Real Estate Resolutions You Need in 2019

Happy New Year! We’re wishing you a 2019 that’s full of success, happiness, and positive change. If you’re stumped on what your resolutions might be, look no further! We’ve put together a list that will motivate you through the new year and beyond!

  1. Get Your Priorities In Order: It’s time to work smarter by focusing on work tasks that have a bigger impact before conquering the smaller details. When those big ticket items are off of your list, you’ll be ahead of the game and able to focus well on your detail-oriented tasks, too.
  2. Be Consistent on Social Media: There are plenty of great (and affordable) services that will let you schedule your social media posts ahead of time. Make a resolution to carve out an hour in your week to schedule a post a day on Facebook or Twitter. Or, if you have trouble using social media regularly, consider deactivating and just directing users to your website instead. A social media account with no activity makes your business look out of date.
  3. Make This The Year You Make Video Work For You: If you’ve been following the Frontier Title blog for a while, you know that we often write about the benefits of video. This could be the year that changes things for you and video could be exactly what you need to make that happen. According to WordStream,videos on Facebook only make up about 3% of content, but earn the highest engagements. So, skip reposting that interesting article and make a quick video of your commentary on it instead.
  4. Partner With A Local Business: Do you have a favorite restaurant or cafe? Do you have kids who spend most of their week at karate or dance? This is a perfect opportunity to make some waves in some smaller communities. Work with the owner of a locally owned business to see how you can forge a lasting and mutually beneficial partnership.
  5. Put Yourself First: Wait, wait, hear us out. If you’re like a lot of business owners, chances are you’re used to putting yourself and your business last. Deadlines and clients always come first and even though your intentions are good, by the time you have a moment to think about your own business, you’re exhausted. Consider dedicating the first 30 minutes of each work day to YOU and your success. Put your own business first and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll see the benefits.

The Resource: Happy New Year!

Is staying on top of social media posting on the top of your New Year’s Resolution list? You’re in luck, because we’ve curated a month’s worth of fantastic articles and ideas for January. Schedule it all in advance and you can sit back and relax!

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Got some spare time? We’ve got some blog inspiration for you!

Whether business is booming or you’re waiting for the phone to ring this December, it’s always a good time to improve your website game with a little bloggine. And you’re in luck, because we have 4 great ways to get you past any holiday writer’s block and show you’re potential clients that business is always on your mind. 

Holiday Fun

What are your favorite holiday activities? No matter where your interests lie, you can create a fun and interesting blog for your clientele. Are you a foodie? Make a list of the top spots for pumpkin pie in your town! Do you know all the best places to see Christmas lights? Write it down and pass it on! Are you a parent of little ones? Try a blog letting your audience know where they can stop to see Santa. A blog post like this does a couple of things for your business. It keeps your current clientele in the know, but will also rank pretty well in search results. Most importantly, it helps your readers get to know the real you.

Winter Tips at Home

In Texas, we might laugh a little at the thought of “winterizing” your home. But even though people might not need to snow-proof their homes, there are good home maintenance tips you can offer during our colder months from gardening to regular updates. 

Safety and Security Advice for Vacationers

We all worry about safety when we leave for vacation, so this is a perfect time to share some tips on how to keep things secure at home. You can do a little online research to find some great advice to pass on. This kind of post shows that you are truly invested in the well-being of your followers, friends, and clients.

Holiday Recipes or Decorations

Got a list of favorite recipes for celebrating? Or advice on throwing a great party?  Pass those tips on to family and friends via your website blogs. The more unique and “closer to home” the better. Let this be a great blog for telling a personal story about your grandmother’s famous cookie recipe, or your own family holiday traditions.

Holiday Networking Survival 101

Here come the holidays! The party and networking opportunities are all closing in on you! Great news – this season provides some of the best chances to meet, greet, and generate leads that you’ll see all year.

To make the most of the celebrations, here are 7 Tips For Surviving Holiday Networking Events.

  1. Say YES!
    With a busy holiday calendar, you may be inclined to turn down a few opportunities. Of course, it’s important to maintain some balance, but be sure to take advantage of the gatherings as a way to make friends and follow up with your existing connections.
  2. Plan the Party
    Create positive associations with your colleagues by hosting your own party. Others will see you as an influencer and point of contact in their own networking and business journey. Of course, when you take on the role of host, you have an opportunity and responsibility of connecting others. For each person you invite, consider who you can invite as a party counterpart for your guest.
  3. Don’t Forget The Greeting Cards
    There are so many online services for creating your own greeting cards. These services are so easy to navigate (Shutterfly, VistaPrint, and Pear Tree are just a few) that there’s no excuse not to recognize your clients and colleagues with a quick note. Don’t miss out on your peripheral contacts. Go through your business card file and get those cards in the mail!
  4. Be Prepared
    Holiday parties seem more relaxed than other networking events, but it’s still important to bring along business cards and a schedule, if you use something other than your phone. You want to be ready to schedule follow up meetings in the new year!
  5. Know What To Talk About
    Be a conversation starter! Have open-ended questions prepared to keep the conversation flowing. “Tell me about your holiday plans…” and “What are your New Years’ Resolutions?” will carry you much farther than “Are you ready for Christmas?” And always remember that putting the focus on others is a great way to earn favor in the eyes of your colleagues.
  6. Send A Thank You Note and “Share” The Love
    Always, always, always follow up with a thank you to the host or hostess to let them know you had a wonderful time. If the event isn’t a private one, post pictures to social media and tag your host and colleagues. This is a great way to help grow their network and paint you in a positive light.
  7. Don’t Overdo It
    Relax and enjoy yourself, but know what your limits are when drinking is involved. Remember that these parties are still professional events. You can still be the life of the party without sacrificing any important relationships!

Are you ready for 2019? It’s not too late to get your business plan in order!

If business is slowing down this holiday season, you could be looking forward to the rest and relaxation. Taking the time to rejuvenate is crucial to staying energized throughout the year and give you a good, fresh feeling when things pick up again. However, if you’ve got the energy and drive (and we know you do!) then this is the perfect time to make a plan for better business!

Plan It Out

This is a great time for reflection on the last year of your business. What has worked for you? What has caused you extra stress? What have been your shining moments? What opportunities did you miss?  As you look ahead to the new year, think about what you can get down on paper now to ensure success. Make sure you have holiday mailings, promotions, and events scheduled out with notifications and reminders so that you don’t miss a single chance to reach a new client.

Make Your Resolutions NOW

Where would you like your business to be this time next year and what can you do to set things in motion? Make New Years Resolutions for your business. What would help you the most? Can you make a goal to attend a certain number of networking events each month? How about making a plan to to finally hire an assistant? Hitting a sales milestone or growing your team are great top-of-the-list options.

Say “Hello” for the Holidays

We all know the importance of sending holiday greetings through the mail, but a quick, in-person stop can make a big difference for a special client. Take the opportunity to let them know you see them as more than just a business connection.

Party Time

Host a neighborhood gathering to let your neighbors get to know you a little better. We all prefer doing business with people we know and like. If you’re always talking about your business, this could be a chance to meet others on a new and personal level.

Live Giveaway

Hold an online contest for your social media followers. Who wouldn’t want a little extra money at the holidays. Give away a prepaid gift card to one of your followers for a store or restaurant via live Facebook video. Even better, promise to make the contest a monthly feature of your business. Watch your audience grow with the chance to win!

Look Ahead

What can you do this month to prepare for January? Are you sending out New Year’s postcards? Celebrating other fun holidays like National Pie Day or Strawberry Ice Cream Day? Find some fun ways to include your clients and prospects in New Year fun.