What Does It Mean to Be an Ambassador of ActiveRain?

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Image Kookai_nakWhat does it mean to be an Ambassador of ActiveRain?

I am sure that nearly everyone member of ActiveRain has seen the orange badge and the orange star reserved for the Ambassadors of ActiveRain.  So that begs the question: what does it mean to become an Ambassador of ActiveRain and how do I become an Ambassador?   A recently anointed Ambassador told ActiveRain that her ActiveRain Ambassador badge means more to her than her college degree.

A Little History

Shortly after announcing the ActiveRain RainMaker program in 2009, the ActiveRain Ambassador program was launched.   As many new, one of the WOW factors of ActiveRain was receiving a call from Bob or another member as soon as you signed up.  At a minimum, every member of ActiveRain receives emails and comments on their blogs to welcome them to the community.  The Ambassador program was launched to recognize the members that go out of their way to welcome and educate others in the community.   As recognition, Ambassadors received a special badge, a free RainMaker account (plus Localism and Outside Blog) and compensation when a free member becomes a RainMaker.

2011 & 2012

Fast-forward to 2011.  ActiveRain has 127 Ambassadors who bear the ActiveRain flag.  The Ambassador Program has been a big success in terms of developing a core group on ActiveRain who welcome and train others in the community.  None of the current Ambassadors receive compensation to upgrade free members to RainMakers.  85% of the Ambassadors continue to be active on ActiveRain.  Roughly 15% have not blogged recently and are not proactive in the community.

Coming to 2012, we wanted to make sure our Ambassadors continue to be engaged and are committed to educating the community.   We sent this email to the Ambassadors.  The intent of the email was to make sure the Ambassadors are engaged, that they understand that being an ActiveRain Ambassador is important and that we expect Ambassadors to blog, teach and engage with the community.  As you know, with social media, "the conversation" has moved from only being on ActiveRain to broader social media sites and circles.  We hope ActiveRain Ambassadors love ActiveRain and will be supportive of ActiveRain in social conversations, regardless of it is on ActiveRain or elsewhere.  ActiveRain is not perfect and we are not expecting our Ambassadors to be puppets or talking heads by any stretch of the imagination. 

60% of the Ambassadors have already contacted ActiveRain to affirm their commitment.  Awesome!

We also understand that ActiveRain may not be a priority for some people.  For example, two of our Ambassadors are retiring from real estate.

Controversy?

This email to some of the Ambassadors has caused some discussion, where members are questioning ActiveRain's intentions or my (Niki Parekh's) intentions.   Yes, many many members have made significant contributions to build ActiveRain into the community it is today.  I do not want to undervalue or devalue their contributions in any way. 

Ambassadors are the critical members of ActiveRain who are proactively paying it forward by welcoming and educating the community.

We want the Ambassador Badge and status on ActiveRain to mean something important and be special. 

Becoming an Ambassador

We will be opening the Ambassador program up in the near future to new ambassadors so stay posted.  We would love to have you represent ActiveRain.

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Rainmaker
540,932
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I never knew how or why people had it, just that they're the ones I know I can count on if I have a quick question. Thanks for the explanation, Niki.

Jan 12, 2012 11:53 PM #115
Rainmaker
561,819
Lindsey Hasford
Coldwell Banker Vision - Elk River, MN

Thanks for broaching a subject that has been brewing on AR and off.... Seems like your requests are decent enough and hope that you were able to clear up the misunderstandings that were floating around.

Jan 13, 2012 12:39 AM #116
Ambassador
1,261,286
Debe Maxwell
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

First of all, let me say, GREG NINO FOR AMBASSADOR!  :-)

Secondly, I'm with Sally--My immediate response was right back at Kerrie--something like a "but, of COURSE!"  I took absolutely no offense to the email.  I have presided over neighborhood associations and committees within our Realtor® association and know that everyone is included in groups who are of said title.  I took no offense to it and in fact, think that if there IS an ambassador who is working tirelessly and just can't continue to do what they've been doing, it was an excellent 'out' for them to end their tenure.

In every group in which you participate in life, you're going to have those who are OVERLY dedicated and those who do nothing and everything in between.  Just the same, you'll have varying interpretations of a conveyed message.  I would not fret over the email--just remember, you can't please all of the people all of the time!

AND, lastly, let me add that I'm SOOO glad to have my lil' brother back (Sheldon!) WooHoo!

Jan 13, 2012 12:55 AM #117
Ambassador
1,476,441
Renée Burrows
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com

I am so on board and after I get done with my in-law weekend visit I plan to write some tutorials :)

One thing I would like to suggest and I say this with only love:

Not everyone is a fan of Renee Burrows and I was extremely disappointed we didn't have a raincamp meetup in December.  I held one when I was hella busy in September just taking over being a mangaging broker for a couple of weeks.  It would be nice if the other ambassadors could step up to the plate.  I could have at least gone to a little lunch or dinner meet-up but didn't have the time to schedule the event like I did last time. 

I would be honored to do it in the future but only after other resources are exhausted.  It gets boring boring boring when the same person does it all the time.

Jan 13, 2012 03:48 PM #118
Ambassador
324,543
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com

I am glad that I am one of the Ambassadors for this community that I truly believe in! I find it a great honor and will continue to help where I can!

