Are You Missing Opportunities on ActiveRain?

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CalBRE License #01490977

Are You Missing Opportunities on ActiveRain?

 

Life is full of missed opportunities. Sometimes we don’t see them for what they are, or we make certain decisions, or don’t, and poof, the opportunity is gone.

It’s true in the real estate business as well, on social media, in public places, when meeting people face to face or on the phone, when having conversations with current and past clients, and here on ActiveRain.

 

So what are those missed opportunities on AR and what might we be missing? And shouldn’t we also consider the opportunities that are lost not by what we don’t do, but what we do!

 

blogging onlineBLOGGING

We all knowing writing great content that will be of interest and use to consumers, and others in our business, is a good thing to do. That’s a big part of why we are there. Those who join but don’t do much or any writing are missing out on a wealth of opportunities – to begin with potential referral business and relationships with other real estate professionals from around the country.

 

Other opportunities come to those who choose to pay and become Rainmakers, whereby your posts can be indexed by the search engines, then viewed by the public including potential buyers and sellers, resulting in more traffic to your website(s), better rankings on the SERPs, and of course more business!!

 

Blogging also presents huge opportunities to build your credibility in your local market by sharing what you know. In order to write you might be doing more research (e.g., market reports, information on communities) so you have the opportunity to learn more about the area (s) you service which benefits your clients. And I bet you will become more proficient in your writing, and communication in general…another opportunity for growth.

 

COMMENTING ON OTHER’S POSTS

Commenting is an opportunity to share information, provide another perspective or opinion, share a compliment, and for the writer, as well as others who comment, a way to get to know you better. Not commenting could be a missed opportunity. Keep in mind that being negative, accusatory, a name caller, or engaging in other bad behavior when commenting is a missed opportunity, too – it drives others away, creates a negative impression of who you are and how you work, and could result in others avoiding you entirely or adding you to their “I would never refer to these people” list. Think about what you might be missing. Read this terrific article by Liz and Bill Spear about ActiveRain Commenting Etiquette.

 

I suspect most Rainers appreciate comments from others, and it’s a good opportunity, besides reading their posts, to get to know them. But are you a cut and paste commenter? Well, you have missed an opportunity for true engagement! Do you try to drive the writer and other commenters or readers to YOUR website or post or are you otherwise advertising YOUR services? You may have lost the opportunity to engage the writer, and others, or to have them want to know more about you, and turned them off by your actions.

 

RESPONDING TO COMMENTS

You have more opportunities for people to get to know and like you but responding to their comments. It also adds to the conversation, if done well, and those who have left a comment will appreciate it. You might not be able to respond to all comments, and that’s OK.

 

meeting othersRECIPROCATING

Another opportunity, when someone leaves a comment, is to reciprocate by reading one of their posts and leaving a comment. Even better if it’s not someone you already know or are following. You might make a new friend and earn something new.

 

ASKING QUESTIONS

You might not like the Q and A section of AR, or perhaps have never even visited. But it could be yet another opportunity – for getting help on a particular issue, for sharing information, asking advice, and, yes, once again engaging with others and given them a chance to get to know you! Admittedly there are some questions that might be viewed as inappropriate, silly, a waste of time, etc., so just ignore them.

 

As with commenting, responses to question can send a pretty strong message about you to others who are reading – are you being helpful? Critical? Testy? Down-right rude? While participating in the Q and A section presents another opportunity, bad behavior and creating a negative first impression results in another lost opportunity!

 

FOLLOWING OTHER ACTIVERAIN MEMBERS

Following others whose writing you like and admire is another opportunity to get to know them, develop a relationship, and perhaps learn a few things. And through that relationship comes the opportunity for referral business, from you or to you. Thanking those who follow you, with perhaps an email or a call, is a nice way to show appreciation and enhance that relationship further. Not following others could be a missed opportunity for relationship-building and more!

 

AR Meetup in San DiegoACTIVERAIN MEETUPS

An organized meet-up with some other members, whether part of the formal AR Meetup schedule or just on your own, is a great opportunity to get to know others. It could just be a couple of people, or more – it doesn’t matter, but meeting face to face takes the relationship to a new level.

 

And it doesn’t just have to be local. You can reach out when traveling on vacation, or perhaps when attending a conference or some other event elsewhere in the country. No doubt you will find other Rainers willing to get together for an hour or so over coffee, lunch, drinks or dinner

 

Lastly, you could just take the opportunity to reach out, via email or better yet phone, to someone you know, or someone you don’t know to chat, ask a question, or seek help.


Are you taking advantage of all the opportunities here on ActiveRain? Or are you simply missing them?

