Claim your Community - It's happening today at 12pm (PST)

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On Monday we introduced ActiveRain Community Pages an incredible new way to present your hyper-local content to consumers in the way they want to see it.

Today at noon (PST) we will begin offering ActiveRain members an exclusive sponsorship position for each community. Sponsorships will be available to RainMakers for $19/mo, and for non-RainMakers for $29/mo. 

To sponsor a community, visit your community of choice and if your community is still available, you'll be able to sponsor it right from there.

 

 

Please check out what an example Community Page looks like:


If you are a RainMaker, the hyper local posts you publish on ActiveRain will syndicate to these Community Pages, automatically, and for no additional charge!

In addition to the organic content section on the left side of the page, we will also be offering our members a chance to become the exclusive sponsors for each community. 

Sponsorships will include the ability to:

  • Prominently display your picture on the page along with your contact information.
  • Create a highlighted link back to a location of your choice (most likely your home search website).
  • Upload a high definition marquee photo for the community to be displayed at the top of the page.
  • Write a community description describing the highlights of living in that community which will be a static portion of the page.

 

The Community Pages are live now! You can find links to them on the City Pages on ActiveRain:

 

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Rainmaker
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Robert May
Verico Canada First Mortgage/ Rainbow Realty - Lethbridge, AB
Real Estate Expert & Mortgage Broker- Lethbridge

Looking forward to seeing these pages live and in action.  I sure hope they have nice big photos like that example.  I believe that is what is lacking from them right now is a bit more community info.  I know that my regions are all real estate marketing posts and not much else (which I am responsible for) but until now that has been the main focus of my blogging efforts.

I think encouraging more community info might increase the consumer interest in these pages.

August 04, 2010 01:35 PM #1
Ambassador
1,655,041
Richard Weisser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale

Now I am already a Localism sponsor ... do I have to do anything to claim my location or is automatic?

 

August 04, 2010 01:59 PM #2
Rainmaker
1,049,477
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I have a question.... I sponsor Amherst, NH  -- under 11K.   When I go to the NH community pages, there are some sub-communities listed (many are other towns in NH).  What is going to happen to my city of Amherst sponsorship on localism?  Do I need to do anything?  Please advise.

August 04, 2010 02:11 PM #3
Rainmaker
1,226,323
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770 - Saint George, UT
Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.

My question is the same as Richard's...

August 04, 2010 02:16 PM #4
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

I'm counting down the minutes until I can jump!

Didn't sign up for a thing.  We in rural areas MUST be able to sponsor a city - many of which don't even have smaller sections or communities.

Even if I wanted to sponsor 4 towns I cover (total of 297 active homes for sales), I cannot sponsor the entire town.  There ARE no subdivisions...

For some of us, sponsoring a COUNTY would be equivalent...

Can some sweet AR god call me to see how I can sponsor a page?

August 04, 2010 02:17 PM #5
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

Howdy and afternoon to all the fine AR staff

Over on the Localism, I actually sponsor two Towns. Just like Irene up above, neither one of the Towns have any subdivisions in them.

The communitys that are listed under them are actually streets and roads with in the Towns.

I'll keep on posting like I have for those two Towns. And for the whole State's of New Hampshire and Vermont, seeing that I work in both of them.  

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshier

August 04, 2010 03:28 PM #6
Staff
445,324
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
Community Evangelist

Richard,

Yes, you get your Localism community sponsorships transfered over.

Joan,

There is not currently sponsorships avaiable for cities on ActiveRain. If you currently have a Localism city sponsored, you are going to have to hang tight, but you will have first dibs on that city if/when we launch city level sponsorships on ActiveRain. Your current sponsorship of the city on Localism will remain in effect for the time being and you will be given first shot at the AR city page if/when they are able to be sponsored at the same price as Localism (you will get both for the price of one)

August 04, 2010 03:28 PM #7
Ambassador
632,027
Courtney Cooper
All Seattle Homes for Sale: CooperJacobs.com - Seattle, WA
206-850-8841

Bob - thanks for the great webinar today.  It was helpful and now I need to go through and make all those photos the proper dimensions:)

August 04, 2010 03:43 PM #8
Staff
445,324
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
Community Evangelist

Dale,

I would just hang tight if I were you. If/when we make city level sponsorships available, you will be given the same area you currently sponsor at the same price. It probably doesn't make any sense for you to sponsor tiny communities right now.

(Sorry, that was me logged in as Rebecca)

August 04, 2010 04:01 PM #10
Rainmaker
351,538
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

You answered my question above...localism transfers.

