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Cosmic Shift Happens™ part 4 of 5 Digital Tools

Cosmic Shift Happens™ part 4 of 5  Digital Tools

Cosmic Shift Happens™ part 3 of 5  Get in the Game!                        

Cosmic Shift Happens™ part 2 of 5  Are You A Digital Citizen?

Cosmic Shift Happnes™ part 1 of 5  Cosmic Shift Happens

Where is the consumer going for their information on a listing?

When a consumer drives by the home today they may see the sign and they may not.

What the consumer sees depends on how they process informationA digital citizen just sees a notification that a home is for sale so points their phone at the house and instantly gets information. They don't call you, the listing agent, they call their digital agent if they want to see it because they have all the information in less than 30 seconds in front of the house.

For sale sign

For sale sign.. do you see it?  Did you see the brochure box? It is on the left side of the sign.  The brochure box can have a flyer that directs the consumer to the website for pictures, an instant text or voice recording of the information on the home.

This would be a much better sign if there was a rider with the text information or a website. (I should have photo shopped the sign but you get the point)

Heads up on the texting of house information..... this IS the NEXT big wave you want to catch! 

Check this "Cell House" information out about how to talk with a customer who is in front of the house. If you are participating in the program pictures of the house go right to their cell phone. There are quite a few texting companies so do some google research for one that works for you.

This is what the Cell House website says:

"The home buyer sends in a simple text message, and the Cell a House service instantly sends photos, pricing, and additional information directly to their mobile phone! More importantly, Cell a House sends you, the Real Estate Agent, the phone # of the prospect while they are still in front of the house! You will instantly receive a text message and an email. You are now connected with someone looking to purchase a home in your area, who you normally wouldn't even know existed!"

Take a minute to process this information.  Someone is in front of a house texting for more information.  You get an immediate text with their information.  Think about how excited the consumer will be if you can immediately text them back and start a discussion.  Instant gratification generation folks love that kind of response.  You might not show  the house to them right that minute but you can certainly set the appointment and you don't even have to ask for their phone number because you already have it.  You can also communicate with them via text now.

Do you have the zillow, trulia or homes.com app on your phone?  Some buyers install the apps and won't need to text because they can point the phone at the house and if the  house details because everything they need is right there.

It might be wise to become familiar with how the home apps work so you can show a customer in the car (when parked) any home you find driving around, just how easy it is for them to obtain information on any listing.  You can be teaching them how they can get all the information and then CALL YOU, their agent, to get in and see the home. This is how digital citizens roll :)

It also shows the buyer how in touch you are with the market being able to point your phone at a house, pull up the pictures and tell them how much it is.  The idea to think about might be to become their digital agent.. the digital citizen has a loyalty to people who can speak their language.  To connect with the generation who communicates on the cell phone this is a very important tool to know how to use.  It is not rocket science.  It is easy, just download the app, point at the house and follow the prompts. 

Did you know a digital citizen has upwards of 92 profiles in different social networks?

Did you know that digital citizens look to Google for most features and really hang out at Google friend Connect?

I am evolving into the digital world and trying it all out. It takes a lot of time and you are just going to have to get over that if you want to be able to communicate with digital citizens.   To comment on an outside blog post I had to update my google profile so it would be complete.......1.5 hour later I was ready to post.

Digital information sharing through social media is a HUGE TIME SUCK but that does not mean you should ingore it.

To reach out the the digital community start at Linkedin as it is the least social and most beneficial in terms of people participating to do business. The linkedin profile is your digital resume.  I had a county offical wanting me to participate on a committee. She asked me to send my linkedin profile to the group via e-mail so they could all see who I was.  She acted like this was a normal part of doing business, just sending the linkedin profile via e-mail. If you don't have a linkedin profile that is complete you need to get one!

As you navigate and start spreading your cybper wings below are a few more places to get involved in a digital community.

Flickr  sign up with a yahoo account create a group and a place for people to post pictures of your community.  They will think that is a lot of fun!  You can have sets of pictures of all your listings, community events and be the real digitial person of the area sharing photos of FUN!

Your own youtube channel is a must.  Create one with your area name so you can be come the community expert with youtube videos!  Catch some local "connectors" send them the link of them on youtube and it will go viral.. they will do it for you if they like it!  They will be sending it to all their friends and sharing across the country.

Learn about yelp and how it can help you. Yes, there is a phone app!  Why not use these digital tools while working with a client!  Just think about it.. remember when taking your lap top in to a listing presentation was the key to getting the listing.  Using you phone app providing information about the digital world will speak volumes to people thinking about working with you.

Learning how to commnicate with digital information is a huge elephant.  Remember when we all started to learn about the Internet and we were told "one byte at a time is how we eat it!" 

SSDD Same Story Different Day as the "Cosmic Shift Happens™" Make a list of digital areas you want to learn and then just start practicing one venue a week.  You will be surprised how quickly you catch on when you open yourself up to the fact you must learn these things to survive in the 21st century!

Let's  have some fun together as Cosmic Shift Happens™

Watch for the final Part 5 in this series and "Join The Crowd" on August 22, 2010 as we jump further into cyber space!

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Comment balloon 25 commentsCarra & Shae Riley • August 18 2010 12:23PM

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Nice write up, I'll have to look into the info. Thanks

Posted by Jeremy De La Garza, Corpus Christi, TX (Corpus Christi Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Jeremy ~  Lots of new information to process!  It's a journey.