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Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
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To me it seems I have always gotten more out of ActiveRain than I have ever put into it...even as I do the things mentioned. 

Mar 16, 2017 08:55 AM #73
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Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
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Jeff - Thank you for the renewed inspiration. By the way, I agree- drive by commenters are obvious and no fun! Be thoughtful in commenting :)

Mar 16, 2017 09:00 AM #74
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,SFR,PSA

Jeff Dowler thanks for a great list of opportunities that we do not want to miss on Active Rain.

 

Mar 16, 2017 10:54 AM #75
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeff- I'm so glad that Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers reblogged this or I would have missed your excellent post. You're so right about the missed opportunities that members miss.  The benefits come from the interaction with others here in the Rain

Mar 18, 2017 10:35 AM #76
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Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Jeff, this is a timely reminder that there are multiple ways to interact and benefit from our AR membership. I particularly enjoy reading the posts of members I follow. Congrats on the feature.

Mar 20, 2017 02:50 PM #77
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Vickie Teel
Keller Williams Peace River Partners - Punta Gorda, FL
It's all about YOU!

Great post Jeff Dowler - it's a good teaching tool for anyone not familiar with all the ways to connect with others here.  Thanks!

Mar 20, 2017 05:10 PM #78
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I can appreciate connecting with Rainers when on vacation.  I need to do that!

Mar 20, 2017 09:00 PM #79
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Nancy

Jeff,
Thanks for your post reminding me to blog, and more blog, and get active in ActiveRain. Great pointers!

Mar 21, 2017 06:16 AM #80
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Lisa Gray  - welcome to AR. I'm glad you stopped by. The more you participate, and read, the more you will learn and the better the rest of us will get to know you and your business. Be sure to do some writing here too, about your business and your communities.

If I can help in ANY way or answer questions, please reach out to me!

Jeff

Mar 21, 2017 08:28 PM #81
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Kevin Green  - thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. I hope you will take advantage, if you aren't, of all the opportunities here.

Hey Anna Hatridge  - I agree! There are so many ways to learn and to get to know others! Meet-ups are the best!

Jeff

Mar 21, 2017 08:31 PM #82
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Dana Basiliere  - I get that. I think many of us struggle with that issue. Keep a list of all your great post ideas, either online or in a folder so you don't forget!

My pleasure Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker  - it can be a challenge. I try to set time aside in the early morning

Jeff

Mar 21, 2017 08:34 PM #83
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Jeff Dowler
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That would seem to be a good thing Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC 

Thank YOU Wendy Rulnick  Yep, I find that style pretty annoying, and others do as well.

And thank you for stopping by John Wiley  - I hope it will be useful!

Jeff

Mar 21, 2017 08:37 PM #84
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Kathy Streib  - the benefits are HUGE from our interactions and engagement!

Thank you so much Elva Branson-Lee  That's a big part of what I enjoy. Too bad there is just not enough time sometimes!

Hi Vickie Teel Thanks! I appreciate that!

Jeff

Mar 21, 2017 08:43 PM #85
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

I do take advantage of some of the opportunities, and miss out on some of them, but I guess that's life. Thanks for laying out all of the opportunities presented by ActiveRain. Certainly a variety of things to consider.

Mar 23, 2017 06:04 AM #86
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I'm so glad that Roy Kelley re-blogged this post! A great question to ask because there are so many opportunities and benefits of interacting in Active Rain! Your list of seven are certainly worth reviewing to make sure we aren't missing some wonderful opportunities.

Apr 08, 2017 04:29 AM #87
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jeff. This is excellent and I'm glad it is featured. Well stated.

Apr 08, 2017 05:28 AM #88
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Diana White-Pettis
Exit Bennett Realty - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Jeff, this is an excellent post and I'm glad that Roy reblogged it.  You have provided a powerful lists for us to remember how precious the opportunities are that we have to interact with each other.

Apr 08, 2017 03:14 PM #89
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Jan Green  - if it makes sense and you have time, why no meetup while on vacation!?

Thanks Nancy - hope you will participate more!

Hi Cheryl Dukes - Atlanta  - well you do what you can with the time you have, and your level of interest! You can't spend all your time on AR, can you?!

Jeff

Apr 09, 2017 03:37 PM #90
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Thanks for the nice compliment Dorie Dillard  - I think many here already know about many of these opportunities and take advantage.

Hi Sheila Anderson  - thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it!

Thank YOU Diana White-Pettis There is something for everyone!

Jeff

Apr 09, 2017 03:39 PM #91
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Donna & Larry Johnson
Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County

The possibilities on Active Rain are endless. I always get more than I give.

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