Find Out Why You Should Use Pinterest For Real Estate

There’s a new power emerging in the world of social media and it’s perfect for real estate. I’m talking about Pinterest. No, I’m not kidding. Pinterest is the fastest growing social network in the world, increasing its users by 145% since the start of 2012. If you ask us at PowerUP Social Media, it’s time to throw your real estate business on the bandwagon.

Pinterest, which is promoted as an online pinboard, reached 10 million unique visits faster than any other website in history, and it’s popularity continues to grow. In fact, more people spend time on Pinterest than Twitter or Google+. Only Facebook and Tumblr get more social media time than Pinterest right now. I know I’m cramming a lot of numbers down your throat, but this is also really interesting: Pinterest is already generating more referral traffic to websites than YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn COMBINED. It’s no wonder people are jumping into the Pinterest mix.

Some of the top names in the world of real estate (HGTV is one of the biggest players on Pinterest right now) are among those onboard. Like I mentioned before, Pinterest and real estate are perfect for each other, and I’m going to tell you why:

Pintrest is very simple, it’s 100% photos (check out Style House Realty for an example), and if used properly, it allows people to know more about you (your likes, dislikes, etc.). That’s great for real estate professionals because it allows you to build an instant bond with clients or business partners without ever having a real conversation (and it gives you talking points once that real conversation happens).

Pinterest also allows you to showcase the area you’re servicing. Take Raj Qsar for example. Raj is a real estate professional in Orange County. He features Orange County Eats, Orange County Lifestyle, Orange County Kids, among others on his Pinterest board. Raj is showing two things here: that he loves the area that he lives in and no one knows Orange County better than he does. If I’m looking for a real estate professional in the OC…that’s a guy I want to lean on. He sold me on Pinterest.

You can learn from this post even if you’re not on Pinterest. You now need to keep in mind what image or images you use in your real estate blog (or whatever you write about). If there aren’t images (or good images), then your post isn’t “pin-worthy” (since the social media site is all about pictures). If Pinterest continues to grow, and your blog isn’t “pin-worthy”, you’re missing out on backlinks and referral traffic to your real estate blog/website.

I would love to know how you’re using Pinterest for real estate. You can reach me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, or email me at tim@powerupsocialmedia.com. I’d love to add other great examples to this post (or future posts about Pinterest).

We aim to make real estate professionals the best they can be through social media at PowerUP Social Media. We’re staying on top of the latest trends and letting you know how they can be used in real estate. Visit our website or enter your information below for more great real estate social media tips!

Twitter Makes Major Changes To Your Profile

It’s hard to avoid conversations about the new Facebook Timeline, the new profile Facebook is currently rolling out (click here to watch a pair of videos 1 | 2 that we’ve done on the Facebook Timeline). As for Twitter, they made some “under the radar” changes to your profile recently. Check out Twitter’s new look in this video:

Like I mentioned in the video, I usually use TweetDeck or HootSuite, so I didn’t notice the changes on Twitter.com right away. Twitter conducted its makeover in mid-February. The makeover hasn’t fully taken hold though. When I log in to Twitter on my home computer, I get the new-look profile. When I log in to Twitter on my work computer, I get the old-look profile.

Aside from aesthetics, Twitter isn’t that much different. The “@ Connect” tab is more in-depth than before. Instead of just showing when you were mentioned, it now shows all of your “interactions,” including who recently followed you, favorited one of your tweets, etc. The “# Discover” tab is new and different. Instead of just searching for hashtags, Twitter now offers popular topics in story form. You can then “View Tweets About This…” and get in the conversation if you find the story interesting.

One of the cool features that real estate professionals can take advantage of is the “Browse Categories” section under “# Discover” (you can find the “Browse Categories” option in the top left-hand corner of your screen once you get into the “# Discover” section. You can now search “real estate” or “real estate in [whatever city you live/work in], and Twitter will find real estate professionals and/or companies that you might find of interest. Follow the cool people you find, connect with them, and start building a business relationship. It’s that simple!

I don’t have any major complaints about the changes. In fact, I kind of like them. Twitter is still easy to use, and I honestly think it’s easier to navigate than it was before (once you get used to the control panel and feed flip-flopping sides).

I would love to know what you think about Twitter’s changes. You can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and/or Google+.

We aim to make real estate professionals the best they can be at PowerUP Social Media. Visit our website or enter your information below for more real estate social media tips and training!

Learn How To Drive Traffic With New YouTube Links

YouTube made a bunch of changes at the end of the year, and I’m guessing you’re not aware of all the cool new features they offer. I’m actually still learning about a lot of them too, so don’t feel bad. This is one of the best secrets I recently found (and of course I want to share it with you). YouTube has opened the door for you to drive traffic to other websites from your channel. Here’s how you do it!

Check out the PowerUP Social Media channel to see what the finished product looks like!

Like I mentioned in the video, YouTube used to limit how much you could lead people away from their website. The only place you were able to attach your link was in the description of a video. They’re taking a much different approach these days. Now you can guide anyone who visits your YouTube channel to your real estate website, your real estate blog, and/or any of your social media accounts. The links are all “above the fold” (you don’t have to scroll down the page to find them), so that makes them even better.

