How to Market Like a Maniac: Revolutionary Real Estate Marketing with Barry Coziahr

How to Market Like a Maniac: Revolutionary Real Estate Marketing with Barry Coziahr

Many agents are insecure when it comes to marketing their properties online. How can we work towards developing a balance between old school and contemporary digital marketing? Does it need to cost thousands of dollars to have a good marketing strategy? Why should we write our property descriptions more like our dating profiles? We sit down with marketing guru Barry Coziahr to bust some popular myths about successful business marketing.


Your communication skills and your ability to build relationships are key in any sales business. -Barry Coziahr

Takeaways + Tactics

When it comes to real estate marketing, think outside of the box. Don’t just show people what they can see on Google Street View.

Look at other industries and see what strategies they’re using to attract clients.

Write the descriptions of your homes as if you’re writing them a dating profile. They need a personality, not just soulless facts.

If you know how to use the right tools properly, marketing won’t necessarily cost you thousands.

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Postcard Mania

We started off this episode with Barry’s background in marketing and the unique model PostcardMania has developed with its clients and growing businesses. Barry also had a few thoughts on how classic direct marketing can now be reinterpreted for the digital age. Gene Volpe then shared his tip of the week, which was to observe marketing strategies by big successful companies like Disney and the techniques they use to influence their audience’s perception and trigger nostalgic feelings. Barry agreed that this is an effective method and we talked about how an equivalent of this can be applied with postcards and with any other marketing strategy online. We then discussed the importance of thinking outside the box when it comes to real estate marketing. Gene pointed out, and we agreed that success lies in building a marketing plan for every property you manage. Finally, Barry talked about what makes a good, effective website and how public speaking can help develop your attitude, not just towards marketing but also real estate in general.

We also shared insights on;

  • The benefits of Direct Mail 2.0
  • The importance of visual communication
  • What makes a good Call to Action
  • How good local knowledge can benefit an agent
  • Creating low-cost, consistent marketing plans
  • The right way to budget for real estate marketing

Marketing is needed

Even if you’re the greatest real estate agent in the world, no one will know unless you market yourself property. Good, reliable real estate marketing is all about giving your properties a personality and not just a bullet list of statistics. Consider what’s unique about that property and about the channels on which to present it. Learn how to use all the tools available to you – like Facebook Live, which is booming in popularity at the moment. Some of the best social media strategies can be either free or remarkably cheap, so no need to splash out on expensive marketing either. Thinking outside the box is way more valuable than money and can bring you a lot more success, too. Don’t forget to look at other big names in other businesses and see what they do to attract their customers. Once you fine-tune your marketing to your audience and understand how to engage their attention in an instant, then your success is as good as guaranteed.

Guest Bio

Barry Coziahr is a marketing assistant with 15 years of marketing experience, based in Clearwater, FL. As PostcardMania’s National Speaker and Marketing Specialist, Barry is a sought-after speaker, educator and marketing consultant, specializing in small businesses. He is also the host of Real Live Marketing, ranked as a new and notable podcast by iTunes in 2014. Barry has trained and consulted more than 10,000 small business owners and delivered over 1,000 seminars all over the United States. His presentations demonstrate proven marketing tactics using real-world examples and case studies to help small businesses and nonprofits market themselves successfully. Find out more about Barry at barrycoziahr.com

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Get Now Business: The Way to Easy and Natural Business Connections

Get Now Business: The Way to Easy and Natural Business Connections

When working in a business as competitive as real estate, you need to know where to get actionable, working knowledge that’ll help put commissions straight in your pocket. What is Get Now Business and how can you sign up? Does it guarantee success? And if you don’t get your results, is it just your money back that you get? In this episode, Matt and Greg explain everything you need to know about Get Now Business and take some live questions to share their experience.


There is literally business hiding in front of you but you don’t know what you’re looking for so you can’t see it. We’re going to take the blinders off and show you the business. -Greg McDaniel

Takeaways + Tactics

When you put the work in you’re going to get the rewards and get the business.

You’re surrounded by potential deals all the time and the course will teach you how to recognize them.

Dealing with buyers may be a lot easier and it’s just as satisfying as dealing with sellers.

If you don’t get the listing, go back and find out what you did wrong. That’s the best way to learn.

