Winner of $500 ActiveRain Marketing Challenge

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Last month we released a report, Real Estate Marketing and Software: The Price is Right 2012. We took a look at the spending habits of agents as they market and conduct business. What kind of things do top performing agents spend money on? Where are there differences in spending for agents making over $100k/year and agents making under $20k/year? We dove into the stats and figured out where you were spending your marketing dollars.

Here is a taste of the infographic. Head over to the original post for the full infographic and an in-depth discussion about the results.(or click the image below to see the full infographic).

How much do REALTORS® Work Earn and Spend

On the heels of that inforgraphic launch, we issued a challenge to you, our members, to share with us how you would spend $500/month on marketing for your business.

We had a bunch of great posts with well thought out answers. You could tell people had to make some tough decisions in some cases to get under $500 for the month. Some of you even found out that you were under this threshold and added some things you'd like to get into your business if you had the $500 grand prize in your pocket for next month.

Well one lucky member now has that $500 in her pocket (yep, it's a her so if you're male reading this you just found out you didn't win).

Congratulations to Gabrielle Nemes from Auburn WA for her winning entry: Bob Barker would be proud - The Price is Right $500 Challenge.

If you are interested in checking out a ton of great posts about how agents can make $500/month stretch into some serious marketing, please be sure to check out the other entries in the comment section of the marketing challenge contest post.


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Comments (27)

Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Love the challenges that you have been issuing.  I believe I get to jump off of the merry-go-round for a little while, so hope to be able to jump back into the Rain.  This was a very good challenge. 

Congratulations, also, to Tatyana, for hitting her 100,000!

Jul 06, 2012 10:43 AM
Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Conrats Gabrielle and thanks AR for the Challenges

Jul 06, 2012 10:48 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Gabrielle, congratulations on winning! You definitely have the best detailed description of any of the posts I read - very impressive!


Jul 06, 2012 11:39 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services


Congratulations Gabrielle!  I am going to take a look at the posts for this contest.  What a great idea for a contest!

Jul 06, 2012 12:15 PM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Congratulations to Garbrielle.  I need to read her post to pick up some tips.  Thanks for the contest, I rethought what I was doing and think I will be doing other things now.

Jul 06, 2012 12:42 PM
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

Great contest and I am so impressed with Gabrielle because she detailed in extreme detail why so many agents have made the move from Re/Max to Keller Williams.  I was one of the ones who believed all the HOT AIR that the brand made the difference, but i have just triple my highest Re/Max production in my 3rd year with KW and am top 10 of over 200 agents in my office and spending under $300 per month to accomplish and all because keller Williams provides so many of the items Gabrielle mentioned in our basic value package of under $100 per month.


Jul 06, 2012 01:03 PM
Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Realty South - Tumwater, WA
206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate

I am SOOOO excited!!! What an honor! I'm an expert at spending money, so don't anticipate having ANY problem getting going on the month's marketing purchases.

Thank you SO much to ActiveRain! It couldn't have come at a better time and, I promise, will be put to good marketing use!  

Jul 06, 2012 01:14 PM
Laura Murray
Weichert - Silver Spring, MD
Search Montgomery Co., MD for homes

Good for you Gabrielle.  I hope you report back what worked an what didn't.  I also thope that this is just the start of a winning streak for you.

Jul 06, 2012 03:00 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Congratulations to Gabrielle!  I read her post, very deserving of being the winner, extremely well done!

Jul 06, 2012 09:31 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Well deserved! Congratulation Gabrielle!

Jul 06, 2012 10:50 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Worthy contest and results all around...well done and thank you

Jul 06, 2012 11:34 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I'm off to read Gabrielle's post--and others; bound to be interesting.

Jul 07, 2012 12:59 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Congratulations, Gabrielle! This was a terrific challenge because I was too intimidated by the topic to even begin to think about participating, but I learned an awful lot from all of the entries!

Jul 07, 2012 01:47 AM
Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Realty South - Tumwater, WA
206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate

I can't tell you how excited I am to have won this. Went to bed last night thinking about it ... Woke up this morning thinking about it ... and it's been on my mind ever since that totally unexpected call from Bob Stewart yesterday.

The weekend is FULL of activities and, with hubby starting a new job on Monday, I'm ready for a new "job" too ... getting some of these marketing steps MOVING!

Jul 07, 2012 02:55 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

This was by far the best challenge ever. I really loved reading what others are doing. You definitely picked the right winner.

Jul 07, 2012 08:09 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
Thank you for the contest. I will read all the posts for some great tips.
Jul 07, 2012 08:35 PM
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

I learned a lt from the contestants that entered the contest. Can all the ideas become posted in a central location?

Jul 08, 2012 05:43 AM
Amy Steele Realtor SRS CNE NHS MRP LUXE
JP and Associates - North Richland Hills, TX
Amy Steele Estates Group LLC

Good job! Congrats on your win! I'm checking out some of your ideas...

Jul 08, 2012 01:20 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA



Congratulations Gabrielle!


well done!

If i had 500/month, it would be only online marketing. No prints:)

Jul 08, 2012 06:51 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

that was a really good choice. I can see why you guys chose to pick it. This was a really fun challenge.

Jul 08, 2012 10:05 PM

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