I highly recommend making the most of these new YouTube links. It’s another awesome avenue to lead potential customers what you’re selling (it’s obviously real estate in your case). It only takes a few seconds to post a link, so there’s no excuse not to (especially when it’s good for your real estate business).

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What To Expect Once You Switch To The Facebook Timeline

Everyone is talking about the Facebook Timeline these days. Whether it’s in the office or on television, Facebook’s new profile is the hot topic. The Timeline hasn’t received great feedback from the Facebook users who have made the switch, so you might be hesitant to make the change yourself. If you haven’t seen the new Facebook Timeline, or you’ve seen it, but you don’t totally understand what’s going on with it, the following video is for you!

I recently switched my personal account to the Timeline just so I can show you exactly what to expect from your new Facebook profile. Keep in mind that switching to the Timeline is only an option for now, but soon all of Facebook’s 800 million users are going to have the new profile. That’s why I suggest making the switch now, so you can get used to the changes sooner rather than later. Facebook is one of the big ways real estate professionals do business, so by changing to the Timeline now you can avoid hiccups down the road (when your account is automatically switched for you).

I would love to know what you think of the Facebook Timeline! I’ve heard everything from “hate it” to “love it”. Please feel leave your comments below. I’ll share some of your feedback in a post down the road. You can also leave your comments with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

At PowerUP Social Media, we aim to make real estate professionals the best they can be through social media. Visit our website or enter your information below for more real estate social media tips and training!

Set Up A Google+ Brand Page For Your Real Estate Business

Google+ was exclusive to people connecting with people, but the world’s newest social network introduced Google+ brand pages this week. That means people can now connect with your real estate business on Google+, just like they do on a business Facebook page. The best part is: a Google+ brand page is simple to set up (and highly recommended for any real estate professional). Watch this video to find out just how easy it is:

Google+ brand pages can help real estate professionals connect with new clients. Once they’ve found you, they can recommend you with a +1 (to help grow your following), add you to a circle (to follow you for the long-term), or spend time with you and/or your team face-to-face (with Google+ Hangouts). All you need to do is start sharing on your Google+ brand page, and customers can come to you for all of their real estate needs.

It’s important for real estate professionals — just like you — to get their name out to the public as much as possible. I understand that it can be difficult to juggle all of your social media accounts, but as I just explained, a Google+ brand page is another great avenue for you to introduce yourself to the world. That’s the greatest part about social media…it’s FREE marketing, and if done correctly, can be very powerful (so you have absolutely nothing to lose).

NOTE: If multi-million dollar companies (Pepsi and Toyota), professional sports teams (the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Cowboys), popular television shows (like Good Morning America), and yours truly have created a Google+ brand page — you should too!

If the personal interaction isn’t reason enough for you to create a Google+ brand page, here’s another reason to jump onboard: A Google+ brand page can also generate organic traffic for your real estate business. That’s because your Google+ brand page will appear in actual Google search results (not just Google+). Google is searched billions of time every single day, and people are often looking for a business or brand, so your Google+ brand page can now turn those search queries into real connections (just make sure you optimize your page).

We aim to make real estate professionals the best they can possibly be at PowerUP Social Media. Visit our website and/or sign up below for more social media tips and strategies designed specifically for real estate professionals.

PURE Training | Social Media Training For Real Estate

By now you should know that social media is an essential marketing tool for your real estate business. That’s why more than 84% of real estate professionals use social media. The only problem is: most real estate professionals don’t know how to use social media correctly. They just use social media, to use social media (because everyone says they should). Listen to me when I say that social media is a POWERFUL marketing tool when used properly. If you’re not seeing the results you want from social media…here’s the answer:

You can learn much more about PURE Training right now at http://PURESM.com. I also created this video to give you a sneak peek behind-the-scenes view of the “members only” PURE Training Center. I want to show you exactly how great PURE Training is!

Social media doesn’t have to be a burden for you anymore. That’s because PURE Training is proven to work. We’ve helped hundreds of real estate professionals — just like you — take their business to the next level through the power of social media. Don’t just take my word for it…check out these testimonials.

I still can’t believe we’re giving this program away for just $97! Take another look at everything you get:

  • Nearly two hours of social media video training designed specifically for real estate professionals like you.
  • Step-by-step training teaching you how to master Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.
  • Mind maps and PDFs showing you exactly how to create effective social media campaigns.
  • Custom designed backgrounds for your Twitter and YouTube accounts for a more professional look.
  • A unique plug-and-play tweet list to help you save time every single day (you can’t find this anywhere else).
  • One-on-one email coaching with us — the experts — to help you break down any barriers standing in your way.
  • And much more!

On top of all that, PURE Training is guaranteed to launch your real estate business and social media presence to new heights. If you aren’t seeing the results you want 30 days after you purchased the program, we’ll give you your money back — no questions asked.

