Tuesdays, here at the Glen Oaks Escrow website, we post Technology Tips designed to help you, the REALTOR®, grow your business, keep up to date on the latest technologies, and move you forward into the new era of real estate.

This week we are going to take a look at several Realtors who are succeeding by incorporating social media and web 2.0 principles into their real estate businesses. Social media provides an array of opportunities to develop relationships with clients – for some the diversity of options can seem overwhelming. With so many opportunities to apply web 2.0 practices to your business, the following agents have been selected as examples because they exploit one strategy particularly well. The lesson is to pick and choose what works best for you. Focus. By doing so, you too can grow your business by applying social media techniques. Let’s learn from others who are leading the way!


Mike Lefebvre Video

Mike Lefebvre | Hallmark Sotheby’s International Realty – Suburban Boston, Massachusetts

Particularly outstanding is Mike’s use of video on his blog…specifically, this one which he submitted to www.MyTechOpinion.com answering the question “What technology has had the most impact on your real estate business”.

Listing Information

Kris & Steve Berg | San Diego Castles Realty – San Diego, California

Both the website and blog do an excellent job of presenting dynamic information that consumers want, particularly in regards to listing information and market trends. On the home page of both their sites, the visitor is presented with a map showing active inventory in the San Diego market and the blog has the ability to let visitors search home listings from their cell phone.

krisberghomesearch1 Kris Berg Send to cell phone

Networking & Niche Marketing

Andy Kaufman| Keller Williams – Berkeley, California


Andy personifies the definition of networking in a web 2.0 world…and it isn’t only the social media networking he does. Supported by an informative, data rich blog, a niche focused on the foreclosure, REO, and investment market in the East Bay of California, the real power in Andy’s strategy comes in his outstanding use of blending social media and “in real life” (IRL) interactions to network for business. Andy is everywhere – networking at conferences that draw the real estate, the social media, and/or the technology scene – events such as the REOMAC conference, the REBarCamp Conferences (Andy is the founder of this successful series of social media conferences focused on Real Estate), and SXSW (South By Southwest). The power of his networking activities has resulted in no less than 7,000 followers on Twitter and 1,100+ friends on Facebook.


Teresa Boardman | Saint Paul Home Realty – Saint Paul, Minnesota


Photos are Teresa’s thing, and her use of the social community Flickr for her real estate business, in conjunction with her blog, is an example for all. Photos are so paramount to her web presence they not only have their own navigation section on both her blog and website, but also to warrant an entire blog of their own. She also has thousands of photos representing the St. Paul area in her Flickr account and truly gives a consumer an outstanding feel for the area.

Active Rain:

Rich Jacobson | Windermere Real Estate – Kitsap Peninsula, Washington


Active Rain is the largest real estate social network with over 170,000 members. And, if you are a member of Active Rain, you probably know the name Rich Jacobson. He is a Community Builder there and a brilliant example of how to utilize this great resource to not only promote yourself and your business, but to learn and participate in the social media real estate community. He also expresses his personality and interests by having a blog dedicated to his personal interest in Crabbing which results in a niche marketing effort based around a Pacific Northwest activity that he loves.

Consumer Focused: Clear and Effective

Kristal Kraft | The Berkshire Group Realtors – Denver, Colorado


An excellent example an agent who combines her website and blogging efforts into one site online, Kristal’s blog is simply one section of her web presence and surrounded by a website which illustrates her professionalism, market knowledge, and answers the most pressing buyer and seller questions. No one tool overpowers others in this site – its success is more about an overall strategy of providing content that consumers care about and establishing herself as the trusted adviser in the consumers mind.

Please send us who you think is doing it right in real estate and social media and we can do a follow up post in the near future!

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