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Jun 21 2018

Brightly Colored Direct Mail Postcards Standout in the Mailbox

These brightly colored, summer themed postcards are sure to standout in the mailbox and grab the eye of recipients. The messaging is crafted specifically to generate real estate listing leads. These direct mail postcards are the perfect way to touch base with your geographic farm or social list this summer.

SPECIAL OFFER: When you mail 200+ postcards, you’ll receive a free digital version you can use on blogs, emails, and social media. Valid until July 6, 2018.

Download Summer Postcard Order Form

FLAMINGO SEEKING NEW LAWN

 

 

FISHING FOR NEW HABITAT

 

SUMMER SWEET DEAL

 

Feb 12 2018

BHHS REImagine Templates

Direct mail is still a relevant, effective marketing strategy. When done consistently, and when seen as a partner to digital instead of a competitor, direct mail generates leads, increases sales, drives traffic to websites, and increases brand awareness and trust.

If you’re ready to get started with direct mail for real estate, or you want to start again, we’ve got THE EASIEST solution for you.

Are you ready?

1. Pick a postcard (or postcards) from the options below.
2. Fill out the order form (or forms)
3. Submit your order form with your agent photo (if we don’t already have it)
4. Approve your proof when we send it
5. Answer the phone when recipients call you!

That’s it! No content creation, no trips to the post office, to applying stamps. We do it all. Scroll down to see all of the BHHS templates we have ready to mail for you!

Buyer Connect Order Form

Home’s Value Order Form

Core Values Order Form

Buyers Connect Campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These postcards let homeowners know you have qualified buyers looking to purchase their home. They encourage homeowners to contact you about selling.

Download Buyer Connect Order Form

Home’s Value Campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We watched the presentation for your new Home Valuation Site and it is so cool! These postcards direct people to your Home Valuation Site and help you make the most of that tool.

Download Home’s Value Order Form

Core Values Campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This series of postcards demonstrates the core values of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. It allows you to utilize the power of the BHHS brand to gain listings.

Download Core Values Order Form

Looking for something more custom?

We offer fully custom design services and can create a unique logo and brand just for you. We can then take that brand and convert it into powerfully effective direct mail postcards, property flyers, signs, stationery, etc. Give us a call at 949-587-5301 to set up your free consultation.

Jan 30 2018

2018 Real Estate Market Forecast and Valentine’s Day Postcards

This year is already gearing up to be a busy and exciting one in real estate. Get your audience motivated to sell with these 2018 Market Forecast postcards. Or, send them a little love through Valentine’s Day postcards. Either way, you’ve got to get your name in front of their eyeballs so that when they sell this year, they sell with you!

Download Market Forecast and Valentines Order Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 12 2018

2018 Winter Olympic Schedule

Olympic schedules are very popular mailing pieces. Recipients find the information valuable and they are likely to keep the pieces, giving you more brand exposure. The Olympics start February 9th, so order now!

Olympic Schedule 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On January 1, many homes became expired listings. These owners make a great target audience for direct mail marketing. Send these postcards to generate leads.

Expired Listings Postcards Order Form

Jan 08 2018

Mailbox Monday: The right offer, at the right time, sent to the right person.

 

Hello and welcome to Mailbox Monday. My name is Brianna, I’m the marketing strategist here at One Step Services.  Today I’m going to go through a direct mail postcard that I received in my own mailbox and just point out the really good things about it and give you some takeaways that you can apply to your next mailing.

I got this postcard from Amazon, Amazon Prints, I am a client of theirs already. I keep all of my photos on Amazon’s photo cloud. So I was a perfect target audience for this offer. Right away I’m going to tell you the two key things about this are the timing (when it landed in my mailbox) and the offer. Everything else about this piece is nothing special. It’s printed on pretty cheap paper, the design is nothing to speak of, but it was an effective mailing piece because of when it landed in my mailbox, which was in November, and just like it says just in time for gift giving season. That was exactly the time I was thinking about presents and what I wanted to get people. The timing of this piece was very effective as was the offer. 40% off is a fantastic offer. It is very compelling. Typically, sometimes 10%, sometimes even 15% off, is not going to compel somebody to take action but a 40% off offer is incredibly compelling.

So those are the two things about this. You know, sometimes it doesn’t take a whole lot, sometimes it’s just something very simple. The right offer at the right time sent to the right audience for a piece to be effective. The last little thing I’ll point out is its always nice when you can address your mail piece to an actual person and instead of “current resident” or something generic like that.

So there you go. Just some of the benefits of this direct mail postcard that hopefully you can takeaway and apply to your next postcard.

 

Dec 12 2017

How to prepare a real estate marketing strategy for 2018

Marketing should not be something you do only for listings. You need to be marketing yourself and your business throughout the year…that’s how you get the listings! Below are some of our tried and true tips for creating an effective real estate marketing strategy.

