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Content Curation for Real Estate & the Real Estate Professional

On today’s show we’ll talk about how a real estate agent, Realtor® or a real estate professional can use content curation in their own marketing.

Below is the transcript to the audio above. We do try to clean up the transcript so it’s easier to read but sometimes it’s a little tough bringing the spoken word to a easy to read format.

Here’s what we cover in today’s show:

  • The truth behind content curation and how it plays a role in your own content marketing as a real estate professional
  • The type of stuff that you should be curating
  • How to find stuff you curate
  • How to measure success
  • What are some success factors you should look at and whether or not the time that you are spending in curating is real worthwhile,
  • Plus much more…

Before we jump right in let me share a little bit about my background. I used to own a company called Minnesota rent or own here in Minnesota, we used to buy properties and sell them on a rent or own, we also then became a full blown property management company.

What I found during that process is that I didn’t really enjoy the real estate side as much as I enjoy the marketing side, it’s kind of where we are at today but I still keep in tune because I’ve got a lot of friends here locally that are real estate agents, they ask me for a for a lot of advice on how to market especially with content marketing and that’s a good wat into getting started talking about how to use content curation as a real estate professional

Social Media and Content Curation

One of the things that I’ve seen and talked about in the real estate industry is that you should be participating in social media which I agree with to some extent you should be and you should also be blogging, you should be doing content marketing.

I think that’s true to an extent, it’s also why I like content curation because you can participate in content marketing in a very light weight way and it allows you to do something that I think is drastically important because I actually had a friend the other day that asked me ‘Scott look I think you are doing a really good job with your content, I wish I could do as good as that, I’m spending 1 or 2 hours a day here writing a blog post and it seems to be working, I’m getting traffic but it’s not getting leads, it’s not generating emails, how long do I have to do this before I start seeing results?’

That is where I kind of said that this is one of my first questions to him was ‘Is creating a blog post once a day the single most important thing you can be doing in your business to be generating revenue?’

Let’s First Talk About Writing and Creating Content

His first answer was no, in fact I probably shouldn’t even be doing this and whatever, I think it was some kind of outbound calls or something, I’m not sure exactly what he said but he did say something specific and I think that’s the case for a lot of real estate professionals and I think one of the issues is that a real estate professional at least a lot of them I’ve met seem to be the type of individual that likes to be out and about, they like sales, they like people.

I’m not saying to write you don’t have to like people but I think writing especially a blog post, in some ways you have to be kind of a born writer but you have to also learn to write and if you haven’t spent the process, the time to learn quickly and efficiently there’s better things you can be doing with your time, that’s really what it comes down to because I think the other inherent challenge with real estate is that especially now with the changing, the way people are staying in their homes longer, I know this is different per market but people seem to be staying in their homes longer because of the economy and housing prices and uncertainty and everything else right?

The time from someone actually becoming a lead or someone aware that you are a real estate professional and actually needing your service could be years.

So you have to be of mind on a consistent basis, you have to be providing value on a consistent basis and that’s hard to do with content marketing if you are not kind of natural into it and if you haven’t worked it in so that you are highly efficient with it, it’s also why I said I like curation because let’s say you take that same amount to…

Double Your Content in Half the Time

You can curate 3 to 6 things that your target market, that the people in your farm area or whatever that maybe would care about in the time it would take you to write half of the post, that’s what I found, that’s why content curation at its core…

I believe every real estate agent has the ability to participate in content marketing,

I think the first step in doing that is content curation. I’m not just saying that because we created a curation platform.

I’m really saying that because at the core you are most valuable when you are doing the other activities for generating leads building relationships. It’s great to have that basis of content marketing but until you’ve honed the skill of highly efficient content writing it’s rarely worth it.

I typically say go make more money and hire it out. Or find a way that you can efficiently do it and have it edited because a lot of times what hangs people up is editing and finding the right image and all the other stuff that goes along with content marketing.

If you’ve tried content marketing as a real estate agent you’d know how that is, so that’s why I like content curation.

Goals of Curating

What are you trying to do as a real estate professional with your content? Ideally you should be building the biggest list possible.

You want the list in tow different ways, you want the list of email addresses that you can communicate to on a moment’s notice. You also want to build a direct mail list.

You want two core lists, you want an email list and then you want to find a way that you can actually get peoples address because if you can get people’s addresses you can start directing mail marketing to them and that’s one of the most effective ways to market to someone even in today’s day and age especially as a real estate agent.

