*Pretty Pink Organza Bags for Customers!

I have to admit, these a great find… these bags are 8×12 pink organza bags I **LOVE** to use to package the products my lovely customers buy from me!  You can see through them a little bit, and, there is a pull tie so you can cinch the bag closed.  I found these on Amazon for $12.99!  Aren’t they great???

I was a little concerned before I ordered them for the first time since I didn’t have experience with this merchant – I didn’t know if the bags were made well, the last thing I wanted was bad sewing, or, a cheap, yucky look.  I was very pleasantly surprised and love them!

You can find KUPOO Pack of 50 pcs 8×12 inch Organze Drawstring Gift Bag Pouch Wrap on Amazon! (IMAGINE THAT!!! 😉 )

If you try them, let me know what you think!!!

*Why I Use GetResponse

Everybody KNOWS that building an email list is VITAL to building a business!  I know, we all get so many emails, bla bla bla, BUT statistics don’t lie!  HOWEVER, don’t take it from me, do some research on how email marketing works for YOUR market.  One size never fits all – email marketing works for some, not others.  This post is not about whether or not you should use email marketing, it is assuming you will be using email marketing!  After that assumption, I am here to share a tool you will absolutely LOVE!

I just *LOVE* GetResponse.com – “All-in-one Online Marketing Platform to Grow Your Business”

What does that mean exactly?  Here are some of the things GetResponse.com can do:
-compose & send emails on demand OR through an autoresponder
-split tests
-squeeze pages
-webinars
-email analytics & statistics
-surveys
-forms

GetResponse.com even has an arsenal of video tutorials to help you realize all it can do AND how to use the platform!

What do you need to do in order to sign up?  Well, if you click through this link, you will get a free trial AND $30 off should you decide to become a paying customer.

BUT, let’s not stop there… in order to know the value which GetResponse.com offers, we have to be SURE you know what email marketing is all about, let’s chat about lead magnets.  Have you heard of a lead magnet?  Our friends over at Grow the Rabbit created this nice graphic (you should ALSO check them out for more info about email marketing)!  A lead magnet is the proverbial carrot which you strategically place in front of your audience, that carrot entices them to visit a squeeze page (as example, “for more information, visit www.whatever.com”).  On the squeeze page you are GIVING your audience even MORE value!  Don’t skimp, go all out – remember, you want to create RAVING FANS!  Next comes the fun part.  If you have gone all out, given great value, and, your reader is still loving you, wanting more – give them MORE – with a catch!  The catch is, they have to register to receive it!  So… on your squeeze page (which you created with GetResponse.com), you have a form which asks for their name and email!  With a tool like GetResponse.com, your RAVING FANS will give you their names and emails in exchange for the carrot, aka lead magnet.  Then, like magic, you can have your GetResponse.com platform deliver an email to them automatically (autoresponder) and you don’t have to lift a finger.  In the magic email is the information your RAVING FANS were asking for.  NOW, you have them!  Your list is one larger!!  Use your list WITH RESPECT (do NOT spam, only INDULGE your readers with VALUE).

Once you develop great ads, great squeeze pages, and, a great list of RAVING FANS, you have cracked the code!  Your approaches will be less “cold calling” (online ads to new viewers) and more warm market (members of your email list – RAVING FANS)!

What questions to you have?

 

Real estate TRANSACTION COORDINATION services – what I can do for YOU!

Are you a Realtor who is overworked, wondering how you are going to hold it together to get it all done so you SUPREMELY support your clients during their most important purchase or sale of home?

What can I do for you? Here are some common items…

Contract to Close (for buyers)
-write up purchase agreements (Virginia only)
-verify all documents are received and complete
-submit ratified contract to all parties
-schedule inspections
-verify inspections
-manage addenda and supporting documents
-schedule repairs
-schedule settlement
-ongoing communications with all parties
-verify contingencies
-ongoing negotiations through settlement
-more

Listing Management (for sellers)
-schedule photos/video/staging and any other service providers (maid service, handy man, lawn care etc…)
-enter listing into the MLS (depending on your location and jurisdictional rules)
-prepare marketing materials
-schedule open houses/market to buyer agents
-contract to close items from list above (which may apply to sellers)
-more

For purchase and listing transactions…
Most Realtors also have some customized processes which I manage as well. This may consist of sending client touch emails to set and maintain education & expectations, moving clients from one marketing program to another as they move through the pipeline, ordering of settlement gifts, etc… These are added touches which create that great experience for the client. When managing contract to close for a buyer client, I can assume all your behind the scenes tasks so you can be assisting your clients directly.