Stop wasting time on social media! It’s time to turn your followers and friends into customers and dollar signs! Sign up for PURE Training today!!!

Don’t forget that we also offer free social media tips for real estate professionals at http://powerupsocialmedia.com. You can also get three FREE social media training videos right now by entering your information below. PowerUP Social Media is here to help you be the best real estate professional you can be!

Manage Twitter, Facebook, And LinkedIn ALL With TweetDeck

The biggest complaint I hear is that it’s impossible to juggle all of your social media accounts. Since you need to be using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+ for your real estate business, I understand how overwhelming it can be. I’ve gone through the same exact struggles myself. I don’t suffer anymore though. That’s because of a social media dashboard called TweetDeck. With TweetDeck, you can manage your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts all in one place for FREE. It’s made my life much easier and it can do the same for you. Check out this video to learn how!

As you just saw in the video, TweetDeck isn’t just for Twitter (although it is the official social media dashboard for Twitter). It allows you to post to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all with one push of a button. On top of that, TweetDeck makes managing your accounts a lot easier, it allows you to scheduled your posts, and it also includes a killer search tool to help you network (plus so much more).

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: TweetDeck makes managing your social media accounts so much easier. Trust me when I say that you want TweetDeck for your real estate business. It’s absolutely free, so you have everything to gain by trying it out. You can get your hands on TweetDeck at http://tweetdeck.com/.

There is another great social media dashboard called HootSuite (as I mentioned in the video). I manage Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn on my cell phone with that application. They have a version for your computer as well. You honestly can’t go wrong with either TweetDeck or HootSuite. You can learn more about HootSuite at HootSuite.com.

We’re here to make real estate professional the best they can be through the power of social media. We’ll do anything we can to help launch you and your real estate business to the next level. Visit PowerUPSocialMedia.com and/or sign up below for more awesome social media tips designed specifically for real estate.

Make The Most Out Of PowerUPSocialMedia.com

If you’re a real estate professional and you’re trying to learn more about social media — CONGRATULATIONS! I say that for two reasons: 1) Social media is FREE marketing and every real estate professional should be utilizing it. 2) You made a wise choice by turning to PowerUP Social Media for advice. That’s what we’re here for — we specialize in social media for real estate!

We offer a ton of social media tips, covering Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+, but you can find much more than that at PowerUPSocialMedia.com. We share tips that will explode your online presence, tools that you need to be using every day in your real estate business, killer resources for real estate professionals, and much more. We offer a lot, so I created this video to help you navigate the site. Learn how to make the most out of PowerUPSocialMedia.com!

To make life even easier, I’ve added quick links below to take you directly where you want to go!

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Edit Your Real Estate Videos For FREE On YouTube

What if I were to tell you that you no longer need expensive editing equipment or software to create awesome real estate videos? You’d want to know more, right? Luckily for you, that’s what this post is all about. You can now quickly and easily edit your real estate videos on YouTube for FREE. Here’s a video showing you how!

It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that! With just a few clicks, you can have your real estate videos looking better than ever for FREE thanks to YouTube.

The YouTube video editor is especially useful for real estate photo or video slideshows. I’ve seen too many real estate videos on YouTube that have beautiful pictures or clips of properties, but there’s no music to back them up — they’re only visual (I’m sorry, but that’s boring). I think it’s great that real estate professionals are using YouTube (if you’re not — find out why you need to sign up immediately), but they can make their videos pop even more with music, cool effects, or titles (learn how to easily add titles to your YouTube videos for FREE).

There is a more advanced way to edit your real estate videos on YouTube, but I’ll show you how to do that on another blog/video. I want to take you through this one step at a time. If you’d like to jump ahead without me and investigate the more advanced YouTube video editor (it’s totally encouraged — don’t let me hold you back) — click here.

I would love to hear your success stories, so please leave a comment below or email me at tim@powerupsocialmedia.com. If you like the above video, please feel free to give it a thumbs up on YouTube.

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Learn How To Use The Google AdWords Keyword Tool

There are a ton of free search engine optimization (SEO) tools on the internet, but there isn’t a resource we use more often at PowerUP Social Media than this — the Google AdWords Keyword Tool. You might be asking, “What in the world is that?” Well, stop asking the question and start getting answers by watching the video below. If you need even more incentive, the Google AdWords Keyword Tool is guaranteed to boost your real estate website/blog (if used properly)… 

The Google AdWords Keyword Tool is very simple to use, it’s highly effective, and absolutely free. You can’t ask for more than that. We honestly use the Google AdWords Keyword Tool every single day for blog posts, finding domain names (we have another video dedicated to that), titles for YouTube videos, or anything else we post on the internet. You should be doing the exact same thing for your real estate business. Once you target your keywords, you’ll see your website climb the search engine rankings.

The Google AdWords Keyword Tool is one of several free tools offered by Google to help you with your online presence. Check out this post where we introduce you to several other free Google tools that will help boost your real estate business. These are all resources I wish I would have learned about years ago, so be sure to take the time to investigate these awesome tools (and find out how they can help YOU).

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