Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty )

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Rainmaker
3,216,954
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

While I "like" both, a follower is a "real person".  People matter more.   

Oct 01, 2016 12:31 AM
Rainmaker
2,858,705
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Good question.  Never thought of it.  I would say I just prefer being here with good people.

Oct 01, 2016 05:51 AM
Rainmaker
904,536
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

You know,  that's a "chicken or the egg" question. Features get you followers, even though followers may represent more relationships. I'd say this; Featured as a new blogger to build followers, Followers as a seasoned blogger to build deeper referral relationships with folks you've now created rapport with.

Oct 01, 2016 02:09 AM
Ambassador
3,898,910
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

A follower, and even better a lead!

Oct 01, 2016 01:25 AM
Rainmaker
3,752,715
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I'm with Michael Jacobs ..real people matter more!

Oct 01, 2016 12:57 AM
Rainmaker
4,279,726
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Barbara,

I am in agreement with Michael Jacobs .  Real people are such a pleasure!  A

Oct 01, 2016 12:39 AM
Rainmaker
3,135,798
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I'll vote for followers

Oct 01, 2016 12:13 AM
Rainmaker
436,349
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Well Barbara Todaro ... that's an easy question -- I love People ... and so being followed by someone means they like me and want to know more about me.  And that's what I'm on Active Rain for ... networking and getting to know more people who "in turn" get to know me.  Together ... we help each other's business, life and knowledge.

Oct 01, 2016 06:37 AM
Rainmaker
1,364,527
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Barbara Todaro Gaining a follower because you know these people find what you are writing about is interesting enough to follow you.

Oct 01, 2016 01:47 AM
Rainmaker
3,048,869
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

follower

Oct 01, 2016 09:52 PM
Rainmaker
3,152,863
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Both serve a purpose, one gets me more exposure to more people who can follow me... once they read my Featured Post... at the end the connections mean more because without connections we have nothing... Endre

Oct 01, 2016 04:57 PM
Ambassador
4,297,836
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Barbara Todaro - for me, making another friend or follower is important.

Oct 01, 2016 04:50 PM
Rainmaker
3,975,876
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Getting a call on one of my blogs

Oct 01, 2016 11:16 AM
Rainmaker
516,849
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Off the top of my head, I don't write to be featured, but what I think people would like to know about Carmel-by-the-Sea. And I know that these blogs are being read by a wide variety of people out there. Being featured? Maybe if I went back to writing oodles of blogs every month, percentages would say that I might get a feature here and there. but I just don't have the time! As to getting a new follower? One sure way is to comment on THEIR blogs, especially if they are newbies and YOU follow THEM first.

Oct 01, 2016 07:53 AM
Rainmaker
2,415,393
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Man does not live by feature or follower alone but by blogging by heart

Oct 01, 2016 05:41 AM
Rainmaker
1,675,296
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Being Featured is nice, but it only scores 100 point. A new Follower gives me 50 points, plus all of the future points from that follower.

I guess, as far as points are concerned, gaining a new Follower would be a good choice, although the points received from comments on a Feature may even the score.    Therefore I call it a draw, but the Feature is more prestigious.

Oct 01, 2016 05:27 AM
Rainmaker
2,755,805
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

This community for me is all about the people ... so I have to say a follower is more important. 

Oct 01, 2016 03:57 AM
Rainmaker
1,266,308
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

What Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor .  I am complimented by both.

Oct 01, 2016 03:52 AM
Rainmaker
442,453
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC
Realtor/Broker

I'll be a contrarian -- Features matter more.  More Features will bring more Followers.

Oct 01, 2016 03:01 AM
Rainmaker
845,955
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I like both and I think being featured attracts more potential followers. But to answer your question it would be another follower.

Oct 01, 2016 02:40 AM
Rainmaker
3,110,251
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

My vote is followers - Being featured is so over-rated, and so rare for me lately!

Oct 01, 2016 01:32 AM
Rainmaker
977,198
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

getting a call and a valid leads.  The rest are transparent.

