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Customer Experience

The Property Republic team recently read and unpacked the 2022 Trend Hunter Report to see how property brands can stay ahead of the curve and respond to changing expectations and behaviours. Here are the report’s top 3 customer experience trends, insights and key takeaways your property business needs to be aware of:

 

1. Shoppable experience

Brands create in-person or virtual experiences that consumers can shop in.

 

Trend: Shoppable experiences are the newest way that companies are curating unique branded experiences for customers. These experiences include everything from shoppable hotel rooms to cooking shows.

Insight: Consumers increasingly expect that brands match their lifestyles and social media consumption habits when trying to relate to them. These more authentic interactions breed brand loyalty among consumers.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand creating innovative shopping experiences for customers?

 

2. Shoppable Room

Brands are utilising virtual home experiences as medium for retail.

 

Trend: Companies are launching virtual home shopping experiences to market products during the COVID-19 era. These gamified platforms are engaging with playful interactivity and comfort aesthetics that entertain consumers and also allow for the visualisation of a product in one’s space.

Insight: As government-imposed COVID-19 measures are highly restrictive to brick-and-mortar retail, individuals have turned to online shopping for their daily needs—whether that is because they want to play it safe or save themselves the hassle. Aware of the potentials of technology in virtual environments, many are looking for digital experiences that are immersive and this demand arises from a consumer need for entertaining distractions during a difficult time.

 

Takeaway: Conceptualise an immersive retail experience for online environments.

 

3. One-to-One Retail

Stores serve one customer at a time to give safe, ultra-custom experience.

 

Trend: The retail industry has seen a lot of transformation in light of the pandemic. One recent development is the growth of storefronts or services dedicated to limiting the shopping experience to two people: the retail worker and the customer. This is being executed virtually as well as in person and has the benefits of both safety and full personalisation.

Insight: The idea of personalised, consultant-based services in the retail industry is not necessarily new; however, because it is more specialised and doesn’t maximise employee time, it has historically been a service reserved for luxury big-ticket purchases. This model’s safety benefits make it an attractive option to make accessible for all in the new normal. In addition to reducing face time, one-to-one experiences also grant consumers a relationship-fuelled experience.

 

Takeaway: How will you satisfy the opposing consumer need for experience and safety within the ‘new normal’?
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Project Marketing, Strategy

It all starts with the customer.

If your project is in the infancy of its brand development, there is an ideal opportunity to design and finesse the customer journey from the get-go.

 

Refining the customer journey will inform key decision making for the overall project and marketing strategy. This will help to reduce the cost of sale in the long-term and increase certainty in sales.

 

Property Republic has developed a model and methodology that, with input from the internal project team and external partners, will enhance the customer experience, engage prospects, purchasers and residents, and create a vibrant community – leaving a positive legacy for the developer’s brand.

 

 At Property Republic, we take a holistic view of project marketing that creates consistent results, increased control and better conversion. Our approach dives deep into the strategy, standards and structure required to achieve sell out success.

 

We use nine ‘accelerators’ to develop the road map to this success. These accelerators have been developed by our Founder Judi Carr, a property sales and marketing sage with over 25 years’ experience.

 

We are certain that our measured approach will deliver more qualified leads to the sales team at a cheaper cost per conversion and anticipate that our methodology will upskill your project team every step of the way.

 

Our Nine Accelerators for Success

1. Value proposition
Understanding your value proposition allows your project team to align future decision making and initiatives with the core purpose of your project. This is where we conduct a workshop with your project team to define the Value Proposition.

 

In this workshop, we will identify the pains and gains of three customer segments you want to focus on. From here we will align them with what’s on offer at your project to truly identify the project’s value proposition.

