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10 Blogs Every Business Owner Should Be Reading
With all the responsibilities that come with running a business, reading blogs may not be high on your list of priorities. However, it should be. The best business blogs provide insights, advice, and knowledge for running a successful business that can't be found elsewhere. Moreover, they provide motivation, as most of the authors are business owners who have overcome challenges similar to ones you may be experiencing. That said, bearing your time limitations in mind, we've compiled this list of the 10 best business blogs to follow TODAY.
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NAR Midyear Trade Show: Top Tech to Check Out
While you could get overwhelmed trying to wade through a now remarkably massive trade expo at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (NAR) Annual Convention, NAR Midyear in DC is a much different story. Navigating next week's Midyear Trade Expo in Washington, DC at the Marriott Wardman is downright manageable, and much more intimate than its big sister. It's not only smaller – about 140 exhibitors – but it lasts just two days: Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16, from 10am - 6pm. Best of all, there are several tech firms with exhibits worth visiting, whether you want to see what's new or what may be new to you. Here's a quick preview:
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Boise Insider Tips for RESO Tech Summit Attendees
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Replay: The Top 4 Broker Webinars of 2018
From new brokerage models to a broker-friendly portal option, brokers had to be on top of a lot of new developments in 2018. To help keep our readers abreast of the latest industry changes, we hosted a series of live webinars in 2018. We've compiled a list of our top webinars from last year to make it easy for you to learn the best strategies for thriving in an ever more competitive landscape. Check out our top webinars from 2018 below:
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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Real Estate Agent in Your Life
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What Not to Miss and Put on Your List for Boston NAR
Each year, I try to find some of the things you won't want to miss at the annual National Association of REALTORS Conference and Expo. This week, some 20,000 real estate pros are expected to take over Boston, one of America's great historic cities packed with extraordinary tourist attractions. One thing you'd like to miss but may not be able to are the union workers striking outside several Westin Hotels in the city. It started in Boston and has hit seven other major metro areas. My wife and I just traveled through Waikiki for a day last week and were stunned by the amount of noise these folks picketing in front of several hotels made. They are in national negotiations as of Monday night, but it might be a good idea to bring earplugs if you have to stay at one of the impacted hotels (see this).
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7 Communication Apps for Your Business
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Top 7 Things to Do and See at National REALTORS Conference 2018 in Boston
NAR's Conference in Boston is shaping up to be one of the best events yet. That doesn't mean you should spend all day couped up in the conference center. We've pulled together a list of seven things you should do while at the convention and while you're in Boston. If you can spare them, consider spending an extra day or two in the area before or after the conference to take full advantage of the city and its surroundings.
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9 of the Best Marketing Apps for Your Business
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Three Stories for You to Read: Amazon, Cybersecurity, App Dev
In the event of Inman Connect this week, these were three stories I found which piqued my interest this last week. Will Amazon Uber-ize the Real Estate Industry? Cisco and Juniper Networks stocks slipped last Friday on news from The Information that Amazon was entering the $14 billion data center equipment business. While searching for more news, I stumbled upon investment firm TwinRock Partners' article about Amazon and real estate.
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Social Media Influencers in Real Estate
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Reading About CRM? Here Are the Top CRM Books and Blogs
The field of customer relationship management (CRM) is dynamic. Any business that wants to learn more about maximizing their client relationships needs to stay as up to date on new CRM developments by using as many reliable resources as possible. Here are 14 books, blogs, and other publications that can help.
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Top Podcasts for Real Estate Professionals
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10 Books for an Awesome 2018
You've probably been going like gangbusters with your 2017 real estate business and have been so busy that you haven't had time to read any good books. Over the holidays, take advantage of that extra time off to let your inner bookworm shine through. Here are our best picks for business, real estate and entrepreneurial books to read and help you get a leg-up in 2018. Get ready to ring in the New Year curled up by the fire with a good book. Here are our faves.
