Social Media for Advisers

Social media for advisers – where to start?

Research shows that £145Bn worth of mortgages were granted in 2016* but with new mortgage brokers setting up every week you need to be able to protect, and indeed grow, your own market share. You can gain instant access to 1000s of buyers using social media, but where do you start? Or how do you maximise your time online to the best effect? In this article, we explore how social media can give you that competitive edge.

Why use social media?

Being part of a social media community immediately opens up opportunities to expand your audience, communicate within the industry and engage with potential clients. It can help you:

  • Keep abreast of the latest news and developments in the mortgage market
  • Promote your business and communicate with potential clients
  • Network with fellow brokers and connect with Lenders
  • Link in with industry influencers who may open doors for you

As we mentioned in our previous blog, your website acts as your shop window. Social media goes further – it provides more channels and opportunities to promote your business, as well as directing readers to your own website. With each and every social media channel you can easily connect, engage and discuss with all those who are important to you. You can promote your business through your social profile(s) to help attract new clients. By posting engaging, relevant content and promoting your profiles to others, you can help boost your reputation and recognition amongst your target audience.

You can promote your business through your social profile(s) to help attract new clients. By posting engaging, relevant content and promoting your profiles to others, you can help boost your reputation and recognition amongst your target audience.

Social media platforms allow you to network with fellow brokers, start a conversation about a current topic and discuss more general, light-hearted subjects. Ultimately, social media gives you the possibility to grow a network of contacts you can connect and potentially work with in the future.

Using social media

Which platforms should you use?

From Facebook to Pinterest and YouTube, the myriad of channels can be overwhelming making it hard to know which one/s to focus on.  However, you don’t have to use them all. Don’t overstretch yourself and focus your efforts on perhaps just one platform to start with. This will ensure the quality of your messages remains of a high standard and you are able to post regularly.

TOP TIP: Do NOT attempt to use more than three channels when starting out on social media. Perhaps start with one and build from there.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a prime platform for brokers to find and network with like-minded peers. It is traditionally a professional network, where discussions tend to centre on industry-related subjects. This means that most of your connections are likely to be people you work with and other industry contacts you may know, for example, people you have met at events or conferences. You can also join groups about topics you’re interested in or to connect with like-minded people, such as the Mortgage Brain group or Mortgage Brokers UK.

You can create a personal profile as well as a company page for your business to post your own content and updates to promote your services.

Twitter

The main benefit of Twitter is that it is an open network. While LinkedIn and Facebook both have closed networks whereby you must connect with, ‘like’ or ‘follow’ someone in order for them to see your content, Twitter is open to everyone.

Unless your account is on a private setting, people can see your tweets and get involved in discussions, especially if you use hashtags. This is an excellent technique to increase brand awareness and to spread the word about your business.  Don’t use more than a couple of hashtags in any one tweet thought, otherwise it could look like spam.  Again, you can set up your profile to be personal – or create one for your business.

TOP TIP: Practice at writing short posts as Twitter only allows 140 characters, including any relevant links or tags.  For example: Radical new proposals to cut out unfair abuses of leasehold have been announced by the government this week:  buff.ly/2uBapHo   (132 characters)

Facebook

Your personal Facebook profile with party and children photos won’t get you far in the mortgage world, so for business promotion, it is a good idea to create a Facebook company page to act as the hub of your marketing on this channel.

Like many other social channels, Facebook allows you to schedule content to be posted directly onto your page and reach out to your target audience with the use of promoted posts. It is a tool primarily for businesses to use, and it can help you with lead generation.

TOP TIP: Ensure you set up the right sort of page for your business – Facebook guides you through the process and has a great help centre should you need it.

Business or pleasure?

If you have your own business and are looking to grow your client base, it’s best to first focus on creating company pages for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can share similar content across all three sites whilst ensuring you reach a variety of audiences since different people use different networks. This simple step ensures you are promoting your business, rather than your social activities.

TOP TIP: Check your organisation’s policy to ensure you stay within their guidelines (if applicable). It may include hints and tips to get you started.

If you work for a larger company and would like to expand your industry presence as an individual, you can start off with a Twitter account and a LinkedIn profile. You can get involved in discussions on Twitter and tweet from meetings or events to get involved in conversation with fellow brokers. Start building connections with colleagues on LinkedIn and explore any groups you can join to meet new people to network online with.

Use social media to your advantage

Using social media wisely can help grow your business and your network of trusted contacts and specialists. Show yourself to be an expert in your field and you are likely to earn the trust and respect of your audience. You should share interesting, unique content that adds value to your followers, reminding yourself that it’s quality, not quantity that counts. Dedicate sufficient time to build an audience on each network – and remember not to spread yourself too thin. Good luck!

*Source: Building Societies Association

How to engage with website visitors to turn them into customers

Whether you consider yourself technically savvy or not, having a website in this day and age is not only key to generating new business but expected. It is the first thing that any prospective client will look for even if it is just for your contact details. Your website however is so much more, it is effectively your shop window; as the ‘shoppers’ peruse your site, wouldn’t it be great if they were to see something that captured their attention, kept it, and offered them something that they simply couldn’t resist. Surely you would like that website to be yours.

