Is There Any Form of Marketing You Won't Do Because.... Well.. Umm... You're a Little Yella?

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Is There Any Form of Marketing You Won't Do Because.... Well.. Umm... You're a Little Yella?

Here are various forms of marketing that we use in our business and the excuses I hear from people on why they don't do them:

Door Knocking: "I just don't have time.." "It hasn't proven to be that effective anyways." "I don't really feel like getting yelled and cussed at today." "I'm Yella!"

Cold Calling: "Nobody ever answers anyway." "Most people are on the Do not call list so whats the point!" "They will just hang up on me." and "I'm Yella!"

Just Talking to Random People: "They are going to think I am weird." "They don't really look like they are in the "talking mood", "I just don't feel like it right now", and "I'm Yella!"

Blogging: "I'm not a good writer." "I don't know what to write about." "I just don't have the time for this." and..."I'm Yella!"

Video Blogging: "I'm already not photogenic already, you put me in motion, on camera.. no thank you!" "The only good camera I have is the one on my phone." "I don't know what to talk about on camera!" and "I'm just plain Yella!"

Those are just a few methods of marketing. Of course we can literally come up with every excuse in the book to not do this form of marketing or that form of marketing, but is it really a legitimate reason for why you're not doing it? Most reasons are really just excuses and we don't do the these things because it's out of our comfort zone, and we are just yella!

One of the biggest things I have been fighting has been video blogging.. I finally got up the nerve to try it and I posted my first video blog on Activerain this week.  Then I got brave enough to do another video blog..... I posted it...... Got a little a yella..... and deleted it.....All excuses aside... I was just yella! I am still nervous and scared to death of video blogging, one of the biggest things outside my comfort zone that I am trying to face, having a few panic attacks in the process, but mark my words you will see another video blog attempt on activerain by me this week sometimes! I am not someone that gives up and I will not let this thing defeat me, I will be posting another video blog on here in the next few days! NO EXCUSES!

What forms of marketing have you been avoiding, all excuses aside, just because your a yellow belly? What are you going to do to face that form of marketing head on? If I can come out of my comfort zone and video blog, you can take that leap out of your comfort zone to!!! So no excuses!!! JUST DO IT!!!

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Stacey Smith
Harcourts Prime Properties
DRE. License #01845411

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Jim Frimmer
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist
HomeSmart Realty West

I don’t do door knocking because it’s just flat-out dangerous here. Too many weirdos protecting their properties with guns, dogs, etc.

June 05, 2011 12:37 PM
Mike Cooper
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc

I might be more orangish.  I've tried most of these, but hey, I'm always looking for things that work.  So, who knows, I might get them all before long!  Thanks for posting, Stacey!!

June 05, 2011 02:04 PM
Tim & Susan Fennell
Jacksonville Real Estate
The Legends of Real Estate, REALTORS®

We don't do door knocking or cold calling simply because these are methods of marketing of which we don't like being the recipients.  

June 05, 2011 02:23 PM
Robert & Lisa Hammerstein
Bergen County NJ Real Estate
Keller Williams Valley Realty

Stacey - There isn't too many things I don't do on here but I still have a problem with doing video posts. I gotta get into it darn it. I have the tools and I have been on stage it seem all my life but when it comes to a camera in front of me well, I just freeze up.. Gotta get over that.

June 05, 2011 03:18 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605
No one person can do it all. You have to think about what works for you. Door knocking?? Ihave a dog whose knicnname is "80 lbs of death" - He takes care of anyone who knocks. point being that I don't like it when people do that to me - so I don't do it to them.
June 05, 2011 03:47 PM
Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

I don't do door knocking or cold calling. I get enough business without these two. 

June 05, 2011 03:52 PM
Virginia Dean
Keller Williams Realty

great post.  I always have thought I was the only one who was yella.

Thanks for the great reminder and I hope to see your video soon.

