In commercial real estate brokerage sales and leasing today, the clients that you know and work with are the foundation of your listings and commissions over time. Your client list has to grow in a continual way and that should be the ‘top priority’ of your working day as an agent.
Here are some key client questions for you to consider:
What is the best type of client for you to serve locally?
How can you ‘stand out’ as the agent of choice in your region?
Why should clients remember you as an agent when they need property help?
Why are you a better choice than your competitors from a ‘broker’ perspective?
What is your service approach to ‘exclusive’ clients and how is that special?
As you strive to build market share as an agent, these questions are quite important. Your database, and client interaction should be built around these core issues. Your answers to these questions should not be ‘generic’ if you are to capture a good share of the local property market and client base.
In this audio program by John Highman, you can learn some more facts about client contact and conversion in commercial real estate brokerage. You can get the audio below:
Do you want to lift your brand locally in commercial real estate sales? You will need a plan to achieve that. Each day you can then take more steps towards the top agent status that you require.
Why is a brand so important in commercial real estate brokerage today? Well, the fact of the matter is that you really want the prospects and clients in the local area to remember you. Your brand, your professional skills and your local area knowledge are all part of that.
There are plenty of competing agents around you all chasing the top clients and prospects. Deliberately stamp your brand on the local property market. Make an impression of the highest professional standards.
The clients and prospects today are smart; they will very likely have made their inquiries and undertaken their investigations to determine who is the best agent to help them with their sales or purchase requirement. In the presentation or listing pitch that they are asking you to provide, they are testing you.
They want you to demonstrate your ideas and confirm that you are the best choice of agent to help them. Are you up to the challenge? Can you prove that you are relevant and special to the client’s situation? What are your points of difference?
Here are some ideas to help you to lift your profile as a top broker or agent in investment sales:
Canvas the quality buildings in the location – talk to all the occupants in the best buildings in your territory and the priority precincts. Give the facts of the buildings or assets, the location, and the leases, look at how you can help with investment improvement or new property purchase. You can service both purchasers or sellers (not at the same time though – you can only have one client). Your services can be ‘tweaked’ accordingly for the clients that you believe have the most opportunity for you; match your sales knowledge and local area coverage into those client types. You can be a buyer’s agent or a seller’s agent. Specialization helps in each case.
Talk to specific property owners of high value – perhaps the clients that you know own multiple properties locally. Perhaps they spread their investment risk across different property types. Portfolio ownership and investment performance is quite special today.
Create a VIP list within your database – those people are the very special prospects and clients that you will be servicing at a higher level over time. Develop some special VIP services to achieve that.
Hold regular industry updates – you can hold industry briefings for your best clients and prospects on a quarterly or half yearly basis. Treat them differently and give them plenty of comparisons and case studies from the location and the recent transactions. Have a few stories to tell from the local region.
Establish an online marketing strategy incorporating social media – as you talk to more people from the region, share your ideas with them through social media. Your online presence today is really important; don’t just market your listings, but also market yourself.
In building your brokerage brand and your personal profile locally, search through all the property ownership records and the business registers to start your contact processes in a complete and logical way.
Don’t leave one property owner out of your contact processes. Build your brand with the people that own the assets. List your properties exclusively and control your listing stock.
In commercial real estate brokerage, the clients that you convert and work with can give you plenty of property business over time. Get into your database and split it up into client categories, zones, property types, and budgets. Update all of the contacts in your database and reconnect with the best people.
Look for the quality clients that you can work with productively and exclusively over time. They will be your VIP’s when it comes to contact and service.
Understand how you can add value to their property situation and exactly when they should need that special help in solving an investment or property occupancy challenge. Refine your services accordingly. You are (or should be) the expert so build your brand with your clients accordingly.
Quality clients are good business
So your good clients should be with you for the life of your real estate business. If you like, that by definition is the window of your professional career. Over time your real estate business then gets easier and more consolidated; that consolidation comes from the quality of your client connections. How can you do that?
Do you have some good clients now or some targeted clients that offer more property related opportunity to you? Think about these things:
Industry updates – Think about your location and explore the things that are happening. Visit the local planning office to see what new developments are coming up. From the list of upcoming development applications, you may be able to write or talk about precinct enhancements and changes.
Market coverage – Most clients like to know that they are working with an agent or broker that really controls the market for the location. Specialization will help you do that. Drill down into a segment such as offices, bulky goods warehousing, investment performance, shopping center leasing, and then look at your opportunities in each. Write articles and editorials about the specialty segments. Share those articles and information editorials into your social media channels.
Use Social Media with focus – Most agents and brokers don’t use social media very well at all. They simply do not lift their social media profiles enough using relevant and high quality comments and content. Consider how you can be of value to your clients and prospects. What do they want to know about? What are their local property interests? From those 2 questions you can write specific articles, share statistics, create charts, and take photographs. The increase of electronic media tools gives you a lot of alternatives to work with.
Treat your VIPs differently – When you know that a client or prospect is of importance to you, consider how you will interact with them over time. Be personal, relevant, and real in how you contact people and talk to them. Ultimately you want your VIP clients to remember you as they get to the next property challenge. It is a simple recipe to remember and market your skills and knowledge with.
Seek referrals and contact people often – At a basic minimum, contact all of your clients and prospects frequently. That will usually be once every month, or any period up to 90 days. After 90 days the client and prospect contact process is less meaningful. Build a contact process into your database that sets the right client momentum and awareness through personal contact.
Put clients at the center of your commercial real estate business. Create relationships with your top clients that will extend for the duration of your professional career in property.