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SMGirl_LoResOn Tuesday, March 18th at 1pm EST I’m hosting a special training on “Social Media 411: How to get more likes, follows and comments


    During this webinar you will learn:

* why social media is CRITICAL to getting more referral business

* 3 simple things you can do to get more likes on your Facebook page

* how to increase your twitter following

* how to get more comments on your posts (including, the big, bad reason why you may not be getting any comments at all!)

* how much time you should be spending on social media (and a super easy way to figure out if you’re totally wasting your most valuable resource!)

* a LIVE “ask anything” Q & A!


Go here register for the free training: http://bit.ly/1qzUq4A

We’ve put one hour as our time limit, but I know there will be lots of questions, so we’ll stay for a bit longer for those who want extra support!

We will be making a recording, but the only way to get your questions answered is to join our LIVE webinar on Tuesday at 1pm EST.

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To your success,

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Ingrid Menninga

Founder, JOLT Marketing

P.S. If you know someone else who would benefit from some free social media training, please feel free to extend the invite to join us by registering here: http://bit.ly/1qzUq4A

P.P.S. I only have 250 spots for this webinar, so sign up quickly if you want to guarantee yourself a seat at this free training.

Your Fortune is in Your Follow up (And How you can Lose Thousand$$$ if you don’t do this)

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Do you want prospects to call you when they’re ready…like REALLY ready… to work with you (instead of when they’re sort of fence-sitting thinking about it, only to eventually decide they’re going to wait until the timing is better)?

Do you want to be able to focus most of your time and energy on hot prospects who are ready to buy and need your help now?

If you’re saying yes, listen up.

Recently I had a call with a REALTOR(R) who was telling me that he was great at dealing with prospects that called him and were ready to buy right now. For the others he would follow up a bit…and then if they hadn’t taken action within a month, he would lose touch.

Not because he didn’t like them. Not because he didn’t want their future business.

But because he was busy working with other prospects who seemed like they were more ready.

And it seems that’s a pretty common habit amongst REALTORS(R) and Mortgage Brokers.

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What I’m seeing in this Facebook thread is the most Agents are all hot to get in touch with prospects at the beginning…and then after a few follow ups with no serious response…the Agent will lose touch and chase the next piece of business.

Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t focus your efforts on people that are ready to buy or sell now.

What I’m saying is this only works if you have an automated follow up system for those fence sitters that are interested in working with you… but aren’t ready right now.

According to NAR (National Association of REALTORS), 85% of buyers will buy within 18 months of starting their research into homes and mortgages. That means if you have 20 prospects who call you in the Fall 2013 market, 16 of those prospects will have bought or sold by the the Spring 2015. If every season you get around 20 calls, within one year that’s 80 prospects. Within 18 months 64 of those prospects will have bought or sold. Let’s say that you would make $3,000 from each of these clients. Over 18 months that’s $192,000.00. That’s a lot of business.

And the trick to making those prospects your clients is your follow up plan.

Continuous, regular, information rich follow ups that will occasionally ask direct questions that get your prospects to respond, get in touch, and view you as their #1 resource center for information.

Just like Wayne Gretzky says, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. In the lead generation world that means you lose 100% of the leads you don’t capture and follow up with.

At this point most Agents and Brokers will say “Oh, I have a newsletter that I send out once a quarter”, or “I have an e-blast from my company”. If you do, that’s a great starting point. If you don’t…it’s time to get on it.

But if you really want to pick up your results, build loyalty, and get awesome clients that are committed to working with you only…you need to send out your own personal, custom emails as a supplement to your company’s. Otherwise your prospects may be on 2 Agents or Brokers lists, and receive exactly the same thing. In this case, who will stand out? The one who supplements their company’s emails with their own content.

So what’s your take away for today? Your Fortune is in your Follow up.

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To your success,
Ingrid

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Ingrid Menninga is the founder of JOLT Marketing where her big mission is to put the heart back into the Real Estate and Mortgage industry while helping Agents & Brokers make awesome profits.

