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Rebut to "No Time for Blogging"...

Why stop blogging when you're busy?  This morning, I read a post by Amy Hahn that was featured and discussed how she has to stop blogging because the blogging worked to grow her business.

real estate prospectingDoes that make sense?  Something is working, so let's stop doing it?  What amazed me even more is that all the comments were just about congratulating her on getting the new leads and referrals.  Not a single person, until my comment, pointed out that if she stops doing what she's doing, the leads and referrals are going to stop coming in too.

Doesn't that make more sense?

Here's her logic, paraphrased:  I've been blogging and with my efforts, I got two buyer leads and a referral. I'm so busy with my three new potential clients, that I can't find the time to continue my efforts to pick up new buyers, sellers, or referrals.

real estate multi-taskingDo you see the flaws in that logic?  From day one, aren't you told about the peaks and valleys of real estate?  The average agent gets a client and gets so wrapped up in that client that they forget about their business that they're running.  That one client closes and there are no other clients waiting for that agent, so the agent has to start all over again trying to get one client.

If you can't multi-task in this business, it's not for you. You can't work with just one or three people at a time.  You need to be consistently and constantly prospecting to avoid peaks and valleys!  And if this logic doesn't make sense to you, I would be happy to work your database and pass on a referral fee. Having multiple balls in the air is the art of true Real Estate.

Stopping the blogging because it's working is one of the "silliest" things I've heard...


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Comment balloon 56 commentsDonna Harris • January 30 2010 10:09AM

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How true.  I think we all have an issue with finding something that works and then being so overwhelmed by business we forget how we got it to begin with!  Blogging is a great way to increase the exposure of your name, your ideals and your company.  I am seeing positive results.

Posted by MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Broker Owner (TradeWinds Realty Group LLC) over 8 years ago

How true.  I think we all have an issue with finding something that works and then being so overwhelmed by business we forget how we got it to begin with!  Blogging is a great way to increase the exposure of your name, your ideals and your company.  I am seeing positive results.

Posted by MaryBeth Mills Muldowney, Massachusetts Broker Owner (TradeWinds Realty Group LLC) over 8 years ago

Donna, you're right on the money with this. So many agents grumble about having to "social network" and blog, and all the time it takes. Then they will tell me that in the old days they didn't have fax machines, had to drive everywhere, pick up keys, etc. etc.  I think some people just feel threatened by how the business is changing. They have to realize that this IS a part of the business now.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

I agree.  The situation is that we have to schedule.  I schedule my blogging time.  And I also tend to do things that I didn't finish at the end of the day.  You have to piroritize.

Posted by Dana Couch-Davis, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES (Kendall Haney Realty Group) over 8 years ago

Hey, Donna. Yeah, I am with you one this one. Nothing like cutting off your life-line. Wow, this is just silly. Thanks for sharing, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 8 years ago

If you don't have time for getting new business, maybe it's time to hire an assistant or take on a partner.

Posted by Margo Currie (Exit 1 Stop Realty) over 8 years ago

Excellent Donna.  Blogging and social media take time but they are the most cost effective way of marketing yourself.  Spend and extra 30 minutes at night or start your day 30 minutes earlier.  Pipeline management is key and you have to keep up the marketing efforts to acheive long term success.  They are not mutually exclusive. ~Doug

Posted by Cari Anderson over 8 years ago

Donna,

I am sorry you read my post in a negative way.  The whole point of my post was to point out the amazing benefits of AR and how important it is to be consistent.  The title of the post was a bit sarcastic in a way (maybe not clear), and fortunately everyone else who commented understood my point.  I will certainly not give up what is working for me and that includes posting on Activerain.

 

Amy

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) over 8 years ago

I read the post....I think she was using sarcasm to make a point. She gave us the list of benefits and then went on to say how it has benefited her. Maybe she has more post/ideas than she's written, but I think she was trying to make the point of the value of AR.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

The pump has to be constantly primed Donna, so true.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Marybeth, Glad to hear about your positive results!

Malcolm, And that they need to schedule time for it too!

Dana, Exactly!

Jim, Not when the life-line needs to be pumped...

Margo, Makes sense!

