The Importance of Branding – Part 219 May Monica Breckenridge
Defining and Outlining your Brand
In our last post, we talked about the competition in the real estate industry, the importance of branding yourself and differentiating yourself from the other agents competing in the same arena as you. While branding is not all about you, your goals, your strengths, your knowledge, your integrity, and the value you bring to the table, it is a very necessary part of the branding process. Also critical in establishing your brand is being able to pull all of your attributes together in a manner that attracts the clientele you want to serve and create the trust that you will meet their needs in such a profound way that your clients are left with such a positive experience that they then share their experience with others. The impact you have on your clients will then return to you in the form of referral and repeat business!
What are your goals?
As a real estate agent, what are your business goals? Where do you see yourself in five years … ten years? What drives you? If being a real estate agent is your passion, define what you enjoy most about it and know what are you best at? What are your strengths? What types of transactions do you love to engage in? If you have some experience, you have probably been on both the listing side and buying side of home-buying transactions. Do you have a preference? Maybe you have dealt with high-end sellers and buyers who are experienced in the buy-sell process and modest or lower-end sellers and buyers who don’t really understand the process. Which do you prefer? Maybe you want to become an expert in a specific niche market like commercial real estate, property management or helping distressed homeowners. What matters here is what kicks your adrenaline into high gear. Whichever it is, you need to know what motivates you to get up and out of bed each day ready to meet your goals.
Having a personal brand for yourself defines who you are in the marketplace and why people want to do business with you. It makes a statement about you and what you have to offer. It is important to understand that establishing a brand for yourself is a process and it takes time, soul searching, and hard work and will probably need to be tweaked over time. If you do the hard work, your return on investment will pay off. You can’t fake it until you make it because any falsehoods will eventually become transparent. In order to be successful, you have to be true to yourself.
If being a real estate agent is your passion, your success will follow if you know what your goals are and how you can uniquely meet the needs of the people you want to serve.
Know your Clientele.