And who said blogging was fun.... RainCamp in Philadelphia - Networking & Friendships

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Mortgage and Lending with Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc

Bob Stewart & Ben Kinney speaking

Do you blog?  Do you like to network? RainCamp in Philadelphia is a great place to do both. Yes, I am listening, but also blogging.. I call this multi-tasking.

Here we have Bob Stewart and Ben Kinney talking about blogging tips, giving SEO tips, and so much more.

 

RainCamp @ The Hyatt in Philadelphia

Are these types of events good?  Waste of time? I have been blogging for 4 + years now and as long as I can come away with 1 or 2 new tips and or ideas... and network with like-minded professionals, it's a WIN WIN.

 

 

 

 

 

Learning -

Some good info shared today.....

  • Types of online advertising

CPM - cost per impressions such as banner ads

CPA - cost per action which would be paying per lead

PPC - pay per click such as Google Ad words, yahoo search marketing, and Microsoft ad center

  • Contact Forms - free, yes, we all like free stuff. Sites to collect consumers information online.

www.wufoo.com

www.mailchimp.com

  • Lead capture strategies

Baiter results - let the consumer view for free at first, but the 2nd or 3rd time they click on something, you make them register.

Open Search - Never forcing the consumer to sign up for anything.

  • Key search terms and exploring the long tail. You will get less clicks on a longer specific long tail, but a better quality lead. Why? That person knows what they are looking for.
  • Linking - You want people to link back to your site. You can link back to others, but google is starting to crack down on reciprocal back linking. I have heard different opinions on this, so look into it.
  • SEO - Questions and Info

Key word density - your key words should be between 2 percent to 4 percent of your total post regarding your total words. Need a word counter?  Word Counter

Age & size of your domain name

Page title is important, using some key words

First sentence - you should have your key word in the first sentence.

Links - have a few links in your post pointing back to your main site. Example. Write a post on Active Rain and in your signature, have a few key words pointing back to your main outside site. 2 to 4 outgoing links is good.

  • Facebook ads - two types - learn it and "Do it"

pay per click

cost for 1,000 impressions

  • and more info

 

 

Networking -

 

Pat Kennedy, Kerrie Greenhalgh, Kelly Clifford

 

Who doesn't like to network, to socialize.... and party. We held a meet up/gathering last night at The Swift Half Pub. We had a good turn out, about 25 people. Hannah Williams (PA), known as Helpful Hannah, posted about this last night. I only had the chance to take one picture, but there are several who took many. More posts should be appearing in the next 24 hours.

Philadelphia RainCamp Pre-Party Fun by HelpfulHannah

Our very own Sheldon Neal (NJ), aka the British Agent, wrote this post.

RAINCAMP PHILLY ! PRE-CAMP HAPPY HOUR(S) !!!!!

Pat Kennedy (DC), Kerri Greenhalgh (WA), & Kelly Clifford (WA)

 

Dagny Eason & Erica Ramus

 

 

At RainCamp - Dagny Eason (CT) & Erica Ramus (PA)

As you can see, a great time in networking with people from all over. Duing the breaks, I got to meet people that I have been talking to for a few years, and finally getting to put a face to the name and voice.

In 1 hour, AR will be having a happy hour at Plough and the Stars... a great Irish Pub & Restaurant in Olde City in Philadelphia, PA.

Jeff Belonger's simple advice... Blog..."Just do it" and do it on Active Rain, especially if just starting out. It works...

 

 

UPDATE : 12/1/10

 

Another Phabulous RainCamp - Phun and Phriendship in Philly phor a RainMaker  By : Irene Kennedy

 

Rain Camp Philly from Wilton CT   by Dagny Eason

 

RainCamp Made Me Uncomfortable  By : Joseph Michalski  

 

UPDATE : 12/2/10

 

Philadelphia Pa Real Estate Blog "video" RainCamp 2010 Pt 1  by Hannah Williams  Chris Somers in a video on the Panel.


RAINCAMP PHILLY - Highlights from my Notes  by : David Monsour   David mentioned some things that I didn't cover in my recap.

 

 

 

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Patricia Aulson
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Wish I could enjoy the Rain Camp but the drive from NH is too long!!  Maybe  Rain Camp will happen in NH someday.

