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**An Update For Spammers: Spam and posts that have been added or re-posted multiple times will be deleted. Because 99% of the spam is generated by vendors, we are no longer accepting vendors in this group. Moderating spam has become too time consumng. _________________________
First I'd like to say "hi and welcome" to everyone who has joined The Art Of Marketing You group. The Art Of Marketing You is for real estate agents, brokers, lenders, stagers, home inspectors, etc... who want to share their real world marketing ideas and experience. And as I've been doing since 2006 when I joined Active Rain, I'll also be posting lots (146 comments)
Hi guys, are you in the mood for a quickie? Cool, here we go... In case you didn't notice, in their seemingly never ending quest to abuse privacy, Facebook changed the email address in your profile to an @Facebook address. Here is an example from my own FB profile...
This is so not cool but another example of why Facebook needs to get a clue about Permission Marketing. But here is the easy fix, just check out this screenshot as a guide and follow the steps below...
- click on the "about" button in your profile
- scroll down to your email address then click (78 comments)
Hi guys... like most people on the net, when it comes to marketing, advertising and branding I'm pretty jaded and it takes something really special to get my attention. This did...
I'm always amused and impressed how the simplest things seem to grab me. If you haven't played the wildly successful game Angry Birds, you've probably heard about it. Ans if you visit the Angry Birds fan page on Facebook you'll see this welcome page...
If you click on the "Like" button to become a fan, you'll see...
Hi guys, I hope everyone had a fun New Year's eve and that your 2011 is off to an awesome start. A post this morning by Andy Sernovitz about Cookies on an airplane reminded me of how the little things we do can make such a BIG difference to our clients, friends and relationships in general.
As we begin a new year filled with enthusiasm and all kinds ideas we want to try, I think it's important not to get overwhelmed with stuff and to remember that little things can have a long lasting impact. A few examples... (66 comments)
Hi guys, my brain needs a serious rest from writing tutorials and I have a busier than busy month coming up so right now, I'm taking some "me time" to relax, have fun, eat like a pig and watch hockey. ;-) Today I just wanted to give you a preview of some new stuff I'm working on that will be coming out sometime in May including... a new calendar/wallpaper that you can use on your own sites & blogs, a look at a couple of cellphone wallpapers and a new series of blog headers for both ActiveRain & Wordpress. (41 comments)
To save you some time, here are some of my favorite resources that I found on the web this week. Unless otherwise indicated, these are all freebies!
Virl... Share Photos, Shorten URLs & Spread the News on Twitter, Facebook, Digg, blogs, etc...
TweetFind:Twitter search results based on user rankings
Real-time protection against online threats for free—forever
Twitgoo is a quick, easy and reliable image host for Twitter users
marketing: How not to do an April Fool's prank (an update on marti) - 04/01/09 06:40 PM
Good afternoon Rainers, I wanted to give you all an update about marti and to thank his friends here on ActiveRain for the emails of support. If you haven't heard, marti took a nasty fall off a ladder last night while setting up an elaborate April Fool's joke that resulted in a broken right hand and a minor concussion. It's nothing too serious but as a precaution he had to stay in the hospital for observation for the next 24 to 48 hours If you're one of our client's in need of tech help please contact Jason at email@example.com Any (48 comments)
I have a confession, actually an addiction. It's nothing too serious... I don't drink, I don't smoke and I don't use drugs. So what's this dirty little secret I've been hiding??? I love junk food. Not often but from time to time I get wicked cravings for salty, greasy chips. Yes plain old potato chips. Give me a BIG bag of chips and a Classic Coke and I'm a happy camper. Fortunately I usually only do this once a month so it's not really a problem.
So a few days ago I had one of my cravings (130 comments)
OK it's official, the housing market is in the dumper, the stock market keep tanking and there's blood in the streets... deal with it!!! Our parents generation and our grandparents generation went through tough times as well and you know what? They survived and they prospered. One thing I've been saying over and over and over again about blogging and marketing is that we have to stand out from the crowd, no matter what or where your crowd happens to be.