How much does this cost?

Whether a purchase or a listing transaction, usually $300-$500… often even less.  The nice part is, we will chat, discover how I can best support you, and, I will offer you a professional proposal, in writing AND once we get that out of the way, you don’t have to pay me until you close!  That means no out of pocket expences for you!!

Another note – to help keep everything straight and EASILY available to you, service providers, clients, and, all necessary parties, I use a really awesome transaction management software application which really does a great job of helping me keep everything organized for you!  

So, if you would like to stop burning your candle at both ends, get in touch with me – I will help you.

Call/text or email NOW – don’t put it off until things fall apart or you lose your mind! 🙂

~Lori 703-399-5618 Lori@LoriODay.info

ps – I am a licensed Realtor, have been through many transactions, I KNOW how this works! I earned my salesperson license in Virginia in 2005, am currently working on my Virginia broker’s license.  ALSO, I am a licensed instructor with the Virginia Real Estate Board – I teach the pre-license class, post license and continuing education courses as required by Virginia, and, am a new-Realtor mentor for my office.

 

Use business cards, but, not like a crutch…

I was talking with a new small business owner who was lamenting about how long it was taking for her new business cards to arrive.  I didn’t give her comment much consideration, and, moved on with a question for her… I asked her “…how are things going, are you having any luck finding new clients?”  Well, she looked at me like I was insane, and, replied “I can’t work yet, like I said, my business cards haven’t arrived yet.” (and all said with an attitude, I may add)

Little did could this lady know, her comment has given me a great talking point over the years.  I didn’t tell her she was making excuses, I didn’t tell her she was convincing herself she couldn’t.  She was making excuses so she didn’t have to work yet.  Not quite sure why, we wont focus on that.  What I do want to provide is a couple of solutions to you new business owners…

When you are new, and, you don’t have business cards yet (or any other tool which will help you move forward), you CAN do business.  You CAN meet and talk with people, you can call people on the phone, you can do all sorts of things!  What I do when I run out of business cards is take out my business card holder (which I know is empty), open it, and, say something to the effect of “oh, I forgot, I ran out of cards – what’s your cell & email – I’ll email and text you my contact card”

Don’t let your lack of business cards be an excuse as to why you can’t be working IN your business.  Here’s an idea if ya really can’t function without cards (especially at a large networking event) – buy a package of business cards on Amazon, design and print a SIMPLE design (which will not look homemade) at Avery.com, and, use those, temporarily, until your ordered ones come in, no biggie.  It’s not nearly as important to have slick business cards as you may think, but, if ya gotta have em, think about buying these:

Avery Two-Side Printable Clean Edge Business Cards for Inkjet Printers, Matte, White, Pack of 200 (08871)

  • Clean, smooth edges for a professional presentation
  • True Print product feature creates better printer alignment of text and images for great results.
  • Two-sided printing provides greater surface area to give your clients key information
  • Extra-sturdy, matte-coated cards feel substantial in your hand
  • Convenient do-it-yourself cards mean that you can make changes to your design as often as you like
  • Design and print from your desktop in minutes

And, like I said, make some simple ones at Avery.com, print right from your printer, and, poof, problem solved.  In fact, I’ll make it easy for ya – here is the exact right template to use on Avery.com.  Click on THIS LINK then select one of the first two options in the list – to print one side or both.  And, remember – it is up to YOU to succeed, your excuses wont do it for you!

What tips do you have?  Comment below, and, let us know!

Door knocking with door hangers – you’re gonna love these tear-away cards!

No matter which business or industry you are part of, if you knock on doors in your line of work, you will want to see this!  These door hangers come in a sheet of two.  Each door hanger has 2 tear away cards with can be kept and shared with a sponse or a friend!  The cards which get torn away can be created to be business cards, sales promotions cards, customer loyaltee cards, etc… You can get AVERY DOOR HANGERS WITH TEAR AWAY CARDS at Amazon for $7.99  (http://amzn.to/2kPmJkc) and click here to –> head on over to Avery.com to create and print out YOUR custom cards here.

Suggested used? real estate, avon (and other direct sales companies), home repair, pizza/restaurant, local events, scouting projects… How have you used door hangers with tear away cards?  If you have used these door hangers, will you share your pics with me?