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
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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
Email signatures give persons quick access to your primary contact information.
Also, your signature is also a great way to link to your website so that
you can build web traffic from normal daily email conversations. I will
give instructions for Outlook 2007/2010 versions below. If you are using
Outlook 2003, the concept is similar. If you are not using Outlook at
all, you still will benefit to browse below to some concepts that you can consider regardless
of your email app.
In Outlook, go to the tools menu and choose Options. In the dialog box, choose the
“Mail Format” tab. Look for the “Signatures…” button and click it.
On the next dialog, you can create a signature. Click the “New” button. Type a name to identify the signature. For example,
a simple thing to do is to use your first name. If you have multiple email accounts,
and need multiple signatures, you could name the others with additional
In the lower part of the box is where you can type the information about how best to contact you.
Most of my correspondence is electronic, so I choose only to put my email,
web, and cell references. As a real estate professional, you will want to
put your mailing address also. We all have electronic address books these
days. When you receive an email from somebody new, if you are like me,
you'll copy all the content from their email signature and paste it
in to the fields of a new contact card for them. In this sense, for
the person who needs to create a new contact card, having complete information is
useful. You might be inclined to not put your email address thinking that
"it is by email I am contacting them, they can get it from the sent by box"
- True, but it is easier to grab to copy/paste and it is a more visible form to include it as
part of your signature.
Notice that when you type your website, you want to have it
converted for you to a hyperlink. This is very important.
You WANT them to click through to your website. Many programs
convert web addresses to hyperlinks automatically. If your address does not
convert, usually it will do so if you type an extra space at the end. If it
still does not, you can then select the text and right-click to choose the
"insert hyperlink" option. Often I see emails either
without the website reference or the website reference is not in a hyperlink
form - DON'T let that be YOU too!
When you create your signature, you might want to consider its vertical
layout. If you did one line for each part, the HEIGHT of the overall
signature could get quite tall. As you know, email conversations go back and
forth. Having to hop over a huge signature to get to the next content is
distracting. So, what I like to do is to display more than one item in each
line thus keeping it tightened up vertically.
At the top-right of the dialog box, you can choose to include the signature on new messages
(that’s for sure) and also if you want it on your replies. If you reply back and forth many times and put a signature on EVERY message, your conversation thread becomes a little distracting with signature info
everywhere. However, you can choose to include signature on replies and
then opt to manually delete it as needed in the cases of long back and forth conversation emails.
About the Author
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
craig's classroom blog is a place to come for short technology lessons - here on ActiveRain I focus on technologies for real estate professionals - please subscribe if you want to catch future posts! :)
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.