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housechicblog.jpgI rarely toot anyone’s horn, but when I see something great it just must be said.  Based on my recent post Whats Dad Doing Here? I wanted to follow up with a real blog example that visibly documents what I am describing and I did not want to post it within the confines of my post because I felt that this would better feature it.

Many of you know her as The Housechickblog, House Chick, or just plain Kelley.  She’s in Arizona (no surprise) quietly taking real estate blogging by storm.  No, she isn’t ranting about all things National; shes smart, she’s focused in on her niche in some pretty creative ways- There is no way she’s an elephant in the social networking room.  In fact, she demonstrates the factors I describe that consumers will grow to love and respect.

Here are a few examples:

  1. She blogs locally on important and some not so important issues- it’s all about relating to the consumer in a sincere way.
  2. She describes who and what she is, stands for, and what she loves.
  3. She knows and identifies with her audience.
  4. and most importantly– She brings the consumers in by staging their private pages right there on her blog; giving her clients a reason to stay engaged in the conversation, even if they don’t chime in.  While they are there they can see what Kelley is up to- this is what interactive functionality is all about and it is so simple (no hammer required).

I invite you to wander over and view this post in particular as it is exactly the type of conversation that will most attract a consumer with this type of interest.  With HGTV and others so popular right now with DIY shows, Kelley taps right in- what a fantastic conversation starter. You’ve may have already read this post, but now you can see it in the context of where your blog can go if it hasn’t already…

If you want to talk about buying your first home, or your fourth or fifth home, give me a call.  I’ll be making some progress on finishing this bathroom remodel over the weekend, but I’m happy to stop and chat. Just let the phone ring a couple of times, it’s hard to hear through these stylish ear muffs.

 Humor, wit, makes fun of herself, great pictures to grab your attention, reasons to return, and best of all, she’s real… Perfect.

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. John Lockwood

    June 9, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Dude, you may have the blue brain, but closing for buyers and sellers with private pages — that’s totally genius! Thanks for pointing that out. I agree with you, that is the smartest use of a real estate blog that I’ve seen since Gary Woods learned me the art of making money this way back in ought-three.

    Housechick and I have chatted a bit but I never really got past staring at her cute picture on MyBlogLog. (Sorry, there I go being transparent again). Now I have to really make an effort to be read her and be pals with her in the hope of ensmartening myself.

  2. Sock Puppet

    June 9, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Kelley is good.

    -Athol

  3. Kelley Koehler

    June 9, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    (blushing) Thanks for the fabulous review!

  4. B. R.

    June 9, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    John > I hope you would never believe I would consider myself a Genius. Actually, REG is all about the Genius of Realtors, and Kelley gets the blue brain award.

    >Kelley, awesome blog, way to use your noodle. I know your blog will grow rapidly.

  5. John Lockwood

    June 10, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Another award? Dang. Not that I don’t think Kelley deserves it, I’d just hate to see it be standard because I don’t have TIME for another popularity contest.

    What’s a grade junkie to do? First it’s Google I had to dominate, now I have to kick Active Rain’s point system butt, and I’ll probably never win a BlueBrain. I know I’m not going to catch the Tubesock A Train what with my soporific market updates and my “hoopla”.

    My hands will fall off. That’s it — I’m packing it all in and going to smoke some crack.

  6. B. R.

    June 10, 2007 at 10:06 am

    I wasn’t being literal with the blue brain award, we have no award to give. Just our acknowlegement when someone is using their blue noodle.

    I sense some blue tint in your aura, John…

  7. Barry Preusz

    October 24, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    She is very descriptive in her writing. That is what finds and keeps and audience.

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How a Facebook boycott ended up benefitting Snapchat and Pinterest

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In June, the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign demanded social media companies be held accountable for hate speech on their platforms and prioritize people over profit. As part of the campaign, advertisers were called to boycott Facebook in July. More than 1,000 businesses, nonprofits, and other consumers supported the movement.

But, did this movement actually do any damage to Facebook, and who, if any, benefited from their missing revenue profits?

According to The Information, “what was likely crumbs falling from the table for Facebook appears to have been a feast for its smaller rivals, Snap and Pinterest.” They reported that data from Mediaocean, an ad-tech firm, showed Snap reaped the biggest benefit of the 2 social media platforms during the ad pause. Snapchat’s app saw advertisers spending more than double from July through September compared to the same time last year. And, although not as drastic, Pinterest also saw an increase of 40% in ad sales.

As a result, Facebook said its year-over-year ad revenue growth was only up 10 percent during the first 3 weeks of July. But, the company expects its ad revenue to continue that growth rate in Q3. And, some people think that Facebook is benefitting from the boycott. Claudia Page, senior vice president, product and operations at Vivendi-owned video platform Dailymotion said, “All the boycott did was open the marketplace so SMBs could spend more heavily. It freed-up inventory.”

