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Strategy

Social media is an integral part of your digital marketing strategy. Utilising it effectively can help to propel your marketing goals into action and garner great results.

 

2020 saw more and more brands adopt a solid presence on social media in an effort to be where their customers are – on their phones!

 

So, what will 2021 have in store for property brands in the social media world? Our sister brand, Content Republic, suggests you focus on these four trends:

 

1. Have a strong online personality

 After experiencing restricted human contact in 2020, customers want to interact with brands who can communicate their personalities digitally. In fact, it’s never been more imperative to have a clear, consistent and compelling brand personality.

 

As the world continues to open up throughout 2021, content and property marketers will need to ensure they don’t lose the brand humanisation they created on their social and digital platforms in 2020. Now that customers have engaged with and enjoyed authentic and personality-filled content from brands, they’ll expect their feeds to continue to show it.

 

2. Utilise live and short videos

The rising popularity of applications and features like Instagram Reels, Snapchat and TikTok indicate that audiences, especially the younger generations, will continue to respond well to short, impactful videos. The best part about these videos is they require little to no budget, as there’s no need for green screens or expensive productions. Simply use a smart phone and film against an informal backdrop that’s relevant and highlights your real work environment.

 

Some ideas you can implement today include:

 

  • A live construction update that communicates progress

  • 15-second promotional video on Facebook, promoting an upcoming release

  • Testimonials and interviews with satisfied buyers

  • Walk-through of a new development or display

  • Walk-through of your display office, introducing key sales staff

  • A short video showcasing your project’s different community groups and initiatives

 

3. Have a raw and unfiltered brand presence

Your property brand is more than your product, so ensure that you are communicating what goes on behind the scenes to add an authentic personality. The ideal way to engage on social media is to stay true to your brand and its value proposition. Being authentic can help you form a personal and more meaningful connection with your target market. They want to know the human element behind the brand, so producing relatable and relevant social posts will remain the best way to go in 2021.

 

Remember that the content you produce doesn’t have to be perfect and glossy – raw, relatable and real content that lets your brand’s personality shine through performs well.

 

4. Educate first, sell second

It sells to educate first. The customer journey can be a complex process and your audience wants to know that you’ll support them through every step – especially after the uncertainties experienced in 2020.

 

You need to provide your audience with the information they need to make a confident purchase decision. Identify your target market’s pain points and inform them of how your brand can help solve them.

So, before you start posting sales messages, make sure that you’ve educated your customers first. It’s the best way to provide them with the best customer experience and keep them coming back for more.

 

How will you respond to 2021’s emerging trends?

If your property business needs support re-invigorating and optimising its sales, customer experience and content marketing initiatives to respond to new shifts, expectations and behaviours, the Property Republic and Content Republic teams are here to help.

 

Read more in our PRX Magazine: The 2021 Trends Edition.

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Strategy

The best way to create meaningful connections with your customer at every stage of their journey is to deliver consistent and valuable content. And with face-to-face contact limited throughout 2020, many businesses turned to creating content to engage their audience.

 

So, with more and more property brands using content to drive their customer relationships, our sister brand, Content Republic, has listed four important trends you need to be aware of to stay ahead of the competition.

 

1. Have a strong content strategy that involves digital
If there was one thing businesses needed to learn quickly in 2020, it was how to reach their audience in new, innovative ways that didn’t involve face-to-face contact. As a result, we saw a surge in social media and content marketing activities as brands found new ways to be where their customers are (at home, on their devices!).

 

In 2021, we can expect that this focus on social and digital content will keep growing, as brands continue to realise that having a strong content marketing strategy and social media presence is no longer optional – it’s fundamental!

 

More than this, content marketers in 2021 will need to continue to demonstrate and build upon the skills they were forced to adopt – flexibility, nimbleness and an ability to seamlessly adapt to new realities.

 

“Studies on content marketing show that one of the key differences between the most successful and least successful businesses is the use of documented content marketing strategies.”
Neal Schaffer, Chief Marketing Officer – Fractional

 

2. Get behind the camera
It’s safe to say, whether acting as a brand or consumer, we all saw and experienced an increase in live videos on our feeds in 2020. After all, if your customers can’t come to you, then you’ll need to go to them!