Jan 13, 2012 06:29 PM #119
Rainmaker
364,150
Kim Boekholder **Results Real Estate**
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Sandy, UT
Broker, Selling Salt Lake Homes

now I know, thank you.  I reached out once in the beginning to an ambassador who still wears the badge, she was very rude and not helpful at all.  I am so grateful I stuck with active rain and just dismissed her lack of courtesy and helpfulness as someone having a bad day.

 

Thanks to all the other ambassadors out there who I have read and followed.  I have yet to ever call one again tho

Jan 13, 2012 08:30 PM #120
Rainmaker
1,245,037
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
REALTOR

Renee Burrows - I am a HUGE Renee Burrows fan!!!!  Can't wait for your next tutorial.

Jan 13, 2012 08:58 PM #121
Rainer
75,720
Greg Gillespie
Crye-Leike Realtors - Tupelo, MS
CRS TN & MS - Broker

Hello Niki,

The ambassadors that I have run into in the short few months that I have been here have been great.  I hope you do keep the program open to everyone. 

Jan 14, 2012 08:19 AM #122
Rainmaker
280,213
Kasey & John Boles - Jon Gosche Real Estate
Jon Gosche Real Estate, Boise ID - Boise, ID
Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

It's nice to hear the history and learn more about the whats and the whys of active rain.  I had somewhat of an idea about Ambassadors, but this does explain it more. -Kasey

Jan 14, 2012 05:30 PM #123
Ambassador
551,222
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Awe gee...

I thought that little orange star was a present because AR likes me :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jan 14, 2012 07:59 PM #124
Rainmaker
976,340
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - Fleming Island, FL
Your Fleming Island Relocation Agents.

Niki, gosh, I guess some people are touchy and think you're going to take away their orange stripe and star... My personal Ambassadorship has been in my community to spread the word and encourage people to sign up for Active Rain. Have they? Not many, but I know they read us, I know they do :)

Sharon

Jan 15, 2012 12:53 AM #125
Ambassador
1,261,286
Debe Maxwell
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I'm a huge Renee AND TLW fan!!  ;-)

Jan 15, 2012 10:42 AM #126
Rainmaker
403,441
Regina P. Brown
California Coast & Country Homes, Inc. - San Luis Obispo, CA
e-Pro Realtor

Niki, please count me in as an ambassador.  Educating our real estate colleagues has always been top priority for me, as you can see from my blogs and the great feedback I've received.  My passion is to "raise the bar of professionalism" for our industry.  Together, we all succeed!  Thank you, Regina P. Brown

Jan 16, 2012 03:05 PM #127
Rainmaker
709,460
Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Niki, thanks for educating us about the Ambassador program.  Like many, I though members of the community were tapped because of their AR commitment and level of activity.

Jan 16, 2012 09:39 PM #128
Staff
168,642
Nikesh Parekh
Trulia - Bellevue, WA
VP of New Ventures, Trulia

Thanks for the kind words everyone!  The Ambassador program is one of the greatest parts of ActiveRain.  Stay tuned as we are going to do some cool things for formal and informal Ambassadors alike.

Niki

Jan 17, 2012 02:11 AM #129
Ambassador
551,222
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Oooooooooooooooooooooo....

I like that. Formal and informal. Awesome :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jan 17, 2012 07:56 AM #130
Ambassador
520,903
Lynn B. Friedman
- - - Concierge Real Estate Services for YOU - - - Providing SERVICE for Sellers & Buyers is our BUSINESS - Atlanta, GA
REALTOR ATL BuckheadMidtownWestside 404.939.2727

Dear Niki -
Being an Ambassador was a goal for me. I am proud to have achieved that position. Another goal for me was to encourage other AR members to "touch base" with the guidelines and philosophy of the founders of AR.  Their vision laid the foundation for which we are all so grateful.  I achieved the second goal by sponsoring the 2012 Back2Basics Challenge. The Challenge offered me the opportunity to interact with over 100 other AR members. I enjoyed assisting them along the way as they pursued the post requirements. Over and over, I heard how important AR was to the person. It's certainly important to me.   
YES!!!  I definitely want to remain an Ambassador.
Thanks for asking!
Have a happy day -
Lynn

Feb 01, 2012 02:04 AM #131
Staff
168,642
Nikesh Parekh
Trulia - Bellevue, WA
VP of New Ventures, Trulia

Thanks Lynn!  That is what being an Ambassador is all about.  Niki

Feb 01, 2012 02:30 AM #132
Rainmaker
661,525
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Nikesh

I obviously missed the first blog in 2009 about the program, or I would have attempted to sign up. But I did get Brad to come to our office to talk about the benefits of blogging.

I also wondered what made someone an ambassador -- and I thought that perhaps it's by the number of people invited to be on Active Rain, by the number of featured posts, by the number of associates, number of times one attended a Rain Camp or Active Rain University class, or by the success stories shared.

Would be interested to see what the next round of applications would look like.

Feb 06, 2012 04:05 PM #133
Rainmaker
659,662
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

Would love a follow up post on the progress of this. Just check on Kerrie's post earlier today, looks like you guys are doing a great job recruiting some new people.

Jul 05, 2012 01:32 PM #134
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