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Apps Are Cool Again: Here are 4 cool free apps that work for real estate
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Top 5 Tech Tools for Savvy Brokers
The new iPhone X is building quite a buzz in real estate circles, in particular because of its Augmented Reality Kit. Some reviews have been so bold to call it "the future of the smartphone." It's not surprising because future technology always draws strong interest from brokers and agents. We saw this at the technology sessions at our recent Florida Realtors® Convention, which were packed. There was a plethora of new tech and future tech talked about at the convention. Let's take a look at some of the hottest tech tools today for savvy brokers. They're designed to help them better organize their lives, increase productivity, and improve their work/life balance:
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The Top 10 Marketing Blogs to Start Reading Today
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Should REALTORS® Upgrade to Windows 10?
Have you been wondering if you should upgrade to Windows 10? I've spent the last 30 days or so using Windows 10. Microsoft has touted the benefits of upgrading and published many articles about the enhancements and usability of their latest generation operating system. I'll be the first person to tell you that when Windows 8 was released, the change was significant. It was so different from Windows 7 that even some tech savvy folks took some time to get their head around how it functioned. The interface was totally different—and don't get me started on the metro view and charms bar. Well, with Windows 10, I would say they got it right. Below is a summary of my experience with Windows 10 over the last month. Although different than Windows 7, the interface is clean and easy to understand. The start button has returned (albeit, it was available in Windows 8.1). In addition to the expected applications on the menu, there are also some dynamic applications and feeds to the right. Items can easily be pinned to the menu. I'm using a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 notebook/tablet. Jumping between tablet mode and desktop mode is very simple. I can quickly enable the onscreen keyboard and the system is intuitive enough to know that I've switched between the two options. The search capabilities have greatly improved. You're given a search option on the task bar that allows you to search your local machine and the web simultaneously. At first I didn't think this would be a functionality I would want, much less use. However, in the last month, I have definitely grown to like it.
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Static Data Can Be Boring and Stale. This Tool Can Make It Fresh!
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Canva: A Simple, Beautiful Way to Create Great Marketing Content
As a real estate professional, you need to wear a lot hats. You have to be a jack of all trades, and it is up to you to be proficient at each one. However, a lot of Realtors® seem to stumble when it comes down to design. You know your market or properties inside and out and you can tell people about them until the cows come home, but putting those details into a professional looking marketing piece can sometimes be problematic. Canva to the rescue! The hardest part about designing something is getting the project started. Most of us don't have the creative insight and vision to see the final result we want. Canva has 20 different templates and countless design options to get you moving, to spark that imagination and make it your own. Here is a list of some of the pre-sized design templates currently available to create: Facebook covers Posts Posters Business cards Social media graphics Twitter banners Real estate flyers (133 templates just in this category) Facebook ads Pinterest Collages and so much more!
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6 New Inventions to Boost Your Business
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Why You Should Consider Exclusive Licensing
Have you ever received the same marketing message from multiple companies? We have. Our CEO, Victor Lund, was recently telling me how three different brokerages sent him the exact same "Spring Forward" postcard. Though each "customized" the message with their logo, they also distributed it via Facebook, Twitter, and email. That's 12 exposures to the same boring message! As an industry, we can do better. How phony do you look when you're doing the exact same thing as the competitor across the street? What's more, how do you differentiate yourself when all you're doing is exactly what everyone else is doing? We recently talked about exclusivity in email marketing. The buck doesn't stop there, though. If you want your brokerage to remain competitive, consider purchasing an exclusive license for your company website and back office solutions. The What and the Why of Exclusive Licensing So what is an exclusive license? In short, it's a way to guarantee that the product you've purchased cannot be used by any other broker in your area. While more expensive than a non-exclusive license, exclusive licensing pays off in other ways.
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Top Real Estate Magazines For 2014
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App Spotlight: Scoop.It
Using Scoop.It is such a great way to curate content from various posts and pages all over the web and present it in an organized format. Scoop.it is an easy to use web tool that allows a user to quickly create a newspaper-looking webpage with links to resources that go together. Each link is displayed as if it is an article in a newspaper with a title, image, and snippet of text. Scoop.It works much like Pinterest where you use a bookmarklet to scoop up a post that you may find on Twitter, Google, Facebook or anywhere on the web. Rather than boards, you have topics where all of your scoops are housed. I have a variety of topics targeted to my various audiences. One of my topics is Video Marketing for Real Pros. When ever I come across a post or page that pertains to creating better videos, I scoop.it up under that topic and then share to my various networks. I recently scooped How To Get More Views On YouTube – Top 9 Techniques. You'll see you are guided to the post--however, you're then exposed to all the other scoops I have on video marketing.