So those are the two core things that I will focus as our goals, now that’s where curation kind of plays this kind of role, it help you on the content marketing side, it also helps you on the social side because what you can do.

Sources for Real Estate Curation

I’ll use my local area because I know it well, there’s a local news paper and I should know the name of the local news paper, it’s a local news paper that has an online edition as well, we have two news papers, I don’t know how long that’s going to last here, we have the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

startribune.com1030Then we have a series of other kind of like niche news papers out there that all have online sections as well. Now these are things that the farm area that I live in that I would target as a real estate agent, these are things that they would be highly interested in, it covers their local topics, it talks about local politics, local things that are happening, the local cities to local crime stories and all that stuff, all the above.

Those would be my sources for content curation, I’m sure it’s the same in your city, big or small, whatever size city you are in.

You have this same type of sources, you can still pull from national stories as well but those are your sources for content curation.

The whole reason to do this is you want o capture the attention of people on a ongoing basis and you want to capture attention so they would come over to a website you control and you own so you can create a lead, so then you can build a relationship with them via email or direct mail.

Then they will eventually think of you when they need a real estate transaction or when their friend does.

If you are doing a really good job they’ll think of you when anybody needs a real estate transaction. That’s really the goal and what ensures that happens is consistently curating content.

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I’ll bring it out kind of the full picture. If you’re consistently curating content on an ongoing basis where you become the source of what is happening in the local farm area. Covering things people are really interested and would check out often– eventually you’ll get them on one of your lists.

This is where social does play or you’ll get them on a permission channel which really social media is just another media channel for you to utilize, you’ll get them on the permission channels social media but it’s all driven by you actually consistently creating content, 2 to 5 things a day all form local news sources adding your own spin to it.

It’s really that simple to be complicated, I could try to complicate it I guess you could say but there’s no reason to.

Should You Create Content?

I think that every real estate agent can do content marketing.

You still have to ask if you’re efficient in writing, editing, publishing and all that other stuff. if you are not highly efficient I would start with content curation because the other thing content curation would do for you is teach you to be a better writer.

As you curate consistently everyday or 5 days a week for 3 months, you will be much more efficient at blogging and being a content writer. What I found is that people that curate especially real estate agents that curate start injecting their own post here and there.

They get more comfortable with the whole process, these are even with people that have tried and failed utterly in the past. They start curating because its like anything else in your business eventually becomes a habit. Content marketing is a habit and curation is one of the best ways to form that habit. It’s also one of the most highly effective ways, so you’re a real estate agent that’s the way I look at it and how do you measure success.

How Do You Measure Success?

The way that you want o measure success is like anything else, there’s a couple of what I consider KPIs I would suggest you measure your success of content curation. The first one is ‘are you generating traffic to your curated efforts?’ let’s say you are spending 15 minutes a day curating 4 articles a day, are you generating sufficient traffic to those articles?

The next thing is are you getting leads to your permission marketing funnels?

There’s quite a few ways to do this. The common ones are you can give free giveaways, like the standard giveaways of a free house valuation.

I think you have to get more creative in that but that’s an advanced topic beyond this podcast but I think you can get some better offers to actually get their address or to at least get them on the phone to start building your permission marketing funnels because one of the things I don’t believe is I don’t believe content marketing

I’ve yet to see content marketing that creates leads today, so if you’re looking for leads today I’ve got to be upfront.

Content curation, content marketing isn’t the most important thing you need to do but if you want to start building towards the future I would start doing it even if its 10 minutes a day.

You can literally curate content because- think about what I have come and gone over, I mentioned let’s say 7 sources locally here that I would have bookmarked, all I would have to do is spend 5 to 10 minutes which is probably something I would do, I don’t read the local news but let’s say I did, this is something I do regularly anyways and the I just take the additional step of pushing curate and maybe adding a little bit of commentary, I can do that in 10 to 15 minutes and curate 3 to 5 things no problem and be up to speed on what’s happening locally.

What Should I Curate?

Content curation is something that you can work in your daily schedule. In many ways its s a double use of time, especially if you already consume news.

What should I be curating? Should I be talking about the local market? Should I be mentioning the mortgage rates and all stuff like that?

I think that’s good, what I’ve often found is that that stuff is bland unless you have a unique take.

That’s all the more reason why I like content curation because it’s not just me too, you’re not just saying ‘oh look at the latest report by this organization that’s talking about housing prices’ and then you dissecting it, do they really care about that?

