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Perception is Everything & Your Business Can Work On It

Reputation is everything in business. Why should a client choose your business over one of your competitors? There are some industries where the business’s success is upon the reputation and trusted advisor status of one person for example the real estate sales industry. Sales Agents are front of house and often the only interaction between the business and the customer so when they are projecting confidence, knowledge and experience, they’re winning their customers loyalty and trust.

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Perception is everything, and some businesses are completely at its mercy, especially in the services sector. This saying comes to mind:  “you’re only as good as your last sale”.  In recruitment and real estate sectors, customers will gravitate to the best salespeople they perceive as the best.  Customers want the best and it’s your job to make sure customers believe their perception of you is good.

Here are three tips on how to manage perception so you can get and retain a healthy customer base.

1. First Impressions Are The Most Lasting

More likely than not, a buyer’s first impression of you and your business will more than likely now come from the internet and this is good as it provides a level playing field irrespective of the size of your business. Managing your reputation and brand online is key to making a great first impression and building trust online. As Realtor Mag reports, survey respondents identified “consumer opinions posted online” and “branded websites” as two of the most trustworthy promotional media (at 70 percent and 50 percent, respectively).

Consumer surveys like the aforementioned; present supporting evidence that your website is the new virtual handshake and elevator pitch all in one. No longer can you create a positive first impression in person as your prospective customers have already created their own first impression of your business online.  Therefore your website has to stack up against your competition. Your website needs product and service listings, simple navigation, and optimized web design, remember it’s the display window to your business and perception is everything so via your website, you’re establishing credibility in the eyes of potential clients. Likewise, while you can’t control what people say about you on review sites, you can respond professionally and politely to reviews (positive or negative). This will show people that you care about your customer service and go the extra mile to build trust with clients.

And of course, in real life, business operators like realtors can also make a strong first impression on visitors by preparing properties for tours and making listings as attractive as possible. This extra effort, combined with strong interpersonal skills and helpful nature, will provide a great jumping-off point for a lasting customer relationship.

2. Why Using Management Systems Create A Good Impression

Managing your workflow will show your clients your professionalism and attention to detail. Avoid paper trails that are disorganized, you want to show your customers you respect the business you’re in and that you operate inefficiently. Avoid leaving yourself dozens of scraps of paper with cryptic little notes, you’ll lose them and vital information will slip through the cracks. Forgetting to call, email or text a customer will harm your relationship and the customer’s trust in you to deliver.

As The Balance points out, failing to use effective contact and task management systems can be a huge waste of time and energy, especially when it comes to time management in the real estate industry. For example, there are a lot of software management systems for the real estate industry now, including content management systems (CMS) and customer relationship systems (CRM).  A popular CRM in the real estate industry is a realtor CRM  called chime.me and it’s popular as it helps keep track of leads and develop an efficient communication strategy that’s great for building a rapport with clients.  Using systems can minimize the administrative workload so salespeople can spend more time doing what they love the most – selling.

3. Being Punctual Is A Sign Of Respect

Punctuality shows respect, and there’s never a time you can drop the ball on it.  After you have created the right first impression and followed through with sound business practices, you must follow through with punctuality.  Being late to a meeting or event is not a good look show you’re committed and give your clients a great reason to keep working with you. As Phoenix Business Journal writes, “Being late for anything—a business meeting, a luncheon, an appointment with a client—suggests a gross lack of integrity. Being fashionably late is neither fashionable nor profitable. It’s inconsiderate, discourteous, and often insulting.”

Showing up early enough to prepare for tours, open houses, and in-office appointments will score you major points with clients. Conversely, showing up “just five minutes late” time after time will convey that you’re either disorganized or uncaring. And you have to face it, that’s not who anyone would choose to find or sell them a home.

Earning your clients’ loyalty is half the battle in competitive industries like real estate driven by one person – the sales agent.