Cosmic Shift Happens™ part 1 of 5

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Cosmic Shift HappensTM part 1 of 5

  "Cosmic Shift Happens TM"

Do some construction on your brain

2010 is the year to update your "personal internal hard drive," or your brain!

Over the past few years, the Internet (and the world) have seen some major changes. The emergence of social media is near the top of the list of all changes. Social media has allowed people who otherwise never would have met, to connect, engage, and make business contacts. For others, social media is overwhelming and intimidating.

Start thinking about the positives that social media can create and bring into our lives instead of focusing only on the negatives. Cyberspace is a scary place for some individuals, because there are just so many unknowns. "Social Media Syndrome TM" could be a reality in your world if you are not prepared for circumstances that can some up.  Processing the new form of communication skills just takes practice and understanding of where the other person is coming from and what their agenda is.  If you stay focused on you and your message the outside "differing" influence cannot touch you.

Perception really IS your Reality in cyberspace.

Start connecting with more buyers and sellers by getting more involved in a blog community. Blogging is an essential part of being visible online. Blogging increases your SEO like nothing else. If you're up for it, video blogging is the best.  Youtube is the number 2 search engine on the Internet.

Consider some basics to start connecting in cyberspace if you don't already have these tools up and running:

1. Start a blog, use localism to set yourself apart and create an outside blog to connect with your community.



2. Create a facebook fan page for your business. facebook fan page

3. Learn how  to use LinkedIn


Connecting with facebook, Linkedin and Twitter as your Internet vehicle, you will have the ability to upload or link your outside blog and keep your customers up to date on what you are doing. It's easy to spread your message on social media sites.  Sharing valuable information and making connections are the real goals for participation in social media.

To survive in 2010, embracing Social Media is a MUST. Incorporating your blog into everything you do is a the key to success! It just takes practice. Are you ready to update your hard drive?

Does cyberspace intimidate you? Click for your FREE chapter on "Cosmic Shift Happens TM"

Cosmic Shift Happens™ part 5 or 5  Join The Crowd!

Cosmic Shift Happens™ part 4 of 5  Digital Information Rocks!

Cosmic Shift Happens™ part 3 of 5  Get in the Game!                        

Cosmic Shift Happens™ part 2 of 5  Are You A Digital Citizen?

Cosmic Shift Happnes™ part 1 of 5  Cosmic Shift Happens!





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  2. Pamela Cendejas 03/22/2010 09:07 AM
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Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Damian ~  Good ideas.. I actually have the menu and I have video of some of the food.  I will take those good suggestions and put them to use!  I will re-do the video..before doing the actual post on their business to be more consumer "user friendly".  I originally took the video to help them out on their website as an intro to them.. you are helping me with the next level and I sincerely appreciate the direction! 

Are you going to Raincamp in Vegas on April 1st? It would be great to meet up at the event so let me know.

Mar 20, 2010 06:10 AM #27
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Carra - it's good for the folks that are lagging behind to read this and get on the cosmic cow pie train - or is that the Banana Cow Pie Train!  This will be an excelllent series.................

Featured in BananaTude!

Mar 20, 2010 06:23 AM #28
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON


All 4 points are a must to grow your real estate business.


Mar 20, 2010 06:54 AM #29
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Anna Banana ~  Thanks so much and it is "Banana Pie"  you are too funny! 

Ty ~  Hope can connect all over cyberspace!

Mar 20, 2010 07:14 AM #30
Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
Your agent under the sun

You are well ahead of the pack & such an inspiration!

Mar 20, 2010 12:21 PM #31
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Monique ~ Glad to be an inspiration.. I see you are in Waikiki.. your video blogs would ROCK.  When I started last year I was in Maui from January till May and did "Maui Morning Moments" each day.. I loved it!  So fun just taking my flip cam and sharing everything Maui... I will be excited to see your video blogs from Waikiki!  Now how is that for inspiration?

Mar 20, 2010 02:43 PM #32
Brenda and Willie Gonzalez
RE/MAX by the Lake - Lake Havasu City, AZ
The G Force of Havasu


I think some people ignore social media just like some ignored the Internet and building a website. Business did pass them buy. It is hard however to find a balance for it all but shift is happening and it is better to at least start with small steps than to let it pass you by.