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Top Broker Product Reviews from 2013
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Lead Consolidation: Two Forgotten Words in Online Real Estate Marketing
If you are anything like me, you are tired of hearing about the latest and greatest app you have to learn how to use, or the next best service to buy. My mind is going through "technology overload," making it difficult to stay current — and many times a good idea or service may go unnoticed. Let me start off by saying I am frugal when it comes to spending money on tools to grow my business. It might not always be a positive trait to have, but on the plus side, if I buy into something it has to be good — so listen up. Last month I was at a technology summit where a real estate panelist mentioned a new service called "FiveStreet," which was revolutionizing his business by consolidating his online prospects. I have been on the quest for something like this for more than three years, so hearing that this product is available got me a bit excited. If your business is anything like ours, we get 15-25 inbound leads a day. It has been a constant struggle to manually input all the data, respond to all online inquiries in a timely manner, properly track them to see where they all come from, all while being able to route them to the proper team of agents. We've tried our hand at various CRM tools, and we boast about being equipped with tools to serve our business. But one thing I have noticed over the years is that many of the CRM software providers don't fully communicate with the real estate syndication websites. There is always a missing piece to the puzzle. This FiveStreet service seems to be the missing piece of the puzzle that can tie it all together.
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5 Best Productivity Tools & Mobile Apps For Tech-Savvy Real Estate Teams
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Face to Face Networking With Meetup!
This post comes to us from the Obeo blog: I'm excited to tell you about a great community builder used by over 14 million people in over 196 countries! Meetup has become known as the world's largest network of local groups. The goal of Meetup is to make it easy for anyone to create local groups or find many individuals in already established groups meeting face to face. More than 9,000 groups are currently getting together in local communities each day with the help of Meetup. Why Meetup Matters to Real Estate Professionals Running your own business is challenging, and one of the biggest challenges for many of us is networking. Meetup is not only great for those looking to get more involved in real estate groups, but other community groups as well. Meeting with groups that have similar hobbies or interests can not only get you involved with things you like doing, but also with people that have similar hobbies, and allow for a variety of other networking possibilities. Joining existing groups allows great opportunities for networking. Do a search for groups in your area that are meeting on topics that interest you. Maybe you want to learn more about WordPress? Or social media? Or try a topic that is purely for fun – hiking, wine tasting or reading. Please remember to be smart, and only join a group meeting in a very public location where you will feel safe and be surrounded by others.
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6 Top Real Estate Podcasts to Check Out
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Real Estate Tool of the Month: Feedly
It was heartbreaking – the news that Google Reader was being retired. Done away with. Exiled. I honestly considered it to be tragic, and I miss my old friend Google Reader. We were close friends for many years, visiting each other almost every single day. I honestly couldn't imagine life with out my dear friend. But I've started seeing someone else, and I have to say, this new friend is awesome! My new friend's name is Feedly, and I'd like to introduce you. We have chosen Feedly to be July's real estate tool of the month because the two of you need to meet. Feedly organizes your favorite blogs, news sites, podcasts, YouTube channels and more in one place. Feedly features multiple layout options, very fast connection speeds for both desktops, tablets and phones. Feedly is also created with sharing content and mobile integration. Now that we know what this product is capable of, how does this help with my needs as a real estate professional?
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Card Game: Business Cards Go Digital
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Real Estate App of the Week: Quora
Imagine asking a question and getting immediate answers from those in the know? That's what Quora is, and now, I'm addicted. It's like Wikipedia but the information you get is only from the people you know or those you choose to follow. Forget using this app to get any cold, hard facts, but it's great for getting quick insight. Here's what they say about it: Quora is an information network that connects you to everything you want to know about. Quora aims to be the easiest place to blend new content with the best of what's on the web. We organize people and their interests so you can actually find, collect and share the information most valuable to you. When you want to know more about something, Quora delivers you answers and content from people who share your interests and people who have first-hand knowledge — like real doctors, economists, screenwriters, police officers, and military veterans. On Quora, it's easy to create a personalized homepage of everything you want to know about by following topics, questions, people and boards.
