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How To Earn Affiliate Income as a Real Estate Agentfluencer

Objective:

If you’re a real estate agent, then you probably already know that 90% of new agents fail and leave the business by the end of their first year! That’s a BIG problem. My question is why haven’t brokerages come up with a game plan to fix it?

🤔 Not finding an answer from the great wizard of Google, I decided to tackle this problem myself!

One solution that I discovered while exploring the world of content marketing, and began experimenting with, is how to earn affiliate income using product links inside my YouTube video descriptions.

Then my objective became more clear: to earn affiliate income from my CRM database (my farm area lead list) while promoting my brand. How? We make sales by doing Show & Tell, but with household goods!

Video Content:

  1. Food & Beverage: dinnerware, culinary tools, cookware, glasses, wine, groceries, and more!
  2. Birthdays: gift ideas for Mom, Dad, Kids, Teens, friends, co-workers, and neighbors; party themes; invite cards, etc.
  3. Holidays: Valentines, St. Paddy’s Day, July 4th, Cinco de Mayo, Thanksgiving, Christmas & NYE!
  4. Recreation: pool stuff, kayaking, camping, hiking, jogging, barbecue stuff, outdoor bowling, cornhole, etc.
  5. Bedrooms & Bathrooms: towels, towel racks, and toilet paper (oh my)! Linens and things, hehe.

We make sales by doing Show & Tell, but with household goods!

The Framework:

First, start by stating the purpose of your video. Example: For a long time, I wanted to grow out my beard, but I was embarrassed of how old I would look because of all my white hair.

Before

Second, share a personal life story that illustrates how or why you bought product “x” and explain how it solved your problem. Example: But the. I saw this beard coloring kit for men, so I gave it a try. Now I look and feel 20 years younger! I wish I had known about this product before.

After

Third, wrap up your video by including a call to action (CTA). Example: If you’ve been thinking about growing a beard too, or if your husband could use a touch up, then check out this product. I bought it from Amazon here: [product link]. Happy tinting! 😉

Sample product image

That’s a wrap! 🎬

If you liked this lesson and it makes sense to learn more about other ways to generate ancillary income in your real estate or other entrepreneurial business, check out my mini business plans called The 10 Pillars of Entrefluential Success here: courses

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New Release: The Entrefluential Marketer ( Mini Business Plan)

How would you like to make more sales? Have you tried using the art of story selling – a.k.a. infotainment – to entice your target audience to buy your products and services? Well, what are you waiting for?

In this mini business plan, we outline the objective, strategy (action steps), amplification methods, and which KPIs to record to track your results while you grow your business. I’d you want to improve your sales and marketing process, then start using The Entrefluential Marketer Sales Journey contained in this mini business plan!

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New Release: The Entrefluential YouTuber

What if I told you that you could open up unlimited stores with unlimited salespeople who worked 24/7/365 and without pay? Guess what, you can! They’re called YouTube videos and they work around the clock to pitch your products, services, and affiliate sales. All you have to do is stake your claim on the land of virtual real estate on YouTube by creating and uploading content that adds value to viewers.

To learn more, click here!

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Climb the Marketing Mountain

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Are We Insta-Friends?

I’m on Instagram as johnwtanner. Install the app to follow my photos and videos. https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=1cq3be9wnoqni&utm_content=ikx2ojd

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Got a 2022 Marketing Plan?

It’s a New Year, Time for a New Marketing Plan.

I have developed the habit of starting the year off by taking a step back to see the Big Picture 🖼 of what it is that I want to accomplish for the year. What it looks like for me in 2022 is a guy playing 7 chess ♟ games at the same time: real estate investor; real estate consultant; real estate brokerage owner; writer/marketer; lawyer; filmmaker; and musician. That’s a lot to juggle! 🤹‍♂️

When planning for your year ahead, do you find it best to compartmentalize each project?

I do! 🗂 So, this happened a couple days ago…

The heading says “business plan” but it’s really a top-down view of my marketing plan. Here’s how it works.

Start at the Top!

Platinum Clients are at the TOP of the Funnel!

Rather than do what the others are doing, starting at the bottom of the pyramid and working their way up, I’ve taken the advice of one of my new quasi-mentors, Kathryn Porritt of Business Bravery to start at the top!

1. Top-of-Funnel Prospecting:

For me, the top-of-the-funnel is comprised of two types of ideal clients: platinum clients (those who own businesses and earn over $1MM per year) and premium clients (those who have salaried positions, usually at the c-suite, and earn between $200K to $999,999 per year).

