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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 5 sustainability trends, insights and key takeaways your property business needs to be aware of:

 

1. Waste Reduction

B2B waste-reduction platforms, initiatives and collaborations are on the rise.

 

Trend: As brands look to become more environmentally friendly, they’re increasingly turning to businesses that specialise in waste-reduction. Everything from food waste to textile waste is now being addressed and repurposed by emerging B2B businesses.

Insight: As consumers become more eco-friendly, they’re putting more pressure on brands to do the same, and to help them adapt their lifestyles to reduce their personal impact. Brands that make these adjustments in authentic ways appeal to the growing demographic of eco-conscious consumers.

 

Takeaway: How can you better prioritise eco-friendly operations?

 

2. Eco Retailer

Brands offer eco-friendly in-store designs and solutions.

 

Trend: To show their commitment to environmental issues, some brands are implementing eco-friendly designs and solutions in their stores. These include everything from plastic bans to using solar-powered energy.

Insight: As consumers’ concern for climate change and its consequences grows, they’re turning their expectations onto brands rather than just themselves in making a positive change. Understanding that ecological issues are caused more by institutional factors than they are individual actions, consumers are increasingly expecting that brands make changes to lessen their impact on the environment.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand lessening its environmental impact?

 

3. Solar energy Powered Retail

Solar energy is increasingly utilised by the retail and restaurant industries.

 

Trend: Retail and dining establishments are moving brick-and-mortar spaces that are fully powered by solar energy. In doing so, companies are successful in minimising harmful energy use, while simultaneously catering to the concerns of the eco consumer.

Insight: Many consumers—especially Millennials and Gen Z—are conscious about the state of the environment, and the threat of pollution and climate change. As such, individuals are continuously emphasising the importance of sustainable decisions and are taking it upon themselves to hold brands accountable. Through this activism, consumers are experiencing peace of mind for taking care of the environment, and as a result, are drawn to brands that reflect similar values.

 

Takeaway: How can your brand better cater to the eco consumer?

 

4. Repurposed Species

Brands use invasive species to create products and help the environment.

 

Trend: Invasive species in bodies of water can severely impact biodiversity, and some brands are aiming to do something about it with products that use these species in their ingredients or materials. Everything from pet food to tiling is now incorporating invasive species to reduce their environmental impact.

Insight: As consumers become more aware of the many ways in which environmental damage is occurring around the world, they increasingly appreciate brands that promise to alleviate some of those issues. Moving forward, more consumers will prioritise sustainability in their lifestyles and purchase decisions.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand prioritising sustainability?

 

5. Printed Climate-Proof

3D-printed housing prioritises protection from the elements.

 

Trend: As climate change becomes an important factor in how new homes around the world are built, 3D-printed housing is making the process of designing natural disaster-proof housing easier. These homes offer sustainable and protective construction that avoids structural issues in the case of extreme weather.

Insight: As consumers become increasingly concerned about how current and impending weather changes will impact their lives, more are turning to longer term investments and choices that guarantee them some level of protection when it comes to the consequences of climate change. These changes can exist in everything from housing to where people choose to live.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand prioritising long-term sustainability and protection for customers?
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Customer Experience, Strategy

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 4 consumer priorities trends, insights and key takeaways your property business needs to be aware of:

 

1. WFH Prosumer

Consumers who are working from home are opting-in for more powerful tech products.

 

Trend: Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, specialised tech appealed to prosumers and professionals in the tech sector. Now, these products are becoming more accessible to everyday consumers who find themselves working from home for extended periods of time.

Insight: As many consumers continue to work from home due to the ongoing health pandemic, they are looking for ways to enhance their experience. This is connected to a desire to be comfortable in one’s productivity, while also minimising the risk of common issues pertaining to connectivity and presentation. Succeeding in this allows consumers to feel more confident in their day-to-day and to stay motivated during a difficult time.

 

Takeaway: How can your property brand assist consumers working from home?

 

2. Boomer Tech

Apps that are typically used by younger demographics see a boost among seniors.

