LinkedIn is the most professional social media site, and a great way to make professional contacts and even find leads. If you're just getting started with LinkedIn, make sure to follow these steps:
Get Your Profile in Shape.†LinkedIn is the equivalent of an online resume, so it's important to be current and accurate. First, make sure you have an up-to-date headshot and job history on your LinkedIn profile. Next, be sure to click the "Contact Info" icon on your profile page and fill in your current contact info, website, and social media links. Once you have these basics complete, LinkedIn will also walk you through some suggestions to improve your profile. To do this, look for the "Improve Profile" link at the top of your homepage and let LinkedIn make some suggestions for you.
Connect with the Right People. The best way to build a contact base on LinkedIn is to connect with the usual suspects: colleagues, current and former clients, friends, and family. The fastest way to invite people to connect on LinkedIn is to leverage your email contacts. You can use one of LinkedIn's built-in programs to connect with some major email providers and access your email contacts. You can also export your email contacts as a CSV file and import them in to LinkedIn. Find both of these options under My Network > Add contacts. This will allow you to send invitations to connect with these contacts on LinkedIn all at once.
Leverage LinkedIn Groups. LinkedIn Groups are a group of people concerned with a particular topic. Many are open to the public. Join groups of like-minded real estate professionals, or groups where you may have the chance to interact with potential clients. Engage with group members by joining in discussions, sharing your opinions, and asking questions. Here are some tips from LinkedIn on getting started.
Take a few minutes to get started or polish up your LinkedIn presence today.
In the real estate industry, time is at a premium. These social media tips for real estate will help you make more connections, nurture them, and turn them into leads and clients. Try these tips for 15 minutes at lunch to expand your social media reach.
Connect and Engage with Potential Leads†
As you network, host open houses, or attend events, you'll meet lots of potential new clients. Look them up on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and invite them to connect with your business pages. This is a great start to building a relationship. After you connect, continue to engage them. As your business page, like or comment on any relevant updates, or even share a link to an article about something of mutual interest. You're building trust and staying top-of-mind with potential new clients.†
Like and Follow Other Pages
Do a Facebook or Twitter search for the businesses you respect in the real estate industry, as well as colleagues or other pages in your target market, then "like" and "follow" them. This will help you measure what similar pages are doing and develop new strategies. It can also be a great way to find quality content to share with your audience.
Use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to Search for Leads
Have you ever seen someone post on Facebook, "Moving to Salem, what are the best neighborhoods to live in?" You can answer these types of questions! All three of these social media sites have "Search" functions that are underutilized. Search for the name of your city and keywords such as "moving" "buying" "selling" or "where to live" and chime in with your best advice. Give your name and credentials and a link to your website, and you've made a new contact and established your expertise.
Get the most out of social media by giving each of your accounts some personal attention. Here are 3 simple steps to boost your productivity in just a few minutes each week:
1) Like and follow people or businesses in real estate that interest you. This is a one-time step that will give you inspiration and material for your own posts.†Just use the search feature in each account to find and like other business pages.†Twitter also has "Who to Follow" suggestions that make this even easier. Liking and following other accounts may even gain you some follows and likes back! These pages will also show up in your newsfeeds. We'll explain why this is important in the next step.
2) Set goals to log in and post... and keep them.†Pick a couple times during the week to log in to each account and post an update. Download the social media apps on your phone to make this even easier. If you have tons of ideas for posts, that's great -- post away. If you don't, take advantage of the people and businesses you followed in Step 1. Do they have a great post or tweet? Share it or retweet it with a question or comment.
3) Stagger your updates throughout the day or week. Wondering when to post your status updates? Wednesdays and Sundays seem to see more engagement, but try out different days and times to see what works best for you. If you're an efficiency master, you can write a bunch of Facebook posts at once and schedule them ahead of time by clicking the arrow in the blue box next to the "Publish" button and selecting "Schedule".†
Haven't had the chance to post in a while? Never fear. If you have a Social Pro Gold website from RLS2000, we're automatically posting to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for you. Interested in learning more about our Social Pro Gold websites? Check out our video here.†