"LOCALISM FEATURED" and "MARKET REPORT FEATURED"

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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

If you're one of those members who regularly accesses the ActiveRain Blogs Page, and follows the 'Featured' posts that show up on the Dashboard, you've probably been seeing some additional wording in a few of the blog post titles, such as LOCALISM FEATURED and MARKET REPORT FEATURED.

Since we've just recently launched the new Localism platform, I thought it would be a good idea to start featuring some of the better, well-crafted 'Consumer-oriented' articles that are targeted specifically towards Localism.

In addition, I have been 'featuring' a few market reports as well. Personally, I think there is a real art to generating an effective market report. Simply throwing together a few graphs and some numbers isn't necessarily going to make consumers beat a path to your blog.

Hopefully, by featuring these LOCALISM articles & market reports, our members will have some great examples to follow, and learn additional ways to improve their own blogging skills.

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Rich Jacobson is a District Director for Fathom Realty and a licensed REALTOR®; an avid Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
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Rich...

It's always nice to know that there are more avenues for content available. So far, so good, and I am constructing more consumer oriented posts now.

Jul 15, 2008 12:40 PM #17
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Rich, I love the new localism.  Thanks for all the work you guys do.  I will be adding lots of content to localism as I always have.  Your hard work is finally paying off.

Jul 15, 2008 01:00 PM #18
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Donna Harris
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I post a lot to localism and don't see how I'm not a Top Neighbor, but I assume things will get worked out.  I'll continue to blog and do more market updates, but I prefer community stuff like the next art show, the next city sponsored activity, the next food drive, and those things instead of always talking numbers...

Jul 15, 2008 01:32 PM #19
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Mike Norvell Sr
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Hey Rich, as the current King of Localism, ( my title, not yours) I have to say I am pleased with the temporary rise to the top...All I know is that if I post, I stay on Google...Thanks

Jul 15, 2008 02:04 PM #20
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Marilyn Katz
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - Westport, CT
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Rich- Thanks, you got me to stop procrastinating and play with the numbers.  My half-year market stats are now posted. 

Jul 15, 2008 02:12 PM #21
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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Rich, I think that's a GREAT idea.  In the past I have had several localism post that were featured but you just quietly got extra points.  That's okay but it is nice to get that extra pat on the back for a job well done. 

Jul 15, 2008 02:14 PM #22
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I've got a lot of market reports to reconfigure so they display correctly in the narrower confines of Localism. What is the width of the content column and maximum photo size we can use in our posts?

Jul 15, 2008 02:25 PM #23
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Rich- I think this is a great idea to highlight great market reports. There are some great ones like Margaret Woda's. I don't like to do graphs and so mine tend to be more in the story like format. To each his own, whatever works! It's working for us:)

Jul 15, 2008 05:05 PM #24
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Katrina Madewell
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Rich- any way you could post thost 'featured' market report here?  those could always use more improvement.. At least on my blog...(LOL)

Katrina in Tampa Bay, FL

Jul 15, 2008 07:32 PM #25
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Gita Bantwal
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Thanks for the post. It is a great idea. I will check out the featured posts.

Jul 15, 2008 10:48 PM #26
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Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Rich,

You better be nice or I'll write a post about you. Maybe I'll add you to my market reports or should I post your photo all over it...nah...I don't want to scare away the consumer.

On the other hand..if I mention the word Rich then maybe they think if they call me I'll make them some money.

Send me some King Crab in season...isn't it Dec-Feb?

Jul 16, 2008 12:09 AM #27
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Sharon Paxson
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Rich - I have been focusing on improving my blog for localism as well, and appreciate that they are now featured.

Jul 16, 2008 02:26 AM #28
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Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

Rich, thanks for giving me Neal's points for July, they were greatly appreciated. 

As for my market reports, I am trying to get a little more pizzazz to them.  One thing that I lack is creativity.  I can rant with the best, and be technical, but the creative sometimes lack.

Jul 16, 2008 08:50 AM #29
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Mike Norvell Sr
Morris Williams Realty - Leesburg, FL
Norvell Consulting Group

I hear that commenting on here gets extra points...Hello...do I get them now

Jul 16, 2008 08:55 AM #30
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Jeremy: It doesn't have to be 'creative' per se...  My past market reports aren't very flashy or sophisticated. But they reveal a bit of my personality, and some sense of the uniqueness of my market. Most of my local content articles read like an informal conversation over coffee.

Jul 16, 2008 09:12 AM #31
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Connie Harvey
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Rich, I'm still very green at this and really enjoyed reading about the launch of the marketing report group. I'm hoping to get my feet wet w/it this week. I've done them for years the "old fashioned way" on paper. This will be fun. Thanks for your patience with us!

Jul 16, 2008 10:10 AM #32
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
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Guess I will have to learn from Neal....haven't ever written one so can't say they need any help...... LOL :)  How did Jeremy get Neals points :(

Jul 16, 2008 01:48 PM #33
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
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Wow you guys are looking like an organization with nearly 100,000 members.  It just keeps getting better every day.

Jul 16, 2008 02:45 PM #34
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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OK - thanks for steering us that way for a few pointers.

Jul 16, 2008 02:55 PM #35
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Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
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Yeah, I gotcha Brad...but what you don't realize is that I don't drink coffee...and so therefore I don't talk over it either...so I gotta think through the things and try to make them interesting instead of just some boring blah blah blah...

Jul 17, 2008 02:36 AM #36
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