Monday, June 21, 2010

Listing of the Day - Advertising Critique - Miami 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.

3617 Bayview Rd. Miami FL 3 + 4 $1,049,000

The primary photo is an attention grabber and does set the tone for the description. It is a challenge to promote an 85 year-old mansion as a million dollar property, but this agent handles it quite well. Those potential buyers who would be attracted to this type of property are going to click on it, even if not a majority. My best analogy is the employment one where "the purpose of the resume is to get the interview". Good resume.

The remainder of the photo spread cleary show why this is a million dollar property. From the prominent swimming pool to the unusual room and window designs to the views to the sparkling kitchen. Clearly well planned and thought out photos, which a 7-figure property deserves.

Although the description copy is far too short, it does pack the punch of delivering strong selling points, even if not enough. It does, however, refer to being on a "private cul-de-sac in the grove". I personally have no idea of what "the grove" is, and wonder if people looking from out of area (and this is Miami, after all!) have any idea. Including that there is a 1 bed 1 bath cottage with the property is also a strong selling point, especially for a large family looking for this type of property.

At least there is no "Realtor fluff" in this copy. However, the advertisement fails to provide information about parking (garage?), whether or not there is a basement or storage, and other possible selling points.

Yet, this is a rare instance where even without enough information, a potential buyer interested enough to click ahead for details could be enticed to contact the agent to learn more. I can see why the seller is working with this agent.


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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