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
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
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
Craig's Classroom - Virtual Course Graphics for Bloggers 101 is underway. (course information page, pre-recorded videos, watch at your own pace, enrollment is still OPEN!) We have a nice group signed up! :) I am creating a series of classroom assignments for the students to complete the course. This post is to illustrate a report on Assignment #5 - Leveraging Resources
Find a photo on Flickr using the advanced search where creative commons licensed and allowed for "commercial use". Place the photo in your blog report post with proper attribution.
Using tags in Picasa is an essential skill once your personal library begins to grow (otherwise you will spend an inordinate amout of time looking for photos). Take a screenshot of a photo that you located by using a tags search. (PS - if you need screenshot help, watch module 10 first)
Create a custom button using cooltext.com - make it applicable to something that you would use in your signature or your profile page.
The following post is an example of what the students need to create.
(I'm including this post in my own regular blog feed as well as you all might enjoy seeing some good examples for inspiration)
Assignment #5 - Leveraging Resources
Flickr Creative Commons I used the advanced search in flickr to find a creative commons licensed photo that was also tagged "allowed for commercial use". On the photo page, I clicked the "share" button and selected the output pixel size I needed. I pasted the HTML code into a notepad window so that I could copy the the http reference to the jpg file to the clipboard. In AR, I used the insert image button and pasted the http reference to the jpg file (note: you do not need to "upload" the photo, since it is already on the web). Below the photo you need to give a photo credit and link to the original page (you could optionally give the photo credit at the bottom of your post)
The tags feature in picasa allows you to label your photos with keywords that you will be able to find the photos again in the future. You may want to keep a master document for reference of all the index keywords that you have used in the past so that you can add to existing groups and add new groups as needed. Once you have assigned keywords (tags) to photos, you leverage that to your advantage in the future by using the search box at the top of the window. Here I located a "main street" sign in my library.
The cooltext.com website allows you to pick a button shape and color. Then you put whatever text label you want on the button. This is a typical call to action for real estate agent blogs.
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.