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Real estate niche marketing online – for beginners



Seek and ye shall find it, on the internet and more specifically on Twitter. I have, in the past, discussed how you can find and follow the people you already know on Twitter and even how to find people that live near you to follow. Today let us discuss niche marketing.

(Sidebar, if it is quiche and niche how come it isn’t cliche instead of clee-shay?)

Nice Niche!

Something we hear about in real estate all the time is that you can’t be all things to all people and garner success. Well, I can, but most people can’t (taking tongue out of cheek now). I think that this advice is sound and have made a concerted effort to focus my attentions to residential listings in my target area and first time home-buyers. Perhaps you are the Condo Queen or a Historic homes specialist…how do you find people who share your specific market interest?

#1- We discussed this search venue from a geographical point of view in the past, but it can be used to search ANYTHING on Twitter.

#2- Hashtags.
Find em, use em, invent em, engage people who use em. Keep search columns open for key hashtags that have to do with your niche.

#3- Shout it out!
Blog about your specialties from the consumers point of view, share your specialties on Twitter and Facebook and Linkedin, etc. Be sure that people know that you have a passion for being a specialist in your niche.

#4- Join in a Twitter Chat.
There are loads of scheduled chats on a variety of subjects each week. If there isn’t one about your niche already, then create it and add it to this handy twitter chat schedule.

#5- Share lots of content.
Good content, of course. Think simply. Is there a photo that you could easily snap and create a photo blog entry? Did a funny thing happen that relates to your niche? Is there a local event that ties in? Share, share, share.

How are you finding and engaging with your target market? Take my advice and share, share, share with us!

Lesley offers 21 years experience in real estate, public speaking and training. Lesley has a degree in communications and was the recipient of an international award for coordinating media in real estate. In the course of her career Lesley has presented at international real estate conferences and state REALTOR associations, hosted a real estate television program, written articles for trade magazines and created marketing and PR plans for many individuals, companies and non-profits.

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  1. Michael LaPeter

    November 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Another effective way I’ve seen to promote niche content on your blog is to also post something to ActiveRain, they have a ton of google juice and it can quickly get your local post to the top of search results.

  2. anthonyebright

    November 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I would love to see more twitter activity in my area, but it hasn’t taken hold in Sonoma County, California. Any suggestions on how to get more interest with this wonderful tool?

    • Morriss Partee

      November 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

      @Anthony There are plenty of twitterers in Sonoma County if you know where to look. Here’s a start:

      Here’s another way to find Sonoma County tweeps:

      Via the preceding results page, you can tap into dozens of lists of Sonoma County twitterers. You yourself are actually on a couple of these lists: and

      Once you tap into the people on these lists, you can see what other Sonoma County lists they are on, and follow the people on *those* lists. Using these methods you should easily be able to connect with a couple thousand people in Sonoma County. After all, you are in the wine region north of silicon valley. With enough perseverance I would think you’d be able to find 10,000 or so folks in your geographic area. Happy tweeting!

    • Lesley Lambert

      November 11, 2010 at 10:26 am

      Great info Morriss, thank you!

      Anthony, in addition to these great tips, it is important to remember that this isn’t a quantity issue. If there are 100 people on twitter in your area and you are able to make friends with them and create a relationship then it has worked.

  3. Kelsey Teel

    November 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Good advice, Lesley. I recently read a compilation of 10 case studies on Twitter, and your to-do list supports their success stories! Great job. 🙂

  4. New Social Media

    November 11, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Great tips – I think when people are new to an environment, they are shy about jumping in – I know I was. If people, new to Twitter, follow your advice and observe for a bit they’ll feel more comfortable about jumping in.

    Thanks – Theresa

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Social media is being used for hiring, and no, we’re not talking just LinkedIn

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Social media has evolved from being only community-oriented to career-oriented. See how users are getting jobs by being creative.



social media, like tiktok, is being used for hiring. here are some examples of tiktok resumes.

Gen Z and Millennials are no doubt the heaviest users of social media, and perhaps the internet in general. But it’s no longer just about catching up with friends and family, posting memes, and hailing yourself as hashtag king – they are using it to get jobs in creative ways.

Kahlil Greene was a student at Yale University hell-bent on educating others about African American social movements and culture. Known as “The Gen Z Historian” on Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn, he got to posting about the lesser-known facts and stories of history, amounting to 1.3 million views very quickly, catching the attention of employers. Now with over 500,000 followers across all major platforms, Greene is heading to work in consulting focusing on public education.

“I think that’s the thing that people don’t realize that social media is everywhere, and it’s congruent with every lifestyle you want,” says Greene.

Another TikToker, Emily Zugay, has over 2 million followers on the platform from hilariously redesigning brand logos. Her personality of shooting down brand choices with such a dry delivery is sure to make you giggle. She’s appeared on Ellen, and many brands changed their logos to her suggestions, including McDonald’s, the NFL, Tinder, Doritos, and Nascar. Just announced, Panera Bread is realizing limited holiday cups by Emily Zugay, taking a stab at Starbucks who typically creates the mad rush for holiday cups. Though she hasn’t publicly spoken about taking on a new role due to her wacky design endeavors, she has been approached for many partnership collaborations and markets herself as a content creator on the platform in order to rack in the dough.

Having the perfect one-page resume and perhaps, an inkling of personalization in the cover letter (which no one enjoys writing and barely anyone reads), is no longer the secret to landing jobs. 92% of companies use social media to hire.

