Sales & Marketing Ideas Magazine Jul/Aug 2013

| Dennis O'Neil

If you haven’t yet seen the latest issue of Sales & Marketing Ideas Magazine, I invite you to check it out here. It was a special honor to contribute again to this issue of the magazine. As part of a panel of Internet marketing leaders in our industry, I participated in a Q&A session lead […]

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The Sales & Marketing Pulse Webcast – This Thursday

| Dennis O'Neil

At the 2013 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of presenting the results of our annual Sales & Marketing Pulse report with our partners, Shore Consulting. Jeff Shore and I presented the results to the crowd in Sales Central with standing room only. If you missed us at IBS, you’ve got […]

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My New Book: Sales Actualization – Outselling the Internet

| Dennis O'Neil

The relationship the Internet has with the salesperson is a fascinating one. Some salespeople choose to ignore technology. Some fear it. Some choose to fight it. And some choose to work with it. Over the last 15 years, I’ve witnessed first hand the changing role of the traditional salesperson; How the Internet has impacted salespeople like robots impacted the […]

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Every Sales Counselor is an Online Sales Counselor: Part One

| Dennis O'Neil

I recognize the ever growing popularity of the Online Sales Counselor role. I first saw it nearly ten years ago, and it continues with a slow and steady climb. It has always been my feeling, albeit unpopular, that the Online Sales Counselor role is a short-term solution at best, and at worst, a dependency drug […]

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Updated: The Original Social Media.

| Dennis O'Neil

Consider the the roots of the phrase “social media.” “Media” refers to a written, visual, or audible element. “Social” refers to the nature of the media itself and the method in which others can interact with it. “Social” means that the media both invites conversation, and in the best cases, evokes conversation and supports continued […]

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Salespeople – The Original Social Media

| Dennis O'Neil

Consider the phrase, “social media.” The “media” part refers to the content, the social content – the conversation. Sales is conversation with a purpose. I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with Matthew Shadbolt of The Corcoran Group after coaxing him to Baltimore to speak at SMC SalesCamp. Those of you that know, […]

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Great Uses of Video to Sell New Homes

| Dennis O'Neil

Here are five of my favorite uses of video for Real Estate and new home marketing. They’re not all my favorite for the same reason, and they’re not all fit for every purpose. Some have a unique twist, some are just a better way to do a tour, and the last couple have shock value […]

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A Facebook App for Home Builders

| Dennis O'Neil

It’s no secret the impact that Facebook is having on consumer behavior. In fact, in recent months, Facebook has risen into the top 5 referring sources of traffic for some of our clients’ websites. Despite this impact, many builders are still somewhat skeptical of Facebook’s role in the buying process, and I can sort of […]

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Why Do Your Listings Look Like Everyone Else’s? Try a Social Listing

| Dennis O'Neil

Generally speaking, most builders, salespeople, and real estate brokers I speak with agree that the last thing the Internet needs is another home search directory. Each time a new directory is introduced, it creates a new burden for the builder (focus, monitoring, plus a new SEO competitor). Ask a consumer if the Internet needs another […]

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Testimonials are Dead

| Dennis O'Neil

Testimonials rely on the concept of “social proof”; the idea that we look to others to help determine how we should behave. For this reason, testimonials are a powerful component of advertising. As with most things, overuse and abuse has diminished the effectiveness of the typical testimonial. Something more authentic is the only way to […]

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Effective Communication with Social Media

| Dennis O'Neil

On March 9th, I had the pleasure of speaking to over 200 new home sales and real estate professionals at SMC SalesCamp. My assigned topic was “Effective Communication with Social Media.” The videos below contain my full presentation. In this presentation, I was able to introduce the concept of Lead Curation – Creating an environment conducive to […]

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Want More Facebook Fans? Don’t Buy Them. Earn Them.

| Dennis O'Neil

I do not become your fan by clicking a button. The click merely affirms the work you’ve already done. If I’m a true fan of a business (not just in the Facebook sense), I am rooting for that business’s success. I’m an advocate for the product or service. I feel a sense of pride when […]

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2010 is Going to Make You Cry

| Dennis O'Neil

If new media marketing was an onion, 2009 peeled away just the surface layer of potential. However, in 2010, we’re heading deep into that onion – get ready to cry… in a good way. Last year’s new media tools are maturing, and their business purpose is quickly coming into focus for more and more users. […]

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Are you Sharing Enough? Presentations, Video, Content, etc

| Dennis O'Neil

Upon reviewing 2009, and planning for 2010, I realized I want to be sharing more content than I have in the past. I rarely get the opportunity to write as much as I like (and that’s a goal, too), but mainly I thought about the volume of media I’ve produced over the last year – […]

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