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5 Mobile Apps for Running Your Business On-the-Go
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SL Director’s Viewfinder Android App Review
Today we're sharing an Android App for Cinematographers. It's called the SL Director's Viewfinder.
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Top Seven Tech Tools You Need As a Real Estate Agent
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Our Favorite Business iPad Apps
Guest contributor Kashoo says: From simple mobile connectivity to cloud-based apps that manage core business disciplines, the iPad is changing the way business gets done. And here at Kashoo, we practice what we preach! Here are some of our favorite business iPad apps that we're using every day... Chuck / CTO: OmniFocus is my go-to for running my GTD system. Everything I'm doing or going to do is in there. With OS X, iPhone and iPad clients, I can see what I have to do anywhere I am. I also love Notes Plus and Keynote. Jim / CEO: Soulver is a great companion app to Kashoo. I keep our monthly expenses and key performance indicators in scratch files and I can do quick "What if?" calculations. I use GoToMeeting on the iPad to participate in our webinars. When I'm working on documents offline I use Office2 HD to connect to our Google Apps and create/edit documents. Scott / Marketing: Mindjet for iPad is a cool, easy way to generate ideas, create diagrams, or simply organize thoughts. Amrik / Small Business Evangelist: Hootsuite is a fantastic app for social media management. You can set up multiple social accounts, schedule messages to go out in the future, and keep on top of social media responses sent by multiple staff members. I also use Skitch to quickly annotate screenshots and drawings.
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5 Evernote Uses For REALTORS®
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Top 10 Grammar Mistakes to Avoid (Part Two)
In my previous post, I covered 5 of the top 10 grammar mistakes to avoid in your writing. Today, I'm going to share the last 5 mistakes. Just to remind you, I'm calling on everyone to catch any mistakes I've made and correct me. 6. Then vs. Than This one is pretty simple. As a general rule, use "then" when you're talking about time and "than" when you're making a comparison. Then: "I will see you then." You may also use "then" under other circumstances, such as when you're qualifying a preceding statement or making an "if . . . then" statement. Than: "Ernie is taller than Bob." "You're better at this than I am."  
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Fun and Creative Real Estate Marketing Ideas
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Use A Badge To Increase Website Leads
We recently launched the ability for real estate agents to embed a trust badge into their websites and blogs that displays their reviews. I wanted to share some thoughts on how this can help you increase your business. Verisign recently published the results of a study that asked people to rate the trustworthiness of unfamiliar websites on a scale of 1 to 100 (with 100 being “I trust this site completely”). The study found that the the average score was only 61 out of 100. In other words, most people on the Web give unfamiliar websites a rating just above an “F.” And how well do you think a website with an “F” would convert cold visitors into new leads? Not well.
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What are You Building? Relationships or Barriers?
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Want to Secure Your Website for Under $500?
I had no idea how much there was to know about website protection. Most of what we hear about is the information “security” side of the coin, which is making sure that hackers can’t intrude into your system and your malware/ virus protections are current. This gets most of the press and is definitely important. There is an entirely different side to the coin of information security- that’s the legal side, which includes “privacy,” “intellectual property”, and “liability” matters. And the coin of this realm in the real estate industry is minted with the image of the Privacy Guru®, Darity Wesley.  
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Wait on These 4 New Years Resolutions and Prepare for Failure in 2011
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Real Estate Agent Review Sites- Stop Whining!
  Earlier this week, Zillow – a popular real estate listing portal, home value estimating, forum wielding, data containing, subject to much assault from real estate agents web site – announced they were implementing a real estate agent review component to their oft-visited web site. You know, a place where you can give a real estate agent a “five star” (or one star) review. Ostensibly a place where folks pondering buying or selling a home could go and find an agent, and by looking at reviews from past clients be privy to whether or not an agent was worth a damn at what they do. Or should be doing. Within minutes of the announcement, the whining commenced Good grief, you’d think by the reaction of some in the real estate community that this agent review system was the first of its kind, the genesis of a new way for real estate consumers to find more information on an agent. Some would even lead you to believe this is all some sort of vast conspiracy to steal databases and put real estate agents out of business.  
