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Top 10 Reasons To Go A Convention Or Event For Your Business

Top 10 Reasons To Go A Convention Or Event For Your Business

1.  You get out of  "Dodge" 

You get Away from your computer and the daily chores.  It is a break from the norm AND has benefits.

2.  You CAN learn things IF you listen.

Most events have the latest updates to an industry.  Speakers from across the country are there to share the latest changes and prepare you for what may be coming. 

3.  Networking Opportunities

Most individuals going to a convention or event are there to network and expand their sphere of               influence so are very open to talking with you and accepting information you would like to share.

4.  Learn about the latest in technology.

Every industry has been touched in one way or another with advances in technology.  At the event             learn about the new elements and discuss with people how they are implementing the changes in             their business.

5.  Learn about your same business and how it is going in other parts of the country or State.                         

There are formal and informal opportunities to discuss business and what people are doing to make it work in their area.

6. Blog Content Ideas                                                                                                                                                        If you have a blog going, your mind is changing on how it processes information.When you hear or see something that is interesting, you immediately think about how you could take that information and turn it into an interesting post.

Below is the video blog of the recent Arizona Association of Realtors Midwinter Conference.  


7.  Twitter update prospecting with "Digital Citizens"

If you are involved in social media your mind thinks about updating your status in 140 characters. Today at most events there will be individuals there tweeting about what they are hearing.  The event will have a hastag # sequence assigned so Tweeps can follow the conversation at the event and meet people who use Twitter. The AAR Midwinter Conference was #aarwc 

Tweets from the event.

evo_terraI'm about to lead a talk to realtors on tools they can use to build their brands online. Any ideas? You're live on the big screen! #aarwc

tdhurst @evo_terrawrite and record a podiobooks! Teach ppl how to buy a home by chapter. #aarwc

michaeljbarber @evo_terra Biggest takeaway. Their online brand is not their site. It is component. Find their customers, make sure presence is there #aarwc

CarraRiley @PaulaMonthofer;( only 5% of NAR members are using Social Media.... It's fun try it #aarwc

Mary_R_RobertsSitting on panel in AAR #aarwc

SashaLopez Panel at #AARWC talking about tech tools agents need... @docusign was one of the 1st mentioned.

dscherer #aarwc #RPR love how @ohanrpr leans in to mic and uses one word or comment to make a point- "smart word"

CarraRiley @Mary_R_Roberts sharing mobile office tips must have smart phone and /or tablet computer #aarwc

ReggieRPR RT @CarraRiley: @Mary_R_Roberts sharing mobile office tips must have smart phone and /or tablet computer #aarwc (Mary's Awesome!)

housechick last session of the day at #aarwc: short sale and foreclosure issues, with michelle lind!

CarraRiley @PaulaMonthofer Article 12 must include brokerage name above the fold on social media sites #aarwc

dscherer #RPR #aarwc @ohanrpr great presentation - great sense of humor!

DocuSign [that's great!] RT @SashaLopez: Panel at #AARWCtalking about tech tools agents need... DocuSign was one of the 1st mentioned.

evanfuchs 1 getting down to business at AAR Region 1 Caucus. #aarwc

AARSuccess #aarwc is winding down. Regional caucuses are finishing, and the board of directors is up next. Then...goodbye Prescott! We had fun.

johnhallassoc RT @dpatricklewis: I'm xtremely proud to be part of @johnhallassoc. @jimsexton is awesome. His comments at #aarwc were right on. [*favorite]

CarraRiley @PaulaMonthofer social media is a buffet you do not need to select everything #aarwc

ndrewfreeman @evo_terra Tell them to be honest and transparent. I also agree w/ @jackalert that @posterous is a great tool #aarwc

dpatricklewis I am extremely proud to be a part of @johnhallassoc. Why? Because @jimsextonis teh awesome. His comments at #aarwc were right on.

Mary_R_RobertsTime for lunch with the WCR crew at AAR! #aarwc (@ Prescott Resort)


8.  You don't have to make the bed!

Maid service in the hotel!  Room service too if you like! On Demand movies in bed.  Woo Hoo.

9.  SWAG

Cool give away stuff from the exhibitors.  While checking out the gifts you might find something that could help you in your business, meet the representatives, create a new relationship and even get some candy!

10.  The PARTIES!

Planned social events and then informal break out groups with tales that will STAY "in VEGAS!"  

Oh.. remember the digital pictures and video are out there and people ARE watching!

Speaking of Vegas and conferences!

Why not think about attending the 6th ActiveRain, RainCamp tmtraining in Las Vegas on April 1, 2010.

Reserve your spot before we run out of room

At RainCamp you will learn how to: 

·    Use Facebook and Twitter to Gain the Competitive Edge

·    Become the Online Mayor of Your Community

·    Use Hyper-Local Blogging to Land you on the First Page of Google

·    Convert Leads Into Closings

·    Effectively use Pay Per Click Advertising (SEM)

Get out of  Dodge,learn some new marketing and technology techniques, meet some people, see what others are doing across the country, get some new blog content ideas,  learn more about being a "digital citizen", get some free stuff and Partee

Kristal Kraft just had a featured post on the RainCamp in Denver, Colorado check it out!

