A New Newbie Tip: Want to start a new group? DON'T!!!!!!!!!

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Real Estate Agent with Boca Executive Realty

OK - hopefully that got your attention!

Now let me explain:

I'm not against Groups - I think they're great.  I've started a few myself and I've been lucky enough to have the Founders of several other Groups invite me to help Moderate their Groups' content.

I'm writing this post because I think it is very important for New Members to fully understand what's going on with the Groups before starting another one.

Currently there are 1252 different Groups here in ActiveRain.  Now if these were all UNIQUE and ACTIVE it would be great!

But that's not the case - the reality is actually pretty far from it.

If you look at all of the Groups, you will see that the whole list takes up about 51 pages giving an average of about 24.5 Groups per page.

Now, to totally underwhelm you with #'s, only the groups in the first 16 pages have 10 or more Subscribers  AND 81 of the Groups have ZERO Subscribers!

Repetition is also a problem.  The original MORTGAGE Group was created 11/28/06.  Since then another 30 or so Mortgage Groups have been started.  If a new Group is started to focus on a specific type of financing or is state-specific, that's a perfectly good reason for the new Group.  But if you were to look at all of the Mortgage Groups together, you would see that there is a ton of repetition.

Soooooooo - if you want to start up a new Group remember this:

  • First, check and see if that Group already exists - there is a good chance that it does - in that case, don't re-invent the wheel!
  • If you truly have a unique idea make sure that you have enough time to keep the Group maintained properly and also kick start the Group with a few great Posts of your own.

IMHO, it all boils down to that.

OK, I'm done with my rant for the day!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
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well, I started a group Marc for our area real estate professionals and was looking for a tip on how to un-feature a post once it's featured without deleting it - and the search feature came up with this blog - it makes sense what you say here.  Our city did not have a specific group and it's a large enough area that hopefully we'll have more than the 5 members who've joined this week.  It's also good for localism features as well.

Back to my original search question.... do you know how to unfeature a post once featured in a group without deleting it all together? I can't seem to figure that one out...

on a side note - I'm a native Miami girl, transplanted to TX my husband worked for FPL (Juno Beach) before we left (over 15 years) I'm quite familiar with PBG area - have a very good friend who lives there still.

Thanks for any help you may offer

August 07, 2007 06:29 PM
Rainmaker
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Angelica Blatt
Selling the Monterey Peninsula over 15 years!
DeLuca Real Estate
I had just been thinking the same thing as I was perusing the different groups. Some had interesting content and usefull too. But many of them did not and I found this disappointing and see how it could be a real bummer for others...Angelica Blatt
August 07, 2007 08:26 PM
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Marc Blasi
Marc Blasi -Country Club and Waterfront Properties
Boca Executive Realty

Good Morning Karen-

If a post has been featured in any given Group, any of the Founders or Moderators should be able to un-feature it just by clicking on the gold star in the list of all the posts.

Don't worry - doing that will NOT delete the post.

BTW - I lived in Dallas for a few years, then got transferred to Miami - now I'm in PBG - I think I'll stay here for a while!

Good Luck!

August 08, 2007 04:49 AM
Rainer
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Marc Blasi
Marc Blasi -Country Club and Waterfront Properties
Boca Executive Realty

Angelica-

It's annoying, isn't it?

August 08, 2007 04:49 AM
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Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd.

Hi Marc,

Wonderful post and best advice too.. Thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christhmas

 

Best - Sash

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