Zoom Call 5.17.22 AR Updates with Ben Kinney

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Zoom Call 5.17.22 AR Updates with Ben Kinney

The much-anticipated Zoom call started with the members of the development team offering their updates as to what has been going on behind the scenes with ActiveRain.

Casey Sanders started the call offering how the site is starting to look more uniform.  

The sign-up process has been cleaned up and now works more effectively.

They have worked on controlling spammers by placing limits on number per day.

Tagging is being worked on.

There will be a news section coming soon and was explained some by Josiah Ubben.

The new section on news will be limited at the beginning to just real estate related news articles as written by professional journalists. Many of these writers may be from existing news sites familiar to many.

The intent is to offer real estate related news and with that have people coming to ActiveRain to read the articles and maybe also read through some of the blogs as well.

News will have its own tab at the top of the AR screen and will be available to all. A suggestion was offered that the news section might include content from members as submitted through an interview with some of the journalists.  

Designs for the new section is still being worked on by the team and will appear very similar to the blog format.

The Product section of AR is under review as to how to freshen up the section and also how, going forward, new products will be presented.

The tone of the call was very positive with the people from the development team and they appreciate the questions and suggestions that are offered. The back and forth is welcome and provides better insight as to what the AR members want out of the site.

A question was presented as to how the Localism resource will be worked upon to provide better SEO for those posts. There are thoughts on how that will be developed but not on front of list at this time.

When Ben Kinney joined the Zoom call, he reinforced much of what the development team had offered and also offered his thoughts on the new, NEWS section that is under development

Ben is pushing for the news feature as he believes it will be a big assist in bringing new readers to the site.  He envisions down the road that members will have an opportunity to contribute qualified news articles on real estate in our areas which will give prominence to writers as the source for all things real estate in a given geography.

Ben believes the future of static blogs is not where the trend is going and is working to broaden the exposure by means of the news.

Going forward it will ultimately be required to provide a feature photo with each blog just to be able to post the blog, or at the very least a blog without a feature photo will not be featured.  This is to provide uniformity to the view of the blog roll.

A question was offered as to when would it be feasible to properly invite new members and could some of the older tutorials and videos that demonstrated proper blogging be made available for new bloggers .

The team offered to consider an option to the site to report offensive or not-suitable content or even questionable behavior on the blogs or sub sections so as to clean up the wild and wooly parts.

A thought was offered as to the rankings of members that have not posted in years and what should be done with their points or standings. There was discussion as to what should be done with members that have passed and how should they be memorialized. 

It was offered that it will be looked at to allow the Leaderboard to maintain the positions in geographic areas of contributing members especially when position on Leaderboard is for active members.

There have been bloggers that offered a great foundation of the platform and are no longer with us but retain a positive position among the membership.

Potentially there could be a possibility of a nationwide meet-up in September in Las Vegas, around 9/29,30.  More on that later as it would be in conjunction with another conference that Ben will be attending.

Zoom Call 5.17.22 AR Updates with Ben Kinney

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Comments (31)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- it was so good seeing Casey and Josiah and of course, Ben Kinney And thank you fork your always thorough recap. 

May 18, 2022 05:13 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks, Ed! You did another excellent summary! 

May 18, 2022 06:54 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Thank you Ed for a great recap.  I recall Ben talking about the news section early on on the zoom call and it sounds like an good idea.  Hopefully it pans out and brings in more readers to the site.

May 18, 2022 09:03 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ed - you pretty much covered it all.  I know I heard complaint for an active AR member that someone was still claiming the top state spot although they had moved to another state in the northeast.

May 19, 2022 03:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for the summary of the meeting. We'll see how the news idea progresses.

May 19, 2022 04:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for sharing your report on this Zoom session.

May 19, 2022 05:04 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ed,

As usually a wonderful recap of the Zoom meeting. It was one I didn't want to miss for sure and glad I could make it even if for some reason I couldn't get my video to work!!

May 19, 2022 05:12 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Thank you for your updates of the ZOOM meetings Ed Silva. Tuesday afternoons are usually very busy for me 

May 19, 2022 06:18 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, it sounds like I didn't miss too much, same questions without answers, haha.

May 19, 2022 06:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, will be interesting to see what the news feed will be.   Thanks for sharing this information!

May 19, 2022 06:58 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Thanks for the update, Ed.  I am sure all who were able to attend, benefitted from the meeting.

May 19, 2022 05:57 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

May 19, 2022 05:58 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Great recap Ed! I was glad I could tune in to hear about the recent updates and news of what is on the horizon.

May 20, 2022 03:40 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

You did an excellent re-cap Ed, as usual. Not being there, it seems it was an interesting zoom meeting. I really like the idea of  somehow memorializing those who have contributed but are no longer with us...

May 20, 2022 04:19 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I really like the idea of a News feed - particularly if we could eventually contribute to it. 

Regarding the leaderboard - I've referred to it occasionally for referrals and have been surprised to see that so many haven't been active in years. That makes it harder to find someone who is active in the area. I would love to see that updated.

May 20, 2022 09:01 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Thank for sharing what many of us missed @edsilva ! Like an editor of a journalistic media outlet, all of us could do posts at least once a week on a slew of topics. In depth and to help lift up AR's real estate authority. Just need assignments so the content is not hit or miss, or slam bam quickly created but no one in the audience is bookmarking the post.

May 21, 2022 02:57 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

I am so impressed with the response I have received from Active Rain Support they have been so quick in taking care of personal issues as well as trying to get everything up to speed.  I thought Ben Kinney  was up to snuff at changing the leader board issues also 

May 22, 2022 07:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Ed.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

May 23, 2022 08:52 AM
Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett

Appreciate the overview, Ed! Being a early member. I've seen the platform go through a variety of changes.

May 23, 2022 11:15 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Sounds like a great call.  Good to see the leaderboard being addressed.  VERY excited for the possibility of an AR meetup at the end of Sept.  Going to calendar those dates now.

May 29, 2022 10:03 AM