What I Learned From Jeremy Blanton. It Had Nothing To Do With SEO, Twitter, Or Websites.

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843

 

A year ago I was involved in a top secret group of Super Agents.  It was kind of like The Hall of Justice.  Kinda.  

One day I posted that my wife and I enjoy dining out.  A lot.  Not many wings and burgers, but more like salads and fish.  I said that we were always friendly with our servers, and that we always left a business card.  

Jeremy chimed in with something a long the lines of "DUDE.  Don't do that.  That's not cool.  Just be nice to your server, tip well, and be on your way."  Well, I guess Jeremy was a server way back in his college days.  He went on to tell me that whenever one of his tables left a card, he would promptly throw it away.  

I thought to myself, "How rude!"

I thought about it for a while, and then I understood where he was coming from.  Leaving a business card after a $30 dinner is a blatant solicitation.  I'm sure the last thing a busy as heck server cares about is what I do for a living.   I stopped doing it, but continued to be nice to any and all servers.  

Fast forward a year.  After MANY meals at restaurants, and after many great and fun conversations with our servers (us being Realtors always came up, but wasn't focused on), I received the following phone calls this week:

Traci:  She was a server at one of our favorite places to eat here in Fort Wayne.  She moved out to California, is making big money, and is ready to buy a home.  She called and said that she wasn't having any luck with the Realtors she contacted, and asked me to help her find one.  That's a referral.  

Jude:  We only saw her a handful of times at Applebee's, but we had some fun and a real connection.  She called and asked if we remembered her, and if we would help her list her property.  She said she was trying to remember if any of her friends were Realtors, and then she remembered us.  


If Jeremy was actually with us at these fabulous dinners, he would probably get a referral check, but since he only planted this seed in my head, he gets a big THANK YOU instead.  I'm not sure that leaving our business cards with Traci and Jude would have turned them off to the point of not calling us, but you catch my drift here right?  :)

P.S.  This is the BEST picture of Jeremy I have ever...  EVER seen.  


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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda and Jared Christiansen are award winning Realtors with Century 21 Bradley Realty in Fort Wayne.

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Congilose
CRS, CDPE, Top Producer Marlboro, Manalapan Homes
RE/MAX Central (732)232-5277

Great success story, I believe in leaving a card wherever you go too. Years ago I wound up getting a buyer from a card I put in with my gas bill .

August 01, 2012 03:42 AM
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001

A real estate move is a huge move after all. . .a stranger leaving a card does not meet this requirement. . yes, I agree every once in a while. .but, the lesson here is to take your best moles inside your SOI to lunch 

August 01, 2012 04:59 AM
Rainer
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Tamara Elliott-Deering
Central Metro Realty

Congratulations on the results, it's good to see that being a nice guy pays off.  

August 01, 2012 05:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Michelle Gibson
REALTOR
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc.

Jared - I think everyone has their own approach, I personally don't hand out cards to strangers unless asked, but I know there are agents who will hand out cards to every person they say hi to.  Am I losing potential business by not wearing a name tag, having magnets on my car and leaving business cards everywhere? Probably, but I approach people how I want to be approached.

 

August 01, 2012 05:51 AM
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Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors
Century 21 Bradley.
Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843

Thanks for all of the comments.  

JUST TO BE CLEAR:  I never left a business card instead of a tip.  That would be more than insulting.  

August 01, 2012 05:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Kimberly Tapscott
Giving you the service you deserve!
Keller Williams Prestige Properties
Jared, great post. I used to leave the business card, but then realized that the relationship begins with a conversation. Thank you for sharing!
August 01, 2012 06:02 AM
Rainmaker
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Phil Leng
Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
Keller Williams Eastside Market Center

A post about Jeremy and the real Jeremy chimes in?

That is pretty cool.

Phil

August 01, 2012 06:03 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Michael's Commercial LLC

CT, I agree with not leaving a business card. Tipping well is the best business card you can leave.

August 01, 2012 06:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida

I love it.  You must have been very nice and regulars for that waitress to keep your card.  Congratulations.

August 01, 2012 06:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty of Clermont FL
Cam Realty and Property Management

This is a great success story!! I don't think there's anything wrong with leaving a business card along with a nice tip!! If only one would keep the card, your efforts paid off!!

August 01, 2012 06:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Jeremy Blanton
210 Consulting~ Social Media Advisors

Phil Leng- Of course I'd chime in!  Google Alerts notified me even before Jared sent me a message :)

August 01, 2012 07:21 AM
Rainer
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Ben Gerritsen
Vintage Lending, NMLS ID: 287106

friendship & being nice goes  a long ways. These are great tips (along with tipping). Thanks for the story of real life experiences.

August 01, 2012 08:33 AM
Rainmaker
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John Cannata
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com

I think some did not read the post completely. They thought it was due to you leaving a card that got you the business. :-)

'top secret group'.. sounds fishy!

August 01, 2012 09:27 AM
Rainmaker
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Jeanne Dufort
Madison and Lake Oconee GA
Coldwell Banker Lake Country

sphere of influence includes doing business locally - you never know where that next buyer or seller will be ocming from.

August 01, 2012 09:55 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Associate Broker, Northern VA
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA

Great advice from Jeremy.  I hate the idea of leaving business cards behind.  I would rather be nice and tip well.  You are more likely to build the relationship and get the referrals.

August 01, 2012 10:34 AM
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Dear Christiansens: 

Remember that everything Jeremy says is right.  Don't argue with him just listen. 

August 01, 2012 03:00 PM
Rainmaker
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Christine Bohn
Realtor, Gainesville FL
RE/MAX Professionals

That's a great story!  And yes....that is an excellent photo of Jeremy!

August 01, 2012 05:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeremy Blanton
210 Consulting~ Social Media Advisors

LOL Evelyn!  I'm not always right... just ask my wife! LOL

August 01, 2012 07:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Kevin Mackessy
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
Blue Olive Properties, LLC
I agree with not leaving a business card.
August 02, 2012 03:41 PM
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Kim & Kristine Halverson
Realtors, Santa Monica Real Estate, CA
www.KimAndKristine.com, Santa Monica Real Estate :)

Pretty good. 

December 22, 2013 09:08 PM
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