David Barr (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi David -

My goal with AR is reaching potential clients who can "find me" and see information that they believe is valuable and then want to contact me.  

Checking in, commenting and posting brings in points but also a sense of community that has been a unexpected benefit for me on this forum,  I doubt potential customers even know or understand points and ranking.

As far as the Leave it to Beaver-type questions, I think this section may have gone off focus but that's okay and when I have participated with asking questions, I typically put them in the members only class as they are meant for fun -- and fun should be a part of any social media presence in my opinion.


Jun 01, 2015 02:42 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am in complete agreement with Michael Jacobs on all counts.  We get calls from people whose first remark when we ask, "how did you find us?"  The answer is, we see you "All over the Internet!"  I think being on AR helps the cause.  

We enjoyed meeting people face to face who are members.  In each case, we were impressed.  I would not hesitate to send referrals to them.  I know they would do a wonderful job.  When we travel on biz we make an effort to connect with those who are in the vicinity.  A

Jun 01, 2015 06:23 AM
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

I don't worry about the points.   If I did I would be more active.

Jun 01, 2015 03:33 AM
Retired from ActiveRain
Baker, OR

I haven't found the leaderboard to be an easy page for consumers to find and I haven't seen any AR members use their ranking when promoting themselves.  The point system is a good indicator of how active (or inactive) a member has been since they joined AR.  It's fun to watch your profile move up in the city, county, state and overall rankings though!

Jun 01, 2015 12:57 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Points are not $. Show me the money.

Jun 01, 2015 10:20 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

No those questions are only helping you get a few points if thats your goal.  We blog on ActiveRain for SEO exclusively.

Jun 01, 2015 07:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi David- I don't really have a goal regarding ranking and points. I comment and interact because of the community. And what I learn here. I'm not sure about some of the questions like Leave It to Beaver . If I don't have time, I just move on.

Jun 01, 2015 06:14 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't think posting questions in this section is what ActiveRain is all about as to benefiting your business.

The blogging and networking aspects of this platform are where you can reap the rewards.

Jun 01, 2015 04:23 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

David Barr - I want to reach $2M points mark by the end of the year!

And yes, I do share my posts - specially market reports - while I am at listing presentation. (Most weekly market report posts have about 200 views - every week!)

Jun 02, 2015 04:47 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not believe in points but I do believe in content of what you write. AR offers us exposure to the online world and it is up to us how we use this opportunity.

Jun 01, 2015 05:08 PM
Debbie Laity
CinaJones Real Estate - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County

I understand your concern and I wonder about that myself. Some people are in it for the points. I guess that's ok. I'm here to build my business and to make contacts across the country. The points have just accumulated because of the work I have done. AR has helped me in so many ways, but the points haven't had anything to do with it. 

Jun 01, 2015 09:17 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I was really into the  points when I was trying to get to the top of the state.

Jun 01, 2015 07:29 AM