Localism - The Next Steps

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

The Land Rush is over now!  There were over 3600 neighborhoods deeded out to members all over the US this week.  There are still some left, and more to be created.  Here are the "next steps" with Localism.

The most important thing to remember is that you'll always need to log-in to Localism first.  Just because you are logged into ActiveRain and can push posts to Localism, you'll still have to log-in to do ALL the following steps.  You'll need to click on one of the featured communities at Localism.com to get to your log-in screen.  (Here's a shortcut, just click on the Banner)

1. Step ONE: How to Setup a Neighborhood

Whether you sponsored a community or not, you can still create neighborhoods.  There are two ways to do this.  Go to the "Sponsor A Community" link at the top of the page.  Use the pull-down menus to Click on your State, County, and City, then on the far right side of the page, enter the community and submit query. It will show your community pending until approved. It takes under 2 minutes for this entire process.

 

 

The second way to setup a neighborhood is on ActiveRain.  You can log-in, go to create a new Blog post, scroll down to the bottom of your post, and select the State, County, City, then add your neighborhood there, the same way we've always done it in the past.  Your neighborhood will still have to be approved.

 

 

2.  Step 2: If You Sponsored a Neighborhood

Here's the next step:  You'll need to go in and create a description for that community.  Click on the "My Account" link next to your photo at the top of the page. (you must be logged in to have this link available)

When you get to your Account screen, you'll see your neighborhoods and billing history.  On the right hand side of the page, you can click on the link "Write A Region Description", enter your description there.

Click on each link individually to write your descriptions.  Be sure to add descriptions for each neighborhood you have sponsored.  What you enter here is what will appear in the sponsorship portion of your new neighborhood page.

Lastly, fill out the description box and add the desired 3 links and titles, then save.  Only one link should lead back to you or a personal site, the other two, we're suggesting Local links that will be valuable to your community or neighborhood. Chamber of Commerce, Local Government, Major Attractions etc.  Be creative.

Samples of Descriptions Written By Other Members:

La Jolla, California
Fort Meyers Beach, Florida
Kihei, Hawaii
Fairhaven, Washington
Lawrence, Kansas

3.  Step 3: Let the Social Networking Begin

Now's the time to get up, and get out from behind that computer keyboard, put the mouse down, and start meeting and interviewing people all over your community.  When Localism goes public at the end of August, the REAL Land Rush will begin.  You need to be the Community Expert that can drive content and people to your neighborhoods and on-line communities.  You need to be the one to tell people about it, or someone else will, or they'll find it on their own like they do ActiveRain.  Anyone can join in a few weeks, so go on, get out there, just remember this important bit of information as you connect with your neighborhoods and people:

"Localism is a valued point of connection, a place of meaningful interaction. It's where neighbors and local merchants share what's happening in their community. It's people collectively communicating the unique flavor and nuances of where they live, work, eat, and play.  All in all, Localism provides the environment where residents and business owners can create a micro-social network uniquely attuned to their individual communities. Together, they will use multi-media to paint a canvas of local color and texture. Their Localism 'Neighborpedia' is an extension of who and what they are."

Other Related Posts:
Understanding Sponsorships
Localism Sponsorship Tutorial
What Constitutes Approved Content for Localism
10 Steps To Localism Success
How to Add Photos To Localism
All Things Localism

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Brad Andersohn
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Kevin - you don't register with Localism.com, you are already a member since you're on AR. You will need to login with the instructions I posted above. 

Aug 11, 2008 05:48 AM #97
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Debe - the "what" you were suppose to get out of the video was a laugh and a 9 second tutorial on time management. haha!  We'll never master that in our lifetime, but we just keep on trying.  Having fun in the process is the key.  Our time is not our own and it never will be.  I appreciate the "time" you take to comment on these posts. Thanks.  ;-)

Aug 11, 2008 05:52 AM #98
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The Serenity Real Estate Team - Pamela Ann Northup & Anthony Arsondi
Keller Williams Realty - Castro Valley, CA
Brad thanks so much, I will touch base tomorrow afternoon. I am confused about it showing up on Profile. What is my profile? May sound silly, but I thought if I posted to Castro Valley that is where it would show up. Duh? If I don't get it. Look forward to our talk.
Aug 11, 2008 12:28 PM #99
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Pamela - looking forward to your call. You'll understand more after we talk. :-))

Aug 11, 2008 03:11 PM #100
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Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

It looks like the monitization of AR has finally come to pass...at the rate you have... it amounts to over $400,000 in gross income per year just from localism.....

