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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS! ListingPress - pulls your listings into your blog - 06/17/09 04:31 PM
I love when I find new tools for the Web - I am like a kid at Christmas! Today, I discovered ListingPress - a tool that will showcase your current listings on your WordPress blog. Click here to learn more about ListingPress: http://listingpress.com/learn-more/
Tell me if you use it and send me your site - I want to see it in action!!!! (5 comments)
Optimizing Your Text for BackPage and Craigslist - 06/17/09 01:04 PM
I posted this blog last night (late) and not too many people saw it (see link below) - so instead of updating the blog with new content, I am posting Part II "Pimping Your Text for BackPage and Craigslist" so more people can see both the old /new the tips and hopefully learn something about posting to eClassifieds. (http://activerain.com/blogsview/1118309/eclassifieds-10-tips-to-post-ads-effectively-on-craigslist-kijiji-backpage-and-others) Don't think like an agent - think like a buyer! What quick info are they looking for? (these are pulled from today's CL real estate for sale section - names changed to protect the innocent!) Do any of these ads below grab your attention? Viewers (3 comments)
Trulia's Fun Toys... (I Meant to Say Tools) for Your Site, Blog or Profile (real estate marketing) - 06/17/09 09:28 AM
Did you know Trulia offers FREE tools for real estate agents? I am sure not all of the tools will be of interest to you but check it out... you never know! Log into your account (or create one) In the lower right hand corner of the page select "Real Estate Tools & Widgets" Search through the Widgets and Tools Customize your Widget and place on your website or blog Does anyone out there use these? Any feedback on them from clients or from yourself? Have fun! (Sometimes I wish I was an agent so I can play with all the fun stuff!) (1 comments)
eClassifieds - 10 Tips to Post Ads Effectively on Craigslist, Kijiji, Backpage - 06/17/09 12:45 AM
OK, it's really not 10 tips...it's 9! eClassifieds can be a huge resource for generating buyer and seller leads through posting your listings to advertising an upcoming seminar that you are hosting. Below are a few tips to get you started or improve your current campaign: Create a spreadsheet of your postings with date posted, address, title and number of leads each ad producesm [TRACK TRACK TRACK TRACK TRACK TRACK] Use .html code from your Point2Agent listing, Postlet account, vFlyer, etc. so that the ad stands out from others If you don't use code, create a photo collage with text and save the (11 comments)
If you Twitter - Use TweetDeck, It Rocks! (Real Estate Marketing) - 06/16/09 11:46 PM
I posted a few jobs today on Elance today (freelance website) - hit submit and done with it for the day. SO I THOUGHT! I opened up my TweetDeck tonight AND THERE I AM! I have my keywords to search all Tweets for "real estate marketing" and the 3rd Tweet done is me (3rd column from left - 3rd tweet down)! [Elance tweets the jobs to Twitter and my search picked it up.] TweetDeck allows you to Follow people on Twitter Follow friends on Facebook Search all Tweets on keywords you specify See what people are saying about particular stocks and more! (5 comments)
You Have 5 Seconds to Impress Me or I am Outta Here! (Is Your Site Converting Visitors?) - 06/16/09 06:28 PM
Statistics show that visitors on a website will give it a "once over" for about 5 seconds to determine If they can easily navigate your site If the information they are looking for is on the page / relevant content FIVE SECONDS! That's it - - - that's not a lot of time for a making a lot of mental notes. If they are gone without clicking on other links they are a "bounce" and you have a problem. Think about your Website as a home you are helping the owners getting ready to have photographed. Does the house look cluttered? Do (4 comments)
Point2Agent Web Site Users - - - Which "Enhancements" Do You Use & Do They Benefit You? - 06/16/09 05:46 PM
I love Point2Agent, it's one of my favorite sites for agents to use. I have several clients who use the $9.95 a month version and a few others that use the $49.95 a month. I have a few questions and am hoping to lean on you guys for some honest input (not that you get anything different from ActiveRain users, oh yea, I LOVE AR too!)
