Asking for reviews isn’t so hard after all!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

Tammy Lankford, is hosting an August Challenge to get some new reviews! This is just the kick in the pants I needed to ramp up my Yelp page with reviews. I went to town and added photos and re-wrote my write up. Then I made a list of sellers and buyers I’ve worked with this year and emailed them telling them I was working hard on my Yelp image and would they help me out by writing a review.

I was astounded by the immediate response and now I have 4 new reviews that posted with 5 stars and another 2 new 5 star reviews that didn’t make the algorithm cut landing below with another old review that didn’t make the light of day!



 Alan May    is the one that made me direct my attention to my Yelp account. I’ve not made it a priority and after looking at Alan’s Yelp and saw 15 reviews I knew I had to step up my game. Alan’s site is very impressive and he isn’t paying Yelp. I agree the more reviews I can garner the higher up on their list I can raise.

Now a challenge to Alan May (within this challenge)..I added photos and don’t see any on your site and I know you must have some great ones! I also don’t see a bio of I missing it under Business and History? I’m new to this so I might not be looking in the right place.

Tammy thank you for the contest it’s a personal challenge for all of us and I’m so glad I made time to make contact with my clients (just another touch) and request their help. I’m going to continue building my Yelp..the more reviews the better!

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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Dorie, what a great response. It's the best feeling when clients are willing to take time to leave us a review. With your glowing reviews, you'll have more buyers and sellers contacting you to put your expertise to work.

Aug 08, 2018 05:37 AM #5
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

That's terrific... I'm excited that you've found reviews easy to get.  I find only a small percentage of those requested will actually follow-through... but some will.

As far as the pictures... I haven't really found them to be necessary, so I haven't posted any... maybe I'll have to rethink that.

Aug 08, 2018 05:50 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are some great reviews!  I remember doing this last year and received some nice reviews from previous clients.

Aug 08, 2018 07:15 AM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Kat Palmiotti : That's what I love about Active Rain learning from everyone!

Hi Barbara Todaro : I think agents would give you glowing reviews!

Hi Wayne Martin : So many use Yelp now and I've neglected to take advantage of one of the most seen reviews.

Hi Gabe Sanders : It's been on my list of things to pay attention too and I'm glad this contest forced to think about our reviews.

Aug 08, 2018 07:16 AM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Amanda S. Davidson : I'm grateful for those who are taking the time to write a review..I so appreciate it!

Hi Alan May : After reading your reviews it made me realize I needed to up my game. Anymore everyone is checking out Yelp for reviews on virtually everything! I checked out other sites of those who had many reviews and I was seeing photos and since they provide a place for them why not take the time to enhance my yelp site. I've posted photos of the community I live work and play in.

Aug 08, 2018 07:21 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie

Good for you! Sounds like minimal effort led to great rewards, and terrific reviews. I totally forgot about this contest so I had better get crackin'.


Aug 08, 2018 07:40 AM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Brian England: I'd try for some new updated does lend more credibility when they are new reviews.

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS : Working on updating my reviews were on my to do list so when the contest came along I decided to make it a priority!

Aug 08, 2018 07:47 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. I would agree with you. I know I never had any problem.

Aug 08, 2018 08:03 AM #12
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - you certainly met and exceeded this challenge.  No surprise to me about the reviews or the challenge. 


Aug 08, 2018 08:32 AM #13
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie this is a great example of if you ask you will receive.  Congratulations on the reviews.

Aug 08, 2018 09:41 AM #14
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Yelp can be very powerful.  I bet there aren't many realtors who rank high on yelp.  I haven't done much with Yelp as our city is so large.  A great, helpful post by someone would be on which sites rank the best for reviews?  Yelp?  Zillow?  Trulia?  That would be super helpful!  Congrats on your successful reviews.  Obviously, your clients love and value your service!  Good for you :)

Aug 08, 2018 08:45 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Well, you knocked them all out in one-fell-swoop, didn't you, Miss Dorie?! Seriously, great job - I need to get on the stick with this challenge - it's SO hard for me to ask! I plan to step it up with this challenge.

Aug 08, 2018 09:52 PM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I think the follow through process is amazing and well worth the time and effort Dorie Dillard 

Aug 09, 2018 05:40 AM #17
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Now that's doing it the Dorie Way.  Ask and you shall receive. This is a great entry for the contest sponsored by Tammy Lankford,

Aug 09, 2018 06:39 AM #18
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

You really stepped up and your clients wrote some rave reviews. I need to check out my Yelp! page. I worked on it several months back, and of course was inundated with calls to purchase ad space. I'll take another look.

Kudos to you, Dorie!

Aug 09, 2018 08:46 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- what a great entry and you sent forward full steam ahead. Glad that you were inspired by Alan May and now let's see if he adds some pictures!

Aug 09, 2018 05:05 PM #20
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Dorie, you are inspiring me to revisit Yelp reviews. I have had clients post reviews on Yelp, and some of the reviews are hidden by the algorithm. There is one negative review from a non-client, a person I have never met or talked with, but it stays on Yelp always, and the writer would not respond who he is and why he wrote the negative review. 

Maybe, the reviews on Yelp from my real clients will post this time.


Aug 13, 2018 12:00 PM #21
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Congratulations on the great reviews. Good luck in achieving your goals.

Aug 15, 2018 05:31 AM #22
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I did not realize that I had 1 personal & 2 business accounts in Yelp which I had planned to use in different ways but never did.

My Yelp looks pretty good but honestly it wasn't for real estate ever.

Aug 19, 2018 09:51 AM #23
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I hope you see great results from this.  The "yelp dude" explained to me that if it's someone's first time going on yelp and they leave a review it rarely makes the cut. (what a litmus test right?), but You will have to keep us posted if you think your ramping up on yelp helps you out.

Aug 22, 2018 06:22 PM #24
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