The Law of the CompanyPosted by Chris Pollinger
|The Law of the Company|
Secrets to Successful Branding – The Law of the Company
If, we, as the real estate community really understood the concept of branding and its importance, we would save a fortune by cutting the misplaced dollars we are spending in the name of “getting their name out there.”
Most of us are re-treads – people who fell into this business and came from some other background. In 15 years of asking, I’ve only found one person who grew up wanting to be a real estate agent (and she is no longer in the business). I can’t tell you how many people I’ve interviewed as a Broker that said the reason they wanted to be an agent was because they liked houses and people. If that is the sole reason they are here my advice to them has been – “Don’t get started in this business because in 6 months you will hate them both.”
Those that make it in this industry in today’s world are those that approach it with an amount of business prowess. Unfortunately, that isn’t taught in the “learn everything you need to know to become successful in real estate in two weeks” class. So, we throw the newbies to the vultures (vendors who sell BS products that do nothing but line the pockets of the vendors and serve as filler our nation’s dumps). We let them sling mud on a wall and see what sticks and hope against hope that they will be one of the very few fortunate ones who will survive the first three years.
Over time, those that emerge as mega agents realize that to truly win in this you must realize that it is a business not a career (and there is a major difference) and start learning how to become the “RainMaker.” Although we have dozens of proprietary campaigns to generate more leads, from time to time, we need to strip back to the basics and dive into the philosophy to align ourselves with the right thinking to launch our business to the next level. This week, it’s all about how to brand effectively so that you may maximize your ROI in any marketing or advertising program your engage in. From Al Ries, a master of marketing and branding in the retail sector, we take the lessons and apply the fundamentals to our real estate businesses.
One Secret in Branding is the Law of the Company
Brands are brands. Companies are companies. There is a difference. Think of You, Inc. as your company with you as the parent. Each of your brands are like your kids; each with a distinct personality and gifting. Each should have its own life and destiny. Each of your brands is going to have a purpose or niche within the marketplace. You, Inc. needs to manage the brands and determine when and how you want to grow as a business. You should have as many brands as you need to effectively cover your business plan, but just like kids, be cautious with giving birth to too many at once. Your brands should be the individual building blocks to your marketing success.
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