ActiveRain Contest: iPhones, Laptops, Google, Electronic Signatures and ActiveRain…What Do These Have in Common?

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

There are certain things we cannot live without in our lives – air, food and companionship (at least for most of us) come to mind immediately. Let's just assume those types of things are a given. But what about in your business? Many of us have become extremely dependent on a variety of tools, gadgets, websites and any number of other ways you want to describe the applications you use in your business.

For this months ActiveRain challenge, our friends at Adobe EchoSign want you to consider what tool in your business has become indispensable, even though you were able to get work done before you stumbled on this new found life saver.

When you drop your phone in the toilet, like I did recently, your world can come screeching to a halt. We have put an incredible amount of power in the tools we use to accomplish the tasks required of us each and every day. Some of the tools we use, like electronic signatures, make our jobs much easier, and others, like our cell phone, make us wonder how we managed to survive before they were invented.

Of course we didn't always have these tools available and we still got things done, but we assume they will always be available moving forward, or that they’ll be replaced by even more powerful tools.

So what if these tools ceased to exist? Not very likely, I know. But dropping your phone in the toilet will get you thinking about this stuff, I promise.

Take a look at your business in the last few years and determine what tool, application, gadget, website, etc. that you couldn’t imagine being without. Now let’s eliminate what you’ve been using from day 1 – the phone, laptop, fax machine, pager, and other essential “office supplies.”

How has this tool (I'll use this word from here on to describe whatever it is you decide to write about) changed the way you do business? What process did it replace? How has it become ingrained in your day-to-day activities? Why would you refuse to give it up?

We would like you to write a blog post that details your favorite tool and convinces someone else that if they aren't using this tool in their business, they are missing out – BIG TIME. Maybe it's something you think every real estate professional should be mandated to use and if they only would, my how your life would be so much easier. Convince anyone reading your post to immediately drop what they are doing and go sign up, purchase, adopt, try, steal (just making sure you are still paying attention) this for their own use.

There will be 3 categories that you can choose to write about. We ask that you pick one category for which to submit a post.

The Categories:

Hardware: Has your iPad become invaluable in your business? When you walk in the door and give your listing presentation are you batting 1.000? Maybe it's your hand-held digital video camera that has turned you into a YouTube machine. Whatever the piece of hardware you'e added to your business recently, tell us why everyone needs one.

Software/Websites: Maybe it's your IDX and lead management platform. Maybe it's your electronic signature program. Maybe it's Facebook or Twitter. Whatever it is, why can't you live without it?

Apps: These things have exploded on the scene in the last few years. With seemingly everyone having a smart phone, apps are making life easier for millions. Is there an app you are using in your business that you couldn't imagine living without? If everyone else was using it wouldn't your life be easier? Let us know about it.

Posts must be at least 300 words in length, because let's face it, you're not convincing me your tool is the best in under 300 words. Posts should be submitted by Friday May 25th at 11:59pm Pacific Time in order to be considered for this contest. Posts will be considered submitted when a link to the post is placed in the comment section of this post.

Prizes: We will select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for each category.

  • 1st in each category: $150 Visa Gift Card
  • 2nd in each category: $100 Visa Gift Card
  • 3rd in each category: $50 Visa Gift Card

Each post submitted will be eligible to receive 1500 ActiveRain points.

How we will select the winners: Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from ActiveRain and EchoSign. Above all, we will be looking for you to convince us that your tool is the best and demonstrate the impact it has had on your business. We want to walk away after reading your post and feel like we can't go another minute without having this tool for our real estate business. Good luck!

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Jeana Cowie
RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Paramus, NJ
Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES

Ok, I'm sure everyone uses this already, but this is my contest entry I cannot live with my Adobe Photoshop software:

Looking forward to reading all the posts. Good luck everyone and Happy Memorial Day!

May 25, 2012 02:46 AM #156
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Seems I can't follow the rules.  My "tool" does not fit in to one of the 3 categories.  Hope you'll still consider it!

What Couldn't I Do Without?

May 25, 2012 03:49 AM #157
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Bob & Kerry...Wow look at all these Great Contest Entries.

Thanks again for this contest, you guys ROCK!

May 25, 2012 04:07 AM #158
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Here's Elva's entry. I had a good timementally going through all of the tools and conveniences of my work-life. It made me ralise how blessed I am to  be able to work this way. But my all time favorite is unquestionably my email.

 What Would I Do Without My Email?

May 25, 2012 06:10 AM #159
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

It was tough to pick just one thing, but ultimately this was my entry.

Google allows me to sleep well at night

May 25, 2012 07:26 AM #160
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I wrote this a while ago, but didn't have a chance to paste the link

I feel naked without my laptop...I ought to know...mine just crashed

May 25, 2012 07:52 AM #161
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Here's my entry:  A Scanner to Beat All Scanners

May 25, 2012 09:29 AM #162
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

It's my iPhone that I can't live without.


May 25, 2012 01:59 PM #164
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

My iPad and GPS, a perfect synergy to make a sale

May 25, 2012 02:25 PM #165
Bill Dean
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

Here's my last minute entry, I wrote it yesterday and checked a different page, before saving it and had to re-write again tonite.


May 25, 2012 03:53 PM #166
Gene Fraleigh
Long Realty West Valley - Sun City West, AZ
West Valley Real Estate Consultant

This is the link to my blogpost entry

May 25, 2012 04:58 PM #167
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a fun contest to enter! It made me realize just how much I love my new electronic signature. Read my post and you will know why.

May 28, 2012 12:29 PM #168
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Just in case you didn't get my entry because it didn't hyperlink here it is again.

May 28, 2012 12:34 PM #169
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great contest, I am anxious to see what other pieces of technology people find helpful.

May 29, 2012 12:38 AM #170
Amy Jones Group
South East Valley - - Chandler, AZ

Were the winners announced?  Would love to see the posts that one!

Jun 04, 2012 03:11 PM #171
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Where's my prize??  Just kidding.  Have the winners been announed yet, and I missed it?  I am just wondering.

Jun 11, 2012 12:44 PM #172
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Yes, where are the winners?

Jun 14, 2012 02:48 PM #173
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Where can we see who won??

Jul 05, 2012 11:55 PM #174
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

The points for this contest have just been awarded. I apologize for the long delay. This week is going to prize week on ActiveRain as we go back and catch up on picking and sharing winners from a few different contests we have run in the past 10 weeks. Stay tuned in the next two days for the winners from this contest!

Jul 09, 2012 01:47 AM #175
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