Surfing the Wave of Technology: 15th Annual Realtor Business & Tech Expo

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The Arcadia Association of Realtors ® Tech Committee will be holding the 15th Annual Realtor Business & Tech Expo on April 12th 2011 at the Santa Anita Park Racetrack in Arcadia CA from 9 am to 3pm pacific. 

It will be a great opportunity for networking, so bring lots of business cards. There will be lots of prizes and give-aways, including an iPad2 and some gear from our friends at Kodak. There will even be a beer, wine, and cheese social with a live band from 3-5pm.

I met Ryan Asao, the 2011 President Elect of the Arcadia Association of Realtors Ryan Asao with Keller Williams, at the Keller Williams(R) Family Reunion in Anaheim CA. He was very excited about ActiveRain and what blogging here can do for agents who want to have a stronger online presence. We spoke at great length about the benefits of blogging and other forms of social media, and I was very impressed by his knowledge and enthusiasm.

When he told me they would be having a tech and business expo in April my interest was peaked. I figured it would be a great opportunity to set up a booth and spread the word about AR. When I asked him for some vender info and a sign up form, he blew my mind. He actually wanted us to be a key note speaker at their luncheon. I was speechless. He wanted to give us a mic and have us teach the attendees how to market themselves effectivly online. As the blog trainer for the ARU I instantly jumped at the opportunity.

We discussed some of the things we could teach at the luncheon, and what we decided on is something I have never done before. We are going to take a listing from an agent in attendance, and place it on the first page of Google within 30 minutes for a relevant search term. We are not talking address here. We are talking about something a buyer would really type into Google if they are looking for that type of property. So here's the plan:

Our VP of Sales Douglas Ching and I will attend the luncheon together. While I teach the attendees some basic SEO, Doug will be United States Marines surfing at paris islandworking on the listing with one lucky agent. By the time I'm done teaching, we will have Doug and the lucky agent go to Google and perform a search for the listing in Google.

Before this luncheon ends that listing will be on page one of Google, or I will eat my hat!

We will also have a booth at the expo, so stop by and share your success stories, or just say hi. We love meeting our members face to face and I never pass on a photo op with one of our members, so bring your cameras. Every one who signs up to become a Rainmaker at the event will receive a free "Let it Rain" t-shirt, so if you have coworkers that are not making it rain yet, bring them with you and let us help them become more successful.

If you have a listing you would like to see on the first page of Google, time is running out! You must register for the luncheon by April 6th in order to be eligible.

If you're planning a live event with 100+ attendees we would love the opportunity to do an ActiveRain presentation at no cost to you. Please contact Douglas Ching for more information.

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Dagny Eason
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Steven - Thank sooo much for the comprehensive conversations the other night.   You gave me way too much time, but really set me straight.    Thanks.  Will you be in Atlantic City?  

April 02, 2011 10:13 AM #14
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Eric Brickley
Zenith Mortgage Advisors (Milford,MA) - Framingham, MA

Best of luck! 15 years of business and tech and I'm just getting on the wave now.... Where does the time go?

April 02, 2011 11:18 AM #15
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Michael Setunsky
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Steven, what a great way to show that blogging on ActiveRain will give you Google Juice. Be prepared to sign up some people.

April 02, 2011 11:58 AM #16
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Torgie Madison
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Man, I wish I could make it!  You guys have got to come out to (sometimes) sunny Portland OR!

April 02, 2011 12:10 PM #17
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Sharon Alters
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Steven, I've seen it many times on my own blog and I have no doubt that you will NOT be eating your favorite Guinness hat. OTOH, what a clever idea to draw the attendees into the relevance and power of blogging and how an AR membership can benefit them because you will teach them that and so much more!

Sharon

April 02, 2011 08:48 PM #18
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
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Sounds like a great time Stephen.  Wish I could go!!!

April 02, 2011 08:58 PM #19
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Suzi Sandore
Keller Williams North County - San Marcos, CA
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What a great idea... I'd love to watch how that's done. Video maybe?

April 02, 2011 11:19 PM #20
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Steven Graham
epropertysites - Mountlake Terrace, WA
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Thanks Mike! I hope it is as fun as it sounds. I will update you all when I get back.

Thanks for the vote of confidence Cory.