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If you can capture attention, put a little spin on it, get them over to a platform that you control and convert them to a lead, that’s what it’s all about, so hopefully that provides a full picture, I know, often times when I talk to friends locally here they usually say well Ok, is that all?

I say yes that’s all, don’t do anything else, don’t over think it, don’t go beyond what we’ve just talked about, literally with curation traffic all you have to do is go to the sources that we talked about and curate it and go to the most important thing you need to do and if you want to participate in content marketing,

If You Do Write Content Get an Editor (but Still Start Curating)

If you haven’t learned this and you’re trying to do content marketing, here is what helps in tremendous amount having an editor, so let’s say you don’t want to completely outsource a content marketing site, having an editor makes it so much better, someone you could send your post to and they are going to edit it is awesome, that’s what you need to get too so if you are considering content marketing and you are not a good editor.

I would highly suggest start with curation, learn the aspects of content m marketing because that’s what curation teaches you and then get enough money so you can get an editor and then start blogging because blogging is a lot easier when you have an editor, I know it first hand, this is something I learned firsthand, I wish I had an editor years ago because it would have just made things a lot easier, a lot times that’s just one of things that slows me down is editing, so that’s another tip to kind of out in your basket there.

How to Easily Curate Content

I should mention Curation Traffic is push button simple WordPress based content curation platform, it means you can be up and curating in seconds, it works on any WordPress site, we also have our own curation traffic themes that we’ve developed as well, so let’s say that you don’t have an existing website but you want to create a curation traffic or a curated website, we have themes that you can use, the plug in allows you to easily carry content from around the web, so it’s a push button simple tool, I think this is of course coming from the source I should say here, full disclaimer, I do think that it’s a tool that just about any real estate professional should have because it allows you to participate in any content marketing and a 5th or a 7th of the time it takes to create a blog post, so that alone makes it a tool that is just highly worthwhile. Well that’s all; I’ll see you in the next episode.

11 Examples of Content Curation in Action from Curation Traffic

Perfect Example of Curation in Action

One of the biggest requests I get it is to show more and more examples of what a successful curation looks like.

So that’s what I’ll share today:

Here’s the highlights:

  • It took me 7 minutes to create this curated post (using the Curation Traffic Plugin)
  • So far it’s created 478 unique visitors
  • This post has added 16 people to our email lists
  • 3 people who have visited this post have converted to one of our offers
  • Social Shares: 16 likes, 10 G+, 8 LinkedIn, 63 Twitter
  • Where did the traffic come from: social media & search traffic.

Added note: our site is running the CurationHue theme and set up to convert. The CurationHue theme is part of the Curation Traffic Theme bundle or the All in One Bundle. I should also mention that we cover in detail how to set up your site to convert in the Curation Mastery Training.

Now let’s break down of how this curation is put together (there’s images in this email so to see everything you’ll want to click “show images”):

To see it live here’s a link to the curated post

First, I came across news that Facebook had changed their ranking on how posts from pages will be displayed to people. This is something I knew our audience would want to know.

I found the original blog post on the Facebook blog and used CurateThis (this comes with the Curation Traffic Plugin) to start my curation.

I then wrote a lead for the curation…

What is the goal of the Facebook news feed?

Today a blog post from Product Manager Chris Turitzin (News Feed Ranking) answered that very question, in addition to answering what type of content you should post.

He starts by sharing the results of tests:
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This is one of the easiest things you can do with curation.

  1. Simply start with a question that the curated story answers
  2. Then intro the source so you can pull in relevant content (it’s really that simple)

That’s what I did. While the writing won’t win any journalistic awards it is easy and quick to do.

Next you’ll notice that I have some quoted text from the article. Then some commentary. Finally some more quoted text and more commentary:
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What I’m doing here is giving my opinion but also distilling the information I just quoted. This ping pong approach to creating a longer curation is highly effective. It’s especially effective with breaking news like this that your target market cares about.

Now with the headline “So What Should You Post?” I provide the true answer to the question we posed above.

I create another lead in and then have curated text that talks about the type of things you should post on facebook as a page owner.

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The one thing I did extra was wrap it up with my own thoughts. You could stop here and I was going too but before I published I had another thought that I felt could wrap up this curation nicely.

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If you looked at the live post you’ll see all the way down at the bottom of the content is the line: See full story on fb.com.

