Liz Froment, Real Estate Content Creation (Blogs, Emails, Copy)

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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

From my blog yes but many times the buyer or seller didn't realize it was a blog. They just thought I was the most knowledgeable agent becasue I kept showing up.

Nov 20, 2014 11:16 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Liz, definitely from my blog. I send my newsletter only to existing or previous customers or warm leads and have received referral business from it as well.

Nov 20, 2014 08:54 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Yes I have. My area is extremely rural so I probably don't see the leads of members in other areas, but it does work. My town has 1800 people. My county has 32 thousand people. 

I also enjoy blogging. It's a creative outlet for me. 

Nov 20, 2014 01:16 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

YES, my blog is a great way to attract new potential clients. i try to mix up my posts and must say market reports done right, sure can reach potential sellers. 

Nov 20, 2014 09:36 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

People often tell me they found me on the internet. I assume it is from my blog. 

Nov 20, 2014 08:43 PM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh yes.  I generally get about 5 appointments a week due to my blog (TheFlooringGirl.com) and other online presence including coming up on google places and AR.  My email newsletter generates additional leads, too - generally repeat customers and/or they refer us to others.  Generally, we get 1-2 jobs closed and 1-2 leads every month as a direct result from that.  (It may be a bit higher now).

Nov 20, 2014 07:32 PM
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

MANY times I have had closings as a result of my blog here on AR. 

Nov 20, 2014 01:51 PM
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Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

I get many clients from my AR blogs .. I just wrote a members only post on doing local marker reports . Beside my personal referrals and past clients the rest of my business comes from my AR Blog   I don t need floor time 

Nov 20, 2014 11:00 AM
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Liz Froment
Boston, MA
Real Estate Content Creation (Blogs, Emails, Copy)

I love all your answers. So often I get resistance when telling people having a blog is a great way to gain clients. All of you are proof that blogging works! Thanks so much for taking the time to share!

Nov 21, 2014 07:28 AM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Blog...yes. Not so much from mailing marketing...

Referrals from realtors and clients who read my blogs seems to be more consistent. Just the other day, I received a call from a reader who read a blog that has I wrote a year ago. Informed him the property was sold, but that I could help him find others that fit his criteria.

Nov 21, 2014 12:10 AM
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Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Like Debbie Laity our area is mostly rural and the population is dispersed over a wide area.  I use postal mail for newsletters to stay in touch with past clients and specific sellers. 

 

Nov 20, 2014 10:37 PM
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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

Yes, I've had quite a few from my blog.  But even more in the way of referrals from other members of ActiveRain.

Nov 23, 2014 08:49 AM
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Dave Hill PhD,ePro,SFR,CIAS,BPOR,CNE,CSC Chicago Area Real Estate Agent
Midwest Premier Realty, Gurnee IL 224-321-0699 - Gurnee, IL

We've had success with blogs, emails and newsletters. I think the key is to have engaging content and a sincere interest in helping people. It is a people business after all.

Nov 23, 2014 03:30 AM
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John DL Arendsen
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Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Not quite sure how many actual leads I've gotten from AR, however, I've received almost 150 leads from Trulia's Q/A platform and at least half of them have converted into some type of business within our myriad family of networking business in factory built housing, construction defect issues, expert witness drainage, foundation issues, etc. 

Nov 23, 2014 12:30 AM
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Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I havent yet but also need to dedicate more time to local posts and becoming the local expert online

Nov 20, 2014 12:50 PM
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

I wrote a blog many years ago (back then) how much 400,000 points meant to me. At that time, I closed over $120,000 in income, directly associated to my AR blog. That was years ago. Since then, I'm sitting on over 1MM points now. Yes, I do have successes from my blog. So much so, I'm able to get my husband to do real estate full time with me, and him saying Goodbye to Corporate America.

