Unusual Benefits From Writing for a Local Paper

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

For those of you who have been noticing that I write for a couple of local papers, I just received a very interesting e-mail because of my articles in the  Vernonia’s Voice. Now, I realize that in many cities, newspaper publishing is going the way of the dinosaur, but in small towns, free papers are picked up by locals and visitors alikeWe always have copies at Vernonia Realty and I give back issues to my new buyers who come to my home at Fishhawk Lake. I SWEAR, if you take the time to do something like this, it can pay off in the most unusual ways and open doors that you don’t know are out there for you to walk through!


Here’s an excerpt from the e-mail I received from  Shawna Sykes, with WorkSource NW Oregon.


Saw your ad in the Vernonia's Voice newspaper and wanted to touch base with you. It's nice to have a local real estate professional serving area residents. My name is Shawna Sykes. I am an economist for the Oregon Employment Department's Research Division serving Clatsop, Tillamook, and Columbia Counties. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know that if you need any assistance with economic, demographic, or labor market information for the city, county, or state, I'd be happy to assist. [my underlines] Many businesses utilize this information for business planning, marketing, or to better understand their market area. In addition, our field offices stand ready to assist you or your business clients with your recruitment needs. We can post job openings, screen applicants, collect applications and resumes, set up interviews, and provide interview space. If you need help, that's what we're here for.

I've attached the latest NW Oregon Economic Indicators sheet and a brief information sheet about the Vernonia area's local employment dynamics as samples of the types of information available to you. If you'd like to receive the economic updates monthly, just let me know. I'd be happy to add you to the e-mail list. Feel free to contact me if you need more information.


So, here is an economist working for the state of Oregon ready to offer me statistics, and valuable information for my buyers in the counties I work in, and she contacted me!

This is like having my own consultant to tap into for sharing what’s happening for anyone relocating to my area, job opportunities, what kind of people move here…on  and on! (And I don't have to do the research!!) ALL BECAUSE I WRITE AN ARTICLE ONCE A MONTH AND GET FREE ADVERTISING BECAUSE OF IT.  The funny thing is that I’m already writing for my ActiveRain and WordPress blogs, so once I write it, I can just duplicate it! I don’t pay anything for this, except TIME. And it doesn’t take much of that at all, less than an hour, usually.


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Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Interesting response.  Nice photo also.  Good luck in 2013.

Jan 30, 2013 01:36 AM #1
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Gayle, just goes to show by that by putting ourselves out there it will bring results in ways we might not have thought! Thanks for your post, Wish you the best in 2013. It's going to be a great year!

Jan 30, 2013 01:47 AM #2
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Tying together resources you find Gayle to further assist people and to also network back to the economist is awesome. I liked how she found you through your article. People ARE reading well at least some of us dinosaurs. LOL.

Jan 30, 2013 01:57 AM #3
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle-Now that is wonderful. The more you get your name out there the more people recognize you and you see what is happening. COOL!!!! Congrats!


Jan 30, 2013 02:40 AM #4
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Gayle,

Love the new background!  That was very nice of the economist offering the data.  She's offering you the kind of stuff that I absolutely love to read. 

You clearly know your market.  That is wonderful that you are contributing to your local papers that are being read.   You've made some very good points.  Thanks for sharing them with us. 

Jan 30, 2013 02:37 PM #5
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Very cool Gayle!  I hope it turns out to be something you and your clients can use!  And maybe you can be the local economic prognostitician!

Jan 30, 2013 08:50 PM #6
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for suggesting this Gayle, 25 years ago when I was first starting out I got much of my business by writing articles and press releases and sending them to all the local papers.  Now that I am writing these blogs out everyday, I should start selecting a few of these and forwarding them on to the area papers for a little publicity.

Feb 15, 2013 12:54 AM #7
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