New Signature and Theme Creations This Week

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I was privileged recently as ActiveRain included my signature posts series in a recent email newsletter blast. Wow! I got some really great new comments and several new subscribers from that. So cool! (and I hope you enjoyed the series if you hadn't previously seen it)

Meanwhile, I also made lots of new contacts from the visitors and was asked even by a couple if I could create signatures for them as they liked the previous ones I had created. So I started off with Kathy McGuriman. When I create a custom signature, I get to do some advanced graphic and HTML techniques that are beyond the classes that I have (so far) taught. But notice the principles are still the same even for signatures that you can create yourself. Who and WHERE you are. A tagline and reference (usually a logo) to your brokerage is important. How do we contact you? So far it is very much like a business card. However, let's include a block of text about your services that is good also in google/keyword rich ways. Now let's wrap up with some call to action buttons and a few of the main social network buttons, and voila!

Now let's jump over to Debbe Perry down in Morganton, NC. Debbe also asked me to create a signature for her. I realized her blog also was missing a banner and background to make a completely themed page... so we agreed that we should do the whole page layout!

In the banner we picked three pictures to exemplify the beautiful area she lives in and aids buyers in sellers in their real estate needs. We included a tagline and contact tel number in the header. It is true that the telephone number is under her picture, but this is such an important thing you don't want the reader to miss!

In the signature for Debbe, we again included the contact number with a couple of very brief descriptive paragraphs about her that are also keyword focused. We included buttons to her main calls to action (don't leave your reader without a next step taking them to more of your info, don't lose them now!). We also included the social media sites. The photo is a great personal shot of Debbe with her dogs and her husband. It was one of two optional photos that she had sent to me. I picked it because it really shows the HUMAN and PERSONABLE side of her. I really like it when we see a different side and perspective of a person instead of the same stock photo that you use over and over and over and over again. (that's my opinion, do you agree?)

Well I hope you like some of my creations from the past week and perhaps it will inspire you to work on your own header or signature. If you check out my catalog of posts (down below in MY signature, you'll find various how-to articles). And I'd love it if you go visit Debbe and Kathy and say hi and tell them you came to visit via Craig's Classroom :)

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John Pusa
Pacific Realty - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Craig - Thank you for sharing quality information on new signature and theme creations.

Sep 29, 2011 12:34 AM #9
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Great post Craig, something that I need look at again. Your original signature series was inspiational, this one will probably lead to action.

Sep 29, 2011 12:41 AM #10
Ed Gillespie
Rocklin, CA

Wow! The results are a great transformation on each!  Thanks for sharing your invaluable knowledge with us.

Sep 29, 2011 12:54 AM #11
Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Thanks for all your techie posts, Craig! I have bookmarked to read when I get time!

Sep 29, 2011 02:29 AM #12
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA


Inspiring. And makes me realize that I'm way overdue....haven't done anything much to my blog except for the header which I asked another blogger to do for me.

Still have to do the buttons like Facebook, LinkedIn, and dressed up signature.



Sep 29, 2011 04:23 AM #13
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Craig, great work! I am never happy with signatures. And I certainly don't want to find another photo of myself, the one I use for the headshot was painful enough, LOL.

Sep 29, 2011 05:52 AM #14
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That's great work Craig!  You could make a living doing stuff like that.

In a word, you are talented!

Sep 29, 2011 06:19 AM #15
Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

This is great work Craig.  Looks like you've made a big difference again in some more AR member's blogs.  Nice job.

Sep 29, 2011 06:53 AM #16
Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker
RE/MAX Vision Realty Inc., Brokerage, Direct: (416) 737-9800, Office: (416) 321-2228 - Toronto, ON
Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario, Canada

Hi Craig - Your current signature block is effective and full of useful information.

Sep 29, 2011 07:05 AM #17
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Dinah - it is very easy to change as you go and get better ideas

Judi - glad you liked! thx :)

Anja - that's great that you have been updating your signature - good topic suggest for email signatures, I'll do that!

Pfanns - I'm glad to teach for as far as you want to DIY - beyond that you know how to contact me :)

Cyndi - love to hear that - thank you

Evelyn - yes, good suggestions

Sep 29, 2011 08:56 AM #18
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Melissa - I love to hear that thanks!

John M - so glad you visited, what a nice comment :)

John P - you are welcome, thanks for coming by

Tom - we can always get good ideas from others - we can make ours as the composition of all the parts we like from others we see

Ed - I love to work on presentation quality, great info, great presentation is a perfect team

Steve - you are very welcome, glad to hear about bookmarks

Pacita - something is always better than nothing - start simple and come back and revisit to improve as you go

Sep 29, 2011 08:59 AM #19
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Andrea - I like to see people in signatures (it's how we get to know somebody better in a virtual world) but a photo of your area is also nice too as another idea! 

Jay - maybe someday so, it would be a great job (meanwhile, it is my 'moonlighting' job)

Debbie - glad you liked it - I'm happy they did too! :)

Marc - thanks for noticing my own signature block too! :)

Sep 29, 2011 09:15 AM #20
Jimmy Phan
Phan real estate group in hickory are awesome man..thanks for sharing your knowledge...wonder how far cna tchnology take us?

Sep 29, 2011 09:39 AM #21
Nyssa Smith
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - State College, PA
REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate

Sweet!  Love these Craig!  Nice job!  :)

Sep 29, 2011 10:04 AM #22
Debbe Perry
Real Living Carolina Property - Morganton, NC
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC

Needless to say, I'm so happy I wrote a post about it: Active Rain Signature  (Members Only)!

Craig is super easy to work with, personable, and affordable! Thanks, Craig! 

Sep 29, 2011 12:50 PM #23
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Jimmy - you are welcome, glad you enjoyed the post

Nyssa - thanks so much :)

Debbe - it was a great project, so glad I got to know you better through it - ttyl :)

Oct 01, 2011 07:05 AM #24
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Craig, funny, I used to have a local photo in my sig, don't know why I stopped. Thank you for the idea, I am going to make this a priority this weekend, I hope!

Oct 01, 2011 09:37 AM #25
Roberta Kayne
Dublin & Central Ohio Homes - Dublin, OH
CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates

Awesome work and great blog, Craig!  I love the ideas and will most likely contact you to do some work for me ~ as soon as I get a new picture made.  Mine is 8 years old and looks 10 years younger than I do...  Actually, I don't like any of the pictures I've had done recently ~ must be that I'm getting older... who is that lady in the mirror syndrome!

Oct 02, 2011 03:00 PM #26
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

I discovered your blog today..and love it!!  Do you have a tutorial on how to make a banner on AR? 

Dec 12, 2011 07:21 PM #27
A List Properties of Keller Williams Realty Experts from Beaches to the Mountains 619.316.7445 - La Mesa, CA
A List Properties - San Diego Neighborhood Experts

Just found you too. Great job excited to see more.


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