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22 of the BEST Pieces of Social Media Marketing Advice From Top Realtors

Learn what works for Realtors—and what doesn’t—on each social media platform.

Brian Loebker, with Michael Saunders & Company in Siesta Key, recently went on a $2.5 million listing presentation. The seller saw his print ad and scanned a QR code to his social media video. Another time, Loebker closed a $6.5 million transaction after the soon-to-be customer bumped into an old friend of Loebker’s while jogging. She opened her smartphone and showed him Loebker’s social media videos. “The jogger messaged me later that day and wanted my guidance,” says Loebker. “From day one to closing took less than five months.”   

Loebker relies heavily on social media as a driver for success. He’s got 17,400 organic followers on Instagram and 4,500 on LinkedIn. He also has about 5,500 Facebook followers and friends and boasts video on YouTube with more than 12,000 views.

Want to learn from Florida real estate agents who are crushing it on social? We talked to these top-performing agents who shared their best real estate social media marketing tips.



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Jonathan Spears
1. Tap into the power of Instagram Stories. Stories allow me to showcase the lifestyle, beaches and beautiful real estate on the Emerald Coast instantly and frequently. We’ve driven ample traffic and leads through Instagram Stories, as the content we generate is authentic and varies between my personal Instagram page and our Spears Group team page.—Spears


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Lauren McPherson
2. Keep videos short. Instagram is not great for videos longer than one minute. I’ve found tremendous success by doing reels—15-second videos you create within the app. You can do anything—dance, sing, write a funny skit—and tie it back to real estate or just show your personality. If people enjoy your content, they’ll follow your page and see your activity posts.—McPherson


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Brian Loebker
3. Think like HGTV. Use Instagram to remind people who you are and what you do, without selling them anything or pushing your content too hard. Think of HGTV! People love real estate—sales, renovations, profits or losses. As agents, we live this life every day. All we have to do is share it! Keep it real—beautifully staged photos are great, but people want to see raw.
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Christie Perkins
4. Tell viewers what to do—and use hashtags. Your first photo must capture attention and have a call-to-action message. Instagram allows one link on your profile, so direct people where you want them to go. It’s all about the hashtags. You can highlight a unique property feature (a home with a putting green might use #homegolfing or #golfersneversleep) or use your location. I’m in Tallahassee, so I use #tallyrealestate.—Perkins


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Beau Blankenship
5. Post frequently. I post a daily slideshow featuring nine to 10 photos. Balance posting photos that communicate the home’s details with posting photos that capture the home’s essence (like the design and decor) to attract both serious and casual viewers. I also post between five to 10 slides on my Instagram story, which highlight the accompanying post with more photos and details. On each slide, I post a “swipe-up” link so people can easily seek out more information.—Blankenship


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Cara Ferreira
6. Use Instagram and Facebook together. I love the simplicity of Instagram. I can generate stories on this platform, and easily share them to my business Facebook page with just a click. It’s a huge time saver. I try to post every other day and create a story a few times a week, mainly using Instagram for posts, stories and reels.—Ferreira


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Dana Koch
7. Get personal. My goal is to connect with people on a personal level, so I try to post lifestyle photos and videos, which increases audience engagement. I want my followers to get to know me better, so it’s important they see my personality and the way I live my life.—Koch


1. Use Longer Videos on Facebook. While our Instagram strategy relies heavily on quick video snippets (15 seconds or less), we tend to be most effective on Facebook with longer video reels and impactful highlights (one minute or longer). Our first video on Facebook was a professionally produced origin story about Spears Group, representing every team member. The video was two minutes long and garnered over 25,000 organic views in just two weeks.—Spears

2. Engage with your followers. I’ve found the most success on Facebook with my Welcome to Palm Coast and Lauren Tries Videos, where I record myself trying local restaurants and businesses. My exposure reached 7,000—12,000 views per video— and increased my business page following by 1,000 in the last six months. This is all because I’m engaging with the community and sharing content they want to see.—McPherson


