You Mean Sharing Information Freely Isn't the Norm? It is on ActiveRain - Memories at ActiveRain
We gave a presentation at our local MLS last week on Using Social Media for Real Estate. We didn't have a huge turnout so we were able to really structure our presentation around the attendees, most of which were new to social media. It was a really fun presentation with lots of questions and good interaction. We shared what we knew and our experience with using social media to increase our listings, our sales, and our leads.
When the presentation was over, one of the brokers in the class approached us and really thanked us for being so willing to share with the group. She said that she's been a broker in our area for many years and that it's very unusual for agent to help other agents, especially from other brokerages.
I guess I realized that somewhat from our real estate transactions and what seems to be the competitive nature of the business.
However, we've been members of ActiveRain since Day 1 of our real estate careers, and agents on ActiveRain share information - AND LOTS OF IT! And they help each other out.
If it weren't for ActiveRain, we would be in a much different place than we are today. I told the agents at the presentation, and I tell all agents - Participating on ActiveRain is the SINGLE BEST THING you can do to improve your real estate career.
We've also attended two ReBar Camps where real estate professionals from all over the country gather together for the sole purpose of sharing information on real estate technology and social media. So many people have shared their knowledge with us that it only seems fair to share what we have learned with others.
Some (There are MANY - this is only a few) of my vivid memories of people sharing and helping us on ActiveRain - THANK YOU for sharing, and for making ActiveRain such a great place!
Missy Caulk - Missy is one of the best mentors on ActiveRain and is always willing to share her expertise. Missy went above and beyond sharing her blog posts but actually shared some of her checklists with me. I was so surprised and excited that she would be willing to do that for someone she's never even met.
Midori Miller - Midori has some great posts on low cost real estate tools that you can use to help promote your business online, as well as lots of great advice for agents. Midori's posts got me to explore many of the options out there for agents today.
Rebecca Levinson - Rebecca has a great blog called Blogging in the Rain, and she's also a genuinely nice person. Rebecca's encouragement and positive feedback on our Localism posts early on in our blogging kept us going and her positive posts continue to provide assistance.
Bill Gassett - Bill is one of the top agents on Localism, and for good reason, he knows how to promote his local area and shows up at the top for local search terms. So when Bill Gasset commented on one of my listing posts - this is a great listing but you'll never get found by the search engines with that title. So with some great info from Bill, I learned a lot about marketing listings online and getting them "found" by the search engines.
Mary McKnight - Mary doesn't post as much as she used to on ActiveRain but her blog has some of THE best information on SEO on the Internet, and it's in language that you can understand. I was, and am still impressed that she would share so much great information when others charge a fortune for far less.
Rolando Gill - Rolando posted information about improving the results at at Open House and provided us with the information sheet he has visitor's complete. Using the form has helped us to be able to share quality feedback with our sellers, and learn more about what each potential buyer is looking for.
Some of my other favorites and friends on ActiveRain include Clint Miller, Kim Daugherty, Jason Crouch, Renee Burrows, Jeff Turner, Brad Andersohn, Mike Mueller, Carole Provenzale, Jeff Dowler, Rene Fabre, Jeff Belonger, Nick Bastian, and Kathy McGraw.
Thank you for making "Sharing the Norm" on ActiveRain and at ReBar Camps!