Moving into 2021, brands need to be aware that expensive, polished and highly produced videos aren’t necessarily the most engaging. More than anything, customers want to engage with content that is authentic, real, humanised and entertaining.

“The uncertainty of 2020 has taught us the importance of content as a tool for reaching our audience when many of our typical engagement points are closed, cancelled, or unavailable.”

Melanie Deziel, Chief Content Officer – StoryFuel

 

If you committed to delivering live or authentic pre-recorded videos in your social media and content marketing activities in 2020, keep doing it in 2021. Your audience will continue to want to get you know you, your products and services from the comforts of home, and video is the best way to do it.

 

“With 5.11 billion unique mobile users in the world, mobile usage is at an all-time high. And the most convenient content format for mobile is video. Creating live videos gives your users a great mobile experience and it’s convenient to consume.”
Neal Schaffer, Chief Marketing Officer – Franctional

 

3. Be empathic
 Now more than ever, businesses need to be sensitive and listen to what matters to their audience. As customers deal with uncertainty in their daily lives, it becomes necessary to focus on values like integrity and transparency. Also consider how you can respond to, and evoke emotions through the creation of content. By building content around values that matter to your audience, you’ll also create a content strategy that forms an emotional connection with customers.

 

“People want to feel heard and appreciated as an individual and they have the power to ask for that, because there is so much market saturation. Mass media marketing is dead. People want communication at a 1 to 1 level in a manner that’s relevant for them. Especially due to COVID-19, empathy plays a strong role in making sure that customers are satisfied with your marketing and communication strategy.”
Adriana Stein, Director – IDI Consultancy

 

4. Repurpose and recycle
In 2021, you’ll save time and money by having a repurposing strategy for your content. Consider how you can transform one type of content into another. For example, can a 5-minute video be cut down into 10 different 30-second videos to share across social media? Can your product brochures be divided into multiple blogs that sit on your website? Can your downloadable guides be cut up into bite-sized chunks and sent to your database in an email newsletter?

 

Giving your content not only a new life, but a longer shelf life by turning it into different forms, is a fantastic way to appeal to bigger audiences and generate more interest.

5. Prepare for the unknown through innovation
Expect the unexpected; that’s a lesson that 2020 taught the world. But how can marketers realistically prepare for the unknown and the uncertain?

 

The answer? Innovation.

 

Try new things. Break the rules. Fail. Try again. Be different. Be bold. Take risks. Be flexible. Be willing to embrace change even before it’s required. The future belongs to marketers who are willing to adapt long before they need to. In 2021 and beyond, make sure your content marketing activities stem from innovative strategies

 

How will you respond to 2021’s emerging trends?

If your property business needs support re-invigorating and optimising its sales, customer experience and content marketing initiatives to respond to new shifts, expectations and behaviours, the Property Republic and Content Republic teams are here to help.

 

Read more in our PRX Magazine: The 2021 Trends Edition.

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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, Strategy

When planning a project, you’ve got one opportunity to get it right from the very start. To help build the foundations of a successful project, it’s important to engage the local community and key stakeholders from project conception and this can be achieved in many ways.

 

By hosting community consultations, you’ll not only be able to share your aspirations for the project, you’ll also open up a two-way dialogue with people who have a vested interest. It’s an opportunity for you to gain insights, learn from those at the forefront and incorporate the needs of the local community into your project. By opening the dialogue, you will likely improve community perceptions and they may even become paying customers one day!

 

Another important exercise is to conduct smaller focus group sessions with members of the local community. By interviewing a range of audiences (First Home Buyers, Families, Downsizers), you’ll gain valuable insights to help shape several aspects of your project such as design, amenity, community requirements and aesthetic.

 

We also recommend establishing a community portal to display information about the development as it comes to hand. Make sure this is closely monitored so you can respond in a timely manner.

 

To discover more must-know information when setting up a new project, download our free Project Marketer’s Handbook.

 

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Strategy

It’s safe to say that the first 6 months of 2020 have been eventful and emotional. 

 

Devastating bushfires saw Australian people, wildlife and ecosystems suffer.  

 

The Coronavirus pandemic’s rising world-wide death toll forced us to alter our daily routines and isolate in order to stay safe. 

