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Email vs. Conversation? - 02/24/10 09:00 AM
Since when is business done via emails? Have people lost the art of language or do they just simply rely on technology too much? Please let me know your thoughts? (5 comments)
Via Matt Stigliano (RE/MAX Access - San Antonio Real Estate Rockstar): photo courtesy of fengergold Cut, copy, paste. I logged on this morning to read through the news (I'm trying to make a bit more effort to get back here more often) and was running through the featured articles, when I saw it. I was sure I was having a weird case of deja vú or something. I ran off to my Twitter account to check a recently favorited article on Inman news. My check only confirmed what I suspected. Word for word plagiarism. I'm still trying to wrestle with the (0 comments)
One Simple Tactic That Will Dramatically Improve Your Search Engine Results - 02/22/10 11:13 AM
One Simple Tactic That Will Dramatically Improve Your Search Engine Results While there are hundreds of evolving strategies and tactics used by SEO firms to help your web pages rise to the top of the results for your most coveted search terms, it all pretty much comes down to focusing on three things.
Properly formatted HTML Education based, frequently changing content, lots of it Authoritative links from other sites back to that content That’s why I can’t help recommending blogging as a killer SEO tool. In this post, however, I want to focus on the one tactic that will (5 comments)
What Businesses Expect from Twitter - 02/19/10 01:59 PM
What Businesses Expect from Twitter According to a survey by MarketingProfs, eight in ten respondents expect their business use of Twitter to increase in the next six months. Respondents said that Twitter is second, behind blogs, as the most valuable social media tool for businesses. The report also revealed: 84% of respondents said business use of Twitter is expected to increase 46% of respondents said business use of Twitter will increase significantly 66% said Twitter is somewhat or extremely important to their marketing 29% said Twitter is not very important to their marketing 41% said Twitter delivers great value to their (0 comments)
Your Health Insurance Rate – Do You Know How It’s Calculated? - 02/19/10 12:51 PM
There are several things that are considered when your health insurance rate is being calculated. We’ll look at a number of them with the view to helping you make adjustments that will help you get better rates for superior coverage… 1. The older you are the higher your rate will be. Younger persons have better resistance to many health conditions. Furthermore, as people age they become frailer and more susceptible to certain diseases. 2. Women generally require more healthcare than men. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Apart from the general stress of life (which everyone experiences) women have the added privilege of child birth and the attendant (0 comments)
Interesting Twitter Stats (not sure what to do with them though?) - 02/19/10 10:41 AM
Interesting Twitter Stats Twitter is all the rage in the world of online social media. While some use the Twittersphere for personal updates, millions of others have an all business agenda. Not too long ago, the Wall Street Journal recently revealed that Twitter accounts went from 1.6 million to 32.1 million in one short year. HubSpot, marketing data provider, reports: 80% of Twitter users fail to provide a homepage URL 76% have not entered a bio in their profile 69% have not specified a location 56% are not following anyone 55% have never tweeted 53% have no followers Other key findings: Many Twitter (2 comments)
LinkedIn is an incredible tool for the real estate industry in terms of networking with clients, qualified professionals and industry leaders. But without taking the proper steps, you may find yourself struggling to connect and grow your business to its highest potential. We’ve come up with some essential steps to follow to make sure you are getting the most out of LinkedIn.Sell Yourself Through Your ProfileYou never get a second chance to make a first impression. It’s true when you go on a blind date, when going on a job interview, and certainly when someone comes across your profile on (6 comments)
Is your glass half empty or half full? - 02/18/10 03:07 PM
Not only are we almost two months into the new year, but it's also the start of a new decade already! I was wondering how do you think the prospects for growing or increasing your business are going to shake out in 2010? Gloom and Doom, or a sunny outlook? I have heard it forecasted both ways. Please share what you think the rest of the New Year will bring and some of your plans for dealing with failure or success.
