The New Year brings opportunity. You have a new business plan and goal, and hopefully a new marketing plan that includes new technology to help your business. Here are some of the tools that stood the test the year and now are part of our marketing plan. So here it goes:
Other social media sites:
This is just the beginning. Remember if you need help with this, find out about our coaching programs at The Tech Byte.
Online reputation management has become a very important topic in class. As we venture online and start putting profiles on websites to connect with prospects, the need to monitor these sites become vital. Why? Because people are talking about you!
I use a product called StepRep to monitor my husband’s building business. They help you find all the sites where we are listed and then I make sure our profiles are complete. Recently an email came through telling me to edit a website. The website was CitySearch so I changed some of the content and was about to go on my merry way when I decided to search Southington, CT businesses, where I live, work and play.
Wow! So many “bad” reviews and not one of the businesses had responded. If we are getting comfortable writing reviews about books, (Amazon), and shoes (Zappos . . . I love Zappos), electronic gadgets (Cnet, Engadget) Hotel visits (Trip Advisor) and now painters, electricians, (Angies List) why, oh why would we not think that consumers want to write reviews on us!
Look at Zillows (review an agent) and Trulias recommendations called Social Search. For the last few years the Houston Association of Realtors has allowed past customers of real estate agents “Rate their Realtor.” The consumer is already writing reviews about their real estate professionals. Why not be proactive? Invite your past customers to write reviews for you on Zillow and Trulia.
Now you need to start monitoring your presence online. Make sure you set up a Reputation Monitoring system.
Start with Google Alerts. Put in your name, your website name and any “usernames” or branding terms you use. Google Alerts will send the information to your email. Here is a link to a video that I did on Google Alerts. Click here.
If that is not enough, look at a reputation monitoring tool like one of the following. It is better to be informed so you can take action, isn’t it?
I know this list is not complete. These are just companies I am familiar with. Do you have any other suggestions?
In just a few days, the new ePro® will launch in New Orleans at the NAR convention. My business partners, Bill Lublin, Ginger Wilcox, Hal Lublin and myself have been working hard on the course. The National Association of REALTORS® asked us to update the ePro® and it is now ready! It will be a one day live class and the rest can be taken online. Hundreds of pages of content, exercises, case studies, and great check lists will help bring your business and your use of technology to the next level. It is an ABR elective and will be handled under the REBAC umbrella of courses for NAR.
If you believe your company or association would be interested in holding the class, let me know. Contact me on the “Hiring Amy” tab.
For a detailed FAQ, visit this link on our Social Media Marketing Institute website. Great information that will answer all your questions. Click here: “Relaunching ePro®.”
Also visit the REBAC.net site who is facilitating the course. Will I see you in New Orleans?
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Learn how to make a blog your social media headquarters and discover which blog platform is right for you. You will hear blogging tips used by other successful sales professionals and gain a clear understanding of how you can use your well strategized blog as a powerful marketing and communication tool to drive business.
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