Newsletter & Update - Special Guest's are Coming in March

Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

Agent Ratings and Reviews Update  

"Zillow now surfaces thousands of Real Estate agent ratings and reviews.  Consumers can now search and find local agents based on Client feedback"  The response and results from this new feature have been very positive and successful.  Agent reviews are now featured on the Buyer's Agent List and Agent profile. 

DID YOU KNOW: 1 Review = 75% more contacts than agents with 0 reviews, and 5+ Reviews = 150% more contacts than agents with 0 reviews. Want contacts from Zillow customers? Want a competitive edge?  Get great reviews from your clients.

The March 2011 - Training & Class Calendar

Click on calendar for details and to reserve your seat at any session.

Class not on the calendar? Let us know what you'd like to see. Suggestions Here.

Zillow Academy Special Guests Include:

  Jared James - The 21st Century REALTOR

  Gary Gold - The Top Secrets of a Premier Agent


  Stefan Swanepoel - Mastering Business and Life

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Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hey all - This was my first attempt at creating a "newsletter style" blog post so please forgive me if it doesn't turn out right.  If it does turnout, and all the links and everything work, then I'll do another blog post showing you how I did it.  

This could be a great monthly tool to provide to your regular blog readers....

BTW - Hope you'll join us for some of these March webinars, these guests and speakers are truly extraordinary. Thanks. :-)

Feb 28, 2011 07:15 AM #1
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Brad..Looks like a great lineup..Thanks for the information


Mar 01, 2011 12:57 PM #2
Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Brad -  Looks ok to me and a cool idea for a post. I usually do my newsletter and just posted it when I saw this come up.. will be interested to see your post tomorrow.. hope all is better by you my friend from the other coast....

Mar 01, 2011 12:59 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Brad if anyone can turn out a great Newsletter it is you. Great Directions you are heading to. I like the idea. If we can not make it to the webinar could you record it and we could see it at our convenience?

Mar 01, 2011 01:13 PM #4
Vickie Slade
Colorado Landmark, Realtors - Boulder, CO
Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On

Brad, great inforamtion as always,  I've often thought about doing a newsletter but now, i're re-motivated.

Mar 01, 2011 03:23 PM #5
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Brad, I really like the newsletter style blogpost! How did you do it?

Is that your son playing the guitar in the You Tube on your sidebar? He's very good. Shades of Clapton.

Mar 01, 2011 04:43 PM #6
Toronto, ON

Hi Brad - Your newsletter layout is quite nice.  However, I find that the graphics with the guests' bios are too small to easily read the text.  I realize that you can click on them to read the text on the linked website but many people may not realize it.

I should start attending some of the Zillow seminars.  They look quite interesting.

Mar 01, 2011 11:11 PM #7
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Hi Brad! One of your reps encouraged me to start collecting agent reviews. It's amazing the difference a few reviews can make. I learn something each time I speak to one of your reps. Wish I could say this about every vendor I do business with!

Mar 02, 2011 03:01 AM #8
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hannah - thanks, hope you can join us on occasion. 

Robert - I'm still in Seattle, probably won't get that post out till next week.  It really easy and I see it worked. :-)

Endre - thanks, I do try and record them all.  They'll be posted as soon as I find a universal and versatile player.

Vickie - I think posting a monthly update or newsletter on just about any topic would be great for readers.  I was going to do a Tech-Sites update but with Jared, Gary, and Stefan coming this month, this one just made more sense.  The classes are filling up quickly so I'm glad I went with this one instead. 

Maria - I'll share how I did this in a post coming soon, and yes, that is my son over on that video. (proud dad here)  Your Clapton comment will make him very happy, thanks.

Marc - I noticed that too, and you are absolutely correct. An improvement I'll work on for the next one.  The actual newsletter that was emailed out to 1000 subscribers was full size and much more legible.  Hope you'll join the mailing list and join us for some of these great speakers.  Thanks.

Doug - we spent a good deal of time talking about reviews in our meeting yesterday too.  It really does make a huge difference having those reviews and ratings on your profile.  Now you can share them anywhere with the new widget too.

Mar 02, 2011 03:52 AM #9
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Thanks for this Brad. I did not even know Zillow had a newsletter.

Mar 02, 2011 08:06 AM #10
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Good evening sir,

I am going to have to sit down and take some of these classes.

Mar 02, 2011 01:51 PM #11
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hey Gary - this is not a Zillow newsletter, it's my own test concoction to see if this would work. This actually was emailed out to ONLY those who have ever attended a ZA webinar, or who subscribed to get a monthly newsletter/update.  This was the very first one.  Now that I know it can be embedded into a post, I'll be showing everyone how they can do this too.  It was a bit challenging at first, but I think I figured out all the secrets now. I'll post it as soon as I get a chance to come up for air!  lol~ 

BTW - Zillow does have a different newsletter that goes out to members too. :-)

@Don - nothing would make me happier sir than to have you join us.  You're welcomed anytime.

Mar 03, 2011 08:49 AM #12
Virginia Cheezum
F. C. Tucker Company - Indianapolis, IN

Okay, are ruining my social life, with all of these classes, you know! 

Mar 03, 2011 02:32 PM #13
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Brad, my goal this week and I have two days left... is to get ALL 5 reviews added to my profile ;) as my Rep, (jesse) told me... I have 50% of my city here in Southern CA and quite pleased already!

Mar 03, 2011 06:23 PM #14
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Virginia - you have my word that I'm all about getting you off the computer and out in front of more clients! 

Lauren - that is AWESOME!!  If I can help in any way, you know you can count on me. 
Call if you need anything at all.  I know you'll get those five, I can just sense it.


Mar 04, 2011 08:31 AM #15
Leeza Morris,
Cloud Realty - Corinth, TX
Realtor® Denton TX (940)391-5080


This is awesome! I am already using Agent Reputation widget on my webiste! Signed up for your class on YouTube and DARN it - had to miss it!!! Is there any way i can view recording of it. I will be a constant fixutre in your ecucational series!! Using youtube channel to promote listing and neighborhoods since 2 weeks ago! got an offer on the property within 8 days. Others comment on how great it is to see "real" streets and feel the neighborhood!

Mar 05, 2011 03:09 AM #16
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Brad,

You are lighting Zillow on fire!

Lots of great classes and widgets and new ideas.



Mar 07, 2011 12:14 AM #17
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Leeza - I'll do another youtube class.  Still working on these recordings...  hosting them and finding a player that is universal and works for everyone is going to be the key.  Thanks.

Thanks Phil - hope to see you often, you're always welcomed!  :-)



Mar 07, 2011 08:52 AM #18
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