Top Ten From Rain Camp

Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors

Active Rain came to town! 

Rain Camp

The room was full of people last week when the Rain Gang showed up.  They came armed with T-shirts, goody bags and a ton of great technology tips and practical applications for them.

This day wasn’t for the weak of heart, the information came with the force of a fire hydrant unleashed on a hot summer’s day.  No one complained we just wrote as fast as we could taking notes and hoping against hope we could remember it next week!

The excitment of learning is not the only attraction at Rain Camp, it's about getting to meet people you've never met in real life before. 

Anyone who spends their time on social networks will know this to be a fact, when you finally meet for the first time someone you've been reading or chatting with, they hardly seem like a stranger.  It's more like a big, happy family reunion.  Everyone is hugging and laughing and having a good time. 

So Raincamp goes like this, you arrive, stake out a place to sit then go find people you want to meet.

When the session started there was hardly time to take a deep breath, there was so much information coming at you it was hard, really hard to keep up.

Most find the best way to deal with it is to grab what they can and let the rest pass.  There will be time to fill in the blanks later, as what we did catch will take plenty of time to impliment, so why stress!


Here’s my Top TEN Tips from RainCamp:

  1. Brad Andersohn’s presentation on the Top FREE Real Estate Tools 2009
  2. Find out what influencers are talking about on Twitter, use Klout
  3. Active Rain now has a University where each day there is another interesting presentation you can tune into from the comfort of  your chair!
  4. Agents are still using Archtelecom to capture leads with success
  5. 74.1% of the population is  now online, 32% spent their spare time on the social web, 94% home buyers are between 24-44, 32% found their actual home online.  If you aren’t online you don’t exist. (I said that! So Google Me already!)
  6. Ben Kinney is a real Pain you might want to friend him on Facebook and find out why. (hint, he sells a lot of real estate)  Ben likes to SaveAWorm  Facebook is really about building community and marketing your listings (not so much!).
  7. Save time by syndicating your posts to go from one network to the next. Then all you need to do is show up and respond to the comments.
  8. Twitter is a great way to prospect for leads, if you know how to set up searches. Geo chirp
  9. Feed your website to Wordle, it not only gives you a cool looking graphic, but you can see what words you focus on. Hopefully the consumer and not egotistical you!
  10. Build your brand, become and live the Purple Cow

Denver Rain Camp

Rain Camp will come back again soon.  They plan to branch off into other specialties so it's not always about social media.  The thought is next time we'll talk REO's or FSBO's or some current topic that will bring another fire hose of new ideas that come from actual practitioners and not some trumped up, sales trainer who never actually sold anything (at least in this millennium). 

Just bringing that up because I'm oh so tired getting fed the same old hash and rehash.  Give me fresh ideas, today's learning is about colaboration, community and sharing.  We know the business, now we want to learn how to leverage the tools of social media so we can provide better service to the consumer while keeping our sanity.

Raincamp was a good experience for me.  It exceeded my expectations, and I can tell you I've been to many industry events of the course of my years, I don't say that lightly.

Thanks to Jonathan, Bob, Brad, Lauren and Ben.  You out did yourselves, here's a pat on the back!


P.S. After the session, @Mizzle was spotted taking the Purple Cow concept all the way! Go Mizzle!

Colorado Springs Mizzle


Re-Blogged 8 times:

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  1. Vickie Nagy 03/12/2010 04:16 PM
  2. Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 03/13/2010 01:23 AM
  3. Cheryl Ritchie 03/13/2010 04:49 AM
  4. Donna & Larry Johnson 03/13/2010 09:56 AM
  5. Joseph J. Chang 03/13/2010 12:57 PM
  6. Harry F. D'Elia 03/14/2010 03:08 AM
  7. Melissa Olson 03/21/2010 04:32 AM
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Everyone should take the opportunity to attend  Rain Camp! It is jam packed with valuable information to help take your business to the next level.

Mar 13, 2010 02:45 PM #64
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Kristal, that is great! Thanks for sharing your top 10!  I hope to make it to a RainCamp soon!

