Real Estate Agents! Ignore Snapchat and Focus on Facebook Live

Posted by Ryan Fitzgerald on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 7:07am.

Snapchat Vs. Facebook Live Real Estate Lead Generation

Snapchat is not going to make you consistent money as a Real Estate Agent. Facebook Live is.

Let’s dive into the data:

Why Real Estate Agents Should Ignore Snapchat

Any Realtor who is focusing on Snapchat right now should stop and turn their focus to Facebook.

The is 55 years old says a report published by NAR (the National Association of Realtors).

Only 2% of the is 55 or older.

This means the average homeowner is not on Snapchat.

60% of the audience on snapchat is under the age of 24. For .

When you consider the audience on Snapchat, it’s a big reason to ignore the social media network altogether.

Growing a Following on Snapchat

Did you know that it’s nearly impossible to grow a following on Snapchat?

There is no easy way to connect with other people on their social media network. At least not easy enough for your typical homeowner to understand how.

We use snapchat daily and only have 100 or so connections. It’s simply too difficult to build a following large enough to support real estate agents.

So knowing that your audience is unlikely to own a home, and that it’s not easy to grow a following, why would you focus your time on Snapchat as a Realtor?

Here’s another reason Snapchat is bad for real estate agents:

The Lifespan of a Snap

If you post a snap to your story it is there for 24 hours. After that it’s gone forever.

Even Pinterest is a better social media platform than Snapchat since 84% of the people on Pinterest are over the age of 25. Pinterest has generated over $20,000 in GCI for my real estate company in 2016, Snapchat has generated $0.

Content on Pinterest has a lifespan of forever, meaning the content you produce will compound over time and work for you long after you’ve created it. Snapchat stories are gone after 24 hours so that time you spent snapping is gone forever.

So the three big reasons to ignore snapchat:

  • The audience is unlikely to own a home or be buying one

  • It’s really difficult to grow a following

  • The lifespan is only there for one day

If Snapchat is not a good social media network for Real Estate Agents, where should they spend their time?

Turn your Focus to Facebook Live

Facebook live is something Real Estate Agents should be focusing on, check out the .

Over 63% of the people on Facebook are over the age of 30, it’s much more likely you will be reaching an audience of homeowners.

If the audience on Facebook isn’t enough to convince you to use the platform the engagement statistics are crazy:

On average, people spend 40 minutes using Facebook daily.

That is a crazy amount of time when you consider there are only 1,440 minutes in a day. This means nearly 3% of people’s day spent on the social media network, that percentage is even higher when you factor in time spent sleeping.

Facebook live also has the ability to go viral since people can like, comment, share, follow, and subscribe to your videos. Snapchat is limited to the number of people in your group of friends and cannot be shared.

There is significant opportunity for Real Estate Agents to master Facebook Live and sell more homes because of it.

That opportunity does not exist on Snapchat.

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Ryan Fitzgerald Raleigh RealtyHi there! I'm Ryan Fitzgerald, a REALTOR in Raleigh-Durham, NC and the owner of Raleigh Realty. Chances are you and I share a similar passion, Real Estate! I also have a passion for technology, sports, and people. Would love to hear from you. Drop me a note in the comments section below and feel free to share this article socially!


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