Getting Started with Social Media can be overwhelming!

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Washington Management Company, Inc. 17722

Social Media OverloadIt's easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to establishing a social media presence.

The trick is to getstarted on the right foot and have a strategy before you take on too much! Don't think that you have to go build a dominating presence on every social network right-a-way.  You should start with the major networks:

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • My space

Don't think that you need to get them all done at once.  Start by setting up your account in each of these and getting your name reserved. Then pick one and play with it over the next couple of weeks.  Go back and complete your profile.  See if you can figure out how to find and establish a few friends (get connected to friends in your office).  Next sit back and watch and listen to how people interact with each other.  Once you feel somewhat comfortable, start engaging with and building your contacts. Get one under your belt before you move onto the next project.  So what if it takes you several months to get these done?  Before you know it, you will have built a virtual empire!

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Douglas LovittDouglas Lovitt is the Managing Broker at CENTURY 21 North Homes Realty, Inc. in Lynnwood, WA & A licensed Washington State Instructor. He has more than 20 years of marketing & sales experience. His primary markets are Mill Creek & Lynnwood located in south Snohomish County, Washington - approximately 15-20 minutes North of Seattle & Bellevue, WA.

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Comments (14)

Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

You are right, sir! The social media has me completely twisted! Thanks for the post!

Feb 24, 2010 03:43 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

This is true.  It can be paralyzing when you think of how much you have to do!  There are times when you get stuck in the mud becuase there is so much to do you don' t know where to start.

Feb 24, 2010 04:06 PM
Ron T. Weems Jr.
Weems Property Group | KW North Sound - Bothell, WA
Managing the details one home at a time.

The best thing to do is use leverage. Get someone, who really knows how it works and let them set it up for you and you maintain it.

Feb 24, 2010 04:21 PM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I get overwhelmed sometimes but it does seem to work for me --- I just have to find the time to maintain the sites so I agree with Ron -- if you can find someone to do it for you and that is afforable!

Feb 24, 2010 10:11 PM
Christopher Watters
Watters International Realty - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor (512-829-8000)

Myspace is dieing. I stick to AR, Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. In that order of importance too.

Feb 25, 2010 11:58 AM
Troy Pappas
Safe House Property Inspections - Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Home Inspector

Absolutely, I try to spend a little time each day learning a little more about the benefits of each platform.

Feb 26, 2010 10:15 AM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

If I joined all the social networking sites out there and tried to be just a little above average, I wouldn't have time left over to actually work! LOL

Feb 27, 2010 01:22 PM
Jill Schmidt
Aurora, CO

I think it's important to tackle one at a time so as not to get overwhelmed.  I like your steps to getting acquainted with the media - thanks for sharing.

Mar 01, 2010 03:05 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

I'm not sure about MySpace.  I only use Facebook for personal stuff.  I try to focus on AR and Linkedin.

Mar 01, 2010 05:20 AM
Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs

I basically use Activerain, facebook, linkdin, feed to twitter, typepad and wordpress. Lots of time!

Mar 03, 2010 05:33 AM
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Good advice!  Once you get familiar with what's available, you can decide which platforms best suite your tastes and your busines.  I've got a radio show on this topic coming up tomorrow.

Mar 09, 2010 05:09 AM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

Haven't seen a post from you in a long time or a comment on my lethbridge real estate blog, just checking back on some active rain members who have been missing for a while.   Havent seen you since february.

Robert May

Jul 20, 2010 04:57 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Thanks for passing on some helpful advice to those who are overwhelmed.

Aug 15, 2010 07:56 PM
Golden Sunshine
Rock Of Ages - Dalton, NY

Hello
(Lisadokie@yahoo.com)My name is Lisa Dokie, i saw your profile today and became interested in you,i will also like to know you more,and if you can send an email to my email address,i will give you my pictures here is my email address(Lisadokie@yahoo.com) I believe we can move from here! Awaiting for your mail to my email address above , Remember the distance or age or color does not matter but love matters a lot in life, i will be waiting to hear from you soon.
Yours
Lisa

Jul 25, 2011 10:33 AM