 

A horrific crash saw four Victoria Police officers killed, sending shockwaves throughout the nation. 

 

The Black Lives Matter movement compelled societies all over the world to encourage real change and action against racism. 

 

And we’re only just approaching July! 

 

I get the feeling you might be wondering at this point “why are the events of 2020 relevant when it comes to planning FY21 in the property industry?” 

 

The answer’s quite simple really. 

 

These things matter because they’ve forced significant change upon many Australians, which is likely to impact consumer behaviours and expectations when it comes to making big purchases – like buying a new home.  

 

The end of the financial year marks the perfect time to reflect on the year that’s been, assess areas for improvement and implement innovative initiatives to drive further success and growth for the months ahead.  

 

Here’s what you’ll need to consider when strategising and planning your financial year:  

 

The value of time  

If isolation has taught your customers anything, it’s that their time is more valuable than ever; so don’t bother wasting it with a poor customer experience. Provide your customers with a journey that’s worthy of their time and their money.  

 

Digital matters 

Digital solutions are non-negotiable, and their importance supersedes the end of Coronavirus. After relying on digital platforms heavily during isolation, you can bet your customers will expect a great digital presence and experience from your brand from here on out. If you’re digital presence needs work, it’s time to prioritise it now. 

 

Focus on quality 

For many, isolation has also highlighted the importance of their home; its size, lighting, location, functionality and overall quality. After spending weeks stuck indoors, your customers will have figured out pretty quickly what they do and don’t want in their next home. Make sure you’re clearly communicating your development or product’s key selling features. Beyond this, make sure your community is a place that people want to call home. 

 

Positive change and connection 

More than ever, your customers care about your values and stance when it comes to environmental and political issues. What does your community do to support sustainability? How do your homes reduce waste? How will your development create a sense of community that respects all cultures and ethnicities? How does your business support gender equality and diversity? What are you doing to encourage positive change? It’s important to have an opinion and use your platforms to deliver meaning and connection. 

 

As always, the implementation of a shared, long-term strategy is the best way to kickstart your financial year. If you need help mapping and planning your customer experience, content marketing or project marketing strategies for FY21, the Property Republic team can help. 

 

 

 

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Content Marketing, Strategy, Workshops

On Friday 28th February, the Property Republic team hosted our first ever event – The Ultimate Content Planning Workshop.   The day’s activities intended to educate attendees on the many ways an effective content marketing strategy can benefit their brand and enhance their customer experience. It also encouraged participants to generate ideas on the many ways they can create, curate, repurpose and organise content.   The ultimate goal of our workshop was to help participants generate enough content to populate their calendars for an entire year – a task that

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Content Marketing
I recently read an interview in The New York Times about a tech-news-site, The Information, that keeps all their content behind a paywall. This concept is actually becoming more and more common in the news industry, as publishers struggle to cover their expenses.What sets The Information apart from most other news organisations though, is their big picture, in-depth, focus. Their reporters don’t just write about something they’ve heard, read or think their audience wants to read about, they’re experts in their fields and their articles are jam-packed with research, background
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Strategy
With bushfires terrorising large parts of our nation this summer, the country saw not only individuals reach out a helping hand, but businesses too.According to research from the World Media Group, brand activism is one of the leading marketing trends of 2020 (we recently wrote about this topic and other marketing trends to look out for this year). We thought we’d look into this topic in more detail and see if this, potentially, could be something worth investing in for property businesses.To make sure we’re all on the same page,
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Customer Experience
Have you started mapping out what books you’re planning to read this year? If not, let us help you. Our team are avid readers and we’ve collected a list of books (old and new) that we think every property marketer (and other marketers for that matter) can benefit from reading.1. Instabrain: Marketing to Gen Z (2019) – Sarah Weise When we talk about first home buyers, we often talk about millennials and many property marketers design their strategies to produce results in the now. But what about the buyers of
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Customer Experience
We’ve previously written about the top 5 marketing trends to look out for in 2020. One trend that we touched on briefly was artificial intelligence and voice assistants – a topic we thought deserved a little bit more attention.   You’ve surely heard of Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant by now. You might even use a virtual assistant to control your lights at home, check your home security system, or find out if you need an umbrella before heading outside. These voice assistants are becoming more and more popular, and according
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