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Mobile-ready Digital Magazine innovates home search

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Evolving media has brought the newsstand of the past to the palm of your hand. Publications all over the world have advanced to the point where readers have a variety of formats from which to choose. In other words, when they settle in to peruse the pages of their favorite magazines, buyers and sellers have options. In no other real estate media is this level of convenience more readily available than with Homes & Land Magazine, which recently launched a new mobile-ready Digital Magazine to complement the printed product.

Seizing the opportunity

A study by Kantar Media outlines how digital magazine advertising is shaping the current media landscape.

“Without question, the tablet PC is an enormous opportunity for magazine publishers and advertisers. In 2014, device usage is projected to reach 44 percent of the U.S. population, or 138 million people. Users currently spend an average of 156 minutes per day with their tablets, almost a 40 percent increase in just two years.”

Thanks to the growing prominence of tablets, magazines have been fitted with a new layer of functionality. The technology behind Homes & Land’s Digital Magazine places it among the most innovative publications with tablet advertising, based on Kantar Media’s findings, which note that “fewer than five percent of tablet ads take advantage of the technology’s interactive features.”

Homes & Land Digital Magazine

With a Digital Magazine from Homes & Land, more information about a listing appears with one touch, giving the buyer access to Virtual Tours, more photos and a real estate agent’s contact information. Additionally, an agent’s offerings are all on display in their chosen layout, complete with branding, slogans and marketing messages. For the agent, it constitutes a total package that’s in a class all its own.

In turn, buyers and sellers viewing the Digital Magazine are afforded the opportunity to browse at their own pace, with the option to narrow the search to listings of a certain price range or number of rooms. Sharing and subscription capabilities also enhance the overall consumer experience.

Bells, whistles and beautiful performance

Designed for buyers and sellers to easily browse, subscribe and connect with agents from their laptop, smartphone or tablet, Homes & Land’s Digital Magazine is well equipped to improve the home search process.

  • Digital Magazines are available any time, any place — complete regional, national and international reach
  • Increased exposure for real estate agents — links take consumers directly to specific pages within the Digital Magazine
  • With a touch, listings prompt viewers with contact information, larger photos, or Virtual Tours
  • Consumers can subscribe to Digital Magazines right from their devices, or share them on social media
  • For added value and convenience, a printed magazine can be ordered directly from the Digital Magazine
  • Compatibility with the myriad list of mobile brands — Android, iPhone, iPad, etc. — assures top-notch performance on any device

The Digital Magazine and all of its useful features, including email subscriptions and the option to order a printed magazine, are available to consumers free of charge.

Ready to experience it for yourself? View your local Homes & Land Digital Magazine by visiting HomesAndLand.com/Magazine-Directory. Want to take advantage of this integrated marketing opportunity for real estate agents? Contact your local Homes & Land publisher to get started.


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Homes & Land Affiliates, LLC, is the most trusted, integrated multimedia real estate brand in North America. A leading resource for local real estate information, HomesAndLand.com welcomes millions of unique visitors every month. Headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, with magazines across the United States and Canada, Homes & Land has been serving real estate professionals, homebuyers and home sellers since 1973. In addition to Homes & Land Magazine, the company publishes Home Guide, Rental Guide, and Estates & Homes magazines.

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What Every Agent Should Know About Marketing

There is an overwhelming amount of information about the “best practices” of marketing. Classes are taught about it, books are written, and coaches pitch their programs. One of the most important tenets of marketing, and often the most forgotten, is that successful marketing requires patience and persistence.

This can be difficult for impatient real estate agents who want to see instant leads from short-term efforts. However, studies show consistent contact turns prospects into clients and generates a second wave of upcoming business. Your goal as an agent is to make sure prospects that are in the researching stage become convinced that you are the agent to contact when they are ready. Win them over through a well thought out marketing plan and determination.

It’s a well-known fact that real estate is a constantly flowing and changing business, as evident by the current market and the ups and downs experienced over the past decade. Successful agents, and anyone who advertises for that matter, grew their business during these cycles by staying in front of potential customers with the following three objectives.

Raise Your Visibility in the Market

Reach your target audience everywhere they might look. To be effective, reach them through multiple avenues: your website or blog, real estate search MM Graphic April 2013sites, social media, print advertising, and don’t forget direct mail. Yes, a combination of online and offline methods is best. Magazines and direct mail put you in front of prospects, eliminating the need for them to search for you. Simply asking for their business can make an impression upon a potential seller and resonate with them down the road.

Your goal is to be so high on the visibility scale that people immediately think of you when they think about real estate. In his book, The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, Gary Keller said, “…buyers and sellers seem to have room in their minds for only one or two real estate agents. In the battle for real estate consumer mind share, you’re either first or second or you’re out of contention… So the big question and challenge is how to win those first two positions of real estate mind share with enough people.”

Earn Your Prospect’s Trust

Advertising when others are not can make you appear more stable than your competitors. How and where you advertise impacts whether or not you receive serious consideration. The real estate market, as an indicator of the overall economy, has been in the news so much lately that people are paying attention. All real estate is local, right? So where is the best place for people to get local market information? It should be you. Use market reports, testimonials and real estate niche magazines to provide information and enhance credibility. Consumers trust magazine advertisements and content over all other sources of media. Add to that word of mouth referrals and you’ve covered both the front end (credible advertising) and the back-end (happy customers) to explain why they should choose you. The more consistently prospects see you and your message, the more likely they are to trust and respond.

