Taking it OFFLINE

Education & Training with Tech and Social Media Consultant

No, I’m not going on another Facebook sabbatical.  For right now, one was plenty for me.  (lucky you, eh?)

Mueller OUT

I’m referring to one of the often discussed goals of social media marketing – getting Face to Face.

For the local small business, that’s getting people into the store.  For the real estate agent, that’s getting people into your office or car.  For a business like mine, that’s meeting them in their store or office.

I’m virtual and although I work on an international basis – I LOVE to work locally.  Recently I built three sites for local brick and mortar styled businesses and two for local agents.  BTW:  I love the polar opposites of the first two.

The DejaVu Boutique – a high end women’s consignment shop.  Prada, yes PRADA!

Tidal Marine – Hardcore construction diving stuff.  Remember the movie The Abyss?  Almost like that!

Senor Burbujas Laundromat - a brand new state of the art laundromat.

Walnut Creek Lifestyle – Kristin Lanham’s views of living the Walnut Creek Lifestyle

Dayna Wilson – Dayna is the Downsizing Diva!  Specializing in the needs of seniors.

But here’s the thing…

Down the PathFour out of Five of these were the result of taking it offline, getting face to face with people.  (Senor Burbujas actually did a Google search for local web developers and I was the #1 that showed up).  For me – these results came from direct referrals from my local connections.  The path for each was similar but slightly different.  For instance, the referral for the Boutique came from my neighbor.  He’s a DJ.  I built a site for him, he was very happy and in his BNI group he recommended my services.  She called, we met over coffee and viola!

The Path Is The Thing

Paying it forward, I ponder how each of theses would “take it offline” to increase their business.

For the Boutique, they’ve already had wine and cheese parties.  We’ve discussed other options like supplying and sponsoring a fashion show.  Obviously the professional woman would be a great demographic for them to get F2F with, I suggested the local real estate marketing meeting as well.

Although they are a brick and mortar place, the Divers don’t sell to the public.  Large corporate and government contracts are their game.   Their networking needs to happen at conferences and trade shows.  Their site and the content legitimizes their business proposition.

The Laundromat is in a large latino community.  There are other laundromats close by.  They set themselves apart by having the largest and newest machines in town.  They are also going after the upscale community with a wash and fold service.  I could see them sponsoring local events and demos.

When it comes to both real estate sites – they both focus on the lifestyle but each in a different niche.  Kristin is very active in the growing family side of living in Walnut Creek.  She attends quite a few local events (F2F) and writes about local (LIKE THIS).   Dayna also attends and speaks at local events but does so with a slant on the local senor (LIKE THIS).

The moral of the story – the point of this post is this.  Getting to that F2F thing is the goal but the path travelled for each is going to be different.  Different demographics, different audiences and different styles.  Whatever your niche is, you’ll need to find your own path to get in front of those people.

Speaking of which – what is your path?  How do you do it?


Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

Nothing beats the face to face contact.  Have a great week.

Mar 22, 2013 01:37 AM
Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!

Face-to-face seems to work best for me.  I did look at all of the links you posted.  I don't usually do that.  I looked at your work and you do a great job.

Mar 22, 2013 01:54 AM
Mike Mueller
Tech and Social Media Consultant - Walnut Creek, CA

Thanks Roger but... How do you manage to get F2F with your prospects and clients?  What's your Path?

Mar 22, 2013 01:57 AM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Good news for you Mike! It's good to get up from behind the computer and grind and get F2F...In my case a lot of local involvement keeps me motivated and having fun as well....

Apr 01, 2013 01:00 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Being behind computer screen makes our identities anonymous. Adding a personal touch: a personal message, a phone call, F2F makes us real, creates memories, history of relationships.

Mar 14, 2014 07:25 PM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I do far, far more offline than online.  My business is face to face....thanks for a great time, Mike!

Aug 03, 2014 08:42 AM
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Mike,

Human beings are not designed for "anti"social computer networking, give us a millennium to evolve and our asses will expand exponentially and our eyes will attach themselves to the computer screen. Babies, will be selected by drop down boxes and delivered by Amazon drone's or "Store-K's", our DNA, as well as, our credit card info will be stored online. Like and Unlike will be the only emotions available to Human beings with a permanent "like" button attached to our virtual foreheads, as our actual foreheads will be so bloated from advanced consumer cow disease, that nothing adheres to the cavernous dome skull that holds the emaciated pea brain. Apps will accomplish all of our tedious thinking and bodily functions like eating, sleeping, working, farting (this app has free and subscription settings, determine odor diameter 6 inches to 12 feet; flatulent sound intensity: Silent but deadly to Elephantine to God-smack; personalize a bouquet from an assortment of fecal filiments: such as Cess Pool Panache, Poop in the Sun, and Coprophilics at the Copacabana. All we will be left to do is push the button that syncs our google calendars to our flatulance schedule - or not and just let it go into default.



Sep 23, 2014 07:02 AM