Mobilecomcamp comes to Gig Harbor.

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I’m headed over the Narrows Bridge from Tacoma to Gig Harbor this afternoon with my good friend and coworker Janet Matzke. Our (friendly reconnaissance) mission is to scout historic downtown Gig Harbor thinking it would be a great new location for our #mobilecomcamp 3 clock hour class.

Gig Harbor Marina

Now that we're here and walking along Harborview Drive and looking over the shops and the boats in the marina, I know this is a perfect place for our class. It's so much of what I love about the Pacific Northwest. 

The class is about marketing your community, and that in fact is marketing you. I’m awestruck for a moment when I remember being here as a kid and today I’m walking down Harborview Drive with an iPhone 6 Plus in hand snapping photos and video, taking a few calls, responding to emails and text messages, posting to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and my Tumblr blog and I Googled several times for some local info. Once upon a time, who’d a thought?

Gig Harbor oldtimer walking down Harborview Drive.

A big marketing strategy shift for me this last year is turning a lot of my focus towards small locally owned businesses. I’m taking the class into these neighborhoods with great results and have found that most local businesses are now using the social platforms to get their word out. So let's play!

Gig Harbor and Mt Rainier

Janet and I talked to several business owners that afternoon. We stopped at art galleries, used and vintage bookstores, a music store, coffee shops, the marina, and had a wonderful lunch at El Pueblito, Mexican restaurant.

Java & Clay Cafe on Harborview Dr in Historic downtown Gig Harbor

The point I’m getting to is one of personal reward and referrals. I’m a big believer as a raconteur, instructor, student, and member of community... “Practice what you preach and demonstrate it.” So that old saying, "action's speak louder than words", still rings true! 

I really enjoyed the encounters we had with local business owners and staff. They got what we were doing and embraced the fact that while we were having the class we were going to create some social media buzz for them via Instagram, Yelp, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. 

Janet Matzke outfront Gallery Row in Gig Harbor

Of course we’re a clock hour class and there’s a 3 hour plan in place, but it's so much fun to get out of the classroom and interact with the locals while your learning something.  

Happy laughing Buddha at Wild Birds Unlimited, Gig Harbor

As a community, we’re in it together. When you win, I win. I enjoy the fact I’m connected to your success and they are to mine. I’m simply here, engaging you and your audience and because I enjoy your products, service, and expertise, I acknowledge, support, and share it.

Our first session of  Mobile Communication Boot Camp(aka) #mobilecomcamp in Gig Harbor was a big success and happened on February 9, 2016... We all had a lot of fun, mission accomplished! The class is for real estate brokers and we use Instagram, Yelp, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to craft a mobile marketing strategy that embraces location, lifestyle, and community...

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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Rene - That sounds like a fascinating class - you need to think about taking it a bit further on the road - like Colorado.

Feb 15, 2016 08:12 AM #1
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Thanks Dick Greenberg !! I'd love to take it to Colorado. I'll have to give my pals at Firstam a call... We've got an office in Fort Collins! :O)

Feb 15, 2016 08:38 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rene- I agree with Dick Greenberg You need to look at taking it on the road!!  BTW- loved getting to see Gig Harbor. 

Feb 15, 2016 11:12 AM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I am a huge fan of actions speaking louder than words.  And I would love to be in your class.

Feb 15, 2016 11:16 AM #4
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Looking forward to exactly that, Kathy Streib !! We did a trial run back in August in Orlando, Florida and it was well received! I've done several tweaks to it since then and it would be fun to take it on the road! Speaking of which, I'm headed to Eastern Washington tomorrow to Spokane. We'll be doing the class at River Park Square on Thursday. Thanks! And, isn't Gig Harbor such a beautiful place!

Feb 15, 2016 11:57 AM #5
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

:O) Tammy Lankford ... me too! Thanks! It would be fun to take it on the road as a great reason to visit my AR pals!

Feb 15, 2016 11:58 AM #6
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Rene.  While what you are carrying with you today has changed a great deal from the past, it looks as though the town has maintained is old time charm.  Mark

PS.... so good to see you.  Been a long while.  Mark

Feb 15, 2016 12:19 PM #7
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Thanks Mark... Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint ... Indeed, I think back then I probably had a pocket knife and/or a flat river rock that was always in my pocket for good luck. :O) Good to see you too, Mark! Yes, it has been too long. Hope you're doing great and life is good!

Feb 15, 2016 12:28 PM #8
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Rene, oh how I love Travels with Rene! Rene Goes Local! Local Class brought to you by Rene! 

Anyway, I just think you're one of the most interesting and innovative people I have had the pleasure to have had lunch with. Yup, look at all of those AR peeps that want you to come to their town. 

                                                      Our Town

                                                       with Rene

....ok, I'll stop now. 

Feb 15, 2016 01:04 PM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Gig Harbor looks and sounds like such a nice place!  I am glad that your boot camp was a great success!

Feb 15, 2016 10:41 PM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are embracing the best of both worlds - technology and good old fashioned face to face. In my opinion, that's the way to do business these days.  We can't sit behind a computer and say we're part of our community.  Love what you're doing, Roy. Our office is growing, we may have to have you return to Vancouver for a class! 

Feb 15, 2016 11:26 PM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi René -  I am not surprised that so many people have embaced this.  All they needed was a great teacher like you.

Feb 16, 2016 04:38 AM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Rene' - Those are absolutley amazing scenes of Gig Harbor!

CONGRATULATIONS Rene', on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!

Feb 16, 2016 09:12 AM #13
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
HomeSmart International - Phoenix, AZ

Renee Arizona would love to have you bring this class too! Should I fire up the banana jet?

Feb 21, 2016 06:36 AM #14
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