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
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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
So you've created a stellar community description that rivals the likes of Chaucer and Balzac. So now what?
Well, it's time to start populating your community page with good, quality, relevant local content.
And what exactly constitutes good relevant local content, you ask? Ah, therein lies the answer to the meaning of life and proverbial pot of gold at the rainbow's end.
Ultimately, that's for each of you to decide. But I would suggest that you try to see things through the eyes of your intended audience - the residents, the merchants, the consumers, and potential clients in your particular community/city. What information/resources could you share that would offer value to their lives? What would they find interesting and engaging?
These may not be the best our community has to offer, but let me just give you a few of my own personal examples:
For me, I typcially include some kind of geo-target reference in my titles, whether the specific community, city, or County. You always want to include key search terms within the context of your blog post, but don't stuff it so full that it makes it difficult or uncomfortable to read.
Always remember that you're not simply conveying cold, hard facts about your community or whatever subject matter you've chosen. Don't shove an encyclopedia in your reader's face and expect them to be hungry for more. People can find such fodder on static websites a-plenty. In all of your writing, allow your unique personality, your experienced and professional perspective, and your enthusiastic passions to shine through!
Don't clutter your articles with redundant and blatant self-promotion. ActiveRain offers more than enough links for today's Internet savvy consumer to 'find' you. You definitely know there's a problem when the majority of your article content consists of annoying banners, slogans, glamor shots, widgets, and links telling eveyone you're the best thing to happen in real estate since Donald Trump. This isn't the stuff people want. They get bombarded with that message constantly throughout their day. Consumers today are more sophisticated. They've learned to ignore it. Do yourself a favor, and go read Seth Godin's take on Interruption Marketing. It will provide a fresh perspective and revolutionize the way you approach business.
At least once a day I will 'feature' an article here on ActiveRain that represents a good example of Local Content posting. In addition to being 'featured,' you'll see the terms (LOCALISM FEATURED) in the title. This way you can view other excellent examples of what constitutes good relevant local content. Who knows, maybe one of your articles will be 'featured' soon?
Feel free to throw in a link or two here in the comments section to some local content posts that you're proud of. Let's all learn from each other, and work towards improving the quality of our blogging!
Well, there ya go! Hopefully another helpful element/strategy that you can implement in effectively developing your sponsored community and attract potential business,.... so Stay Tuned!
(P.S. If you're a Twitter Bug, be sure to follow the new Localism Tweet!)
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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.