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ActiveRain RainCamp - Dallas TX - WOW!!

Raincamp, Raincamp... What can be said about ActiveRain's Raincamp that was put on in Dallas TX a couple of days ago?


I was blown away, and I'm not one to get blown away with things like this.  I usually like to sit with my arms crossed saying, "What an idiot!  No one does that these days to help their real estate businesses..." as that's exactly what was I saying when I stupidly sat at a Craig Proctor seminar for two hours the day before. I figured I was in Dallas, what the heck.  HUGE waste of time.  Raincamp, not a waste of time at all!!

I learned so many things, that I can't wait to have a few minutes to implement ideas. As I check things out and implement, I'll be checking back with my opinions.  I did start three Fan pages on Facebook and took some pictures in between appointments yesterday.  Now, I just have to load them and get some fans!!

The best compliment I received (besides ActiveBrad personally asking my opinion about the day) was when I was approached by a friend saying that she was sitting next to someone from Austin, and while we were discussing Long Tailed Keywords and how to use them, he got excited about an area he wanted to target, Googled those words, and MY blog popped up!!  He told her something to the effect of, "I'm never gonna be able to beat that Donna Homes person, she's everywhere!"

Here are some random pictures of some faces you'll recognize. I won't name everyone because as soon as I try, I'll forget someone and I'll never hear the end of it.

Thanks to Bob, Brad, and Ben... The three B's had it together and did a great job!!

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ActiveRain Raincamp Dallas TX

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ActiveRain Raincamp Dallas TX

ActiveRain Raincamp Dallas TX

ActiveRain Raincamp Dallas TX

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Comment balloon 51 commentsDonna Harris • February 18 2010 09:09AM


I'd love to go to one live but the virtual ones are the next best thing. You get so pumped up and can't wait to implement the new ideas. We have another virtual one coming up in June and it is definitely on my calendar! Any tidbits you want to share??

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 10 years ago

I so wish I could have attended RainCamp. From all that I've read and from the Virtual one I attended, I have already learned so much.

Great pictures Donna from an event that was, as you mentioned, "definitely not a waste of time"!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna, 

It was a pleasure to meet you. A real human dynamo!!!!!!   I agree with you on how GREAT raincamp Dallas 2010 performed .....A plethera of great information and the bonus was meeting so many real professionals in one place.

Great article,





Robert Twaron

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country ( about 10 years ago

Donna..I agree with you. The camp was great and there are so many ideas to try...

Posted by Pat O'Reilly (RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth) about 10 years ago

I had a great day myself. I've implemented some stuff and some stuff I plan to try. I especially love the Facebook Target Marketing concept. I've never known how to do it.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago

It was a great event no doubt. Wish it was longer though.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) about 10 years ago


My head is still spinning!

It was great to finally meet you!

I have so much to change and implement!

See you around!

Posted by Sheila Moran,, RE/MAX Access, 210-32 (RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels)) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna...looks like you had a great time at Rain Camp, Seattle was a blast too. The Sharing of ideas is awesome, I can't wait for the Next Rain Camp. Great Photos.

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 10 years ago

yes it was very informative and also quite interesting to finally meet so many of the people we've conversed with online.  glad you made it.

Posted by John Jones (Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago


It's always great to hear that someone who is so active on AR learned something. It always makes me a bit nervous that our power users won't benefit as much as someone just getting started. However, I think having Ben there, who is using this stuff in his business is great. He's an innovator and we are lucky to have him on board.

It was a pleasure to meet you!

The next one (am I breaking our guidelines by advertising in your post? Hopefully you won't delete and report me, haha) is March 9th in Denver. They keep getting better so we can't wait.......however, I don't know if any crowd will ever be as loud as Dallas was, it was deafening on stage when Ben asked what everyone thought!

RainCamp Denver March 9th

If anyone has friends in Colorado, make sure to let them know this is not to be missed!

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) about 10 years ago

Barb, I'll post as I got through the tidbits.  Already posted about

Craig, I'm glad I juggled my schedule to be there!

Robert, *blush*

Pat, Get tryin'!

Loreena, I've been FB target marketing for almost a year now. It does work.

Mike, Coming from a newbie... believe me, you wouldn't want it any longer!!  But you can come to Austin in March for REBar Camp.

Sheila, I'm trying to understand my notes!

Fred, Being the guinea pigs, I'm sure it was fun in Seattle.

John, Good seeing you again!