Set a budget. I know this is hard for real estate agents, because your income varies with each listing. But a great way to start is simply by determining what percentage of each commission is going to go towards marketing. To get an idea of how much you’ll make, look at your income from last year. Create a budget based on those two factors, and then adjust as necessary throughout the year.

Example- You decide you will use 10% of each commission for marketing. Last year, you made $80,000 in commission. Therefore, you could plan for a 2018 marketing budget of $8,000. If that feels high to you, set your budget a little lower. It’s always easier to add money to the budget than to take it away.

Create tangible goals and know how to track them. How many leads do you want a month? Are you trying to increase your referrals? Are you looking to increase your listings above a certain price point? Set these tangible goals and then monitor your marketing strategies to see which ones are helping you accomplish these goals.

Example. You want 50 leads a month without having to make cold calls. So in January, you set up a regular email campaign, direct mail campaign and Facebook ads. After about 2 months monitoring clicks and asking leads how they heard about you, you determine that email is bringing in the least amount of leads. So you scale it back and use that time and money on Google Ads. After a few more months, you realize this combination is helping you go above and beyond your goals, so you commit to it for the rest of the year, while still monitoring and being open to change should one of those strategies start to dwindle.

Determine a visual brand. A consistent visual brand is crucial to real estate marketing. Some agents use their broker’s brand…the colors, the logo, etc. Others find a professional graphic designer to create a brand that is unique to them and communicates their unique value. There are advantages to both, the important thing is to stay consistent. If you already have a brand, now is a good time to review it. It is relevant to your target audience? Is it modern? Does it still communicate your unique value and they key elements of your business?

Define your audience. I know you WANT to sell everyone’s home, but realistically, you cannot. And your marketing will be a lot more effective if you define an audience and tailor your marketing to them. Many real estate agents define their audience by location. They choose a geographic farm and consistently send direct mail, door knock and participate in community events within that farm. Other agents choose to focus on retirees, while others are marketing to luxury property owners. It’s also okay to have a few different target audiences, as long as each are defined.

Create your messaging. I recently wrote an entire blog about how to create good content. While a marketing plan is not the place to create specific messages, it is a good time to determine general messaging themes and goals. For example, maybe you want your 2018 marketing to focus on why people should live in your farm specifically, or giving people reasons to list this year instead of waiting, or encouraging them to choose you over your competition. Having a  general theme, or a couple themes, will help you avoid content writers block and keep your messaging consistent and powerful.

Be willing to be flexible. Real estate is an ever changing industry. It’s likely your marketing needs and ability to execute will change throughout the year. That’s okay! A marketing plan isn’t meant to be a chain, but rather a solid foundation from which to build and change an effective marketing strategy that works for your specific business!

CALL ONE STEP SERVICES! Need help creating a marketing strategy? Need to update your visual brand or create a new one? We are real estate marketing experts ready to help you grow your business. We are currently taking appointments for December and January, so please give us a call at 949-587-5301 or email info@onestepservices.com to request and appointment with Valerie, our Director of Client Relations.

Nov 22 2017

2018 Calendars make great holiday direct mail pieces

These 2018 calendars are great for direct mail marketing or as walk and drop pieces. They provide a great return on investment because they are “sticky” meaning they stick around houses for a while and recipients refer back to them multiple times, therefore getting repeat exposure to your brand, your name and your message. Each design is available in two sizes, 4×9 and 8.5×11.

Download 2018Calendar Order Form

Nov 10 2017

These sticky holiday direct mail pieces provide a great return on investment

Our annual holiday schedules of events are ready to order! We’ve done things a little differently this year. Instead of choosing a city, you simply choose your county and we’ll put together a list of major events taking place in different areas throughout the county. Have some specific events you want featured? No problem, just send those over and we’ll put them on the card you choose.

These pieces are particularly effective because they are sticky, meaning people are likely to keep them around for a while and reference them more than once. Every time they do, they’ll be reminded of your name, your face and your brand. These pieces have a strong ROI and are a  great way to wrap up your 2017 direct mail marketing efforts.

Each design is available as an 8.5×8.5 postcard or 8.5×5.5 postcard. As always, the production fee of $12 is waived when you order 200 or more. Additional bulk discounts apply for orders of 500+ and 1,000+. Download the order form and email it to info@onestepservices.com or give us a call if you have questions 949-587-5301.

