5 Necessities You Want In A Real Estate Website [Video] #GLAMR

Real Estate Website

I was recently contacted by @RyanSteinolfson of Accelerate Your Marketing and asked to be an expert on Real Estate Websites.  We used Google Hangouts to create a video of the interview and posted the result to Youtube.

In the video I explain an acronym that I coined:  G.L.A.M.R.

G – Generate
L – Legitimize
A – Authority
M – Multiply
R – Residence

You can watch the video or read through the transcript to find out what the 5 necessities you want in a real estate website are and how they are coined GLAMR.

Real Estate Website Interview

Video Interview Transcript

Ryan:
Ryan here at business trends TV and today
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I have Jason Fox not to be confused with Jamie Foxx, I have done that a few times. Glad to have you on today.  Jason I know that you’re an expert on building a real estate  website. 
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We are going to learn a lot from Jason.
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How are you doing?

Jason:

I’m doing good, Thank you.

Ryan:
You bet, you’re an expert in real estate web siteswhat’s are three things that you would look for in a great real estate website?  What are three
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tips or things that you would make sure that
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any really good real estate website would have?
Jason:
That’s a great question and, you know, I’m actually gonna have to answer
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that with
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an acronym that I’ve coined. I call it GLAMR.
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Thats G.L.A.M.R. ,it’s actually five things but I think that there are 5 necesseties that every real estate website should have. 
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The G is for generates.
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I am going to put it this way, there’s really no point in having a
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website if it’s not doing something for you, if it’s not working for you.
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I mean 24/7, it’s like the AM/PM for real estate leads. By generating, I just mean some calls to action,
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having some lead capture form,  some way to collect leads from your website.
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L is for Legitimacy,  and what I mean by that is, when somebody comes to your site it should be
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good looking, it should be user-friendly, it should have an
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IDX Feed, it should have the things that people come to expect from a real estate website, so that we see the site as legitimate.
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A is for Authoritative and we can do that with our content.
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If you’re blogging and creating great content, when I come to your site I can see you as
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an authority, especially for your area of expertise, and if you are doing a hyper-local real estate campaign.
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M is for Multiply, and what I mean by that is
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that  your website should be able to take your content, or your message,
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and spread it all over the web pretty easily.
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Finally the R is for Residence.
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and can weave her maybe there’s a little bit but your
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the website should be your marketing hub and a good word Press website
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I’m kinda create a residence or home where you can drag all at your marketing
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into I one localized spot.
Ryan:
Thank you for that that’s that’s really good insights.
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Jason in regards to the five things, as opposed to three things, that somebody would want
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in their website.  I mean, obviously, it’s gotta be generating some leads for the business.
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I agree, it’s got to be authoritative. I think thats awesome
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What about reputation, do you think it’s Social Proof from the website? Is that something you would incorporate?
Jason:
Absolutely.
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On every site that I do I  build a review page or a testimonial page of some sort.
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I add reviews in widgets or are different areas depending on the level
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of reviews that our clients have right now.
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I can tell you that I work with some of top professionals here in the Pacific Northwest,
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and across the nation, and what I have found is that
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there are many that are just generating a ton of business, because they have excellent 5 star reviews on the Zillow site.
Ryan:
Just on Zillow, or is that on other sites as well?
Jason
Zillow is a niche review site for real estate.  I know a mortgage broker that has 63,  5-star reviews, on Yelp
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and they generate about 5 to 10 phone calls
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a week, off of that page.
Ryan:
Powerful Suff.  That’s very very powerful.
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Incorporating those same reviews, and pulling those Yelp reviews and Zillow reviews
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onto their website would be something that would be advantageous.
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I think you would agree to that?
Jason:
Absolutely.
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We don’t believe in advertising, we’ve all seen Toyota and Coca Cola and
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McDonalds on the television telling us that this is the best car, or the best cheeseburger.
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People don’t buy that stuff anymore. What we want is, we want some proof, we want
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social proof, and we want our friends, our family, and people that we trust telling us that yeah this is a good service.
Ryan:
There’s some data that I’ve heard that states that
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80% of people that get a referral from somebody
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out in the world, whether it be a friend or family member or whoever, that 80% of those people that get the referral will
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actually go two places.  60% of those eighty
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percent, will go to the website and the other 40% will directly to the review directories.
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I think it’s imperative that those reviews are not only on the
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website but also on the various directories.
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as five star reviews as ours it’s imprinted
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it’s imperative at those reviews or on the website and that they are as close to five
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stars as possible,  and
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the same thing is happening on the directory sites too.  Because that’s where
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eighty percent of people, when they hear about your business from a brother a
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sister or mother  or anybody else,
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that is where they’re going.  They are going on their smartphones, they are picking
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up their smart phone
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They are typing in Jason Fox, they are typing in Ryan Steinolfson, they are
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typing in our names and our businesses and they’re trying to find out what
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other people are saying about us, is the bottom line.
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The next thing is, you’re an expert on real estate web sites, what if somebody became your
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customer what would they experience, what kind of experience can they expect?
Jason:
I have owned a one-size-fits-all business in the past
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and I found that, what I want to do is be more of a
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Marketing Boutique, if you will, specializing in real estate agent web sites.
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There’s not a one size fits all solution,
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but I do offer a lot a different suggestion.
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All my web sites are built on WordPress Websites, I am a WordPress specialist.
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I believe in it because I’m a huge fan of content marketing and SEO,
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and just the power that content can bring.
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What I will do is take somebody through
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some different scenarios such as: different ID X providers,
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different theme options, and looks and then I’ll help them figure
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out, based on what they already have going, a site that fits into not just
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being a website but also fits into their entire marketing campaign.
Ryan:
Awesome, so you have a system or a process there where you
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treat everybody as an individual. You’re more hands-on, it’s not like
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you just everybody as one-size-fits-all.
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You have some really good tools that you would want to use, like IDX,  and all the other
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tools that you want to incorporate in a real estate website.
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It sounds like you’ve got a situation there where your
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treating your customers as clients,
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you really build a custom solution for them.
Jason:
Yes, I call it more semi custom because also understand that most my clients are on a strict budget
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as, entrepreneurial real estate professionals.
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I have found all the best
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servers, and all the best IDX providers, the best WordPress Themes,
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 the best plugins, then I just help to kinda put it all together and build out
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a good, robust, user friendly, and  mobile-friendly website solution.
Ryan:
Awesome, it is very important to make it mobile-friendly also.
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As you know, now we know that somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of
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all searches are happening on a mobile device. That’s an  amazing statistic. 
By |2015-11-03T19:55:20+00:00March 3rd, 2014|

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Jason Fox - Real Estate Marketing Business: We build WordPress Real Estate Websites with IDX Me: #GoHawks, #BringBackTheSonics, #MaybeNextYearMariners, #ILoveMyKids #SeattleSunLover #SeattleWaterLover #BFF Blog: Focuses on Wordpress Websites, Content Management, SEO Services, SEM Campaigns, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Beautiful Design, IDX, and more.

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