 

2. Project lifecycle framework
Nurturing your leads through the project lifecycle helps attract a more qualified lead, at a cheaper cost per acquisition and conversion. Once your value proposition is defined per segment, the lifecycle plan is the most important approach to continual and steady success of the project. Our work in this area includes:

 

– Developing the customer experience map per segment
– Developing the content nurturing strategy per segment
– Developing the range of presentations required such as builder, sales centre, Zoom, email, telephone, shopping centre
– Identifying areas of digital execution and automation
– Developing the sales follow-up plan


3. Lead generation
The Lead Generation Blueprint will provide your project with a range of tools for use throughout the life of the project. These include the following strategies:

– Signage hierarchy (what signs with what messages are used where)
– Builder engagement
– Customer referral
– Media buying
– Events

4. Community contribution

A strategic approach to community development aligns community needs and project resources to produce tangible, sustainable benefits.

 

From a new development point of view, community development can be defined as the soft and hard infrastructure that creates a sustainable community. The Community Development Plan will explore the following elements:

 

– Community brokerage
– Build capacity
– Linkages and networks
– Partnerships
– Physical form


5. Product and pricing
Larger residential communities sometimes present the opportunity to create precincts that allow for different product price points and aesthetics. The Precinct Strategy explores:

 

– Strategic locations
– Hard and soft landscaping treatments
– Lot mix
– Housing product design guidelines
– Price point differentials
– Sustainability initiatives
– Access points
-Relationship to nearby facilities
-Timing

 

6. Celebrated launch
Planning a project launch involves the project team working towards a common goal and is not only the responsibility of the sales agency, but also the infrastructure providers, creative agency, landscape team – the entire project team. It’s essential to document expectations in a Launch Strategy and Plan.


7. Market leading strategy
After identifying the:

 

– Value Proposition
– Project Lifecycle Framework
– Lead Generation Blueprint
– Community Development Plan
– Precinct Strategy
– Launch Strategy and Plan

 

we document the marketing and sales strategy or, as we like to call it, the Game Plan. The Game Plan will bring all the information together and become the reference point for the project team.

 

8. Consumer consciousness
Having access to data and being able to interpret and analyse it for the ‘so what’s’ is an imperative part of making great marketing decisions.

 

Our experience tells us that every week within a project team, someone asks for an additional piece of data, which results in lengthy reports being created for one person’s pleasure, which eats up time and resources.

 

Agreeing upfront what needs to be reported, how often and for what purpose can save time and money and allow decision makers to make great sales and marketing decisions.

 

9. Keeping on track
It’s important to keep on track and continue the momentum gained by a successful sales launch. And within each development business, it’s vital to build capacity so that there is continuity in strategy and messaging. The Property Republic team checks in on a monthly basis for the first six months.

 

Want to discuss how we can use our Genius Model to propel your project towards success? Get in touch!

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Customer Experience, Lead Nurture, Strategy

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, having an exceptional customer experience is the best way to stay ahead of the competition, not only during market downturns, but all year round.

 

With customer expectations constantly changing, evolving and increasing, property businesses must continue to place the customer experience at the heart of all strategies in order to experience consistent success.

“The only truth is that if we follow the needs of our consumers – in content creation and in research and development – we should still have a place in the market in 2021.”

Jessica Best, Vice President – Data-driven Marketing Barkley


Here are three customer experience trends and must-knows to think about in 2021:

 

1. Place your customers’ needs at the heart of your activities
One of our most favourite insights that we like to communicate to all our clients goes a little like this: If businesses continuously placed the customer (and their needs) at the centre of all strategies, it wouldn’t be so hard to make sales during market downturns.

 

This is because by having a comprehensive understanding of who your customer is, what their pain points are, what needs they have and how these needs can evolve and shift, you have the ability to create strategies and products that respond to them.

 

If 2020 was the year where brands had to adapt their services and marketing activities to respond to customer needs and behaviours in a COVID world, 2021 will be the year where businesses will need to have a clear plan in action to monitor and respond to their customers’ evolving needs and expectations in a world where anything seems possible.

 

2. Respond to new consumer behaviours, expectations and priorities
In a world where homebuyers have hundreds of options at their fingertips, property businesses need to deliver an experience (and a product!) that customers genuinely desire or risk missing out. Customers expect to receive a personalised experience that’s tailored to their needs and makes them feel listened to and valued.

