Ask An Ambassador: How Do I Get The Most Value Out Of Active Rain?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

Building BlocksAsk An Ambassador:  How Do I Get The Most Value Out Of Active Rain?

For starters, there's no one answer to this question:  What is Active Rain & what is your primary purpose(s) for being here?

  • It's a blogging site obviously, and if you have a Rainmaker account a ticket to get your voice heard by everyone on the Internet.
  • It's a social site too.  A place where you can be Norm from Cheers.  A place where others DO know exactly what you're going through on a daily basis!  Virtual or in real life, you can make some true friends in the Rain.
  • It's a training site.  Whether it's blogs or the Active Rain University, there's training to be had.  SEO, prospecting, you name it, someone has it covered.
  • It's a tips and advice site.  Want to know about the latest bright & shiny? Software, hardware, services.  Someone here has probably covered it.
  • It's a referral network.  Hands down, this beats handing out 1000 business cards at the convention.  You get to know people here and can feel comfortable that your friends, family & clients will be well taken care of. 
  • It's a business building site, you just have to figure out the best techniques to use for your local market.  Results DO vary according to market.
So how do you get the most value for your time in the Rain?  First, you need to figure out why you're here and focus your approach to your goals.  Chances are you're here to build your business, but maybe you're just here to learn, or for the social aspects. In any case, there's plenty of room in the Rain.
 
Regardless, our recommendation is the same:  PARTICIPATE!  Write, read, comment, learn, apply.  Rinse, lather, repeat.  Participate enough that you get to know people and they know you.  Find your blogging voice.  Grab the keyboard and get after it, and often as long as your quality doesn't suffer.
 
Learn, prospect, socialize, find the balance that works for your available time and resources.  And might we suggest, find a blogging niche, because niche blogging is what we find makes the phone ring more than anything else we write.
 
Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz
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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Ambassador
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Bliz as ususal great points and post. ActiveRain is 'the' place to be to get to know the best real estate professionals on the planet!

Sep 24, 2013 10:33 AM #44
Ambassador
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

AB, We've gained so much from the members of the Rain we couldn't even begin to describe it all.

Sep 24, 2013 10:35 AM #45
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

LOVE this post. AR has been all of these things, and more, for us in the 18 months since we joined :)

Sep 24, 2013 11:21 AM #46
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Elise Harron
Dirt Road Real Estate - Kingman, AZ
Rural Vacant Land and Development Specialist

I really like this summary of AR.  It makes me think I am headed in the right direction with a mixture of comments and blogs and classes.  Thank you.

Sep 24, 2013 11:50 AM #47
Ambassador
2,693,831
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Wayne & Jean Marie, That and MORE!  I had to stop somewhere so kept it to the major hitters :)

Elise, There's a lot to take advantage of and learn, find what you enjoy and go with it.  There's room for so many different styles and approaches, one fo the great things about this community.

Sep 24, 2013 11:53 AM #48
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Florida and Washington Real Estate

Hi Bill and Liz. ActiveRain is an asset. It has really helped me... especially when I left a major brokerage to open my own...

Sep 25, 2013 02:15 AM #49
Ambassador
2,693,831
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Lana, I can't think of a better resource for an independent broker to get the word out about your team.  Frankly, it's not too bad for a big box team like us either :)

Sep 25, 2013 02:42 AM #50
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
It is therapy too to share and relate experiences with each other.
Sep 25, 2013 02:11 PM #51
Ambassador
2,693,831
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Debbie, You can definitely let some things out here that you can't relate many other places.

Sep 25, 2013 08:46 PM #52
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Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Lead Associate Broker

I love your message: Participate! That is what I'm telling my co-workers. I've been encouraging them to take an active role. 

Sep 27, 2013 03:21 AM #53
Ambassador
2,693,831
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Dana, That's truly the key.  Lurking may allow you to learn alot, but you have to participate to get known.

Sep 27, 2013 05:14 AM #54
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Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

WE are not able t o get point for logging in right now.  What is wrong...

 

Is the site being worked on or am I just not with it for the past few days..

 

LOL

Sep 28, 2013 11:44 PM #55
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Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com
President of Retirement Media Inc. - Braselton, GA
55+, Active Adult and Retirement Communities

Good overview  and I think I have seen all of those advantages already in my first month.  Sorry to loose the log in points so early.  But I have done 10 blog posts in my first month, so I have a start.  Took one traing course which was excellent.  Still trying to figure out the goups and the featured postes, but that will  come.

Sep 29, 2013 01:08 AM #56
Ambassador
2,693,831
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Ginger, It's a glitch since the changes.  Most of us aren't seeing the log in points since the upgrade Thursday night.

Robert, glad you're getting a good start and seeing the results!  For groups, it's a way of gathering some extra attention potentially, or finding Rainers with like interests.  Features....well there's no true figuring that out.  Write the best you can and let the chips fall where they may.

 

Sep 29, 2013 03:21 AM #57
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Aaron Jay
City of Trees Realty - Chico, CA
-Keepin' it Real...Estate!-

Thanks for your overview, still trying to figure out how to best use this site.  There are is a lot of good content here.

Sep 30, 2013 05:01 AM #58
Ambassador
2,693,831
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Aaron, A multitude of ways to get the end result that works best for you.  The challenge is figuring out that personal path.

Sep 30, 2013 05:04 AM #59
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John Jonas
ReplaceMyself - Virtual Assistants - Highland, UT
John Jonas

Whenever joining a new community, it often feels like the first day of high school again. Make an effort to know people, interact, and build new relationships. Also, when in doubt, go to the noob guide. 

Oct 02, 2013 10:08 PM #60
Ambassador
2,693,831
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

John, There's a lot of good stuff in the AR guidebook once someone figures out where to find it!

Oct 02, 2013 11:49 PM #61
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Elizabeth Bouchard
Long & Foster Realtors - Arlington, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

Thank you for sharing your post.  I just started being active in the rain a month ago and am fascinated that I see the same names over and over and am beginning to feel I know some of them personally.  I am looking forward to forging business relationships with them.

Oct 04, 2013 05:53 AM #62
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Elizabeth, There are some real regulars here, and you will get to know some of them as friends the more you participate.  Enjoy!

Oct 04, 2013 11:47 AM #63
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