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I was recently organizing a progressive brokers open house for a listing of ours and I had a great discussion with one of the participating agents.

Let me explain how I plan these progressive brokers opens. I figure that the more open houses you have in any particular area, more agents will take the time to go visit which will ultimately mean more agent eyes seeing the property. I call all the agents with listings in the vicinity of the property and invite them to host an open house at their property the same day. I go out of my way to coordinate food, prepare a flyer for everyone which I also fax and e-mail to all the brokerages in the area. It’s a lot of work, but guarantees that we get at least 20 agents at each brokers open.

One of the agents I called was extremely nice and agreed to participate although he was not going to be in town that day. He told me that the owner of the property would be glad to host the open house. I asked the agent if he didn’t mind that a lot of Realtors would be talking directly with his seller and this is what he had to say.

Ines, let me be the black sheep Realtor. I don’t advertise, I don’t do open houses, If I have a buyer, I won’t go down my list of brokers opens that I’ve visited to see which one fits my client’s needs the best. I will go to the MLS and look at photos and virtual tours and will preview the house if necessary – no need for me to waste my time at open houses. We all have different styles and what works for me, may not work for you and viseversa.

I have to tell you that this guy was extremely nice and I do agree that we have different styles but here’s my take on Broker’s Opens. I like to know the inventory in the areas that I specialize in. When a customer is looking on-line and calls me on a particular listing, I like to be able to answer questions on the property because I’ve been there. I know this is not an easy task, but the more houses you visit, the more you will become an expert in any particular area. (on a side note – I showed a house the other day I had not seen and my clients response was “OOOOOoooooooh…….a house Ines doesn’t know!”…..it was pretty funny).

We have been discussing the marriage of traditional and web2.0 ways (or at least balance) here in Agent Genius and this is a perfect example. The face to face contact with other agents helps establish relationships, the preparation of the actual progressive brokers open also lets Realtors know that you are the “cooperating type”, the exposure of your listing to other agents is always good, and the fact that you are offering free food doesn’t hurt either.

The irony behind this is that more Realtors agree with him than with me which would ultimately make ME the black sheep. Are you a black sheep Realtor?

Ines is all Miami, all the time. A Miami Beach Realtor® with Majestic properties, Ines authors Miamism.com, PrimeMiamiBeach.com, and MiamismPix.com and is always on communication's leading edge. She goes out of her way to engage and be engaged, often using Mojitos to keep the mood light and give everything she does a Miami flavor. You can find her goofing off or instigating trouble at Twitter, Flickr, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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  1. Benn Rosales

    February 14, 2008 at 10:45 am

    I think you are the black sheep in that you do your clients bidding. You offer a complete package- that alone sets you well above the wolves.

  2. Matt Collinge - the 604homesguy

    February 14, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Ines, I agree. Brokers open houses, or agent’s opens as we call them here are very important way to learn more about the inventory, the community and the realtors you work with everyday. We have them 4 days a week on the Westside of Vancouver and there just isn’t enough time to see them all! I like your idea of setting it up with other listings in the area!

  3. Ines

    February 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Benn – It’s not bad being the black sheep, is it? I think that other guy has an identity issue, he gets lost in the herd.

    Matt – knowing the inventory is key for success in a particular area – In Miami is either Tuesdays or Wednesdays (depending on the area) and it really helps to get a group together to increase traffic.

  4. Vicki Moore

    February 14, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I agree with Benn. You’re the black sheep. He’s the donkey’s butt. Thanks for sharing your open house strategy. I love it.

  5. Ines

    February 14, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    OMG Vicki – you are too funny! I don’t mind sharing at all – we’re here to improve the industry, aren’t we?

  6. Vicki Moore

    February 14, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Absolutely. As long as it’s fun.

  7. Will

    February 15, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Going to opens, whether you have a client looking for that type of property or not, is a very important part of our day. Absolutely you need to know your buildings/homes/neighbourhoods. You need to talk to everyone there and get the “inside scoop” which no computer can. I don’t have to tell you the number of listing appointments I’ve made off a call and the Seller prospect immediately knows I know their building like it were my own. There’s comfort in that. And with a Buyer, to be able to answer almost all their questions regarding the home or to promote it (before seeing because the MLS pics often do not do the great ones justice) and the immediate neighbourhood… well that just instills confidence.
    There’s nothing worse than your highly paid consultant going “Um, erm, I’ll check on that”, not because it was a difficult question but because they hadn’t done their homework.

