MARKETING

A Content Marketing Strategy for the Independent Builder


Digital Marketing 102: Creating Awareness

Create a specific track on your website which addresses a Buyer's specific needs at each point in the process.

Ask questions like:

  • Are you just beginning the process of buying a house?
  • Do you understand the benefits of owning a home?
  • Are you concerned about how you are going to afford a new home?
  • Do you have a design in mind?
  • Have you already found a place where you want to build?

And then build a content track for each of these market segments.  And when the Prospect answers the question, point them at the appropriate track which you have developed for them.  

Obviously, that track will lead to the obvious conclusion that your construction business can provide the answers to their questions.

Highlights --

  • Goal is to create interest and engagement
  • You want the prospect to know about you, and to want to contact you about your houses
  • You will need to develop content on your website, ads, vehicles, or jobsites that attracts, entertains and engages the prospective Buyer
  • 72% of searches are for generic search terms such as "home for sale" or "buy new home"
  • 75% of Buyers who start with a generic search term fill out an online form or request information
  • Make sure to use these generic search terms in the content

Make this first step in the process fulfilling for the Prospect.  Provide content that he and she will find informative, amusing, interesting.  Ask for contact information so you can continue to assist them in making this very important decision.

Buyer's Journey


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BUILDER

DIGITAL MARKETING 102: CREATING AWARENESS

How to connect your brand with home buyers and to begin to influence their decision-making process earlier in the customer journey.

By Richard Bergér, VP of E-Business at ASTRALCOM

Part 2: Understanding the Phases of the Home Buying Journey – Awareness

The start of the customer journey. The top of the sales funnel. It’s where the buying cycle starts and the first opportunity that consumers have to interact with your brand. Some home buyers may already know your brand and some may not. Some may be looking for specific information related to new homes, but not necessarily one of your homes or communities – at least not yet.

This phase of the home buyer journey presents multiple excellent opportunities to connect your brand with these home buyers and to begin to influence their decision-making process earlier in the customer journey. However, these aren’t “selling” opportunities. Rather, they are instances by which to create interest and engagement with home buyers.

Google calls these “Assisting Interactions” that build awareness, consideration, and intent earlier in the home buyer journey or purchase funnel. Content that attracts, entertains and engages home buyers and that fits the context of their journey across channels goes a long way in generating interest and connecting with home buyers at the start of the sales cycle.

Since generic search terms like “home for sale,” or “buy new home” constitute 72% of all searches, it’s clear that brand-related searches aren’t even being considered by most home buyers at this stage of their journey. In fact, only 17% of searches are brand-only. Furthermore, according to Think Real Estate with Google, 75% of home buyers who start with a generic search and end with a generic search convert (that is, fill out an online form or request information) as opposed to 40% that start their search with a brand name.

Message/Content

a. Educate:
· New vs Used – Demonstrate the value and savings of a new home over a used one. 
· Rent vs Own – Demonstrate the value and savings owing a home instead of renting. 
· Establish Wants and Needs – Help determine the wants and needs of home buyers. 

· Choose Where to Live – Educate home buyers on the livability of your communities. 

· Infographics – That help explain the home buying journey and the various attributes of buying a new home. 
b. Content for calls-to-action (CTA): 
· Create account. 
· Newsletter sign-up. 
· Online chat.

Channels 

a. SEO
· Organic search results via SEO, local search matches, images, video, keyword optimized press releases and RSS/XML feeds to news channels. 
b. PPC
· Generic search keywords and terms. 
c. Blog influencers and other referring sites
· 3rd party feeds to real estate sites, bloggers, news channels and industry-specific sources.

These specific channels may result in different outcomes for your brand, depending on when home buyers interact with each one. In this beginning part of the journey, these channels help home buyers develop an awareness of your brand.

In Part 3, we’re going to outline the 2nd component of the home buyer journey: Consideration. Now that more prospective home buyers are aware of our brand – because we’re connecting to them further up-stream with informative and valuable content – we stand a greater chance of influencing their journey and experiences along the way toward their outcome. As part of their brand consideration mix now, how can we help home buyers, when looking into different brands? Our next article in this series centers on the Consideration phase of the home buyer journey. We’ll demonstrate how to create next-level engagement that further educates and inspires home buyers.