June 05, 2011 04:33 PM
Kristin Hamilton
(909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
Keller Williams Realty

I refuse to door knock as I hate for people to knock on my door. It makes my dogs bark and it is usually at night. I have many co-workers who have had great sucess and I wish them well. But I just cannot do it. I am up for most marketing ideas especially the ones that work.

June 05, 2011 05:06 PM
Jill Sackler
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!"

I like this post. I think we've all felt like this at one time or another. Video is a tough one, but I think I'm almost ready to try it. It turns out people like other people that seem regular. Apparently, you don't have to be a movie star.

June 05, 2011 05:22 PM
Christine Donovan
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Donovan Blatt Realty

Stacey - I used to be unwilling to door knock but have find I am willing to do so if I have enough value to bring.  Congrats and keep up the video blogging.

June 05, 2011 06:15 PM
Agent Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR® Listing Specialist
The $500 Million Marketing Advantage
Capitol Home Team | Austin TX

Actually Stacey, I won't do door-knocking because it is a horrible way to market yoursself. It has nothing to do with being timid. In fact, timid people don't belong in this business. Door-knocking is pushy and obnoxious.

June 05, 2011 06:44 PM
C. Lloyd McKenzie
MBA - Prudential Allstar Realtors -
Prudential Allstar Realtors

Stacey, I like this post.  I used to door knock religiously. I was always dressed up, wearing my name tag everything.  I would have the biggest smile on my face, walking up to the doors of the homes in each neighborhood.  Most of the time the first question I would be asked is, Where are you from?  To which I always reply, I am from Jamaica.  Now the fascination always begin right there...especially those who have visited Jamaica before.  I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have been invited into folks home, even when they were not interested in selling.  On one occasion I was out door knocking for over a 5 hour period; For that period, I had only knocked on 6 homes...I just could not continue.  It was not the most effective use of my time.  That's the reason I do not door knock like I used to.  

June 05, 2011 08:55 PM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC

There's a difference between dropping ineffective and inefficient marketing methods and simply investing time and resources on those that are productive. It's amusing that we try and promote things like door knocking and mail campaigns that we ourselves don't respond to. And best be sure to check that phone number on the Do Not Call Registry before you dial...

June 05, 2011 09:15 PM
Allison Stewart
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904
St.Cloud Homes

One thing your posts points out well is the shift in Real Estate prospecting.  Door knocking is most commonly perecived as an unwelcomed intrusion.  The Do Not Call List, has curtailed cold calling. Increases in postage and printed materials yield a small return on investment. But Blogging, Vlogging, and websites reach millions of people in a less intrusive manner. If they need your service they WILL find you. 

June 06, 2011 06:19 AM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001

Video vlogging is like regular blogging. .the first few posts was when you learned the ins and outs. .. don't delete those posts, learn and go to the next one. .

June 06, 2011 06:44 AM
Janet Jones
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC

Stacey--nice post and interesting question.  After years of marketing/selling in different industries I prefer to look at it all as an experiment as to what works and what doesn't.  And when "yella" rears it's ugly head i remember that that is just thinking and one can replace the fear of rejection/embarrassment with the thought of success!

June 06, 2011 07:02 AM
Jerry Morse
The Morse Company

Our market is slow enough that I am willing to do any of these!

June 06, 2011 09:20 AM
Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc

Interesting that you post this blog now Stacey, I spoke to a Realtor today who said that even though they see a Realtor in their office getting listings and new buyers, they can never go and knock on doors looking for business.

June 06, 2011 04:48 PM
Tammie White
TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or

There are a number of things I do that I swore I wou;dn't. I didn't think blogging was my thing but here I am.

June 06, 2011 09:05 PM
Adrian Willanger
Profit from my two decades of experience
206 909-7536

Stacey-when I started in this business all we did was cold call and door knock and of course open houses, I love the news of engagement. Thanks.

June 17, 2011 07:54 PM
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