Craigslist services 570 cities in 50 countries. 7th most visited site in US. Has become a familiar place for people to start searching for just about anything they are considering purchasing. Craigslist serves over twenty billion page views per month, putting it in 37th place overall among web sites worldwide and 11th place overall among web sites in the United States (per Alexa.com on January 8, 2010), to over 49.4 million unique monthly visitors in the United States alone (per Compete.com on January 8, 2010). With over eighty million new classified advertisements each month, Craigslist is the leading classifieds service in any medium. MOST IMPORTANT - Craigslist is a low/no cost marketing tool that can generate a tremendous amount of traffic to your website and home buyer and seller leads.
Craigslist is known for it’s simple design with little updates over the past 15 years and it free forum for people to advertise literally just about anything good or bad. If you want more information on the company and the background of Craigslist visit this page and/or Wikipedia. For the purposes of this session I am going to try to focus on how we can best use Craigslist to generate buyer, seller or agent leads and increase profits.
I had a closing yesterday with a cash investor that responded to a Craigslist ad I posted 2 weeks ago. He purchased a short sale listing one of my agents had just gotten approval on. That was over $2000 I made off a Craigslist ad this week with less than 2 hours invested in the entire transaction from posting the ad to closing the transaction. The most amount of time I spent was in the car from the office to the house and the office to the closing. I am not trying to blow smoke up anyone's back end while Steve is over in another room asking to see peoples back end so I wanted to show you an email I got last night from a buyer I will be meeting with on Wednesday off of a Craigslist ad I posted Sunday morning. As you can see it comes from Craigslist with a warning to avoid scams but this one reads… I could have responded with Lauren “Are you stupid? There is a link to Google maps and Yahoo maps at the bottom. Just click on it.
But instead I wrote back answering her question and offering assistance. As you can see she responded that she needed a Realtor to help her and asked if I would. Note the time in which it is taking each of us to respond.
a. For instance if you want first time buyers focus on listing properties that would be attractive to first time buyers. If you are looking to work with cash investors advertise listing that investors would be attracted to.If you don’t have listings contact one of the agents in your office that doesn’t already advertise on Craigslist and ask them if you can advertise their listing for them. This gives them another great marketing tool to share with their seller and you an opportunity to generate buyer leads.*** Story about Jeanna getting people asking “Can you help me get out of foreclosure?” or those trying to sell you something.*** Craigslist won’t let you post the same ad over and over. So in order to post more frequently, you need several posting options. Design the ads so they send consistent traffic to your website, e-mail or phone. Try different times and days to post and see which posting generate the most traffic and make a plan to post your ads at those peak times. a. Don’t post early in the morning because the ads will fall to the bottom of the list quickly. Be consistent about posting. If you don’t have time, assign it to an assistant or allow a motivated tech savvy agent in your office to market your listings on Craigslist for you.
Creating an account allows you to see what ads you have posted, which have expired, which have been flagged and more from one convenient location. Craigslistwill store these ads in your account for 180 days. This allows you to go back in and with the click of a button renew/relist a property/ad without having to rewrite the ad or save it on your hard drive. This also allows you to see which ads have been deleted and flagged to know if your content was in the wrong category.
Color coding makes it easy to know which listings are active on Craigslist and which ones have been flagged or expired.
Be sure to place your ads in the for sale by broker section.
I am going to show you how to use Postlets in just a couple of slides. This screen allows you to put in a posting title, specific area, price and number of bedrooms. This is the information that will be listed in the line item section of the postings. When you add the address at the bottom Craigslist will automatically add a link to Google maps and Yahoo maps right from the ad.
Color and layout options as well as choices of where to syndicate the listing.
Links and codes for embedding into your website, Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and others
Postlets has a searchable page where buyers can look for listings so in addition to being a great FREE place to create professional looking Craigslist marketing this is also another website that helps draw attention to your listing and a place you can tell your sellers it is listed
Transcript of "Craigslist Marketing For Real Estate"
Craigslist Marketing for Real Estate<br />Sheri Moritz<br />BootCamp4RealEstate.com<br />@Tweal_Estate<br />Facebook.com/SalesTrainer<br />
What will you learn about Craigslist<br />1. What is Craigslistand why should you advertise your listings on Craigslist<br />3. How to set up a FREE advertising account on Craigslist– <br />4. How to create a plan for marketing on Craigslist. <br />5. How to post an ad on Craigslist<br />6. Creating a Craigslist marketing campaign – <br />7. How to create FREE professional designed HTML ads for Craigslist<br />8. How to advertise an event such as an Open House or Home Buyer/Seller Tax Credit seminar on Craigslist<br />9. How to generate consistent closing leads from Craigslist by directing traffic back to your website<br />10. How Brokers or agents working within a recruitment incentive model can recruit on Craigslist<br />
What is Craigslist?<br />According to Wikipedia: <br />Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.<br />@Tweal_Estate<br />www.Facebook.com/SalesTrainer<br />www.BootCamp4RealEstate.com<br />
Craigslist.org<br />Organized by Region<br /><ul><li>Top US Cities
++++</li></li></ul><li>Local Level View<br />4 Key Real Estate Topics<br />Community/Events – This is a place you can list home buyer/seller seminars or an additional place to advertise open houses<br />Housing/Real Estate for Sale or Office/ Commercial – Great place to find FSBO’s <br />Services/Real Estate- Offer a free CMA, foreclosure list, short sale assistance, etc.<br />Jobs/Real Estate – Brokers can recruit on Craigslist and find tech savvy agents who are already familiar with marketing on Craigslist<br />
Why Should I use Craigslist<br />Social Media Sites<br />Facebook = $0<br />Twitter = $0 (1 possible referral and 1 possible new agent)<br />LinkedIn = $0 <br />Craiglist Last 30 Days<br />Potential $$ = $18,200<br />Meadowlark = $2200 CLOSED<br />Dawn = $3000 –BA signed<br />Amy = $2500 – Meeting Thur.<br />Lauren = $7500 – Meeting Wed.<br />Tim = $3000 – Sending info<br />Total Cost to obtain = $0<br />
Creating a Campaign that Works for YOU!<br />Decide what kind of leads you want to generate or the purpose of advertisingbefore placing your ads.<br />Is this the target you want to hit with your marketing?<br />
Create Account to Manage Your Craigslist Ads<br />
Postlets.com<br />Postlets.com is a FREE website that anyone can go to and create professionally designed HTML ads for Craigslist, your website, Active Rain blog and more.<br />Postlets allows you to manage your ads and know which ones are current and which have expired. <br />From the home page you can copy and paste HTML with just one click. <br />
Postlets Syndication<br />Postlets sends your listings out to the following websites:<br /><ul><li>Google Base
Large</li></li></ul><li>Postlets are Searchable<br />This is from a buyer that I sold a house to over the weekend after she sent me an email via the Postlets that I created for Craigslist. So not only does it create professionally designed ads for Craigslist it also creates an album of your active listings for potential buyers to view online.<br />
Meetup allows you to post event on Craigslist with Professional Flyers<br />