August 04, 2010 04:49 PM #11
Ambassador
475,385
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

Hi Bob...I'm up and running on my four (so far) community pages.  Now I have to do my homework...good, descriptive information about Lake Anna (naturally).  Guess I'm up to that.  For some reason, however, my photo is not showing (hey, that may be a good thing!).  It does on my home page but not there.

Kate

August 04, 2010 05:04 PM #12
Rainmaker
582,897
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Bob - When I began sponsoring Fair Oaks and Orangevale CA in Localism, they were reflected as if they were cities, but neither of them are incorporated cities, but they are merely communities in the Greater Sacramento area.  I sponsored them anyway.  Today I jumped on sponsoring both communities under Sacramento in the AR community pages today, but I was charged $19 for each. 

I notice that Fair Oaks and Orangevale are also listed as cities on the list of communities, in addition to the places I signed up for them.  Can my Localism prices be grandfathered in to cover the two I just signed up for under communities?  And will someone else come in later and sponsor them as individual cities when that opens up, so there would be two Fair Oaks and two Orangevale sites sponsored by two different people?

Also, I can't get my marquee pictures to load up (they are 960x440) and my blurb about Fair Oaks doesn't show up on the page either (I haven't yet inserted the blurb on Orangevale).

August 04, 2010 08:22 PM #13
Rainmaker
205,358
Chris and Maria Jeantet
Coldwell Banker C&C Properties - Redding, CA
Redding CA Real Estate Couple

I have struggled to sponsor a couple communities in the Localism site for the last several months, it kept referring me to the Account Manager to "re-activate" my account. I followed all the steps and even sent in a couple ticket "help" emails but never got any responses. So...I'm glad to see we're going with Community Pages, hope I won't have any troubles here. I'll let you know if I do.

Thanks for the Webinar, it was fantastico!

MJ

August 04, 2010 08:40 PM #14
Rainmaker
1,371,692
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, PLR - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

Are you going to allow a way to clean up the community names? It looks like someone/people put a lot of communities under "Austin" when they aren't in Austin but in suburbs. I don't like that I've sponsored a community in one city, yet someone else can appear as the sponsor under the Austin city version.

August 04, 2010 09:18 PM #15
Rainmaker
1,227,697
Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Hi Bob, it is nice that Active Rain is trying to put ideas out that will help the Members, but $19 probably American Dollars is way to much money.  We live in a city of 500,000 people and have always worked the whole city.  Our local newspaper is still "King" to expose us and our listings and is not cheap, but goes to every home in the city.

Through blogs we have dissected the city into smaller sections right down to a condominium building.  Now to sponsor all the communities that have been made in the city is just too much money.  Make our city the community, not just a area of a few blocks.

August 05, 2010 08:09 AM #16
Staff
445,324
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
Community Evangelist

Al and Peggy,

I understand that in many areas it may not be economical for agents to sponsor all the communities in their market. One suggestion I might make is to go in and just sponsor one. What will then happen is that your information will display on all the unclaimed communities in that city if you are the only person sponsoring a community in the city.

If more than one of you are sponsoring a community, then you will rotate in the unclaimed areas based on the ratio of your sponsorships. So if you have one, and another person has one, then you would show up to the first visitor to one of the communities, and the other agent would show up the next time and you would continue to rotate in that fashion. If you have two, and the other person has one sponsorship, then you would show up two times (in the unclaimed communities) for every one time they show up.

August 05, 2010 01:10 PM #17
Rainmaker
1,227,697
Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Bob, we had heard that these communities were offered out at $9.00 initially. Are they going to be offered at that price to the general membership again??

August 05, 2010 05:45 PM #18
Staff
445,324
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
Community Evangelist

Al and Peggy,

I do not believe so. They were initially offered at that price on Localism. Those people that had Localism sponsorships and had maintained them were given a $9 price. That was as a thank you for maintaining their Localism sponsorship. We believe that the amount of traffic we generate (and that these pages will generate) is worth the additional amount.

August 05, 2010 06:30 PM #19
Staff
445,324
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
Community Evangelist

(* when I said 'the amount of traffic we generate' I meant on ActiveRain as in comparison to Localism)

August 05, 2010 06:31 PM #20
Rainmaker
1,392,315
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

You have every community in the City of Columbus sponsored by one person.   It looks like the communuty that is being sponsored is Dublin.  Dublin is a city not a neighborhood or subdivision.  ActiveRain has Dublin as a city as well as a comnmunity within the City of Columbus. 

August 11, 2010 11:32 PM #21
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