Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
Find answers to most FAQ's
Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
When I think of a BLOG I associate it with the word IDEA.
Information - your blog content, an online journal of information, content that fulfills your subsribers and potential client's needs.
Dedication - to blogging, your real estate business, to clients, and to your subscribers.
Evolution - Real Estate and blogging are constantly evolving.
Association - being on a network like AR we are able to connect and associate with link minded professionals as well as extend our reach with social media sites with people we may have never met otherwise.
Isn't it funny how we seem to just stumble upon some of our best blogging ideas when we least expect to and from where we least expect them to come. Perhaps you found yourself in the store and overhead a conversation, or ran into an old friend or saw something that just made you think - this would be a great blog! Time and time again great ideas come to us as little unexpected gifts and they are created into blogs simply because we are open to them.
Sometimes you mind find yourself sitting down to write a blog post and wondering what you should write. Creating new content can at times be a daunting task.
Tips to ignite your creative spark & create some great content for your readers:
Get moving - physical activity - walking, exercising, just moving around gets us thinking. Sometimes our subconscious is just blocked. Try it and see what it can do for you.
Input - read a book, watch a show or movie, have a conversation with a friend - before you know it you'll be back at your computer constructing that great blog.
Review your previous blogs - sometimes you will realize you can expand on a point made in a previous blog that becomes a blog all on its own. Maybe a comment was left by a reader that is a blog just waiting to be created. Maybe you've stumbled across some of the blogs you've subscribed to and an idea comes from reading that post - perhaps another point of view or again from the comments left on that blog.
Step away - sometimes sitting there in front of the screen hoping an idea will come to us will actually work the opposite way. Step away, change your environment and get some new perspective (if it's late - some sleep) - repeat the above tasks and be open to your surroundings - your visit to the store, a drive in the car and even a conversation with your kids may be what sparks those creative juices and gives you your next great idea.
Google Alerts - Set up alerts for key phrases dealing with topics you want to discuss in your blog - marketing, real estate, your community. See this post from Jeremy Blanton on how to setup this alert and the great benefits that can be yours.
RSS Reader - Organize your favorite bloggers, both in and out of real estate, for more inspiration. That inspiration can come from the bloggers content or even comments left by other bloggers and readers. Sometimes asimple word in the content will be your inspiration.
Tip Lists - "Way you can..." or "Secrets to..." Think like writers of a magazine who use these types of articles to create interest in their articles.
Social Media Sites - Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn - Watch the boards - see different topics that are being discussed, links shared, questions asked, and perhaps you'll come across a story or comment that you feel needs further discussion on your blog.
Services - What services do you offer and what's unique about how you provide those services. Real estate is different in each market and clients need different things - find a way to share what you can do in a less salesy but more informative way.
Answer a question - Answer questions that come from clients and colleagues.
In my next blog I will show you a great way to add a tool to your blog that will allow you to engage and interact with your readers to encourage questions and address them by answering them on your blog.
For now you can take questions given to you via email or various sites you belong to such as Trulia or Linked in, or in conversations you've had with clients and address them in your blog.
Comment on statistics - Maybe you've read an article that provided some statistics and here's your opportunity to address your thoughts, break it down into an easy to understand language that has meaning for consumers.
Reading a book? - why not do a review and share what you feel your readers can gain from reading this book.
Success Stories - We all have clients that we have worked with that had something great (or even not so great) happen - why not share their story. This kind of story can be a great example for providing advice on how to handle a similar situation for your colleagues and potential clients.
I hope this post has given you some IDEAS on how to use your blog, how you can get inspired and areas where you can focus your content to provide what your subscribers and potential clients need.
Where does your inspiration come from?
What were you doing when your last great blog idea came to you?
If it's not evident to you by now, consumers are very knowledgeable and computer savvy and are using the Internet to not only search for homes but for real estate agents and real estate professionals who they feel are like minded and can lead them to the results they are looking for.
As we all know, there are only 24 hours in a day to get it all done...are you focusing on the right stuff to grow your business and meet your client's needs? Contact us today to get started!
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Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.