There are several steps you can take to make your website stand out from the crowd, as well as ensure you are promoting yourself as well as you can against your competition.

So, why is a website so important?

Your website presents your business online to the world. It is vital that you have a professional-looking regularly updated website to attract your website visitors, therefore potential customers.

People visiting a poorly designed website that takes a while to load are likely to go straight back to the search engine and choose someone else – and this is the last thing you want when business and new customers are so important.

Keep it simple

Your website could be your most lucrative marketing tool, so you should take several things into consideration when thinking about its design – or explaining to someone what type of website that you want.

A clean, straight-forward template is one of the first steps to ensure your website is a winning one. People don’t like clutter; they like to go onto a website and be able to instantly and intuitively know how to navigate to the information they require.

If your website has too many menus and a lot of text on the home page, it will be sure to put people off. Your homepage sells your business, and the menu should only include pages that offer useful information about your services that will help visitors learn about your services and you who are.


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 Think about the add-ons

Providing general information about your services is vital, but it’s also highly beneficial to include additional tools to offer your visitors an opportunity to get engaged with your website. Broadly speaking, the more engaged your visitors are, the more likely they are to convert into paying customers.

Interactive Mortgage Search plug-in and the Best Buy Tables allow you to position yourself to your audience as a more credible and modern professional adviser and differentiate your website from others. You can find out more about how plug-ins work here.

These sort of plug-ins can also encourage visitors to fill in an enquiry form, so they become lead generators. You can then receive the visitors’ contact details in an encrypted email, so that all personal details remain secure. If you were to use Mortgage Brain’s plug-in and Best Buy Tables, then enquiries are pre-populated into the Key, our CRM system so that the leads form part of your usual compliant sales process.

Both of Mortgage Brain’s plug-ins are also mobile-friendly, so they will look and work well on any website being viewed on different devices, from a PC to a smartphone.

Get social

When people are looking for a service, many may turn to social media to get a feel for the company and see what they are posting. So adding buttons that link to your social media profiles on your website will allow people to quickly find you.

You must however be sure to keep your social media accounts regularly updated. Visitors are likely to be put off by a Twitter page that hasn’t seen any activity for several months, or a Facebook page with hardly any information about your business or what you do. Make sure you are posting content onto your pages or accounts each week to keep them fresh and engaging.

The perfect website?

A website doesn’t have to be perfect to convert customers. It just needs to be smart, efficient, and straight-to-the-point, preferably with add-ons such as our mobile-friendly plug-ins to give your visitors as reason to stay on and remember your website for long enough to encourage them to contact you and turn into paying clients.

Websites are all about capturing attention, and then engaging visitors enough to keep them there. Once you’ve cracked that, your business will start generating a lot more leads.

If you want to find out more about our MortgageBrain B2C offerings, go to the dedicated page on our website. You can also contact the team via Live Chat whilst you’re there, or tweet us if you want to find out more.

How effective is your website?

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Your website is an essential tool in selling your services as a Mortgage Advisor and growing and engaging with existing and potential customers. A website helps new customers find you and advertises what you can offer. You can use it to keep customers informed, improve your customer care and provide leads, all very cost effectively.

1. Always open

Your web site is open 24/7 so your customers can interact with your business when it’s convenient for them. Your clients can find what they need without having to stop, call, and ask. Your website can provide them with options to fill in a form, sign up for a newsletter, read your blog, book an appointment online or reading customer reviews, all in their own time.

2. Engage with your customers

Keep in touch with your customers and stay in the minds of prospective ones with regular content. It’s much easier to sell to customers who already know and trust you, so keep sharing content and keep in the top of their minds. Regular email newsletters and updates on your website will help you better communicate with your customers. Social Media also provides a good opportunity to engage with your audience and drive traffic to your website.

3. Share your expertise

It’s not enough to provide just information about your products and services. Your expert advice may give you the edge over the competition. A website is your opportunity to sell yourself and tell your customer why they should choose you as their Mortgage Advisor.

4. Increase your customer reach

A website is a great way to increase your customer base. If you don’t have a well placed website someone else will get your business. Your website puts your business out there to be found by anyone anywhere who is already looking for what you offer. There are a number of companies that offer templates for you to choose from, to ensure you have the most effective website to increase your customer base.

MortgageBrain B2C is a professionally administered service dedicated to creating new or perfecting existing websites to represent you and your company. Read some of our customer reviews.

 Our service provides you with:

  • A range of fully customisable website templates
  • Editable content – you decide and we create
  • Mortgage Calculators are available
  • Links to your Twitter, LinkedIn and other Social Media accounts
  • Online retrieval of leads generated from your site
  • Specialist plug-ins, approved by Networks
    • Mortgage search –
      works from your lender panel
    • Best buy tables