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Marketing Ads - 07/28/08 04:15 PM
Grrrr, I read an article today that really pee'd the proverbial pee into my Post Toasties. But it was good that I read it and I wanted to pass it along to you. The article is called Marketing Word To The Wise (see Article on Marketing). It basically describes how the trend in marketing effects the consumer, then in turn the consumer effects the trend in marketing. For instance... ...Kim Gordon, the author, says "Right now, straight talk is in, and consumers prefer specifics to generalizations. Bombarded daily with thousands of marketing messages, prospects respond to those that ring true and (0 comments)
Paragon - the new MLS - 07/24/08 08:36 PM
This blog will be important for my current clients and informative for those who don't use us for our listing and transaction management. So, take the time to read all of this. So I'm sure that everyone has heard about the new MLS coming out. I believe that the launch date is August 17, 2008. Am I correct on that? Anyway, one of the features is a transaction management service. That peaked my interest. When I heard that I went to Russ and had him show me what it's like. Here are my thoughts - Learning Curves - At this (3 comments)
God, Family, and Business - 07/23/08 08:51 AM
Every single time I go to the bathroom I forget to take my stupid key fob thingy. Consquently I end up walking through the front doors, saying hi to the girls, and then walking to my office the long way. I don't lose any sleep over this. First of all, I get to say hi to the girls in the front. They have the hardest job in this office. So a little appreciation of them is a good thing. Second, I have a tendency to eat like a heffer during the day. Any extra steps I can take to burn another (0 comments)
Robert Elder - and something funny - 07/22/08 04:15 PM
As I left Jason's Deli last night after having my turkey sandwich on rye, I noticed the latest issue of NSide magazine. Now, here is a genuine caveat - A small portion of this article may be offensive to you. That is certainly not my intention. But in addition to giving Robert Elder some accolades, I simply had to point out this other possibly offensive thing. So, first, as I was flipping through the magazine I happen to see a picture of Robert Elder. Those of us here at the Heritage market center all know Robert Elder. He, his mom and (0 comments)
Gotta love this... - 07/19/08 12:12 PM
I typically open up my e-mail with a resolution that I will have to deal with whatever is in the Inbox. Do you know what I mean? What I'm saying is that, an Inbox is a mine field at times. You can open up your e-mail to find letters from angry clients, angry agents, angry appraisers, lenders, and so forth. Many times the e-mails aren't even directed at you (me). You can just be receiving a CC (carbon copy) of everything going on between two other parties. Point is - an Inbox isn't always poppy fields and strawberries. Did I just (2 comments)
Another great idea... - 07/17/08 12:48 PM
I'd absolutely love to get your thoughts on this one. In one of the last articles of this months Entrepreneur magazine, one of the big dogs of business was giving his ideas on how to get your staff involved in innovating the business. Wait, let me back up. The article was talking about how an owner can become stale in innovation. Maybe a better word would be complacent. Rather than pushing past the common denominators, i.e. farming, Just Listed/Just Sold, and lead generation, an agent remains comfortable in the "what works." Nothing is wrong with what works. But doesn't it behoove (3 comments)
Ok, I did something wrong... - 07/16/08 07:27 PM
There are a lot of you that follow my blog. I love that. My post today has become completely jacked up. So, rather than missing out on articles and so forth, go to my www.soldtoclose.com. Dustin... (2 comments)
More on Team Building - 07/16/08 07:20 PM
On with the topic… Do you remember being in high school, sitting in class with your eyelids feeling like someone tied 20lb weights to them; trying to put forth some sort of a shred of effort to listen to the monotone, lifeless orator in front of you, all the while wondering why your classroom seemed so monochromatic and distilled? I can remember it too. Many a day I leaked tablespoons of spittle onto my desk. This is why I decided that it was better just to stay home. My mom and the school didn’t value my decision as much as I (2 comments)
Owner vs. Employee Mentality - 07/15/08 03:15 PM
Yesterday I talked about the importance of training staff, how that creates the well oiled machine that business owners crave, and I gave the example of Mr. Bonney's (owner of a large finance company) experience and wisdom. Today I want to talk about an owner mentality vs. an employee mentality. There is a huge difference!
I have a weekly meeting with my staff. Whe it was just me, I took one specific day, and set aside one specific hour, and I looked at my goals. Was I hitting them? Were they realistic? What had I (6 comments)
Staff - development - 07/15/08 03:07 PM
So everyone knows that I've hired 2 people - Virginia (Princess Leia) and Jason (Yoda). Read THIS POST for a quick update. I am so blessed at how well they have been working out. Virginia has been christened into the wacky humor that comprises Jason and I, what with him calling me a heffer and me making fun of his height...or lack thereof. She has not run yet. That's a good sign. But seriously, they both are doing such a fantastic job. I am grateful to God for His giving me 2 such great team players. I'm excited for the future of (2 comments)
I Like Coffee - 07/11/08 07:39 AM
I logged into my blog account today and saw that there was 1 draft unposted. I don't leave drafts. So I became curious. Below is a blog that Rafael wrote before he left. It's good. I figured I'd post it so that you all can read it. I'm also going to post a little later about the farming card thing I was talking about yesterday. ___________________________________________ I love coffee. (Posted by Rafael. Follow me here for a minute because this does have to do with real estate.) Now, when I say I love coffee, I'm not talking about the nasty canned (0 comments)
Farming - 07/10/08 01:10 PM
Hi guys and girls, Sometimes in the frenzy of our technological society we forget about some very basic, some might call them archaic, modes of marketing. But these dusty old relics are the foundations upon which marketing is built. And foundations are a critical part of a structure, wouldn't you agree?
You can lead a horse to water...
I'm writing a blog right now...a web log. Get it - weB Log...blog. Blogs are uber popular. They are considered one of the greatest marketing tools around right now. They are free. They are world wide. They are easily (0 comments)
Back in the saddle - 07/08/08 09:51 AM
Talk about a long hiatus! I haven't blogged in a long time. I have been busier than a one armed paper hanger in a paper hanging contest. I stole that line from Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias. Not that I've seen the movie...um, no...that would be girly. Sheesh! Moving on - so last all of you read, I had hired Rafael Goyco. Rafael, unfortunately didn't work out. Raf needed something different. Real estate, as you all know, is only for a select few of us. You know, the odd and self-abusive few of us who don't mind working countless hours for (0 comments)
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