Why I Will Be at RainCamp Philadelphia !

Real Estate Agent with The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia

Why I Will Be at Raincamp Philadelphia

Active Rain has a special place in my heart with all the wonderful people I have met in the community - Raincamp in Philadelphia !both bloggers and staff.  With consistent blogging and learning over the years on the Active Rain platform with all of the incredible resources, the combination of building an effective blog really helped elevate Stephanie and I to be one of the top producing agents in Philadelphia in a short period of time.  Further,  that production lead to the opportunity to become part owner of RE/MAX Access in Northern Liberties.  It is pretty amazing when I think about it !

Our initial goal several years ago was to "re-invent" ourselves through branding and enhanced exposure.  We hired an amazing marketer and website genius who together worked with us to create our website The Somers Team.  We were very happy with this, but at the same time, I kept on reading in industry magazines something about these "mysterious blogs" and kept wondering if this was something I could do ???   It was finally an article in Realtor.com or Broker Agent News that inspired me to go on Active Rain and check it out, as the article quoted an agent recommending this platform.

And once I went there, I was pretty much hooked.  I immediately saw all of these blogs and all of these amazing topics.  I was pretty much in awe.  It did not take too long to set up an account and a profile.  I do not recall how long it took before I did my first post - Vitality of the Philadelphia Real Estate Market - in June 2008, but what I do recall is getting those first comments with folks I did not know saying welcome to Active Rain and congrats on making that first blog post !

So after a few more posts I thought I was on to something, but my marketer did not think it was a good idea for me to blog !!!   She was concerned that I had too many typos in the blogs, there were some grammar mistakes, she was concerned about the time commitment involved and how most blogs fizzle out and so forth and she just did not see it working out due to the risks involved.   I, on the other hand, really had a vision, of combining The Somers Team  with a blog .  I felt it was necessary not to have just a static website but something that was more interactive or at least linked our website with a blog.  I pushed her on it.  And my wife Stephanie was very supportive.  Her quote was simple:  "Chris, if you want to do the blog, do the blog".  So I did, and so did she.  So now we both do it.  And we both love it.  And our marketer is glad that we did it !  And she loves it too !

What is amazing about it is that it has only been a little over 2 years since we have been doing the blog.  Our content has grown enormously over that time period.  What is even more incredible is how our business has grown over those 2 years through our blog.    Countless buyers and sellers have become clients as a direct result of our blog or the blog was an important piece of the puzzle combined with the overall branding strategy with our main website, The Somers Team, and so forth.

So long story short ?

When there is an opportunity to learn more from the Active Rain geniuses, especially at an all-day affair in the City of Brotherly Love, it is a no-brainer.  Stephanie and I went to RainCamp NYC in January 2010 which was also great. 

And of course what makes RainCamp Philadelphia so special to us is that it is in our city.  What is surprising is that not too many Realtors or other folks in Philadelphia take advantage of the Active Rain platform or have blogs at all.   More people do in the counties - Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and so forth.   I find that a little bizarre in that Philadelphia is gaining traction in becoming a "techie" city but in the Realtor industry, there is not much competition in the blogosphere.   Which is good news for us.  And good news for anyone else that wants to jump in !

Active Rain - we love you !   We look forward to seeing you on the 30th !

Also for the people that are coming and want to hook up the day before, please check out:

Your Pre-Raincamp Agenda in Philadelphia 2010

Raincamp classic post:  Brad Anderson's  What is Raincamp ?



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The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Katherine - Likewise !  LOL : )

Nov 14, 2010 01:01 PM #8

Wish I could attend will be leaving the east as it starts.  I am looking forward to a raincamp since the first two weeks have been an education.

Nov 14, 2010 01:11 PM #9
Clinton Porter
Keller Williams - Littleton, CO

Please go to this!  You will learn much more in one day than you ever did on some flimsy pansy social media class anyone teaches!  This is one of the best classes I've ever been to!!!

Nov 14, 2010 01:22 PM #10
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Christopher and Stephanie -- If I ever had a referral going to Philly, you are the first, last and only name that comes to mind.  I feel like I know you and what you do from just reading a tiny bit of your massive blogging.  I can see why you are successful, it oozes out of everything you do!  I'm happy for you guys and that you are achieving great success -- you deserve it!

Nov 14, 2010 03:56 PM #11
Robert Slick
Beach and River Homes - Georgetown, SC

Look for me in Phil-E. Visiting for the Holiday from SC and a quick Rain Camp is in order. I am a greater Philly native but now  a damn yankee in South Carolina. The be a damn yankee, you have to move to the South and STAY, otherwise you're just a Yankee.

Nov 14, 2010 04:43 PM #12
Stephen P. Panczak, Sr, MBA
Palm Beach, FL
Realtor, Property Mgm't, LCAM

You'll have a super time and learn more than you can imagine at RainCamp. I went to the Orlando RainCamp and still implementing new ideas and concepts from Ben Kinney.

Enjoy the time!

Nov 14, 2010 10:00 PM #13
Coral Gundlach
Compass - Arlington, VA
Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate.
I'll be there! Hope to get to meet you two in person.
Nov 14, 2010 11:08 PM #14
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Looking forward to Raincamp in a couple of weeks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 14, 2010 11:26 PM #15
Joel Gwillim
CIR Realty - Condo Specialist - Calgary, AB
Associate - REALTOR®

I'm just heading out to my first RainCamp in Houston on December 5th.  I hope to meet some of you there!

Nov 15, 2010 01:19 AM #16
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

We have a venue! 

Hyatt Regency Philadelphia
at Penn's Landing
201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Nov 15, 2010 06:48 AM #17

That is really close to where the meet up at Swift Half will be.


Nov 15, 2010 06:54 AM #18
Jayne Vaughan
Re/Max Home Team - Clarks Summit, PA
Kerrie this is great news. I thought this is where is was going to be held. Is lunch going to be at the Hyatt or somewhere else? Thanks
Nov 15, 2010 07:41 AM #19
Kai Degner
Rocktown Realty (Harrisonburg) - Harrisonburg, VA

This will be my first one - I'm looking forward to it!  See you there!

Nov 15, 2010 08:47 AM #21
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

I wasn't planning on attending, but you may have changed my mind.  Maybe I'll see you there.

Nov 15, 2010 10:43 AM #22
Toronto, ON

Hi Christopher and Stephanie - Have a fantastic time at RainCamp Philadelphia.

Nov 15, 2010 11:54 AM #23
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Kerrie  - Excellent choice ! 

Nov 15, 2010 02:16 PM #24
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Lunch will be provided for Platinum ticket holders at the Hyatt, yes.

Nov 16, 2010 09:35 AM #25
Richard Stabile
Re/Max Real Estate Limited - Oradell, NJ
Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor

Christopher and Stephanie:

I wish I could make it. Just too busy.

I have to find another day to meet you guys.


Nov 16, 2010 02:46 PM #26
Larry Kantner
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - Newtown, PA

I'm pretty new to active rain but I think it makes a lot of sense getting to this event, especially after reading your post on the value of being there. Thanks for the inspiration!


Nov 19, 2010 06:37 AM #27
Scott Silverstone
William Raveis Real Estate - New Haven, CT
www.CTProperty.com, Connecticut Luxury & Waterfront Realty

Thanks for your post.  I'm looking forward to Raincamp in Philly.  I'm new to Active Rain, and this will be my first Raincamp.

Do agents carpool to these events (I'm coming from CT) or attend solo?  I'm tempted to take the train from New Haven to Philly but would be game for a road trip with others who are attending.

Nov 23, 2010 05:36 PM #28
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