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New Year Marketing Ideas

January 7, 2014

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As we enter into another New Year, don’t let cold weather slow your resolve. The seeds you plant now with marketing and prospecting will reward you with prospects and clients as the market picks up into the spring. Creatively keeping your name in front of customers, prospects, and influencers and actively asking for referrals is a great way to drum up new business in 2014.

Here are two marketing ideas to stay in front of your current and past customers to keep your name top of mind and encourage referrals.

New Year’s Resolution Social Media Contest
When you think about a New Year’s resolution, what comes to mind—losing weight? giving up coffee? Encourage your customers and prospects to think outside the box by making a New Year’s resolution to improve their Pin on calendar pointing new year resolutionsneighborhoods and communities. In our business, the right neighborhood can be just as important as the right house. But we often don’t think of the human choices and actions that make our neighborhood what it is.

Use your Facebook page to ask participants to share their community resolution and vote for their favorite. Announce the contest via email, postings on your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts, and maybe even printing up flyers to display in some local businesses. You could choose to give out one grand prize or a weekly winner. This kind of contest is a win-win. You’re getting people to share great ideas and commit to improve your community, you get your name in front of new prospects in your area, you get to collect new names for your marketing list, and you associate your brand with your community. You can even partner with other local businesses to acquire prize donations and to help spread the word about the contest and gain more brand exposure. Just make sure to ask for email addresses to build your contact list and to notify winners.

New Year Calendar
Say thank you and keep your name in front of your current and past customers by sending them a wall or desk calendar for the New Year. Talk with your local promotional products company to find calendars that really stand Calendar for the year 2014. A painted house with Windows.out, like a family calendar that lets Mom keep track of up to 5 family members on one page or one that features home decorating or gardening tips. People still use and appreciate printed calendars and with personalized digital printing, you can really set your calendar apart and strengthen your brand. Digital printing lets you personalize information on the calendar like adding their name to the front page or adding local event information to the calendar like the dates of the annual art fair or 4th of July Celebration or even leaf pick up dates, if you can find that in advance. Providing a unique and useful calendar keeps your name and number in front of prospects all year long.

To get referrals, ask your current and past customers if there is anyone they think would appreciate a copy of the calendar. Once they send you names and mailing addresses, you have new people to add to your marketing list.

Make a New Year’s resolution to maintain or increase your marketing efforts. Use these or other creative marketing ideas to keep your name in front of your prospects.

Have you ever run a New Year or mid-winter marketing campaign? What did you do and how did it work for you?

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About century21affiliatedchicago

Century 21 Affiliated-Chicago (“C21AC”) is a full service real estate brokerage firm located in Chicago with a focus on residential and commercial properties. Our agent base and management team includes a wide range of specialties serving customer needs across the ever changing real estate landscape, with expertise in many niches, including REO transactions, investment sales, bulk purchasers and sellers, commercial product and traditional residential transactions. C21AC is part of Century 21 Affiliated (“Affiliated”), a top 5 franchisee in the Century 21 system with over 30 locations across the Midwest and over 32 years of history. C21AC entered the Chicago market in February 2011 to re-launch the Century 21 brand in the downtown area and to bring a proven operating platform to the large and fragmented Chicago real estate market. At Century 21 Affiliated, the customer comes first. Our complete commitment to delivering top-notch customer service to our clients is what distinguishes us from our competitors and makes us such a powerful force in the real estate industry. Specialties Residential Sales, Commercial Sales, Short Sales, Bulk Sales, REO's, Leasing, Business Services

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