I appreciate your post and I just listened to your book again yesterday while I was on a long drive. Thanks for your insights.

Mar 21, 2010 02:40 AM #33
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Brenda ~ Great to hear your insights on social media.. you were one of the leaders of the pack in Lake Havasu City, AZ on the Internet with websites and now you "get it" with social media, loved your most recent local post on Havasu.. perfect timing.. Spring Break! 

SM it is a huge elephant and I think you hit the nail on the head about the problem being "balance".  It really is hard unless you have a time limit on what you do.. social media sucks you in because there are so many links that can take you on a LONG journey and you forget about the time.  Thanks Brenda for stopping by.. I think your comment has given me a new post idea.. on time, social media and how to balance! 

p.s. great to hear you are going back for a second serving of Cosmic Cow Pie!

Mar 21, 2010 03:10 AM #34
Aaron Silverman, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC - Charleston, SC
Improving Real Estate Experience through Education

SEO and an internet presence are a must.

Mar 21, 2010 06:34 AM #35
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Aaron ~ You are so right!  Learning it together is making it fun!

Mar 21, 2010 10:02 AM #36
Patrizia "Trish" Giassa
Keller Williams Realty, North Central New Jersey - Chatham, NJ
The Shannon Aronson Group

Carra,  I'm working on it!  But just having a blog is not enough ... I've been trying to teach myself what makes a good blog post, how search engines look for info, and how to use FB, Twitter and LinkedIn (I'm going to be listening to your CRS webinar on LinkedIn this week).  It's a huge job and commitment but one that is critical to our survival and opportunity to thrive in the RE business - or any business these days.  Thank you for reminding us and helping us with this! 

Mar 22, 2010 05:36 AM #37
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Carra - Great post - worthy of a re-post.  Love the video.  It shows how easily every business (or realtor) can promote themselves online.  I look forward to your next post in your series.  I know it will be great!

Mar 22, 2010 09:04 AM #38
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Patricia ~ the process is just SLOW.. you are on the right track! The CRS webinar should help with linkedin.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Happy to help!

Pam ~ I hope to help show just how easy it is to spotlight the community....the next post will be about "digital citizens"... it will be fun!

Mar 22, 2010 09:57 AM #39
Chrysti Tovani
eXp Realty, LLC. - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Awesome!  I loved how they warmed up once they got going with the interview.  I did an interview with a local pastry shop that I am working on getting up on my blog.  I wished I had been able to video the interview.  The owner was so full of great stories about the company but she was shy about having her picture taken.  I did get some great shots of the baked goods though. 

It's so much fun to highlight local businesses.  I also attended an opening of a friend's hypnotherapy studio and took lots of pictures.  That's another article in the works.  I'll have those up soon.

Mar 22, 2010 06:25 PM #40
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Chrystina ~ It's all about giving back to the community so we can support one another!  Look into a flip cam HD camera.. less than $200 and easy to put in your purse and shoot! 

Mar 22, 2010 06:31 PM #41
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

So much to do and learn, and so little time to do it and learn it.

Mar 28, 2010 05:03 AM #42
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

After being an early adopter for most of my life, I'm now a follower when it comes to this social networking stuff. I think I give up too much of my privacy if I get involved in too many of them, and I really like my privacy.

Mar 29, 2010 04:05 PM #43
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Carra I was just going on things today that I need to start doing more. I am going to have a one on one with my broker next monday and I plan on discussing some things that I need to start doing and ask him also if he would recommend some things for me also. Great post by the way. Have a great weekend. Great post.

Aug 20, 2010 02:14 PM #44
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Jim and Russel ~  Many people feel that way! 

Lanre ~  Thanks for coming back to read the 1st in the series... Hope you make a great plan!  Take it easy.. 1 new tool a week..

Aug 20, 2010 07:33 PM #45
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

I thought i would start from the top and move forward. Great post you have there. You are so right Carra. Social Media is a way of life. If you want to be in business you had better adopt it.

Aug 22, 2010 11:02 AM #46
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