Active Rain's NEW Membership Plan...One Woman's Opinion

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Real Estate Agent with Dockside Realty VA 0225142975

After reading Brad's post, ActiveRain's NEW Membership Plan, I began to write my comment.  It grew and grew until I decided to post it here instead.

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"BTW - Any new member can still sign up for free, no one is forcing them to pay, I hope I didn't miss covering that in this post.   :-)" (Brad Andersohn)

I just got through reading all the comments.  Yes, I know I need to get a life.  However, one big observation I made is, if everyone would read the entire post many, many questions would not have to be asked, and answered over and over again.

I have not, to my knowledge, earned one penny from Active Rain, YET.  There have been a couple of referrals I received which did not even materialize into an appointment.  My market is not a big sought after market.  Very few people around the country are thinking of moving to Lake Anna, VA.  In fact, many people in Virginia don't even know the lake exists.  As they learn about it, more and more people do think about Lake Anna.  Active Rain is helping me to get the word out.  What more can I ask for?

Why do I remain on Active Rain?  Because I have gotten so much more out of it than $29.00 a month could ever buy me.  Information is here in overload, friendships are here for the taking, ideas are plentiful, feedback is forthcoming if you need it, and that's just scratching the surface.

Yes, I will be able to continue on Active Rain without paying the $29.00 a month because I joined some time ago.   However, I do contribute to the solvency of AR.  I'm a community sponsor (several communities) and purchased an outside blog soon after we were offered the chance.  One reason I did these things was because I am hoping they will increase my business.  The other reason is, I want Active Rain to not only survive but to become stronger.  I considered it an investment in my business and in a social network that means much to me.

Everyone has to determine how to spend their own money.  Make the choice that is right for you.  Do not be shortsighted just because you did not see this coming down the pike.  Be sure you have thought through your decision thoroughly.  Perhaps you will realize this is one expense that is well worth investing in.  The rewards are more than meet the eye.

Active Rain is not Facebook or My Space nor Twitter or Linkedin.  I am a member of those other sites and my opinion is, Active Rain is much, much more.  If the others went away I would never even miss them.  I cannot say the same for the Rain.

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Rainer
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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Kate - I don't even recall how I discovered AR, but I can't imagine a day without it.  Even if I don't post or respond to someone else's post, I am here reading and absorbing all the hints and tips that others so graciously share.

At this point in time I'm really glad I won't be paying ther $29 a month, but I can certainly see the value in it.

You've put together a wonderful post, and I thank you for injecting a little balance in this situation.

February 16, 2009 11:56 PM #6
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Tina Maraj
RE/MAX North Orange County - Fullerton, CA
Fullerton, California Real Estate 714-403-7901

Kate, I knew that AR was to good to be free for long.

February 17, 2009 12:42 AM #7
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Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate

Kate, I agree with you 100%.  However, there are and will remain many who have not yet gotten started who will be possibly turned away by the monthly fee.  Likely, they'll be the ones who wouldn't have used AR even when it was 100% free.

February 17, 2009 05:22 AM #8
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Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

Very well said - Active Rain, IMHO, cannot be compared to Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, etc. AR is so much more. I found this post via Twitter - but how could you have conveyed your thoughts in 140 characters or less?  :)

February 17, 2009 07:54 AM #9
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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Well said, I have got referrals and business from it, probably much more than the staff as made in monetary dollars. As I have said many times, it is the value of the relationships and the 24/7 learning that has propelled my business forward.

February 17, 2009 08:02 AM #10
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Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Real Estate Connections - Manassas, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Kate,  I signed on to AR reluctantly, but now realize it was one of the smartest "new" things I could do.  Excellent post!!

February 17, 2009 08:41 AM #11
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

Hi Audrey...So true.  If most people thought about it they would find they are spending money in places that will not help them as much as Active Rain.  AR is a bargain.

Kate

February 17, 2009 10:24 AM #12
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

Hi Marchel...I'm glad you took the time to write what you did.

When I first started in real estate back in the mid-80s, real estate was done in the office.  That's where you were when you were not out previewing or with clients.  We worked side by side with our fellow agents.  We learned so much from them.  Now many of us do a great deal of work from home.  Even when we are in the office most of the other agents are not.

