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
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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!
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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
I think the ideal marketing budget for me -- as an agent would be the following necessary items:
$20/month IDX feed from my MLS (this kills me to pay it -- I believe the MLS we already pay dues to should give us this for free. Another moneymaker for the MLS, using our own data to sell it back to us for our use.
$0 - free Wordpress site, set up by either the agent (I do mine myself) or a one-time set up by a consultant, then you manage it yourself. I do this because I want the ultimate control over my own site. I want to be able to do all my own tracking and updating. After having 4 different website vendors in 5 years, I learned in 2011 that I needed to do this myself, and I did. Check out my site to see how it looks: www.SchuylkillRealEstate.com
$40/month IDXBroker. I love their tracking capabilities and reports. The custom links and saved links are a lifesaver when you're doing blogging on neighborhoods. Great SEO!
$200/month ad in real estate journal. Yes I still advertise there, but my ad pushes the buyers to my website. My ad is very different looking from all my competitors with the same ads -- little photo, text, price, call me. My ads are heavy on text, a couple BIG color photos of select houses, and driving people to my website for more info. It works for me.
$75/month for my memberships in Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. I get a lot of referral business from these sources.
$49/month Zillow Premier Agent listing with the free website. Use the free website to build a niche site like mine. Premier Agent status brings you to the top of the list when people search for something on Zillow, and gets your logo/photo on your listings.
$40/month TruliaPro status and $76/month on buying at least 25% marketshare in my main zip code, 17901.
I am shocked that the ActiveRain infographic they published this month states that agents spend more on their cars than on their own personal marketing. I have always spent my own money on marketing, even when I was an agent. I was surprised how few agents around me did the same. They always want the broker to pay for everything. This is short sighted. You are all captains of your own small business. Small businesses spend money on marketing. $500 is not too much to do this if you are a successful agent.
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.