Holiday Schedule Order Form 2017

 

Nov 07 2017

Tip Tuesday: How to be a better content creator

If you are promoting a business, you are a content creator. Whether you write blog posts, send weekly emails, mail postcards, or post to social media, you are having to come up with content to share with your audience. The better the content, the more likely you are to

Step #1 – Make a list of types of content

This list will vary depending on what industry you are in and what type of business you are promoting. However, there are some general types of content that work well across the board. Testimonials and case studies make great content as do the answers to frequently asked questions. (Not sure what your FAQs are? Ask your customer service reps!) Other great content ideas include product promotions, event invitations, how to’s, top ten lists, and employee spotlights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step #2 – Create a list of content sources

Not all of your content has to be original. Your audience will appreciate you curated relevant content from trusted sources. Keep a list of sources that routinely publish good information on your industry. The easiest way to do this is with an RSS Reader <—- Go ahead and click that if you don’t know what an RSS Reader is. One of your primary sources should be us, One Step Services! Not only do we provide great content on our blog, monthly newsletter and social sites, but every month we release new content ready postcards that can be used for real estate agents, small businesses and nonprofits. Want to get the scoop when we release new designs? Sign up here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step #3 – Give each day a theme

At One Step, Mondays are for motivational quotes, Tuesdays are for tips, Fridays are for fun. Giving each day a general theme or category makes it easier to decide what specific content needs to be published that day. I also give the months different themes. For example, in doing my planning for first quarter 2018 (ah, how are we already at the point of planning for 2018?) I decided that the theme for February will be the importance and relevance of Direct Mail. About 75% of the things I post that month will be related to that theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step #4 – Create a content calendar

Once you have your list of content ideas and your themes set, it’s time to map it out. There are literally hundreds of different ways to do this. TBH, although I have been planning content for years, 2018 will be the first time I have to get every single thing down on a calendar to show the bosses. So my typical system of sticky notes and dreams isn’t really going to cut it. The first thing that I’m going to try is a color coordinated Google Spreadsheet. At first I was worried it would be a little to linear for my scattered creative brain, so far it’s working quite nicely. Want to see a sample? Email me brianna@onestepservices.com and I’ll be happy to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step #5 – Write /create / find your content

I know what your thinking…why do I have to do so much work BEFORE I start creating content? The reality is that creating content isn’t that hard, but creating effective, consistent, purposeful content is. And in order to create that kind of content, you definitely need to plan ahead and do steps 1-4. The good news is, that those first steps get easier and easier the more you do them and it becomes quicker to finish them every month. So don’t get discouraged! The hard work at the beginning is worth it.

When you create your content, refer back to the list you made in step one. Find a specific testimonial to post, answer a specific FAQ, write out a case study. Something to keep in mind…don’t be afraid to be a little personal. You don’t need to share your martial issues or what you had for breakfast, but your experiences with other business, your opinions on relevant industry news, and your solutions to problems you’ve experienced in business can be extremely valuable to your recipients. This entire blog post, for example, is based on my personal experience of creating a content calendar for One Step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step #6 – Distribute your content

Once you’ve written your content, its time to publish it! Where you publish is an entirely new topic for another day, but whether it’s on social media, through a direct mail campaign, or a post to social media, you need to share that ish! And yes, you absolutely can share the same content over multiple channels. You worked hard to create that content gold, use it and reuse it in different ways to get the most out of it.

 

 

 

Oct 05 2017

Holiday Kickoff Recap

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our Holiday Marketing Kickoff, our first ever Facebook Live event! We are so thankful that you took time out of your day to view the video and engage with comments. On a personal note, I want to particularly thank you all for being so encouraging! I was very nervous about how this would go but you guys made it a lot of fun!

If you missed the live video, don’t worry. You can watch the recording on our Facebook page and get some great holiday marketing and gift ideas.

We talked about ALOT of stuff in that hour, so I’ve compiled all links, products, order forms, etc into one place so it’s easy to view! If you have any follow up questions, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook, through email info@onestepservices.com or call 949-587-5301.

Also, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter. We give lots of great marketing tips, for print, direct mail, social media and email. We also give free printables or exclusive discounts every month, and for October we are giving away free printable gift tags. Sign up by October 6 to ensure you get the October newsletter.

Prices list and special items pricing

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Halloween Coloring Contest Sheet (100 sheets) – $30 + design time

Custom Looseleaf Notepads (250 sheets) – $40

Acrylic Notepad Holder – $10

Wine Bottle Boxes (excludes design time) – Qty 10 : $3.75 each – Qty 25: $2.85 each – Qty 50: $2.55 each – Qty 100: $2.45 each

Order Forms

Halloween 2017 Order Form

Daylight Savings OrderForm 2017

Thanksgiving Order Form 2017

Christmas Holiday Order Form 2017

Outside Vendors

4AllPromos.com (custom candy corn)

4Imprint.com (custom reusable grocery bags)

Fancy Fortune Cookies (giant fortune cookies)

Man Crates (gift boxes with “manly” gifts)

Your Memory Lane (custom personalized artwork)

 

 

 

 

Good Cause Marketing