Real Estate is Local

When you are planning your content strategy make sure to include things that only locals know—like the best place to get a slice of pizza or the best place to get a cup of coffee. Buying or selling a home is so much more than the home—it’s the local parks, the school districts and so much more. Your audience and potential clients love that hyperlocal information—and as a real estate pro that is one area that will really set you apart.

4. Dip Your Toe Into More Than One Stream

Understand the conversation doesn’t just happen on your Facebook page or Twitter stream. Conversations about real estate are happening in Facebook groups, in personal chatter on social platforms, and throughout Twitter. It isn’t enough to just post to your social channels—be aware of conversations happening in your social circles about real estate and jump in. The conversations are there whether you are there or not—wouldn’t it be better if you were there? You can add several “Streams” in your HootSuite dashboard to listen in on the topics of your choice.

5. Find a Way to Measure the Success of Your Efforts

Do you know which Facebook posts or Tweets get the highest number of clicks or engagement? Do you know how much of your web traffic is coming from social networks? Do you know where your audience is? Make sure you are checking your HootSuite Analytics once a week to gauge your success. Also make sure you integrate your Facebook Insights and Google Analytics into your HootSuite account so you can really see the big picture.

What are your must-do’s for social media success? Share them with me via Twitter (@katielance), and I may include your insights in a future post.


HootSuite University Lecture SeriesIf you want more great social media for real estate info, see Katie’s HootSuite University Lecture Series

Image in header: dakno on Flickr, From Inman Connect New York

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14 comments
marie lowman
marie lowman

great post for those getting started! Consistency is so key- but i'd add content quality shouldnt come at the expense of consistency. If youre content is timely, relevant and of high quality, you'll keep your readers engaged.

Peter Nichols
Peter Nichols

Thank you for the tips. I worry that you would turn people off with automated daily posts. Isn`t the name of the game to develop personal trust tailored to specific personal interests.

Nick
Nick

www.honestbuildings.com has created a social media presence for every building with an address. Would be great to be in touch w Katie Lance or any real estate professionals @nicholaskatz

indore property
indore property

I would like to add on some more points after your perfect points. Well, i guess the keyword searching and the other Facebook and LinkedIn are also a good option. YouTube can also be used in the same for the videos.

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brand workshops

Awesome points, Katie! Social networking sites has really created a great platform for marketing. Not only is it virtually cheaper, your voice is heard tenfolds than traditional media marketing.

Realtor in La Jolla California
Realtor in La Jolla California

Thanks for all the great tips you are providing in your blog :)

I started Social Media few month ago, between Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, it's hard to keep up on everyday basis but in only 3 months I gain almost 1000 subscribers to my newsletter (with people from all over the planet) It is almost unreal because this people are really interested to buy a home. Social Media Rock!

Pam
Pam

HootSuite allows you to execute your strategy with targeted messages and then frees your up to post the spontaneous, personal posts that keep you relevant to your audience.

Jen
Jen

Great tips Katie!

Lee Anne Benjamin
Lee Anne Benjamin

Great article. I couldn't agree more with you on all of these topics. I have my Real Estate License and have worked as a Marketing Assistant to Brokers and Realtors. More Realtors need to jump on this to really be successful today!

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Hospitality Management Company

We used HootSuite for more than 2 years, and are really happy with the result, we are trying to get the maximum information and tips related to what we do, and we had surpassed our concurrent :)

mike kirner
mike kirner

Good points on creating content,consistency and keywords relevant to local market. I would only not agree with any reference to how much or how little time a Realtor or brand should spend on social. The answer is as much time as possible.

Derrick
Derrick

Anyone need information on New Westminster or the real estate trends in New West?

Andy Au
Andy Au

Hi Peter,

I can't answer for Katie but scheduling is one aspect of many social media strategies. There are certainly people who believe social media should be 100% real-time but I've found that a mix of back-and-forth interaction and scheduled information is a great way to build a following.

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