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Find Business for NOW

We started off the show with some information about the upcoming course on Get Now Business. Greg pointed out that there may be business right in front of you that you’re not seeing and explained how the course can help you out with that. Then Matt talked about some of the success stories for the type of lead generation Get Now Business teaches. We then explained the course structure and how you can get involved. We also went over the goodies you get as part of the course and what happens if you don’t find what you need with Get Now Business. Towards the end, we took some live questions and gave some advice on typical objection handling, good scripting, listing presentations and much more. We pointed out how valuable it could be to do some research on your client before the listing presentation – especially if there’s four other agents right after you – and perhaps consider getting a present to get right into the client’s good books.

We also shared insights on;

  • How cold calling isn’t the be-all-end all of building a database
  • Putting sales tactics into action without being sleazy
  • The value for money you get with Get Now Business
  • Greg’s favorite drive-by yard sign script
  • Commissions for buyer and seller agents
  • Thoughts on buyers agreements

Every day is a school day

The key to staying competitive in real estate is looking for ways to take your knowledge and experience further. Every day is a school day and you need to have the motivation and persistence to learn if you want to dominate your market. Lead generation doesn’t just come down to cold-calling and door knocking – these days, with the power of social media, some of the most successful real estate agents generate leads solely through Facebook and LinkedIn. If you approach this with an open mind and a desire to succeed, then your revenue will grow a lot quicker than you’ve ever imagined. It’s all about consistency and ambition because even when you’re at the top of your potential, the ever-changing market always gives us new learning opportunities. Don’t pass up the chance to find new business and grow your success now.

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Outrageous Authenticity: You Are Your Best Sales Weapon with Leigh Brown

Outrageous Authenticity: You Are Your Best Sales Weapon with Leigh Brown

Many agents fall in the trap of relying on scripts too much and as a result all their listing appointments are robotic. How can we escape that? What’s the best use for your personal and business Facebook accounts? Why must you always dress for success? In this episode, award-winning realtor Leigh Brown shares her thoughts on brand building and the importance of being honest in real estate.


Part of the value that I provide to the client is my unique personality, my take on real estate and my take on marketing. -Leigh Brown

Takeaways + Tactics

Do very short, very personal videos under 30 seconds long – tell them something they can’t get from Zillow.

Separate yourself by figuring out your unique value and branding yourself around that.

A market correction is coming, get prepared and get educated NOW.

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Branding Yourself

First we talked about Leigh’s background in real estate and how that relates to her past of selling chainsaws. She then shared her thoughts on ebooks about pre-listing packages and why it’s not worth going through all that effort for an additional line in your email signature. Gene Volpe then joined us to share his thoughts about pushing out as much content as you can to keep your audience interested. Leigh disagreed with that, pointing out that while frequency is important, you need to build a good posting plan that makes sense for the audience. She then mentioned her recent winning tactic of showing videos in a specific radius, so you can attract neighbors to your listing. We also talked about Leigh’s new book, Outrageous Authenticity, and her advice on branding yourself. Leigh finished the episode by explaining why you need to enhance your online content and offer unique value for customers, which can help increase your revenue.

We also shared insights on;

  • How selfie videos help you connect to audiences
  • Escaping the structure of scripted conversations
  • Use for business Facebook pages and the personal pages
  • Dressing like you’re worth the money
  • Understanding your own value
  • Leigh’s #1 script for guaranteed honesty

Be Genuine

Being genuine can sell your business much better than any pre-learned script can. Utilize your authenticity to the maximum to connect with clients and achieve real success. Working on your online image is a big part of that. Don’t get bogged down with making every post on your personal page about your business – that’s what you have your business page for. Show people that you’re not a robot and that you have your thoughts, opinions and feelings about certain things. That way you can not only build rapport before even having met a client, but it will also save you from having to work with people who fundamentally disagree with you. Encourage yourself to think outside the box and believe in your own unique qualities. When you combine that authenticity with your knowledge and experience, your business success is as good as guaranteed.

Guest Bio

Leigh Brown is a realtor with over 17 years of experience and is the CEO of RE/MAX Executive Realty. She is one of the most successful and top-selling agents in Charlotte, NC. Leigh believes strongly in building lasting client relationships, and as a result, over 70% of her business is referrals from current and past clients or from other top Realtors nationwide. Leigh is also a strong believer in continuing education. She is a member of several real estate networks, including CRS (Council of Residential Specialists), CyberStars (top 240 agents nationally) and StarPower. She was also inducted in the RPAC Hall of Fame in 2014. Leigh believes strongly in representing foreclosure properties as accurately as traditional resale properties and has the knowledge and expertise to help you buy or sell your home, while also providing you with top-notch customer experience. Find out more about Leigh’s work at leighsells.com or have a look at Leigh’s first book Outrageous Authenticity at outrageousauthenticity.com.

