Active Rain, The Washington Post, and My Name in Print

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291
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airplane in hangarcake slice Saturday was a wonderful day! We met the pilots at the airport, had breakfast at the diner - what we call "hanger flying" – you go somewhere and just talk about flying. Today's conversation started with, "Did you hear about the guy who had a stroke, yes while flying, lost his vision and still landed safely? (The story from England is here.)

Then went to visit some special friends, Marge and Henry; we stopped by with a cake to celebrate Marge's birthday.

 Oh, yes, and then I ratified a contract and listed a new one that's up on ActiveRain with a dozen  comments.

 

Driving home, I received an exciting call: "You are featured in a story on the front page of the Washington Post!" Immediately I called my friend Peg who subscribes to the Post and she had it right in front of her – lead story in the Real Estate section of the Sunday paper.

We got off the Beltway to find my own copy of the paper. Sure enough, the headline read:

"How do you make an OPEN HOUSE stand out? Sometimes agents go to Extremes, but the Glitz doesn't always help."  This was the picture in the Washington Post

                                                                   Photo taken from The Washington Post 

Not every place in Baltimore carries the Post, so we had to go to several places and bought a bunch of copies, then called Tatiana in New Mexico to share the news, since she's in the article, too.

Piggy TRAC

It started a week or so ago, when I received a call from a Dan Rafter, a freelance writer for the Washington Post. He was interested in unusual open houses, and saw my post on the "Piggy TRAC Barbeque"

 That's right, Dan found me through Active Rain!   

If you have a chance to speak with a reporter, remember they are on a deadline and usually have an assignment. Second, find out what the article is going to be about and focus on that.  I would have liked to talk about Auctions or my book, but his assignment was open houses, so we stayed on topic. He wanted stories of unusual open houses like the "Piggy TRAC," and wanted to speak a home owner who had a good experience with an Open House. I told Dan about the champagne and popcorn event for the Historic Church.  Not Your Every Day Open House  He liked the idea, and I knew Tatiana would be able to give him a good interview.

And there was the story on the front page of the REAL ESTATE section including a mention of Active Rain! Turns out I didn't need to run around and buy copies of the Post; the article is all online.

This is one more good example of how Active Rain can bring unexpected attention to your business!signature

 

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Tanya, Thanks for calling me back. Enjoyed talking with you.

Received this email from Dan Rafter today:

"Hi, Margaret: Hope all is well. Just wanted to thank you for the kind message you left on my voice mail yesterday. I often hear back from people when they don't like something in a story. I rarely hear back, though, when people do actually like the stories, so I appreciate your kind words. Thanks to for mentioning the Washington Post story on Active Rain....Sincerely,Dan Rafter "

Dan has accepted my Active Rain invittation. Now let's all go welcome him.

Nov 11, 2008 11:14 AM #15
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Greg Gorman
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Awesome Margaret... Always great things happening around you! Hugs from Paradise.

Team Paradise Logo

Nov 11, 2008 08:56 PM #16
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Margaret - congrats on being featured in the Post. I like the creative flair.

Nov 11, 2008 11:01 PM #17
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Tanya Venable
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Hey Margaret, it was great talking to you too. That is so cool. This sounds like the makings of a budding friendship. Did you write the post welcoming Dan yet?

Nov 11, 2008 11:06 PM #18
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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Welcome to the online world.  We could make things so much easier on ourselves if we just think outside the box

Shelton

Nov 12, 2008 08:47 AM #19
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Mike, Thanks so much. Creativity is all around us.

Greg, Thanks for your support. Good things happen around us all.

Tanya, Dan is a special person and he has joined AR. 

Shelton, You are so right.  "Welcome to the online world.  We could make things so much easier on ourselves if we just think outside the box"

Nov 12, 2008 10:48 AM #20
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Martha Brown
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Margaret- Thinking outside the box and being creative with our opens works wonders. Congrats on being recognized so warmly for all your fun and inventive home selling activities.

Nov 13, 2008 01:18 PM #21
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Martha, Thanks for your warm congratulations.

Nov 13, 2008 01:29 PM #22
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Margaret- Congratulations!the press is certainly taking notice of Active Rain, I sure hope your Book will make it to the Post also.

Nov 13, 2008 01:43 PM #23
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Jennifer, You are a dear. That would be so nice. Thanks for your wonderful support.

Nov 13, 2008 02:00 PM #24
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Margaret Woda
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I saw the article, but didn't take the time to read it.  Wow, I should have... and I would have saved a copy for you.  I agree with Jennifer - maybe this will give you an "in" to get your book promoted...

Nov 13, 2008 02:13 PM #25
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Alexsandra Stewart
Remax equity group - Portland, OR
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What a great day with friends and cake!   --and then the icing --congratulations on being featured in the Post. Hope the article brings even more success.

Nov 13, 2008 06:53 PM #26
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Nice Margaret, perfect timing for you with your book released.  Do you talk about open houses at all in your book?  You could write another post about your open house feature in the paper and then segway about how you also talk some about open houses in your book, and you could write that post for say, Ezine articles, or a press release on PR Web.

Sorry, my mind always seems to run away with me....know that I make the suggestion in sincerity.

Nov 15, 2008 06:40 PM #27
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C Tann-Starr
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Awesome! Simply awesome! I love reading great news like this. It really makes my day. :-)

Nov 16, 2008 01:07 AM #28
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Margaret, Thanks so much. I have some extra copies and it is also online. My book is now at the printers. So very exciting.

Alexsandra, I do love that name. The icing was delicious both on the cake and being featured!

Rebecca, Love the way your mind is working. Bet you are a Type E...go take the quiz. It is on the front page of my website.

C..and I love sharing with special people like you. Getting ready to do another interview.....more later. Hope Steven is still dancing!

Nov 17, 2008 06:05 AM #29
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Tim Rogers
Coaches Corner Radio...The Real Estate Guy - State College, PA

Congrat's,

That's an awesome story.  Last Thursday, a reporter from NPR radio called me and interviewed me about geothermal heat and alternative energy sources for a story this week.  She found me on Localism.com.  The power of blogging is fantastic.

Tim

Nov 17, 2008 06:32 AM #30
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Tim, I hope you will be able to share the NPR interview with us. Awesome that she found you on Localism and you are so right..... the power of blogging is  fantastic.

Nov 17, 2008 07:29 AM #31
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Tim Rogers
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Margaret,

I will share the story once I know when it airs.  What is amazing about blogging is that I simply posted a story about geothermal heat.  I'm not an expert on heat sources, and I don't hold any degree's with this emphasis but the fact that she found my Localism post and thought it was educational moved her to call me rather than some PhD at the local university.

Tim

Nov 18, 2008 01:32 AM #32
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Sonja Adams
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Congratulations!  That is great news and great publicity for you....now you have something more to add to your marketing campaign!

Nov 18, 2008 01:44 AM #33
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Tim, Looking forward to the NPR story. We are proof that blogging really does work.

Sonia, Thanks for stopping to share the good PR

Nov 18, 2008 07:03 AM #34
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