Nov 24, 2014 10:53 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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LIZ,

I would say that our overall success comes from our presence on the net.   If I were to compare our numbers of actual $$$in the bank, I would say that the internet contributes 20 to 30%, We have been working on this diligently since 2008, and face to face works wonders.  Last week we had lunch with two people.  Between them we have 5 referrals, so far 2 have signed on, and we are meeting with a 3rd one tomorrow.    One of the parties has referred us to someone in the same position he is in, and more is on the way.  One of our internet leads we are meeting in the state she lives in, since we are going to be there for another client soon.  A

Nov 23, 2014 06:53 AM
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John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
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Diana Dahlberg , the best and fastest way to come alive on the AR and start your climb to success is to participate, participate, participate. FOLLOW other members and they will FOLLOW you and points will be awarded.

RE-BLOG other members posts that hit your hot button and COMMENT on their posts and you will make a friend and received 50 points. 25 for commenting 25 for the re blog. These are just a couple of examples.

 

Below is a point break down for just two days of my AR activity. Look how fast your points and exposure can start to add up.

 

Score Details

 

Date Points Description
11/23/2014 5 A member subscribed to answers on your question
11/23/2014 5 You "Liked" a question
11/23/2014 25 You answered another member's question
11/23/2014 25 You answered another member's question
11/23/2014 5 You "Liked" a question
11/23/2014 5 You "Liked" a question
11/23/2014 25 You answered another member's question
11/23/2014 3 You tagged a member in a comment
11/23/2014 10 You followed another member
11/23/2014 100 Logged in
11/22/2014 2 A member tagged you in a comment
11/22/2014 225 Blog Entry: Planning To Invest In San Diego & Reasons You Should Consider It
11/22/2014 100 Logged in
11/21/2014 2 A member "Liked" your comment
11/21/2014 225 Blog Entry: How Many of Us Have To Deal With Clients Who Are Transitioning?
11/21/2014 10 You followed another member
11/21/2014 3 You tagged a member in a comment
11/21/2014 3 You tagged a member in a comment
11/21/2014 3 You tagged a member in a comment
11/21/2014 10 You followed another member
11/21/2014 10 You followed another member
11/21/2014 241 Blog Entry: "Hi Tech Hi Touch" What Does It Mean To You?
11/21/2014 4 A member "Liked" your blog post
11/21/2014 100 Logged in

 

The more involved you get the more points you get. The more points you get the higher your exposure will be. Also be sure to take advantage of Bob Stewart and Kerrie La Guardia free webinar series on how to blog.

They offer that at various times throughout the year. It will accelerate you to new heights faster and better than anything I've ever seen online. They will show you how linking and posting good content will enhance your Google Juice, SEO and Website presence. 

There's lots of ways to be creative on AR. But the overall best way is to jump in with all fours, REACH OUT to the AR COMMUNITY, JOIN & PARTICIPATE in GROUPS, ASK & ANSWER QUESTIONS that that you have an interest and/or knowledge and experience with, FOLLOW OTHER MEMBERS that spark your interest and they will FOLLOW YOU. TAG, TAG, TAG and you will be TAGGED.

Before you know it you'll be climbing that ladder of BLOGGING SUCCESS and generating exposure to yourself and most importantly to your particular business niches and voila success is within your grasp in the BLOGISPHERE

My participation on the Active Rain and Trulia blogging platforms has generated our contingent of family owned and operated businesses a Nationwide exposure which as resulted in an appreciable amount of business and we've completly cut back on any/all other forms of advertising including Pay Per Click.

Nov 23, 2014 01:01 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Liz, have had clients read my blogs and check out other on-line activity and hired me to lsit their home, especially in neighborhoods I blog on monthly.  

Nov 21, 2014 11:35 AM
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RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman
RVA HomePRO Realtor with Keller Williams serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia - Glen Allen, VA
Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate

I haven't seen any business as of yet, but I have another friend who swears that when she blogs it brings in business, when she doesn't business slows down.

 

Nov 23, 2014 09:12 AM
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Liz Froment
Boston, MA
Real Estate Content Creation (Blogs, Emails, Copy)

Even more great responses, I might have to write a blog post about this! Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone :)

Nov 23, 2014 08:54 AM
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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I have a real estate school and I get a lot of traffic to my website from ActiveRain.

Nov 22, 2014 10:08 AM
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John Grissom
Berkshire Hathawy HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL

new, time to start posting.  especially with the new .realtor

Nov 21, 2014 10:21 AM
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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Blog yes, email series-indirectly, newsletter-no.