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra, that's quite a bit to absorb and adopt!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 9 years ago

Great article. Something to think about.

Posted by The Elise Bickel Team, Leasing, Property Management and Sales (ReMax Select Realty) over 9 years ago

Carra, i suggested your post because it's so true...my broker is trying out the text sign right now on 3 of his listings- he heard it was the next big thing...i'm not a texter at all...need to change that...love the aps that you can point & get the info.  It's a huge time sucker right now trying to absorb all this & utilize it right...I have a good linked in profile & we need to connect!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Om my Carra, my head is spinning and spinning and spinning......by the time we all wake up tomorrow, there will be new tech stuff in place to replace something we used this morning.  Looks like some great stuff here.  WIll check it out.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) over 9 years ago

Liz, Bill & the Weber team ~  Yes it is..... LOTS of important things to think about!

Ginny ~  Yes... hope you sent me a linkedin connection request my link is at the bottom of the post and in the post. I saw an exhibitor at the Winter Conferences in Prescott, AZ this past March and it is amazing what information can be sent back to the consumer via the text messaging!  I think the sign rider with the text number is going to really be hot!  Since I have learned how to use my iphone i feel so connected to EVERYTHING.. So you really should learn about texting and how it all fits.. the younger customer does not want to talk to you.. they want to text you... have you give them the information.. then if they need you willl get back to you to show the house.. it's the way they do things and understanding and adapting will make life so much easier. 

Jean ~ Sorry for the spinning head.. Just take it one thing at a time.. I would put learn how to text as number one.. then get your linkedin profile up and running.... then take all the items slowly.. it won't seem so bad if you make a list then check it off doing something once a week.. could be a good thing for sales meeting.. learning technology one tool at a time.. hey ... good idea for a post.. better go put that in a draft :)  This is why I love the engaging with comments.. continues to give ideas for new posts.

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Great stuff Carra!

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 9 years ago

Joshua ~  The future is here!

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Apparently, I have a lot of catching up to do in just a couple of days.  Thanks....

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) over 9 years ago

Carra:   Wo! Wo! Wo! ... My head is spinning!!  SO much stuff to absorb here Carra!!  I'm keeping your blog up on my screen while I work my way through it ... step by step.  I may have questions!!!!!   My head is about ready to explode with ideas using the signage for info.  I'm thinking mortgage info??   Hmmmm ....

Can you come and live at our house for say .. about a month or so????  I can only imagine all what Marilyn and I could learn from you.  It's time to take the Mundt Mortgage services into the next level ... and you're my guru!

Keep it coming, Carra!

Gene     

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) over 9 years ago

Don ~  The good thing is we are all learning together!

Gene ~  You are so ready to learn all this and have the right attitude.. it will happen.. because the Cosmic Shift is Happening and you are ready for it... You make me think.. maybe I should have a weekly 30 minute to an hour webinar going over a new digital tool each week... mmmm what do you think?

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Carra - I love it, and am willing to learn!!!!    I think you should definitely have a 30-60 minute webinar for us at AR!    I'll be first in line!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Dagny.. you are right.. we should look at what AR University has to offer!  Could be that is already going on!

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Carra

Carra,
the one thing that I sure need to start doing, is spending more time on the other sites that I belong to.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 9 years ago

Carra:  You are my leader.  You are my leader.  You are my leader ... 

Gene

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) over 9 years ago

Carra ~ you are really up on the digital information.  We have something like that here.  The sign rider directs you to a phone # and a code.  It will then send a brochure to a smart phone and captures the buyers' information.  Great stuff!!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 9 years ago

Dale ~ that is a problem we all have, signing up and not engaging in other places.. takes a long time to get it all balanced out. I see super Digital Citizens who have the same issues.. so we are all in the same boat.

Gene ~  You are so funny, you are so funny.. I am glad we hang out together!

Dawn ~ You have the same things with the texting tools.  I would like to hear from someone who uses that and see how many text requests they get a week!

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

THIS MUST BE FEATURED. Love it by the way. Now I have to read the other three so I can catch up. Great blog Carra. Have a great weekend.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

I swear I just can't keep up with everything. Maybe I should just retire and read Stephen King books for a living.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 9 years ago

Lanre ~  so glad you liked it... great to get those ah ha moments!  Then all the dots start connecting. 

Russel~ deep breaths!  You need a facebook fan page, linkedin profile and a twitter account.. then you REALLY need a youtube channel.. where you create videos of your work.. you could actually use something that turns your pictures into videos and post them on youtube.. that would REALLY work for you.. Youtube is the 2nd most searched site next to google.. so people look for what they want in everything!

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Oh my goodness...just when I think I really have it all down and I am going good.  Carra you blew me over!  LOL

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

Debra ~  Everyday now there is something new.. don't stress... just take one item at a time so you know what it does! 

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

Hi, Carra. IF ONLY...most people who come here can't use their cell phones at all as only Verizon seems to work. Those with AT&T, Alltel etc. end up using the pay phone in front of Walmart!

Posted by Leslie Helm, Real Estate For Trail Riders (Tennessee Recreational Properties) about 9 years ago

I thought all this new technology was supposed to make our lives easier!

Posted by Not a real person about 9 years ago

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