Monday, October 4, 2010

Listing of the Day - Advertising Critique - North Lauderdale FL

In an effort to improve the impact of the marketing of listings, I randomly choose current listings around the country in a variety of price ranges and comment on their effectiveness. No current clients of mine are used, nor do I know any sellers or buyers or have any additional information about the property.

This seller should be very disappointed with this ad from the start:

The headline reads "Real Estate Investment Deal", while the first line is "Move right in" and the copy is geared toward "your family". If the agent is targeting this as a true investment property the copy should be geared toward reasons why. (Is there a tenant? Can it be flipped? etc.) A true investor is not likely to return to this agent's listings since this is not actually presented as the investment property the headline touts.

If the agent is targeting this for family use, the headline should focus in that direction. As a result, a "family leader" is not likely to look at this ad.

Because of the lack of focus on the true target audience (and I'll add that I found this under "Real Estate Investment Opportunity"), the agent is blowing the opportunity regardless of how good or bad the photos and description copy is.

The photo spread is good overall. However, the primary photo is the poor one. Therefore, still another opportunity blown. Out of 9 photos in the spread, only 1 is an exterior shot. Normally, that is a good approach. However, the exterior photo used should not have even made the cut, let alone be the first impression. It shows part of the next home to the left and cuts off part of the featured property on the right. The big tree on the front lawn interferes with the view and becomes a distraction. We don't know what is cut off at the right side, and therefore we may not be seeing the right perspective of the home and the property.

Meanwhile, the one photo of the empty living room shows the view through the blinds looking out to the trash can. Oh my.

Topping it off is the comment under "Exterior Amenities" at the bottom of the listing page. It says, and I quote "Grass Lawn". Quick. How fast does knowing the property has a "Grass Lawn" make you pick up the phone to contact the agent? I thought so.

This is another example of why it is not always "the market" as the reason a property doesn't sell.


Note: This commentary is uncompensated and for marketing purposes only and is no reflection on the featured property. Its accuracy is not guaranteed. Neither Dave Kohl nor First In Promotions shall be held responsible for any representations.

At this time, I have openings for more realty agent/office clients to critique current and brand new listings on an hourly basis. No current or past client listings are featured on this blog.Random listings are chosen around the country.

Your comments are most welcome!

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