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How One Email Can Change Your Business: Successful PR for Anyone with DIY PR Maven Christina Daves

How One Email Can Change Your Business: Successful PR for Anyone with DIY PR Maven Christina Daves

Even if you deliver the best service in the world, nobody is going to know about it unless you publicize it properly. What’s the best way to get your name out there? Does getting good publicity necessarily cost millions? And how do you make sure to grab the golden opportunity when you see it? Find out the answers to these questions and many more as DIY PR guru and award-winning entrepreneur Christina Daves talks through her success story her top tips for successful free PR.


Publicity gives you visibility. Visibility gets you customers. Customers make you money. So at the end of the day, it’s all about visibility. -Christina Daves

Takeaways + Tactics

The first step in getting PR is to start local.

There’s a media outlet for everyone. Do your homework and know your media outlets.

Think out of the box – look for unique ways to link yourself and your listings to celebrity, history or other attention-grabbing factors.

Become your Community Ambassador – know your market and its history

Just ASK, what’s the worst anyone could say?

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HARO

We started off the episode with a lucky story about a million-dollar listing. Christina then joined us to talk about the importance of good PR and visibility to increase revenue. We also talked about HARO and Christina’s top tips on doing HARO right – completely free. Christina then told the story of her own business and her experience of appearing in local and national publications, including The Steve Harvey Show and Dr. Oz. She pointed out the importance of thinking outside the box, no matter whether you work nationally or locally. We mentioned how important it is to keep your email communication focused – short and sweet is the best way to go. Christina pointed out that with any media relationship you have to be consistent and think outside the box to be noticed. Finally, we mentioned the importance of having the right mindset and understanding that nobody wants you to fail and that if anyone does, the best thing to do is to shut them off and keep on with what you’re doing.

We also shared insights on;

  • Benefits of good Twitter interaction
  • Failure on the path to success
  • Breathing life into your local area through good stories
  • The art of grabbing the golden opportunity
  • Becoming a valuable resource for journalists and producers

Publicity is a Necessity

The importance of good publicity should never be overlooked, because that’s what gets you your clients and, ultimately, your revenue. Invest your time in understanding your local community and find out how to put your name out there – that way you can get referrals from channels you might not have even considered before. The history of your local community is what brings it to life. You can’t just stay focused on the sale; remember that people are attracted to good, believable stories. The best kind of PR can be free and if you are a community ambassador, liaise with journalists and producers and have a clear idea of the right audience for your message then business success is waiting just around the corner.

Guest Bio

Christina Daves is a serial entrepreneur, award-winning inventor and a best-selling author and speaker. She’s the founder and president for CastMedic designs, manufacturing MediFashions, which are award-winning accessories that make medical boots fashionable. Christina uses free publicity to appear on over 250 media outlets and continues to cultivate techniques for using PR as a vehicle to exponentially increase revenue. She has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show, Dr. Oz and local news affiliates of NBC, CBS and FOX. Christina’s vision is that anyone can start and run their own successful PR campaign. To find out more about Christina and her ideas, visit www.prforanyone.com or find her on her personal website www.christinadaves.com.

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Winning Communication Strategies: Building Rapport and The Art of Listening with Dr. Debra Dupree

Winning Communication Strategies: Building Rapport and The Art of Listening with Dr. Debra Dupree

The tone, volume and inflection of our voice affects 38% of how we communicate. How can we use this to our advantage? What tricks can we use to build better rapport and be more convincing? And how does being a good listener benefit us? Trainer extraordinaire Dr. Debra Dupree returns to Real Estate Uncensored with her top tips on improving your communication strategies.


The art of listening is really key. In communication, it’s really more about listening than it is about speaking. -Dr. Debra Dupree

Takeaways + Tactics

To build good rapport, focus on listening rather than speaking in your communication.

Always pay attention to body language as it can sometimes speak louder than words.

Use open-ended questions – that way you can identify what the client’s goals and expectations are and whether they match yours.

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The Art Of Communicating

We started off with discussing a bit of Dr. Dupree’s background and how she got interested in the science of business communication. We then discussed our favorite resources for improving communication. Dr. Dupree gave some helpful advice on good opening lines to initiate a conversation. We then discussed the persisting problem with decreased attention span and how we can go around this in our communication tactics. We also mentioned the new training course with Dr. Dupree The Introvert’s Guide to Sales Success, which is now available to access. Dr. Dupree also discussed the power of good listening and how it can put us one step forward in a conversation with someone new. Towards the end, we went over the five ways to promote the authentic you and agreed that spending your time wisely and knowing your own communication style is key to success.

