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Why you might want to share your CRE data with your team

By The Apto Team on Aug 22, 2019

shutterstock_168539627-1When you're talking about commercial real estate data, you could be talking about the address or square footage of a property, a listing, a client's phone number, assorted financial metrics, ownership details, the number of cold calls you made last week, or even a prospect's favorite football team.

It's the foundation of your business, and if you use it right, you have access to a world of intelligence and opportunities—and can provide thoughtful guidance to clients at a moment’s notice. It’s tempting to think of this data as yours and only yours—but what do you lose when you keep all of this data to yourself?

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The 7 best Apto blogs of 2019 (so far)

By The Apto Team on Aug 8, 2019

2photo-pots-X1RQ3b6ZhUs-unsplash-1It’s hard to believe it’s already August. That means we’ve posted over seven months’ worth of best practices, product updates, and industry news to our commercial real estate blog so far this year. And, if we do say so ourselves, there are some really good articles we think you’d get value out of.

Since that’s a lot of content to sift through, we’ve rounded up the seven best Apto blog posts of 2019 that are worth a read.

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6 tips for a better brokerage website

By Natalie Perkins on Jul 23, 2019

stephen-crowley-AxpdKCG_po8-unsplashCommercial real estate professionals are spending more and more time on their smartphones and computers as technology’s role in commercial real estate continues to grow in importance. But we’re not here to tell you that you just need a CRM to stay competitive in today’s industry.

We’re here to get back to basics and talk website best practices. Your website is likely the first place a potential seller or interested tenant will go to find out more information about your brokerage and the services you offer. According to HubSpot, visitors spend 15 seconds or less on your website, meaning you only have so much time to grab their attention and hopefully convert them into a new client.

We’ve come up with a list of six tips for making your brokerage website better, using examples from real brokerages who are currently killing the website game.

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Broker expert perspectives: Modern technology and marketing strategies to stay competitive in CRE

By Darius Artiola on Jul 18, 2019

_evstratov_-InsHJ5sg2vc-unsplashIt’s easy for me to sit here and say that it would behoove every commercial real estate broker to implement a CRM. CRMs not only provide a foundation for staying organized, but also help companies maintain the competitive edge in today’s rapidly changing industry. However, my opinion only means so much. What about the people that are out there every day, working long hours and trying to close deals? The ones who have seen the industry evolve and witnessed new top players emerge on the scene? What do they really think?

Below you’ll hear from five brokers around the country who possess a wealth of experience and provided their insights about modern technology and marketing strategies in today’s CRE industry.

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5 Instagram accounts every commercial real estate broker should be following

By Natalie Perkins on Jul 3, 2019

neonbrand-nZJBt4gQlKI-unsplashWhile not yet the industry standard, more and more brokerages and CRE professionals are starting to use Instagram to build their brands and grow their businesses.

We’ve rounded up five accounts—from actual brokerages to multimedia companies—that we believe are using the platform to connect with the industry in unique and engaging ways.

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How these 8 brokers use technology to get ahead

By Kim Howard on Jun 25, 2019

technology-buildings-black-white-320x214We take a lot of pride in helping our customers manage their client relationships, properties, listings, and deals. Apto is the #1 CRM & deal management platform in the industry, and our software is trusted by nearly 10,000 brokers.

We are proud to report that our customers see a 610% annual return on investment (ROI) from their purchase of Apto. They also estimate that using Apto helps them save nearly 6 hours a week—that’s an average of 295 hours per year. 

Take a look at some of the ways brokers across the country are using Apto to manage their business and get a competitive edge.

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Why you can never stop prospecting, and how to do it at every stage of your career

By Elizabeth Knight on Jun 19, 2019

broker-building-phone-tablet-320x213If you’re not actively prospecting for new business as a commercial real estate broker, then you’re falling behind.

Brokers who are only a few years into the business understand this inherently. Building a book of business takes a long time, so in the early years, it might feel like your job is ALL prospecting.

But the trick is to keep the momentum throughout your career. Even if you have plenty of repeat business and referrals, if you’re not also reaching out to new people, then your business is in decline.

We hear it over and over from the top brokers in all markets and specialties. It’s great to not have to rely completely on prospecting, but at the end of the day, you always have to think about your long-term pipeline. To keep your pipeline full and your business moving forward in some way, you have to keep meeting new people.

Here are some of our favorite resources to inspire and guide your prospecting efforts at every stage of your career as a commercial real estate broker.

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The absolute best time to ask for a referral and exactly what to say

By Elizabeth Knight on Jun 13, 2019

broker-shaking-hands-224097-edited-1We all know that referrals are one of the best ways for commercial real estate brokers to get new business. You should never completely rely on referrals or repeat business, but it can be a big boost for your career over time if you perfect the art of the referral request.

Happy clients should be more than willing to give you a few names or a reference at the very least. And when you have someone to vouch for your work right out of the gate, the initial process of bringing on a new client can move a little faster.

So, the big question. At what time and stage in the transaction process should you make a direct request for a referral?

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5 creative ways to be the broker your clients will never forget

By Elizabeth Knight on May 30, 2019

fancy-car-320x213Commercial real estate brokerage is a relationship business, and relationships are built on trust and rapport.

When it comes to prospects and clients, the trust comes from knowing your stuff, showing your stuff, and ultimately doing your job well.

The rapport comes from that little something extra. How do you go above and beyond for clients? If you’ve been in the industry for a few years, then chances are a big percentage of your deals are from repeat business or referrals. And while brokers should never really stop prospecting, you need to put in time and effort to impress your clients and maintain those relationships so the next time they need a broker, they call you.

Here are a few ways you can build a strong rapport and be the broker your clients will never forget.

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15 video marketing resources for commercial real estate marketers

By Kim Howard on May 14, 2019

stark building-320x180According to the latest "DNA of #CRE" survey, 50% of CRE marketers use videos or 3D tours for property marketing.

Video marketing is only going to increase in popularity in the coming years. According to a report from HubSpot Research, more than 50% of consumers want to see videos from brands—more than any other type of content. And for commercial real estate, it just makes sense! What better way to show off a property than a video tour?

Whether you’re creating videos and tours in-house or outsourcing to third-party companies, savvy commercial real estate marketers need to be aware of the latest trends—and the best tools and companies available to create professional-looking videos. That’s why we put together a list of the top companies who provide video content and drone or 3D tours to the commercial real estate industry, as well as some tools you could use yourself to make high-quality videos.

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