Professional marketers aim to solve this problem on a daily basis. Therefore, it’s not surprising when ordinary folks, like us, get a little confused when trying to discern it.Before we dive in, it’s important we don’t leave out the final piece to this equation, “owned media.” This includes our websites, blogs, and Facebook pages; stuff we “own” that gives us the platform to drive and engage traffic. Everyone still on the same page? Good : )
The art of driving and engaging traffic is what brings “paid” and “earned” media into the mix, and as the media industry continues to change, it becomes more challenging to understand their purpose and differences. The team over at GroundFloorMedia in Denver did a great job of outlining some benefits and comparisons between the two:
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I believe paid marketing media is 100 percent necessary. However, each market’s competitive landscape is unique. So offering up specific strategies would not be effective for such a widespread audience.
A couple options include:
Lead gen opportunities are abundant as ever. Again, depending on where you live, it’s hard to predict market saturation and lead quality with any source. I recommend medium sized, sporadic spends on multiple sites. Get a feel for the frequency and quality of the leads, and then make educated decisions on where to double down.
Paying for media on Facebook is useful for many reasons; mainly because you can choose your target audience. This can be strategic if you can identify a specific audience for your owned media (listings, blogs, etc).
TIP: No matter what your strategy is; it’s very important to understand these two things:
If you are in business for the long term, earned media is the golden ticket of marketing in the digital world. It is the ultimate way to leverage your customer base to expand your relationship network, build credibility, earn a reputation, and build an online network of loyal followers. If you provide a valuable and consistent product; it’s scalable, sustainable, and always provides a return on investment. Earned media is awesome.
Ninety-two percent of consumers trust recommendations from people they know. Furthermore, SELLER LEADS, the holy grail of real estate, will be most attracted to your online reputation. That said, it’s very important to implement creative and systematic ways to procure your “earned media.
I have begun a new Campaign a strategy and intent to redefine the ‘Real’ in Real Estate Marketing
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