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tom lyons: Building A Facebook Community Page – Part 6 - 03/30/10 12:33 AM
In this episode, we are talking about the previous switch from a Group to a Fanpage. we also talk about growth and the viral effect of Fanpages. We discuss how the page starts to take on a life of it's own. We also look at how to set up a Facebook Ad to promote the page. We look at the options of CPC(Cost per Click) and CPM(Cost per Thousand) Remember you can view the whole series at: Creating a Facebook community page. (7 comments)
tom lyons: How To Build A Face Book Community Page – Part 5 - 03/16/10 09:21 AM
In the fifth part of the series we perform the dreaded switch from a Group to a Page. In past videos I talked a little about the difference between a Page and a Group, my recommendation was to start a Page but for this experiment I would be creating a Group. Well we’ve done that, but before the Group gets to big, let’s switch it to a Page so we can focus on promotion and apps. Here's the Video: http://www.makingyoufindable.com/2010/03/16/how-to-build-a-face-book-community-page-part-5/ Missed part of the series watch them here: http://www.makingyoufindable.com/category/facebook/ Don't want to miss an episode? Go subscribe at: http://bit.ly/facebookcommunity in the (2 comments)
tom lyons: How to get a Vanity URL on Facebook! - 02/10/10 01:22 PM
Do you ever wish you could tell someone your Facebook address? Sure you tell people, "Find me on Facebook" or "Look me up on Facebook", but it would be nice to tell them how to get straight to your profile or your fan page. Facebook held off introducing vanity urls for a long time and finally relented. Don't know what a vanity url is? Well it looks like this: http://www.facebook.com/makingyoufindable Notice how that link takes you straight to my Fan Page? You can make one just like it for both your profile and your fan page, watch the video to find (8 comments)
tom lyons: If the listing is important, it will find me? - 02/01/10 11:32 AM
Folks, there's a change a com'in! I smell it on the on the wind and it's not last nights fish. It's a change in how people search and find information. Sure people are still using Google, Bing and Yahoo to find stuff, but that's starting to change. People are letting the news find them. I mentioned in a previous (How Online Video Is Discovered And Other Musings), that with online video 55% of content is found not by searching for it but referred by the social network. Intelligence Group did a little research and during a focus group session one of (5 comments)
tom lyons: What, you can't read my webpage? - 12/19/09 02:21 AM
Understanding how well consumers can see your web page is vital to conversion. If they don't see your opt-in form, or the link for your listings, or the free buyers guide you're providing then you're pretty much dead int he water when it comes to generating leads. So do I have a tool for you! Yep, it's free and I even made a nifty video for you to watch!
Looking for more tips on improving website conversion, come to my, I have more free tools and some general ramblings about my cat! Making you findable - Marketing Real Estate or (8 comments)
tom lyons: Oh Twitter, hast thou wronged me? - 12/14/09 03:25 PM
Oh the drama! With social media being the rage today, and a full gaggle of people preaching about how they can help you, you have to ask yourself what do I do? Well what a great question, and I'm not going to answer it for you. I will give you some thoughts on twitter which you may find interesting. So the story starts with: An interesting thing happened to me on my way to the net today! I was doing some reading on the ole Twitter, and ran across a message about Fauxlowers? What is a Fauxlower? Well let me tell (85 comments)
tom lyons: Real Estate Web Site Conversion - 11/06/09 04:20 PM
Not getting any leads from your site? Maybe you're getting a ton of leads but they don't convert into buyers? We'll cover those problems in this episode! So stayed tuned and grab a seat! You can find the rest of the series here: Building a Real Estate Web Presence Don't forget your comment and questions. P.S. Would you like your website reviewed for tips on improving conversion and traffic? Just send a request or comment. (5 comments)
tom lyons: Facebook and Social Media for Realtors - 10/30/09 02:40 PM
We have two videos for you today. Well it started out as one video and quickly turned into two. We're continuing the series on Building an Web Presence. This episode focusing on Social Media, Facebook, Twitter etc. So grab a snack, maybe a fresh cup of coffee and let's do some learn'in! Part 1 Part 2 You can find the other videos for this series at - Building a Real Estate Web Presence. (3 comments)
tom lyons: Choosing a Domain Name for Realtors - Building a Web Presence Series - 10/30/09 02:35 PM
There's a few views on what type of Domain name(Web Address) you should have for your real estate web site. In this episode we cover the pros and cons of different names so you can make an educated choice! You can watch the other video is the series here! You can join me on Facebook at: The Making You Findable Fan Page Or on Twitter at: Tom's Twitter Page (4 comments)
tom lyons: Building a Web Presence Part 3 - Real Estate Listing Syndication - 10/17/09 12:23 PM
In this installment of Building a Web Presence we look at Listing Syndication. Although we don't cover all your options available, we discuss the importance of syndication and how to get started. Don't forget to leave your comments! Especially if you know of a good syndication service others might value. You can view Part 1 - Building a Real Estate Web Presence - Part 1 You can view Part 2 - Building a Real Estate Web Presence - Part 2 (1 comments)
