The Results Are In! Is Follow Up Your Weakest Link?

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  Blue Gypsy Inc. Partnered with Melinda Brody & Company and Denim marketing to shop 50 new home builders across the country. We spent 30 days tracking the follow up processes and examined speed, frequency of messaging and diversity of touch points. The results will shock you. Or maybe not. In our mystery shop we…

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Quick Tip Tuesday Video – How To Optimize Live Chat

Video about Live Chat

Today’s Quick Tip for Online Sales Programs in the Building Industry is about Live Chat. If you are going to have your OSC utilize Live Chat you need to make sure these 3 things are happening. I’ve always been on the fence about live chat because all too often I’ve seen this become a band-aid…

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Don’t Burn Out Your Online Sales Counselor

Don't Burn Out Your OSC

Look, I’ve been doing this since 2007. Back when I began as an OSC we did not have the same kind of marketing and lead generation as we do now. I worked for a builder that sold about 350 or more homes per year, and back then we said if an OSC was doing 20-25%…

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CRM – Should it Integrate with Your New Home Builder Software?

CRM Customer Relationship Management for new home builders

So, I get this question a lot! Or I get this statement… “We don’t want to change CRM’s because it integrates with our contract writing, purchasing, building etc… software we already have.” Here’s the thing.  Some of the companies tack on an inferior Customer Relationship Management tool, (CRM) so that you will utilize their entire…

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Building the Bridge Between Online Sales and Marketing

While your online sales counselor should not be the same person in charge of your marketing, there are many reasons why these two departments within a new home builder’s office should collaborate. It may seem fairly obvious that the marketing department’s job is to create awareness, drive traffic to the website, and generate leads. Just…

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Follow Up – How Many Times Should You Contact a Lead

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Follow Up. The other day in one of the professional groups I  belong to on Facebook I saw someone lamenting the fact that prospects were not returning his emails. He asked, “How long do you follow up before you just feel like you are being a pain?” I was astounded by the answers given by…

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Prequalfying Leads and Safety for Real Estate Agents

Recently the tragic kidnapping and murder of Beverly Carter, a prominent real estate agent in Jackson, Tennessee has placed a renewed focus in on job safety for real estate agents. The sad fact is that real estate agents feel they need to be available 24/7 at the drop of a hat to show a home…

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Lead Conversion Optimization: Lead a Horse To Water…And Make Them Drink

My previous blog post talked about developing a system to manage your leads. If you generate leads and then do not have a systematic way to deal with them, you might as well not have paid to generate the leads. Darin Persinger of Productivity Junkies has some great insights in the following video into the…

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Lead Management: Having a System

When I tell people my business is Lead Management, sometimes I get weird looks. What is that? What do you mean lead management? Do you generate leads for clients? Lead generation and lead management are two different things. You can’t have one without the other. But if you only generate leads and you don’t manage…

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Grassroots Efforts: Cold Calling Under Rated Along With Other Outbound Marketing

I know, you are all cringing right now. Yuck I hate it when someone calls me unsolicited and asks me to do something, pay something, buy something, or well…something! You hear so much about inbound marketing these days, is outbound marketing dead? Just one aspect of outbound marketing is cold calling. These days it seems…

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