On ActiveRain and Other Social Media Outlets

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

On ActiveRain and Other Social Media Outlets - Embracing our Referral Partners & Our Clients

 

I often wonder if in life, the default is negative? I really don't remember, in all of my life, hearing, seeing or sensing so much negativity. It seems that lately, I've heard more and more about our ActiveRain site as well as Facebook and other social media platforms - and how either users don't have the time to spend here/there or they just don't like anyone who differs from them politically.

 

For the record, this is not a political post! I've just noticed more and more over the past few years that if one doesn't agree with another, they are quickly discarded or labeled as an 'idiot' or some kind of 'tard' or something even more foul. 

 

Then there are those whose noses so high in the air, it is obvious that they fear they may be breathing the same air as the rest of us! WAIT! Stop the presses...I was being negative - I apologize...back to the topic at hand!

 

It's so easy to fall prey to the negativity but, I really do believe that if we hold ourselves to higher standards and not allow ourselves to go down the negative paths, we can set the examples we were put on this earth to set. Yes, that is my own personal opinion but, I really believe in my heart, that we were not put on this earth to beat others down. We should, instead, be lifting them up.


With all of that in mind, I wanted to share a few things that have happened to me - JUST this week as a result of my participation here and on other social media platforms.

 

First, I received a call from an agent here in the Rain. He first thanked me for being helpful to him here in the Rain and also gave me the name of a seller of his who is moving to my area. We discussed the referral in detail and then moved onto the topic of ActiveRain. We talked about people here that we knew, the latest developments on AR and even discussed some great suggestions for keeping our sanity while we were experiencing growing pains in the Rain. 

 

The entire conversation was uber positive and filled with laughter. We asked each other about other social media outlets and how we managed them. For me, not very well but, I continue to reap the rewards of being a participant! 

 

After our conversation, I had two more social media incidents in as many days that I thought I would share with you.

 

Via Facebook, one of my clients private messaged me a link to a story in the news, asking me to be on the lookout for a vehicle in the area. The driver had attempted an abduction of her little sister and I couldn't get the message out fast enough - I shared it with my own friends, my clients and all of the agents in my area via a private agent FB page. I have been inundated with agents, friends and clients, all texting me, letting me how much they appreciate my sharing this story so they could share with their family, friends and clients AND asking how the little girl is doing. 

 

Imagine how my faith in mankind is being restored with all of the response from that single post. This brings me to the most heartwarming story - from my Instagram account...

 

I have amazing millennials who adore Instagram (IG)! I have 'adapted' but, much prefer the comfort of FB. We can actually have a 'conversation' there and to me, that is meaningful. Many of my clients are on both platforms but, most of my millennial clients and friends of my boys are on IG. 

 

One of my clients posted an ultrasound-type announcement of her pregnancy the other day. I commented to her, how excited I was for she and her husband and within minutes, I received a text message from her. She expressed her glee about growing their family but, wanted to share that they will need to find a new home and sell their current home within the next few months. She said my comment reminded her that she needed to call me!

 

Now, what if I hadn't paid attention to her exciting announcement on Instagram? What if her BFF, who, as it happens, is also an agent, had reached out to her and said, "Hey, it's time for a bigger house, isn't it?!" The icing on the cake - we toured a home this morning and her buyer agency agreement is now signed, along with their Offer to purchase their new dream home! This happened in JUST 3 DAYS!

 

The bottom line - if you're NOT on social media, you're missing out - not only on business but, on what is happening in your clients' lives. YES, I still do reach out to my clients - in fact, all of the time; I still have client events (pre-COVID) and STILL hear about news when it FIRST happens by being on social media. What if my next call to that last client wasn't until mid-April? I could have easily missed a big purchase and a really nice sale in a few months too...not to mention, being a part of their lives during this incredibly happy chapter for them.

 

So, don't let the naysayers convince you that all social media is evil...it's FAR from it! It all has to do with YOU and your view on life (a.k.a. attitude)!

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | On ActiveRain and Other Social Media Outlets

Comments (82)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What is so crazy is that, at some time, those people were friends - people we wanted to associate with, @Kat Palmiotti. I just don't understand what happened to THEM - we didn't change! I've just learned to ignore but, haven't stopped following - I just keep scrolling, thinking these folks are certainly going to come to their senses! LOL

Apr 04, 2021 11:03 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I agree that we should always stay positive, @Sharon Miller! As @Carol Williams said, there is more good in the world. If the majority of people I followed were uber negative, I wouldn't visit social media either! Life is too short. I'm thankful that my friends are, for the most part, positive or, at the very least, civil to one another. 