Even CNBC reported that Wedbush analysts said in a note that Facebook will see “minimal financial impact from the boycotts.” They said about $100 million of “near term revenue is at risk.” And for Facebook, this represents less than 1% of the growth in Q3. However, despite what analysts say, there is still a chance for both Snapchat and Pinterest to hold their ground.

Yesterday, Snap reported their surprising Q3 results. Compared to the prior year, Snap’s revenue increased to $679 million, up 52% from 2019. Its net loss decreased from $227 million to $200 million compared to last year. Daily active users increased 18% year-over-year to 249 million. Also, Snap’s stock price soared more than 22% in after-hours trading. Take that Facebook!

In a prepared statement, Chief Business Officer Jeremi Gorman said, “As brands and other organizations used this period of uncertainty as an opportunity to evaluate their advertising spend, we saw many brands look to align their marketing efforts with platforms who share their corporate values.” As in, hint, hint, Facebook’s summer boycott did positively affect their amazing Q3 results.

So, Snapchat and Pinterest have benefited from the #StopHateForProfit campaign. Snapchat’s results show promising optimism that maybe Pinterest might fare as well. But, of course, Facebook doesn’t think they will benefit much longer. Back in July, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told his employees, “[his] guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough.”

Facebook isn’t worried, but I guess we will see soon enough. Pinterest is set to report its Q3 results on October 28th and Facebook on the 29th.

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Cooler temps mean restaurants have to get creative to survive

(BUSINESS MARKETING) In the midst of a pandemic and with winter approaching, restaurants are starting to find creative and sustainable ways to keep customers coming in… and warm.

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Over the last decade we have seen a change in the approach to clientele experiences in the restaurant business. It’s no longer just about how good your food is, although that is still key. Now you have to give your customers an experience to remember. There are now restaurants that feed you in the dark, and others who require you to check all your clothes at the door. Each of these provides an experience to remember alongside food that ranges from good to exquisite, depending on your taste.

Now, however, the global pandemic has rearranged how we think about dining. We can no longer just shove people into a building and create a delectable meal. If you’ve relied mostly on people coming into your restaurant, you may struggle to survive now.

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The ties to the sun in some areas are so strong that cloudy days have been shown to drop attendance as much as 14% for the day. This will become the more apparent the colder it gets. For me, I always mention hibernation weight in the winter, when all I want to do is curl up and eat at home. Down here in Texas we are already finding cooler weather, drops into the 70s even in August and September. We are all assuming a cold winter ahead. So, a bit of foresight is finding a means of keeping your guests warm for the winter ahead.

San Francisco restaurants have started with heat lamps during their cooler evenings. Fiberglass igloos have also been added to outdoor seating as a means of temperature control. A few places down in the Lonestar state keep roaring fires going for their outdoor activities. While others actually keep you running in between beverages by encouraging volleyball matches. This is the new future ahead of us, and being memorable is the way to go.

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Healthcare during pandemic goes virtual, looks to stay that way

(BUSINESS NEWS) Employment-based health insurance has already been through the ringer with COVID-19, but company healthcare options are adapting for long term.

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Changes in employment-based health insurance may end up costing employers more, but will provide crucial benefits to workers responding to the healthcare challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a recent survey by the Business Group on Health, a member-driven advocacy organization that helps large employers navigate providing health insurance to their employees, businesses will increase access to telehealth, mental health resources, and on-site clinics in the upcoming year.

Besides the obvious impacts of the coronavirus itself, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have also rippled out to affect other aspects of public health and how we engage with medical care. With so many people staying home to reduce their in-person contacts, there has been a significant increase in the use of telehealth services such as virtual doctor’s visits. According to the survey from Business Group on Health, whose members include 74 Fortune 100 companies, more than half of large employers will offer more options for virtual healthcare in the upcoming year than in the past.

The pandemic, resulting economic fallout, and dramatic changes to our lives have inevitably exacerbated peoples’ anxieties and feelings of hopelessness. As we move into cold weather, with no end in sight to the need to socially distance, this promises to be a particularly dreary, lonely winter. Mental health support will be more necessary than ever. In 2019, 73% of large employers provided virtual mental health services. That number will increase to 91% next year, with 45% of large employers also expanding their mental health care provider networks, making it easier for employees to find the right the therapist or other mental health service provider, and making it easier to access those services from home, virtually.

In addition, there will be a 20% increase in employers offering virtual emotional well-being services. Altogether, 9 out of 10 of the employers surveyed will provide online mental health resources, which, besides virtual appointments, could also include apps, webinars, and educational videos.

There has also been a slight increase the availability of on-site clinics that provide coronavirus testing and other basic health services. This also included an expansion of resources for prenatal care, weight management, and chronic health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

These improvement won’t come free of charge. While deductibles will remain about the same, premiums and out-of-pocket costs will increase about 5%. In most cases, employers will handle these costs, rather than passing them on to employees.

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