Anderson, The main problem with only 30 minutes, is you'll be here an hour!!  LOL

Amy, I read your blog three times... I don't really see any sarcasm in it.  You mention the benefits of blogging and that other people should see the benefits. You mentioned you have tons of topics you want to blog about, but you don't have time to do it, and that you're off to do a CMA.  Sorry, but I don't see sarcasm. I see seriously that you're saying you have no time to do it even though you see the benefits of it.

Karen, Again, I see/saw no sarcasm.  I see points she made, and then off to do something else.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Gary, Yep, just like the lawnmower or it'll just sputter out.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Even if an agent "feels" they have no more time for blogging, I'm sure there are things in their marketing schedule that could be removed. I see a lot of agents sticking with marketing tasks from 5 years ago that are no longer working well, and trying to add social media and blogging to that. A better way to do it is to prioritize the marketing tasks that are working for you (whatever they are) and leave off the stuff that isn't. But any agent that is interested in success in real estate has to know that you must always be marketing yourself. Always. Your point of needing to be able to multi task is a very good one!

Posted by Rich Rogala, Real Estate Marketing Coach (Consistent Clients) over 8 years ago

I work about 370 or so leads a month, have two babies, a wife and a social life. I find time to blog about 40 times per month. It doesn't matter HOW many converted leads from whatever source. No time to blog? because you're too busy with 3 deals? You better learn to  prioritize if you expect to close 6,7 or 8 at a time sista!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 8 years ago

Donna ---- I had not read Amy's post until I read your post -- I must say that I agree with you --I did not read any sarcasm there either.
                                                               
                                                                                               

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 8 years ago

Duh!  Blogging has really been paying off for me.  Yes, it's harder to blog when you are crazy busy, but it's something I will NEVER stop doing! 

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 8 years ago

Rich, No Joke!!  Why are people still knocking on doors?

Greg, It's called Time Management, and you need to start getting home earlier!!

Liz, THank you!! I tried to find it, but didn't...

Janna, Great attitude!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

The benefits of blogging are only reaped with consistency.  Execution is the number one reason Realtors fail in blogging; you can't be a one hit wonder here.

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com) over 8 years ago

Heck, I find myself blogging from my Droid during downtime between meetings just to stay current. Amazing what technology allows us to do!

Posted by Peter Di Eduardo (West End Residential) over 8 years ago

I think most of us fall into the peaks and valleys trap of real estate.  When you're busy it's so easy to do and so important not to do.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Donna. I agree with her and she made a post explaining how busy she has been. Her title seemed very sarcastic too boasting about how effective Active Rain has been for her. She didn't say that she was going to be offline for a long time. In fact she posted in her blog to state what she stated so it's not as though she stopped blogging. She wrote that post after all....

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Unfortunately when we get busy, it is often the prospecting that gets put on the back burner.  Whether it is blogging, calling, writing notes, mailing or other activities, it does not get done.  What happens next?  We are no longer busy becasue we stopped doing what made us busy in the first place.

Posted by Linda Tremblay, Associate Broker - Bucks County, PA Real Estate Services (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc, PA License #AB065488) over 8 years ago

Hi Donna ~ I read Amy's post and thought it was written "tongue in cheek." I know perception is reality and you perceived it differently. I just wanted to point out that my view of that particular post differs from yours.

As far as your point is concerned, yes it would be stupid to stop doing something that's working whether it's blogging or direct mail. That's a trap we all fall into and a good point to make.

Denise

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) over 8 years ago

Very true but I think her blog was the explanation behind why you would not do what the title said. Yet we see many many members here start and then stop when nothing happens - instant gratification is what they look for and will never get. All of us that are in the know will blog on.

Posted by Corinne Guest, The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying (Barrington Realty Company) over 8 years ago

Donna - I completely agree with you, juggling is part of real estate.  When I get an overflow of leads/clients and can't take on anymore business I refer the leads out.  Nothing like a referral check when you least expect it.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 8 years ago

Hi Donna - I think your paraphrasing has missed the point. Amy's post highlights the importance of "posting regularly", "leaving thoughtful comments", and "providing current, up-to-date information for the consumer." Both you and Amy are essentially saying that blogging works.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 8 years ago

Cindy, Next on VH1, One Hit Wonder Bloggers!

Peter, Or even just creating a note to remind yourself of a topic.

Christine, Not the top producers...