Apr 04, 2021 11:06 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi @Beth Atalay! I agree - they're not hard to find - as they say, 'the squeaky wheel gets the oil.' It's up to us as to whether or not we want to validate their negativity and I choose to instead, create my own happiness and pray that it spreads to others!

We had a busy, family weekend and it was a beautiful Carolina weekend too so, I loved it! I hope you had a wonderful one as well.

Apr 05, 2021 07:11 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We do and I love that, @Will Hamm! I guess that's why we stick with the community through thick and thin!

Apr 05, 2021 07:12 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH gosh, ME TOO, @Mike Frazier! We all listened to the news, may have murmured something to our spouse and moved on. Now, everyone seems to have a cause; I choose happiness as my cause! I can't say enough good about that in life!!

Apr 05, 2021 07:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I have felt a little overwhelmed as well, @John Henry, Florida Architect so, I completely understand your decision. I have chosen to do what I can to keep up on 2 social media sites (and ActiveRain, of course) and let the chips fall where they may on the other one!

 

I have a dear friend who I saw this weekend; she owns a local business and hired someone to do her social media marketing for her. She said her phone has not stopped ringing! There's something to be said for hiring out for those things - you just have to hire the right person/company. It looks like you and my friend both made great hiring choices!

Apr 05, 2021 07:16 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, thank you so much for your kind words, @Dorie Dillard Austin TX! I am so loving those ZOOM meetings too! As you said, they can sometimes simply be a sanity check. When I hear other agents sharing their tips and tricks, I may not use those same ones but, it starts the creativity flowing!!

 

Happy Monday! See you tomorrow...

Apr 05, 2021 07:19 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I do! I love IG for the 'beauty' you find there. I just wish it were a little more personable, @Laura Cerrano! 

Apr 05, 2021 07:20 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Well, thank you, @Jeff Dowler, CRS! I completely agree about treating those interactions as though they are face-to-face - great point. To many, they prefer text over a phone call and I think the same applies to social media platforms - they're rather be quick in their communication and stick to IG...and that's where we'd better be too!

Apr 05, 2021 08:51 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I completely agree! They down social media in all shapes and forms as well as YouTube, @Debb Janes EcoBrokerand Bernie Stea JD. I've never understood that mentality but, it is their loss, not ours!

Apr 05, 2021 08:52 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi @Chris Ann Cleland! It really is a great source but, you're right, if used properly.

 

Like you, I'm all about sharing positivity - and levity! Life's just too short not to, isn't it?!

 

And, thank youso much for the group feature. Love your feature graphic too!

Apr 05, 2021 08:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love that I could be a blessing to you, @Diana Dahlberg! You're so right, there is a lot of negativity and I do my best to keep it on the upbeat! We had a wonderful Resurrection Weekend and I hope you and yours did as well.

Apr 05, 2021 08:55 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I HOPE I'm not jaded, @Ly Sims! I am so with you - does't it really bear repeating? And, as we've seen, does complaining even change things immediately? We just need to report it (VIA EMAIL) and move on!

This post was most in response to those who constantly, at every turn, put down social media. They don't like it so, they try to 'sell' their beliefs to others. Drives me nuts!! 

Apr 05, 2021 08:59 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH, I love that quote, @Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint! So fitting and perfectly makes my point.

 

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Easter as well!

Apr 05, 2021 09:00 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I think that's a smart way to handle social media, @Grant Schneider! I think every bit of positivity in this world should be celebrated - instead of the negativity!

Apr 05, 2021 09:01 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

You're so right!  It's funny how things evolve, and social media really makes it easy to keep in touch with people but being positive is so important.

Apr 05, 2021 02:25 PM
Greg Mona
eXp Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Wonderful post, Debe. First off, I'm so glad you had that nice run of positivity from your social media pages. As they say down under "good on ya"!

 

I also agree while negativity seems to be the trend today, choosing happiness and positivity is always the way to go. The more things trend that way the more we need to step it up with a big smile, positive words and actions, and encouragement of one another. :-)

Apr 05, 2021 03:48 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
federalfinanciallawgroup.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

the default switch truly is negative and the media seems to create this narrative under this misguided notion that negativity sells....I disagree

Apr 08, 2021 02:01 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I've decided to put a bookmark on this one because it's so evergreen. I keep coming back to it

Apr 08, 2021 08:28 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Debe 

What an amazing post! Totally missed it see what happens when you are under the weather. I really hope we can do another Instagram session on Zoom as I agree it is a great platform. 

 

Positive Thinking Always Pays Off 

Apr 16, 2021 04:00 PM

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