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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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 talk to real estate professionals about social media, newcomers to it are concerned right out of the gate about the time it takes. “How much of this do I need to do and what’s my return on investment,” are two phrases I hear often.
I honor those concerns. They are valid and worth questioning (over and over and over again).
My reply: “Well actually, you’re going to have to do quite a lot of it. And, not only that you’re going to have to keep it up.” But ask yourself, “What are the consequences if I don’t do it?” After all, where now days do people spend a great deal of their time? And, “Do you think more or less people will spend more or less time online in the future?”
Social Media is not a shortcut and we’re all looking for ROI, all of us.
If you want a good web presence it’s important the search engines know a few key things about you.
1. Who you are.
2. What you do.
3. Where you do it.
The better you accomplish this and the better the search engines know this, the faster and more succinctly they can index you.
That’s why hyper-local is so powerful…
I like Yelp.com, the social business directory. People search it all the time to figure out what other people like us think about businesses we frequent. Where do we like to hang, where’s our favorite burger joint, who has the best price and customer service?
It’s all about where it is.
My desk at The Talon Group - Eastlake office. This is one of my prized social media possessions, my own Yelp lunch box...
With a profile on Yelp there’s one more place you establish who you are, what you do, and where you do it. By writing reviews on local establishments you participate in the online conversation. Give and you shall receive.
Enhance the value of your hyper-local post on your blog by taking a minute to include a condensed version for Yelp. You give Google Juice to the business you review and you get it back. In your profile you can link back to your site/blog. Also, don't forget what a big door this opens to building relationships with the business community.
The dynamic difference between reviewing on a site like Yelp and blogging is the fact that thousands of people are searching the directory every day. These reviews are public info so they all get indexed in the search engines. Getting your review into the index creates a topical link back to you.
The best search engine ROI I’ve ever created was a review I did on Yelp talking about a hardware store in Renton. One small paragraph and I was on the first page of Google for almost a year using the search term: hardware renton wa
(I'm no longer page one, but what a heck of a ride for only 15 minutes of my time. And it's still in the index and my review is still on Yelp.)
I practice my social media golden rule on Yelp... the 3 C's - I don’t Criticize, Condemn, or Complain. It’s not in anyone’s best interest to use the site as a soap box to vent to the world. For me it’s about sharing things I like.
P.S. Don’t forget to add the link to your Yelp profile in your Google Profile...
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.