The Perks of Living in My Community – March 2020 ActiveRain Challenge

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The Perks of Living in My Community

 ~ ActiveRain Challenge for March 2020 ~

 

I bet most, if not all, of us really like where we live and find it easy to talk about why that’s so, especially when asked by buyers.

 

Carlsbad oceanfront homesWe know buyers are not just searching for the right house, but for the neighborhood that fits their particular lifestyle and needs. Buyers search for homes, but also areas that appeal to them and the amenities they offer.

 

It’s clear that posts about larger communities and individual neighborhoods typically get a lot of traffic, and are of interest to prospective buyers, and perhaps others just interested in reading about where they live or areas near their homes.

 

As an example, I have multiple neighborhood (community) posts on AR that have more than 20,000, and even 30,000, views since I wrote them; if you’ve written similar posts you no doubt have found they’ve received a fair amount of traffic (to check and see, go to your stats page and click on “views” to sort posts from high to low).

 

When done properly community posts can and should be ever-green, creating a long shelf life to continue to attract readers, perhaps for years. Going back and tweaking them with updates when appropriate, and fixing links, is a good thing to do.

 

Another benefit of a well-done and informative community post is that you can use them in your marketing when you have listings in those areas.

 

THE MARCH CHALLENGE

Your challenge is to write a post about the perks of living in your community, or one you know about (this was inspired, in part, by a comment from Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  on a recent post I wrote where they remarked about enjoying the perks where they lived).

 

Here are some ideas about information you can share in your post:

 

1. What attracts people to your community?

 

Carlsbad sunset watching2. Why do people, and you, like living there?

 

3. Talk about community features and amenities – restaurants, tourist attractions, shopping, recreation, parks, hiking, special events like fairs and festivals, the arts, and so on.

 

4. What’s the housing like?

 

5. Chat about the weather?

 

6. Share anything else that you think will interest others about your community or things they should know, and tell us what YOU know and have learned.

 

7. Be sure to include some links that will be helpful for readers to learn more.

 

RULES

Of course there are some rules in order to get your 1500 points.

 

1. Your post should be at least 350 words – I’d be surprised if you can write an effective community post that doesn’t exceed this requirement.

 

2. You can write about the community where you actually live, or another one. The post may be about a community you’ve not written about before, or you can significantly rework a prior community post with updated or new information and different photos. Perhaps you have an old community post that wasn’t very detailed and really could be improved and brought into 2020!

 

pool at Terramar Beach in Carlsbad3. Include AT LEAST 2 original photos of your community, and even more if you want to really show off where you live to readers.

 

4. The challenge ends on Tuesday March 31st at 11:59 PM PST

 

5. You must include a working link to your post in the comment section below by the deadline of the challenge.

 

EARN 250 BONUS POINTS

To make your community post even more appealing and informative, stretch your talents, and earn bonus points, include an original video relevant to your community – it could be an overview, or just focus on a particular amenity or event. This should be a new video, not one you’ve created and shared before.

 

You might want to read the YouTube Thursdays post by Debb and Bernie, Showcase Your Community, It’s Good for Your Brand, for some ideas and guidance on creating a great community video (and, by the way, if you aren’t following them you may want to do so for excellent education on videos every week).

 

For your creative efforts you will be rewarded with views and likes on your post, views on YouTube (or Vimeo) for your video, and lots of points!!

 

Plus you’ll have a post you can share with prospective buyers, relocations, and when you have a listing in the community.

 

Remember, you have the entire month of March to get creative and share what you know, plus have fun, with some great benefits! DEADLINE IS MARCH 31 at 11:59 PM PST!

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Kathy Streib 

Well, it IS the last day but you are certainly not late! I look forward to reading what you have to say about your community!

Jeff

Mar 31, 2020 12:33 PM #116
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

So glad you were able to find the time to participate, despite everything you have going on. I am off to read and comment!

Jeff

Mar 31, 2020 12:39 PM #117
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Why Not Minot is my entry Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Mar 31, 2020 06:18 PM #118
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Hey Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Thanks for your entry, and with time to spare! I'm looking forward to reading more about Minot!

Jeff

Mar 31, 2020 08:35 PM #119
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Mar 31, 2020 08:42 PM #120
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Hi Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® 

Thanks for your entry, with time to spare. While I have read other posts about Lewisburg I look forward to learning more!

Jeff

Mar 31, 2020 08:56 PM #121
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Hey Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector 

Thanks for getting your post in for the Challenge! I look forward to reading it!

Jeff

Mar 31, 2020 09:57 PM #123
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Jeff,

I posted this but forgot to put the link here! 

Life in Cocoa Beach, Florida

 

Mar 31, 2020 10:12 PM #124
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Hey there, Jeff! Well, I am finally through and just in the nick of time! 

Here's my entry:

Why Charlotte NC? I'll Tell You Why! 

And, thank you again for being an amazing host! What a crazy month you had to host a challenge and you certainly rose to that challenge! Talk to you soon...

Mar 31, 2020 10:15 PM #125
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Better late...almost too late...than never, as they say.

Here is my entry.

NEWARK, CA. - MY HOME

Mar 31, 2020 10:32 PM #126
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I just barely made it on time with this entry!  

Here is the link. "What Makes The Red Rocks of Sedona So Special"

I also included a new video in the blog post for the extra bonus points. 

My husband shot it during this shutdown otherwise there would be too many people that would cause a distraction.  The video is "A Sneak Peek" Into Sedona Businesses.  Have a great April Fools Day!

Mar 31, 2020 10:49 PM #127
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I'm so sorry, I didn't make the deadline on this one, Jeff. And, I thank you so much for the kind promotion and shout out for YouTube Thursdays. We are sticking close to home, and my video efforts have been impacted. ;) 

Apr 01, 2020 08:17 AM #129
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Hi Diana Zaccaro  Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm looking forward to a good read!

Jeff

Apr 01, 2020 08:29 AM #130
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Glad you were able to share your thoughts about Charlotte - I look forward to learning more.

Yep, definitely a different month but gladd to see so many others were able to participate despite everything they had to deal with!!

Jeff

Apr 01, 2020 08:35 AM #131
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Hi John Juarez 

Hey, you had plenty of time left, LOL. Thanks for spending time on your post to share with us all. I look forward to reading it - I know nothing about Newark CA!

Jeff

Apr 01, 2020 08:37 AM #132
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

I'm glad you were able to make it work with everything that's going on. I always look forward to reading about Sedona.

Jeff

Apr 01, 2020 12:13 PM #133
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Hey Bob Crane 

You made it just in the nick of time. I look forward to learning more about your area.

Jeff

Apr 01, 2020 12:14 PM #134
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

I certainly understand that, given what's going on.  You will just have to write about your area some other time and include one of your wonderful videos!

Jeff

Apr 01, 2020 12:18 PM #135
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