AR is our office too.  Here we are surrounded by our fellow agents.  We learn and grow and we do it in the company of others.

I like it too.

Kate

February 17, 2009 10:28 AM #13
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

Hi Jason...Without a doubt it is about friendship as well as business.  That's why we love hearing the fun things your children say, because you are our friend.

Your sharing these personal things about your family has made you that.

Kate

February 17, 2009 10:30 AM #14
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

Hi Kathy...Exactly.  The friendships are such a bonus.

Our lives are more than just business.  Plus, the benefit here is all the things we learn and ideas we get.  We may not be able to pinpoint how exactly it helps our business but we know intrinsically that it does.

February 17, 2009 10:33 AM #15
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

H Jennifer...The fact that the powers to be have provided us with a site that brings us all together to learn and share is a great thing.

Kate

 

February 17, 2009 10:50 AM #16
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Kate, I think your description of Much Much more is dead on. I think the only thing they goofed up on recently is not having everyone's picture with the comments. Maybe they will change that. It seems discriminatory to me.

February 17, 2009 04:18 PM #17
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Kate - Thanks for bringing Brad's post to my attention!  I hadn't heard this.  I guess paying for this was bound to happen...  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February 17, 2009 04:53 PM #18
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

Hi Gary...I concur.  At first I thought it was just a matter of getting everyone's photo up and running.  Like you, I hope we see that happen.

Our relationships with people go way beyond when they signed up on AR.  We want to see everyone we are communicating with or none at all.  Well, maybe I shouldn't be using we when I can only speak for myself and probably you.  Others haven't said anything to me except I have seen many without their photos wondering what they needed to do to get it.  Hopefully they will not have to buy a thing.

Kate

February 17, 2009 05:36 PM #19
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

Hi Debi...Yes, I would think it inevitable.

Today I saw talks about Twitter doing something to raise funds but I don't know what yet and the same for Facebook.

I would not miss either of those but I do not want to be without Active Rain.

Kate

February 17, 2009 05:38 PM #20
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Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Kate- I agree, very well said. AR is so much more than I think any of us ever thought it would be when we signed on. So now this picture thing. How is that happening? LOL

February 18, 2009 02:08 PM #21
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA

Hi Martha...From what I've read, members that have paid for an outside blog or to sponsor a community or communities, whatever...get their picture on all their comments.

  1. I hope this is not true but if it is
  2. I hope they change it so that all members have pictures.

Kate

February 18, 2009 05:56 PM #22
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Chuck Willman
Gentry Realty - Mesa, AZ
Realtor - Arizona - 480.292.0600

I have received quite a bit of business from ActiveRain. It may be that I'm in a very large area and sometimes I'm just found in spite of myself. I seriously wish I knew how to take advantage of the ways that blogging brings in the clients... but... search engine optimization is not my strong point.

I'm hoping that the cost of entry is not too step for the newbie. As a neophye, I posted for a few months and wondered if my thoughts were hidden... and my time was not well spent.

For me it took real results (incoming calls and/or emails) to convince me that it's worth it. This is not something that happens when members write to members... unless you're in the referral business or participate for education and/or social benefit.

So... I hope those who have not been grandfathered will be able to see the benefit of paying for the service. It would be sad to see this become a network of old-timers writing to each other about the same old topics.

February 19, 2009 04:17 PM #23
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Debe Maxwell
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Kate! You are such a sweetheart!  I agree wholeheartedly and think that those things that we cannot put a price tag on, sometimes mean WAY more than others with HIGH price tags.  GREAT comment-turned-blog post!  ;-)

Debe in Charlotte
February 19, 2009 10:32 PM #24
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
Broker/Owner

MORNING KATE!  When I joined AR I was hesitant - but kept going with it.  Even though I haven't seen referrals, etc., like many I look at this as "continuing eduction"!   I think if the new blogger could see that value when they start - they will reap the rewards in time!  This was nicely written!  Gabrielle

February 21, 2009 05:52 AM #25
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