How To Get Us To Click On The Suggest Button! 400 Called Shots and Counting!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

Gold StarHow To Get Us To Click On The Suggest Button!  400 Called Shots and Counting!

Yesterday was another milestone for us, we hit 400 Called Shots! :)  We hit 300 on January 19th (read that post on the details of how Calling Shots works), so we average over two a day out of our five opportunities!

Now if you're an Active Rain newbie, you may have "bling envy" of all those folks with all the badges underneath their comment photos, and the purple box with the star is perhaps the EASIEST bling of them all to collect!  All you need to do is correctly pick FIVE posts that  the Active Rain staff ultimately Feature on the front page!  There's no time limit for the five, so keep  trying, use your five opportunities to pick and you will EVENTUALLY get there!

What makes us click the Suggest button?

  • Great writing!  We don't care of it's a blogger with 1,000,000 or 1,000 points, you write an outstanding post and we've got a Suggest left, we'll use it!  If it's something we think the rest of our A.R. peers would benefit from reading....CLICK!
  • Post early!  Most days we're reading by 6 a.m Eastern.  Depending on how much outstanding writing was done during the "night shift" by our favorites and what flies across the blog roll early in the morning, there's a good chance our five Suggests are gone by noon E.S.T. if not MUCH sooner!  Sorry....and we OFTEN find a post in the afternoon or evening that we WISH we had a Suggest left for...but we only get 5, and on any given day we read WAY more than five feature worthy posts.  Let's face it, there's only about 20 spots a day out of 2,000 posts, so MOST won't make it!
  • Teach us something!  Whether it's an Active Rain skill, or something that helps us with video, SEO, web design, impressing our clients and you explain it well, we're clicking that GOLD button!
  • Tell a great story!  It may be a recent event, or something from your past, but engage us!  We want to get to know you better!
  • Get a discussion going!  We love a good comment stream, and often it's not the post itself, but what starts happening as a result of the post that gets us to click.  There's SERIOUS education in the comment streams!
  • A little aesthetic appeal doesn't hurt!  Do we have to have a picture or colored font?  NO.  But if it's hard to read because you have no paragraphs, no spacing...just one LONG run-on of small type, we might have trouble clicking that button. 

That captures the bulk of what makes us tick when clicking the Suggest button!  (And bonus if the poster shows some real creativity in presenting the topic!).


So get out there, READ and CLICK for the worthy posts!  Help someone else get that Gold Star!

Keep on Blogging!
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Tammie White
Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net - Franklin, TN
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Bliz, I thought I was doing good with 10 shots called. I don't know where you find the time to read so many posts. I'm not an early riser. I'm a night owl so 6 a.m. is pretty early for me.

Mar 11, 2011 11:34 AM #78
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Norma, Agreed.  Love to see the great writers, or someone who found a really creative presentation make the front page!  And we have on occasion when we've run out of Suggests, email directly to the Staff saying "look at this one...it's GREAT....PLEASE Feature!!", and they've been kind enough to do so if it WAS indeed worthy in their opinion.

Mar 11, 2011 11:35 AM #79
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Tammie, Just gave up optional activities like sleep :)  Well not really, but I don't sleep much...maybe six hours most nights, start the day with AR for about an hour before I shift into normal routine, then pop in and out as time allows after that, then back in the evening for another session if time allows.  So much to learn that it's difficult to stay away :)

Mar 11, 2011 11:37 AM #80
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Bill Burchard
3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA - Murrieta, CA
Broker, Realtor - Murrieta Homes For Sale, Califor

Good morning, Bliz. Your post is a perfect example of feature-worthy writing... An informative, easy-to-read post. Plus, you provided me insight: That I need to consider the early time of day that my east coast AR peers read posts. Thanks!

Mar 11, 2011 12:20 PM #81
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Bill, The engineer in me kicked in early on in our Active Rain time to try to figure out best times to post.  That said, there are MANY West Coasters we don't have much interaction with.  Our "late" posts are usually not past 7 pm EST, and by the time we're ready to call it a night, many West Coasters are JUST getting started :)

Mar 11, 2011 12:31 PM #82
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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That is alot - maybe too many?  I really feel we need to be far more selective on what gets featured.  I have been disappointed many a day to see gold stars provided to lessor quality articles simply because the member is popular.  I wonder sometimes if it would be featured if we didn't know who wrote it? 

Mar 11, 2011 05:18 PM #83
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Susan, I'm going to have to disagree about "too many".  I am selective in who they go to and the name of the writer isn't important to me as long as the quality is good.  I'd have no problem saying "I picked that".  For today, Tish and Loreena so far are my two Called Shots, and if lucky maybe some of my other picks will be there. 

As a rule, I'd say the weak Features are greatly outnumbered by the ones that fully deserve to be there.  No complaints from me about the Staff's selections.  And just food for thought, sometimes the Feature may not be for the post itself so much as for the concept or the comment stream it WILL generate giving the opportunity :)

Mar 11, 2011 05:36 PM #84
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Scott Hayes
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400 called shots Bliz? As Gomer Pyle would say- Golly. 

 

That has to be the most on AR. You guys have been averaging two a day?

Mar 13, 2011 11:25 PM #85
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Scott, Pretty much 2 per day, we're at 408 this morning.  Honestly, have no idea if that's the most or not, but I suspect we'd have to be fairly close to the top of a Called Shot Leaderboard if one existed.

Mar 14, 2011 05:59 AM #86
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
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Wow, I have button envy. Lately I haven't felt the need to be pressing that button as much. You have to be the leaders on this.

Mar 14, 2011 02:49 PM #87
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Lyn, No idea if we're the leaders or not, but logically I'd have to think we're near the top.  We're still calling about 2 a day, have added 9 more since this post.

Mar 14, 2011 02:58 PM #88
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Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
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Hi Liz and Bill,

Maybe I passed over it somewhere in the comments, but how do you know that # of shots called?

Apr 01, 2011 11:58 PM #89
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Michael Dagner
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Hey guys, never mind, just found it on the home page under all those other statistics!

Apr 02, 2011 12:02 AM #90
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Michael, Glad you found what you were looking for! :)

Apr 02, 2011 07:37 AM #91
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Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
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I enjoyed reading this entertaining and very educational post.  Good criteria for us to keep in mind as we write.

Apr 20, 2011 03:44 PM #92
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Sharon, Glad you liked it! :)

Apr 20, 2011 03:47 PM #93
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Lorinda Ward
Keffer Realty - Norfolk, VA
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Wow, 400 called shots!  I thought I was doing something with my 24.  Great job.

May 11, 2011 09:14 PM #94
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Lorinda, You caught our older post on this!  We're up to 506 now :)  We keep on trying to pick 'em every day!  Just keep after it, you'll be at 50 before you know it, then 100.....!

May 11, 2011 09:30 PM #95
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Bliz~ I searched “called shot master" and was directed to this spectacular blog. I have been wondering about the "purple star" and after reading your insightful blog, I have a much better understanding of it. I want to re-blog your blog; your blog thoroughly explains the matter of "called shot master"

Feb 15, 2013 11:50 AM #96
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Jon, Thanks!  Glad to answer your question and help get you on your way to having your own purple star badge :)

Feb 15, 2013 12:47 PM #97
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