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Who am I and Where am I NOW? Richard Silver is a top-ranked Salesperson, an early adopter of Technology, Web 2.0 and presently sits as a Director-at-Large with the Toronto Real Estate Board. He is a member of the MLS and Technology Council at the Canadian Real Estate Association. A 30 year veteran, he feels “you are never too old to re-invent yourself”. Website: www.RichardSilver.com, Blog: www.Torontoism.com, Breaking News: www.DowntownTorontoNews.com Follow on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Where are you now? MySpace Facebook LinkedIn Twitter YouTube Blogging
Who is Gary Vaynerchuk (AKA Gary Vee) and why is he important to our discussion? “Gary has leveraged his family wine business through Social Media and now his online Brand (WineLibrary.tv) is more valuable than the business (wine distribution and sales) that he started the online program to promote.” “Get off the “Bus Benches” and establish your Internet Brand.”
Gary Vaynerchuk Strikes Again! http://torontoism.com/2009/09/04/social-media-gary-vaynerchuk-strikes-again/
A Great Read The Digital Handshake By Paul Chaney Lays out the Social Media Landscape for Marketing!
What’s new about Social Media? What is Social Media? Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0? What is the Demographic using Social Media? Will I be Successful?
What is Your BRAND? What differentiates you from the crowd? Location, Demographic, Personality, Buyer Agent, Seller Agent, PTA, Baseball Coach Is your offline Persona related to your online Persona? If you “suck” at networking offline, can you be successful online?? What is the strongest BRAND for a REALTOR®?
Who is your Consumer? Age Demographic Location Language Work related Common Interests
Why should you commit to Social Media and Blogging? Is there a ROI (Return on Investment)? Can you Monetize it? How can I judge it? Google Analytics... Visits vs. Bounce Rate The concept of the long tail…The tail becomes bigger and longer in new markets (depicted in red). In other words, whereas traditional retailers have focused on the area to the left of the chart, online bookstores derive more sales from the area to the right. (Courtesy of Wikipedia) Traditional Advertising
How do you contact your clients? Have you asked them how they connect or want to be connected with? Do you provide options? Your email signatures and your Business Cards... Upload your Database to Facebook and LinkedIn and see who is already on.
What is the Consumer Saying.... about You? Have you GOOGLED yourself? Step Reps, Google Alerts and Yelp.ca Houston Area Realtors and their ratings program...www.HAR.com Are you ready to be rated?
Are you ready to reinvent yourself using Social Media? Committing to the time? Being Transparent: What do you share? What are the restrictions? Do Not Call/Contact, Privacy, Competition, RECO Advertising Guidelines Plagiarism... The right media 4 U: Writing? Audio? Video? Be Ubiquitous!
What are the Tools? LinkedIn: Business to Business Facebook: Facebook/Marketplace, Fan Pages Twitter: www.Tweetdeck.com, The Little Birdie YouTube: Video and Video Channels Flickr: Photos: The Community Photographer Xobni: Add on to Microsoft Outlook Ping.fm: Syndication SlideShare: Share pdfs and Presentations
Next Steps: Read lots of Blogs Read Active Rain and Start Blogging Spend ½ hour a day on one Tool, then next month add a second tool... Wordpress.com, The Real Estate Tomato, Blogger, Follow Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Stefan Swanepoel and others....
Learn and Share Inman News and Inman Real Estate Connect REALTORQuest NAR National Association of REALTORS® REBarCamp.com Meetups and Tweetups!
Stefan Swanepoel’s Rules of Engagement in Social Media 1. Give More Than You Take 2. Respect Your Online Friends3. Listen to What They Say4. Respond Frequently and where Appropriate5. Build Relationships 6. Be Authentic and Transparent7. Do Not Become a Nuisance8. Collaborate with Your Online Friends9. Add Value as Frequently as you Can10. Consider Opportunities in the Long Tail www.RealEstateBooks.org
NAR Social Media Guidelines Available at REALTOR.org
QUESTIONS? For a copy of today’s presentation visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/risilver http://www.slideshare.net/richardsilver Richard Silver is a top-ranked Salesperson, an early adopter of Technology, Web 2.0 and presently sits as a Director-at-Large with the Toronto Real Estate Board. He is a member of the MLS and Technology Council at the Canadian Real Estate Association. A 30 year veteran, he feels “you are never too old to re-invent yourself”. His website is www.RichardSilver.com, Blog is www.Torontoism.com, and you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.