Marketing and selling a large commercial property is a lot different from slapping a for sale sign up on a house in a crowded, residential neighborhood. While many of the principles regarding real estate sales will still hold true, the marketing needs an entirely different approach if the commercial property agent really wants to be successful and not just “one of the guys” … so to speak. Industrial and Commercial Real Estate sales are an entirely different ballgame and the individuals involved in the deals will often be much more complicated to deal with than the newlyweds anxious to purchase the first garage they come across with a house attached to it.
Marketing is one of the most important aspects of commercial real estate sales. While marketing may be easy, marketing to the right people and moreover, actually getting the message to those people is where the commercial property marketing tactics can get a little bit tricky. One of the greatest places to start is within trade magazines. Even so, it is important to let technology run its course and to look a little bit deeper. Most of the print publications these days realize their deficiencies even if not all of their advertisers do. Once an ad is out in print, it is there to stay just the way it was put in. It also tends to go out to a lot more limited audience than may be preferred or needed to successfully sell a commercial property.
Most of the major print publications these days also have online media outlets that are great for advertising commercial property. It is important to go the traditional route but it is also necessary to utilize as many venues as possible in order to get up to date, important information to all of the potential buyers of commercial real estate. Online advertising generally allows you to reach a wider, more directly targeted audience with current, constantly updated information regarding the commercial property for sale. The ability to transmit information quickly and accurately can seem like a moot point to some people involved in commercial real estate deals that often take months to close but rest assured, when the time comes that the data has to be there quickly, (generally at very awkward moments during board meetings or other venues where it is not easy to get away) a failure to deliver the information will blow the deal every time.
One of the most powerful tools in the arsenal of a real estate sales person, for residential or commercial properties, remains good, old-fashioned networking. Now this should not be confused with reminding your in laws or your neighbors what you do while you are lounging around and enjoying a few adult beverages. When you are networking, you need to find ways to associate yourself with others who will be actively involved in transactions regarding industrial or commercial properties for lease or for sale. Networking like Marketing, must be focused and precise if it is to be effective. You can easily spend all day at any major public transportation hub and tell lots of people what you are doing but it is not very likely to yield any positive results. Rather, look for trade shows that feature industrial or commercial products, businesses and opportunities. Likewise, conventions where there will be major players from industrial and commercial businesses will allow you to make more contacts that are much more likely to generate productive sales leads.
While advertising is always going to be an invaluable tool when it comes to any type of sales work, including industrial and commercial property sales, it is never going to offer anyone a complete package deal. It is up to the motivated commercial property agent to discover new, relevant venues to let people know who they are and what they do … and to let them know that that is exactly why YOU are the one to go to when it comes time to find a commercial property for lease or for sale.