A day with Rudy, Joe, ( of Sellsius ) Maureen Francis and Black Tie Todd in Birmingham, MI was so much fun. We had a great time, Birmingham was in the midst of all the sidewalk sales so we walked down the street and Rudy with his video camera and Joe doing the interviewing........we stopped people on the street and asked them, if they were having fun? When we were able to engage them in a conversation we asked them if they knew what a blog was ?
Although NOT scientific by any means we were surprised how many people don't know what BLOGGING is. Those that did, most did not know that Realtors Blogged. Guess we are still far off from critical mass.
We did interview a kid who wanted to learn about flipping houses.
Maureen, Todd and myself shared while Rudy video-tapped where our business is coming from, do we do OPEN houses, what do we do to market on the internet and if we use print advertising or marketing.
It was really great to meet Maureen Francis, one of the Queens of blogging. Of course Todd and I know each other as we are both from Ann Arbor. I use Todd's company Big House Data to compile all my static's for the Washtenaw County Market.
We had a great time at lunch sharing idea's. They told us about all the places and great bloggers they have met on the Blog Tour and their reasons for the tour. They are going to be putting together a documentary and have over 145 hours of footage and they are only half way through the tour.
It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway.........when you meet people in person after knowing their online presence you feel like you have known them forever.
At one point they handed me the mic and I was interviewing people on the street. It was great fun ! I may try it at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs next week. Man, are people camera shy !
Joe and Rudy..........sorry I lost you on the way back. Maureen thanks for pulling this together even at the last minute. I know they will post more from their perspective and more pictures. They had a great time in Columbus, OH, but we did sing them the "Hail To The Victors" song, the University of Michigan Fight Song, off key but anyway, "Go Blue" ! Gosh, I hope they lose that part of the tape. We were accompied by Todd's cell phone.
Update: Rudy and Joe are behind in all their postings of the trip so they are allowing us to guest blog about Ann Arbor. Maureen is doing it now, and I will do it tomorrow. So if you want to read their blog on it go to Blog Tour USA.
I've been subscribing to their web site and blog for about 6 months so set up a RSS Feed to get it daily. Really good stuff !