 

“Customers ultimately wish to do business with companies that demonstrate care and respect for their needs: having a well-considered customer journey will help set your business apart by approaching your product and service delivery in a way that always puts the customer first.”
Anne Baker, Director – Two Crowns Marketing

 

Consumers have shorter attention spans, higher expectations and different priorities after experiencing a range of difficulties throughout 2020, and property businesses need to be ready to respond to these shifts by placing the customer and their changing needs at the core of every strategy.

 

 

3. Improve mobile and user experience
It’s no secret that the modern buyer explores a range of property websites on their phones and laptops for weeks (or months) before entering a sales office. This means that your brand’s digital experience needs to be optimised and prioritised. Make your value proposition clear, navigation easy and information readily available for those who want to learn more.

 

A great way to determine the effectiveness and identify potential downfalls of your digital experience is through mystery shopping, and the Property Republic team are experts at this. We conduct online, telephone and in-person enquiries, monitor all communication with sales representatives and visit the sales centre. We then audit any follow-up and provide a comprehensive report with recommendations. Our methodology lets you hear from our shoppers and feel the emotion soon after their shopping experience.

 

For more key insights, read our PRX Magazine: The 2021 Trends Edition.

 

 

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Project Marketing

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to re-assess and re-align your internal teams and strategies to ensure you’re on your way to achieving your sales and marketing goals. The Property Republic team are passionate about developing effective strategies and we’ve got some tips to help you ensure you’re setting your brand or project up for success in 2021 and beyond!

1. Know your numbers

Re-visit and develop a deep understanding of the profit and sales targets, and how your marketing efforts are going to help achieve them.

2. Have a documented customer experience (CX) strategy

Ensure your CX strategy delivers on the value proposition, demonstrates a clear understanding of your customer and how they move through the project lifecycle. The development of your strategy needs to involve the marketing, sales, design, development, customer relations and community teams.

3. Take a moment to review the customer journey

Put yourself in your customers’ shoes – from online enquiry, to sales office visit and follow up, what is the customer experience like? What tweaks can you make to ensure a positive brand experience? How can you stand out from your competition?

4. Get savvy on social media

The members of your sales, marketing and development teams are holding epic content-creating weapons in their hands – their smartphone! Two minutes, a steady hand, a smart phone and a willing sales representative is all you need to create a short and informative video to post across your social pages.

 

5. Developers – re-engage your builders

You can do this by inviting them to site and providing an engaging presentation informing them on all the benefits of your project – such as simple building guidelines. This will help to keep your project top-of-mind and could result in increased builder referrals.

 

6. Refresh your digital listings

Are your images up-to-date? Are your listings up-to-date? Is the available stock accurately represented? Are your USPs outlined? What call to action do you have on the page?

 

 

For more insights and information, we have an entire library of free resources for you to explore.

 

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Customer Experience, Strategy

Developing a strategy is a crucial step for any new project, initiative or venture.

 

In order to set your project up for success, you need to have a documented strategy that delivers on the vision and value proposition, demonstrates a clear understanding of your customer and how they move through the project lifecycle. This then influences the brand development.

 

Your strategy will have a greater chance of succeeding if the whole team is on board with a thorough understanding of the value proposition and their individual responsibilities. This means that the development of your marketing strategy needs to involve the marketing, sales, design, development, customer relations and community teams.

 

Start with the objective

 

Let’s face it. A development business exists to make a profit. A marketer that can think in terms of achieving sales and delivering profit is worth their weight in gold. The best development businesses that consistently make a profit are the ones with the customer at the centre of their thinking.