“Creating a personal brand doesn’t have to be scary, hard, or time-consuming. You just have to be yourself. Consistent posts, a few follows and some direct messaging can go a long way to open doors.”

TikTok launched a pilot program of applying to the short-form video powerhouse by well, making a TikTok on the platform. Within 48 hours, 800 videos were submitted with #TikTokResumes in their captions. Expanding from internal hiring to external hiring, the program allowed job seekers to apply with their videos to Chipotle, Target, Shopify, and more.

Want to get in on the action but don’t know where to start? Unfortunately, the TikTok submissions have now closed, but you can always follow these tips to start getting creative for your next career move: Embrace the tools on the platform, do your research about the company you’re applying to, make connections on the platform and within the company, show off achievements as you would in a typical resume, and be yourself!

For more cool resume ideas, check out this article on the most creative techie resumes.

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Reactions to Twitter Blue from real subscribers, p.s. its not worth it

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Twitter’s paid subscription service, Twitter Blue, gives more control over tweets and custom UI, but subscriber reception has been lukewarm.



Twitter Blue Sign Up Page

Twitter Blue, a paid subscription service that gives users increased control over their tweets and the appearance of their interfaces, launched this summer. Subscriber reception has been lukewarm, foreshadowing some resistance to shifts away from advertising-based revenue models for social media platforms.

The allure of Twitter Blue isn’t immediately apparent; beyond a relatively low price tag and increased exclusivity on a platform that emphasizes individuality, the service doesn’t offer much to alter the Twitter experience. Twitter Blue’s main selling point – the ability to preview and alter tweets before sending them – may not be enough to convince users to shell out the requisite three dollars per month.

Other features include the option to change the theme color and icon appearances. Twitter Blue subscribers can also read some ad-supported news articles without having to view ads courtesy of Twitter’s acquisition of Scroll, a company that provides ad-free news browsing.

But even with this variety of small customization options and the promise of more to come, users are skeptical. Android Central’s Shruti Shekar is one such user, beginning her review with, “Right off the bat, this feature isn’t worth the money you’d be spending on it every month.”

Shekar posits that the majority of the features are wasted on long-term users. “I think a lot of my opinions come from a place of using Twitter for so long in a certain way that I’ve gotten used to it, and now I find it challenging to adapt to something that would theoretically make my life easier,” she explains.

One of those adaptations centers on Twitter Blue’s “Undo Tweet” feature – something that belies the notion of proofreading and using common sense before sending thoughts into the nether.

“For me, 95% of the time, I really do pay attention to my tweets before I send them out,” says Shekar.

Twitter Blue checking Tweets before sending.

Shekar does praise Twitter Blue’s “Reader Mode” feature that allows users to view threads as uninterrupted columns but argues that the feature would probably end up being underutilized despite being a cool concept.

The aforementioned color and theme customization was of little interest to Shekar. “I actually found it a bit challenging to get used to the other colors, not because they’re ugly, but again because I am just so used to the classic blue,” she says.

One problem here is that the options to change link and theme colors and put threads in reader mode seem more like accessibility features than premium content. Twitter might do well to make these available to all users, if for no other reason than to avoid criticism about locking quality of life updates behind a subscription paywall.

Shekar’s criticism hits on a crucial point for any social media company looking to emulate Twitter Blue’s subscription model: Even if the subscription price is low, companies have to be prepared to make actual meaningful changes to the user experience if they want satisfied subscribers. That includes building in options that don’t fundamentally alter the basic aspects (or appearance) of the platform.

For more on Twitter Blue, check out their blog post on it here.

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Instagram flaunts new features, including a decked out desktop experience  

(SOCIAL MEDIA) It’s been a time of exciting product and feature announcements for Instagram with additions of Collabs, fundraisers, and desktop posts on deck



Instagram displayed on a desktop

It’s been a time of exciting product and feature announcements for Instagram on both mobile and desktop.

Collabs Feature

“Collabs” allows up to 2 accounts to co-author a post or Reel, both sharing joint ownership of what is ultimately published. The post or Reel will show up equally on both users’ feeds with the same amount of engagement numbers, but combined, including comments, view numbers, and like counts. This is initiated through the tagging screen and the invited account will have to accept the offer before the collab can be complete.

Examples of adding a co-author in Instagram Collabs feature

Fundraiser & Reel Features

Instagram was quick to jump on the short-form content trends taking the social media world by storm. With the rise of TikTok, the Insta platform that was originally focused on static photos added Reels, along the same wavelength of short 15, 30, or 60-second videos, though the competitor has now expanded with the option of 3 minutes. Even so, Instagram is taking the time to improve music-related features within the Reels section of the app, adding “Superbeat” and “Dynamic.” The first adds effects to the video matching the beat of the chosen song, while the latter offers unique and interesting ways to display the song’s lyrics on screen. In addition, they are beginning to test the option to run fundraisers on a post by clicking the + button in the top right corner of the interface.

Examples of Dynamic for Reels feature

 Desktop Feature

FINALLY! Instagram is now realizing just how many users truly enjoy the desktop experience. If one were to compare the platform on the mobile app vs. desktop, they would see the slew of differences between the two with the desktop interface looking like the 1st year Instagram was even introduced. Functionality is no comparison; they only just added the ability to DM on desktop last year. As one can see, there is an extremely limited experience on desktop, but Instagram is now rolling out the ability for users to post from their browsers. Catch us enjoying posts on the big screen!

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