Hollywood Squares Gone ActiveRain Wild | Zooming With Ben Kinney

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February 2, 2021, ActiveRain Zoom Meeting with Ben Kinney! 



We had another interactive Zoom Meeting today. Debe Maxwell, CRS hosted the meeting ... and we had 42 people on the call. 



Josiah Ubben, AR Developer, joined us on the call today and showed us what some of the improvements/changes will look like.  


Ben prepared a short slide show to discuss his VISION for ActiveRain 2.0. 


Ben made it clear he wanted our consent on the ideas. 


The first part of the meeting was an open discussion;

  • Craig Daniels reported a bug 
  • On behalf of Brian England, Debe Maxwell asked about the scheduler which appears to be working for some people and not others. 
    • Ben noted it is more useful for him if he had the account and the blog post where it happened. The more information we can provide the faster they will be able to resolve the issues. For example, provide the user name, the blog post, and when it was scheduled. 
  • Lynn Friedman asked for an email to report bugs. Before the call ended Josiah had created a new email to be used to report bugs. 
  • The email is:  Feedback@ActiveRain.com



Ben Kinney | Vision for ActiveRain 2.0 


Features & Benefits 


    • ActiveRain to be the LinkedIn of Real Estate 
      • Add Agent Search.
      • Redo Profiles. 
      • Pull MLS sold properties and active listings to showcase a member's activity.
    • Create a directory for all services real estate related. A single directory for "everything home" does not exist today.  He wants to create a directory to include other people who are important to a transaction. For example, title, mortgage, inspection, staging, etc. 


ActiveRain News - Ben's plan is to hire a writer to produce the news. it will be like Inman News but written for real estate and mortgage professionals. 

    • Eventually, invite AR members to contribute


ActiveRain Reviews - This will be the Consumer Reports of Real Estate Products and Services. 

  • The current Reviews section will be built. It will be a place where we can honestly review products and services. For example, Top Producer, Brevity, etc. 


ActiveRain University - Content will be organized by topic. 


ActiveRain Content - Think "Curbed" for every City in the Nation! 


ActiveRain Localism - This will be a place where all local content goes. The company owns localism.com 


ActiveRain Membership - This will be like an AAA Membership of Real Estate Professionals. 



Wrapping Up with Ben Kinney and Josiah Ubben 


Josiah showed us some of the newly redesigned pages. 


There will be NEWS on the home page ... this is the news written by ActiveRain.  The home page is the style guide for all of ActiveRain. 


The site is being "modernized". The font size is increased making it easier to read. 


The Recent Posts and Most Popular Posts will be redesigned to expose more content from those authors. 


Signature Blocks will be kept the same.  They know what most of us spent a lot of time getting them to look the way we want them. 


The Comment Section will be redesigned as well making it look and feel like the redesign of the home page. 



  • All Featured posts must have a feature photo uploaded. 
  • Photos will need to be quality photos. 
  • Content will need to be quality content. 
  • Titles will play a role in featuring posts as well. 


Ben Shared the DownSide to What's Coming in 2.0


  • The font size will be locked. 
  • We will lose the customized options we are used to using. For example, no more color fonts
  • We will be able to use bold, italicized, and "quotes". 


No one attending the Zoom meeting had issues with the direction of standardizing the content. We were all on board and all agreed to support Ben on this.



Redesigning of the Pages 

Pages will be redesigned one at a time. 


Next Month - Ben will have a preview of what the new ActiveRain profile will look like. 



Q. Are there any plans to limit the number of posts per day to eliminate Robo posters?

A. Ben will think about the best way to deal with that.  If anyone Robo posting finds a way to benefit their business by doing that, he does not want to interfere with it.  He needs time to think about it. 


"We Will Continue to Win."  Ben Kinney


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Comments (41)

Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist , wasn't able to be on the call this time so appreciate your effort and diligence to provide this recap!  Some good things coming to raise the bar!  Grateful Massive undertaking but confident in the end will be worth it!

Feb 03, 2021 05:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathleen, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 03, 2021 05:08 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hollywood Squares! Hahahaha, What a blast from the past that is! Love and light and all the best and have some fun with these meetings!

Feb 03, 2021 06:25 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Myrl Jeffcoat If there was ever one worthy of a feature it’s a feature of the featured features in the zoom meetings lol! I love it! :)

Feb 03, 2021 06:27 PM
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

Great summary!  Thank you.

I wasn't able to attend the Zoom meeting this week and it sounds like I missed a good one!

Feb 03, 2021 07:59 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

WOW! What a great recap, Kathleen - THANK YOU!!  I left that meeting feeling very good about the direction this platform is taking. As I mentioned, I love that Ben has, not only a monetary investment in AR but, his heart is in it. He has SO much going on in his business and I so appreciate his dedication to us. 

And, I want to hug Kat Palmiotti! Reminds me - my Dad used to tell people that if they don't vote, they have no right complaining about anyone in office. If you vote, you have every right to complain though! LOL 

Feb 03, 2021 09:03 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you for that hug Debe Maxwell, CRS - it was received!

Feb 04, 2021 05:17 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
What a thorough summary! The best part of the Zoom Meet-Ups with Ben Kinney is that they are open to anyone who wants to join in. Everyone has had notice about the Tuesday meetings and everyone has been invited to join in. Each month it feels as if we are regaining the community feel from the beginnings of ActiveRain. Take care!

Feb 03, 2021 10:50 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

You did a great job Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

I felt like I got the entire meeting by reading your post!

I think it is great what is being done. I also think Ben is proving how much he is committed to making this work for everyone.  Nothing done right happens overnight He is putting some real thought and talent into this site! 

Feb 04, 2021 01:35 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Amazing recap, and thank you for that.  I feel almost as good as if I was in attendance.

Feb 04, 2021 06:22 AM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Karen, 

I was glad to be able to attend the first 30 minutes of the meeting.  I was sad to have to leave early.   It was super exciting to hear about the upcoming plans for AR directly from Ben.   

I also took comfort in discovering that I wasn't the only one having problems updating my profile.  Now I know that I shouldn't worry about it for the time being.  


Again, thanks for sharing the re-cap even though you had to battle the technical challenges to get it posted.  Hopefully the bugs and bumps will all be fixed soon.  

Feb 04, 2021 08:43 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Such an excellent re-cap. Thank you for this as I couldn't be there live.

Feb 04, 2021 08:56 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for the excellent summary of the meeting.  I was unable to attend and really appreciate being kept up to date.

Feb 05, 2021 04:03 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - this is really big.  The changes are much needs to refresh the site.

Feb 05, 2021 04:25 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist ,

You took excellent notes in re-caping the meeting with Ben Kinney ! Thank you for sharing with us..so excited to see the direction Ben is taking us! He is right we will continue to win!

Feb 05, 2021 05:19 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A lot of discussions are going on while staying in touch.


Sam Shueh

Feb 06, 2021 08:21 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I'm so excited about the upcoming changes. Just when I was about to give up there's hope!

Feb 06, 2021 10:42 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Ben's presentation along with Josiah was enlightening but also showed Ben's true commitment to ActiveRain. Thanks for the amazing re-cap Kathleen!

Feb 06, 2021 06:04 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Good recap Kathleen.

Feb 09, 2021 06:05 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Wow! What a detailed and complete report of the meeting. Thank you, Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist.

It looks like the future of Active Rain is bright.

Feb 17, 2021 07:17 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I am loving the direction of AR and that we are all included in the decisions. This was not an easy post for you to write with the technical challenges. Thank you, Kathleen

Mar 20, 2021 11:19 AM