Okay, jumping up on my soapbox today. For those of you who actually 'get' this, please forgive my rant in advance!
We have a feature here on ActiveRain. It's called the "Referral Exchange." It's one of the primary tabs, right there at the top of your AR page. It's for the expressed purpose of passing referral clients between our members. Here's the definition/requirements clearly stated on the referral submission page:
"The Referral Exchange is the place for members to effectively pass/share client referrals with one another. A referral is a 'live' client contact, someone who is seriously considering either buying or selling a home in the near future. The Referral Network IS NOT a place to advertise your listings, promote your development, or solicit 'potential' referral partners for some unknown possibility down the road. It is ONLY for members to share/pass actual 'live' clients who need a real estate professional to assist them now."
The Referral Exchange IS NOT a means of promoting yourself as a 'potential' referree or referrer. It's only for passing 'live' clients who are legitimately in the process of buying or selling real estate. PERIOD!
If you want to promote yourself as a potential referral partner, then NETWORK! Yes, that's right. NETWORK! That's why it's called the ActiveRain Real Estate NETWORK. You interact with other agents, you develop meaningful relationships, you NETWORK.
Every time someones DUMPS their self-serving, self-promoting 'so-called' referral into our system, it automatically alerts members who have genuinely taken the time to input their specific market area. Imagine their disappointment when they respond, only to find that the 'referral' is not actually a 'referral,' but is your inconsiderate tease.
How can I say this diplomatically, maintaining my professional composure as an ActiveRain Community Builder?
"STOP DUMPING YOUR ADS INTO THE REFERRAL EXCHANGE! IT DESTROYS THE VALUE OF THIS FEATURE!
Okay, rant over. Continue with what you were doing....
ActiveRain Community Builder/Social Media Guy