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Un-Hinged? Or Just Un-Right?




Faux Pas

Weird how in this BHB “expose,” Duct Tape Marketing is supposedly busted for posting a video, promoting “their” conference called “Unleashed” (although Duct Tape has nothing to do with “Unleashed” which is clear from the original article excerpted below).

The team behind Search Engine Guide are presenting a marketing conference… Here’s their promo video.

Our Take

BHB infers they are being copied although the announcement for Unleashed predates the announcement for Unchained.

In an email this evening, Robert Clough of Unleashed’s organizer, “As for our background, is celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. Planning for this conference started in August 2007. We registered our first of many “unleashed” domains on Aug. 28, 2007:”

Unhinged or just wishful thinking?

Per BHB- “my guess is that Duct Tape Marketing is simply simultaneously coming up with ideas that are almost as good as ours.”

Looking at the dates, Unleashed could make the same claim.

Probably just Un-Right

Many have voiced concerns about personal attacks coming out of BHB, but I took this article to be very light-hearted, although tongue-in-cheek. I decided to publish these facts because no one else is piecing this puzzle together, and it’s unfair to taint the Unleashed conference or Duct Tape Marketing without being clear with the facts (or even diminishing the image of the BHB Unchained conference for that matter). These seasoned blogs have been an extremely useful resource to growing our own company.

The facts presented clear the air.

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. Robert Clough

    February 23, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Hi Benn,

    The BHB article struck me as rather bizarre so thank you for clearing things up. John Jantsch is a good guy so perhaps Greg Swann was just having a bad day.

    Kindest regards,

    Robert Clough
    Search Engine Guide

  2. JB

    February 23, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Thanks Benn — that helps and is much appreciated.

  3. "Do I Smell Clean Air?" - Jeff Turner

    February 23, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Benn… I read this and felt compelled to comment on what looks like a very well done piece of research. Well done.

  4. Benn Rosales

    February 23, 2008 at 1:21 am

    @Robert, no problem, we’ll be in touch. Tell John it was my pleasure.

    @The Jeff Brown, no problem, I knew it was easily cleared up.

    @Turner – love the comment titles, and thanks for the compliment.

  5. Brian Brady

    February 23, 2008 at 3:28 am

    Nobody believes that DuctTape Marketing copied BHBU; we were remarking about the similarities. Greg mentioned synchronization to illustrate that great minds are thinking alike. No bogeyman under the bed, this time.

    Mr. Clough, you might read the article and subsequent comments; you were being praised.

  6. Benjamin Bach

    February 23, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Great minds


  7. Brian Brady

    February 23, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Pardon me, Benjamin?

  8. Benjamin Bach

    February 23, 2008 at 4:40 am

    That wasn’t directed at you Brian, trust that. You ARE a great mind, that is not in doubt

  9. Chris Johnson

    February 23, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Great minds are only as good as their thoughts.

  10. Robert Clough

    February 23, 2008 at 10:00 am

    @ Brian: “Mr. Clough, you might read the article and subsequent comments”
    Actually, I did before making any comments.

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Techie’s guide to NAR’s mid-year meetings



Are you coming to NAR’s Mid Year Meetings in Washington DC on May 11-13? If so, here’s a quick and dirty guide to what to check out and where to grab a cocktail. If you are going to be at the meetings please be sure and let me know, in the comments or DM me @nartech. I’d love to meet the Agent Genius crowd IRL.

Follow Along at MidYear Live

Even if you aren’t going to be in DC you can still follow the action at Mid Year Live.

Midyear Live brings all the news and conversation about the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo direct to you. Visit Midyear Live between May 11-14 to check out Twitter and Facebook coverage, follow featured NAR members as they attend the event, and view news reports and recorded sessions.

From the Center for Real Estate Technology—Throughout the meetings…

Starting Tuesday, May 11, CRT is sponsoring the Wi-Fi area in the Marriott Wardman Park in the Maryland Foyer.  It will be available 24 hrs a day thru Saturday 2pm.
The Bloggers’ Lounge opens at the Omni in the Forum Room, Tues – Thurs 10am – 6pm and Friday from 10am – 4pm.

Wednesday May 12:  Business Issues Committee 10:00 AM-Noon, Marriott Wardman, Salon 3

This is where technology policy issues are discussed. If you have an interest in issues like data security and privacy, net neutrality and other tech policy issues, come and observe the Business Issues Committee and say hello. I am one of the staff executives for this committee.