Within 3 years of founding JOLT Marketing, Ingrid has carved out a spectacular success roster working with Canada’s leading Real Estate and Mortgage brands with clients from RE/MAX, Royal LePage, Dominion Lending Centres, Verico, Street Capital, and more.

Ingrid is frequently featured in industry journals such as REM: Canada’s Real Estate Magazine, CAAMP’s Mortgage Journal, at speaking engagements for RE-Bar Camps, InMan’s Agent ReBoot, CMP’s The Mortgage Summit and in Sales Seminars for leading industry organizations such as IMBA(Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario).


Which Social Media Site Is Best for Real Estate Agents or Mortgage Brokers?

Every week at JOLT Marketing I get asked “Which Social Media Site Should I Focus On to market My Real Estate or Mortgage Business?”

“If I’m a REALTOR should I be on Twitter?”

“Is Pinterest good for Mortgage Brokers?”

“Do I need to be on all the NEW social media sites to do proper Real Estate marketing?”

“Is Vine good for Mortgage Broker Marketing?

Last week I made this short video where I let you know which social media site is the clear winner, and why it will be for years to come. As a bonus I also share the #1 secret in your social media strategy for Real Estate Agents or Mortgage Brokers that will determine if you will get leads and make money from social media.

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To your success,
Ingrid

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Ingrid Menninga is the founder of JOLT Marketing where her big mission is to put the heart back into the Real Estate and Mortgage industry while helping Agents & Brokers make awesome profits.

Within 3 years of founding JOLT Marketing, Ingrid has carved out a spectacular success roster working with Canada’s leading Real Estate and Mortgage brands with clients from RE/MAX, Royal LePage, Dominion Lending Centres, Verico, Street Capital, and more.

Ingrid is frequently featured in industry journals such as REM: Canada’s Real Estate Magazine, CAAMP’s Mortgage Journal, at speaking engagements for RE-Bar Camps, InMan’s Agent ReBoot, CMP’s The Mortgage Summit and in Sales Seminars for leading industry organizations such as IMBA(Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario).

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How To Break All Your Sales Records in 2013

If you’re like most Agents, the start of a New Year means a new start, new goals and a whole new energy around your business.

But how do you convert all that into sales results?

Step One: Set one high goal for yourself… like sky-high goal. Write it on a piece of paper.

Step Two: Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. goals. Originally created by George T. Doran in a 1981 issue of the magazine Management Revue, this model for setting and achieving “dream like” goals is one of the most popular and recognized ways to make sure you achieve high flying goals.

Here’s what your goals need to be to be S.M.A.R.T. goals:

Specific

This is where you step up, and make a commitment to something specific you will achieve in 2013.

A general goal would be “I’m going to increase my business in 2013″, but that’s not specific enough.

Instead set a goal such as “I’m going to make 10 prospecting calls every day, take a marketing training course so I know how to attract more prospects and close more deals,  and get a minimum of 5 new prospects in my office every month”.

Measurable

Make sure that when you set your goals you have attached a number to it such as “increase my business from 30 to 45 clients in 2013″. That way you’ll know when you’ve achieved your goal (& celebrate it), and it makes it easy to check in with yourself to see how you’re doing(there’s a tip on how to do that below).

Attainable

While this may seem like a “Can I actually do this?” section where that little nagging voice comes into your head and says your goal is crazy, that’s not it at all.

I firmly believe that you, yes “you”, can achieve goals beyond your wildest dreams. There is no actual reason why you can’t, only “limiting beliefs” that hold you back.  So toss those aside, make an outrageous goal for yourself, and then make it attainable by working back to see what you need to do to make it happen. Do you need to close 1 more deal a month in order to increase your closed deals to your dream goal? That doesn’t seem so hard does it? When you work back you put the big, scary goals  in perspective – it’s just a few more actions, and results every month, and by the end of the year, you’ll be able to look back and say “Wow, I did it!”

Realistic

Again, I want you to DREAM BIG on this one! Why, because far fetching, sky high goals are often achieved more than “easy” goals. The low goal exerts a low motivational force…and that’s not what I want for you.