  8. Ines

    February 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Will – some people want to become experts by relaxing at home waiting for their phone to ring, but the truth is that it takes a lot more than that. And when we start getting too comfortable, it’s time to shake it up a bit and see what we can do differently (at least that’s my stance)

  9. Holly White

    February 24, 2008 at 10:26 am

    I think the idea of doing progressive open houses is a very good thing. The problem for me is time. I am a busy agent and just don’t have the time it seems to visit 4 or 5 homes over a couple hour period of time when I need to be researching everything that fits my clients criteria via MLS even if there is free food. And I don’t know about your market, but here in Nashville, the agents tend to spend more time water cooler talking and eating that free food than paying attention to what the home has to offer. But I do agree with Will that they are important if for no other reason than to gain neighborhood familiarity. We must be experts in our areas and can not obtain that status by sitting on our duffs.

  10. Ines

    February 25, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Holly – some agents do the water coler talking and others pay attention. I personally attend open houses quickly and sometimes don’t eat. Others I am invited by a local agent and I go out of my way to be there. It’s about personal relations as well as knowing the inventory.

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Jack of all trades vs. specialized expert – which are you?

(BUSINESS MARKETING) It may feel tough to decide if you want to be a jack of all trades or have an area of expertise at work. There are reasons to decide either route.

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When mulling over your career trajectory, you might ask yourself if you should be a jack of all trades or a specific expert. Well, it’s important to think about where you started. When you were eight years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? Teacher? Doctor? Lawyer? Video Game Developer? Those are common answers when you are eight years old as they are based on professionals that you probably interact with regularly (ok, maybe not lawyers but you may have watched LA Law, Law & Order or Suits and maybe played some video games – nod to Atari, Nintendo and Sega).

We eventually chose what areas of work to gain skills in and/or what major to pursue in college. To shed some light on what has changed in the last couple of decades:

Business, Engineering, Healthcare and Technology job titles have grown immensely in the last 20 years. For example, here are 9 job titles that didn’t exist 20 years ago in Business:

  1. Online Community Manager
  2. Virtual Assistant
  3. Digital Marketing Expert
  4. SEO Specialist
  5. App Developer
  6. Web Analyst
  7. Blogger
  8. Social Media Manager
  9. UX Designer

We know that job opportunities have grown to include new technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, consumer-generated content, instant gratification, gig economy and freelance, as well as many super-secret products and services that may be focused on the B2B market, government and/or military that we average consumers may not know about.

According to the 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics after doing a survey of baby boomers, the average number of jobs in a lifetime is 12. That number is likely on the rise with generations after the Baby Boomers. Many people are moving away from hometowns and cousins they have grown up with.

The Balance Careers suggests that our careers and number of jobs we hold also vary throughout our lifetimes and our race is even a factor. “A worker’s age impacted the number of jobs that they held in any period. Workers held an average of 5.7 jobs during the six-year period when they were 18 to 24 years old. However, the number of jobs held declined with age. Workers had an average of 4.5 jobs when they were 25 to 34 years old, and 2.9 jobs when they were 35 to 44 years old. During the most established phase of many workers’ careers, ages 45 to 52, they held only an average of 1.9 jobs.”

In order to decide what you want to be, may we suggest asking yourself these questions:

  • Should you work to be an expert or a jack of all trades?
  • Where are you are at in your career and how have your skills progressed?
  • Are you happy focusing in on one area or do you find yourself bored easily?
  • What are your largest priorities today (Work? Family? Health? Caring for an aging parent or young children?)

If you take the Gallup CliftonStrengths test and are able to read the details about your top five strengths, Gallup suggests that it’s better to double down and grown your strengths versus trying to overcompensate on your weaknesses.

