Localism. com Explained On BloodhoundBlog Radio: Brian Brady Interviews Jonathan Washburn and Bob Stewart

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jonJonathan Washburn and Bob Stewart were my guests on a 45 minute interview about the new Localism.com:

Bob Stewart gave us an overview of the new Localism site and described its stated purpose.

Jon Washburn explained the history of the Localism portal and how polling the Active Rain community led to the decision to repurpose the portal as a hyper-local community interest site.

Opportunities for community evangelism were discussed along with practical ideas about how existing Active Rain members might benefit.

bob stewartThe sponsored community issue as well as “Top Neighbors” placement were explained.
Jon Washburn explained basic SEO strategy.

Bob Stewart discussed how the SEO strategy will be coupled with search engine marketing to draw consumers to the site.

Jon Washburn answered the BIG question; “Will he sell Localism or Active Rain ?”

The interview is about 45 minutes long and is perfect to download to your iPod, for your evening workout.

Download/Listen to the Localism.com interview here

(link opens in a new window so that you can take notes while listening)


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Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

This was featured in Week In Review...

Jul 14, 2008 01:28 AM #37
Rick Turner
Key Realty - Toledo, OH
Puts People In Their Places!!


You did a fine job and have help bring the camera a little more into focus.  I belong to a local BNI group and see how I can take advantage of writing about their businesses to improve my SEO and ultimately my bottom line as well.  I also am a little frustrated that with the contributions that I've had to Localism that I'm not one of the Neighborhood specialists... I see that about 80% of the photos used have been taken by me but a couple of other agents are at the top of the heap... I'll stop complaining now and trust if I work it right I'll get my due down the road!

Thanks for the interview!

Jul 17, 2008 05:05 AM #38
Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest - Cary, IL
SRES;SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL

Thanks, Brian...I am going to listen now....and I am sure you did a great job as everyone says:-)

Jul 18, 2008 10:52 AM #39
Antoinette Murphy
RE/MAX Atlantic - Absecon, NJ

Great interview.

Jul 24, 2008 08:52 AM #40
Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
Certified Negotiation Consultants

Boy, a lot of info. I needed to go back and listen more than once.

Jul 30, 2008 02:59 AM #41
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

See what I mean...

Only 41 Comments. That tells me that this Interview has been over looked by many of the Members. Had they listened or knew about the interview the Members would see that many of their questions/concerns have already been addressed. I still feel a post coming on :)

Hi Ricky :)


Jul 30, 2008 04:52 AM #42
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Nice interview -- it is very helpful to hear what the rainers had to say about what is going on with Localism.  I think it clarifies some of the vision to the forefront.  I think it would have been better to clarify this at the beginning -- but now we can see the vision more clearly...we can be the "mayor of our community".

Jul 30, 2008 05:48 AM #43
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

All Localism needed was a pair of suspenders to really help the Rainers understand the vision. Thanks for the interview, Brian!

Jul 30, 2008 06:02 AM #44
Mike Russell
Mike Russell & Associates - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Kansas Real Estate

I don't want to see this turn into Zillow where malcontents come to bag on realtors.

Jul 30, 2008 06:21 AM #45
Jason Fontaine
Mortgage Master Inc. - Worcester, MA

Great interview!

Jul 30, 2008 06:34 AM #46
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


It needed to be brought out of Rain Heaven :)

Hi Ricky :)


Jul 30, 2008 06:39 AM #47
Marilyn Katz
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - Westport, CT
ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com

Jon Washburn answered the BIG question; "Will he sell Localism or Active Rain ?"

Brian-  Full disclosure - like reading the last page of the book first, I skipped to the end so I could hear Jon say he liked leading AR.  Okay, it would be hard turning down, what, $5 ($50) billion, but for now it was a comforting answer.  Will go back and listen to the rest.

Jul 30, 2008 07:36 AM #48
Paula Knauft
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Monarch Beach, CA
Coastal Luxury Homes Specialist

great interview

Jul 30, 2008 12:09 PM #49
Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer
A Large Bank in America - Lafayette, CA

I have tried several times on several computers to download the interview and failed.  is there some special software I need to listen or download the intervied?

Jul 30, 2008 03:36 PM #50
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Good job! You answered many questions I had. This new approach makes sense.

Jul 30, 2008 05:03 PM #51
John Ford
Security National Properties - Eureka, CA

Fantastic! I am now in the process of negotiating a real estate radio show here in Humboldt County! Wish me luck!

Jul 30, 2008 05:36 PM #52
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

I'm bookmarking your interview so I can listen to it as I have time...

Aug 01, 2008 01:09 AM #53
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


Please let me know (email me) when you post the second interview. You and I both know Lucy is all ears :)


Aug 01, 2008 02:10 AM #54
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Well done, Mr Brady and just in case the mortgage gig does not work out (highly unlikely in case), you have a great back-up.



Aug 01, 2008 02:18 AM #55
Lynne Pope
eXp realty, MFA,Hermosa Beach,Redondo Beach,South Bay - Los Angeles, CA
"Out of the Blue" solutions for perfect homes

As always you show the road to understanding...to all who read the post or listen to the knowledge.

Sometimes you are as distant as a shining star in the sky and other times as close as can be.

Its my perspective near and far. I thank you as I walk along the path ..you help me look up.

I joined localism just out of trust in active rain...if they invited us to play -why not?


 Lynne Pope

Sep 01, 2008 09:45 PM #56
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