 

Trend: With COVID-19 being risky for senior citizens in particular, stay-at-home orders are especially important to keep this demographic safe. Thus, they’re having to adapt just as much as everyone else when it comes to staying healthy and connected with others. As a result, brands that offer online services like virtual exercise and conferencing are seeing a boost in senior engagement.

Insight: In many ways, senior citizens have been hit harder than other demographics when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of being more likely to face serious consequences as a result of contracting the virus, they’ve also been more psychologically harmed by the isolation that’s been imposed on people around the world, particularly those who live in care homes. Thus, those who have the capacity to engage in the platforms that are keeping people entertained and connected are going to be a priority for this older generation as well.

 

Takeaway: How is your property business engaging Baby Boomers, and what more can you do?

 

3. Next Gen Care

Oral hygiene brands are appealing to Gen Z via design and marketing.

 

Trend: Emerging oral hygiene brands are working harder to appeal to Gen Z demographics, with marketing and branding that features youthful aesthetics similar to those of the skincare and beauty space.

Insight: Gen Z has now emerged as the next generation to take charge of pop culture and design trends, and this generation has more diverse preferences and needs that need to be met before they’re loyal to a brand. Everything from inclusion to social media influences this generation’s purchase decisions, and brands are having to adapt to this shift.

 

Takeaway: How is your brand working to appeal to Gen Z?

 

4. Comfort Commercial

Ad campaigns take on more positive and soothing themes.

 

Trend: As the world gradually lifts pandemic-related restrictions, brands are increasingly prioritising “wellness” to help ease people’s lingering anxieties. This includes ad campaigns that focus on comforting and relaxing themes that offer a more positive outlook on the future than what has been seen in the last year.

Insight: Consumer stress has been at an all time high in recent months, with everything from social restrictions to financial upheavals having an impact. As people slowly grow accustomed to life going back to “normal,” they seek out brands that help that process along – whether it’s emotionally, financially, or recreationally.

 

Takeaway: Property brands generally do this well. What post pandemic priorities are you focusing on?
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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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Project Diagnostics, Project Marketing

Ultimately, your project is going to be more than bricks and mortar – it’s going to be a community and a place for people to call home. Therefore, you need to make it feel like one. You and the community team (if you have one) will know better than anyone what’s required to respond to the needs of your community.

 

So, during the planning stages of the project, get yourself a seat at the table to make sure you can influence discussions about infrastructure, community building, landscaping and events.

 

Here are some things to consider:

 

1. Community development

Effective community development strategies align project resources with community needs to deliver sustainable solutions that enhance liveability for residents. Implementing an effective community development strategy will offer an array of benefits, including increased sales conversions, increased referrals and brand loyalty, as well as a greater competitive edge.

 

Get involved in the planning stages of the project to ensure its infrastructure responds to the community’s needs for connection, movement, safety and belonging.

 

2. Sales suite infrastructure

Consider what features your sales and display office will require to effectively respond to your community’s needs. Your sales suite will be a hub of activity throughout the development of your project, so how can you make it beneficial for the community? Perhaps it will include a space for a mother’s group and other community groups to host meetings. Perhaps it will have a café attached to it, or a community veggie patch.

 

3. Landscape influence for future events

We all know community events are a great way to build relationships, encourage connections and foster a sense of belonging for residents. When the planning of your project’s communal areas, parks, overall layout and infrastructure takes place, ensure these spaces offer the resources you need to host community events such as accessibility, electricity, shelter, bins and water supply.

 

For more important considerations, insights and tips for setting up a new project, download our free Project Marketer’s Handbook.

 

 

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Project Marketing, Strategy

Project marketing involves liaising with an array of consultants, agencies and professionals; content agencies, photographers and videographers, community managers, renderers, copywriters, builders and landscapers just to name a few.

 

To make your job (and their job) easier, it’s essential that you’re a good briefer. In fact, we can’t emphasise the importance of good briefing enough!

 

Briefing is your opportunity to provide your consultants with clear expectations, allowing you to really set the tone of the assets you want created.

 

Here are some things you’ll need to consider when you brief.