Q: How Do I Reach Them?

The answer is multi-channel marketing. This includes:

  • Direct mail,
  • Social media ads,
  • Custom FB audience (OWL + Batchskiptrace + RPR),
  • CrunchBase,
  • SunBiz.org (FL business owner),
  • SBA.gov (National business owner search),
  • Branding ads,
  • Press releases (PRNewswire), and
  • Book tours
Premium Clients Make Premium Purchases!

2. Middle-of-Funnel Prospecting:

This is akin to a database of your standard clientele (income < $200K per year). You’ll be able to reach them using Omni-present Marketing as well, but using different media and channels. Here’s a sample:

  • YouTube videos,
  • Udemy courses,
  • Kajabi courses,
  • Email list,
  • Paid traffic on fiverr,
  • Publishing one book a year,
  • 365 days of blog posts,
  • Podcast,
  • TV show,
  • Seminars & webinars,
  • Instructor courses live,
  • Business cards and brochures,
  • Booths at trade shows and association conferences,
  • Booths at arts & crafts festivals,
  • Sponsorship branding,
  • Pop-up kiosks at the mall,
  • Direct mail (postcards) campaign,
  • Brand advertisement at the movies,
  • Hotel magazine ads,
  • Airline magazine ads, and
  • Local and National real estate investor ads.
Most of Us Start at the Bottom of the Funnel.

3. Bottom-of-Funnel Prospecting:

Since we’ve already covered everyone using income bracketing, let’s just say that anyone who has not yet been exposed to your brand (aka Cold Traffic) is, by default, within this container. The objective here is to ✈️ taxi all cold leads onto your Brand RAMP (read Professional Services Marketing by Shultz and Doerr) so that all prospects will recognize, articulate, memorize, and prefer your products and/or services. 🛫

Over to you. What does your marketing plan for 2022 look like? Does any of this resonate with you? Chime in! 🛎

Cheers!

John

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Happy Anniversary to Me!

Just reached ten years of blogging on WordPress. I wish I could spend more time blogging, I love connecting with others and sharing our views on everything under the sun (and sometimes under the moon, too). 😉 Thanks, WordPress friends! Cheers to you!! 🥂 🎉

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The “What’s Hot in Marketing” Verdict Is In!

Your Audience (and Their Attention) is Gone in 60 Seconds – So Use it To Your Advantage!

Use short video as bait to lure them in.

If you haven’t heard, Tik Tok is on fire and IG and YT are playing “catch up!” If you want to win viewers, then you need to deploy a 60 second video marketing strategy to lure viewers into your lead funnel’s traction beam.

Is that a goldfish?

Start with a hook that teases the benefit of watching your long-form content (and by long-form, I mean 3-8 minute videos on YouTube or Vimeo.)

Information is Illuminating!

Don’t leave them hanging, feed their hunger for more information. Close out your video message by recapping your main points and tell them where to go for more information.

A + B = C (It’s elementary, dear Watson!)

End with a clear CTA.

Ex: Curious to learn how we got this goldfish in the bag? Go here (xxx) to learn more!

Happy marketing!

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How’s Your Homepage Holding Up, Homie?

Gotta love a good alliteration! All kidding aside, this blog post is about taking account of your business homepage to ascertain whether or not it’s time for an update!

Start With a Spotlight Video!

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One of the best ways to inform your viewers of who you are and what you do is by adding a promo video at the top of your homepage underneath your banner.

The best way to sell your products or services is to present a problem/solution demonstration inside of your spotlight video. For instance, if you’re a pressure washing company, you could display a homeowner who is getting the home ready to list in this hot real estate market, but the driveway looks dirty and the neighbors are judging. Uh-oh.

The owner receives a flyer from your local pressure washing company in the mail and the owner has an immediate ‘aha’ moment. Cut to pressure washing service in action. Next, the owner peeks out the window to a line of buyers outside waiting to present their offers (above asking price, of course!) The homeowner (your prospective client) lives happily ever after!

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Like a Good Kindergartener, Compartmentalize Your Wares.

It helps viewers when you compartmentalize each section of your business so they can go straight to the resources they are looking for (and reduces your click through rate in the process!)

Now is the time to channel your inner air traffic controller 🛩 psyche and plan how you’ll drive traffic on your homepage.

