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Two months ago while traveling, I saw a commercial wherein Barbara Corcoran is endorsing a local real estate team. I googled the team, curious as to their online reputation and was surprised to see their online footprint was weak and they had a few bad reviews.

This concerned me as we no longer sit around with a pen and paper while watching TV, waiting to write down phone numbers we see in commercials. Most of us, if interested in the product or service will just google it.

Daily on my computer I see Realtor ads pop up on my screen from my favorite remarketing vendor, Adwerx. Again, curious, I google the agents and teams advertising online. Some look great and others not so much.

I get postcards and mailings at home from local Realtors and I am always curious as to their online presence. Same results.

You pay for marketing every month. Internet, TV, radio and print. You may pay for leads. There are times however where you are not seeing the activity promised you by your vendor representative. Before you complain, you might want to google yourself to see what your prospects are seeing when they look at your online presence. I conducted a poll to see how satisfied advertisers were with their lead results and compared that data with their online presence. The agents with a solid online presence received at least twice as many leads.

In 2014, Placester and T3Experts conducted research regarding online reviews. They found 85% of consumers use online reviews to evaluate local businesses and professionals. They also found 90% trusted peer recommendations like online reviews 6.5 times more then traditional advertising. The percentages of consumers looking to online reviews for Realtors is growing each year.

This makes sense, right? If consumers see your marketing and they google you and you have gold stars everywhere they are motivated to reach out to you.

You need to have a well rounded review presence. Don't put all your eggs in the Zillow basket. If you are a Zillow client you had better have Zillow reviews considering there will be other agents in the search results but you want to focus on Google, Facebook and Yelp. You want to look well rounded as my client Team Ratcliffe does on page one of Google.

The takeaway: You will see more leads and higher conversions if your online reputation is as shiny as your marketing.

(If I don't capitalize "google", I am using it as a verb)




Scott Hoen
Carson City, NV
Carson City Clerk Recorder / Public Administrator

Yelp and Google Alerts - stay on top of your reputation for sure

Apr 27, 2016 10:05 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Chris CJ Hays - You were my first contact (Marketing Director) at Virtual Results. I still have a fantastic relationship with that team in big part to you! I am upgrading my website once again.  My husband has been working on my SEO for many years now and I have a huge positive presence on the web. Everything you state is true and you can quote me! BTW - Welcome to ActiveRain!  Looking forward to your future posts.  

Apr 27, 2016 10:08 PM
CJ Hays

Thank you!

Apr 28, 2016 01:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've been very diligent in putting out my testimonials in multiple venues, Chris, in the past couple of years.

Apr 27, 2016 10:25 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Start your day with C.J. that's all I know

Apr 27, 2016 10:43 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

CJ, interesting read, and did not know Barbara was endorsing real estate companies for a fee.   Not sure how that would help us here in Denver.    Our on-line footprint is so important to bring in business!  

Apr 27, 2016 11:38 PM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Your online and offline reputation is huge but I still see people working with new agents that simply pick up the phone, hmmmm....

Apr 27, 2016 11:42 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I do a great job with my online presentation. It's hard work but as you say, paying someone for an endorsement & then not showing up in the #1 way your home is sold is not good.

Apr 27, 2016 11:46 PM
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

Ya know, I thought I had heard of Adwerx before, but had not checked them out until I just clicked on your link.  I am headed back over to their site to see what they have to offer...

You are absolutely right about checking yourself out - and it is more than Google,  best be including Bing and Yahoo.  A LOT of folks use something other than "G" and I suspect more will.

Thanks again for the tip on Adwerx!

Apr 28, 2016 12:11 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi CJ -  Welcome to Active Rain, and thanks for sharing your sage advice about checking and strengthening our online presence. I got discouraged a few years ago when Yelp! tossed out all my reviews, and haven't paid as much attention to what's online as I should.

BTW--I love your title, "Marketing Emancipator" is brilliant.

Apr 28, 2016 12:27 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Yes, one needs to have online presence.  However, mls is still the source people go look for homes wanting to talk to a live person interviewing ......

Apr 28, 2016 01:03 AM
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

I have google alerts set up for my name, google then emails me whenever someone googles me (ok, so that almost seems like a tongue twister!)  I also google myself from time to time to check on my online reputation. 

Apr 28, 2016 05:09 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Hey CJ - It's MC! Congrats on a well deserved Featured Post. I'm guilty of having too many reviews on Zulia and not enough elsewhere. Great reminder to ask clients to post in multiple places.

Apr 28, 2016 05:38 AM
CJ Hays


Apr 28, 2016 05:51 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I am tempted to start the review/testimonials but have held back because I ask customers what they think of online reviews. Most say they don't trust them. 

Apr 28, 2016 05:54 AM
CJ Hays

Statistics don't lie and I live or die based upon statistics. In fact in the past year the perceantages of consumers trusting onoine reviews has increased. If you only have a couple of reviews I would have to think about it. If I had great reviews on multible review systems, I would totally trust that.


Apr 28, 2016 05:58 AM
Laura Filip

Thank you for sharining your thoughts and I agree most do not take the time to look at a review online ... they will ask a friend , family member and or co worker before they will go online . They may go online after they ask who to look up but not just look up   for the sake of looking up a realtor. 

Apr 28, 2016 09:19 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Appreciated your post and agree that we must be aware of our online presence and be pro-active to keep it accurate and up-to-date.  And to take the time to respond professionally to any negative to bring it back to a positive.

Apr 28, 2016 03:51 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

CJ Hays - very well put.

The moment someone learns about you - the first thing they do is 'Google Me'!

Apr 29, 2016 02:55 PM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

With educated consumers these days, the first thing they do is go to the internet and google real estate agents... I'm disappointed Barbara Corcoran is endorsing agent she probably knows nothing about, didn't research them before putting her stamp of endorsement on them... or is just plain greedy getting paid for her endorsement.  

Apr 29, 2016 11:46 PM
CJ Hays

It's not actually her, it is the marketing company selling this product but she or her representive should look at that agent first

Apr 30, 2016 11:19 AM
Jack Tenold
Jack Tenold LLC - Spokane, WA
Specializing in Reverse Mortgages

Congratulations on your featured blog.  Well deserved because the information is so timely and so important to us all.  Intellectually we know we have to keep up on this stuff but it is so easy to put it on the back burner when things get busy.  Guess I better get online and do some personal online searching.  Thanks for the good information and welcome to the Rain.   

Apr 30, 2016 05:55 AM
CJ Hays


Apr 30, 2016 11:19 AM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

When I'm looking for a referral agent, I always check out his or her online presence.  A personal website is a must.  

Apr 30, 2016 10:49 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Excellent post & that Corcoran ad comes on in our area with a so called professional who has been cited for deceptive advertising & fined...people should not believe what they see online but they do CJ...how easy it is to dupe the public again!

May 09, 2016 09:08 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

These days people do not make decisions without reading online reviews....unless it is a good referral.


Dec 17, 2017 02:22 AM