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The Three Barreled Marketing Gun
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Top 15 Best Android Apps for Real Estate Agents and Brokers
Enough about iPhones... at least for the moment.  One of the largest growing market shares in the mobile industry is Android.  "There's an app for that" rings true for Android also.  For real estate professionals, looking for helpful Android mobile applications to help drive their business, we stumbled upon a great article from Tech Savvy Agent's blog.  Guest writer Tucker Wannamaker of The Springs Real Estate Network highlighted fifteen of the best Android real estate apps.  His list included:
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Be Careful With Your Domain Name
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How To Launch a New Broker Website
I have always admired Pacific Union. It is a storied company that has held a prominent position in San Francisco Real Estate. An agent once told me that she knew she had “arrived” as a REALTOR® when she was asked to join Pacific Union. It was like being invited to join an exclusive club of successful, professional, experienced agents. Pacific Union suffered some challenges over the years with leadership changes and company sale to GMAC. But many of the top agents hung in there, and new agents arrived. Recently the company was purchased by a local Marin real estate broker, Mark McLaughlin. Under McLaughlin’s leadership, Pacific Union has returned to its old ways – ONLY THE BEST. Run over and look at the Pacific Union Website today. Tomorrow it will be different. They have a new website that was rumored to be constructed by Terabitz. They have supplied websites to other leading brokerages like Amelia Bullock, @Properties, MetroBrokers, Intero, Gary Greene and more. They also built the neighborhood search for Front Door, which I think is a key strength of that site over Trulia and Zillow.
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Concerned about Lower Real Estate Commission Rates?
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Which Wordpress Should You Use?
This is often a subject of confusion… What is the difference between a “WordPress.com” site and a “WordPress.org” site? In a nutshell, if you host a blog at WordPress.com, you do have a “WordPress blog”. But you will be greatly limited in the types of themes (a blog’s look and feel) and plugins (little programs that add functionality) that you can use. A “WordPress.org” blog, also called a “self-hosted blog” gives you all of the power that WordPress has to offer. Every theme and every plugin will be available to you. Some folks will tell you that setting up a WP.com blog is far simpler than setting up a WP.org blog. And that used to be true.
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Pump Up Your Business with Online Marketing
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Want to Build a Blog Following? Distribution is Your Key
So you write a blog.  Now what?  Well, getting some eyeballs on your blogsite might be nice.  As a real estate broker, having a well-run, popular blog helps establish credibility, build a reputation as the local expert and aid you in educating potential clients.  Blogging success comes down the to number of hits you get to your site, which is determined by how you market and distribute your message.  There are a few techniques for putting your blogs in front of the right people. Chris Brogan, a well-established blogger, shared a few of his ditribution tips, in his blog post "Distribution Points for Your Blog."  These recommendations include the following 3 major channels and 1 minor tool: LInkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Email. My blog is one of my key tools in growing business. I use it to promote other people’s good work. I use it to share my way of thinking. I use it to equip you for success, knowing that should you need more than what’s offered on the blog, you’ll ask for a way to work with me. Here’s how I look at distribution and why I think it’s important.
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Re-Connect with Inman
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Juggling Too Many Contacts? Consolidate with Plaxo!
As a REALTOR® you will always need to attend networking events and continually advertise your brand to your local marketplace. However, new online tools have emerged that help outreach and networking become easier and much more expansive. The new concept of online networking is a very productive method for building a “following” that you can connect with virtually. As the world around us changes, so must real estate marketing. From the early days of chat rooms, people have been successful at creating and developing relationships on the Web. Today, more and more agents are using the Internet to do the type of networking that they used to do offline, and some agents, like Diane Cohen of Chase International, for example, have seen their business explode as a result. The difficulty to many agents is the first step of understanding where to start or how to expand your online networking, hereafter referred to as social networking. Not all sites are for all people. Your goal is to cover the basics, but you will encounter surprises everywhere. If you are like most of us, you probably have distant relatives, classmates, and old friends that you have lost track of. With social networking, you may find them again. Connecting with old acquaintances is not only a personally rewarding experience, but also a great opportunity to let them know that you are a REALTOR®. What follows is a description of the top social networks for professionals, the order in which you should join them, and how to register. This series will include: Part 1: Juggling Too Many Contacts? Consolidate with Plaxo! Part 2: Go Big or Go Home – Network with Google Using Gmail Part 3: LinkedIn - Provider of 4 Degrees of Separation Part 4: Connect the Past with the Present Using Facebook Part 5: MySpace – Stake Out Your Space Part 6: Make Noise and Build Traffic with Twitter Part 7: He Said, She Said – Manage Your Online Reputation with Naymz We hope that you will glean the purpose of each of these sites in online real estate networking and take away the basic steps of getting started.
