Ask An Ambassador: The Ripple Effect

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

Once I form a habit I can tend to be a bit obsessive about continuing.  I blog daily.  Period.  I'm not one to take an excuse from myself for not blogging, and yes, that means sometimes I'm sitting at a keyboard late in the evening putting out one more blog post that I hope causes the phone to ring someday. 

orange coneflowerIn the same vein, I've gotten it in my head that a flower picture a day posted on Facebook can make a difference.  So for the last 44 days and counting, I've posted a flower picture on my personal Facebook page.  It's a Speak Life approach and my personal antidote to all the political brawling.  Those flowers are all from our home flower gardens, shot with my "ancient" cell phone.  No special equipment or software, those photos are unfiltered, unaltered, uncropped, un-everything.  They're 100% natural (as well as pixels can be). Some shots turn out better than I have any right to hope for and when they do, I see the ripple effect.

A Like here, a Share there and I'm reaching people that normally aren't in my sphere.  Friends of friends, the ripple travels out of my sight.  Drop another photo the next day and the ripples roll away from me to reach more unexpected destinations.  My hope? That the pictures reach someone that needs an uplifting moment, a glimpse into the beauty of God's handiwork that is there for us to discover if we just open our eyes to see.


Being a dedicated blogger has the same effect.  I'm writing to people that I both know and don't know.  Dropping those blog post pebbles in the water, plink, plink, plunk, day after day.  Keep doing it enough and the status quo is disturbed.  Those "giants" that own page 1 don't see us coming, but here we come, a match here and a match there as home buyers and sellers query Google.  Pick your topics wisely, develop a niche and steadily you become the agent that the public HAS to find because you're EVERYWHERE!  And once they find you, your phone will ring more and more often.

Blogging might not be the quickest way to build your business, but if you work the ripple effect, write content that reaches others that have a need for it, you'll get the results you're after.


Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz


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Comments (14)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Life is so much more interesting when it is appreciated in all its various aspects. Just talking real estate is a big yawn after a while, and definitely ignored if that is all there is...Flower Power works  A

Aug 01, 2017 04:08 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I try to mix in a bit of the personal here and there.  People want to know they're not hiring a robot.

Aug 01, 2017 05:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bill- I have to agree with Ron and Alexandra Seigel it helps to add variety to what we do, including our posts. It adds a layer to the person that we get to see and it lets us know you better. 

Aug 01, 2017 04:41 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's good to know a bit beyond just the professional.

Aug 01, 2017 05:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill we have no secrets and not bad for what the challenge requirements asked for, love it how quickly you managed to put this one out:) are you on vacation from day job??Endre

Aug 01, 2017 05:16 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Nope, just perfect timing at the end of my work day.  My topic for the day was close enough to what Jim wanted to make some changes and roll with it.

Aug 01, 2017 05:56 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Bill love it when the stars align:))Endre

Aug 02, 2017 11:36 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Anytime I see the word "ripple," I'm reminded of that James Foley poem that starts "Drop a pebble in the water; just a splash and it is gone; But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to sea And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be." Then the poem talks about how a negative comment can have far reaching effects, as can a positive one.  Your flower photos may be sending positivity to people far away from you. That's such a wonderful thought.


Aug 02, 2017 03:46 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Kat, That's a good poem and not one I'd heard know that engineering thing, not much for poetry :) 

Aug 02, 2017 07:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bill,

I couldn't agree more..the ripple effect is a good way to put it. Mixing in a bit of the personal side here and there definitely lets people know you're not a robot!

Aug 02, 2017 05:02 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's the challenge to keep enough of the personal in there to keep it interesting, but enough of the business side that the phone keeps ringing.

Aug 02, 2017 07:41 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I guess I'll need to reach out to you on FB to see your flower pictures--they sound lovely, and indeed would be a glorious treat to see rather than so many acrimonious posts.

Aug 02, 2017 09:16 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Just sent you a friend request :)

Aug 02, 2017 09:30 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I do the same as you, Bill. I tend to take my camera everywhere and snap away at the flowers I see, frequently sharing on Facebook. Like you, I think it's good to let people see our personal side. I found this through the August link to Being Human. 

Aug 02, 2017 12:49 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Pat, I'm enjoying this time of year as we get the reward for the years of work we've done (and continue to do) in our flower gardens.  So many blooms to enjoy and share :)

Aug 02, 2017 01:01 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That first sentence about how once you form a habit you can become obsessive about it, sounds so very much like me.  I sometimes really need to reassess if those habits are serving me well.

Aug 03, 2017 02:56 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Someone I'm married to thinks the blogging daily is a habit I could probably ease up on :)

Aug 03, 2017 03:43 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Oh, and I meant to mention that the picture with the peach colored flower is absolutely gorgeous!

Aug 03, 2017 02:57 AM
Liz and Bill Spear


Aug 03, 2017 03:43 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Bill -- what a smart way to tie in your "new" FB habit, a contest and consistency all together in a nice package.  I like how you have decided to address the political tug-of-war that is occurring in social media with the efforts from your garden.   I imagine it's therapeutic on multiple levels and definitely a better way to toss around some dirt.  

Aug 03, 2017 04:40 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It is calming and I enjoy the results of the gardening.  I've found those flower beds to be much more fertile than the political battlefields despite there being so much manure spread :)

Aug 03, 2017 03:44 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

For me, this was a very soothing post that reminded me that we all need to slow down for a moment and appreciate the simple things.  I really needed that this morning.

Aug 03, 2017 05:43 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Even if just for a few minutes, that new habit means I'm looking through my phone finding a good shot I haven't shared yet.

Aug 03, 2017 03:45 PM
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

A blog post every day. 

Heavy sigh. 

Aug 04, 2017 07:49 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

A stubborn habit :)

Aug 21, 2017 11:17 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Very impressive that you maintain such commitment to both blogging and flower sharing. Loved this entry to the August challenge!

Aug 21, 2017 11:15 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Past 60 days on the flower posts, will keep going as long as I have some blossoms to work with :)

Aug 21, 2017 11:18 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

A flower a day is an awesome goal. And the ripple effect really does work. Blogging daily is a commitment that works because of the content and even more so for the consistency. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 27, 2019 09:35 PM