Lana, As stated above in some of my previous comments, I disagree.  I saw no sarcasm in her post. She stated benefits to blogging, had all these topics to blog about, but was too busy to do it and off to do a CMA... no where was there a "just kidding" or anything to show sarcasm.

Linda, Exactly!

Denise, Please read response above.  And I never said "stupid".  I have to use other words to not offend people.

Corinne, Yes, her blog talked about the benefits, but that she was too busy to continue the action...

Michelle, Good plan. However, for me, I never refer out leads because you never know when that lead will transact. It might be 6 months from now or a year, so why pass them on?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Donna

Your thought show great insight. Why would stop doing something that's making you successful?

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 8 years ago

You really do have to stick with this and be consistent to have it work. It's great to write a few excellent posts, but you have to keep writing and writing and writing to really get good at it. I think blogging is going to create a new generation of writers who can amuse, entertain, and educate at 250-500 words a pop. The only way to get good is to do it.

Posted by Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty) over 8 years ago

Ah hmmmm... I can't say much here because I know what she's trying to say. But I'm also with you too. The multi-tasking is almost a must. But when you throw in a 2-year and a husband to also care for, Gosh - what in the world is going on, I wonder at times.

This week, I just scheduled my 6th new client (from just this week ALONE) to meet next week. I'm not going to stop blogging either.

PS: That attitude is totally fine. That just means more for us.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

I have to completely agree with you here. You cant stop what has been working. The logic does not make sense.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 8 years ago

When I was in the photography business we used to joke that if you were too busy to market, that wouldn't last...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 8 years ago

Donna - I can attest to the fact of how important it is to keep that pipeline flowing by blogging on a consistent basis.  I've been out the loop for about a month partially due to business but mostly due to some personal and medical issues.  In just that one month I have seen the pipeline dry up considerably and can't wait to get back in the groove again with the end goal of a very prosperous and productive year.

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) over 8 years ago

Hmmm...I must have missed something.

I didn't think Amy was saying that she was going to stop blogging...on the contrary, she pointed out all of the benefits of blogging, and continuing to blog...

But I get where she was coming from...when you have a usual routine for your blogging efforts, it can be disrupted by the new business that comes your way as a result of your blogging...

So, you point Donna is also valid...don't stop doing the things that are bringing you business...we just have to find a way to balance our time more effectively to do it all...

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 8 years ago

Donna

I agree with you 100% - Not only is it important to be able to juggle multiple balls in the air ( I call it multiple plates) - I think that a buyer and or seller want to work with an agent who is active in the marketplace yet is able to make them feel that they are their only client - it's the name of the game and I only run my business that way...my newest plate...blogging since November and I have been fortunate to pick up a few  new clients through my blogging.

Posted by Noah Levy, Coldwell Banker Highland Park IL (Coldwell Banker) over 8 years ago

Makes no sense to me. I NEVER stop doing the things that work. Blogging is part of my buisness and just like everything else I have it scheduled in so it gets done. We have to make things a habit.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

Ok I guess I better go read Amy's post for myself after reading these comments. Of course that won't change my opinion that we must always market no matter hoiw we choose to do it. Having too many leads gives us the option of picking and choosing who we want to work with and actually gives us more time since little is wasted.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

This is the 4th time I try to leave a message.  last try.

 

Thanks for this post.

 

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) over 8 years ago

My team leaders favorite saying "If your too busy to lead generate, you won't be!"

Posted by Sherry Chastain, Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales (Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee) over 8 years ago

Lou, Personally, I wouldn't!

John, Thanks!

Lane, Makes sense!

Donna, You've seen the light!

William, We are reading Amy's post differently, and my above comments explain further.

Noah, Great success in such a short time!

Bryant, Making it a habit is a great way of explaining it!

Tebre, Those proxy errors are a big pain!

Sherry, It makes a lot of sense!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Donna,

I couldn't agree with you more! 

And I mean what an opportunity to grow your business and take it to the next level by hiring a Buyer Agent or Assistant or whatever you need to do to leverage.

Posted by Colleen Rushforth (Keller Williams Ottawa Realty) over 8 years ago

Donna, I totally agree.  Remaining successful and juggling many balls at one time is one of the most difficult tasks in the business.  I have been guilty of this in many areas.  Actively prospecting, then getting very busy and slacking off only to find that in a few months I had to start all over again.  Blogging like other successful activities in real estate requires a plan and discipline to stick with the plan.  

