Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc.  - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Years ago but, unfortunately most people won't look at the top 3 spots, knowing those are ads (and now it STATES it beside the link).

Oct 12, 2018 10:07 AM
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Lynnea Miller
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Yes. And have had many sales as a result of them.

Oct 12, 2018 10:16 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I do have a web site that does well with SEO, and I personally work on it to be sure it ranks.   BUT, always looking at different ways to garner new business.

Oct 12, 2018 10:46 AM
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Valeria Mola
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No. 

I am OK without it. 

Oct 12, 2018 12:12 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
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Joan, they are LARGE. 

I don't pay.

Oct 12, 2018 12:11 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Yes I have and it generated an unbelievable number of "clicks" but NO business Joan Cox 

Oct 12, 2018 11:35 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
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I have not, Joan... have you?

Oct 12, 2018 10:25 AM
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Dario Ferreira
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That's a good strategy if you have the money to do it - large companies have.

Most people, to this day, do not realize that the top spots are paid ads, so all they know is company x is all over page 1.

Oct 12, 2018 10:05 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
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I have used google ad words for years very successfully.  

Oct 12, 2018 02:05 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
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Yes, but it's expensive and you need to have in place the people and tools to follow up. -Kasey

Oct 12, 2018 11:43 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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I haven't 

Oct 12, 2018 10:30 AM
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Wayne Martin
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Nope, never  have!

Oct 12, 2018 10:24 AM
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Joe Pryor
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Yes but you have to choose carefully. Generics like your city with real estate are too expensive and not productive. Get specific.

Oct 12, 2018 03:33 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Not me Joan Cox but I'm all ears.  Thanks for your question.

Oct 12, 2018 03:27 PM
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Michael J. Perry
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no

Oct 12, 2018 10:12 AM
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Doug Dawes
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No I have not Joan

Oct 12, 2018 08:43 PM
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Barbara Todaro
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no.... our business does not demand that.... we have our own contacts who feed us business.... I market for listings monthly.... I'm happy with the sites I use and the offline marketing  I do...

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 PM
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No, is it effective?

Oct 12, 2018 02:29 PM
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Joyce Marsh
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I placed ads years ago but the ROI was disappointing. I focus more now on my sphere and am more interested in quality over quantity.  

Oct 12, 2018 02:02 PM
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Abby Stiller
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No

Oct 12, 2018 01:30 PM
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Mary Yonkers
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No and not aware of agents in western PA using them effectively.

Oct 12, 2018 01:03 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
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No.

Oct 12, 2018 12:06 PM
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Lyn Sims
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Yes and? They can spend their money I guess any which way they want. Is it smart?

Oct 12, 2018 11:14 AM
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Greg Cremia
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The term "expensive" is relative to the results. Everyone here would gladly pay 30% on the back end for a referral lead so why not spend that same money upfront and control your income instead of waiting for a referral. It is really about your return on your investment. Your ROI will depend on how you set up your account and how you work the leads but the potential is there.

Oct 13, 2018 04:27 AM
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Not in a long time.

Oct 12, 2018 08:22 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
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I have done them off and on but never saw the ROI ... have you?

Oct 12, 2018 07:37 PM
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Steffy Hristova
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Yes, I tried them. There were some leads but nothing closed.

Oct 12, 2018 06:23 PM
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Steve Higgins
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No I haven't.

Oct 12, 2018 05:54 PM
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No. 

 

Oct 12, 2018 05:08 PM
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Not personally now does our Team marketing embrace that avenue.

Oct 12, 2018 04:39 PM
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Richard Weeks
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I have not.

Oct 12, 2018 04:27 PM
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No.

Oct 12, 2018 03:00 PM
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Roy Kelley
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Not that I recall.

Oct 12, 2018 11:09 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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No, in the days when I was blogging for business we didn't need to buy ads to rank.  We were ranked based on merit.  I miss those days.

Oct 12, 2018 10:55 AM
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Sam Shueh
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The ADs gets the grease. Organic grown depends on SEO service. Our site is not one of them. Conditions have somewhat changed. Amazon got more ads followed by Social Media site like FB. Goog is not getting as much sales this year. 

 

 

Oct 12, 2018 10:33 AM
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No I haven't and not sure it's worth the money.

Oct 12, 2018 08:18 PM
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I have not

Oct 12, 2018 06:47 PM
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No.

Oct 12, 2018 10:53 AM
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I am late to the party, but... Google Ad Words CAN be a good tool IF used correctly. 
Google is a business, in it for the money like anyone else. The platform is difficult on purpose, because they want you to keep spending your money in hopes their ads will eventually work. 

 

If you know the right strategies and have the time to research how to really benefit from Google's ad system, you can run well converting ads at a pretty fair rate. 

 

I will add, Facebook ads are probably easier/more beneficial for real estate professionals... at least in the beginning

Oct 18, 2018 05:43 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
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I haven't yet Joan Cox I would be curious to hear the results of your investigation and what you decide/results etc. Thanks 

Oct 17, 2018 07:55 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do not. 

Oct 13, 2018 06:07 AM
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

No, I haven't paid for a Google ad. But, I've certainly paid for Facebook ads!!!

Nov 02, 2018 07:47 PM
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Jim Turner
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We have been very successful with Google Ads. It is a complex platform with many configurations and it takes a lot of time and focus to dial it in to get good conversions. I would only use Google Ads if you already have goal/conversion tracking turned on in Google Analytics and integrated with Google ads so you can track conversion rates and cost per lead.

Oct 16, 2018 07:24 PM
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John Meussner
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Nope, just on FB.  I've gotten on page 1 of google for a lot of things though through organic SEO

Oct 15, 2018 08:54 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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No.  Like several others, I skip those paid positions.

Oct 13, 2018 09:27 AM
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John Pusa
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Joan Cox  I did, and generated a few leads.

Oct 13, 2018 09:13 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have in past years.  It worked well when I was new and when I hired a professional to do it for me.

Oct 13, 2018 06:46 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
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I did Google ads.

I have never witnessed money burn so fast!

However, I HAVE PURCHASED, based on ads. Yep, the first 25 times I skipped right over them but somehow they eventually got past the RIS and BOOM I clicked and purchased.

It is exactly the same as stuffing a citizens mailbox....we keep doing it until they surrender. The difference is the Mailbox has about a 5% rate of response while the Google ad has a .006 response rate. The pile of cash needs to be bigger when harvesting low yield populations.

Oct 13, 2018 05:58 AM