This is the link attribution to the original story (which I also added in the first lead in I mentioned above). This happens behind the scenes when using the Curation Traffic plugin.

That’s it. In 7 minutes and a with a little commentary I easily created curated content that even as I write this is still generating traffic and conversions.

This is a perfect example of why curation is one of the single best strategies out there. It also showcases why curation is a simple quick to do strategy. That in the end is what I love most about it.

This is also something you can easily do yourself, all you have to do is pick up Curation Traffic.

You’ll get instant access to the Curation Traffic Plugin, that allows you to curate just like I showed you here. You’ll also get access to the Curation Traffic themes and the Curation Mastery Training. In the training we cover examples just like this one plus many more.

Announcing The Curation Traffic Content Curation Themes

We’ve been hard at work the last few months and now we can officially announce what has kept us so busy.

Curation Traffic now has 4 brand new themes. These themes are modern, responsive, and look good on any device. Each one of these themes have been built from the ground up for content curation and conversion.

The 4 New Curation Traffic Themes

These themes are:

  • CurationHue Theme – Curation Hue is the grand-daddy of layout and customization options. If you are looking for a robust magazine theme that is built for easy navigation and promoting all your content then CurationHue is sure to make you smile right out the box. See the CurationHue theme in action.
  • CurationNews Theme – Build to withstand an earthquake, this theme is perfect reading and promoting massive amounts of content across all devices. See the CurationNews theme in action.
  • CurationPin Theme – CurationPin is a classy Pinterest look-a-like theme that is fully responsive and curation ready right out the box. See the CurationPin theme in action.
  • CurationFlux Theme – A perfect design for active curators and photo bloggers who want a site that is easy to use and looks great on any device. See the CurationFlux theme in action.

Watch the Short Video Overview

In this video we share the new updates to the Curation Traffic Theme Bundle (v2.0). In this bundle is now 4 content curation WordPress themes built specifically for curation and conversion.

As with all our products you can use these themes on as many of your own sites as you would like.

The Existing Curation Traffic Theme Is Being Retired (v1.57)

First, the good news… as a Curation Traffic member (theme bundle or All-in-One Bundle) you now have access to 4 rock solid WordPress themes built specifically for curation and conversion. Before we dive into each theme let’s first talk about the existing theme.

Now onto the the Curation Traffic Theme. We are officially discontinuing the Curation Traffic Theme (at least for now, it might make a comeback in a few months but no solid promises yet).

Here’s what this means. We will no longer be developing or adding new features to the theme. We will still support it for 12 more months but only in the case of a critical update or error. Any new features, responsive design, new CurateThis additions are not and will not be added to this theme. You can still use it it just won’t be supported beyond fixing something that breaks.

One major thing to note. These themes do not have the functionality of the CurateThis bookmarklet built in. That functionality is now only in the Curation Traffic Plugin. So if you’re a All-in-One member and you are using the current Curation Traffic Theme you will have to install the plugin on this site.

If you are a Curation Traffic Plugin member you can upgrade to the new theme bundle. Login to the members area and you’ll see a special limited time offer to upgrade.

If you’re an existing Curation Traffic Theme member only you will have access to all 4 themes but if you use these themes you will lose the functionality of the CurateThis bookmarklet. Keep in mind you can still use the Curation Traffic Theme (v1.57) for as long as  you like. We just wont be adding any new features or updates. In the members area  you will also see a special limited price to upgrade and add the Curation Traffic Plugin to  your membership.

Official Release of New Versions, New Features and Fixes Overview

This is the official announcement of the  latest version of Curation Traffic Theme, Plugin, Ultimate Call to Action Plugin, and the You Brand, Inc. Plugin.

To grab the latest version(s) simply login to the members area

Here’s what’s included in this latest update:

WordPress 3.5 Update Error in Curation Traffic Theme

Important Note: We decided to push the release up because of a conflict the Curation Traffic theme has with the latest version of WordPress 3.5. To be more specific it’s something we overlooked when we built a custom query so it’s something we should have caught. It’s been fixed now and has passed all testing. If you experienced this error we apologize, logging into the members area and updating to the latest version of the licensing plugin and the theme will fix these errors.

Also, we suggest as a general guideline that you wait at least 7-10 days to update whenever a new WordPress release comes out. What typically happens is what we are seeing right now. A new version is released and a few minor (some major) errors begin to popup with various themes and plugins. It usually takes a few days for all these kinks to work themselves out.

 

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