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Use a Single Space between Sentences (and Other Grammar Tips)

There are plenty of high-achievers and successful professionals who have poor grammar. It’s not for a lack of smarts.

However, prospective clients often don’t see it that way. When they find a grammar goof in your marketing materials, sometimes that’s all the reason they need to go someplace else for their real estate services

When it comes to marketing materials, your first goal should always be to engage your target audience, put them at ease and write in a way that makes them want to keep reading. Marketing materials that are too formal and grammar-restrictive are just plain boring. But you don’t want to do anything that will embarrass you or your business.

The biggest stumbling block for non-professional writers (and even professionals) is that there are a number of different interpretations of the grammar rules. The so-called “laws of grammar” would never hold up in court. More conventions than rigid rules, they change with the times, are different in academic and professional environments, are always being updated, and are much debated among individual writers. The truth is, much of the English language is open to interpretation (“style” it’s called). Yet, every stylebook differs somewhat. Even more confounding: Most large companies have their own proprietary stylebooks.

The best strategy is to choose a style (based on a respected style guide) and use it uniformly and consistently. Consistency is the key. Most professional marketing writers use the same style guide that newspapers use (the Associated Press Stylebook), combined with a personal style guide they’ve compiled on their own.

Included below are suggestions you can use to resolve some of the more common grammar goofs.

Use single spaces between sentences

The practice of putting two spaces between sentences is a carryover from the days of typewriters and their monospaced typefaces. Including two spaces made it easier to see where one sentence ended and the next began. Computers – as well as modern-day typewriters – use proportionally spaced fonts, so only one space is required today.

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How to Encourage Facebook Friends to Comment on Your Posts

Setting up a Facebook page for your business is a snap. Getting people to comment on your Facebook posts is not.

The truth is, most users of social media today have become spoiled. Now that the medium has matured, people no longer feel the need to interact and engage with those who post. Everyone is using social media. And everyone wants comments. But few are taking the time to slow down and actually leave them.

How to Encourage Facebook Friends to Comment on Your Posts

If you want Facebook interaction today, you have to ask for it directly – or post something they can’t resist.

Make your posts interesting – People can only stand to read about you and the homes you’re selling for so long. So write about the larger real estate industry in your city, post facts from industry reports, share some of the personal stories of your clients (with their permission, of course).

Having trouble thinking of interesting topics? Find a few other sales professionals with interesting Facebook pages and use some of the same content ideas. Or, ask your readers for ideas: Just post, “Dear readers: What kinds of things would you like to see me post?”

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Summer Seasonal Marketing Ideas from Xpressdocs

Let’s face it, who doesn’t like to receive a fun postcard to celebrate the summer season? Real estate seasonal marketing is a great way to connect with customers and clients because it applies to most everyone in your sphere. By connecting to your clients year-round, it increases the chances that they will think of you […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Open House Marketing

Public open houses are an ingrained part of the real estate business. Sellers love them. They’re ideal for getting feedback. And, of course, they’re one of the best means for meeting prospective clients.

The trick is to maximize the business-boosting elements. Included below are some dos and don’ts.

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Have three types of handouts on-hand

In addition to the listing sheet / flyer for the house, you should also be ready with targeted marketing materials you can hand out to prospective clients. Handing those folks a business card with an encouraging “call me” comment is weak. It doesn’t set you apart from every other agent at every other open house. What you really need are two separate marketing flyers/brochures: one highlighting the advantages of listing with you; another highlighting the advantages of buying with you.

Why not combine them into one brochure and save money? When these marketing materials are separated, it allows you to focus on the things these two very different kinds of clients really want to hear.

If you really want to save money, use marketing postcards as your brochures. Postcards are much cheaper to print, faster to produce, easier to handle, and still capable of making a big impact on your target audience.

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