Twitter Search and Money - 02/17/10 10:33 AM
Twitter Search and Money Feb 11, 2010 - Twitter this. Twitter that. People talk about Twitter a lot. If you look at the most popular posts at OPEN, a lot of them are about Twitter. And yet, the real gold is in using Twitter Search. Let's talk about that. Twitter Search is Your FriendIf you want to know where to find the gold, go to http://search.twitter.com. Start with the simple things. Type in your company name. Type in a product name. Type in your city name. Type in your competitor's name. See anything? What do you see? See any opportunities? In the few years (1 comments)
What’s even more troubling is that 85% of all Realtors are underinsured as well. The main culprits were Error & Omissions Insurance (E&O), Business Owner’s Policy (BOP) and their Homeowners Insurance.
So the question begs to be asked, “If a Realtor knew they were paying too much for too little coverage, would they do anything about it?”
Call your agent or better yet call me, SOON! (3 comments)
How to add LinkedIN Contacts to Twitter - 02/17/10 06:54 AM
How to add LinkedIN Contacts to Twitter Note: This was originally posted as a Squidoo page (which was also authored by me). As it is ranking #1 on Google and generating near 100 unique hits a day I thought I would duplicate the content to my blog, where I can tweak it a little better (if I ever get time).
It seems many of my connections are always asking ‘How do I import my LinkedIN contacts to Twitter’. It is actually very possible and below I explain how….. (and I promise it will take under five minutes). Part 1: Exporting (6 comments)
The Year of the Connector - 02/16/10 04:25 PM
The Year of the Connector: Three Ways to Make More Meaningful Business Connections in 2010 It’s official: We survived 2009. But you’re probably not spinning around in your office chair, throwing confetti in the air to celebrate. The major business casualty in the last year was customer-business trust. But the new year offers an opportunity for a fresh start. And while updating your marketing plan might help get the job done, 2010 is the year of the connector. And in the year of the connector, the connections you make and the relationships you build will be the true game changers. (0 comments)
Online Home Inventory Tool - 02/16/10 04:04 PM
Online Home Inventory Tool Keeping track of your personal property is important for you if you have a claim. If your home and all of its contents were a total loss, would you be able to remember everything you owned along with the condition and value of each item? Most people would not. Here is a great resource to help all homeowners keep track of their personal property. It is called Know Your Stuff. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the company that provides Know Your Stuff, "This application makes creating and updating your home inventory easy. And with our free, secure online (1 comments)
Top 5 Ways Not to Be Annoying on Twitter Twitter is a perfect democratic forum: If people don’t like what you have to say, they can vote with their fingers. With a quick click, choosing the unfollow or block features, your feed is forever removed from their life. However, for businesses small and large, the goal of Twitter and other social media tools is to build relationships, not tear them down. To master the fine art of friending followers, here are five ways to not be annoying. Don’t hide. Include extra contact info in your Twitter bio or background. Sometimes, (5 comments)
Are you "Haitied Out" - 02/16/10 09:42 AM
While the recent events in Haiti are terrible, are any of you feeling we need to focus on our country as well right now. Take New Orleans for example, other than winning the Super Bowl, when was the last time you heard the media talking about the devastation that still exists there? Let me know your thoughts?
Why NOT to work harder! Follow me... - 02/16/10 09:30 AM
I thought this blog was excellent Via Kim Bartells - Result Driven Real Estate Marketing Expert - (TC Business Management, LLC - www.TCMandD.com): Recently, a friend on Facebook posted about how the businesses that tried the hardest, gave 110%, were going to be the ones that succeeded. And it got me thinking...Does that really sound right? At face value, but something bugged me about it. Maybe it was the fact that I never saw the "Work Hard = Profits" equation in my economics class, or maybe it was because I've been working hard for years and feel like my business isn't growing as (0 comments)
10 Ways to Use LinkedIn-How can I use LinkedIn to my advantage? - 02/15/10 02:08 PM
Most people use LinkedIn to 'get to someone' in order to make a sale, form a partnership, or get a job. It works well for this because it is an online network of more than 40 million experienced professionals from around the world representing 170 industries. However, it is a tool that is under-utilized, so I've compiled a top-ten list of ways to increase the value of LinkedIn. Increase your visibility. By adding connections, you increase the likelihood that people will see your profile first when they're searching for someone to hire or do business with. In addition to appearing at the top (3 comments)
Does a home realtor have any responsibility to inform potential buyers if a property is NOT insurable? - 02/15/10 01:50 PM