NOT BAD!!!!

=-D

Aug 11, 2008 04:58 PM #101
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Patt M. Judd
First Realty Company - Cookeville, TN
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Brad...

I enjoy reading your blogs. I have a question for you and i'm not sure how to just send you like a private message. so i'll just ask you my question here and you can tell me or tell me where to find an anwser. How do i become a neighbor on localism.com? I've been posting blogs here on activerain that i want to go to localism and they arent showing up. So i'm still learning all this stuff. I just thought i would ask for some advise from a pro.

Thanks so Much!

Patt

Aug 12, 2008 06:04 AM #102
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Justin & Katie Keisler
Realty Executives of Hickory - Hickory, NC

Thanks so much for the tips! There are thousands of us out here that rushed to stake our claim, and then were like, "ok... um... now what?" Haha.

You're a lifesaver!

Thanks again! Have a great week!

Aug 12, 2008 12:41 PM #103
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Christine Donovan
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I think between you and Rich, I am beginning to get a handle on what I need to be doing. Thanks.
Aug 12, 2008 05:17 PM #104
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Patt - the way to become a Top Neighbor on Localism is by adding and contributing content. That's it.  As you add more valued posts, your picture will show up as a top neighbor.  You are already a neighbor and can view that by clicking on "view all neighbors".  All your posts will show up on your Localism profile, even if they aren't featured in your specific community.  Make sure you are posting them to the proper communities when you create them on AR.  :-)

Aug 13, 2008 02:48 AM #105
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Kat DeLong
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Brad:  I've asked this question over and over, and even had a feature about it, but have yet to get a "real" answer on: HOW TO  BECOME A TOP NEIGHBOR? It's not about points...or community sponsorship, so what does it take, exactly?  Thanks!

Sep 18, 2008 10:33 AM #106
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Kat - it's all about contribution and content.  Top neighbor is based on the most content, and the ones whom contribute the most to that area.  This includes, posts, photos, etc.  You can call me anytime if you need some tips and ideas.  Sponsored communities are great, being a top neighbor is awesome, and having posts and content keeps you on the front page of your community.  All 3 are areas to be utilized in providing, again, content.  Hope that helps, look forward to hearing from you if not.  :-)

Sep 21, 2008 08:45 AM #107
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Brad: Thanks so much.   I do contribute A LOT, but I guess, NOT enough. AND, I THINK my content has been Superior over most of the most in my area--I think that is what is most frustrating to me.

Thanks again. 

 

Sep 23, 2008 02:13 AM #108
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Everard Korthals
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Mountain Realty

Kathy, you will be rewarded by your content at a time that you probably least expect it. We'll check you out and pay it forward. Just keep blogging away!

Sep 23, 2008 03:56 AM #109
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Kat - as Localism grows and content becomes available in fifferent areas, you will see more changes and more often regarding top neighbors, like Victor says, just keep posting and it will happen.  Not sure why ANYONE would appear ahead of you, but it will all pan out in a very short time. Thanks, B~

Sep 23, 2008 10:30 AM #110
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Victor - love it when you talk "Paying It Forward", that's what AR is all about my friend.  :-)

Sep 23, 2008 10:31 AM #111
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Lisa Broadwater
Cascade Sotheby's International Realty - Sisters, OR
GRI, CDPE - Bend, Sisters, Tumalo, Redmond

Brad - Not sure if this is the place for a general Localism question, but here goes. I've been trying to comment on several posts in Localism - Oregon, but am unable; it says, "Temporarily disabled; coming soon." What's up?

Oct 31, 2008 10:18 AM #112
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Lisa - any spot is a good spot for a Localism question. :-)  Comments are not enabled on Localism just yet, that's why you got our message, coming soon...I promise.  :-)

Oct 31, 2008 11:37 AM #113
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Jean-Paul Peron
The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany - Corolla, NC
Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive

What if my neighborhood is already there but not named properly?

Dec 04, 2009 08:35 AM #136
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Jean-Paul - Let us know and we'll get it corrected. :-)

Dec 04, 2009 10:45 AM #137
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Frank Castaldini
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Ok, I'm in. I'll give this a shot in Bernal Heights, San Francisco the neighborhood I farm. I'm looking to see how it benefits me as I go forward. Thanks
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