"So, why should I use ActiveRain?"
I speak with real estate agents and mortgage professionals on a daily basis and it blows me away how many are not on ActiveRain, don't know what it is, have heard about it and been told how important it is at seminars, so they have an account , BUT don't use it and best of all are the ones who "think" their assistant may have one for them, but they are not sure. ..........REALLY?
ActiveRain is not all about exposure on the Internet and optimization; it is about sharing ideas, what is working, what is not, our daily triumphs and struggles, learning from each other and best of all meeting other professionals across the country.
- Closed 3 additional loan transactions brought through Active Rain
- Referred out 15 mortgage clients in states we are unable to do business
- Referred out 5 clients to listing agents outside of the state of Michigan
- Assisted in promoting a 75 listings from local agents
- Physically met 125 local agents through ActiveRain (yes physically met with)
- Fed 100s of ActiveRain postings to Twitter and Facebook
- Been involved in 100s of great conversations
- Learned more than I could have imagined from MANY agents
For the first year in ActiveRain, I feel I have done well and have now set higher goals for next year. One main thing I need to point out is that I did not spend my entire day writing blogs and "working" the system. On average, I spend 25 minutes on ActiveRain 6 days a week. I do not feel this is a major feat for anyone else to accomplish with a well planned day. (If you miss 25mins one day make it up throughout the week or the next day)
So for those of you who ask "Why?", I say: You do this to improve yourself, your business and to benefit your clients. The amount of information alone available on ActiveRain is outstanding. You are doing a disservice to you AND your clients by not participating, even on a small level. You do not have to be a writer, a computer genius or creative. The world of real estate is interesting, frustrating and even funny at times, so your daily job will bring you all you need to share, if you so choose. I do not have to get into the added bonus of optimization and exposure (you don't even need to know what I am talking about here).
I am going to DARE you to create an ActiveRain account, complete your profile and settings. Then, take just 50 minutes a week (1/3 of my time) and do something! Post on your blog, read someone else's blog, leave a comment, join a group; just start to do something on ActiveRain and you should quickly learn how it can be an integral part of your daily business.
If you do this and decide you want to learn more on how to properly blog and go further with ActiveRain, myself and many others are here to help you! This is a true community so just ask for help/advice and you will get a response.
THANK YOU FOR READING MY RANT FOR THE DAY!