 

Your marketing objective should be along the lines of:

 

Attract our target audience through measurable lead generation activity, nurture them using educational and entertaining content, delivered utilising technology and an integrated marketing, sales, customer relations and community experience to convey our brand promise. This will ensure we achieve:

 

  • XX sales by DD/MM/YYYY

  • Profit of $XX

 

Then outline the strategies you will use to deliver on the objective. Some ideas around strategy categories:

 

  • On-site customer journey

  • Digital customer experience

  • Collateral

  • Content

  • Lead generation

  • Events

  • Launch

 

Example: Lead generation

 

Our lead generation target is XX new leads per week (based on a XX% conversion to sale) and will come from the following mediums:

 

  • Social campaigns

  • Digital advertising

  • Strategic signage

  • REA listings and project page

  • Builder referrals

  • Customer referrals

  • Search engine marketing

 

Note: Sales suite visits or your website is not a lead generation method. People don’t just wake up one day and know you have a sales centre or type in your website URL. They are prompted by some type of advertising. Each of these sub-categories should then have action items, responsibility allocation and due dates listed.

 

For more insights on how to ensure your new project is set up for success, download our free Project Marketer’s Handbook.

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Strategy

We recently conducted an industry wide Marketing and Sales survey to better understand the relationship between the Development, Sales and Marketing functions. The aim of the survey was to explore what pain-points exist around sales certainty and forecasting and where the industry’s strategic focus lies heading into FY21 and beyond.

 

According to the results, the top three MARKETING CHALLENGES faced by respondents include:

  1. Customer Conversion (32%)

  2. Customer Education (28%)

  3. Achieving Cut Through (28%)

If you’re struggling to enhance your conversions, education and cut-through, here’s some food for thought:

 

Customer Conversion

  • Increased conversion rates can be achieved by providing a number of meaningful touchpoints early on, ensuring your sales team is serious about data integrity and by making sure that follow-up is structured to address your customers’ needs, not just ticking a box. 

  • Having your customer’s lifecycle journey mapped will help improve their experience which will naturally lead to increased conversion and sales.

 

Customer Education

  • The customer lifecycle is a journey. Not all customers are ready to buy now. Educate first, sell second.

  • Consistently publish educational and entertaining content in a variety of formats – blogs, socials, videos, infographics, images.

 

Achieving Cut Through

  • A well-executed customer journey will help you achieve cut-through and stand out from your competitors.

  • Understanding your customer segments will help you create relevant, valuable content that solves your customers problems/pain points.

  • Knowing your customers interests will help you create content that turns heads. Do they appreciate Design? Community? Gardening? Cooking? Local night life?

 

We’d love to work with you to deliver customer experience, social media and content marketing strategies that will increase conversions, educate your audience and achieve cut-through. Talk to us if you’d like to start enhancing your property marketing customer experience efforts.

 

Discover more findings, insights and observations in our 2020 Marketing and Sales survey.

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Strategy, Workshops

Property businesses are currently navigating new territory. 

 

Visiting display villages and land sales centres or attending community events are no longer options for customers on their property buying journey. To cope with the new norms of social distancing and working from home, many businesses have had to adapt the way they operate and how they reach and connect with customers. 

 

In order to equip property businesses with the insights they need to adapt to this new normal, Property Republic recently launched a series of webinars, called Marketing Clinics. 

 

Covering a range of content marketing, customer experience and property-focused topics, our Marketing Clinics have acquired a number of loyal participants (who we like to call our webinites) who have shared some encouraging feedback: 

 

‘’I have really enjoyed the Property Republic Marketing Clinics. Judi and her team are experts in their field and it’s great to get their insights through their clinics.  I’m looking forward to putting the knowledge I have gained into my marketing strategies’’

Rachel Glass, Project Marketing Specialist, Core Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having worked with Judi since 2017, one of her greatest qualities is her generosity to share her wealth of knowledge to anyone who will listen. Judi and the team at Property Republic are the content marketing and customer experience experts in the property industry, and to have access to their free marketing clinics is marketing gold.”

Monika Pilekic, Head of Marketing, Lifestyle Communities

 

 

 

 

 

We’re excited to continue welcoming both returning and new attendees who are seeking to enhance their marketing efforts and also appreciate that our webinites are learning new things and sharing this with us. 

 

Click here to catch up on our Marketing Clinics to date and if you’d like to participate in future Marketing Clinics, sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media to make sure you receive all the details.

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Customer Experience
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Lead Nurture
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Customer Experience
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