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Real Estate Agent with Coastal Properties Group International

Call me spoiled!

It hasn't been that long that we've had webinars to the extent that we do now. Yesterday there were three separate organizations that I belong to holding webinars.

You can't tell from the term webinar exactly what it means. Sometimes it's interactive and sometimes it's just dialing in to a central phone number.

That's where I'm spoiled ... and I think our clients are spoiled when it comes to technology, too.

After having some Go To Meeting type interactive sessions, where I can see the people who are talking, and see what they're writing, I like it better than listening to a phone call for an hour.

I like having the choice of plugging in a headphone and microphone (so it doesn't bother anyone around me) rather than having to use a phone - it's cumbersome and it costs  money.

I'm all for webinars, but let's make them worthy of the name.

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Sharon Simms
CIPS CRS CLHMS CRB RSPS
Coastal Properties Group
CHRISTIE'S International Real Estate
238 Beach Drive NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701
www.ssimms.com    www.coastalpgi.com   www.christiesrealestate.com
(727) 898-2582    Sharon@SimmsTeam.com

 

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Sharon Simms
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Jason - I don't think any industry has a monopoly on lagging in technology.

Russell - if you'd be in the office anyway, that's right. If you have to give up something else, then you want it to be valuable.

September 20, 2008 06:33 PM
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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Sharon - I have attended some excellent webinars that were truly interective and others that were, simply, a waste of time. For me it really has to do with saving time, getting great information in a short time frame, and seeing the value. The technology is there to be used to its best advantage, why bother with something that can just as easily be on a free podcast.

Jeff

September 21, 2008 11:54 PM
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Sharon Simms
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Coastal Properties Group International

Jeff - we certainly share the same sentiments.

September 22, 2008 06:32 PM
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John Chinello
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I think this is a great topic Sharon! As the eBusiness Training Manager for RE/MAX International, we have been utilizing Webinars for our technology education for nearly two years now. They are an excellent way to provide education and support almost instantly. Though they do not replace the value of in person instructor-led training, they can meet the scheduling needs of today's Real Estate Professional and allow for more opportunities to learn than having to find an available session on the topic you need and drive or fly to it. We have been very happy with the Citrix Online product, GoToMeeting and have found that it is very easy to use for anyone - a key factor in choosing them. My team offers, several times a week, recurring regional webinars as well as sessions customized for individuals or offices.

After hearing stories from the field, I am also very interested in hearing more about how individual Agents can utilize webinars to promote listings to buyers out of town, hold educational sessions of their own for buyers and sellers, and even conduct listing presentations. I think technology has advanced to a point where our industry is expected to offer options such as this, and many consumers may look specifically for an Agent who does. What are your thoughts on this?

Any of our RE/MAX affiliates that would be interested in trying something like that out, should feel free to contact me. Many of the web conferencing providers out there (and there are a lot these days) provide a free trial period for their programs, and it is a great way to test it out without a financial investment.

September 24, 2008 01:08 PM
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Sharon Simms
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Coastal Properties Group International

John - thanks for the offer to share your expertise! I'll have to give some thought to your question. There's no doubt that today's clients want an agent who knows and uses the latest technology.

September 24, 2008 02:12 PM
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