It is no secret that the commercial real estate industry is quite competitive. Most of the clients and the listings that you work with will have some impact or involvement with competing agents. This then says that you need to stand out as the best agent of choice with the correct amount of experience and knowledge to the property type.
Let the client make the choice when it comes to the best agent for the property listing. Show that you have the confidence and knowledge that’s more relevant to the client than those competitors around you.
This then says that your presentation and sales pitch process needs to be of the highest quality. This is a positioning process and requires ongoing daily strategy. Here are some ideas to help you dominate your market share and increase your client or customer profile:
Don’t be too eager to take on every listing that comes your way. Look for quality properties and quality clients. Stay away from the bottom end of the market where listings are too hard to move or distressed clients are not being flexible on price.
Specialise in a property type in your local area. Research the trends when it comes to time on market, supply and demand, pricing, rentals, and marketing strategies. Understand what works and give your clients clear reasons for accepting that information.
Use a checklist as part of your client meetings and client discussions. Let the checklist improve your questioning process and responses. In that way you will be more professional than those agents that rely on memory rather than establish systems.
Develop a series of stories that relate to the local market and your property speciality. Stories will always help you when it comes to the property presentation and the interest of the client.
Carry with you a selection of marketing alternatives and marketing successes in the local area. Chart the trends from the inbound property enquiry when it comes to each property type.
Build your profile personally on the Internet through social media, blogging, and article writing. Those three things would do a lot for your personal branding as an industry specialist. That being said, they do require time and ongoing effort.
When a competing agent puts a signboard on a listing in your territory, talk to the other property owners and the businesses in the immediate vicinity. They may wish to compete with that property already listed.
Build a database that you can use as leverage with your client meetings and discussions. Is very hard for a client to ignore a large database of relevant and accurate information. Show the client as part of your sales presentation that you have a number of prospects already available to inspect the property when the listing has been agreed.
Simple processes like these allow you to position yourself as a top agent of relevance and success. The clients that we serve, like to work with the best agents in the local area; we need to give them the reasons to choose our services over others. Develop the skills, the knowledge and the experience that will help the client work with you when it comes to existing property needs and challenges.
In commercial real estate agency your sales presentation or pitch should be simple and direct. In saying that I still see so many agents front up to the client’s office for the presentation looking like a ‘pack-horse’ with every conceivable marketing tool imaginable. What a big mistake!
First impressions mean a lot in our industry. As you enter the client’s office or work environment, the message you send must be simple and professional; you must look the part in every respect. How you dress, what you say, and what you do in the first 2 minutes of the meeting will impact the remainder of the client connection.
Your sales pitch or presentation has to be simple. The client has to grasp what you are talking about and see some clear and relevant solutions to their property challenge. When you complicate things, you lose the clients attention.
Top commercial real estate agents know how to be relevant and real for the current property market. They prepare the right information that connects to the current market conditions, the property, and solutions available to the client.
The agent that wins the listing is usually the one that has fully prepared for the meeting with high level content and facts about the market. They also offer specific strategies that go beyond the ‘generic rubbish’ that ordinary inexperienced agents provide.
Here are some ways to connect with the client in a professional sales pitch or presentation today:
Ensure that you have seen the property before the meeting so you can relate to it in many different ways.
Check out the other competing properties on the market nearby. Be prepared to talk about them and how they are being marketed (successfully or unsuccessfully).
The only tools you need for a presentation will be your marketing folder, and perhaps a laptop computer.
In your marketing folder have listing forms, samples of marketing, maps of the area, subject property details (searched and checked), Gantt charts of sales and leasing processes, testimonials, and market research information.
In your laptop (or tablet computer) have plenty of photographs of the property so you can run a slide show as part of the client connection.
Have a brief marketing proposal ready with recommendations as part of taking the subject property to the right target market.
Get away from long and tedious proposals for the client to read. Use dot points, checklists, graphs, and photographs in the proposal. That will help capture the client’s attention.
Ensure that you have a few good stories to tell about some other property owners locally that have gone through the same pressures as the client you are talking to. Stories always help the connection and will be appreciated by the client in the presentation. Good stories will be remembered.
Simplify your strategies when it comes to meeting new potential clients. Take less information and clutter with you, but make sure that the things that you do have are of the highest and most relevant quality. Practice your pitch beforehand. Show the confidence that the client wants to see in the listing process.
