What Do You Think of LinkedIn?

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Commercial Real Estate Agent with REATA Commercial Realty, Inc. Texas 537349

People are constantly talking about Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But what about LinkedIn? That's where business is supposed to be done, right? While I want to keep up with my friends, I really want to drive more sales. So why isn't LinkedIn more popular and talked about? 

I ran across an article from BusinessInsider.com through a link on LinkedIn of all places called How Linkedin's Lousy Sex Appeal Could End Up Killing It. You can read the whole article here: http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-the-no1-problem-at-linkedin-right-now-lousy-sex-appeal-2011-11.

So what do you think about LinkedIn?

Do you use it to prospect for new business or keep up with client and referral partners? If you use it for prospecting, do you actually contact people through LinkedIn or just use it for research and contact the person through other means?

I had over 820 connections on LinkedIn, but that number is falling as I delete people who I don't really know. When I first got on LinkedIn I thought I should connect to anyone who invited me. I now realize that I should only be connected to people I actually know. So I'm deleting and am down to 750. I probably have another 100 or so yet to delete.

Let me know your thoughts.

By the way, if any of your LinkedIn connections work for companies which lease office space, I'd like to be introduced to them...the old fashioned way - email or phone call.

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Bob Gibbons

REATA Commercial Realty, Inc. | 1211 E. 15th Street, Plano, TX  75074

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Rainer
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

I haven't found LInkedIn to be very useful for getting business.  It is a great networking tool for connecting with other stagers and sharing ideas.  However, since I am very busy I have been limiting my time even on that. 

Nov 17, 2011 04:16 PM #27
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Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Thnaks for the info on Linked In. I joined but haven't really done anything. I don't understand its premise yet.

Nov 17, 2011 04:37 PM #28
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

This one gets the least attention from me. I bet you could max leads on it if you invested the time.

Nov 17, 2011 04:39 PM #29
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Christian Bastian
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Sayville, NY
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I like the use of social media for business and personal use.  However I have no need for thousands and for that matter hundreds of friends and contacts. The core group of people who mean anything to me personally or professionally is best kept at about one hundred

Nov 17, 2011 04:39 PM #30
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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I started with LinkedIn, but it seemed to lose it's appeal with me.  Honestly, it might work better if I worked it as frequently as Facebook.

Nov 17, 2011 04:53 PM #31
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Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Some home stager groups are using LinkedIn for many excellent discussions - someone throws out a business question and we all chime in.  It's been excellent, especially for those new to the business.  However, I haven't used it significantlly for finding clients.

Nov 17, 2011 05:21 PM #32
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Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

I don't do much with mine to be honest! I don't really think that customers look at it much! No one has ever told me that they found me on LinkedIn!

Nov 17, 2011 05:26 PM #33
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Anthony Daniels
Coldwell Banker - San Francisco, CA
SF Bay Area REO Specialist

LinkedIn is the business world of virtual contacts.  Just remember that for the most part, they will almost remain virtual and quite possibly wouldn't give you the time of day walking down the street.

Good post, thanks for sharing it.

Nov 17, 2011 05:29 PM #34
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Stephen P. Panczak, Sr, MBA
Palm Beach, FL
Realtor, Property Mgm't, LCAM

Bob - not much out of Linkedin but it seems to be a different platform for professionals. Good post and thanks for sharing with us.

Nov 17, 2011 11:02 PM #35
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Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

Linked In seems to be an effective tool to keep in touch with people I already know, much like you mentioned.  There do seem to be a lot of requests to conect with people who you have no formal relationship with.

Nov 17, 2011 11:26 PM #36
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

I use it for connections and referrals all the time. These can be posted on your website and also show up on search sites. 

Nov 17, 2011 11:48 PM #37
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Linked in has been great for people finding me. It is not that great at being a scoial media site but is liek a great big directory or yellow pages section.

Nov 18, 2011 01:05 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Bob, I like LinkedIn because it is more professional, but I haven't gotten any business from it. It is a good source for referral agents though.

Nov 18, 2011 01:16 AM #39
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Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

I use LinkedIn a lot for professional networking - connecting with past colleagues and getting in touch with agents around the country.  For me, it's a better way to build a sphere online rather than the "fun" social networking site - Facebook.

Nov 18, 2011 01:28 AM #40
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Jerry Morse
The Morse Company - Janesville, WI
BBA,GRI

I am new on LI, so right now I am looking for answers to.

Nov 18, 2011 01:39 AM #41
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Gabrielle Jeans
WebTech Dezine, Gabrielle Jeans Real Estate Coach - Toronto, ON
Real Estate Web Solution, Real Estate Trainer and Coach

I think prospecting works when you participate in conversations in groups as is the case with all social media. You do not just directly message people trying to sell them. They may report you as spam. Participate in conversations and show expertise in a certain area and maybe give a brief introduction on what you do or leave a link to your website after your comment and you would get business that way. 

Nov 18, 2011 01:56 AM #42
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Rich Gaasenbeek
IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM - Toronto, ON
Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!

I think LinkedIn is one more way to stay present in the minds of the people you know and also meet new people, potential clients. Simply creating a profile though is not enough. You have to join groups, participate in them, ask and answer questions, and post status updates. 

 

If anyone is interested, I created a group, called "Effective Contact Management for Realtors" and it's a great roundtable/ community forum on contact management stategies, tips, and how to better keep in touch with those in your sphere of influence (SOI).

Nov 18, 2011 03:49 AM #43
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Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

I've been on LinkedIn for a while now and have 500 plus connections.  Hopefully folks are finding me.  But so far I can't pin any business to being on there.

Nov 18, 2011 04:30 AM #44
Rainmaker
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

LinkedIn is a great way to keep track of your business connections and obtain resumes or background of those who post them.

Nov 18, 2011 04:41 PM #45
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Alan Abramson
RE/MAX Complete Solutions - Boca Raton, FL
Luxurious Waterfront & Club Communities

Some interesting real estate articles.  It's another place to be recognized.  I'm not sure how well it works for lead generation.

Nov 26, 2011 02:38 AM #46
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