August Challenge- get some new reviews

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695
https://activerain.com/droplet/5dDS

This is a personal challenge for me as well as a challenge for all of you. If it's easy for you to ask and get reviews then yay, it's some extra points. If it's not, like it's not for me then get out of your comfort zone and ask those clients to help  you out.

When you buy something do you look at the reviews on line?  I sure do.  I recently bought a product that I had in my shopping cart, then I decided to read the reviews and changed my mind.  25% of the reviews said "this product is trash, don't waste your money". I ended up searching for days and paying a lot more than I expected, but getting the kitchen-aid that had 90% great reviews.  

It made me realize that potentially prospective clients that find my website might want to know what other people's experience is with me.  Back when zillow started reviews I asked a few people and so I had some good reviews on line, but frankly it looked like I hadn't had a client in 5 years and I thought... gosh I need to get some fresher reviews added so I've been working on trying, but I'm going to do this challenge with you.

 In August get 5 new reviews/testimonies from past clients.

You get 100 points for each up to 5 and a bonus points of 250 if one of them is a video testimony.  Then write a post and put links (or screen shots) to the new reviews/testimonies s and write about how you went about asking these past clients to do this for you. 

Asking people to review me is something I personally struggle with and am working to overcome.  I recently got two new ones and I also recently got a client who hired me because of my reviews they found posted on zillow.com 

And on a side note an additional post could be written/required to discuss opinions of where reviews are most important and why the writer thinks so. and an additional 250 points for that post. This part can even be done by folks who aren't actively still in the business and looking to have reviews on line. You can still share your experience and ideas for asking clients for reviews.

That would mean that a possible 1000 points could be available.

To enter in ONE comment here post a link to your posts... it could just the one or both posts but please wait until you have completed the challenge before leaving links to both posts in a single comment.

Deadline for this contest is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on August 31st.

 

 

 

 

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Melissa Jackson
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Tammy Lankford, this is out of my comfort zone, Why? I don't know.  Something I don't follow thru.  I will enjoy reading the entries and may try to participate.

Aug 02, 2018 07:27 PM #36
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR I'd love to read about how you go about asking.

Lisa Von Domek  me on on reading them

Melissa Jackson I'm right there with you.  I hope you'll give a try.

Aug 02, 2018 08:31 PM #37
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Tammy Lankford, What a good idea for August's contest...I just wrote one. Thanks for the challenge.

Aug 02, 2018 08:43 PM #38
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Patricia Feager
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Tammy Lankford, - Easier said than done... I'm not sure if I can paticipate. I know I won't be able to do videos.

Good luck with the contest and thank you for agreeing to do this one. 

Aug 02, 2018 09:29 PM #39
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Saw the title earlier Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland , gotta get over there and read it, of course there is sleep too. LOL

Patricia Feager of course you can.  If *I* can do it ANYONE can.

Aug 02, 2018 09:32 PM #40
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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This is a great challenge with a wonderful benefit (the power of a good review).

Aug 03, 2018 02:43 AM #41
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Anne Corbin
Fritz Realty LLC - Spotsylvania, VA
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My question is are there review sites that don't charge? I have a site called REALSATISFIED that does a good job but they want me to pay for the review access.

Aug 03, 2018 10:29 AM #42
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
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This is a good idea, Tammy. I often let this slip by. I will be mindful of it this month and add some new reviews.  D

Aug 03, 2018 11:19 AM #43
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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
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This is a challenge I feel we should try to implement monthly and yearly both.  The easier it is for someone to actually write the review, the easier it is to gather them and take over any negative reviews from the past.  

Aug 03, 2018 11:21 AM #44
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faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty - Branson, MO
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Reviews are such an important part of building a brand. I love this idea you have!

Aug 04, 2018 05:51 AM #45
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
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Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I definitely got one new client because of my Zillow biography and I'm sure they read my reviews as well. Do need to concentrate on getting more so this is a good reminder.

Aug 04, 2018 08:27 PM #46
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
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This may have been asked, so I apologize, I didn't read through all the comments, but does it matter where the testimonial is posted? We post them here in our active rain profile and I write a post. We don't ask for Zillow or yelp or other site reviews at this time. If we get the written reviews and just post them here is that sufficient? Thanks! Good challenge. -Kasey

Aug 07, 2018 10:34 AM #47
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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With photos of the actual written review they would Kasey & John Boles , but can I ask why would wouldn't want reviews on your profile in a place that buyers might be searching for them?  Do you have a facebook business page? A google business listing?  There are so many places you could have them.

Aug 08, 2018 10:22 PM #48
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Tammy Lankford, our brokerage has a feedback form that we send out at the end of transactions asking questions about how the transaction went, who their agent was, and if they are willing to write a review that we can put on marketing material and blogs/websites, etc. They write the review on that feedback form and we can use it how we'd like according to their consent, but we don't specifically ask them to go to places like Zillow/Yelp to review us. We have 5-star reviews on those sites, but not because we actively reach out to people to do it. 

Here is an example of what we do now. In fact, I am posting one tomorrow that I want to be able to include for this contest:

https://activerain.com/profile/kaseyboles (Scroll down to see all of our testimonials, the most recent I have posted is June 13th, but I'll have a new one or two tomorrow on there.)

https://activerain.com/blogsview/5234043/great-clients--great-agent--john-boles---boise--idaho (This is an example of a blog post I do with a review we receive from that feedback form.)

Here is our Zillow profile: 

https://www.zillow.com/profile/boisemeridianre/

Are you saying I need to take a screenshot of the feedback form that they fill out for our company questionnaire in order to satisfy the guidelines of this challenge? 

Thanks! -Kasey

Aug 08, 2018 10:41 PM #49
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Here's one entry for me, Tammy. Does this work? I'll also see about adding it to my AR profile or Facebook page.

A Heartfelt Thank You from an Out-Of-State Seller

Aug 09, 2018 09:21 AM #50
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Dorie Dillard
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Here's my first one...

Raving Fans of The Maxwell House Group 

 

 
Thank you so much for hosting this, Tammy!
Aug 14, 2018 09:27 AM #52
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Yes Kasey & John Boles using a screen shot or photo of the feedback form in a post (as long as it's dated in August) counts.  And while I checked out your zillow page it's been more than a year since there was a new review.  My point of this challenge is that we all have some new reviews everywhere. :)  

Aug 14, 2018 09:46 AM #53
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Laura Filip
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It is interesting how I take a step to not ask for reviews. My thoughts are I do not want to bother them... so yesterday I said hmmm let's just ask and see what happens... Asked three clients to give me a five star review and all three responded with a positive statement. So why do we hesitate to request a review???? 

Aug 14, 2018 11:40 AM #54
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Laura Filip we GIVE of ourselves in this industry and it's tough to ask someone to give something back. At least that's how I see it.  But generally speaking you are rewarded with them being happy to help you back like you were.  We have to overcome our hesitation in asking.

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