Posted by Robin Evans, Building relationships while getting results. (Coldwell Banker Advantage) over 8 years ago

Donna, I agree. This method of lead generation is a commitment hereon.!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 8 years ago

I couldn't agree more with your statements but on the other hand I think she may have been wanting to portray how great active rain is, not thinking the other side of things.

 

I will give her the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Posted by Clason Whitney, "Your Proactive, Trusted Real Estate Advisor" (Coldwell Banker Pro West Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I wrote a post based on Amy's original post and your rebuttal. I thought you guys captured a great discussion with lots of excellent comments.

Posted by Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Donna,  I read Amy's post when it was on the featured page, I thought she was just happy to get the business from her blog and letting her readers know that she would not be posting for a few days or something.

But you are soooooooo right - I had some family things going on and trying to juggle the business that I get from AR regularly, I barely blogged for 3 months!  My website hits dropped as a direct result, so now I am getting back on my own schedule that worked so well before.  My website needs my blog links.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 8 years ago

It is my belief that you have to keep funnelling new leads into the pipeline in order to avoid the 'real estate roller coaster'.

Posted by Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist (Catamount Realty Group) over 8 years ago

Hey Donna,

You know I love AR and I have done my share of blogging as I think it's an integral part of the business plan.  However, having said that, we have never received a single lead directly from blogging which makes me very sad.  Of course that doesn't stop me because I do truly love being part of the AR family.

Posted by Lisa Hammerstein, Pascack Valley NJ Real Estate - Bergen County (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 8 years ago

Colleen, I've tried VAs and I spend more time explaining how I want things done and checking on them than I spend doing it myself...

Robin, Exactly!

Cheryl, Thanks!

Clason, I understand she thinks AR is great, but that's why you shouldn't stop.

Dave, Thanks for the added post!

Virginia, But would she not post for a few days?  You saw exactly what happens when you think that way.

Mark, Exactly!

Lisa, I find it very hard to believe known of your buyers or sellers have contacted you because they read your blog.  Are you asking them the question directly about how they found you?  But I also see most of your stuff is "Bergen County".  Do people really use that for their searches, or do they say a city or neighborhood name?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

All too true, if you stop what you are doing to get leads now, than the leads will of course run out.

Posted by Richard Glick (Kingsway Realty) over 8 years ago

I usually fid that I can make time to Blog during Lunch , or Early morning or Late evenings when I'm done with the last cliet of the day.  Always find time to Blog it's an important part of an on-line marketing plan.

Bill

 

Posted by Bill Jones, Realtor (403-701-1739) Airdrie & Calgary Area Homes and Condos (Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones") over 8 years ago

I don't think she meant stopping completely, but that she can't do it as much as she did for this short period of time. I've been in the same boat. The past 2 weeks have been great that i have not been able to read all the blogs every day and post my 7-10 blogs a week. That doesn't mean I'm stopping all together, but that instead of doing 7 or 10, I'm doing 2 and will play catch up the next week. Everything is a balancing act.

Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) over 8 years ago

I think there has to be a balance - some folks are so much All About the Blogging And Social Networking that that seems to be what they think their job is, rather than servicing the clients that they get that way. Others, if they get busy, don't do ANY of it and then find themselves without clients once the deals are closed.  Some spread the love out between a variety of social networking/blogging venues, sometimes blogging, sometimes spending time on consumer forums, sometimes doing something else. 

We each have to find what works best for us, even if that's not what works best for someone else. I was advised by someone very wise that we need to find that balance between seeking new business and taking care of the business we have, because it's all too easy to lose business for the future by not doing the latter OR the former. 

 

Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) over 8 years ago

If you don't take time to develop your business who will?

Posted by KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will. ( Hamilton Landon Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Lead generation is moe than blogging, here or elsewhere. Nobody can do it all, all the time. Pacing! That's my answer. Some weeks see more blogging than others, and some weeks see no bloggging at all. Only so many hours in the day -- and that's just the way it goes.

Posted by Elva Branson-Lee, CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent (Solid Source Realty GA) over 8 years ago

Thank you for all the comments. I didn't get notifications and just saw your comments.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

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