Wednesday May 12: Tweetup 5:00-7:00 PM Marriot Wardman Park Lobby

To RSVP and more info.

Wednesday May 12 Raise the Roof Event 5:00PM-8:00PM Tabaq Bistro, 1336 U Street

Cocktails and Hors D’Oeuvres on trendy U Street. RSVP to with your full name and company by May 3.

Thursday May 13: Business Technology Peer Breakout Sessions 8:00AM-11:00 AM, Omni Shoram Ambassador Room

Garron Selliken, Todd Carpenter, Heather Elias, Keith Garner, Tina Merritt, Jeff Allen, Kelley Koehler, Dale Chumbley, Nobu Hata, Greg Carpenter, among others will be on hand to discuss tech topics that all real estate professionals should know about.  Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Market Stats, Converting web leads to clients, mobile apps, and other business tools will be discussed during these informal conversations.

Thursday May 13: Business Technology Forum 3:00PM-5:00PM, Omni Shoram Empire Room

Hear what industry thought leaders have to share about today’s and upcoming tech trends.
Jeff Allen, Heather Elias, Garron Selliken, and Aaron Wheeler share their experience & insights on how technology is impacting their day-to-day business.  Audience questions are welcome.

Friday May 14: LinkedIn Breakfast 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Omni Shoram, Bloggers Lounge

Join Todd Carpenter and other NAR LinkedIn members for coffee and danish. For more info

If you know of something I missed, please let me know in the comments. Hope to see you in DC!

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National Association of REALTORS Convention 2014



It’s Novermber 2014…

nar chicago…and we are all excited about the NAR convention this year.

I can’t wait to go through Finance World where we find the latest on nano-mortgage technology from Bank of United States (the company after the B of A/Citibank/ J P Morgan Chase merger) where an iris scan and fingerprints get done and the each borrower with less than 20% down get to do the new PMI, Person Mortgage Insurance, where they assign one of their friends or relatives as collateral until the loan gets paid down to 78%.

Ah, then the new key sharing device from GeBallMart (the merger result of GE, Major League Baseball and Wal-Mart) which makes your take the SATs again (paying the 475 Euro fee) in order to do a digital iPhone7.9 puzzle in order to be escorted into a property from a member of Blackwater Realty Security Services (a subsidiary of the CIA- a deal made in order to get people health care).

Ah, and the special speakers.  There’s inspiration on how to turn your life around when there are only 11 trashy women in your life that you sleep with.  Amazing how you can go from one sport to another and then to another and go from the lowest lows to the highest highers.  Yes, I am talking about Professional Bowling’s superstar, Tiger “Balls” Woods.

I can’t wait to hear was he has to say about life’s ups and downs now that my fellow agents and I have had the commissions we make revealed to the buyer before they even see a house and how the government maximized the maximum amounts to $500 for door opening/agreement and $1000 for door opening/agreement and settlement attendance.

Just like the mortgage brokers that got messed with in 09/10, we should have seen it coming but instead we lived high on the hog and laughed at the public and especially Congress.

But I can be thankful for the fact that I don’t have to fly on UseLess Airline and stay at the MarryRot in the beige rooms with the bed bugs that are the size of New York rats, I can stay home and see all that’s happening on my SuperMac 7 Apple computer with smellovision, video and scan-pay ability.

The best and the worst part is no real hangovers!

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Inman’s Got Enough Money. Let’s Give Some To MFFO



It doesn’t get any better than this – you can actually get Inman Connect Tickets and help a charity at the same time!  I was the lucky winner of Inman Real Estate Connect Registration Passes and with the creative help of some friends (thanks @tcar and @andykaufman) decided to auction them for charity.

Inman Connect San Francisco
I’m sure @jbern had no clue what was going to happen when he started the competition: What’s Your Tweet Worth? ….between Jay Thomson’s raffle and this auction, there are some creative minds at work to help our colleagues as well as great charities.

So here’s what I would love for you to do –

1.  go place a bid

2   spread the word  **tweet it! facebook it! email it! **

3. check on the bid

4.  spread the word again **tweet it! facebook it! email it! **

The highest bidder will win full registration to Inman Connect San Francisco (both Inman Connect and Blogger’s Connect passes) and proceeds will go to Mothers Fighting For Others (that’s a $939 value).  What are you waiting for??? Go Bid!  We will be announcing the winner before the weekend.

**thanks for the tix Inman!!  Let’s see how much money we can raise**

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