By Melissa Dittmann Tracey
The micro blogging site Twitter has generated plenty of buzz lately and all from the simple question: “What are you doing now?” Those who use the site have 140 characters or less to respond to the question. Members “follow” other members, and vice-versa, to stay up-to-date on what everyone is doing. Many real estate pros have jumped on the Twitter bandwagon, using it as a way to connect with clients. In the book Twitter Power (Wiley, 2009), authors Joel Comm and Ken Burge show how individuals and organizations can use it as a marketing tool and how such short “tweets” can even land new business. BUY THE BOOK
FROM THE BOOK: 5 WAYS TO USE TWITTER FOR BUSINESS
When you use Twitter for business reasons, you want to “blend in” and make sure your messages don’t come across as blatant sales pitches, or you could face a backlash from followers, the authors write. Your goal for using Twitter should be to make your business stand out and turn your customers into a community.
“Your Twitter timeline is not a sales page,” Comm and Burge write. “Gripping headlines and hard call-to-actions on Twitter are more likely to drive people away than drive them to buy. Your Tweets need to be subtle. They have to build interest and trust. Only then will your followers feel that doing what you want them to do will be worth their while. ”
Here are five tips from the book on using Twitter for business.
1. Make yourself personable. You want your messages, or “tweets,” to be written in a laid-back tone that creates the impression that you’re chatting with others. “Businesses that tweet like a corporate executive addressing a board meeting will … scream that they have no idea what they’re doing—or who they’re talking to,” the authors write. Continue reading »
By Erica Christoffer
The Weekly Book Scan catches up with writers Donna Fleetwood and Christy Crouch to talk about their new book Now What Do I Say? Never Be at a Loss for Words Again (BookSurge Publishing, 2008). In case you missed it, be sure to check out a mini review of the book posted last week on the blog.
How did you develop the dialogues for this book?
FLEETWOOD: We intended this to be a reference manual for real estate agents who are wanting to study different ways to handle objections. Christy and I have studied neuro-linguistic programming objection handling for quite a number of years in an intense way. We would write 10 sentences a day for different objections, and we did this for years. With our other partner, Scott Friedman, we decided there was no other book on the market like this. It can be a reference manual for agents to use, carry around with them in their car or in their office, that they could practice or actually reference when they are talking to somebody.
CROUCH: It seems like when we get those questions and objections, it can sometimes freeze us and it’s kind of scary. But we found from studying it, that there aren’t all that many new objections. The clients are having the same objections over and over. If we just learn how to powerfully handle them, in a way that benefits the client and sets the agent apart, it would be a great tool for them to have and be able to refer back to.
FLEETWOOD: One of the things Christy and I truly believe is to align with the client and not to fight with them. Not to try to prove how much we know, but rather use language in a way that brings the two parties together.
I noticed in the book that asking questions of the client was a common way of handling objections in your scenarios. Could you explain a little bit about the importance of asking questions?
CROUCH: I think the more questions we can ask our clients, the better position we’ll be able to be in to actually help them with exactly what they’re looking to accomplish. We’ve learned that the client ultimately cares about getting what they need and having us help them. The more questions you ask, the more you can find out exactly how you can help them. Continue reading »