Nov 23, 2014 06:19 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

My greatest success has come from regular email to my database. Providing regular information on available foreclosures always works.

Nov 23, 2014 03:55 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I get most of my new clients via referrals from a variety of sources. Since I'm new on AR (a few months) I am blogging but have not seen any results yet, so maybe I'm doing something wrong or need to do some things different. Any advise would be welcomed. I spend alot of time on AR daily so I'm sure I'm just missing the market reports part. Can anyone help me with how to go about doing that for my area? Is there a blog I can read that would help here?

Nov 22, 2014 02:17 AM
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

My snail-mail newsletter generates business every year--it demans consistency though, and patience.

I've generated business from Active Rain - incoming and outgoing referrals - as well as learned tons. Plus, my sellers love the fact that I blog about their properties.

Nov 24, 2014 12:17 AM
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Chris Webb
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's Social Media Expert

Yes to both, blogs are great and they provide SEO rich content. Emails coupled with direct contact is one of our best lead sources. There has to be direct contact for it to work. 

Nov 23, 2014 11:50 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Liz, I've gotten both buyer and seller leads from blogging on ActiveRain.  Not so much so with email or newsletter prospecting.  Oh, and there is the old fashioned old telephone - that's worked even more wonders staying in touch with old clients.

Nov 23, 2014 11:15 AM
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John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Liz Froment -- I notice that most of the answers you got citing good success have very high AR point scores. I am starting to see some success from Active Rain but it is not where I want it to be.

I believe the reason for my limited success is that I have not made many blog posts about Prescott, the core of the interest here and the center of Yavapai County.

Dec 15, 2014 07:18 AM
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Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Hi Liz, I use icontact to get my news letters out about my upcoming classes and I thinks they have helped tremendously

Dec 08, 2014 04:59 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Liz, I was interested in reading the comments, I must be missing something, I do get some comments that people got my name off the internet

 

Nov 30, 2014 09:13 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Just had another sale from my blog leading the buyer to my website. Yeah.

Nov 25, 2014 02:04 AM
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Roy, you are way too sweet. Thank you for your kind compliments.

Nov 25, 2014 12:05 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Many bloggers should follow the success of Loreena Yeo with her ActiveRain blogging.

Nov 24, 2014 11:39 PM
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Eddie Edwards
The Rental Housing Centers - McLean, VA
Rental Housing Expert, Nutritional Team Builder

I have some but would like to see more.

Nov 24, 2014 11:32 PM
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Jeff Fisher
PureWest Real Estate - Bozeman, MT
PUREWEST REAL ESTATE/Christies

I do get clients from my website which features my blogs and one from Active Rain.  I always ask how did they find me if its not a referral. Love to hear that some of the blogs or topics I've written about are reaching someone. 

Nov 24, 2014 10:45 PM
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John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Diana Dahlberg, here's an example of a reblog: Here's the original post:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/4543605/what-i-learned-about-marketing-from-our-newborn

 

Now here's my reblog of that post"

 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/4545067/what-i-learned-about-marketing-from-our-newborn?show_share=1

 

Just scroll down to the orange reblog button at the bottom of the post. However, not all posts will offer up that option. Some folks don't allow reblogs when they origanally post. Good luck.

 

 

Nov 24, 2014 09:55 PM
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Liz Froment ~ I think those that do it well have success with it all, especially with all three you mention, just as those that don't end up on the short end of things...

Nov 24, 2014 02:27 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

John DL Arendsen WOW!  Thank you for your awesome response to my comment.  I have printed this out and will review, review and review.  Since i became a member of AR I have been trying every single day to come on the site and to read a number of blogs and comment on them. Don't totally understand the re-blogging so I've shyed away from that.  So if anyone can fill me in on those details I will be happy to re-blog a blog if it hits me as worthy of re-blogging.  Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving to all at AR!

Nov 24, 2014 11:37 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Yes - many!

May 09, 2018 05:20 AM
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Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

I just started here.

Apr 12, 2018 09:59 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Most of our new clients in the past few months have been a direct result of blogging.

 

Nov 25, 2017 11:29 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Liz, clients for sure - and referrals from other AR members, too.

Apr 08, 2017 11:48 PM