We also shared insights on;

  • Applying communication theory to cold calling
  • Breathing techniques for increased rationality
  • The importance of the BEACH acronym
  • Overcoming the fear of rejection
  • Silence as a powerful negotiation tool

Be Open And Honest

Knowing the basics of communication theory is a key skill, not just for real estate, but for any professional or personal aspirations as well. If you don’t express what you’re thinking correctly then you risk forming the wrong relationships, or being misunderstood. Avoid these situations by building trust and rapport. By engaging in thoughtful probing and active listening, you engage with the person you are speaking to and they know they can trust you from that point on. For a real estate agent this is especially important, seeing as we are a part of what can sometimes be a turning point in a person’s life. Your listening skills will be put to the test with every client you meet and you need to be ready. Keeping communication open and honest leads to easier deals and, ultimately, to a more pleasant experience for both the client and the agent.

Guest Bio

Dr. Debra Dupree is an acclaimed speaker and author in the field of business communications and psychology. She’s the president of Relationships at Work, Inc. and she actively goes out of her way to look for people in trouble. She helps her clients recover from trauma and drama and leads them onto the way of self-discovery beyond their past. Dr. Dupree also works with leaders at all levels – entrepreneurs, small business owners, and managers. She helps people from all walks of life to grow themselves and their companies by building psychological safety. Find out more about Dr. Dupree and Relationships at Work, Inc. at www.relationships-at-work.com

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Recession Proof Lead Generation: A Different Approach to Prospecting with Michael Higdon

Recession Proof Lead Generation: A Different Approach to Prospecting with Michael Higdon

Many agents shy away from difficult sales, but if their entire market is made up of those sales, they find themselves stuck. How can we approach lead generating in such a market? Why does building a network of estate attorneys benefit your business? Can finding the “problem child” in a family of executors really help you make that sale? We sit down with Michael Higdon who shares his experience of successful prospecting in a difficult market.


If you can pick up one to two great estate attorneys every month or every two months, you’ll be like Michael Young. -Michael Higdon

Takeaways + Tactics

With the competitive market nowadays, clients often know that they can get top dollar by selling themselves. Go the extra mile to convince them how and why they need YOU.

Have your list of go-to contractors as referral points – it’s a good way of establishing trust.

When you’re going after a database of recently deceased homeowners, you have to always approach it with extreme empathy.

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Prospecting

We started the episode with Michael giving us a bit of his background and why he decided to branch out on his own. We then talked about how to deal with very specific objections, some of which might seem insurmountable, in a way that can still secure you the business. In his tip of the week, Gene Volpe talked Google Keyword and how we can use it to our advantage. Michael then shared some of his insight about working with estates and executors and how to create and manage this database of potential clients. We discussed Michael’s selling routine and how he gets almost no expireds/cancels as a result. Michael also talked about how a good network of estate attorneys can only benefit you in the long run. Finally, we discussed new ideas about database prospecting and scaling up by setting yourself new goals every quarter.

We also shared insights on;

  • The importance of regular follow up
  • How FSBOs are actually selling in the current market
  • The role of compassion when dealing with estates and executors
  • Benefits of seeking out the “problem child”
  • Scaling up sustainably

Make a Good Impression

Successful lead generation in any market requires persistence and patience. Estates and executors can turn into very successful connections – if you work with them properly. A good impression can create more sales for you in the long-run, so make sure to exercise extreme empathy when dealing with these difficult situations. Seek out and build your own network. This instigates a feeling of professionalism in a client and convinces them that you are the right person for this job and they wouldn’t be able to do it without you. You need to make yourself indispensable and instill confidence and professionalism. Finally, always look for ways to develop, not just your business but yourself as well. When you reach a milestone, always set another one right after because continued and sustainable growth is key to success in real estate.

Guest Bio

Michael Higdon is a realtor in the Louisville area with over 16 years experience in real estate. Michael’s goal for 2017 is to help 100 buyers and sellers accomplish their goals. His promise is a full-time commitment to the sale and a wealth of local knowledge to help carry through even the most difficult sales. Michael also believes in embracing technology but not losing the personal touch as his website is equipped with a lot of resources, however he always makes sure these never replace spending time with the client. To find out more about Michael, email him at michael@michaelhigdon.com or visit his website michaelhigdon.com

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