Stay Top-Of-Mind

To be effective, implement your plan no matter what the market is doing. That may involve budgeting ahead. When the market is hot, you need that Marketing Minute Sales Contact Graphic-01contact to prevent your competitors from stealing your visibility and therefore market share. When the market cools, the consistency is even more important. If prospects stop seeing you, they stop thinking of you. When others have put their marketing on hold, you’ll have gained attention and remain top-of-mind when things pick up.

This graph of time-honored statistics shows us that the decision to act is made not after 2 or 3 encounters, but after many, repetitive exposures. If you’ve ever engaged in a marketing campaign to promote your business, you probably have seen this to be true. If you haven’t reached your target audience at least 5 times, you may have quit too soon to win them over.

Go the distance. Often we’re tempted to give up without realizing how close we are to reaching our goal. An inspirational scene from the hit movie Facing the Giants  illustrates that we often create our own limitations based on what we see and not on our true potential.

Every step you take toward increasing your visibility, gaining trust, and holding that top-of-mind spot brings you one step closer to increased prosperity. Don’t lose your hard-earned visibility. Elevate your presence and remember patience and persistence will pay off!

Contact your Homes & Land marketing partner today to learn how Homes & Land’s integrated offerings can help you with your marketing strategy.

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Announcing Reader Feedback and Engagement Habits

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For More Information
Contact: Marjorie Schoelles
Marketing@HomesAndLand.com
(850) 575-0189 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 14, 2013) – Homes & Land announces results of a recent readership survey conducted on HomesAndLand.com, targeting Homes & Land Magazine readers. The survey was conducted by BowStern, a leading marketing firm, during the fourth quarter of 2012. Questions included general demographics, home ownership/sale, reading habits/preferences, as well as marketing and technology.

Survey feedback aligned with existing national data indicating consumers trust magazine advertising more than other media sources. An overwhelming 83% of readers indicated they are likely to select a company or contact a professional appearing in Homes & Land Magazine.

Bill Shue, CEO of Homes & Land remarked, “Conducting a survey of our magazine readers illustrates niche print is an excellent media for driving consumers from print magazine to online. We are firm believers that combining online with print is key for marketing your business, using magazines to build trust, with online providing the utility of action.”

Demographic data from the survey shows Homes & Land readers are predominantly married, with higher than average incomes and education, and over 60% living in the local market area. Seventy-one percent of respondents indicated they read Homes & Land frequently (6-13 times/year) with 63% actively planning to buy or sell; 33% intend to do so within six months. Respondents clearly indicated they want specific content and articles addressing market conditions, community and neighborhood information and home improvement ideas.

Homes & Land is unique in delivering a niche market product that meets the interests and needs of home sellers and buyers. Please contact us for a summary of the survey.

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Homes & Land Affiliates, LLC is a franchise organization that publishes magazines across the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, Homes & Land has been serving real estate professionals and home buyers and sellers since 1973. In addition to Homes & Land Magazine, the company also publishes Home Guide, Rental Guide, and Estates & Homes magazines. Homes & Land is a leading resource of real estate information through HomesAndLand.com with over 1.2 million unique visitors monthly. View the website or magazine for real estate information.

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3 Ways Print Marketing Still Beats Digital

from Charlene Jimenez, AGBeat

With all of the hype around digital marketing, it can sometimes feel like you are behind the times as a professional if you use print marketing, but it still has distinct benefits digital marketing simply cannot deliver.

1. Use Your Home-Field Advantage – With the current trend of increased support of local businesses, this is your time to really network within your community. A great way to do that is through print marketing.

2. Give Your Customers a Little Extra Attention – Send your customers, whether longtime or new, a little something in the mail now and again. Let them know that you appreciate their business and remind them of upcoming sales, discounts, and specials.

3. Introduce an Entirely New Target Market to Your Company – There’s no debate that there is a different set of people who only stay abreast of things through digital and online means and those who prefer the “old-fashioned” way—physical books, newspapers, magazines—to using modern technology. So, instead of choosing one method over another, why not use both?

It’s time to redefine the benefits and usefulness of print media. It may not be hot, new thing in modern marketing, but it has stayed around so long for a reason.

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Top Five Blog Posts for 2011

In 2011 we shared over 130 real estate marketing ideas, tutorials and information. Here are the top five most viewed:

#5. 7 Steps For Writing Effective Ad Copy
In today’s market, it can be difficult to attract qualified buyers. Print advertising is an effective way to generate leads—if you give buyers the information they are looking for.

#4. What is a QR Code Anyway?
There is a lot of buzz in the real estate industry about QR codes. But what is a QR code and how does it work? And – how should you use them to better connect with prospects?
This short video explains.

#3. Ad Design Challenge: To Starburst Or Not To Starburst
Starbursts are one of those graphic elements included in ads to call attention to specific qualities about a home. They do the job – but they’re overused. Nothing clutters an ad (or screams “used-cars”) more than a page full of starbursts and small photos.
There is another way. Lots of them in fact.

#2. Choose Your Words Wisely
That’s what a study at the University of Guelph in Ontario found from analyzing the wording of more than 20,000 listings. According to the research, a listing’s phrasing affected sales price and the length of time it was on the market.

#1. Coke vs. Pepsi – A Marketing Case Study
The Cola Wars are fierce. Coke, the perennial leader in beverage sales, is still at the top of the class. And Diet Coke just passed Pepsi to take the number two spot. Pepsi has held that number two spot for many years – so what happened?
Pepsi has been closely watched by marketers because of the innovative social media strategy it rolled out at the beginning of 2010.

We look forward to bringing you even more insight and inspiration in 2012.
Happy New Year from Homes & Land!

P.S. The top posts from 2010 are also worth reading.

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