Growth Leader by Market Leader Update

Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 SL3130026

read meIf it seems like I have been MIA for a while on Active Rain, It's not because I am anywhere other than working with clients!   When Bob Stewart and I had the chance to meet in person, he asked me to participate in their newest program Growth Leader by Market Leader. 

If you don't know what Growth Leader is, it's a turn key website that not only gets traffic to this site, but sends you text messages and alerts to your phone that you have new prospects in REAL TIME!  Then the site will track what they are looking at, what listings they have saved, but it will allow them to sign up for new listing alerts (all by itself), then it will also drip them with some great emails.

The Performance Evaluator will tell you how you are doing, and what your % of conversion is (and more) compared to other national averages with that same pointing hereamount of traffic to another site.  So you can easily see where you might need some improvement.

SO, with that being said, let me tell you what my Growth Leader site has done for me lately.

  • I have a total of 53 (subscribed and active) prospects (in less than 3 weeks)
  • Just 2% of my prospects requested mortgage information.
  • 77% of my prospects have requested new listing alerts. (this is huge!!)
  • 100% of my prospects have comments, where we have left messages and tried to connect with them.
  • ONLY 4% of my prospects have un-subscribed.
  • My performance evaluator has clearly told me that I need to contact my new prospects within 12 hours. (at least using the Initial Contact Wizard - so that it can track it, i.e. it doesn't count phone calls I would have made to that client).

During the last week of December, I received 15 prospects to my Growth Leader site

  • 2 Hot - I have connected with personally
  • 3 In-Active (Bad phone #'s)

For January (as of January 19th), I have received 40 prospects.

  • 3 Hot
  • Just 2 have un-subscribed.

I am still trying to make a regular connection with all if the prospects that have been to the site, except for the 2 that have un-subscribed.     It will be interesting to see my total number of prospects and what the final closed conversion rate will be.  You can count on me getting that information to you more timely, on a weekly basis, as promised to Bob.

Katrina Madewell

If your pipeline is empty, and you are looking for a turn key website that will guarantee some prospects, check out Growth Leader. 


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Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Englewood, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

Katrina - very interesting numbers. We are just starting with growth leader - website it up as of today. BTW I used to live in Tampa. I miss Tampa! Have a good one. ~Rita

Jan 19, 2009 02:40 PM #1
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Thanksk for the update, Katrina. Is this open to everyone now or still in beta stage?

Jan 20, 2009 03:42 AM #2
Jennifer Lew
DocuSign, Inc. - Seattle, WA

Hi Katrina - It's great to hear from you, and the wonderful progress you've made with Growth Leader.  Do you have any questions about any of the features on your website or tools in Vision?  Don't forget to answer the weekly questions that Bob has posted on our private forum.  We'd love to hear your feedback. 

Hi Sharon - Growth Leader is available to any agent in the US.  There are a few markets where Growth Leader is not yet available.  If you're interested, I would call Will or Marcia at 1-800-491-3687 for more information.

Jan 20, 2009 04:10 AM #3
Katrina Madewell
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 - Tampa, FL
Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196

There you go Sharon -  I will continue to post updates so feel free to subscribe to my blog where I will post my progress.

Jennifer thanks for being Patient, the holidays were a tought time to start something new but I will post more often as promised.

Jan 20, 2009 02:06 PM #4
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I would love to discuss this with you when we meet for coffee or lunch!


Jan 22, 2009 12:47 AM #5
Unsatisfied customer!!!!!!

Market Leader is a RIPOFF DO NOT SIGN UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 01, 2009 01:36 PM #7
Leon Deltona Fl

I am a real estate agent that decided to call after receiving an email from the Realtor board. The sales rep told me about the services and said that I could sign up for a discounted rate for the first three months. The cost would be $99 a month for the first 3 months and then $250 a month for the rest of the months. He said that this was a trial period and that I could cancel at any time.

I was excited about this and decided to sign up for 2 areas which would cost me $99 each every month. I figured that I could try it out for a few months and then cancel if I didnt get any leads, which is what the service is made for. I thought this was a great offer and even repeated the offer to the guy making sure that I could cancel within those first 3 months with no penalty.

He told me that I could cancel and I would only owe for the remainder of the trial period. They then sent me over the contract via email, which I skimmed over and then I signed up.

Once signed up I received leads but most of them had no contact information and I got names like 'Brown Shoe' as leads.

I tried it for a couple of months and did not like the service. I did not want to pay $500 a month for services that did not work. I decided to call and cancel.

When I spoke to somebody they said that in order for me to cancel I had to pay 50% of the rest of my initial period, but my initial period was A YEAR, not the 3 months that the sales rep sold me on. When I started to complain about this the manager laughed at my problem and pointed me to the terms of service I agreed to.

I know what I asked the sales rep because I would never have signed up for a service for a year without trying out the services first. I even repeated what he said because it sounded too good to be true. The sales rep

told me what I wanted to hear in order to sign me up and then sent me over numerous emails and forms to go over.

Like I said i skimmed over these and it was my understanding that the 3 months was my trial period not a year.

Needless to say they dont record phone calls so there is no proof that the sales rep misleaded me, and since i agreed to the terms of service my options are: stay with the bad service and pay $500 a month, or cancel and pay $2200 to do so.

If you are thinking about signing up, don't, if the service was worth anything then they would allow you to pay on a month to month basis like other services. I know that the sales rep mislead me and maybe it was an accident due to his missunderstanding of the terms of service, but when I spoke to him about this, of course he denied telling me anything different.

I would not complain if the service was worth the money but it isnt. The customer service reps, who probably make $8.00 an hour, laughed at my problems and accused me of lying while pointing to the misleadind terms of service that they have.

If they dont let me out of the contract I will make sure that I get my $500 worth in any way I can. Hopefully these words will save somebody from the stress and headache and have caused me.

Housevalues is a ripoff
deltona, Florida

Jul 01, 2009 02:43 PM #8
Jason Smith
Crye-Leike Realtors - Fayetteville, AR

Hi Katrina,

Just wondering if you have had continued success with this product.  Please let me know anything as I'm considering joining.

Warm Regards,

Jason Smith

Dec 10, 2009 12:58 PM #9

I am real estate broker that was "lured in" by Market Leader's false promises.  What a gigantic ripoff!! First, my "new website" which they were supposed to drive business to was a poor, unprofessional template complete with LOTS of typos.  Should have been the first clue.

They promised to send me at LEAST 20 "qualified" leads per month for about $700.  Needless to say, the leads are worthless, exactly like every other "referral based" web service out there. I tried it for a couple of months and told them I wanted to cancel based on the sales reps false promises.  When I complained they harassed me daily via phone, email, etc.  The sales rep told me what I wanted to hear in order to sign me up and then sent me over numerous emails and forms to go over.

If you are thinking about signing up, don't. I would not complain if the service was worth the money but it isnt. The customer service reps, who probably make $8.00 an hour, laughed at my problems and accused me of lying while pointing to the misleadind terms of service that they have.

The sales people for this company are very convincing.  Run fast and run far!!! RIPOFF!!!!
Housevalues is a ripoff.

Oct 07, 2010 06:49 AM #10
Corie & Mark Dickinson

Has anyone had success with "marketleader" lately?  We are considering joining but these 2 examples makes me wonder if they have changed at all from HouseValues!

Jan 07, 2011 06:48 AM #11
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

wow its so nice to hear they true comments and thanks for the heads up.

Feb 23, 2012 10:06 PM #12
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