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
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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
There's been a lot of talk online, about who we should be blogging for.
The most successful use of blogging, according to consensus at least based on interaction and potential for transactions, appears to be blogging for local consumers.... in other words "Localism". Writing about local events... new restaurants, fairs and celebrations, concerts, etc... along with local marketing reports. Those seem to get the most eyes, and thereby the most calls. And hopefully, at least for some, those turn into transactions.
I'm sure that's true... but I've never been much of a reporter of local events... I have written a few localism posts, and while they do seem to generate a whole lotta hits, they haven't, at least for me, turned into transactions. When I wrote about Evanston's much-celebrated 4th of July Parade, it did make my phone ring, but the calls were almost a year later, and they were inquiries about who to contact in order to register an entry into the parade. Or what time the parade starts.
I have written a few posts about local restaurants, and those are always enjoyed, but I'm more interested in generating comments on my blogs, and since those are local, they generate less interest in the comment stream than articles that resonate with readers from just about anywhere.
I know there are successful bloggers who are predictable as Old Faithful, and they do their marketing reports on Mondays, a local interest piece on Tuesday, something about food on Wednesday, Interest Rates and Mortgage on Thursday and Open House listings on Friday. I'm just not interested in being that predictable. I write what interests me, what tickles my funny bone that day, and often it's about a recent issue that came up in a personal transaction, or that of a colleague.
I guess, you could say, I write for me. I write what I want, when I want and when the mood strikes.
That hasn't caused consumers to flock to my blog (although many have found it)... it hasn't caused buyers and sellers to call me in droves... but what it has done is make a strong connection with other members of Active Rain, and it has generated (after a slow start) referral after referral after referral from people who've liked what they've read, and have someone buying or selling in my area, and want them represented by the guy they've come to know online.
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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.