Social Networking and The Montgomery County Women's Council of REALTORS(R)

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Services

I was asked by the Montgomery County Maryland Women's Council of REALTORS® to give a presentation about what I have learned about social networking in the last couple of years.  I was honored to be asked and so I went last Wednesday to see the members of WCR

I put my presentation together, keeping it simple for myself and for the members to not be overwhelmed by the massive amount of information that goes along with social networking.   I thought Blogs, Social Networks and Micro-blogging would be the a good place to start. I am  far from being and über geek or any kind of expert, but I have taken many classes over the last year, and still do now, to learn about this ever evolving way of doing business.

I put my presentation together, simple and what I hoped would be clear for the members to understand.  My  RE/MAX broker was great and loaned me the projector for my presentation.  I got there, set everything up, had my cup of coffee, waited for the meeting to be called to order and wouldn't you know the bulb burns out in the projector!!  Never a good thing for a presentation, let alone my nerves.  Trying to fix it, to no avail, we decide to just us my laptop, turn down the lights and press on.

My main focus of the presentation was what Social Networking was, why we should care about it, and how can someone get started.

My suggestions for the group, that have worked for me personally were:

I told the members that social networking was the future of real estate marketing not only for Listing and selling homes, but also for branding ourselves in our community. 

I think several understood what I was saying and asked me several questions.  I told them I was not a technical person but would find out the answers for the things I did not know.   I think one of the biggest things I had going for me was that I am not a technical computer person,  I am a REALTOR® who can explain this type of information in a way that non technical people can understand.  We speak the same language of marketing homes not html. 

I had a great time with the members and was flattered to be asked.  Funny though, I think if I am involved with these groups, I think I am pretty mainstream, but I found that it is not popular as I thought.  I hope the members found my information helpful and will become active in social networking.

I hope that the members will take some time to explore these networks that I have shared with them.  I think they will be amazed at the support that they will receive from others who are already active in Social networking, there is nothing to be intimidated about, jump in!   I hope the members of WCR will try to join one network  at a time, slowly learning how to be a participant in the paradigm shift of our industry.

Besides, I got new followers on Twitter :)



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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

It was great that you took the time to do this and share your knowledge with others.

Apr 16, 2009 04:19 PM #1
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Audrey, sounds like you did a great presentation.  I'm convinced, though, that you have to choose one or two.  I've got a gazzillion emails every day from AR, Facebook and Twitter stuff. 

Apr 16, 2009 07:24 PM #2
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

This is AWESOME, AJ.   I knew darn good and well that you would knock 'em dead.  Little did I know you would knock the projector bulb out with them. haha.  We're involved in it and it still seems overwhelming at times... Imagine starting from scratch.  Yikes.  Congrats again!

Apr 16, 2009 09:09 PM #3
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Audrey, Way to go. Bringing more people into the social networking aspects of real estate is a good thing. Rich

Apr 16, 2009 11:45 PM #4
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Hi sweetie! I love this! Very cool! Sounds like you made quite an impression on them. :-)

Apr 17, 2009 12:01 AM #5
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Sounds like you had fun getting behind the desk and being a teacher for the day:)

Apr 17, 2009 12:01 AM #6
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Hi there! Good for you and your area ... at least they are interested in learning. I've taught a few classes at my office. The rest of my County thinks being on social media is being on Facebook, only. It takes work and dedication to utilize social media, but it is well worth the effort.

Apr 17, 2009 12:13 AM #7
Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD

Audey - I am so sorry I missed your debut , but you know that you had my full support and encouragement from afar. The WCR couldn't have picked a better "teacher" for the topic as you are on top of the game !


Apr 17, 2009 12:58 AM #8
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
Audrey - Being so involved with AR for so long has a lot of us ahead of the curve. The only site you mention that I really am not involved in is the Real Estate Tomato. Have a wonderful weekend!
Apr 17, 2009 01:47 AM #9
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Audrey...Like Jason, I have not gotten involved with Real Estate Tomato.  Now that you have mentioned it I will certainly do it. 

I value your input and I hope many of the members of WCR in Montgomery County do the same.  They will if they are wise.

If you have their e-mail addresses perhaps you could share the link for this post with them and they might get a better idea of how we exchange ideas.


Apr 17, 2009 03:37 AM #10
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Congratulations, Audrey!  Public speaking is never easy, even when you're an expert on the topic. 

Apr 17, 2009 10:05 AM #11
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Great job Audrey!  With your presentation I'm sure many learned a tip or two or three!

Apr 17, 2009 11:48 AM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Audrey, I'll bet you gave a wonderful presentation.  And you see the followers!

Apr 17, 2009 01:17 PM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Audrey:  I love doing stuff like this.  It's fun to turn others in our profession onto the things that work for us.

Apr 17, 2009 03:38 PM #14
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