In commercial real estate agency, it pays to role play and personally practice your listing presentations. Now it is known that many agents dislike ‘role play’ immensely, but it is still a fact that those that regularly practice are better agents and can convert the listings at a greater rate than their competitors.
When your income and your listings are at the centre of such an important process, wouldn’t you think that the matter is non-negotiable? With role-playing you can improve your client contact, sales pitch, and presentation skills.
Here are some facts that can be put into your sales pitch and listing presentation practice process.
Understand the client as to property priorities and pressures. They will have some key things that must be satisfied for a listing and subsequent sale or lease to occur.
Knowing the property prior to the presentation is essential. The property will have factors of location, improvements, presentation, income, and expenditure to be considered. Take plenty of photographs around the property to use as a simple photographic presentation on your laptop computer or tablet. Photographs can help a lot when it comes to connecting correctly with clients as you talk to them about the property.
Market facts and information should be checked and up to date. The client will have some perception of the prevailing market conditions. Invariably most clients really don’t have any understanding of the real facts that have the impact on their property.
Competing properties will be of concern, considering that there are so many properties unsold or vacant currently. Provide the client with clear information relative to the other properties located nearby and that remain on the market.
Show the client what is happening when it comes to inquiry, marketing, and inspections. Give the client some strategies that avoid the problems identified with the other listings.
A successful property presentation is really all about providing the right information in a confident way; showing the client how to move through the property challenges that they currently have. You can use a Gantt graphing process to show them the clear stages of property marketing, inspections, and negotiation.
It should be said that some properties are quite unique when it comes to the listing presentation. That is certainly the case when it comes to larger office and retail properties.
The complexity of the property will require an in depth evaluation prior to any sales pitch. Top agents tender specialise when it comes to property type and location. This helps the conversions when it comes to the listing presentation.
Start practising your sales pitch and listing presentation. Role play the process as part of your weekly team meetings. Every salesperson in the team can learn from the experiences of others.
Many agents today struggle to provide a relevant and interesting sales presentation. Generic presentations seem to be the order of the day, and in most cases the client will be meeting with four or five agents before they make a decision. You simply cannot do a generic sales presentation. Your pitch or presentation has to be interesting, relevant, and useful. It must relate to the current property market and the subject property.
Here are some tips to help you focus your sales or listing presentation:
The first stage of the presentation should always be to connect with the client and restate their need or interest when it comes to the particular property matter. The client needs to see that you are on the same wavelength and fully understand their current situation.
Next, you should summarise the attributes of the property as you see them. Explain the factors of the property that are critical to the potential promotional campaign and marketing process. Some of those features will be fed into the advertising and media material to attract the target audience.
Given the previous point, explain to the client the target audience of prospects as you see it and then relate to the current levels of enquiry from that group of prospects. The client needs to understand exactly what enquiry is out there and how it is coming to you at the moment. Have due regard for the time on market factors for the property type and the prevailing market conditions. Tell the client exactly how you will be attracting those prospects to the property.
Given all of the three points, you can now move into a summary of current and prevailing market conditions. Tell the client where the competing properties are currently located, and how they are being marketed. Give the client a summary of the time on market factors as they apply to those other properties still on the market.
Give the client some clear solutions relating to marketing. Vendor paid marketing should be the norm and not the exception when it comes to listing. Give the client three alternatives when it comes to vendor paid marketing and marketing costs. Invariably they will usually choose the middle solution.
The firm and resolute when it comes to the type of listing and the method of marketing. Exclusive listings are required to help you attract the necessary enquiry over the marketing period. All of your listing sales pitch should be geared to the dedicated focus and action generated from an exclusive listing.
In most listing situations, you can give the client a summation of price or rental as it applies to the listing process. Current market evidence and existing other properties will support your logic and recommendations.
As you move through all of the five stages, you can ask questions of the client to see how they relate to the information you are providing. Always make your presentation or pitch a two way conversation. Keep the client with you through the presentation logic and property recommendations.
Lastly it should be said that the typical property presentation should not go for an excessive period of time. In most cases the presentation should be completed within 20 minutes. If the client shows further interest or raises a extra questions, then the time can be extended to 30 minutes.
Keep to the point, and provide the right information for the client to make key decisions. Top salespeople do less than 40 per cent of the talking when it comes to a sales pitch or presentation. They get the client involved at all stages of the process. At the end of the presentation ask for a commitment. Most agents are afraid to ask for the listing.