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The theme that keeps swimming in my head from BarCamp and Inman SF is that this is still a face-to-face business. In order to build our businesses we have to build our relationships – both in quality and in number. Nobody cares – especially the consumer – that you won the Best Realtor in the Universe Award. Image advertising has been caught in the net and filleted.

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Even at a technology conference, it was a common theme to hear speakers remind us to Back Away From The Computer!

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This isn’t meant to be a complete list. Just a few ideas that were floating around.

[Flickr] Thanks to Teresa Boardman for her impromptu class at BarCamp in the ways of Flickr. If you enjoy photography: Get involved. Get out. Meet people.

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[Twitter] I can’t trace this one back to one person, but link to local folks. Get involved. Get out. Meet people.

[Social Media Club] Lani has mentioned these guys in the past. No group near you? Create one.

[Meet Up] With over 45,000 groups you’ll be able to find something to do with someone you like.

[BNI] Your local group already have a Realtor? What else is new. Start a new group.

[EWomenNetwork] Network, promote and learn.

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As a lifelong resident and local Realtor, Vicki has established herself as a respected member of the San Mateo County real estate community. She’s known for her wit, sarcasm, and her personality that shows through in her posts. You can find her spouting off at Twitter, here at ag, and her personal blog, San Mateo Real Estate Blog.com.

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Brad Coy

    July 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Great to meet you and spend some time talking this past week Vicki. http://www.yelp.com is one that should be added to the list. In the Bay Area it’s a huge social networking platform with a variety of categories based around reviews, but they also have a message board section and host events.

    I have met hundreds of people over the past several years using a laptop. The great news is that “Social Media” is expediting the process. Meet someone using one of the above by morning online and have lunch in person that same afternoon. Use whatever works for your style of socializing but yes, by all means unplug and connect in real space.

  2. Dale Chumbley

    July 27, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Great Vicki! So true. This last week at home I taught a class to all the SW Washington Prudential agents. It was about Flickr and getting out and engaging! This photo set was the base of my discussion. The photo captions hopefully say it best. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalechumbley/sets/72157606328544141/

  3. Jamie Geiger

    July 27, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Well I must admit, I am very guilty of spending way too much time behind the computer. I just renewed my membership with my local Chamber and have made it a priority to attend the monthly meetings and networking opportunities. Following local people on Twitter is a great idea Thanks!

  4. Paula Henry

    July 27, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Reminder to self : Back away from the computer! This week has actually been more balanced, spending 50% of my time with clients and leaving little time to visit here – so what is balance?

  5. Vicki Moore

    July 27, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks Brad. It was fantastic to meet you and Ginger – I just love her. I’ll have to take another look at Yelp. I didn’t know there was more to it than reviews. I haven’t spent any time there.

    Dale – I want to check out that page – it’s private.

    Jamie – You can also go to the pages of people you know and scan to see if you have mutual friends to connect with.

    Paula – I wish I knew. I’m sooo not balanced. Maybe you can write that post. 🙂

  6. Dale Chumbley

    July 27, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Vicki, My bad. You can now see it. If anyone else has trouble please DM me on Twitter.

  7. Vicki Moore

    July 27, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Dale – Excellent! Thanks. I want to take a look.

  8. Larry Yatkowsky

    July 27, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Vicki,

    Putting yourself out there in the real world is always the challenge. How many have silently thought “but what if they don’t like me”.

    The combo of getting to know people on line and then meeting them in the flesh was a refreshing and important relearning process for me.

  9. Jay Thompson

    July 27, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    MeetUp *rocks*. It’s a way to meet ALL KINDS of folks. I can’t WAIT to go to the Broncos meetup I found. Not to sell real estate, but to watch the games with other fans!

  10. Glenn fm Naples

    July 28, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Hey Dale – your file on flickr is still marked private. Unfortunately some of us don’t know your handle on Twitter.

  11. Tal Raviv

    July 28, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Vicki,
    Very true.

    Face-to-face contact is fundamental to my online relationships. I’ll always agree that when it comes to meaningful connections, online resources are excellent follow up tools – but they are meant for exactly that: follow up.

    Tal

  12. Matt Stigliano

    July 28, 2008 at 9:37 am

    MeetUp – My wife belongs to a British ex-pats group there and its always a good time. Met quite a few cool people this Friday in fact.

    TwitterLocal – I like the concept, but feel strange just barging into people’s world like that. What suggestions do you all have for “saying hello.” I try to read the profiles and see what kind of person it is, if its someone I would like, etc. and then decide from there, but would love to hear what people have to say on this topic.

  13. Vicki Moore

    July 28, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Larry – Breaking through self-limitation is one of the toughest jobs we have to overcome.

    Matt – That’s what I do – see if I have something in common with them or like their sense of humor – find a common link and make a new friend.

    Jay – Go 9ers.

  14. Dale Chumbley

    July 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Glenn, I have completely unlocked the photo set so all can see it now (except for two pics with my kids in them). Everyone should have the ability to look at the pics now.

    Matt, remember that most people who are on Twitter are also more than willing to “network” and meet new folks. It helps to remember that as you are making initial greetings. Who signs up for MySpace, facebook or any other social network site with the hopes of not meeting anyone? ;?)

  15. Apartment Man in Houston, Texas

    July 28, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Its is very easy to send and transfer information over the internet. In fact its easy not to have to schedule appointments and just make phone calls. However, meeting a client face to face increases rapport quickly. People just want to know they are being taken care of. Know your product and treat people. well and you should do well.

  16. Vicki Moore

    July 28, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Matt – Everything you may/may not have wanted to know about Twitter: https://www.unionstreetmedia.com/blog/twitter-for-real-estate-or-business/

    We’re living in a networking world. Everyone wants to meet, make friends and do business. Get out there and do it too.

  17. Matt Stigliano

    July 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Dale – Good point and I will remember that. Who signs up for Myspace….uh, don’t ask ME that. I got opinions.

    Vicki – Thanks for the link. More reading to do. I may never sell a house, but I promise to be well read. Haha.

  18. Vicki Moore

    July 28, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Matt – Ain’t that the truth! Bottom line: Get out there. Forget the reading. Just get out there – meet and greet.

  19. Dale Chumbley

    July 28, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Matt, opinions are good! ;?)

    I personally have had great results reconnecting with a lot of people in my life because of that specific site. I have also had business as a result of those connections that would not have happened from other mediums. Is MySpace for everyone? Maybe, maybe not. Has it been a great thing for me? Absolutely!

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