Mar 13, 2010 02:51 PM #65
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Kristal, I had been trying to find Wordle again and couldn't remember the name - it was Brad who introduced it to me in a post last year. Thanks so much! And for all the other tips as well.

Mar 13, 2010 03:13 PM #66
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

I love the analogy of Rain Camp being like an unleashed fire hydrant.  It's so true.

Mar 13, 2010 03:27 PM #67
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

I'm so looking forward to a Rain Camp in our area. Nashville is a likely place and I plan to attend. Thanks for the info !

Mar 13, 2010 03:53 PM #68
Chuck Forman
Forman Inspection Services, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO


   Rain Camp Denver was certainly intense. Wish I would have gotten the chance to say hello to you while I was there. The room was filled with energy, and so many great people. Thanks for sharing this with us all.

Mar 13, 2010 09:09 PM #69
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Thank you sooo much Kristal for sharing this. Vicky Nagy re-blogged this which is how I found out about this. Can't wait till Rain camp comes to DC. Great post.

Mar 14, 2010 12:41 AM #70
Ken Asher
Cherry Creek Properties (719) 930-7817 - Colorado Springs, CO

Kristal when I found out Rain Camp was coming to Denver I said I'm going but wouldn't you know I had business I had to attend to that week. I really wanted to go. Since I couldn't be there I really appreciate people like you taking the time to write about your experience and sharing what you learned. It's the next best thing to being there.

Mar 14, 2010 06:50 AM #71
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Would love to attend ...... Hope to catch one soon.  Have a Great Week!

Mar 14, 2010 07:45 AM #72
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!


Great review... I was on the fence about going to RainCamp in Vegas on April 1st and your post made me jump!  I have just come back from the Arizona Association of Realtors Midwinter Conference and had top 10 reasons to go to a Convention or Event in your business field.  I will add the upcoming RainCamp info in Las Vegas on April 1st and hope the low airfares will encourage others to come as well!  I will link back to this post so they can read first hand why they should go to RainCamp. Will look forward to learning all the scoop first hand! Thanks.

Mar 14, 2010 11:54 AM #73
Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

WOW the slideshare has so much information. Thanks for sharing, I have bookmarked.

Mar 15, 2010 01:41 PM #74
Mike Hendren
Mike Hendren Photography - Cloudcroft, NM

I was very disappointed that I couldn't make to the Denver Raincamp.  I knew it would be full of great information, plus I was looking forward to meeting people like you who I feel I've come to know through AR.

Thanks for bringing some of the info to those of us who couldn't make it.

Have a great day!

 Mike


Mar 21, 2010 12:22 AM #75
Steve Bowen
Taglierre Partners, LLC / Bowen Investments, Co. - Scottsdale, AZ

I joined ActiveRain 3 months ago and am EXSTATIC to go to my first raincamp event and meeting you all.

Jun 21, 2010 07:16 AM #76
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge

I attended my first in January and met so many that I've corresonded with over the years.  I'm so thankful for the knowledge I've gained through Activerain and how it has helped me with my career!

Aug 08, 2010 12:14 PM #77
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Kristal - Rain Camp will be here next week and I already can't wait to go.

Aug 17, 2010 04:22 AM #78
Kathy Opatka
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches

I'm STILL trying to get to RainCamp in Florida!!!!  I only have a WEEK to do this JUGGLING ACT!  I want to be there!

Aug 17, 2010 04:58 AM #79
Arleen Montford
Selling NW Florida Homes in Pace/Milton/Pensacola FL

This great info. How do I learn more?

Nov 19, 2010 12:11 AM #80
Dennis & Terri Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 45 Days or We Se

Thanks for the great post and links. I've bookmakrked this one!

Nov 19, 2010 07:20 AM #81
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Hello Kristal, I've been doing a little snooping around for tips on what to expect on RainCamp Atlanta. Happily I came across this post of yours.  I've visited a couple of the links you've provided and bookmarked this post.  Just wanted to say thanks.

Dec 03, 2010 09:54 AM #82
Patrick Clowes
Boulder Realty Brokers - Boulder, CO


You keep popping up with quality content.  You are my role model for the week.  Well done!



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