9 Easy Ways to Cultivate ActiveRain Relationships

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CalBRE License #01490977

You, Too, Can Cultivate ActiveRain Relationships

 

No one here would likely question that Activerain is a mighty powerful, and meaningful, social network, especially those of us who have been here for a while. It’s an extraordinary place to learn and grow, but also an amazing place to meet lots of people from all over and develop some pretty awesome friendships.

So how can you cultivate Activerain relationships and turn them into something very special. A few thoughts…

 

interacting online makes senseComment on AR Members’ Posts

Commenting is at the heart of so much that goes on socially here on ActiveRain. It’s a nice way to share an opinion, compliment the writer, raise a question, or share an alternative perspective. The writer, and possibly others who are commenting, will likely remember you (hopefully for the right reason – we’re not going to discuss etiquette, flaming and so on here – remember you want to cultivate the relationship not shatter it!!) and may be inspired to stay in touch with you on AR as they get to know you better, and you them. And sometimes a comment can become a short conversation with the writer…again hopefully for good reasons.

 

Reciprocate Those Comments

When someone comments on your post consider reciprocating with a comment on one of theirs. It’s not exactly a conversation but the back and forth comments can foster a relationship with someone you like and whose reading you admire, and encourage further dialogue, or perhaps a follow. So…

 

Follow Others’ Blogs

Lots of AR members will follow you back, and that is a great way to start getting to know someone – their style, their passion, their market, their business, and them personally. That can lead to a stronger and more personal relationship which can blossom into a true friendship. And down the road who knows…possibly a referral, in-bound or out.

 

Thank Others for Following You

Do you reach out and thank others for following you? You should. What a nice way to let someone know you appreciate their follow, and perhaps there is even some personal information to be shared in that thank you, that could be an email, or even a call.

 

Reblog Posts

What a nice compliment to someone who’s writing you think others would enjoy and learn from. And the writer will see that you reblogged their post and very likely will thank you. And that could be the start of something with someone whose writing you admire.

 

Email

One might argue that email gets over-used, but emailing those you are getting to know and like takes the relationship outside the realm of day to day commenting on AR. You might have a question for them, have interest in their market, want to send a special compliment or thank you for a post, or simply want to get to know them better. Sometimes you might see a typo in a post and want to bring that to someone’s attention but not publicly – they will appreciate that you cared enough to point it out, politely of course!

 

animated heartsSend a Card or Thank You Note

Personal notes can mean so much, and this could be another way to strengthen a relationship. It could be a simple thank you, or perhaps something you want to share they might enjoy – a photo, a recipe. My bet is anyone receiving a personal thank you note WILL remember it. And that brings me to…

 

Pick up the Phone and Call

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  is a master at doing this and has a wonderful reputation here on AR for reaching out to others, new and experiences. We also have an occasional contest, sponsored by Debbie Reynolds , that encourages us to Ring and Sing in the Rain.

A phone call is the next best thing to being there, with an opportunity to really get to know the other person by engaging in conversation. Or perhaps they’ve had a bad experience, lost a loved one, or for some reason could benefit from a friendly call. Even better, try Facetime or a Skype call to make it even more real-life!

 

AR Meetup in San DiegoAttend an AR Meet-up

Meet-ups are a wonderful and rewarding way to get to know those who we have met online, or perhaps have not yet gotten to know. This face-to-face interaction takes the online relationship to a whole different level – trust me, having attended over a dozen of these I know it’s true.

Another good idea is to arrange to get together with someone, or perhaps several people, when traveling – vacation, a business trip, a conference or expo - or simply just take time to drive some distance and meet up! I have yet to hear anyone say they regretted doing this!

 

Does this stuff work? You bet. You just have to reach out and make it happen. 

 

Your thoughts?

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Jennifer Mackay
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Good advice for us all - thanks Jeff Dowler CRS for sharing

May 28, 2016 10:34 PM #78
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Hey, Jeff!  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites!

Enjoy your long weekend!

May 28, 2016 11:30 PM #79
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Well you certainly won't get any arguments from me on that. Phone calls and meeting in person is the best. 

Jeff

May 29, 2016 10:08 AM #80
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David Jones 

That's an excellent point. Those who develop their online relationships with the expectation of a financial gain are missing out on the true value. 

Jeff

May 29, 2016 10:10 AM #81
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Kathy Streib 

There are lots of ways to enjoy the relationships we have developed here, so many of which become close friendships!

Jeff

May 29, 2016 10:12 AM #82
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 I think we are overdue for a meeting in my area... take time to thank those who post comments.. 

May 29, 2016 03:08 PM #83
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Jeff Dowler CRS yes, it is all about building relationships - and we have many ways to do it here in Rain.

But for ActiveRain, I may not have known many great agents...

May 29, 2016 03:10 PM #84
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Thanks Jennifer Mackay I appreciate your stopping by and the compliment!

Patricia Kennedy  Thanks a bunch. I am always flattered when you include one of my posts!

Jeff

May 30, 2016 02:47 AM #85
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Until the profile missing eMail problem is fixed we put it on hold. All the rest are great suggestions.  

May 30, 2016 04:00 AM #86
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Doyle Lee Austin Davison Iv 

Maybe it's time to just organize one and see what happens. Even if it's just a couple of people it will be fun. When I have done meet-ups I email and call others in the area in addition to writing a post.

Jeff

May 30, 2016 04:04 AM #87
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Praful Thakkar 

It's pretty amazing how many wonderful real estate professionals we each have gotten to know from around the country and in Canada. I know I am over 200 people that I have actually met in person over the years!

Jeff

May 30, 2016 04:06 AM #88
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Jeff back again thanks to our friend Gabe Sanders  hope this post goes viral, many times over, Endre

Jun 01, 2016 04:23 PM #89
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Sybil Campbell
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That is a greata list of suggestions to help us get to know our fellow members of Active Rain.

Jun 01, 2016 04:48 PM #90
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Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is outstanding advice to share.

Jun 01, 2016 10:45 PM #91
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Sam Shueh  - well the email issue is a new one and I'm guessing will be fixed before too long

Thanks Endre Barath, Jr. Kind words indeed!

Jeff

Jun 02, 2016 10:34 AM #92
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Sybil Campbell  - thank you kindly. I appreciate it. Perhaps there are some members who can really benefit from this

Roy Kelley  - thanks for the compliment!

Jeff

Jun 02, 2016 10:36 AM #93
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Very smart advice!  It's great to comment, but never shatter a relationship.  It's been such fun being here and when I'm not commenting or writing, I miss you guys!

Jun 07, 2016 01:55 PM #94
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Hi Jan Green 

Glad you stopped by. I know being here regularly has been a challenge but always loke to see you and hear what you have to share!

Jeff

Jun 07, 2016 02:06 PM #95
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Good morning Jeff Dowler CRS ,

Just caught this post of yours when Roy Kelley re-blogged! Great advice for not just newbies.  Your suggestions do work..you just have to reach out and it's amazing what will can happen!

Jun 22, 2016 08:56 PM #96
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Hi Dorie Dillard 

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the post. Reaching out is a big part of being here!

Jeff

Jun 22, 2016 11:54 PM #97
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