Bob, Go ahead, advertise away!  Next time, I'm going to eat your cake too!!  And it would get more views with a pretty little star *wink wink*


Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

@ Barb in # 1:  I doubt if Active Rain would hold a Rain Camp in Cleveland... but they might do it in Columbus... so Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinatti could all attend.  I think if they did... I would plan my trip back to visit Cleveland around a Columbus Rain Camp.  How fun.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 10 years ago

Donna:  Ouch !  I wouldn't sit through a Craig Proctor seminar if you PAID me.  But yes... I am sure the RainCamp was just wonderful.  I am sorry I was unable to attend... I would have loved to have met you.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 10 years ago

Great to hear your experience Donna!  Just to give you a head-up, Diverse Solutions implimented their solution for long-tail seo.  This will help local agents compete for top placement with the search engines for property address and mls #. 

Thanks again and glad that you had a blast.

Posted by Richard Johnston (San Fernando Valley - RE/MAX Grand Central) about 10 years ago

Donna looks like a blast. Coming to Denver but it is still hard to break away to get there. Thinking hard about it.

Posted by Joan Zappa, Professional treatment of our clients, brings awes (Eagles Wings Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna, I had such a good time meeting you and you do look better in person! I cannot believe you did that other seminar, i made the same mistake several years ago. I did think it was funny that your brand is so strong that people think your name is Donna Homes! ;-) Like you I came away excited about where this will take my business in my particular market segment! Oh..and thanks for posting a flattering picture of me!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Donna, thanks for taking the time to post the pictures. For those of us that have not had the experience yet the pictures mean a lot. Thanks.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) about 10 years ago

Awesome Donna. Looks like you guys had a great time. And a huge turn out. Maybe some day TLW and I will actually get out of our cave and make it to one of these.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 10 years ago

Looks like everyone had a great time. Maybe I can attend in the future. The pictures were great!

Posted by Scott Haynes (Century 21 Sweyer & Associates) about 10 years ago

Donna, How exciting! I am going to hit as many raincamps as I can this year.  I can't wait to meet everyone.  What an awesome crowd you were in the midst of.  I recognize SO many of those smiling faces :)

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) about 10 years ago

Donna, I told Bob that if Activerain camp was good for you, then it was definitely a winner.

ha ha...that is a complement because if it was BAD you would have said so.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 10 years ago

WOW ! For YOU of all people to endorse this so loudly, it must have been a MASSIVE success :o)

... of course I know it was, as I couldnt rave loud enough about the one in NYC that I was fortunate to attend !

Nice recap Donna !!!

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 10 years ago

Donna, Thank you for telling me about Raincamp! It was definitely worth the 3+ hour drive from Austin. They should think about making Raincamp a two day seminar with all the information they presented. Even though this was an eight hour seminar, the time went so fast. I had a great time. Thanks again!

Posted by Steve Zarry, Austin Central Texas, Real Estate (House Buying Now) about 10 years ago

Donna, it WAS such a great meeting wasn't it??  Sorry that I did not get to meet you.  Everyone has said how great it was, I have not talked to anyone that did not come away with things they could use.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 10 years ago

Karen, They promised "information" and not a sales pitch, but all it was was this Canadian guy telling stories...

Richard, I'll have to look into that, thanks.

Nick, I had to take 4 days!  It's worth it!

Russell, Nice meeting you too... and do you like this picture?

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Ted, Putting "real" faces to the pictures behind AR.

Bryant, Yes, every seat was taken. They even kicked people out of Platinum who sat there by "mistake" because the Platinum people didn't have seats.

Scott, You should schedule one!

Elizabeth, Save the flyer miles!

Missy, You know me so well!!! LOL

Sheldon,I know I know, I can be critical, but it's only meant to help!

Steve, I'm glad you found it worth the drive!!  *Sigh of relief*

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

Uh, those people in Platinum Seats that sat there by "mistake" are just too slick.  LOL!

I agree on all fronts that AR Raincamp rocked. I've been to 5 BarCamps, am a big fan, and am now thinking that Raincamps are worth running around the country to attend as well. 

What a great day!  Again, good to meet you, Donna.  See you soon.

Posted by Amanda Evans, Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas (DFW Living) about 10 years ago

Donna - I spent so much time talking that I really forgot to take pictures that day.  Thanks for sharing these!  I also thought it was a valuable event, and I hope they come back to Texas sometime soon.  :)  Are you planning to go to the Austin RE Barcamp next month?  It's right before SXSW.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 10 years ago

Sounds like you learned alot and can't wait til it comes closer to about these 3 Facebook Fan pages Donna, were they on communities?

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Donna, thanks for sharing the great pictures.  The energy in the room was electrifying. 

Posted by Lisa Stafford, Broken Arrow OK Homes For Sale (Broken Arrow, Tulsa, McGraw Realtors) about 10 years ago

Loved looking at the pictures!  Looked like a great event with a lot of folks enjoying themselves in networking and learning.

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Aren't you glad you didn't sit in the back of the room with a baseball cap on hiding out? I'm so glad you liked it!!!

