Hepful Tips to Make the Most of 2019!

Wow, 2018 was a rush.  We have had such a good time and are ready to take 2019 by storm.  This year we are setting goals and making big plans, aren’t you?
We are utilizing some fabulous experts to catapult our 2019!

Check these experts out:

Brendon Burchard:  One of the world’s best motivators and offers a phenomenal online course system.  Our favorite: The Business Accelerator.

Stef Shock:  We think Stef is a fabulous real estate expert who can really help you crush it this year.  We love to watch her do great things with our clients. because when she helps you rise up, we all shine. Our favorite class: Learn & Earn: Broker like a Boss.

Buffini & Company:  One2One Coaching that rivals the rest.  They can help you increase your business, increase your leads, and increase your income.

These folks made our shortlist, we hope they make yours.

Cheers to a wonderful 2019!

Got Gratitude?

Thank you for being a part of the TCOD family!  We hope during this time of year you can take a moment and reflect and practice gratitude.

Here are some great ways to start: 

  1. Keep a Gratitude journal and add to it every day.
  2. Tell someone you love them and how much you appreciate them.
  3. Notice the beauty in nature each day.
  4. Nurture the friendships you have, good friends don’t come along every day.
  5. Smile more often.
  6. Watch inspiring videos that will remind you of the good in the world.
  7. Include an act of kindness in your life each day.
  8. Avoid negative media and movies with destructive content.
  9. Call Mom more often.
  10. Cook meals with love, think of the people you will feed.
  11. Volunteer for organizations that help others.
  12. Don’t gossip or speak badly about anyone.
  13. Spend quality time with your kids.
  14. Remember to compliment your friends and family when they look good.
  15. Write a card to someone you haven’t seen in a while and tell them something nice.

We think one of the best ways to show gratefulness is by sending a gratitude card.  It’s not quite, the festive holidays, so no one will be expecting anything and you will leave a lovely impression on your clients and vendors with a little appreciation.

We just love this assortment of cards, Chief Gratitude Officer.  Here’s the answer before you even asked, Yes.  Yes, you should always hand write your cards and sign them personally.  Making it personal means so much.

Be the change you want to see in the world by making gratitude a part of each day. 

Experiencing the Holiday Rush?

As we rush into a new year, here are some things to remember:

#1. Don’t break promises to yourself. If you said you were going to start a new workout routine, do it. If you told yourself you were going to get your nails done, go get them done! If you said you would help with an upcoming event, do it with your heart wide open. If you said you were going to get 2 more listings before the year is done, go hustle for those houses! Even though some of these promises may be to others, they are truly to yourself first, as you are the one that chooses your actions. You are important. 

#2. Take time to reflect.  Write down your accomplishments of this past year. The holidays can be stressful and if you have 2 more listings you need to get under your belt, then you may need to center yourself and discover that you got this!

 #3. Get Busy and Keep Focused. Get off of Instagram, hang up the phone, make a list, and time yourself to get it done! Maybe decide this is the year you are going to get a coach or take that online class that could completely change the trajectory of your career and life. When you get it done, reward yourself, you did it!

Yes, we provide stellar title insurance services but we also provide a warm place for a cup of coffee with encouraging words for our title friends and family.

Are you ready to title-ally make a difference?  (you see what we did there?)

Stop by our offices, we have the coffee pot on!

MailChimp…The Monkey That Could Be Your Best Friend!

MailChimp, Have You Heard Of It?  

 

No, it’s not new but it is so relevant.  It is one of the best free…Free…FREE email campaign systems out there.  Besides being Free (did I say that already?) it is an easy to use click and drag system.  

An email campaign is a great way to connect with your clients. With 33 touches recommended each year, sending a regular monthly email can diversify the message you are sending. Emails include appropriate images, words that explain your reason for emailing and plenty of links to allow your clients to get more info on what they are interested in.

The best thing about MailChimp is the reporting system. Every open, link click, and forward is tracked by their system. You, yes…you, can watch and learn how your clients interact with their emails. And, if you are savvy and you have 4 or 5 contacts clicking on a listing, you look to see who those people are (yes it provides their email address and name, too) and contact them to see if there is anything you can do to help.  Ta-da! You have just secretly spied on your email reader and reached out at the right time and potentially just found a buyer or found a new listing within that client. Mailchimp reports are quite intuitive and helpful. At TCOD, we are happy to help you review and make recommendations for your report.  MailChimp info!

We are here to serve!

Video-Make it Happen!

Social Media is Constantly Changing!

We are sure we didn’t have to tell you that.  Just when you are comfortable with one aspect they change the look and feel. Don’t be discouraged, just reach out as TCOD always tries to keep our finger on the pulse.

The biggest push at this moment is video.  We’ve all known this for a while, but need to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and hit the record button.  We love what Katie Lance says, “you will always look like you look and sound like you sound, you need to accept that and move on.”  You are your wonderful self and your fan base (prospects and clients) WANT to hear from you!

One of the epic companies changing the scene is BombBomb.  If you haven’t tried them out, what are you waiting for?  It’s a free 14-day trial (we are not affiliated with them) that allows you to really see the value of video.

