Social media is the new word of mouth marketing tool that has the potential to grow your business by leaps and bounds. The problem? Actually getting it to work for you.
Social media, unlike traditional marketing methods, requires an inbound lead generation strategy. In other words, you need to be able to attract potential leads to your business and brand on the platforms. One of the top social media platforms for real estate agents to grow is Instagram. However, with thousands of agents all vying for the attention of the same audiences, this can be a difficult a task.
Luckily, our social media experts at Balanced Bridge Funding have a few tips to help you stand out from the crowd, attract your ideal audience to your brand and generate more leads on Instagram.
Optimize Your Profile
First, start with optimizing your profile. Make sure that you have set your Instagram profile account to Professional and Creator. You want to set it to Creator rather than Business so that you have the insights available to a professional profile owner, but the flexibility to create engaging content available to creators and personal profiles are the platforms.
Update your Instagram username to include “Real Estate”, “Realtor” or your real estate niche. Here’s an example of what this would look like: Amy I Real Estate Agent or Amy I PA Realtor. Optimizing your name with these keywords will help you show up in searches and on the discovery page for these terms.
You also want to optimize your profile to include keywords related to selling and buying homes and the area where you work. Do NOT use hashtags in your bio. They take up space and serve no value in helping your profile show up.
Create a Content Strategy
Being successful on Instagram means you have to be different. Showing off pictures of your new listing is great, but it’s also boring and everyone does it. Your goal is to stop the scroll. Do this by creating a variety of engaging and entertaining content on Instagram.
Share tips on house buying or selling by creating fun and interactive Reels. Incorporate some of the trends into your Reels if possible. Use stories to take your audience on journeys and adventures around your city and familiarize them with the amenities of the neighborhoods where you sell.
Share carousels that offer insight into the amenities of a new listing you have rather than just photos. For example if you had a 3 bedroom family home for sale the first page of your carousel would say “The Perfect Home for a New Family SWIPE 🡪” Now you can be creative by showcasing the home’s features on the next few pages. A photo of a large backyard would accompany text on the photo that stated “plenty of room for backyard playsets, a family pool and birthday parties.” You get the picture. It’s all about being creative and different with a variety of content styles.
Lastly, be sure to be consistent in your content creation. Posting daily is a good rule of thumb to grow your followers and generate leads. Don’t forget to include a call-to-action in all of your post such as “save this post for later”, “follow my profile for more” or “click the link in my bio.”
Create a Hashtag Strategy
Hashtags are the holy grail of Instagram success. The right hashtag strategy can blow your page up in a good way while the wrong one can blow it up in a very very bad way (including getting your page shut down for using banned hashtags). Yes, banned hashtags are really a thing.
A good hashtag strategy should follow these rules of thumb:
1. Stick to the 5-5-5 rule of hashtags. 5 with 1k -10k followers, 5 with 10k-50k followers and 5 with 50k-100k followers. This will help you show up to relevant audiences and possibly even make your way to the explore page.
2. Use three different types of hashtags on each post – hashtags relevant to your content, hashtags relevant to your industry, hashtags relevant to your target audience. DO NOT use irrelevant hashtags at any point just because they are “Trending”. Instagram algorithms will recognize this and shadow ban post (aka show it to no one outside of your follower list).
3. Mix it up. Don’t use the same hashtags on every post. Again, this can look like spam to the algorithms and get your posts or your entire account shadow banned which means all your hard work will be for nothing.
Follow these steps and you’ll start generating leads and sales on Instagram in no time at all. Remember, social media, like any other form of marketing, requires an investment. Time is a huge investment for being successful on Instagram. Look into hiring a VA or social media manager to help you grow faster.
Lastly, don’t forget the social part of social media. Be sure to engage with other accounts daily and to follow and interact with new people on a regular basis.
Balanced Bridge Funding, an independent franchisee of Commission Express, can help real estate agents and brokers access the cash they need to grow their businesses. Visit Commission Express Mainline to learn more about our cash flow solutions for real estate professionals in PA and DE.