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I have said it before, but it is worth repeating, how you handle that first interaction with a prospect can vastly improve your conversion rates. Why is this important? Because improving your conversion rates amounts to free money! You work so hard to generate an opportunity, why not spend just a little time refining your process and improve your conversion rates? Scary part is, too many originators, managers, and companies don’t track this important information, much less put steps in place to improve it! So, if you aren’t tracking, or know what to track, here is what I suggest you look at. Initial contact, preapproval, contract, and of course, closings. You may have different terms, but you get the idea.

Of all of these, the initial contact can be the biggest and best place to improve your process to increase your overall conversion rates. This contact sets the stage and paints the picture for the client on how you work, what is needed, and the path to be taken that will complete the process for that client that meets or exceeds initial expectations! They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression; in the mortgage business, if the first impression is bad, you will NEVER get that second chance! Some key factors in that first contact are: 

  • How did they come to call you?
  • Give them five minutes to share with you what they are looking to do.
  • Ask them if they are looking for specific or generic information?
  • If specific, share with them the documentation needed to do that and schedule a time for them to get that to you.
  • Share the benefits of following your plan, and the potential consequences if they don’t.
  • Schedule the next point of follow-up and preferred method of communication!
  • Call the referral source and thank them for the referral and share when your next follow-up is scheduled.

How you handle that first contact matters. If you would like help with this, please just email me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let’s talk about it!

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Have you experienced receiving a phone call from an unfamiliar number? Nowadays, it may seem like a rhetorical question because most of us have encountered such situations. The prevalence of spam calls on our mobile devices has made it a common occurrence.

Personally, I receive these phone calls at least every few days. I often wonder about their origin and how on Earth they got my number.

How about when you scroll through social media or a website, and you come across an ad for something you checked out a few days ago. It’s an item you’re genuinely interested in, but you can’t help but wonder how or why the ad is being served to you.

This instance, along with the strange capability of Google and other software being able to read your mind by showing you ads for things you searched for momentarily weeks prior, are all in the same category. We are all familiar with the reality that organizations that we connect with in some capacity for online shopping, article reading, or more leverage a good portion of our personal information to their advantage and, in essence, to ours.

And while some may find this type of personalized advertising helpful, others find it incredibly invasive. It all goes back to privacy, but now the questions that remain are: What is privacy in today’s digitally connected world, and from a business leader’s perspective, how do we navigate this with integrity?

Our Lives and Data Get More Digital Every Day

Since the dawn of public access to the internet, we have heard that any information shared on the internet is public domain, almost as if you surrendered your autonomy to the World Wide Web. Of course, this is still true today; however, the difference between today and yesterday is that today, customers are demanding their personal data stay private while simultaneously expecting more personalized content that fits their unique preferences. What a dichotomy!

I teach organizations around the world the principles of my Anticipatory Organization® Model, where they can become positive disruptors in a world that is constantly evolving with exponential digital advancements. With the decades of research I have conducted, I continue to encourage my clients and colleagues to pay close attention to the Three Digital Accelerators that propel powerful technology into the future: computing and processing power, bandwidth, and storage.

While my Three Digital Accelerators increase organizational operation efficiency, they affect our personal lives and the information we share online as well. For instance, in today’s digital landscape, those accelerators have made it possible for us to sign up for popular subscription services that make our lives the pinnacle of convenience. These include brand name subscription services like Uber Eats and Amazon Prime and extend to include grocery delivery, music, and even your traditional email subscriptions for travel deals.

Essentially, everything we could possibly want is online at our convenience, but convenience comes with the price of our personal information.

As the Three Digital Accelerators constantly lead us into the next great digital evolution, our lives will continue to become more digitized than ever. Similarly, as we continue to sign up for more and more services, shop online in any capacity, and generally use smart devices to simplify our lives, we will continue to use our name, phone number, email, and other sensitive information while agreeing to terms and conditions without many of us actually reading the fine print.

Thus, our personal data will continue to permeate the digital world and become data that others can access and leverage.

Privacy in Digital Marketing: Is There a Line?

From the perspective of a business leader, do you feel that once an individual customer enters their data online, is it no longer their personal information?

Throughout centuries, the essence of successful business has revolved around comprehending the needs and desires of customers, then offering them the appropriate solutions. Today, the essence of business remains the same, but the vast number of organizations offering similar products and services makes the process more difficult. Enter: Marketing.

We all know, based on the previous discussion of targeted ads and autonomous sales calls, the activity of promoting and selling products or services according to research on customer expectations and needs is just as digital as how individuals buy those products and services. Add in artificially intelligent marketing tools like geofencing, where your mobile device becomes part of a system that suggests products or services near you, suddenly that line between what is personal and what is public domain gets very blurry. 

In a highly digitized era where the internet is for sales, marketing, and more, it takes no effort for marketing professionals to have access to customer information, and in many cases, it is completely legal. But as specific ads are tailored to customers by leveraging their data, the responsibility of equitable marketing practice now falls on you, the business leader.

This line is drawn by you.

Posted On Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00 Written by

The landscape of work is undergoing a transformative shift, fueled by the relentless progress of artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI technologies. In my eyes, the key to understanding this evolution lies in recognizing that humans are not being replaced by AI but are, in fact, being empowered by it. The future of work is marked by increased efficiency, a redefined role for humans, and a seamless integration of remote and in-office collaboration.

AI as a Tool, Not a Replacement

As generative AI, exemplified by technologies like Chat GPT, becomes more prevalent, the question arises: Will humans be replaced by AI? No, humans will not be replaced; rather, they will be augmented by AI. AI serves as a powerful tool, particularly adept at imitation and quick execution, getting tasks 80% completed in a fraction of the time. However, the true magic lies in the remaining 20%, where human intuition, creativity, and critical thinking come into play.

Redefining Roles: More Efficiency, Less Drudgery

The impact of AI on the workforce is a shift in roles rather than an elimination of human presence. The future of work is about harnessing AI’s ability to handle routine and repetitive tasks, freeing humans to engage in higher-level thinking within the cognitive domain. This shift promises increased efficiency, allowing individuals to focus on tasks that demand creativity, empathy, and complex problem-solving – areas where humans excel.

The Integrated Workplace: Remote and In-Office Collaboration

The future workplace is not constrained by a binary choice between all-remote or all-in-office structures. Instead, it embraces what I call the “Both/And concept,” where remote and in-office work coexist and complement each other. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of remote work, but rather than replacing in-office collaboration, it enhanced the need for a thoughtful integration of the two.

In this integrated workplace model, physical offices become hubs for communication, collaboration, and innovation – areas where human presence fosters the most value. At the same time, remote work opens doors to a global workforce, breaking geographical boundaries and offering access to diverse talents. The success of this model hinges on the strength and value of the integration between remote and in-office work, creating a synergy that surpasses the benefits of either approach in isolation.

The future of work, as I envision it, is a harmonious collaboration between humans and AI. AI serves as a powerful ally, liberating individuals from mundane tasks and enabling them to focus on tasks that demand creativity and critical thinking. The integrated workplace, embracing both remote and in-office collaboration, emerges as the hallmark of this future. As organizations adapt to this new paradigm, the true magic lies not in the capabilities of AI alone but in the symbiotic relationship between human ingenuity and the tools that amplify it.

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