Isolated Agents That Are Everywhere
There are so many progressive real estate agents that have engaged with the web, especially within the last year. A few years ago a good portion of them didn’t have a clue what a blog was, what Twitter could do or why they needed a Facebook account. These days, or a lot of people if you name the network, they’re on it. At the very least they want to know what it does and how it will help them.
Slowly, I discovered that I spend too much of time at the keyboard. It didn’t seem like it at first but it progressed and built up and so did a little extra weigh from sitting so much. One day I realized I was spending entirely too much time staring at a screen an not enough time with people in real life. Don’t get me wrong, the people I know online are an absolute blast and fun to be around but when I die shouldn’t at least one person in town show up to my funeral to see me in my red dress?
Networking Cleverly Disguised as a Charity
A little over a year ago serendipity stepped in and sent someone to invite me to lunch one day. A wind inspector said I had the perfect personality and would probably enjoy Rotary. I was considering joining some sort of organization just to get out and see humans, meet people and try to regain my social skills. Always the joiner, I said yes and within a month or two I was a full fledged member. My Rotary club membership consists of local elected officials, media members, business owners, bankers, retirees and their guests.
When You’re Only A Mug Shot on A Webpage
My hard work on the web has paid off. People call me all the time and say, “You’re everywhere!” That’s what every internet savvy real estate agent wants, right? Well, I might have been everywhere and easy for relocating home buyers to find but I think it was probably cold and distant for local people that only read about me or heard of me. My IRL contribution to local causes in the last year has made a huge difference to me personally and to the city itself. I now have a circle of friends that I don’t have to Skype, new business contacts and real honest to goodness, living people who can say, “Chris? Oh, she’s in my Rotary Club. I know her.” – not, I know her user name.
So, what do you so that people in real life really know you and not just your user name?