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Closing.com Interview with Victor Lund
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Give Buzz Another Look
Twitter and blogs have their own online magic. Tweets are perfect for sending out short bite size messages, but they aren't ideal for engaing in a conversation. Blogs are far more effective in getting a thread online and drawing in comments and conversations. But they are more laborious to post, and writers often feel pressure to fine tune and make sure the post is the best reflection of them.  Is there something in between?  Yes!  Matt Cutts, Google's SEO guru, keeps his reader up to date with his latest technology recommendations; recently he wrote about Google's Buzz. This could very well be the tool the real estate community has been waiting for.  To give a quick snapshot of this emerging social media platform, Google Buzz allows Google users to publish their ideas to the world or just to a few of their closest friends or favored business contacts. This platform is integrated into the user's gmail account; comments get sent right to the inbox so it's easy to keep the conversation going. Users can post pictures to enhance their posts, and it can import information from their Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, and Google Reader accounts. Buzz is available on mobile devices, to keep the conversation alive, with real time updates to the conversation. See a screen shot of Google Buzz to the right. Matt Cutts certainly favors this Google product, and wrote an insightful blog.  To read his thoughts, continue....
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A Customer Service Confluence
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SCVNGR: Innovative Marketing
In real estate, brokers are always looking for the best way to differentiate their services from their competition.  You have no doubt considered a number of lead generation/advertizing solutions. The question today is: have you thought about hosting a city wide scavenger hunt for qualified home buyers? Winner walks away with a down payment on their dream home, and those who didn’t win walk away associating a fun, adventurous day with your brokerage house.  You can generate leads through providing local home buyers with a great memory.  SCVNGR (pronounced scavenger) has recently taken this advertising strategy to the real estate industry.  This mobile gaming company has created a customizable mobile application that allows partnering firms to create destinations, challenges and questions they want potential clients to answer.  SCVNGR tailors their mobile game to the specific city and event.
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Top 5 Ways to Build a Mobile Web Presence
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Top Producer - Excellent CRM But Not For Everyone
We all know that changing the oil in our cars is an extremely important part of maintaining our investment. The first day we bring a new car home, we pay attention to everything and see it as something new, shiny and exciting. We pay attention to the details—keeping it clean. Changing the oil on time, making sure that the tires have the right amount of air, and when it comes to road bumps and potholes, we are very careful not to ruin our suspension. As our new car becomes the norm, we put off getting the oil changed and when in a hurry, we don't pay as much attention to the road bumps and potholes. Client Relational Management (CRM) is the foundation of a successful business. Maintenance is essential, making sure that information going in is timely, accurate and updated. This is and has always been the main issue with client relational management systems - real estate agents start with a good intent and in time, with all the other daily responsibilities, foresight becomes an oversight. Remember as a little kid going to functions that you just hated—weddings, office parties—grown up stuff? Now that you are a big kid, you understand the importance and make time to attend. That's what Top Producer is like for some. It is something that everybody seems to do, so you decide to try it, but not until you miss business opportunities with current and past clients that you start paying attention to its value.
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Privacy 101- The Information Exposure Explosion
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Rethink Your Web Presence
Establishing a purposeful online presence drives real estate services.  It is important to be online, where home buyers and home sellers can find you.  But key to making a difference online is purpose.  What is your purpose? What point are you trying to make? Before creating a real estate website, blog, Twitter account, Facebook business page etc. think about what your message is.  Think about how you want people to explain who you are and what you offer. Recently Chris Brogan wrote a thoughtful blog post about this topic, outlining several key questions any business should ask themselves when evaluation the purpose of their online information. Continue reading to see his comments...
