Royal LePage made the switch to Google in 2014, and for the past year we’ve been learning a lot about how to best utilize the new platform. From an all-new look and feel to our e-mail accounts, to a fully Google-integrated Marketing Centre coming soon to the RLP Network, there have been several changes put in place to help us better connect and collaborate with our teams, clients, and more.
By now you’ve probably grown used to the new Gmail platform, but there are plenty of other things your Google account can do for your business. Learn more about these changes and find out how you can work with them to help your business succeed!
- Share Your Google Calendar
Your Google account comes with access to an easy-to-use calendar that you can access from any computer or your mobile device, making it easy to schedule appointments and receive reminders on-the-go. This is one of the most useful features of a Google account for Realtors®! Between driving clients to and from showings, scheduling meetings at your office, and managing open houses, inspections, and other appointments, Realtors® are constantly busy and a fully synced calendar is a must-have.
Quickly add and edit appointments from anywhere, send off the meeting details to your client, and set up notifications via your phone or email to remind you about your meetings. One of the most useful features of the Google Calendar is that you can add additional calendars and share events between them, allowing you to coordinate effortlessly with your team! Simply add events to your own calendar and your assistant or partner can see all the meetings you have scheduled for the day.
- Collaborate in Google Docs
It’s easy to work with your clients using the full suite of Docs that comes with your Google account. Spend some time devoted to working with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to explain the services you offer and make those documents part of your listing and buyer presentations. Almost everyone has a Google account or it’s simple and free to sign up for one, so you can quickly share a link to your full presentation as a follow up after you meet your clients in person!
Once you’re working with a buyer or seller, stay in touch with them by sending them listings or additional information through Google Docs. You can even collaborate with your partner, team, or your clients in real-time once you’ve shared a document with them, making comments and changes without having to edit and save the same file over and over again.
- Convert Documents With Ease
As a Realtor®, you work with a wide range of different contacts and you’re expected to manage a variety of different files. From marketing videos and photos, to business cards, to lengthy legal contracts, you’re consistently working with different file types. While designers might expect you to send PDF or JPG files, your print advertiser may require files to be sent in Word document format.
Simplify what you do by using Google Docs as your primary tool for document creation. You can easily create different document types and page sizes right from your original file, then convert the file type in one click so you can send your document straight to wherever it needs to go!
- Access Your Files From Anywhere
Realtors® are always on the move, and in today’s fast-paced world it’s not uncommon for your clients to expect a text or email response right away with the most updated information they’re looking for. Install an app on your mobile device that gives you access to your Google Drive from anywhere, and you’ll be able to instantly pull up the file you need and forward it to your client.
The ability to access your files without having to return home or to the office first will give you a competitive edge, will save yourself time and money, and best of all, it will make your clients happy! Take the time to organize your Google Drive on a regular basis, sync your Drive with your mobile device, and you’ll never have to tell your client they’ll need to wait for their document!
- Create Marketing Materials
As part of Royal LePage’s migration to the Google platform, the RLP Network and Marketing Centre will soon be integrated with Google Docs to offer easy, stress-free document creation right from within the Marketing Centre. Soon you’ll be able to create brochures, business cards, feature sheets and more, all reflective of your professional brand and linked directly to your Google account.
Creating marketing materials is time-consuming and it can be difficult to get a project started, but the Marketing Centre has always been a trusted and reliable tool for Royal LePage agents to create professional business materials with a minimal amount of technical or design skills necessary. The integration with Google Drive is just one more way that the Marketing Centre can help save you time, money, and effort!
These are just a few of the ways that you can use your Google account to help grow and manage your business. You can visit the Gone Google website to find out more about getting the most out of your Royal LePage Google account!