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
I joined Active Rain almost a year ago and I still think it's the best online community I've found ... thanks to all your great people out there who really take the time to embrace and support each other, and especially the newbies as it really does take time to learn your way around.
I've gotten involved with other sites (I'm not a realtor) and I like LinkedIn a lot for the breadth of people I'm able to connect with in the business community.
Now I've been asked to talk about social media, to a group of professional organizers in NH ... so I thought some of you could help me put my story and key messages together. Here's a first, and very rough outline of my initial ideas. Any and all help greatly appreciated.
Why Should You Invest Time in Social Media?
As our world grows larger and traditional boundaries melt away, social media is providing us with the tools to build a new world, one that spans the globe and enables us to connect with like minded people.
People need people and social media sites provide us with global communities where we can seek out and build relationships with people who share similar passions, interests, wants and needs.
Tip #1 - Find and develop new, online networks of people who share your interests, both personally and professionally.
Tip #2 - Don't jump in and think you need to start from scratch. Explore and find a handful of role models in each new community your join. Analyze their profiles and identify what works for you, then write your profile and include those elements that you found most compelling.
Tip #3 - Don't reinvent the wheel as you join more social media groups. After you've written 2 or 3 profiles, you will begin to sense what really works for you, what you believe best describes who you plus your goals for connecting. Copy these words into a contact or similar document so you can easily write future profiles.
Tip #4 - Go with the flow for at least 2 to 3 months, and really engage in the community dialog to learn how others are using each social media site. I love the way Active Rain uses the point system to really teach you how to participate in an online community, in a win-win environment. One of my favorite features in LinkedIn is the ability to ask questions of my network.
Tip #5 - You will drop out when life happens, but as soon as you can rejoin your groups. After you've invested 3 to 6 months on a given site, then you can step back and evaluate how you've benefited from your participation. It doesn't happen magically, it takes work and you will get back more than you put in.
Tip #6 - Just like feed-on-the-street networking groups, some will work for you and others will not. Pick at least 2 to 4 groups which you find are giving you value, in terms of professional growth, business contacts and just simply fun (they'll talk to you). Remain active in fewer groups rather than stretching yourself too thin, which can happen even when you don't have to drive anywhere.
So you're wondering what groups I'm involved in:
Active Rain, of course!
LinkedIn for learning about marketing, web technology and entrepreneurship
FaceBook ... no idea how I might use this unless 1 or 2 of the groups I'm in really blossom; feels like more about personal connections than any business orientation
Twitter is still a mystery so any/all help with the 3 to 5 tools needed to make this a useful tool are greatly appreciated
MySpace ... haven't even ventured there yet
Squidoo is brand new to me, introduced by a peer handyman owner ... so what do you think?
Everyone out there, well maybe just a couple 100. I'd love to hear what you have to share and then I can summarize for my presentation, and share with all of you.
Thanks for listening and helping me grow some more.
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.