Is your leasing team effectively marketing your commercial property?

When you hire a commercial brokerage firm to lease and market your property, there are certain marketing materials that should be provided as a part of their standard marketing package in order to effectively market your project. 

In this article, we outline the basic marketing materials and marketing tactics that your leasing firm should provide, so that you can make sure your property marketing checks all the boxes.

 

 

1. A Standard Property Marketing Flyer

The first thing that your firm should provide is a flyer or brochure. These are usually designed in the leasing firm’s standard flyer template.

This flyer will be used for all aspects of property marketing – it will be available for download online and on property listing sites, distributed to inquiring tenant rep brokers, shared with prospective tenants, and more. 

 Property marketing flyers should generally include:

  • High-quality photos or renderings of the property
  • Location map
  • Map highlighting surrounding amenities, access or other pertinent information
  • A list of property features and highlights
  • Leasing contact information
  • Any available site plans or floorplans detailing typical floors or specific availability
  • In some cases, the flyer may also include rental rates, demographic information, parking details, etc.

A standard AQUILA property marketing flyer for Hartland Plaza.

If you don’t have high-quality photos or renderings of your property, these will typically need to be contracted through a third-party photographer or visualization firm

In some cases, it may make sense to create a custom brand and marketing materials for your property, outside of the leasing firm’s standard template. In this case, a third-party branding agency will need to be engaged to establish this identity. Below, you can see examples of custom marketing materials for Eastlake at Tillery, Mueller Business District and more. 

  • Custom marketing collateral for Eastlake at Tillery
  • custom brand identity for property
    Custom marketing collateral for Mueller Business District
  • custom brand identity for property
    Arena Tower’s branding and marketing materials
  • custom brand identity for property
    Identity and website for Pennybacker Commons
  • custom brand identity for property
    Custom brand and marketing materials for 801 Barton Springs

 

 

Your brokerage firm’s marketing team should be able to lead this branding initiative and maintain the campaign once brand standards and templates have been produced.

 

2. Property Listing Page on the Leasing Firm’s Website

One of the primary ways your property will be found online will be through the listing page on the leasing firm’s website. 

The property listing page should, at a minimum, feature all of the information that is included on the flyer (including images, details, maps, contact information, etc.), a link to download the flyer, and links to the leasing brokers’ emails. 

How To Market A Commercial Property | Listing

Additionally, quality listing pages will feature interactive maps, an inquiry form for interested tenants and brokers to reach out directly, current availability and asking rates, and more. 

This page is also an opportunity to show off any extra marketing materials you have for your property; a property website, video, virtual tour, etc. should all be linked to or incorporated into your site. 

 

3. Broker Email Campaign

In order to actively promote your property and keep the listing top of mind amongst the brokerage community, your leasing firm should also execute an email campaign for your property. 

Read More: How to Master Email Marketing for Commercial Real Estate

This campaign should be a regularly scheduled email to the local brokerage community. A standard email should include photos, property details, a link to the property listing page, a link to the flyer and broker contact information for inquiries.

A reputable leasing firm will have a curated list of brokers in the market that these emails will be distributed to.

Email Campaign | How To Market A Commercial Property

 

4. Leasing Sign at Your Property

Even in the age of technology, we can’t forget the impact of traditional marketing. What better way to tell the world that your property is available for lease than a physical sign on the site? 

A property leasing sign should be placed in front of your property to grab the attention of people driving or walking by. 

Unless a third-party agency is engaged or another template already exists, these are usually designed in the leasing firm’s standard sign template. Your leasing firm’s marketing team should handle the design and coordinate the execution of these signs with their sign company.

PRoperty Signs | How To Market A Commercial Property

It is common for a basic leasing sign to be paid for by the leasing agency; however, depending on the project and sign requirements, there may be an additional cost incurred by the landlord. The details should be clearly defined in your listing agreement. 

 

5. Listing on Commercial Real Estate Listing Sites

Your leasing firm should update and maintain your property listing on prominent commercial real estate listing sites like CoStar. These sites are a broker’s first stop when searching for available spaces for their clients.

 

6. Inclusion in Leasing Firm’s Available Inventory Report

All major leasing agencies produce and distribute a monthly inventory report that details what properties they are representing, what is available at these properties, asking rates and more. 

This inventory report should be available on the firm’s website and distributed to the brokerage community on a monthly basis. 

Your leasing firm should have your property listed in this available inventory report. 

 

While all the items listed above are the standard marketing materials that should be provided by your property leasing firm, their marketing team should also be available to provide ongoing support and be willing to help you execute on new ideas and a number of additional marketing initiatives.

Additional marketing initiatives might include:

Be aware, these additional initiatives will likely require you to come out of pocket with some marketing dollars to cover third-party agency costs, supplies, advertising budgets, etc. 

Read More: How Much Does It Cost to Market a Commercial Property?

Your property’s marketing team should be able to provide pricing estimates for these and source trustworthy vendors to execute these projects.  

If your leasing firm is not providing these basic marketing materials, it may be time for you to hire a new leasing team

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Kathleen Brennan

Kathleen Brennan

Kathleen is AQUILA’s resident creative. She has a keen eye for design and excels at keeping AQUILA looking professional and polished.

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