Which paid version do you use? Have you purchased any neighborhoods? If you have purchased neighboorhoods, did you see an increase in leads? What enhancements have you added that you have seen an increase (2 comments)
How Many Blogs Do You Maintain - Is AR Your Only One? - 06/14/09 11:51 PM
Just out of curiousity, how many blogs do you maintain other than your Active Rain blog? if you have others, which sites do you use to host them? which site(s) do you like the best for functionality / ease of use if you do searches with search engines - which comes up first (if you are posting duplicate content)? THANKS! (10 comments)
I told my husband he had to go on his morning walk earlier than normal - - chop chop, up and attem! I made my kids get out of bed early once their dad returned from his walk Everyone showered, dressed and ready to go to brunch My husband drops us off at the door at the restaurant while he parks the car because the "line will be long for sure" (restaurant is inside casino - we are (6 comments)
"I 'm all out of blog, I'm so lost without you" - 06/14/09 10:36 PM
It's been a little crazy trying to get ready for my visitors who are coming for 2 weeks. I have been on Active Rain putzing around but haven't written a lot of worthwhile content this week. I feel bad - I miss it - I feel like I haven't helped someone else. I AM SO LOST! And now, as I sit here on a Sunday night I am trying to figure out WHAT I can post something about that will actually help someone...and I can't. My eyes are looking at the pictures that need to go on the wall, the laundry (3 comments)
Google Just Gets Better and Better... - 06/11/09 11:51 PM
I received this email this afternoon from Google regarding the Google Local Business Center (see an old article on my blog about adding your business at http://activerain.com/blogsview/1094542/add-your-business-to-google): We are writing to let you know about an important update to your Google Local Business Center account (log in at www.google.com/lbc). Your account now has a new interface designed to show you more about how customers interact with your verified business listing. A new reporting dashboard shows statistics about your business listing, like how many users saw your business as a local search result, zip codes where driving directions requests come from, and (5 comments)
Give Yourself an SEO punch - 06/11/09 05:44 PM
Below are a few sites that you can add your profile that will add "a little punch" to your search engine power: Merchant Circle WannaNetwork RealTown FastPitchNetworking Within an hour of joining, my information was available on the Internet. I will keep you informed if I find other good ones. Does anyone have any to suggest? (11 comments)
vFlyer now syndicates to Kijiji and you can Tweet it - 06/11/09 05:21 PM
OK, I am a day behind in reading my emails and if you are too then this might actually be NEW news for you. vFlyer now automatically posts real estate and rentals listings in the U.S. to Kijiji.com for vFlyer business subscribers! [Key word = business subscribers] They will automatically syndicate so no manual postings - now if others will follow their lead! Also, you can now share your vFlyers on Twitter by selecting "Share on Twitter" under the More Options section on the Publish Successful page. Questions? Let me know. Don't have time and need help setting up your listings on these (0 comments)
HubPages...More Google Juice for Your Morning - Are You Getting Yours? - 06/10/09 08:54 AM
How many of you have heard of HubPages? How many are you using it? I signed up a while back because "it was the thing to do," along with Squiddo. I must admit I never used the accounts for more than a few days, got bored and moved on to something else I found that cooler. After talking to a friend of mine who swears by it, I decided to give it another chance. Reasons why it has the cool factor for me now: So far I have found it easy to use I can add my Google AdSense account information (3 comments)
80% off Restaurant.com Dining Certificates - Eat Cheap & Share With Others - 06/09/09 10:07 AM
Earlier I posted that your blog content is worthless unless you spread your valuable information with more than ActiveRain and Web surfers. (http://activerain.com/blogsview/1101810/your-blog-content-is-worthless-) My suggestion was to send select information to your database as a "touch" to keep in contact with them. Other information I suggested to send with it was online discounts - below is one I received today that I am sharing with you - I hope they are in your area. (The code is PRESENT)
Single Web Site Resources to Showcase Properties - - Which Do You Prefer? - 06/08/09 08:40 PM
I am looking for a GREAT vendor for single web sites to showcase properties. I have used a few out there before and haven't been too happy with any of them. What have you used / are you using and was was / is your experience? Any and all opinions are welcome and appreciated! THANKS!! (7 comments)
Send me a message, leave a comment or call me with your suggestions of what you would like to know more about and I will write an article and submit to my blog. Ask away about anything and everything that has to do with the marketing of your business and your listings.
Practical Real Estate MarketingThe Internet Has Changed (3 comments)
Speechless Sunday - - - Get Off The Computer and Go to the Library! - 06/07/09 11:16 AM
I woke up this morning after reading a few books last night I just bought on Amazon. Even though I love the Internet, I still want something in my hands if I am reading to learn. When my marketing magazines and journals arrive I can't wait to rip of the covers and dig into them!