Whether we're selling homes, staging services, home inspections, blog designs or cookies... people will still (78 comments)
Hi everyone, if you've been following my series The Art Of Marketing You with wallpapers... - in part 1 we looked at the basic idea of marketing with wallpapers/calendars - in part 2 we looked at why wallpapers are such a great (and inexpensive) marketing tool - in part 3 we looked at how this idea can be applied to real estate
In part 4 I'm going to show you an example of how to put your own wallpaper/calendar together using a photo by Kathy McGraw, a free background image and give you the (86 comments)
If you haven't read The Art Of Marketing You with wallpapers part 1 and part 2 it might be a good idea to read them now before getting into part 3 to catch up on the basics of what we're talking about in this series. In part one I introduced the basic concept of marketing with wallpapers. In part 2 we got into why wallpapers are such a great marketing tool. In part 3 I'm going to cover some basic ideas and applications specifically for real estate! And then in part 4, I'll give you the technical (60 comments)
Before reading this post, if you missed The Art Of Marketing You with wallpapers part 1 now would be a good time to check it out so this post will make more sense.
Before getting into the technical points about designing great looking wallpapers that will be wanted, useful and downloaded, the first thing we should look at is why use wallpapers for marketing? The obvious and simple answer is FREE EXPOSURE! Think about it, the first thing most us do each day either from home or from the office is we go online (78 comments)
One of my favorite and most effective online marketing tools is giving away free wallpapers and calendars. Not the kind of wallpaper that messes up your kitchen walls but the kind you download from the net and use as a background image on your computer monitor.
Since I've had some questions and a lot of great feedback about wallpapers I've posted on Active Rain in the past few months, I thought it was about time to take a closer look at The Art Of Marketing You with wallpapers. So in addition (83 comments)
This post continues where I left off a few weeks ago with my blog design series and how to deal with geeks and techies in plain English so they understand exactly what you mean and you get exactly what you want. If you missed the beginning of this series, before reading this post you should take a look at... - Blog Design 101 intro and basics - Blog Design: things you should know before spending any $$$ good & bad news about free themes - Blog Design: the next step overview of free themes (82 comments)
Introducing Active Rain member wallpapers/calendars...
For awhile now I've been thinking about a way to try and give extra exposure to some of the very talented and inspiring members we have here in the Rain. I believe that any of us who have been fortunate enough to build a following, also have a responsibility to use that "stage" to shine the light on some of our fellow Rainers, introduce newbies to the crowd, expose talent, etc...
Usually at the beginning of each month I post a wallpaper/calendar from my (71 comments)
Last week my blog design series was interrupted by a "lecture" to try an get the off topic posts under control. This week the interruption is for a much nicer reason. Unless you've been on another planet for the past few days you've probably seen, read and tested out the new AR outside blogs.
If for some reason you missed it, take a look at Brad Andersohn's very clear/detailed intro & instructions... ActiveRain Launches Outside Blogs - How Do You Get Yours?
Hi everyone... I'm drowning in work & a ton of new projects right now so I'll skip the formalities and get right to the "stuff". Following up on my post from last week Pimp Your Blog part 3... using image tiles to speed up your blog , here is a new Active Rain themed image tile that you're welcome to use on your blog.
New Blog Background Image Tile: Active Rain Tile # 2
If you're looking for a background image to use on your AR blog, feel free to download Active Rain Tile # 2. (62 comments)
Hi everyone... in the past 2 weeks I've seen a lot of comments about how slow some blog pages have become after they're been "pimped" so... This week before we get into more customizing I thought I'd talk about a few basics re images, widgets, etc... that should help to speed things up.
Let's Take A Look At The Average Person's Screen Resolution
The image above shows the stats for visitors to my art website. If you take a close look almost 65% of my site's visitors have their computer monitor set to 1024 W X 768 H (84 comments)
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