Press Release: Marsh & Parsons launch regular video blog after trial success
Wed 03 Jun 2009
London agent Marsh & Parsons has launched a bi-monthly video blog, fronted by managing director Peter Rollings, following the positive impact of a trial video in March.
Available at www.marshandparsons.co.uk as well as via YouTube, the video blog enables Mr Rollings to update potential vendors and buyers on current market conditions in the areas covered by Marsh & Parsons 15 offices in central, west and south London.
The agencys trial video blog attracted more than 700 viewings in just eight weeks - a rate of more than 12 viewings per day - with a follow-up completed and launched at the end of May. And Mr Rollings sees online video as a key element of Marsh & Parsons future marketing activity.
Videos are viral, they are easy to share and with the accessibility of free sites like YouTube, they are a great way to share your messages with a wider audience, he said.
The personal touch of a video blog establishes trust with both vendors and buyers, it has more impact than the written word and if done well it will not only draw web users to our site on a regular basis, it will also provide listeners the opportunity and confidence to respond, allowing us to learn more about our market .
Specialist production company Real Property Tours is undertaking filming and editing duties, as well as formatting Marsh & Parsons videos to ensure fast, high-quality playback for all web users.
The days of slow, stop-start streaming videos are coming to an end. Estate agents have often resisted using online video clips for this precise reason, but with more ways to access the web and ever-faster download speeds this is no longer a concern, says Lee Helliar, managing director of Real Property Tours.
More importantly, web users - and that means potential buyers and those looking for the right agent to market their property - are becoming more technology savvy. They are not just more receptive to online video, they are coming to expect it.
Marsh & Parsons has also started using online videos to promote individual properties, with particular success in showcasing upmarket stock to the growing number of overseas buyers now taking an interest in the London market.
Nothing will ever replace the need to actually view a property but video can definitely help entice potential buyers through the door or onto the phone - especially when it is executed professionally, Mr Rollings added.
See Peter Rollings latest video blog at: marshandparsons.co.uk/about-us/market-comment/
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