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Nov 30, 2010 11:23 AM #19
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
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Jeff,

I've been going to these sort of event for over 36 years. It onlt takes one idea or contack to make a profit and I almost always do!

Bill

Nov 30, 2010 11:35 AM #20
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John Novak
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The networking really makes these events worthwhile. And a couple of cold beers in an Irish pub is always a good thing.

Nov 30, 2010 11:54 AM #21
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Krista Fuchs
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It was great to finally meet you today!  I was only there from 10-2 and came away with 3 pages of great notes.  So glad I was able to go!

Nov 30, 2010 12:03 PM #22
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Vickie McCartney
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Hi Jeff~ I wanted to come so badly! But, I have 2 closings the same week, so had to prioritize! Looks like it was great!
Nov 30, 2010 12:17 PM #23
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Damon Gettier
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Jeff, it looks like some good information was shared.  I know that when I attended RainCamp in DC I was overwhelmed with useful information.

Nov 30, 2010 12:23 PM #24
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Julie Dumaine-Russell
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Jeff - Great recap highlighting what sound like quite an eventful gathering last night and RainCamp today not to mention the happy hour tonight!!  Every hour is happy hour when you're with such great friends!! :)

Nov 30, 2010 01:09 PM #25
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Jeff - you must have had a blast, and such good information (some of which I heard when I attended RainCamp). Thanks for sharing YOUR thoughts and the pics. Wish I could have been there. Toast a few for me.

Jeff

Nov 30, 2010 01:37 PM #26
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Jeff, Thanks for sharing for those who could not attend. Greatly appreciated. The photos, the smiles say it all.

Margaret

Nov 30, 2010 01:56 PM #27
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William James Walton Sr.
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It sounds like everyone had a blast networking and learning stuff to help them in their business. Too bad it was my son's birthday; otherwise, I would have been there, definitely.

Nov 30, 2010 01:56 PM #28
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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It was a great day and the post Raincamp event was alot of fun also !!!!!!!!!!

Nov 30, 2010 02:58 PM #29
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Dagny Eason
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Jeff - fun to see you there!  I did a short post - more to come tomorrow....

Nov 30, 2010 03:03 PM #30
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Ryan Case
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I get all the advertising I need out of blogging, why pay when you can blog for virtually nothing and have a better affect!

Nov 30, 2010 03:07 PM #31
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Lewis Poretz
Apex Home Loans - Annapolis, MD
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Jeff - great post as usual. Awesome seeing you and all the AR bloggers and staff. Great day at raincamp. If you have not attended one yet you are missing out.

Nov 30, 2010 04:13 PM #32
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Well, waiting for you to come here with the gang Jeff!

Nov 30, 2010 04:26 PM #33
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Jeff -Just do it indeed !  Blogging rocks !  Raincamp rocks !  You rock !  What an amazing two days !  We are sorry we missed the post Raincamp party as we had to go to a local fundraiser.  But being on the pre-Raincamp party and being at Raincamp was just AWESOME.  So many great people and SO much great information.  The presentation was just amazing !!

Dec 01, 2010 12:41 AM #34
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Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
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I think getting a hug from you at long last, Jeff, was the best part of the day!

Another Phabulous RainCamp - Phun and Phriendship in Philly phor a RainMaker

Dec 01, 2010 12:59 AM #35
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Candis... comment #9... . It was good to have met and even later at the pub.. thanks

GREG... . it was a great time... even picked up a few new things and some business.. thanks

SHELDON... .  it's always a great time and even better when you show up.  I read your comment to me on your post.. very funny.. regarding Danny & Arnold... lol

DEBBIE... . it's worth it on several levels.. and there will be one in NYC in the beginning of January... so be prepared to put it on your calender.

MICHELLE... . I would love to attend that one, considering there are a few that I would like to meet... but being that it's next week and I am already dead this week, just to much to handle.. thanks and have fun.

ROBERT... . I hope you get the opportunity some day soon... it's worth it.  thanks

Dec 01, 2010 04:02 AM #36
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Hey everyone... wanted to thank everyone for the comments and compliments... just busy and don't have time to comment to each person... thanks

 

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