Nell Gable

Nell Gable

Nell Gable is a freelance writer who specializes in creating compelling content for CRE companies and startups.

Recent Posts by Nell Gable:

5 examples of inspiring real estate marketing

Each day, 500 million tweets and 2.75 million blog posts go out into the web.

Brands fighting for their audiences’ online attention have a lot of competition.

Adding to this challenge, platforms like Facebook and Twitter have made subtle yet hugely impactful changes to their algorithms that make getting eyeballs on updates much more difficult for businesses.

Still, some brands manage to win the game and stand out against the odds. How do they do it? Creativity, timeliness, and boldness.

Here are some inspiring examples of real estate brands doing what it takes to stand out. We highlight both residential and commercial because you can take inspiration from anywhere!

Is social media marketing for CRE overrated?

Just about any marketing how-to article will tell you emphatically, that if you want to build awareness of your business or personal brand, you need to be active on social media.

After all, 81% of the United States population has at least one social media profile, and it’s predicted that by 2020, 2.95 billion people worldwide will be spending time on social media.

KANBAN, GTD, and more productivity frameworks for getting work done fast

As an individual, you probably have your little tricks and shortcuts that help you manage tasks and stay organized day to day. But there’s probably more you can do to be productive, and if you’re working on a team, then you need to be even more intentional in working toward your goals.

Team projects require way more communication and organization to stay on track and achieve the desired result. We’ve all witnessed a project go awry because of workstyle clashes.

The solve for this challenge can often be found in project management frameworks like KANBAN, Getting Things Done (GTD), and Scrum. Project management frameworks are any combination of tools, methodologies, and steps that move a given project from start to finish. Ideally, they help keep individuals accountable to a common goal through transparency.

5 common misconceptions about CRE brokers

How many times have you gotten completely shut down by someone on a cold call?

There are certain biases and misconceptions about commercial real estate brokers out there. Some you may find based in reality, while others probably seem unfair. Yet for those who take the high road, work hard, and operate with integrity, getting blamed for others’ misconduct or laziness can be infuriating.

At Apto, we’re lucky enough to speak with commercial real estate professionals at the top of their game every day, and it’s the stories we hear from them that inspire us. Here’s how some of these brokers prove the stereotypes wrong.

Topics: Interviews

Q&A: The do’s and don’ts of technology adoption, according to our senior project manager

broker-data-relationships-320x216.jpgMaggie Ham is a senior project manager at Apto. She has helped brokerages of all different sizes find success with our technology. We sat down with her to learn what makes an Apto customer successful, and what practices can ultimately sabotage a technology roll-out.

Maggie focuses on CRM, and it’s important to note that this needs to be set up right to take advantage of our prospecting and mapping tools. It’s your data, and it needs to be organized so you’ll take action on it! Here’s how to get set up for success.

Topics: Company Updates Interviews CRE Tech Efficiency

What the rise of work-life symbiosis means for CRE (hint: it’s not just about office space)

people-office-group-team-928827-edited-2.jpgFor many professionals, the lines between our work and non-work lives are growing increasingly blurry. And many even tend to like it that way.

With the advent of smartphones and wireless internet, most knowledge workers no longer need to be at work to get work done. According to Gallup, 43% of workers spend at least some of their time working remote, up from 39% in 2012. As a result, the role of the office is evolving.

Rather than consider our offices as a place to punch in and out before heading home to relax, we now seek out offices that function as community hubs that allow its members to be productive both in work and in life.

This shift will have obvious effects on the commercial office landscape--but less obvious ones on the retail and hospitality spaces. Here’s what you can expect.

Topics: Disruption

What it takes to transform selling from an art to a science

broker-building-window-320x213.jpgAny person in the business of selling needs a way to track and manage relationships.

CRM, or customer relationship management, is what begins to transform selling from an art to a science by distilling it into a set of calculated and repeatable actions, all set to reach the ultimate goal of making more money.

Some teams will opt for the do-it-yourself approach and manage relationships through basic Excel spreadsheets, while others will take a more progressive approach and lean on a cloud-based CRM tool such as the one we provide here at Apto.

But have you ever wondered what more your technology can do, but aren’t quite sure what that more might be or where to find it? Here are some considerations for what technology can do for you.

Topics: Best Practices Efficiency

What to know about cannabis real estate, and what might be changing

Those interested in the cannabis industry will have a lot to talk about in the coming months.

With the legalization of recreational cannabis sales in California, which went into effect on January 1, 2018, there are a total of nine states where the average citizen can purchase marijuana products, so long as they are over the age of 21. Medical marijuana is legal in a total of 29 states.

The softening of state and federal drug laws in recent years has allowed the cannabis industry to flourish, posting close to $29 billion in sales in 2018.

With this spike in demand for recreational marijuana came a dramatic increase in demand for cannabis-suitable real estate. While the laws and regulations surrounding this specialty are tricky, and can even foreseeably get brokers and other agents involved in transactions into legal trouble, professionals who take a chance on pot stand a lot to gain.

Topics: Industry News Best Practices

7 metrics every CRE broker needs to know

Good commercial real estate brokers are relationship-building experts. Great commercial real estate brokers know how to bolster those relationships with data to close more deals, faster.

Unfortunately, some of us just aren’t numbers people. But in the era of big data, not being “a numbers guy” really isn’t an option anymore.

Luckily, technology has gotten more powerful and easy to use than ever. But with all that data available to you, you still need to know what to analyze and how to use it to achieve your goals.

Topics: Best Practices Efficiency

6 steps to structure an effective CRE sales pipeline review

Those who work in sales—especially commercial real estate—are always on the go. But taking time to slow down and reflect on what’s going well, and more importantly, what isn’t going well, is an essential part of running a high-functioning sales operation.

Whether you’re a manager trying to get a better hold on your team’s activities or an associate aiming to manage up and gain accountability so you can ultimately close more deals, it’s important to structure these smaller meetings intentionally. Otherwise, you risk wasting 30 minutes to an hour on aimless conversation that could surely be better used elsewhere.

We’ve spoken with a number of CRE professionals and pulled out the essential steps to running a productive sales pipeline review.

Topics: Best Practices