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15 Examples of Effective Real Estate Ads

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15 Examples of Effective Real Estate Ads

An effective real estate ad does a whole lot more than just generate clicks. Creating ads that get noticed is one of the best ways to build your brand, foster relationships, and get people talking about your real estate business. 

But standing out in the crowded real estate ad market can be tough. In order to do so, you’ll need to do more than just write engaging ad copy or post stunning images (although those are often essential) – you’ll have to understand what audiences want from different types of ads.

To help out, we’ve put together a list of some of the best real estate ad examples that can serve as templates to inspire your own campaigns.

Social Media Real Estate Ad Examples

Social media is one of the first places many real estate professionals turn to for ads – and for good reason. You have the potential to reach a huge audience, can access tools for targeting your ads for specific audiences, and you can easily adjust your costs. 

However, these benefits have also made social media platforms popular with ads of all types, real estate and otherwise. That means you may have to try extra hard to capture your audience’s attention. You can do this by trying to target as specific an audience segment as possible in order to make your message more engaging for certain leads, as well as by using some catchy ad copy and head-turning imagery. Let’s consider a few examples.

1. Real Estate Facebook Ads

When it comes to social media, no other platform offers a larger pool of potential leads than Facebook. But one of its biggest advantages isn’t necessarily the size of its audience, but its ability to let you pinpoint very specific types of leads. This could be users within a particular age group or geography, or those who have shown an interest in real estate. 

Facebook also gives you a ton of analytics you can use to determine the success of your ads and tweak as necessary. This data helps you to enhance the engagement and cost-effectiveness of your Facebook ads, resulting in more impactful and efficient campaigns.

To get you started, here are a few Facebook real estate ads that stuck out to us:

2. Instagram Real Estate Ads

Like Facebook, Instagram also offers a huge audience for real estate advertisers. But Instagram users tend to be younger than the average Facebook user, a key difference since millennials now represent nearly half of today’s homebuyers. What’s more, engagement on Instagram is notably higher than on Facebook, a fact that may be due to its more visual nature.

Instagram also makes it easy to target your audience in many of the same ways as Facebook, such as by interest or behaviors. And with the option to use carousel ads, videos, and even reels, you have plenty of options to grab your audience’s attention.

3. LinkedIn Real Estate Ads

In contrast to other social media platforms, LinkedIn users primarily use it for business. This makes it a great place for real estate agents and teams to advertise their services since users can simply click through to view their profile and credentials. 

LinkedIn’s smaller audience relative to Facebook and Instagram can also make it easier for your ads to stand out, especially for your target audience. With multiple criteria to choose from, you can personalize your LinkedIn real estate ads in much the same way as other social media platforms, as well as take advantage of several different formats, such as pay-per-click (PPC), carousel ads, video, and even message and conversation ads, which let you contact prospects directly.

4. Google Real Estate Ads

Google gives real estate agents some of the most effective tools for getting their ads in front of the right people. By pairing ads with lists of keywords, you can take advantage of the fact that so many people use the search engine to find realtors, look for listings, and conduct research. This allows you to build real estate ads that show up when they may be most relevant. And because Google ads come with a powerful analytics component as well, you can continually monitor and tweak your ads to be more effective.

The most common type of Google ads are PPC advertisements, which will appear right above or alongside the search results. But you can also take advantage of other types, such as responsive text ads, display ads, video ads, and even Gmail ads. All this adds up to a powerful general-purpose ad tool for real estate teams.

Print Real Estate Ad Examples

Print ads may not receive as much attention as digital ads these days, but don’t discount them. Surveys regularly show that consumers tend to trust them more than other types of advertisement. Plus, designing ads for paper can give you a lot more creative freedom than digital ads can. And since printed ads will stay in a customer’s home until they are disposed of, they often have a much longer lifespan than your typical digital advertisement.

So let’s look at a few different examples of how you can make the most of your printed ad.

7. Direct Mailers

Direct mail real estate ads refer to advertisements you mail to the homes or businesses of targeted clients. They can take a variety of formats, from straightforward postcards to multi-page catalogs. Although some may think of this as junk mail, when targeted to the right leads and timed correctly, the ROI of direct mailers may be as high as 29 percent

8. Newspaper Ads

The appeal of newspaper real estate ads is that they can put your brand, team, or listings in front of a wide local audience, while also benefiting from the prominence of the local publication. While their reach may not be able to compete with digital ads or other formats, newspapers are still seen by many as an extension of the community, which means so will any brands advertising in it. Additionally, many newspapers have sections devoted to local real estate news and listings, providing you with a readymade audience for your ad.

9. Magazine Ads

Magazine real estate ads are similar to newspapers in that they are primarily used to appeal to a local audience. While larger real estate teams may want to invest in national publications, local magazines offer a more targeted audience. They also typically have a longer shelf life than newspapers, which may be discarded after only a day.

