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
One of the most important parts of your online presence is your domain name, and choosing the right one is an important step in building your brand. There are lots of different strategies for coming up with a domain name, but here are a couple of tips to get you brainstorming.
Make easy to remember: Word of mouth is an extremely important part of marketing, so your domain should be easy for your visitors to recall. Keep it short and simple so that it rolls off the tongue and looks good on your business cards. Really long phrases look awkward and can be hard to read or remember.
Use keywords and key phrases: Brainstorm the top keywords or phrases that best describe your business and niche. If you want your website to come up in Google when people are doing general research, than this is the way to go. The trick to this is finding a balance between this tip and the first tip: something that is short and sweet but still easy to stumble across when browsing the web.
Stay relevant: The more relevant your domain name is the quicker visitors will understand what your website is all about. It is relatively easy to guess what the content of the websites mynewplace.com or listingbook.com might be, while names like Zillow.com or Trulia.com require much more branding. If you can’t make the investment in marketing that Zillow did to make it a recognizable name and brand, then using a “discoverable” name built around keywords is the way to go.
Avoid trademarks and copyright infringement: Don't use anyone else’s trademark or copyright in your domain! Nothing could be worst that building a brand only to discover you made this mistake sometime down the road. Copyright.gov is a great resource to check your ideas against before you decided on your name.
Common pitfalls: Avoid using acronyms, numbers, or hyphens. These make it very difficult to remember and very hard to verbally tell someone else your site's name. Acronyms are challenging to remember, numbers are too ambiguous (2 or two?), and hyphens are far too easily forgotten and left off.
There is no right way to choose a domain name. Consider what your marketing strategy is and remember that this is a creative process that will take some time to get right! Come up with options and ask your friends and other professionals for their opinions. With a little creativity you will get there!
This is a blog about the best of real estate technology: contact management, websites, transaction management, marketing tools, and more. Learn how you use technology more efficiently and effectively for your real estate business.
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.