tom lyons: Hullo Mail bring Visual Voicemail to Blackberry - 09/28/09 11:27 AM
Those of us that have an Iphone we love our Voice mail. Gone are the days where you actual dial in to your account to listen to a message. We just click voice mail and listen to the message. It's so slick you can't even appreciate it till you use it. Welcome to the current decade Black berry users. Hullo Mail has created a new Visual Voice Mail native app for the black berry. You know what! You're going to love it! Watch the below video and then go get the free app. Oh yeah and it syncs with Google (0 comments)
tom lyons: Gmail for Realtors - Creating Mailing Groups - 09/25/09 04:20 PM
Many agents have groups of clients and leads which need to be contacted at a regular basis. You may want to update your best clients on new market conditions, customer appreciation events, or even free give aways from time to time. You may have a list of leads, which you sent listing updates to. In any case, Gmail has the ability to create multiple lists and the ability to have a contact belong to multiple lists at a time. The below video shows how it is done! Don't forget your comments, and take the time to rate the video so we (0 comments)
tom lyons: Back up your Contacts with your Blackberry or Iphone Free - Idrive Lite - 09/18/09 12:57 PM
If you have ever lost your data from a hard drive failure or lost your contacts from your phone after it bounced down the street then you'll understand the importance of this new app, available for both the Blackberry and the Iphone. Basically Idrive lite will back up all your contact data for you onto a secure internet server. Since it does this automatically for you, you can always be secure in the knowledge you'll never lose your contact list again! Here's the video. (2 comments)
tom lyons: Social Media is here to stay it's time to get onboard! - 09/11/09 06:55 AM
Don't believe in Social Media? Well, it probably doesn't believe in you either! Which is why you don't get squat from it! Ignoring social media is like missing the most important networking event in your community of the century! Anybody who's anybody is there, but you. 15 years ago there was this thing called the internet. You know just a fad passing through. Those that embraced it then now have a great web presence, and picked up an extra 50 grand per year in deals over the agent that thought it was a waste of time. Oh, I can hear you (4 comments)
tom lyons: Google Calendar for Realtors - 09/01/09 11:43 PM
We continue on a journey of Google Tools, which are free to use and incredibly useful for Realtors. Today I cover Google Calendar, how I use it, and why it works so well. Please leave your comment and don't forget to join me on Facebook at: http://www.youhavetom.com Or on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/tlyons Enjoy! (6 comments)
tom lyons: Gmail for Realtors Tip - Multiple Accounts - 08/27/09 10:51 PM
This is a quick follow up to my last post regarding using Gmail. I had a question asking if it is possible to create more than one Gmail account. In short the answer is yes, but the video actual shows how it is done. Enjoy PS - Don't forget to follow me on twitter or join me on Facebook PPS - Make sure you leave a a comment or question, I'm nothing without your feedback! (3 comments)
tom lyons: Gmail for Realtors Tip - Starred Messages - 08/27/09 01:20 AM
Understanding how some of the free tools available today can be as helpful as paid tools can help you improve your bottom line. There's an old adage that says, "It's not how much you make, it's how much you keep." So here's a Gmail tip, on how it helps you keep track of your task, important emails and keep your inbox a little cleaner. Leave comments on how you use Gmail or other free tools to improve your business. Don't forget to follow me on twitter at: twitter.com/tlyons or on Facebook at www.youhavetom.com (8 comments)
tom lyons: Gmail for Realtors Tip - Canned Responses - 08/07/09 02:31 PM
I love Google tools, I love Gmail, I love Google Apps, I love Google Calendar, I sorted of like Google Tasks, but hey you can’t have everything right. I love how it all integrates into my Blackberry. But enough of the lovefest, we’re here for some serious learning! This is all in the video below but here’s a quick run down for you. Ever wondered how to save pre-made emails that you can quickly insert and sent to, ahh, say, a new internet lead? Use Gmail Canned Responses. How you say? 1. Log in to your Gmail Account 2. Go to (8 comments)
tom lyons: Your Chance to Win and Try Something New - 12/22/08 04:21 PM
Here's the story. I'm giving away a copy of "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent". As seen here on the left. I'd like to you win it! Yes, you the one reading this blog post. But there's a catch, nothing in life is completely free. First a little about this book. This book can change the way you perform next year. It could, if you take it's advice to heart, push you to a whole new level of development. There's not much more you need to know about it. So let me cut to the chase. To win the book you need (7 comments)
tom lyons: Facebook, what’s da point! - 11/27/08 01:30 PM
Ok, here’s where we start understanding Facebook and why it’s going to lead us all down the golden road of riches and deals. I mentioned in the past post that Facebook had more than 120 millions users online. I also mentioned that the demographics of Facebook puts the users at a prime home buying age. So we need to really look carefully at how to use Facebook to improve our business. First let’s look at current marketing methods and compare them against Social media and the internet in general. I think you’ll start to see why most of us just (8 comments)
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