Video Real Estate Ad Examples

No other type of advertisement allows you to showcase the full benefits of your properties, your brand, or your real estate team quite like videos. After all, there’s a reason that nearly three out of every four homeowners say they’re more likely to list with a real estate agent who uses video. Because of this, videos have become an essential way to stand out from the competition and attract leads.

10. Property Tour Videos

While high-quality images are wonderful, real estate property tour videos are an even better way to show off your listings, keep prospects engaged for longer, and generate interest from a wider range of prospects. That’s because they give them the feeling of actually exploring a house as if they’re really there. These videos can be particularly valuable for promoting open house events, allowing potential buyers to get a virtual preview of the property before attending in person. When done well, this can not only make the property more attractive, but also highlight how helpful and reliable you are as an agent.

11. Brand Videos

As any real estate professional knows, the job is all about forming and maintaining successful relationships. That means being able to communicate not only what you can do for clients, but why you are the right person or team for them. And there’s no better way to do that than with a well-executed brand video. 

Although they aren’t selling specific listings and may not even be targeting a particular audience, real estate brand videos are a great way to introduce yourself or your company and set the tone for the rest of your advertisements. Check out how these real estate teams do just that:


12. YouTube Ads

If you’re planning on creating video ads, then you can’t ignore YouTube. With nearly 2 billion monthly active users, as well as plenty of options for targeting specific audiences, you should have more than enough lead generation opportunities. Plus, you can take advantage of multiple different video ad formats, such as in-stream ads, bumper ads, and non-skippable ads, among others.

There is no one strategy for making a great YouTube real estate ad – but as you can see from the example below, creativity is always key:

Traditional Real Estate Ad Examples

Finally, traditional advertising (also known as out-of-home or OOH ads) offers its own unique benefits over the other real estate ad examples. For instance, when they are properly placed, they can often generate a huge number of impressions relative to their overall cost. They also often appear in front of a captive audience, making them much harder to ignore than other real estate ad types. 

All this can make them an effective way of reaching a good number of potential clients. Here are a few examples that do this job well.

13. Signs and Billboards

A well-designed real estate billboard or sign is hard to beat. While they may seem old school, they can be an effective yet simple way to reach hundreds if not thousands of people every day. Just remember that the key to success (like in real estate) is location. By strategically placing your ad, then pairing it with a clear, eye-catching design, you can be sure you’ll get noticed.

Check out what these real estate teams are doing in these examples:

14. Local TV Ads

When it comes to driving brand awareness, generating community interest, and building out an effective top-of-the-funnel real estate marketing strategy, local TV ads have long been a safe bet. While they’re not as new or fancy as other advertising options, local audiences still tune into programs and pay attention to the commercials, giving you a captive and relevant audience for your ad. Plus, now that services like Hulu and Netflix are incorporating ads, you can take advantage of the growth in streaming services to gain an even wider audience.

In terms of the ads themselves, they work much the same as a good YouTube ad: the more creative and memorable you can be, the more likely you’ll get a call. Just look at how these real estate companies are doing it:

15. Local Radio Ads

Who listens to the radio anymore? As it turns out, a lot of buyers and sellers. A recent survey found that radio ads reach 85 percent of home buyers and 87 percent of home sellers. It also found that, for every day a radio ad aired, there were 14 new visits to a real estate location. The reason for this is simple: people trust what they hear on the radio. That makes it the perfect place to polish your brand, brag about your reputation, and advertise your community expertise. 

When it comes to good radio spots, it pays to be short, sweet, and sometimes surprising. Here are a few good examples you may want to follow:


How Sierra Interactive Can Help With Your Real Estate Campaigns

Your marketing dollars are precious, so it pays to be smart with them. Sierra’s dynamic real estate ad management services can help you optimize your ROI and get the results your campaign deserves. Our services include:

    • Google Search Ads: Using our proven framework, we can build out a campaign that generates more transaction-ready leads for you in less time.
    • Google Seller Campaigns: By pairing your ad campaign with a customized seller site, we can help you geo-target a specific area to attract the attention of leads who are ready to buy.
  • Facebook Direct Lead Generation: Built for real estate agents who are specializing in local residential areas, this service enables you to target demographics most likely considering a new home.
  • Facebook Dynamic Retargeting: Bring back users who viewed a property on your site but didn’t register. This service builds custom carousels based on your property catalog, then automatically updates them based on user history.
  • Facebook Sphere Remarketing: This service will keep your existing leads engaged with your brand, while updating them with information on listings they may be interested in.
  • Facebook Marketing Your Own Listings: Drive brand awareness and build automated carousels that automatically update in real-time with your own active listings.

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