153 FACEBOOK ONLINE FRIENDS - NOW, SOME ACTUAL BUSINESS LEADS!

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Real Estate Agent with Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL

Hey, hey from Chicago folks!  Perhaps, spring is indeed coming - a tease of plus-70 degrees this week, with more to come next week!

Can hardly wait!

Facebook!  My Space!  LinkedIn!  Twitter!  Plaxo!  And so on . . .

Are you on them?  Of course you are!

You've made quasi-secure contact with your old college chums. High school buds, perhaps - guys now with pot bellys and balding heads, ladies who, well, look almost exactly as they did all those years ago!

Old teachers - co-workers all but forgotten.  Joined some groups, passed some pokes, likes, drinks, Blue Cove Requests, and more.

Maybe even an old flame or two - yes?  (We won't tell anyone - what happens on Active Rain, stays on Active Rain, you know!)

But have you actually converted any BUSINESS from your new-found social networking connections?

You know, I am not counting Active Rain Blogging - which some consider social networking.  I am talking about the other sites - developed originally for young people to connect, but now becoming increasingly important as a Business Tool.

I joined the big social networking sites strictly for business - but developed the old connections as a bonus.  And, in my Real Estate Business, it seems many of my old friends have a  need for a New Fashioned Realtor - even one that was alive and kicking when Richard Nixon was President of the United States (really dating myself here - yes?)

So far, for our Real Estate Team in Chicago - three promising buyer leads, one listing lead, from old friends and colleagues - from Facebook and Twitter.  All came since we ramped up our Social Networking participation at the urging of our Business Success Coach last fall.

Nothing has closed yet, but it's looking promising!

What about you?  Any actual business benefit, and generated revenue, from your Social Networking activity?

Inquiring Bloggers need to know!  Please share!

DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

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Rainer
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Mike Rothery
Roseville, Rocklin CA Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty

Dean,

Good job!  We are just starting our social networking campaign and can't wait for some results.

March 19, 2009 07:42 AM
Rainmaker
273,277
Irene Tron

Facebook has not brought in any business yet but I also just started online networking about 1 month ago.  Time will tell whether it helps or not.  AR has helped in knowledged gained from others.

March 19, 2009 08:07 AM
Rainmaker
147,084
Simone Bercu
Montgomery Co, MD Real Estate - GRI, e-PRO, AB
Keller Williams Capital Properties

Dean, I dove into Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin yesterday.  I wish I could take a class to learn everything about these programs.

I have been on AR for over a year. Here, too, for a long time I was reluctant to get into blogging.  I learned a lot and got renters for some reason.  I think it is all good, except for the time I am investing in this and not reading all the business books I purchased.

March 19, 2009 08:43 PM
Rainmaker
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Pat Tasker
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)
Shorewest Realtors

I am definitely social networking, getting readership on my blog, and awaiting my first lead and commission!

March 19, 2009 11:55 PM
Rainer
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NORBERT FRANCIS

i want to join but i dont have a bank account

May 29, 2012 04:00 AM
Rainmaker
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Dean Moss

Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team
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