February's Cloudburst of You - 2014

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Love is in the air!  It's a short month so I'll be taking it easy on all you lovebirds.

February's Cloudburst of You

Write 4 Hyperlocal Posts/FAQ's
Leave 65 comments
Set up a Referral Alert*
Create 3 clickable pictures


Write 4 Hyperlocal Posts/FAQ's
I told you I was taking it easy on you didn't I?  Usually it's 5 but this "short" month we'll make it 4.  Although, as we all know, the more quality posts you put out there the more clicks and opportunities to succeed!  If hyperlocal isn't in the cards for your business, please feel free to write 4 FAQ posts.

Leave 65 comments
This is cake, you love your AR family so show them you're reading by leaving comments.  It warms my heart when I see you guys commenting on newer member's posts too.  It really, really sweetens their AR experience.

Set up a Referral Alert
Maybe you've already done this but it's a good refresher to check your alerts anyhow.  You can easily browse available referrals and set up an alert here.  On the left hand side, you'll see Referral Alerts to begin creating yours.  If you're not an agent, don't fret.  Write a post about your services and locations offered. 

Create 3 clickable pictures
The idea of your blog post is to capture an audience and if they don't call you from your AR profile, let's lead them to your website through links in your blog posts.  Many times we use words as a hyperlink but photos can be very powerful too. 

  • Download a photo on a site like here or here
  • Upload that photo to a site like this or that to add text to your photo like these ones:











Once you've saved your final products, make your photo a hyperlink in your blog. Upload the photo to your blog just as you normally would.  Then highlight the picture and click the 'insert/edit link' icon from the tool bar to paste your website's url in there.  Make three of these and use them in any 3 blog posts this month.  Hold on to them to use in future blog posts too; hey maybe you even put one in your signature line.   

Once you're done, fill out the below form and in early March 1,500 lovely points will be yours!



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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning, Kerrie - February's Cloudburst was great. Just wanted to thank you for walking us through the procedure for making a clickable, captioned photo. PicMonkey is now my 'go to' application for writing captions--so easy and quite versatile.

PS: My "let it rain" shirt seems to be working--nice rainy days here yesterday and expected for tomorrow. And what a great conversation opener the shirt has been!

Feb 26, 2014 10:10 PM #82
ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists

Hi Kerrie, I just completed the Feb Cloudburst form.  Two of my clickable pictures weren't downloaded from the sites that you recommended.  I made them on my own and I hope they still qualify.  Thank you! ~Eric

Feb 27, 2014 12:14 AM #83
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Thanks for another great contest Kerrie, all done finally

Feb 27, 2014 01:29 AM #84
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Love the new stuff I learn in the Rain!  DONE!

Feb 27, 2014 03:11 AM #85
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

OK!  Whew!  Finished at last!  The clickable photo thing is really catching on, at least with me.

Feb 27, 2014 05:44 AM #86
Tracy Lee Parker

I really like the clickable photo. Thanks for always helping us be better :)

Feb 27, 2014 06:03 AM #87
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Done - thanks much. Learned the photo click trick. :) 

Feb 27, 2014 06:09 AM #88
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

This was fun. Completed the last requirement today. Form submitted.

Feb 27, 2014 09:38 AM #89
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Submitted with one day to spare.  Looking forward to March Cloudburst.  

Feb 27, 2014 10:19 AM #90
Kaye Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate Roseville CA - Roseville, CA
Your Roseville Real Estate Agent

Oh my - I did so good last month but got too busy offline this month so never did finish. Thanks for a fun challenge tho 

Feb 27, 2014 02:08 PM #91
Bahman Davani, CM at Texas Five Star Realty, Plano, TX (214) 457-7055
Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas - Frisco, TX
Homes for Sale in Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Allen TX

Completed and submitted. First the form didn't go through due to time exceeded, but the second time went through successfully. If for some reason, you don't get it, please let me know ASAP. Thanks.

Feb 27, 2014 07:57 PM #92
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Completed and submitted, a fun February at ActiveRain  :-)


Feb 27, 2014 11:08 PM #93
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Finished and submitted with hours to spare. 

Feb 28, 2014 08:15 AM #94
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I do love the clickable photos which are simple to do once you know the trick. Thank you Connie Harvey for the tip.

Feb 28, 2014 08:31 AM #95
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Just submitted my entries ,,,this one was one of your best....Thanks!

Feb 28, 2014 08:40 AM #96
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Completed and done.  Fun contest!

Feb 28, 2014 12:09 PM #97
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Me, too, Margaret Rome! It's my little ones birthday today and I have lots to prepare but I only needed one more post to complete the cloudburst ... so I did it

Feb 28, 2014 12:50 PM #98
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I almost forgot about submitting the form - and clickable links, too.

A new referral alert should bring me some referrals, I guess. Thanks for making us work for our business, Kerrie.

Feb 28, 2014 02:42 PM #99
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

I clicked on the link I received in mid March and ended up here. I am in awe as it appears that AR has created a virtual time machine!!!  Sweet!!

Mar 18, 2014 01:22 PM #100
Deanna Casalino
Remax Realty Group - Estero, FL
Fort Myers Florida Homes,

Great, I'm looking forward to this challenge. I've already set up my referral alert. Thanks for sharing that with me. I didn't know it was there

Feb 02, 2015 04:41 AM #101
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