Real estate IDX is a great lead generation tool for your agent or broker website but don’t make the mistake in thinking it’s a passive lead generating tool. While email updates are sent to subscribers automatically and it’s terrific that visitors will receive your branded emails with the listings they want to see daily, it may not be enough to earn a new client.
Converting a “lead” into a “client” is about people and relationships, earning trust, being helpful and providing value. An automated system providing new listings daily provides a service but remember, this service is available on virtually all broker sites and many agent sites. If someone signs up for this service on your site, consider yourself privileged to have obtained that lead and follow up personally to add value and build trust.
It’s really not much different than floor duty. You know how some agents seem to consistently “luck-out” on floor duty? Those agents know how to make appointments… they’re making their own luck.
To add value think about what isn’t available in the automated emails. First thing that comes to my mind is price reductions and days on market. This info is only available when working with a real estate sales professional. Narrowing down a list of properties in a price range to a specific school district or other more personal criteria that isn’t available from a general IDX search. (cul-de sacs, walk to town, beach , train, etc.) Best deals, best values, like that really well priced home on the block with larger more expensive homes.
The agents who boast how many clients they get from their web sites are just like those duty-desk agents. They know how to recognize opportunity, follow through and make their own luck.