At TCOD, we constantly are serving our clients, we are happy to bring a class on video or any other marketing aspect to your team today.  Check out our lineup of available classes.

Your Security Matters

Don’t Risk Your Client’s Information

If you haven’t noticed all of the GDPR Privacy Policy Updates, read them it is an important notification.  The GDPR goal is to make sure that the control is given to citizens and residents over their personal data and how it is used.  

At TCOD, we not only updated our privacy policy, which you can find here:  http://tcod.com/privacy-policy/ but want to reassure you that we utilize an incredibly secure system to track and execute our orders, Qualia. Qualia is a leader in the title industry for security and privacy.  They undergo independent third-party evaluations by the industry’s auditors to ensure they comply with industry best practices.  They also maintain vigorous security certifications, including SOC 2.

You and your clients can have peace of mind that Title Company of Denver takes your security and privacy seriously.  

Work Outside with Pop-Bys

Take Work Outdoors!

Best excuse to do that is POP-BYS!  Seriously.

  1. Make up the cutest inexpensive gifts take your pick from this lineup: Summer Pop-By Ideas
  2. Create a fun note or pick from this selection: Pop-By Gift Tags
  3. Make a list of your top 10 or 20 clients and set one day aside for the next two weeks and go out and walk your favorite neighborhood.  

Our Favorite: Flag Day is on June 14–order United States Flags and have DBC Digital print up a tag that says “Keeping the American Dream Alive…one Homeowner at a time.” Then tuck your business card in and start walking.  

PRO TIP: When you stop by a client’s home and don’t want to ring the doorbell (let’s be honest-that can get awkward) instead, take a selfie of you and your gift on their porch and text it to them.  That lets them know you were there and that there is a treat on the front porch…and that you are the best agent!

Be the Best Agent!  Use the Best Title Company!

3 Tips to Make the Most Out of CE’s

Continuing Your Education Isn’t Just About Your Education

CE’s. 

We all know they’re necessary–it helps you stay on top of the trends and discuss new issues that affect you and your clients.

We know agents have a required # of CE’s to earn each year to keep their license active.

And, yes, we know some of those agents wait ’til the very last month to get their CE’s. 

No matter when you choose to get your CE’s completed, here are some rudimentary tips to make the best use of your time.

Tip #1: SHOW UP EARLY

When you show up early and talk with the instructor and sponsor you are truly utilizing your time wisely; good old fashioned networking.  Using every opportunity to expand your network is what helps the cream rise to the top. 

Tip #2: CE CLASS IS NOT A COMPETITION

Never think of meeting another agent as “competition,” think of them as a resource with a different perspective of your shared business.  One never knows when these newly found connections will truly help round out your circle of influence. 

Tip #3: THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM

When you get your CE’s done early in the year, the caliber of people you attend with is of a more driven nature, rather than being lumped in with the procrastinators.  Not that procrastinators aren’t driven–hey, we love procrastinating with the best of them–but the early bird does generally get the worm. 

So, we implore you to get your CE’s done early, ask questions in class, and network with your instructor and other class goers to achieve time well spent.  

As an expert title insurance provider, we are always serving our clients and host numerous CE classes throughout the year. Attend one of our next classes and but these skills to use. Signup for our newsletter and know as soon as our summer/fall classes are posted!

4 Easy Ways to Tame that Unruly Inbox!

We know… it’s true, we all hate to admit the struggles with our inboxes.  They are all set up differently, they have tabs, they don’t have tabs, they “know” what type of mail goes where.  Well, they definitely “know” more than we do and who do you even ask for help with that?

No Fear, TCOD is here.  

We have scoured the good ‘ol web and found some of the most interesting tips for how to deal with the daunting and ever-growing inbox.  Here’s what we found and links to more information than you probably ever wanted to know. We started with our struggles and then some of the most common comments we receive in our marketing classes.  What?  You didn’t know offer free marketing classes? That’s another blog post, for now, just check it out: Hands-on Marketing

Clean It Up!  

Most useful thing we learned from our quest is for a Gmail inbox.  To help clear out old emails you can search “before:YYYY/MM/DD,” select all the emails and click delete.  Presto!  100’s of old useless emails gone in a flash!  Organize Your Gmail Inbox

Filter It Out!

Use Gmail’s label Feature.  Gmail allows you to make labels, 5,000, to be exact to help classify your emails.  You add each email individually as they come in or let Gmail do the filtering and, for example, every email from a certain sender goes to a labeled folder.  

Outlook Categories!

Use Categories and Keyboard Shortcuts in Outlook.  Right click on the categories tab, select and label the color and assign a shortcut key.  This little trick will help you clean up in no time.  Get the Most Out of Outlook Categories

Unsubscribe!

This is the best tip yet.  As soon as you read a non-important email decide whether you want to keep reading them, if not UNSUBSCRIBE!  If You Are An Over Subscriber

Enjoy your email again (yes, that is possible) and pat yourself on the back that you have taken some great steps in getting yourself organized!