I don't know when we will be in Dallas next Edith, but I promise when that day comes you will be one of the first to know. =D

Most of what I will be covering is in my Introduction to blogging class Larry. I could send you the notes for that class any time. Just e-mail a request for the Introduction notes to steven@activerain.com.

I agree 100% Tammie.

I could not have said it better myself Dave.

Fred, video may be an option. If we do one, I will be sure to include it in an update to this post.

I hope we can see you at a live event soon Cheryl.

No one is safe from the darned spammers Fernando. I just report the concern and delete.

It is always great when we meet our members at live events Betsy. I hope I get to meet lots more soon.

Isn't it great Melissa. I'm only 28 and I still have a hard time keeping up with all this tech.

Dagny It is always such a pleasure helping others succeed. Any time spent chatting with you is good time in my book. I will see you in Atlantic City!!!

I don't know Eric, but if you find some be sure and let me know.

Thanks Michael. The more members the merrier! =D

LOL what is this sun you speak of Torgie? We were in Portland last year and Oregon already misses us. How sweet.

I'm glad you two are drinking the Google juice Frank. It sure is great when you show your seller their home is on the first page of Google for a search term a motivated buyer would use. I know some members that even ask their seller how they would search for a home like theirs in Google, then if possible they target that exact term with their post.

I wish you could come too Dee Dee. Maybe next time?

Video is a maybe Carmel, and I'm glad you approve of the listing idea. Though my favorite Guinness hat may disagree.

 

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I should probably go to sleep now my flight to Atlantic City is at 6am tomorrow.

 

 

 

April 03, 2011 02:06 AM #21
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Lyn Sims
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I know your good but just in case, salt or pepper with your hat? LOL. Great opportunity so run with it.

April 03, 2011 01:37 PM #22
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Ryan Asao
Podley Properties - Monrovia, CA

Steven you are the man!  Thanks again for being the keynote speaker of our 15h Annual Realtor Tech & Business Expo this year and I can't wait to see you & Doug educate our members.  Southern California Active Rain members please remember to sign up in advance for the lunch and I look forward to meeting you all there.  Take care and make it a great day!

April 06, 2011 03:18 AM #23
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Ryan Asao
Podley Properties - Monrovia, CA

P.S. I don't remember if you smell funny ;)

April 06, 2011 03:19 AM #24
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Kerry Jenkins
Prime Properties - Crestline, CA

I'm definitely planning on attending, though gotta find a sitter first!

April 07, 2011 10:47 AM #25
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Steven Graham
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I'll take my favorite hot sauce with me just in case Lyn. I don't think the salt and pepper would be strong enough to over power the hat taste.

Ryan you Rock. Thank you so much for inviting us. If you don't remember then a could not have smelled too funny =D

I hope you can find a sitter Amy. I wish they had an app for that!

April 07, 2011 02:27 PM #26
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Jon Sigler
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Steven, You are an awesome teacher!  Anyone who attends will gain valuable knowledge.  Good luck with the event!

April 07, 2011 10:06 PM #27
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Steven Graham
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Thanks Jon. That means a lot to me! If just one person sees a benefit from this event, I will count it as a success.

April 07, 2011 10:16 PM #28
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Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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Hey Steve, you were great at RainCamp in Atlantic city. I will for sure tuned in to the webinar you are going to be hosting. Much thanks from Manhattan New York.

April 07, 2011 10:48 PM #29
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Steven Graham
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Thank you so much Eileen. we worked so hard on that two day format. It's not perfect yet, but we will continue to listen to our members feedback and make adjustments until it is just right. I hope to see you at another Raincamp soon, and I look forward to seeing you in some of my live webinars.

April 08, 2011 06:16 PM #30
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Virginia Hepp
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What a cool presentation.  !!  Bring your lunch, we know you won't be eating your hat.  :)

April 13, 2011 02:09 AM #31
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Steven Graham
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Virginia you were right as always. It went off without a hitch. My Guinness hat is safe and sound. In 31 minutes the post was complete and one minute later it was on the first page of Google for 3 different search terms:

3 bed home for sale in xyz zip code

home near xyz elementary

home near xyz high school

 

I'm sure it is probably up there for more than that, but these are the three I found right away. As promised once Ryan and Joe get me a link to the video, I will update this post with the link, but only if the video does not make me look fat. =D

April 13, 2011 04:25 PM #32
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Virginia Hepp
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32 minutes to page one is excellent results.  I expected no less from you!  And I just can't wait to see the video, Chubby.

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