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Marketing Strategies: 7 Ways ‘Perfectionism’ Stops You from Success

Are you a perfectionist? Do you know someone who is? Have you ever wondered if perfectionism is a help or hindrance on the road to success? ...


How to Get a Derailed Executive Career Back on Track

Executive recruiter Colleen Aylward wanted to figure out how many executives had been displaced by the poor economy over the last few years, but before she got her numbers, she discovered something else even more troubling. ...


Are Your Customers Always Right? Experts Say ‘No’

In business, the squeaky wheel almost always winds up getting the grease. Customers tend to be rewarded for complaining, but that strategy leaves money on the table, according to marketing consultant Betsy Kruger. ...


Blueprint for 100 Deals Part 3: Dream Team 100

In building our Blueprint for 100 Deals, the Team is undoubtedly the most critical architecture to put into place. Each team member will play their role as a vital cog in the machinery of your real estate business. The administrational ...


What Is ‘Hyperlocal’ and Why Is it Key to Your Success?

“All real estate is local,” the saying goes. But what buyers and sellers really want to know is known as “hyper”-local information—the numbers and news that affect their specific community’s neighborhoods. When an agent shares information about the first day ...


Rand on Real Estate: Confidence Is Crucial

Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica and host of Rand on Real Estate on WABC Radio in NY is often asked why he is unshakably confident in a revival of the housing market. Here Greg responds to a caller who asked just that, and then another ...


A Model for Evaluating Facebook Pages and Competitive Analysis

(eM+C)—During a recent webinar from Covario, over 100 digital marketers were asked what the main goal of their Facebook page is. The results aren't surprising. In general, driving sales is the No. 1 priority of digital marketers’ social media programs. However, 45 percent of the respondents said driving engagement and ...


The Death of the Boss: The Beginning of the ‘New’ CEO

If your company is anything like mine, the last few years have been a challenge. Since so many of our company’s products and services have been developed for residential real estate, as your company goes, so goes ours. That allows ...


The Strangest Secret

In 1957, Earl Nightingale, speaker, author and co founder of the Nightingale-Conant Corporation, recorded his classic motivational record "The Strangest Secret." "The Strangest Secret" sold over one million copies and made history in the recording industry by being honored as ...


Content Marketing: The Link to Being a Good Neighbor

(eM+C)—I saw something online recently that said “content is marketing.” I found that interesting because I've never quite seen it put that way. The message is simplistic, but I think it really resonates. Why? Because in today’s business environment, whether B2C or B2B, local or global, it's all about how ...


Agents, It’s Time to Shrug Off the Golden Rule of Parenting: Being Fair

“Mom, you gave her a bigger piece of cake than me!” It’s a refrain we’ve been guilty of ourselves in our youth and have, if we’re parents, heard from our children. Moms and dads learn early on that they must, at all cost, “be fair.” If you’ve gotten into the ...


Google+: The Next Facebook?

After a year of rumors, teasers and hype, on June 28, 2011, Google launched its own social network to rival Facebook: Google+. While it’s hard to imagine that any social networking platform can rival the depth and breadth of Facebook, it’s wise to understand what Google+ is all about and ...


Opening Lines of Communication and Cultivating Feedback with Showing Suite

Five years ago, Seth Shapero—a REALTOR® with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc., had finished showing a property when he received an interesting feedback request form. Intrigued and impressed, Shapero called the agent who had sent the form, and was introduced to the software that would aid his time management, ...


Blueprint for 100 Deals Part 2: Why Stop at 100?

One hundred might seem like an arbitrary number of transactions, and it is. Yet, from our experience, it’s also an ideal milestone for real estate professionals looking for a more stable and productive business environment. ...


How to Build Trust and Rapport Quickly

If you're working hard, but aren't consistently generating enough sales, chances are it's a matter of trust! Suppose you could incorporate a few simple, yet highly effective ideas into your selling process and substantially increase your bottom line? One of the most critically important and yet frequently overlooked aspects of ...


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