I have been staying up until ungodly hours trying to hurry up and implement the things I learned ever since the NYC one, plus put 7 new listings on the market.

I think I'm going to try to go again to the next one on the east coast.

Posted by Dana Voelzke, Loan Officer/ First time home buyer specialist (loanDepot (203) 733-9408) about 10 years ago

Hey, we matched!!

Good to see you again Donna!!


Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) about 10 years ago

Hello Donna - Thanks for the report.  Some like I need to sign up for Rain Camp!

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) about 10 years ago

Donna! Thanks, I may have to get you take all my pictures!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Judi, There were a lot of people I didn't meet, but I was brain-fried as well as people-fried!

Amanda, Never been to a barcamp, but plan on it next month.

Jason, I did mark my calendar to keep it open. I didn't see a place for registration yet though...

Al & Peggy, The fan pages are on "areas" not necessarily communities.

Lisa, You're welcome!

Lola, Yes, they did make it fun. The game was trying to connect to the internet!!

Dana, I was planning on sitting in the back and keeping to myself, but as soon as I walked in and saw familiar faces, I went right up to the second row...

Tom, It was red shirt day!

Corinne, Maybe he has programs set up to see when people mention his name!

Andy, Yes, you do!

Russell, I try...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago


Sounds like time well spent.  If I could be in two places at once...I would have gone!! LOL!!  But I will have to glean from the tidbits I read from you and others who attended! :)  Great pictures!!

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) about 10 years ago

Hi, Donna.  Thanks for sharing your pictures.  It's great to see all of your smiling faces though we weren't there. 

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) about 10 years ago

Donna - Thank YOU for including me into your pictures. Some people took a picture and left me out. Maybe they werent good pictures. LOL  Anyway, it was great seeing you again. I'm thinking about coming to Austin for the REBarCamp in March. Perhaps a group of us can get some drinks afterwards.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 10 years ago

Thanks for posting the pics, Donna, looks like fun - and if you learned so much, I will be in way over my little head when I finally get to go!

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 10 years ago


I enjoyed your post about Raincamp.  I wished I could have been there!  Looks like you all had fun.  We need to meet at reBarCamp!!!

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna... It was great to finally meet you in person!  After years of knowing you online it's nice to no longer have to refer to you as my "online" friend!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

Hi Donna!  It was great meeting you in Dallas!  I know you hated to miss the big snow but, at least you made it to Rain Camp!!!  I didn't get a photo with you but, maybe next time!

I too, came away with a ton of information--some that I had heard of but, never did anything with and lots of new FREE stuff!  Since they recommended the sites that I had never done anything with, I gave a couple of them a try--LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Xobni!  You've GOT to try it--especially if you get online leads.  It's pretty cool and I didn't even download the paid site, just the FREE one!  That is going to help so much with the leads that come in; having more knowledge of the person to whom we're talking is ALWAYS a good thing!

Hope to see YOU at the Charlotte Rain Camp later this year!!  Not a bad flight at ALL and the Priceline deals are amazing! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 10 years ago


More great pictues and experiences, thanks for taking the time to share.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker about 10 years ago

Donna - Here's a link to the RSVP/registration page for the Austin RE Barcamp (it's free!):

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 10 years ago

Great writeup Donna and it was so nice to finally meet your lovely self!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna. I love your write up and the accompanying pics. Sounds like it was very informative. (BTW I remember one of your older posts... I love your hair.)

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Sonja, Maybe next time.

Yolanda, You're welcome.

John, Sounds like a plan!

Virginia, But the good thing is that there are tidbits for newbies as well as veterans, so take what you want to work with, just work with something. No one expects you to work with everything they talk about.

Carol, I plan on being there at this point.

Steve, Good meeting you too, and you should think about changing your pic as it doesn't really look like you.

Debe, Good meeting you too! Your pic doesn't show how tall you are!!  I plan on looking into Xobni this weekend.

Richard, You missed out!

Jason, Thanks for the link!

Gary, *blush* thanks!  And I didn't realize you were that tall!

Lana, The hair is on its way out, as it's fighting every day... back to the flat-iron!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

For someone who is more experienced with blogging and social media, an event like this reinforces that knowledge, or maybe causes us to see something from a slightly different way. Plus, there's the bonus of getting to meet so many great people!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 10 years ago
I recognize a lot of the faces and hope to see some posts on Tech Tips from the event. Those are always my favorites.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge about 10 years ago

John, But it wasn't just about social media.  There were a lot of tools and tricks told.

Cheryl, I plan on posting the tools as I use them. I already posted about

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

Donna, I'm just checking out all the highlighted comments from RainCamp as they advertise the upcoming camps. Can't wait til our turn in Orlando next month!!!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 9 years ago