Corinne Guest, Barrington Lifestyles (Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company)

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Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Corinne,

The aesthetic of the home page is not pleasing to our eyes.  In our opinion from a design stand point, there are too many colors.  The photos are out of focus once enlarged.  We too stay away from the home page, and just go to the featured posts tab, or the daily drop.  

Oct 20, 2016 12:04 AM
Rainmaker
724,214
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I don't like the home page at all - too chaotic and busy looking. Featured photo's still too huge.

Oct 19, 2016 11:43 PM
Rainmaker
1,366,927
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Corinne Guest, Managing Broker I agree, the page is blown out of proportion the rainbow effect is annoying.

Oct 19, 2016 11:43 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I don't care for the home page ane vere visit. I select featured or following posts on the blogs page

Oct 20, 2016 12:06 AM
Rainmaker
3,167,405
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Print could be a bit smaller and the page toned down a bit!

Oct 19, 2016 11:57 PM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I never visit the homepage...#2 is my way

Oct 19, 2016 11:39 PM
Ambassador
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Corrine, I really like to offer my full support to the ActiveRain bosses, but I spend as little time on the home page now as possible.  I do like the way the list popular posts somewhere toward the side or bottom of the page.  But the featured posts are just too in your face. 

Oct 20, 2016 02:53 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I never read the features page.

Oct 20, 2016 09:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I avoid the home page.  I go directly to my notifications and then from there I click the blogs link.

Oct 20, 2016 06:56 AM
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not visit the home page.  I do not believe the design us up for vote. It was addressed a few weeks ago. 

Oct 20, 2016 01:15 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I rarely go to the "front page" but understand the opposing opinions.  When it comes to ActiveRain there are always changes, upgrades, updates and revisions.   

Oct 20, 2016 12:23 AM
Rainmaker
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I rarely see the Homepage, my site is bookmarked in Chrome, so I open directly to the sign-in page 99% of the time. I search Featured when I want to read them. I do like the home page though, if you are featured, you're REALLY featured there!

Oct 20, 2016 12:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I would vote for a redo of the homepage and would do number 2 as well!

Oct 19, 2016 11:52 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It is an in-your-face presentation and I do not care for it. I find I don't go to it either.

Oct 20, 2016 12:28 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 The new home page is challenging.  Too big, too many colors.

Oct 20, 2016 12:18 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I haven't been visiting the home page. 

Oct 20, 2016 11:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Since you asked the question Corinne Guest, Managing Broker today is the only the second time since the revision that I have visited the 'home page'.  Add my vote to the nays.

Oct 20, 2016 12:43 AM
Rainmaker
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Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

I agree with the responses that the home page should be revised and I rarely visit it.

Oct 20, 2016 12:30 AM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I read from the home page.

I believe the plan/thoughts Bob had (esp from some of the feedback) was to make them smaller and also have more on the page.

Oct 20, 2016 12:15 AM
Rainmaker
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

One courageous AR member identified the home page as amateurish at best, a few weeks ago.

Ben, has a plan, and unless you have been asked, he will move forward with what he has in mind. The intent, as was shared months ago, is for AR to become a content authority. Of course, that means agents supply the content.

Have you noticed how this change in direction has changed participation in AR sections such as Q & A and the newbie blogs.

I do not spend even a fraction of a second on the home page and no longer review the featured blogs.

 

 

Oct 20, 2016 12:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I look  on the big page

 

Oct 19, 2016 11:47 PM
Rainmaker
1,505,092
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Blogs page then featured. I don't like the format on the home page now. You're right it's like whoa turn down the large print!

Oct 19, 2016 11:45 PM
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Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Mesa, AZ
ActiveRain

As you mentioned, if you don't like the new home page design, one can still get a similar look to the old design in the blogs area by sorting as featured. Here is the quick link to that:

http://activerain.com/bloghome?search_query%5Btopic_slug%5D=&since=2016-10-14&filter=featured

I'm sorry you're not a fan. After we redo the profiles and the blog pages, we'll circle back and make some tweaks to the home page design. That being said, It is highly unlikely that it would return to the previous design.

Thank you for the feedback that every has left here and in other places. We are not ignoring it and our designers and the rest of the team are all directed to posts like this to read through and get a sense for how people feel.

Something we've never done before is 'use driven development'. Where we analyze exactly what people click on and how they use the site to try to improve it. That's become our focus as we design different elements of the site. So if there is a massive drop in the engagment on the home page (or even a small drop), we'll know about it and we'll make adjustments. 

Again, thanks for starting the discussion Corrine.

Oct 21, 2016 03:42 AM
Rainmaker
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Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

I am using and viewing AR's home page on a mobile device, but I like the new layout/design. It is mobile-friendly  and in turn will make our blogs more google-friendly. 

Oct 20, 2016 04:57 PM
Rainmaker
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

I used option 1 until the recent home page design.

Oct 20, 2016 04:46 PM
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Corinne - I never visit the home page ordinarily, and I agree that it could use a bit of tweaking to make it more user friendly.

Oct 20, 2016 05:43 AM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not even check there. I usually check blogs of those I follow or search for a specific topic. 

Oct 20, 2016 04:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I will look through my activity feed.

Oct 20, 2016 04:20 AM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I normally do not search for these posts.

'Featured' is an elusive description.

Oct 20, 2016 12:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I do agree.  

Oct 19, 2016 11:58 PM
Rainmaker
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

 I go to http://activerain.com/bloghome and select "Featured" in the drop down field "Type"

Nov 05, 2017 09:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I glimpse the home page since I log out every day, I focus more on blogs I follow as opposed to featured

And yeah, thoe home leaves much to be desired IMO - it really does look amaturish

Oct 21, 2016 03:16 AM
Ambassador
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Corinne Guest, Managing Broker - I still love the home page! New look it is.

Oct 20, 2016 03:50 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I love featured posts

Oct 20, 2016 11:25 AM