How to Build a Buyers List using Bandit Signs


Most real estate investors spend the majority of their time and efforts on acquiring new properties. While critical, there’s another important step that often ends up being neglected as a result: building a buyers list.

There may be nothing more stressful for an investor than the prospect of searching for a buyer once he has finally managed to secure an offer. In this blog post I’ll show you  why buyers lists are so important as well as how to build them using bandit signs.

 

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared of using Bandit Signs

Bandit signs are a cost-effective way to generate leads. They’ve been tried and tested for many years and have withstood the test of time.

For some people, the prospect of putting up signs in their neighborhood still seems daunting. Some are taken aback by the perceived complexity of it all (Where do I put up the signs? How many do I need? What should I watch out for?) and others are afraid of getting confronted by ‘the man’ and possibly getting fined.

Today I’d like to give you a few reasons why I think that there is no reason to be afraid of putting up bandit signs.

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Top Three Tools to Optimize Your Bandit Sign Campaign

If you’re a real estate investor and are already using bandit signs as part of your marketing strategy, then you’re on your way to producing promising leads and ensuring continued business and revenue. However, while it is a cost-effective means of advertising and a way of getting your name out there, there’s more to running successful bandit sign campaigns than initially meets the eye.

The tools we present in this blog post will allow you to stand out from the competition. There’s a lot other ambitious investors in the real estate game and if you want to set yourself apart then you need the right tools.

 

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Why Bandit Signs are making a Comeback

The two most popular methods to generate leads as a real investor are currently PPC and direct mail campaigns. As a result the space is getting crowded and it’s getting harder and harder to use these strategies and be profitable. So what can you as a real investor do to set yourself apart in today’s real estate market? Easy: do what other’s are not doing. Add strategies such as bandit signs and prospecting to your lead generation toolset.

 

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Do These Five Things for a Successful Bandit Sign Campaign

Real estate investors face many of the same challenges as other entrepreneurs and business owners. When starting out, they need a reliable and low-cost way to generate leads. Once they start getting results it remains important for them to maximize their return on investment and to keep expenses low.

That’s why bandit signs are both the perfect avenue for a newbie real estate investor to start his marketing efforts and for a seasoned pro to generate inexpensive leads. The following is a list of the top five things you should do to start reaping the benefits of a successful bandit sign advertising campaign.

 

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Our Brand New Street Team, Social Media, and Brand Ambassador Marketing Resource Center

Hey folks! It’s been a while since our last update here, but boy have we been busy!

In a few weeks, we’ll be rolling out a new product called CrewFire – a marketing tool that helps you turn your supporters (your fans, friends, employees, or audience) into your online brand advocates (people who share your content on Facebook and Twitter for you).

In preparation for the launch, we’ve started building the CrewFire Resources page, where we’ll be sharing helpful social media, brand ambassador, and street team marketing videos, tutorials, guides, and more.

Our first 5 videos are already live (links are to YouTube):

We’re looking forward to expanding the resource center to include more and more helpful content, guides, and videos, so let us know what you think, and especially what questions you have about social media, brand ambassador, street team marketing, or any of our products. Anything is fair game 🙂

 

Why aren’t my SimpleCrew photos showing up on the map?

You’ve just started using the SimpleCrew app to track your street team’s progress in the field. Everything is going swimmingly, but the gosh dang photos won’t show up on the map!  Dont’ worry, we’re here to help.

Android GPS Settings

For most Android OS, the problem is that you don’t have GPS enabled in your normal camera app. To do this:

  1. Open your normal camera app
  2. Click the settings (Gear Icon)
  3. Scroll down until you can turn GPS on

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If that doesn’t work, you should check that your locations services are enabled in your phone Settings -> Location. The shortcut for this is to swipe down from the top of your screen and select the GPS icon.
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iPhone Settings

Go to Settings -> SimpleCrew and set Location to “While using the app” or “Always”

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You should also check to make sure Location Services is turned on in Settings -> Privacy

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Mobile App

If you are uploading photos from Android or iPhone, make sure to upload photos through the mobile app which you can download at app.simplecrew.com/getapp.

Web App on a Smartphone

Uploading from a web browser like safari or chrome will NOT extract GPS data on a mobile phone. You need to first transfer your photos to a laptop and upload at app.simplecrew.com

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As long as you took your photos with the correct GPS settings, you can always upload them on your favorite web browser (chrome, firefox, safari, etc) and the photos will show up on the map.

Mac / iPhoto

If you want to upload in bulk on the web app, you probably will be importing your photos from iPhoto if you are using a Mac.

First select your photos, then in the menu bar, click File -> Export.

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When the window box pops up. Make sure you select Include “Location information.”

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If you still can’t get your photos to show up on the map,  you can always shoot Mike or Alan an email at Mike@SimpleCrew.com or Alan@SimpleCrew.com, and we’ll be happy to help.  Good luck!

Our proudest website design yet.

Earlier today, we shipped the latest version of the SimpleCrew website. It’s the culmination of about 6 weeks of labor and love, and while its still a work in progress, it’s our proudest website design yet.

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Major product update! Say hello to the new Team Member pages!

Hey folks!

Mike’s been crazy hard at work over the last month, and today we’re happy to release an awesome, highly-requested product update to you guys. Say hello to the new Team Member pages!

Before, the only way to view photos was by campaign. There was no way to see what an individual team member had done across all campaigns.

Now, with the new team member pages, you can click on any team member on the Team page or inside Campaigns to see all the photos they’ve submitted:

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How to Promote a Concert

Concert promotion matters.

While that might seem like an obvious things to say (especially coming from us), you can, at times, come across concert promoters who believe that the gig will “sell itself.”

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