Experienced business owners know that communicating with customers and tracking leads is essential for keeping a successful business running. Nothing does that better than a strong CRM. Having a real estate investing CRM system in place will help your business across the board. Communicating with leads: check. Tracking customer behavior and lead conversion: check. Keeping lead and customer information for retargeting: check.
Not using a CRM yet? Don’t worry, we’re going to go over everything real estate investors need to know about CRMs, how to use them, and how your business with grow with one in place. Ready to grow and manage your business like a professional? Let’s get started!
First Off – What is a CRM
CRM stands for “customer relationship management”. Essentially, it’s a way to keep your interactions with customers and leads organized so that you can better manage your real estate investing business. Zapier puts it this way:
“Customer relationship management software (CRM) are tools to organize your contact info and manage your relationship with current and prospective customers, clients, and other contacts. They’re address books on steroids — the modern version of old-fashioned Rolodex.”
Ok, that doesn’t sound like it’s a big deal, but trust us it is. We know that running a real estate investing business takes a lot of time and organization as well as a crazy amount of contact and communication. Heck, that’s the biggest part of lead generation and lead to deal conversion.
Having a strong real estate investing CRM keeps track of contact information, sure, but it also tracks customer and prospect behavior. We’ll talk about why this is a good thing in detail in the next section, but for now know that tracking behavior is essential for retargeting.
So to answer the question “what is a CRM”: it’s a software to manage and organize your real estate investing business. The more organized, the more efficient. Efficiency means higher returns. By making your process and communication as streamlined as possible, you’re making your real estate investing business more profitable in the long-run.
Why You Need a Real Estate Investing CRM
Just 10 years ago organizing your real estate investing business meant spreadsheets and phone books. The problem with that old-school style of organization is two fold.
- You run the risk of losing important data and contact information
- You have no way of live tracking important marketing relevant information
Think about it. If you’re still using spreadsheets and old-school tracking methods then you know that you have to manually update things. You also know that manually updating customer information takes up a lot of your time and is easily victim to clerical errors. These errors cost you time, money, and more importantly prospects. Using a real estate investing CRM prevents your important business information from all of these risks. Let’s go over all of the benefits and features of using a CRM for your real estate investing business!
Customer Behavior Tracking
Alright, let’s get down to how a real estate investing CRM tracks customer behavior for retargeting. Needles to say, tracking behavior is invaluable for getting in front of the right target audience. The whole point of PPC (pay per click) marketing is getting in front of a highly targeted audience. Additionally, retargeting is continuing to advertise to prospects that clicked on your ad, went to your website, or even made it as far as your sales forms but didn’t convert into a lead.
Which is why knowing customer and prospect behaviors is one of the most beneficial features of a real estate investing CRM. A good CRM will track:
- When a prospect visited your site
- How many times they’ve visited your site
- The paths they’ve taken to get to and navigate through your site
This information will make it easier to retarget them with content and ads that are specific to their needs. For example, say a potential lead found your real estate investing business by clicking on one of your blog posts after searching for the term “sell house without repairs”. From that information, you know that this prospect…
- Has a house that’s not fit for a traditional sale
- Is short on money and would prefer a cash offer
- Has already done research on alternative house sale options
This is really powerful marketing information! Now that you know these details about your potential lead you can better target them in your PPC campaigns.
Log Customer Interaction
Similarly to tracking a customer’s behavior, a good real estate investing CRM will also log your customer interaction. This not only minimizes communication errors, but also helps your business understand your clients on a personal level. Knowing how they react to certain things, what specifically they’re looking for and why, and how your staff communicates with them will help you build a better brand image, analyze what communication works, and helps you to better understand your customers.
This is a particularly effective feature of having a real estate investing CRM because it gives your business a point of reference for each customer. Think about it this way: let’s say you have a customer who’s already been in contact with your business but decided not to sell their house that first time. A few months later, this same customer comes back to your business with more questions and seems more willing to sell.
If you were in this scenario without a CRM that logged your previous interaction, you might not be able to effectively land the deal. However, with a log of this customer’s previous interaction with your business you will have more information and a better understanding of their situation. Additionally, you’re going to be able to communicate with them on an intimate level. That intimacy between your customers and your business builds trust and raises your chances of converting that lead into a deal.
HubSpot describes this kind of customer interaction tracking like this:
“With one or two or five customers, manually tracking every interaction is doable. But think ahead to one, two, or even five years from now. Presumably, you want to triple or quadruple revenue in the years ahead, and the time your salespeople will have to spend recording prospects and customer information is eventually going to take over their days.”
Organizing Leads and Deals
At the end of the day staying organized is what makes or breaks converting a lead to a deal in real estate investing. If you’re not staying on top of your leads and following up with them then you’re not converting them into deals. That’s a quick way to kill your business.
Having a real estate investing CRM that keeps your leads, deals, properties, and communication organized is a huge time saver. With a good CRM you’ll be able to track every part of your deal. That means seeing acquisition, how the lead found you, their motivation for selling, the conversations they’ve had with you or your team, what they’re asking for, what you counter with, and when the deal gets set.
It’s more than just lead to deal conversion, though. If you have a strong real estate investing CRM then you’re also able to organize the process for getting the house sold. After all, motivated sellers are just half of the equation in real estate investing.
A good CRM for your real estate investing business will also track your interactions with your contractors so that you can see the different stages your properties are at, as well as how a house is doing on the market when it comes time to sell.
Why You Need a Real Estate Investing CRM
The number one issues real estate investors have when they’re scaling their business is staying organized and incorporating new team members easily. With a good real estate investing CRM you can streamline the process of bringing in new team members as well as keeping your growing business organized.
The benefits of a CRM for your real estate investing business are endless. Tracking customer behavior for retargeting, logging important conversations, and keeping your leads and deals organized is just the tip of the iceberg. What CRM are you using? What do you wish your CRM could do for you? Let us know in the comments! We love hearing about what works and what doesn’t for your real estate investing business.
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