The thing is, usually if you work at a startup, small business or new division, you are often wearing many hats and it can force you to be a jack of all trades. If you are at a larger organization which equals more resources, there may be clearer lines of your job roles and responsibilities versus “the other departments”. This is where it seems there are skills that none of us can avoid. According to LinkedIn Learning, the top five soft skills in demand in 2020 are:

  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adaptability
  5. Emotional Intelligence

The top 10 hard skills are:

  1. Blockchain
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Analytical Reasoning
  4. Artificial Intelligence
  5. UX Design
  6. Business Analysis
  7. Affiliate Marketing
  8. Sales
  9. Scientific Computing
  10. Video Production

There will be some folks that dive deep into certain areas that are super fascinating to them and they want to know everything about – as well as the excitement of becoming an “expert”. There are some folks that like to constantly evolve and try new things but not dig too deep and have a brief awareness of more areas. It looks safe to say that we all need to be flexible and adaptable.

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Video is necessary for your marketing strategy

(BUSINESS MARKETING) As technology and social media move forward, so do marketing opportunities. Now is the time for video content social media marketing!

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As an entrepreneur, you’ve surely heard the phrase “pivot to video” countless times over the last few years. It’s the path a lot of media companies are on, but even brands that aren’t directly talking about this pivot have increased their video production. This shift stems in part from studies showing users spend more time on pages featuring video content. Social media has also played a significant role, and recently, new social platforms have made the pivot to video even more important.

Snapchat and TikTok are leading the social video sector as emerging social media platforms, but the audiences for these platforms skew especially young. The content on these platforms also tends toward the meme-worthy and entertaining, raising the question: are these platforms a good use of your time and resources? The answer depends on your industry, but whatever your field, you can certainly learn from the pros dominating these new platforms.

The promotional angle

One of the primary ways that businesses use video content across platforms is by creating promotional content, which range widely in style, cost, and content, but there are a few strategies that can really help a promotional video succeed.

First, a great promotional video hooks the viewer within the first few seconds. Social media has shrunk everyone’s attention span, so even if your video is on a longer form platform, the beginning has to be powerful. Having a strong start also means that your video will be more flexible, allowing it to gain traction across different platforms.

Audience matters

What you’re promoting – what your business does and who it serves – plays a critical role in what kinds of video content you make and what platforms you use. TikTok is a lot of fun, and it’s playing a growing role in business, but if your entire audience is age 30 and up, there’s not much point in trying to master the form and build a viewership there. You need a sufficient youth-heavy market to make TikTok a worthwhile investment, but Snapchat, which also serves a youth-heavy market, might be a different story.

Even if you don’t intend to make heavy use of Snapchat, the platform recently made a big splash in the video sector by opening up its story tools to other platforms. That means businesses will be able to use Snapchat’s tools on platforms like Facebook and Instagram, where they may already have an audience. It will also make crossover content easier, allowing you to maintain consistent branding across all platforms. You may never download Snapchat proper, but you may soon be using their tools.

It’s all about strategy

However you choose to approach video content, the fact is that today video is a necessary part of your content marketing strategy. In part this is because, while blogs aren’t going anywhere, and short-form social media is definitely ascendant, both make use of video, but that’s not the only reason. Video is so powerful because it’s deeply personal. It makes your audience feel that much more closely connected with you and your brand, and that alone is enough to change buying patterns.

Another key advantage of video is that, consumers genuinely enjoy well-made videos. Unlike blogs, which most users will typically only seek out if they need information, there are brands out there who are known for their video content. They’ve found a way to hook viewers and make them feel like they have two products: entertainment and whatever it is they actually sell. You, too, can do this with enough creativity and today’s social media tools.

It’s critical that you don’t let your brand fall behind on video right now, because if you even stop for breath, you will be left behind. As TikTok and Snapchat have made clear, video doesn’t stop for anyone. At this point, video isn’t the future of social media or ecommerce – it’s the present.

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How a Facebook boycott ended up benefitting Snapchat and Pinterest

(MARKETING) Businesses are pulling ad spends from Facebook following “Stop Hate for Profit” social media campaign, and Snapchat and Pinterest are profiting from it.

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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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