Action Steps:

  1. Start with a story. Why should a viewer stay on your page? What’s in it for them?
  2. Compartmentalize your page into at least three sections:
    • Part One: problem/solution
    • Part Two: client testimonials
    • Part Three: CTA – appointment calendar links or order buttons.

Leave the “we’re the best on earth” braggadocio behind! No one cares about us, they only care about how we can make their lives better.

In closing, take some time this week to check the pulse of your page. is it time for a remodel? Even BK and McD know when it’s time to remodel, and look how they’re doing! Go remodel, revamp, and modernize your business page.

Yours in Success,

John W. Tanner, J.D.|M.S.

Founder, The Entrefluential Marketer

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Frequency or Frequency?

How are you showing up to your sphere of influence (SOI) and potential clients? Are you tuning in to their frequency?

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In this context, frequency is decibel of sound that your audience (SOI & prospects) listens in?

Are you communicating to your audience with frequency?

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In this context, frequency is defined as the number of times you show up and communicate.

For the former, there is a pre-requisite that you know how your audience prefers to communicate about your subject matter. You can research the answer to this query by going to Quora or Reddit to see what questions and answers are shared around your subject matter. (That’s the easiest method.) Alternatively, you could conduct surveys to a random sampling of your audience to determine their communication styles & preferences. With this background research completed, you’ll be able to tune in to their frequency and get your messages across effectively! 📡

As for the latter, the level of frequency in which you need to show up is dependent on the level of noise surrounding your audience. In our Social media age, you will need to show up more often in order to be seen by your audience. Traditionally, the rule of thumb was market to your audience seven times. 7️⃣➕

Today, because of the high quantity of content distribution, you should be showing up about 20 times per prospect. 2️⃣0️⃣➕

You may think that 20 times seems like a lot, because it is a lot, and I may not sit with you well to communicate with one person 20 times on one social media platform. I think the same way too. The good news is that you can mix up those 20 messages over multiple social media platforms so that you don’t come across as desperate or pushy. So let’s say you shop for times on Facebook, four times on Instagram, four times on LinkedIn, four times on YouTube, and four times on Twitter. Now you have made 20 contacts with your audience over 5 channels – not too shabby!

Question: what do I say 20 times?

I’m glad you asked! Use the F.O.R.D. method (family, occupation, recreation, dreams). Spread your communication out so that you communicate four times per day.

Start With a Post that Talks About Your Family.

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Share an activity that you just did or will do together. People know, like, and trust (KLT) other people who are similar to themselves, so you can earn cool points if you happen to be engaging in similar family activities as your audience and their families. 💁‍♂️🤱💇‍♀️🤷‍♂️

Make Your Next Post About Your Occupation.

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We all know that there are good days and bad days at work. Sharing your ups and downs humanize you and makes you more relatable to your audience, just don’t bash anyone from your workplace because you might have a boomerang come back at you. You can vent while being civil. And if you are venting, ask your audience for advice! People love to help other people that are facing similar challenges that they have gone through themselves, it is in our human nature to do so. 🏢 🤫😩😮😬

Write Your Third Post About Recreational Activities.

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When was the last time you and your family had a picnic in the park? If you haven’t done this in a while, I recommend that you pack a bag or picnic basket (are those still a thing?), a blanket large enough to provide space for everyone in your family, f&b, and perhaps a good book to read together. Snap a photo and share it! 👨‍👩‍👧 📸

Lastly, End Your Posting Day by Talking About Your Dreams (or Your Audiences’ Dreams)!

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What are your plans for the future? What plans does your audience have that you can help them achieve? People love to dream about the life they want, but seldom do they write it down and reverse engineer a path to achieve their desires. You can serve them well here.

Q: But When Should I Post?

Let’s follow the KISS method (keep it simple, silly). All of us pretty much start our days between 6 and 10 a.m., so let’s start posting in 4 hour increments (frequency) beginning at 8 a.m.!

8️⃣AM➕1️⃣2️⃣PM➕4️⃣PM➕8️⃣PM

In closing, knowing the frequency at which your audience communicates 🗣👂 and communicating with frequency 🗣✖️4️⃣, using the 🚘 F.O.R.D. Method, across multiple social media channels 🎙 📺 🖥 📲 will provide you with the quality, quantity, and variety sufficient enough to break through the 🚪 barrier of noise (other people’s messages) to get your communications heard by your intended recipients. 👏 🤩 🥰