So, I challenge you to go to the library and check out a "how to" book or a book about a topic that you have been wondering about that will help your business! I am going when the kids wake up and will post (2 comments)
Don't Be Stingy - Share Your Spot in the Rain - 06/05/09 07:24 PM
Do you have colleagues that would benefit from ActiveRain who are not using it? Why not invite them! When you "invite others" you will receive 250 points when they accept the invitation and then 10% of their profile points. There are a few changes I wish ActiveRain wold make with their system. I think Facebook and LinkedIn have a great connection system for adding contacts. Ability look upload Outlook, Yahoo!, etc. address books Ability to select who you want to invite When you invite someone and they sign up on their own instead of through the link, you don't get the (3 comments)
Marketing Regular Sale vs. Short Sale vs. Bank Owned - 06/05/09 05:08 PM
The current market has created "options" for buyers - regular sales, short sales and bank owned properties. Has this new market changed how you market your listings and business? Do you find that you market each property "type" based on what type of sale they are? A regular sale gets more attention because you have a seller to answer to? A bank owned is marketed more because it's the hot item in your area? You are marketing less because it's a buyer's market? What are you selling and how are you marketing your properties different than you did 1 year ago? 3 years? (0 comments)
Your Blog Content is Worthless! - 06/04/09 10:28 AM
Many agents on ActiveRain blog almost daily about various topics, press "Post Blog Entry" and you are done for the day. STOP! Take it to the next level - - - use this valuable information to send to select SOI and past clients who you think would be interested in receiving this information. This is a great way to not only keep in contact with them but to remind them of your expertise in the real estate market. Below is a screenshot of my newsletter I am currently developing. For an agent, content ideas are: Select blogs with teaser content that leads (1 comments)
Sorry folks, no sunsets (although there was a beautiful one that night), no boats, no flowers or cute animals. AND, THERE WILL BE WORDS (is that against the rules?) This is about my family - they are awesome and today I thank them for being so supportive! I am posting this ALL ABOUT ME picture because: It's my birthday and as my daughter thinks "free pass to do what I want" I appreciate my husband telling me to quit my full time job and try to make a go of what I enjoy working with the most (marketing & real estate) Grateful (6 comments)
Social Bookmarking Can Drive THOUSANDS to Your Web Site - 06/03/09 12:00 AM
I know - I know. You hear all these terms - social networking, vertical networks, horizontal networks, photo sharing...ARGH, what else can be out there that is related to this monster that takes up a lot of your time! One that is very important, which you don't have to do: SOCIAL BOOKMARKING Social bookmarking is one the largest categories of social networking. Persons who are subscribed to the different bookmarking sites have the ability to suggest and comment on Web sites of interest to them. What is the benefit to you? Traffic to your Web site. The more people who have your (1 comments)
An Alternative to Using Postlets & Manual Entry With Craigslist & Backpage - 06/02/09 10:49 PM
Want a different ad than what Postlets, Vflyer, produces? Don't use Postlets and don't want to? Below is an alternative that can be a simple ad or something more creative if you have the know how to make it. My simple sample ad is located at this link and was posted on Craigslist: http://myrtlebeach.craigslist.org/vac/1194071717.html Create a www.Photobucket.com (my preference) or www.Flickr.com account Create a photo album for each listing / project Using PowerPoint (yes, PP instead of Publisher) insert several photos and a text box which includes information of the property and your business. When all the information is entered onto the (4 comments)
Wondering What the Tops Web Sites Were Last Week? Now You Know... - 06/02/09 10:28 PM
There is a great Web site that shows traffic each week that shows: Top 20 Real Estate (look at #6 - update those profiles and brand your listings) Top 20 Social Networking (get your face out of the book and on Facebook!) :-) Top Search Engines (have a glass of Google juice) Click here to see all the results: http://www.hitwise.com/datacenter/main/dashboard-10133.html Now, take a look at the top search variations http://www.hitwise.com/datacenter/main/dashboard-10134.html. MAKE SURE YOUR WEB SITE IS USING THESE TERMS - keywords, web content, etc. - - - make 'em heavy folks! Another great site is Alexa.com and you can view Web site rankings (2 comments)
More posts are appearing regarding the pros and cons of working via a virtual office. Is it the new wave of the future? Is it the short solution for the current economy? If you are not your own broker, do the benefits really outweigh sitting in an office? These questions have been posted through ActiveRain but I haven't seen much talk about the benefit of outsourcing your support staff. You probably don't need a full-time person to help you with your miscellaneous tasks to run your business - maybe just a few hours a week. You've heard of hiring "virtual (2 comments)
The market is rough, marketing strategies have changed and there are never enough minutes in the day - unless you remove sleep from your schedule. Trying to balance your business, personal time and family has become increasingly difficult, especially with "Social Networking" necessary these days to keep up with the industry standard for marketing real estate. Marketing is NECESSARY for your survival and it does not have to be overwhelming if you create a schedule and stick to it. And, it doesn't have to break the bank - if fact, if you review below you are not spending "hard money" on (8 comments)
Are You a Doctor or a Real Estate Agent? - 06/01/09 09:07 AM
In my previous life I worked with the marketing of medical education, a lot of the doctors had so many designations we had to limit them to fit in our marketing materials. Some of the physicians understood but others took it as a personal attack of their work to achieve the designation with various medical societies and insisted that they all be included. As a real estate agent, you have your NAR accredited designations, REO designations are popping up from everywhere that some asset managers require of you, luxury designation from various institutes and groups, and on and on and on. You too, (30 comments)
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