Create a" Meet Up" with people you have been following on activerain!

It will be fun!  So Brad and Bob....what is the Hashtag# to follow? 

Let's get this party started!


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Comment balloon 20 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • March 14 2010 07:14PM


Outstanding post with great suggestions.  Thanks for sharing them with us.

Wishing you continued success.

Posted by Constantine Isslamow, "Training and Accountability" (Century 21 United Realty Inc. ) almost 11 years ago

Carra--I have always tried to learn or capture one tidbit from every function or event I attend.  No matter how boring or  . . . there will be something to be gained.  Good post.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Constantine ~  Hope you can get to one of the ActiveRain Camps!  There is one coming to Las Vegas, April 1st.

Mary ~ I got about 9 post ideas.. so have them in draft and should be coming up with some good content.  Come to Vegas and go to the raincamp!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 11 years ago

Carra - I really want to get to one of these RainCamps...until we close on our new home and move in etc. the whole "leaving the state and running up the credit card" option is OUT.


Can't wait 'til RainCamp comes to Florida....It IS coming to Florida.....RIGHT, guys??  Like, say, ORLANDO??  PLEASE??


Great tips Carra.  Networking at these things IS so important.  And THANK YOU for explaining hash tags! :)

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Carra ~ I love to get out of Dodge!  And also like to learn about technology.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 11 years ago

The agenda for Vegas looks really interesting Carra but unfortunately I'm already committed through that period.

I'd like to think it will make it's way to Vancouver soon since we have lots of AR members in the region.

Posted by John Grasty, Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer. (for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.) almost 11 years ago

If Rain Camp were not coming to L.A. I would be at Vegas.  Lot of good info in your post.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 11 years ago

Coleen~ There will be another RainCamp when you are ready!  The search feature is the best part of twitter.. when you are at an event you can meet everyone that tweets by doing a search on the hastag characters and then following them... what you do after that is how you prospect and connect.

Dawn ~  I like to get out of Dodge.. about every 2 weeks works for me!

John ~ There are a lot of Rainers up in your part of the world.. I am sure they will be setting something up!

Jane ~ I will be excited to read your SNL reports of a raincamp! Now that will be a fun read!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 11 years ago

Carra, over the years I have been to many many conventions and trade shows. Some of them I actually remember and some of them I'm still trying to forget. Networking is the primary reason to attend, getting to see people that we sometimes only talk to on the phone or blog with like here on AR.

Once a meet is made in person, it's like a bond takes place that further enhances either the business or the friendship.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 11 years ago

Rain Camp is such a great experience. I thought I was pretty savvy in social media, but even for those guru's out there, Rain Camp will teach you a thing or two, I promise!

Posted by Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000) (Watters International Realty) almost 11 years ago


These are all good ideas. I'm just waiting for Active Rain to host an event in  Toronto.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 11 years ago

Ed~ I think I have been to as many conventions as you and I learn something and meet new people every time... it is like an infusion of energy!

Christopher ~ Excited to learn more!

Brian~ There are many from Canada wanting a camp! Talk to Bob and Brad.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 11 years ago

Carra:  Although you covered a large array of topics with the comments you posted from Twitter ... none stuck out in my mind as much as the percentage quoted for NAR users (5%)!  That seems so very low ... but I can only imagine that for loan officers it is even more amazingly low.  And for the midwest region's r.e. professionals?  A small percent of even that number.  I can think of so many positives for being involved with social media ... it amazes me that so many are overlooking it!  Kudos to all those that jump in, learn how to be involved with this valuable tool, and utilize it consistently  ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 11 years ago


Incredible how you picked out one of the most important concepts I got at the entire conference on a copy of the tweets!  You are a Digital Citizen!  My next post!  Anyway... yes, there is a lot of opportunity for real estate related businesses to move towards social media and get in the game!  It really is like the old century farming.. takes 6 to 18 months to get results so might as well start!  thanks Gene!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 11 years ago

Howdy and evenen to ya Carra

I keep on hopen that AR will come to New Hampshire or Vermont, but they just keep go-en to the States around them. Its like AR thinks of NH and VT as the red headed step. child. I do go to events.

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Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 11 years ago

Carra, these are great little interviews with alot of help.  I love going to conventions for the reasons you said, especially learning what is happening in the tech world and what I can do to improve my performance.  Thanks!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Dale ~  Great to go and learn!

Evelyn ~ Lots of time and energy goes into the planning so taking advantage of the opportunity is only smart!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 11 years ago

#raincamp is the hashtag for all RainCamp events :-)

Looking forward to seeing you in Vegas Carra!!

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Bob.. we will tweet away!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 11 years ago

If you're always Twittering, how can you learn things by listening? LOL

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 11 years ago