I want you to stretch yourself to commit to a goal that is beyond your wildest dreams. Don’t settle for average – if you set average goals, you’ll get average results, and that is definitely not what I want for you – you deserve so much more than that!

Timely

Set a time frame for your big goal – and it’s more likely to come true. The easiest one is to set a goal for 2013. When you set a year long goal, consider setting up a reminder in your calendar for the first Tuesday of every month with a one hour time block where you can look at your progress so far this year, celebrate your success, notice what you did that worked, and make a commitment for what you would like to change.

Step Three: If you want to really boost the chances that you hit that sky-high goal for 2013 tell people about it! By verbalizing your goals you are stepping into a different space – this isn’t your “secret wish” anymore, this is your “I’m closing 45 deals this year” proclamation to the world, and it will have an extremely positive impact on your mindset, your outlook and your business success!

Step Four: Take Action! Turn that goal into a reality by doing something everyday that will get you closer to your big goal.

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Ingrid

Referred to as “The No Nonsense Marketing Maven,” Ingrid Menninga has xray vision for carving out marketing opportunities and the creativity to convert them into gold! Ingrid delivers high impact, low cost, customized marketing strategies for turbo-charging entrepreneurs and small business owners to great profits. After 12 years of working with legendary companies such as Carlson Marketing Group, Pizza Pizza, Invis Mortgages, and Royal LePage Canada, she left corporate Canada to launch JOLT Marketing In just 3 short years after starting JOLT Marketing, Ingrid has carved out a spectacular success roster working with Canada’s leading Real Estate and Mortgage brands such as Slavens Real Estate, GWL Realty Advisors, Mortgage Architects,Dominion Lending Centres, and Oriana Financial, to the tune of delivering a 250% increase in sales and participation on average. Having achieved high accolades for skyrocketing sales for countless companies, Sales Agents and budding Entrepreneurs with high profit marketing campaigns, Ingrid is frequently asked to share her expertise in industry journals such as Canada’s Real Estate Magazine – REM, at speaking engagements for RE-Bar Camps and InMan’s Agent ReBoot, and in Sales Seminars for industry organizations such as IMBA(Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario) and other leading industry organizations.

Ask Ingrid

Every month we receive countless questions from readers like you. On occasion we post the questions we feel would benefit the group.

Question: Hi Ingrid, I’m worried I’m sending mixed messages with my personal brand on social media. My background is in film and theatre as a performer and writer, which I continue in my spare time as a freelancer. I’m also a Mortgage Broker. On LinkedIn my heading is Mortgage Agent and Freelance actor/writer/producer. To be honest, I am worried that this looks like am divided. I’m worried that realtors and bankers will get concerned that I’m not available and competent to work in mortgages and concerned that my film contacts will wonder if I basically quit the film business. John Ghiz, Mortgage Shop Toronto

Answer: Hi John, Have you considered specializing in “Mortgages for Artists”? The best case scenario is that you’re able to combine your 2 jobs into one so that it seems perfectly natural. Now you have a complete disconnect, and since it makes your uncomfortable, others probably feel that. Find a way to blend the two, and you’ll be more comfortable, and it will be easier for you to promote. You are also at an advantage with this group since you understand their specific needs and challenges (this niche has their own lending challenges, and if you specialize in this group you can easily become the expert for this group and pick up tons of referral clients and word of mouth marketing), you can speak to them in their language, and you get regular face time with them. Ingrid, JOLT Marketing

Have a question? Please feel free to send us your questions to info@joltmarketing.com

VIDEO: How to Use Calls to Action to Grow Your Business

Calls to action are critical to winning more business, but most professionals aren’t using them properly. Watch this short video to find out:

- 3 mistakes that will kill your lead before you even made contact
- the secrets behind a lead nurture process
- how to use calls to action to turn your prospects into paying clients

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Less Conversation, More Action

If you’re in business for youself as a Mortgage Broker, Insurance Agent, Investment Advisor or Real Estate Agent here’s a fun & friendly reminder….

Action gets results….conversation gets ideas. But ideas without action is…..not really anything.

So, what’s stopping you? Let’s start taking ACTION!