 

1. Be a clear briefer. One of the best ways to clearly outline your expectation is by filling out a briefing template. In your brief, be clear about what you want and what you don’t want. You may even like to provide examples. And always set realistic timeframes and provide budget expectations.

 

2. Provide solution-based feedback. Always start your feedback with what you liked. Then voice your ideas and criticisms in a constructive way that will help the professionals to understand your expectations. And be prepared to listen to suggestions from your consultants – after all, they’re the experts!

 

3. Be thorough. Provide the consultants with all the necessary information and assets at the same time to reduce inefficient ‘back and forth’ communication.

 

For more useful project marketing insights and tips, download our free Project Marketer’s Handbook.

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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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Project Marketing, Strategy, Workshops

When it comes to initial stages of setting up a new development, you have a blank canvas and a very important role to play in shaping the future of your project. Hosting a vision workshop will not only provide an opportunity to set up the project collaboratively, it will also help to inform your value proposition.

 

Here’s a vision workshop format you can follow to help set up your project for success:


1. About the site: 

  • Number of lots

  • Design aesthetics

  • Access to existing transport, education and retail

  • Proposed transport, education, retail, parks and recreation opportunities

  • Road layout

  • Landscaping opportunities e.g. wetlands 

 

2. Competitive context:

  • Who are your key competitors?

  • What are they doing well?

  • What can you do better?

 

3. Personas:

  • Who is your audience?

  • What are their likes and interests?

  • Where do they currently live?

  • What needs do you need to satisfy?

 

4. Focus Group Findings:

  • What learnings can you incorporate into the project?

 

5. Sustainability:

  • What sustainability features resonated with your focus groups?

  • What could your project implement to make it stand out from its competitors?

  • Are you aiming to achieve any accreditations eg Six Star, Green Star?

 

6. Innovation:

Brainstorm ideas during the session such as:

  • What innovative building techniques or materials could be used?

  • How could you incorporate new technology?

  • What learnings have we taken from the Covid-19 experience that can be incorporated into this project?

 

7. Community and Amenity:

  • What do we imagine for this community?

  • Will there be young families and therefore a need for childcare and parenting groups, communal garden or exercise groups?

 

At the end of the session, you’ll have a wealth of information to collate and the outcomes will help inform the next stage of the process, building your Value Proposition.

 

To discover everything you need to know about setting up your project successfully, download our free Project Marketer’s Handbook.

 

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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

Every Development, Marketing and Sales professional could sleep well at night if they had sales certainty.

 

Sunday night reports would become a thing of the past, as would a manic change of strategy at each Monday sales meeting.

 

Perhaps marketing spend on lead generation could be reduced and more focus could be placed on the customer experience.

 

Sales certainty thought leader, Simon Bowen, believes that “when selling becomes so reliable and predictable that the business has a sense of certainty, sales turns into a superpower that can drive confidence in all other decisions.”

 

It got the Property Republic team thinking: How predictable are your sales?

 

If you are a  Development, Sales or Marketing Professional, we hope you can spare eight minutes of your time to complete our 2020 Marketing and Sales Survey. It aims to explore what pain-points exist around sales certainty and forecasting and where your strategic focus lies heading into FY21 and beyond.  

 

Take the survey here

 

We want to know your:

 

  • marketing and sales challenges and pain points

  • preferred marketing channels

  • strategic priorities; and

  • who holds the power.

 

We hope to gain some valuable insights into the current landscape, identify trends and use this information to work with our clients to drive better outcomes. We’ll be sharing the insights in our eDM’s and across our socials so keep a look out towards the end of July.

 

And to get you across the line, there are  2 x Gourmet Traveller Vouchers to the value of $250 up for grabs, please leave your details when asked to do so when completing the survey.  Winners will be announced on our LinkedIn page within seven days of the survey closing. 

 

It’s all in the detail

 

1. Winners will be announced on our LinkedIn page within seven days of the survey closing. 

2. The results of the survey will be emailed to our database (you can sign up at the bottom of this page) and posted on our socials by the end of July. 

3. The Survey is now open and will close on the 9th July. 

 

Thank you and good luck! 

 

Take the survey here

 

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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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