I’m really getting allot of crazy questions today, here’s another: “A Realtor showed me a property that was obviously run down, but for whatever reason, I really fell in love with it. He didn’t mention anything about it being not insurable, and I am now wondering if he is obligated under any particular directives to share that information. Is it my responsibility to pay for an inspection and send that to an insurance company before knowing whether or not it is insurable?” What’s your opinion? As far as the law is concerned, you have no legal obligation, however, from a customer satisfaction (3 comments)
Of the 50 million Americans without health insurance, how many can really not afford it? - 02/15/10 01:38 PM
Of the 50 million Americans without health insurance, how many can really not afford it? I'm getting tired of all the talk about the un-insured. Don’t some people choose not to have health insurance so that they can buy other things? How many Americans, after they pay rent and food necessities, can not afford any type of health insurance? I imagine it is a large number, but it is in no way 50 million people. I would bet there are plenty of people wearing designer clothes, driving relatively newer cars, texting on their cell phones to meet their friends at the latest trendy restaurant for dinner that do (1 comments)
A special report on social networking - 02/15/10 09:16 AM
A world of connections Online social networks are changing the way people communicate, work and play, and mostly for the better, says Martin Giles (interviewed here) Jan 28th 2010 | From The Economist print edition Illustration by Ian Whadcock (2 comments)
Tweeting Dog Collar Posts Your Dog’s Movements to Twitter Share Mattel is about to launch a toy that will brighten the lives of some dog lovers — but act as a sign of the coming apocalypse for folks who aren’t so keen on cute pet gimmicks. It’s called Puppy Tweet, and it gives your dog the ability to send Twitter updates about what he or she is doing. Well, sort of. The collar detects when your dog moves or make a sound, then randomly selects one of 500 pre-written tweets to post to Twitter. Your dog has to be within a reasonable distance (4 comments)
Are you employable? - 02/10/10 11:02 AM
What one single character trait makes you more employable? (3 comments)
Why are liberals so condescending? - washingtonpost.com - 02/10/10 08:34 AM
From: The Washington Post | February 06, 2010 American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate...Read more at The Washington Post »
What are your thoughts?
Have Flood Insurance Guidelines Changed for Your Area? - 02/10/10 08:28 AM
According to a recent study "More people may have to buy flood insurance for the first time under new floodplains drawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA will not mail individual notices; it advises people to go to their planning agencies to compare old and new maps." FEMA regularly updates their floodplains so to make sure you are covered adequately, check regularly within your local area to see if your property has been put into a new floodplain. I would suggest calling your agent to make certain you're covered.
New info to boost email clickthrough rates - 02/04/10 05:11 PM
Emails with subject lines of less than 35 characters have higher clickthrough rates. This was a key finding from the Direct Marketing Association’s recently published 2010 edition of its “Statistical Fact Book.” The book, which is in its 32nd year of publication, is designed to give direct and digital marketers current and accurate data to successfully plan and navigate integrated, multichannel marketing campaigns. Other findings from the book include the following:∗ 58 percent of consumers who made purchases from their mobile phones used the mobile internet to purchase digital content for their phones;∗ one in four Inc. 500 companies — a (1 comments)
Google offers social searching to stay in touch… - 02/03/10 05:23 PM
Google offers social searches… Google has a great tool for users to say in touch with each other beyond the typical Twitter and Facebook updates. The nice thing about it, if someone searches under your name your list can see your content. The user can set up thier own multiple channels/lists of content. You can create a personal profile at:google.com profiles. A Google user can now click a link “My Social Circle” to bring up anything members of the user’s network had posted or blogged on that topic. The user would be able to add or remove people from their profile (1 comments)
Economic Commentary - 02/02/10 08:21 AM
Fixing the economy can all be described with one word: Confidence. We need the consumer to be confident enough to make long-term decisions such as purchasing a house for their long-term security. We need businesses to be confident enough to hire workers so that they can expand in the long-run. We need investors confident enough to purchase financial instruments so that banks are confident enough to lend to businesses and consumers. Certainly, the past few years have not been a period of confidence. On the other hand, sometimes events outside our own control give us another perspective. The tragedy beset upon (1 comments)
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