3. Run ads—they’re worth every penny. The Facebook Paid Ads platform is the most amazing, unrivaled tool we have as agents. It’s a bit complicated at first, but easy enough to learn. Even with the new Fair Housing restrictions, you can still make Facebooks ads walk and talk with a few clicks of a button. Nothing is as powerful as the video engagement ads. They produce incredible results, especially because they allow you to re-target (or re-market) potential clients in the same way Amazon follows you around the internet after you [search for] a pair of shoes!—Loebker


4. Hire an expert. If you’re not a social media expert, hire someone who is. I hired one to set standards for me and one to maintain my accounts. If you do your own research and watch enough how-to videos on YouTube, you can do it yourself. But if you’re not good at it or don’t have time for it, outsource it.—Perkins


5. Take a themed approach. We find that keeping posts short, using emojis and bullet points, and integrating video helps us maximize viewer engagement. We love having themed posts (such as Transformation Tuesday, showing before/after photos of a recently staged listing). We do a Meet-my-inner-circle Monday post where I talk about my assistant, photographer, stager, etc., and share a few fun facts about them.—Ferreira


6. Use the “Groups” feature. Facebook still seems be the main social platform for older audiences (35+) and for Realtors®. One of Facebook’s helpful tools is its “Groups” feature, which we joined mainly in the real estate space, but also in local community groups and interest groups. Posting in Groups helps us to finely target the audience we want.—Cusack
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Ashley Cusack


1. Position yourself as a trusted advisor. Where I find value is within my higher net worth clients and trusted advisors. These may be doctors, attorneys, CPAs and financial planners whose professions frown on them being overly active on traditional social platforms. LinkedIn has shown itself to be the safe place for trusted advisors. So, by sharing insights or small successes—behind the scenes on LinkedIn—has proven exceptionally valuable.—Loebker


2. Use LinkedIn for exposure. This is the third-most-effective website for getting exposure. What I post on LinkedIn is far less personal—it’s much more professional content. This platform is more for posting production awards and accolades to demonstrate your professionalism. I also post industry-related articles because people are in the work mindset on LinkedIn.— Perkins


3. Promote your brand more than your listings. Our brand is very active on LinkedIn, posting three to four times per week. The target audience of businesses and business leaders lends the perfect platform to highlight our team’s expertise in real estate and market insights. —Cusack


4. Repurpose your content. Each week, we produce an online video series called REALTALK. The content often focuses on a new listing. We shoot video while doing the property video and photos, killing two birds with one stone. It gives us an opportunity to promote the listing in a video format and give commentary at the same time. Sellers love having their property on our vlog, often sharing it on their social networks. We distribute REALTALK in multiple ways, including posting to all our social media networks: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.—Pettingell
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Roger Pedingell


1. Integrate YouTube with your website. We love posting longer videos on YouTube and use our Spears Group page as a full quiver of marketing that showcases a comprehensive portfolio of what we offer. We integrate the marketing efforts on YouTube with our company website ( to maximize SEO and exposure.—Spears

2. Use YouTube as your video archive. All my videos live on my YouTube page. If someone asks a question on Facebook about a particular neighborhood, I copy the YouTube link to my video featuring that neighborhood and share it on Facebook. Or, if someone asks for a good Realtor® in the area, I send them the YouTube link to my introduction video—especially helpful for out-of-staters. —McPherson

3. Attract people further down the sales funnel. People use this platform for “intent-based search,” meaning they know exactly what they’re looking for. This allows you to target people much further into the idea of buying or selling than those who see you on Facebook. You can target these people by being smart in your video titles and descriptions and through paid ads. —Loebker

4. Post a variety of high-quality content. I showcase a home by posting one- to three-minute videos that are well-shot, creatively directed, with pleasing background music. These “hype videos” are meant to engage with both serious and casual viewers and designed to catch the eye. I also post “lifestyle” videos showcasing the agents on our team.—Blankenship

5. Tap local experts. We have a very deep library on our company’s YouTube channel, which is linked to all our other social pages and communications. While we do produce high-quality videos of our listings, we also feature videos of me interviewing real estate industry experts and local business leaders. —Cusack

The bottom line? “Understanding your audience, how to reach your audience, and what they want to see is extremely important,” says Blankenship. “That might require you to shift what—or when—you’re posting to better reach your target audience. Listening and responding to feedback is key!” #

Lisa A. Beach is a Winter Springs-based freelance writer.