What’s in a name?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Quicksilver Real Estate Solutions, LLC

What’s in a name?

 

I think we can all agree that your name is one thing that sticks with you forever. Your name gives an impression of you as a person, and nowadays in a digital world, your email address does just the same.

 

Since the world of cell phones, I don’t memorize people’s phone numbers. They are all entered once and referred to by name after that. Email addresses, however, are entered and seen each time I communicate with someone digitally. Your email address reiterates your persona every time someone communicates with you. If your address is boatguy123 @ email.com, what does that tell me about you? That you like boats? If your address is Yourname @ vacationhomes.com, what do I know now? I know that you have a professional website and a real business that sells vacation homes! Rather than having to recall your contact info and URL when referring you to a friend, I can do it all in one shot.

 

Steve Hoffacker offers some great information about how to choose an email address on his blog, along with some great do’s/do not’s:

 

Steve Hoffacker's Sales Training Tips - Onsite New Home Sales, Real Estate Sales, Non-Real Estate Sales: Choose Your Email Address Carefully

 

Many people have an address that is hosted by a generic provider like Google, Hotmail, or Yahoo. With Quicksilver Leads, you can get a custom email address (yourname@yourdomain.com) that is equipped with ReplyAnywhere. This allows you to receive and reply with your existing account, while only displaying your professional address to your contacts. For information about what Quicksilver Leads can do for you, click here.

 

Comments (6)

Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Torgie: You are so right. Clients of mine have the most interesting email names which is great for personal use, but not if you are in business.

Aug 15, 2012 06:11 AM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Recently we just filled a position in the office for an administerial position, and I had to laugh at some of the email addresses that some of the applicants had. Terribly unproffesional.

Aug 15, 2012 06:16 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

I agree. I get a feeling from people based on their email addresses to know if it is business/professional related or not.

Aug 15, 2012 06:20 AM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA

I chose to use my middle name Winston. It is hardly used, it immediately has authority and most remember me. 

Aug 15, 2012 06:23 AM
Jerri McCombs, Broker
Dogwood Real Estate Services - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville NC Relocation

I have gotten some of the strangest email names over the years, some I would even be embarrassed to use. Email addresses certainly do say a lot about a person. 

And I agree that if you have a business related email that is easy to remember, you may have a better chance of someone contacting you soley by memory. That is critical. 

Thanks for the article. 

Aug 15, 2012 11:00 AM
Torgie Madison
Quicksilver Real Estate Solutions, LLC - Portland, OR
Websites and Contact Management

Thank you for the feedback everyone! Be sure to read Steve Hoffacker's article and leave some comments for him as well.

Aug 22, 2012 03:32 AM

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