Do you have input for a NAHREP seminar about blogging/social media?

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Hola a Todos, I need your feedback. Can you help me out?

I am a moderator for a panel titled "Online Social Networking and Blogging for Business" It will be Monday morning September 29th at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, AZ. We have three dynamic speakers lined up:

Ricardo Bueno - author of,, check out his profile on AR

Jay Thompson - author of the Phoenix Real Estate Guy, check out his profile on AR

Kevin Boer - author of 3 Oceans Real Estate and you can check him out on twitter

I have met all three of these guys and I read a lot of what they write. They are all extremely knowledgeable and entertaining speakers. I have heard both Jay and Kevin speak at Inman's conference and I taught a class with Ricardo at the NAHREP regional conference in Anaheim focusing specifically on the Hispanic market.

Can you think of any questions to ask these pros? You can add them to this post or send me an email at brian (at)

Here are a few ideas I have off the top of my head.

Basics - what is social media/blogging?

Explain the core differences between social networks and blogs?

Should real estate professionals have a blog? What should they blog about?

Where to blog? AR? Personal blog?

How do you calculate the success of a blog? How do you best convert visitors to clients?

Name top 5 social networks agents should be apart of. What are the do's and don'ts of social networking online?

If you had one thing you can attribute to your success in blogging what would it be?

Also, we will have a special part on reaching the Hispanic community online through social media and blogs.

What are your thoughts? What would you like to know? What do you think would be valuabe to share with attendees. I appreciate your insight.



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Victor Montalvo Bilingual Realtor Sí, hablo español
Exit Realty Associates - Austin, TX

What is the difference of Blogging, SEO, SEM, and SMO?

What is SEO and how is if different from Blogging?

What are the percentage of conversion rate?

What is better Blogging verses placement of a website?

What are key terms and how effective are they for placement?

Aug 31, 2008 04:07 PM #1
Carla Briceno

Check out the books The New World of Marketing and PR or Marketing to the Social Web for some good ideas!

Carla Briceno
Bixal Solutions, Inc.

Sep 01, 2008 02:32 AM #2
Fabio Rodriguez
VivaReal Inc - Santa Rosa, CA

The list of topics looks quite comprehensive, I am particularly interested on the 5th one "How do you calculate the success of a blog? How do you best convert visitors to clients?" ... I would go beyond asking something like how do you spark fruitful conversations and stimulate comments not from other professionals but from potential homebuyers?. I mean, you can always provide great information, and surely there is a ton of people reading that content, but what about the actual discussion, How do I start a discussion that could potentially end up with a sale?.

The convention in Phoenix is going to be a terrific event,  this year´s list of speakers is outstanding and it´s a shame I won´t be able to be there, well hope I can make it to next year´s

Sep 01, 2008 05:20 AM #3
Brian Requarth
VivaReal - Santa Rosa, CA

Victor, thank you for your questions. We will be sure to cover some of the questions.

Carla, I will definitely check out those books. I'm a sucker for a new book. Just can't get enough. Thanks for adding me to linkedin.

Fabio, I think you bring up a good point. Hopefully we can shed some light on this in the session. We will get you out there for 2009.

Sep 01, 2008 06:00 AM #4
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate

Brian, great list of questions/topics.  I think that you gathered the key points to address without overwhelming.  Also, congrats on getting stellar speakers. 

I know Ricard personally and he is not only an amazing and natural blogger, but a very giving human being.

I have read Jay's and Kevin's blogs and they are both just stellar.  You will have a great session with these speakers.

Sep 01, 2008 09:03 AM #5
Brian Requarth
VivaReal - Santa Rosa, CA

Irina, thanks so much for the positive feedback. I am really looking forward to it. I will try and film the session and post some of it online for people to check out.

Sep 01, 2008 01:23 PM #6
James Arias
Bilingual Marketing - Santa Rosa, CA

Hi Brian.

A good topic would be. What's better a Blog? or a Website?.... how about both? If so, how can I combine them?

That's  a question I have heard many many times from my clientes!

Un abrazo y las mejores de las suertes en la convencion !!!


Sep 02, 2008 03:17 AM #7
Brian Requarth
VivaReal - Santa Rosa, CA

James, thanks for the comment. I agree that this is a question a lot of people are asking. Thanks for your feedback.

Sep 02, 2008 10:54 AM #8
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