ActiveRain Introduces Mobile Notifications

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

In May of 2015, 34% of the traffic on ActiveRain came from a mobile phone.  The growth we are experiencing on that area of the site is tremendous and we love that the community is taking full advantage of it!

ActiveRain has made a major investment in the past year to make sure that your blog posts look amazing on a mobile device.  But, did you also know that we've been building out a mobile web experience that helps you to connect, share, and learn with your peers in the community?

All of our development has been on "mobile web" version of the site.  This is not an app that you need to download.  The majority of our users on ActiveRain are consumers visiting the site so our focus is on making you look great on their phone in a normal web browser. 

In our latest software release (June 8, 2015), we introduced three more pieces of the puzzle to help you stay connected on the go:


Notification Alerts

With our mobile notification alerts, every time you visit ActiveRain on your phone you'll see a bright orange indicator to alert you to new activity on your content.  This smart system of notifications helps you to stay plugged in to all of the conversations happening in the Rain.



My Home Page

The My Home page is a one-stop-shop to see all of the activity on your account.  You can filter what kind of information appears on the page and manage it like an inbox by deleting events that no longer matter to you.

The page reports all of these events:

  • Messages from contact forms
  • New followers
  • Blog likes
  • Comments received
  • Comment likes
  • Reblogged
  • Referral requests
  • Referral alerts
  • Question likes
  • Answers received
  • Answers Upvoted
  • Tagged in someone else's content

This is the most highly trafficked page by members on our site!



Contact Form Messages (Lead Alerts)

One of the biggest business drivers for our members is when a visitor to ActiveRain submits the contact form on the side of their blog or profile page.  Common examples of the kinds of contacts arriving on these forms.

Hi, I have clients who are interested in buying a home in one of the Chicago suburbs...possibly Oswego. I'd like to refer them to you if you are interested.

I see that many people recommend your service. Do you have time for an inspection on Monday (May 4th)?

I spoke to you recently about buying a condo in the UT area since my wife is now teaching in UT. We've found one we're interested in.  I need to get a preapproval letter so please send me the required forms ASAP. 

In our June 8th release, we built the "Message" page in a mobile friendly format so you can quickly respond to your leads and make a great first impression.



What Else Can I Do On My Phone?

If you are new to ActiveRain (or just haven't been paying attention for the past 12 months!), you can also access all of the functionality listed below on your phone. Click on these links from your phone to check them out.

  • Home Page - A real-time feed of the most popular content on ActiveRain.
  • Points - View your point accumulation over the past two months.
  • Following - View the people you are following and filter the list by location and profession.
  • Followers - View the members who are following YOU and easily follow them in return.
  • Ask a Question - Pose a new question to the ActiveRain community.
  • Blog Home - Search through the latest and greatest blog posts on ActiveRain, including a filter to only view blog posts written by people you follow.
  • Question Home - See the peer-to-peer questions that are driving the most engagement.
  • Bookmarks (unique link for each person) - Access the questions and blog posts bookmarked on your account.
  • My Blog (unique link for each person) - View all of the blog posts published to your account.


And our favorite page of all:


Because if you don't log in to the site, you don't get to enjoy any of the features mentioned above.


If you haven't experienced the ActiveRain mobile site now is the time!

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  1. Ginger Harper 06/08/2015 09:45 AM
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Faith LaRosse
Springer Realty Group - Wyomissing, PA
Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties

Interesting information- but for me, my visit to Activerain is first thing in the morning.  I sometimes have a little difficulty pulling myself away in order to maintain my time management goals, having it with me all day could be a problem for me.  I most likely won't be accessing from my phone, but it's good to know that updates are always happening! 

Jun 09, 2015 02:55 AM #52
Paula McDaniel
The Paula McDaniel Group with Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC - Chattanooga, TN
Voted Best of the Best Chattanooga Realtor 9 Years

That is wonderful. Thank you for adding the update. 

Jun 09, 2015 03:35 AM #53
Anne Edwards Johnson
JP and Associates - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260

Do we need to take some steps to install an app or signal the mobile application on our AR profile or home page? 

Jun 09, 2015 04:17 AM #54
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I primarily access AR through my laptop and my tablet. Good to know you are making it mobile friendly!

Jun 09, 2015 04:18 AM #55
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Thank you for the great info & working so hard to get us these great features. You help us stay on the cutting edge.

Jun 09, 2015 04:21 AM #56
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Mobile is the way to go.  It is amazing how phones are still called phones when they are probably used ony 10% of the time to make calls with, the rest of the time, they are used for:

  • GPS
  • Camera
  • MP3 players
  • calendars
  • email
  • text
  • watching movies
  • etc.
Jun 09, 2015 04:40 AM #57
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

I think this will be very helpful, thank you for another tool we can use to keep in touch with our bloggosphere.  Thanks , keep it up !

Jun 09, 2015 06:10 AM #58
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Thanks for that.  Our mobile phones are really our communication centers now

Jun 09, 2015 07:25 AM #59
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

This mobile friendly move just goes to show that AR is keeping up with the times. 

Jun 09, 2015 07:26 AM #60
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

This is something very important.  Thanks for getting this going for us.

Jun 09, 2015 08:54 AM #61
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

It's so important that a business be mobile-friendly these days.  Your efforts on my (and my business') behalf is greatly appreciated ... thank you!


Jun 09, 2015 11:25 AM #62
Nick, Cindy & Nicholas Davis
RE/MAX Premier Group - Tampa, FL

We love this new feature. Thanks for keeping Active Rain up to date!

Nick & Cindy Davis

Jun 09, 2015 11:10 PM #63
Jodie Carpine
OurHouse - Spokane, WA
Owner/Designated Broker, ABR, AHWD, ePro, GRI, MRP

I'm with Anne Johnson  "Do we need to take some steps to install an app or signal the mobile application on our AR profile or home page?"  or do we just access ActiveRain on our phone's browser? 

Jun 10, 2015 01:46 AM #64
Kris Neese
ActiveRain - Bellevue, WA
Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain

Jodie Carpine and Anne Johnson , you just use your phone's browser. No app downloads needed.  Just tap the menu icon (image below) once you're there and you can login.

Jun 10, 2015 01:54 AM #65
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

Great enhancements for mobile users that will benefit everyone. Thank you 

Jun 10, 2015 10:08 AM #66
R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

While I agree that its a good idea to make the pages look good on the buyer's phone, an app would be nice....



Jun 11, 2015 07:04 AM #67
Catherine Robles
American Lighthouse Estates, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Lighting the Way to the American Dream

Great News! Just a thought, but will there also be an active rain mobile app? (i havent checked in my store). I have an andriod. 



Jun 11, 2015 09:18 AM #68
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Thanks for the updates and all the incredible things one can do on their mobile device.

Jul 30, 2015 12:30 PM #69
Toney B. Black, Sr., MBA
Allen Tate Realtors - Concord, NC
"Your Realtor of Choice" Integrity 1st

It's been a while since I've been on AR. I am looking forward to the mobile application. I have may have missed it, but is there an app already?

Oct 26, 2015 05:33 AM #70
Barbara Birinyi
Quitman, TX
TX Real Estate Broker - Horse Property Specialist

I'm so impressed with the mobile site features...words can't describe it. Thank you BEN and AR.

Jan 08, 2016 11:37 PM #71
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