Truth be told, online leads does not immediately convert to sales. It takes time, effort, and patience for leads to materialize. With hundreds of queries online only one or two leads will prosper. Nowadays, clients are looking for someone who will go the extra mile in understanding their needs and providing them with options that meet their expectations.
While there is no cookie-cutter approach to converting leads to sales, there are some tricks of the trade to help you out.
1. Time is the essence. Whenever you receive online leads, your goal should always be to respond within five minutes. Prospective clients normally contact multiple agents at the same time and the first one to respond gets an edge over the others. A study done by MIT’s Dr. James Oldroyd for UK-based lead tracking software company shows that the odds of contacting a lead if he is called within five minutes are 100 times higher compared to another contacted in 30 minutes. It doesn’t even have to be an answer right away. You just have to respond in some way and acknowledge that you’ve received their query and get back to them at the soonest possible time.
2. Be a resource person. Oftentimes, people reaching out to agents online are those with minimal experience in real estate. They have no connections with agents and are basically starting from scratch.  What will set you apart is when you offer valuable insights and expert advice that they couldn’t find anywhere else. Prospective clients will appreciate inputs like, “this property developer has been in the real estate business for X years now and I can say that they deliver quality work based on the properties I’ve seen” or “This condominium developer has lower association fees compared to X developer with the same amenities.”
3. Make sure to follow-up. Follow-ups are as important as responding immediately. Prospective clients want to deal with agents who show concern and interest to them. It’s important to make your presence felt by being there every step of the way. Build trust by responding to their questions immediately. You have to be persistent and ask questions that matter to clients—what are their preferred areas? Do they have children? What kind of amenities are they looking for? What are the establishments that should be within close proximity to their property?
4. Avoid hard-selling. Persistence doesn’t mean you become overbearing that potential clients treat you as a nuisance. In sales, it’s important to practice self-restraint and allow clients to have a little breathing room. Follow-ups are okay but if you call five times a day, chances are you’ll have to deal with a pissed client. Also, avoid putting pressure on clients.
5. Use Lamudi’s Lead Management Tool. In today’s rapid technological advancement, it’s important to have tools that will help to achieve your desired results from online leads. Lamudi’s Lead Management Tool is designed to help property sellers manage their listings, follow up leads and generate new business efficiently. Its user-friendly dashboard and integrations allow sellers to track their leads and optimize their sales pipeline. Some of its features include Lead Tagging which allows sellers to view prospective buyers who visited their listings and expressed interest, Messaging which connects the seller and buyer via chat, SMS and calls, and Lead Profiling which keeps details specific to each lead such as preferred location, budget range and property size.
For further information, please visit www.lamudi.com.ph.

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