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Who is Your Company's CSO?
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Real Estate Website Basics
Today a brokerage in the northeastern United States launched a new website. When I saw the press release, I rushed quickly over to the website to see what type of new innovations may appear. What I found was a website with a high quality domain name (city name + real estate), tons of search engine optimization features, multiple language support, market reports and more. I enthusiastically rushed over to the quick search on the homepage, picked my dream home prices, saw a list of results, and clicked the first one—REGISTRATION REQUIRED. I left, heartbroken and angry. We hold this truth to be self-evident. The purpose of a real estate agent or broker website is property search. Forcing registration is the worst possible thing that an agent or broker can do to alienate potential buyers and sellers who visit your website. I have seen this happen a thousand times before. An agent or broker knows some genius Web designer who works with the most special companies in the world. Surely that person is qualified to build a simple real estate website, right? No!
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Streamline Communication & Increase Productivity
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SureClose Wins Wright Kingdom's Vote
Wright Kingdom Real Estate recently deployed SureClose® within their company, and they have already begun to enjoy the benefits of their decision. Lew Kingdom, managing broker of the firm, spent time researching various transaction management software, available to real estate professionals.  Lew Kingdom choose SureClose for his firm and then recorded a video to spread the word about why SureClose worked for him. He explains the process he went through to decide on SureClose, and the specific technical needs SureClose meets. Continue to view the video...
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Is Your Team Working Hard or Just Burning Out?
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Palm May Face Obsolescence
WAV Group has been following the story of Palm, Inc., the makers of the most popular handset among real estate professionals. Palm raised private equity last year from a group led by U2 singer Bono in an effort to launch their competitor to the iPhone, Google Android, and the popular Blackberry devices that have taken significant market share away from the smartphone handset pioneer. If you are considering a mobile phone today and a new two year contract, choosing a Palm may be a mistake.
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How to Engage with Negative Feedback in Social Media
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What are Your Plans for Recruiting in 2010?
Since the beginning of time in the real estate industry, there has been a focus on the need to recruit. As you begin the new decade of 2010, what are your plans for recruiting solid, producing agents into your brokerage? Are you doing the same things that you have been doing the past 30 years for recruiting? If so, is it working for you? If not, I encourage you to implement one, or more, of the following recruiting strategies. Create a strong value proposition that you and your team can confidently tell others about. What is unique about your brokerage? How will an experienced real estate professional benefit by joining your firm? What are your key retention tools? Are you talking about them? Is it technology, market share, coaching support? Why do people join your firm and why do they stay?
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10 Things Not to Buy in 2010
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Digital SLR Cameras on a Shoestring
Remember when it was common to drop $500 to $700 on a nice digital point-and-shoot? These days, with the same money, you can pick up a digital SLR camera. These aren't professional models or the very best that current technology has to offer, but for the photo enthusiast on a budget—or even the avid family photographer—they can be a big leap forward. With larger sensors and generally faster performance than snapshot models offer, these cameras provide plenty of tools to photographers who prefer a camera with more than one button. And if you save your pennies, you can increase their flexibility and image quality in the future with additional lens and accessory purchases. But which to buy from this year's models, continue reading for my take. 
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dsSearchAgent IDX
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Listing Syndication: The Fine Print!
After CMLS, there was a groundswell of discussion about the rights brokers are giving up when they send their listings to third party websites. WAV Group went to school on the terms and conditions of several of the leading third-party websites. We were specifically focused on the rights to display, distribute and maintain listing data. We learned that in some cases the broker is transferring the irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid, royalty-free license to use, retain, transmit, copy, create derivative work of, sell, or distribute the broker’s listing data to other parties or sub-licensees. Bottomline, brokers are giving away rights to their listings they may not be aware of. We also learned that all third-party listing sites are NOT created equal. WAV Group has researched this issue and produced a white paper on the topic that has been designed to help brokers ask the right questions before they syndicate their listings. Click here to download
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