Oct 01, 2016 01:26 AM
Rainmaker
2,941,838
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Frankly, I never think about being featured. I'd rather have another follower in the total scheme of things.

Oct 01, 2016 10:35 PM
Rainmaker
674,068
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Yes. LOL

Oct 01, 2016 10:26 PM
Rainmaker
1,644,464
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

getting featured - I like to write and I try to write posts that have value to the Active Rain community as a whole -when I get a feature, I feel like there is validation of my effort to produce a good piece of writing. (Of course, this is separate from the pieces that we write for SEO)   I feel like the new members of Active rain are very generous in their decisions on who to follow but it is harder to get a feature.  (Having said that, when I am followed by someone whom I have been following for a while - I am THRILLED!) 

Oct 01, 2016 11:11 AM
Ambassador
3,981,820
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

A feature lasts a few hours. A follower is much more meaningful and the start of getting to know someone better.

Oct 01, 2016 11:01 AM
Ambassador
3,671,830
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I enjoy both.  Getting a new follower is pretty special.

Oct 01, 2016 09:57 AM
Ambassador
2,791,777
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Follower for sure! It's all about building long term relationships and enjoy the journey!

Oct 01, 2016 09:52 AM
Ambassador
3,072,823
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Probably gaining another follower.

Oct 01, 2016 09:50 AM
Rainmaker
783,646
Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

This is an easy one... followers!

Oct 01, 2016 09:36 AM
Rainmaker
3,041,870
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have not been feature in years, so making new followers

 

Oct 01, 2016 09:25 AM
Ambassador
3,027,552
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I like collecting followers .....

Oct 01, 2016 07:51 AM
Rainmaker
4,796,419
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I appreciate either one.

Oct 01, 2016 07:39 AM
Ambassador
2,341,539
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Either.

Oct 01, 2016 02:12 AM
Rainmaker
536,476
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Barbara, I have never put them on a comparable basis.  Both tend to humble me.  That someone finds what I have to say interesting enough to follow I still find as a huge compliment.  The same with a featured post.  Make it a great weekend Barbara.  

Oct 01, 2016 02:09 AM
Rainmaker
1,497,190
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Probably featured even though I've never thought about it.

Oct 01, 2016 02:04 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,264
FN LN
Toronto, ON

It would depend on the quality of the follower.

Oct 01, 2016 05:11 PM
Rainer
65,828
Cody Carmen
Adhi Schools, LLC - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Market Analysis--Educational Content, Adhi Schools

Right now, features=more new followers. A feature can offset a few weeks of less activity as far as generating followers goes. But I can understand why those with a larger network here would prefer followers.

Oct 01, 2016 04:01 PM
Ambassador
3,153,016
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I'll go for the people too!  It does help to get noticed when your post is featured though.  Great question!

Oct 01, 2016 12:28 PM
Ambassador
2,845,116
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

if it's a choice between only those two I'd say follower.  Likely means I'll follow them back and have a potential new referral partner.  Of course sometimes a feature nets some new followers as well.  But long term between the two I'd go with follower.

Oct 01, 2016 11:49 AM
Ambassador
1,769,605
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Either is fine with me.

Oct 01, 2016 11:39 AM
Ambassador
4,011,022
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Both make me smile.

But features are much more elusive.

Oct 01, 2016 10:09 AM
Rainmaker
1,558,015
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I like being featured the best . . . and the upside is, I usually get followers off a feature   

Oct 01, 2016 04:21 AM
Rainmaker
4,431,606
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Being featured.

Oct 01, 2016 03:11 AM
Rainmaker
2,650,596
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I guess followers.  They are with you ongoing.

I guess both can help a tad w/ SEO, too.

Oct 01, 2016 02:05 AM
Rainmaker
737,981
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Let me see if I get this right. Followers are those on AR with whom you can not contact except on an individual basis. Of what value then is 5,000 followers if you can not send a 'shout out' to them.

A feature on the other hand is recognition the writer was able to find subject matter of broad appeal, although it may be of little value in the real estate world. However, the FEATURE process, has no standard for which one can derive any real value. Just trumped up value assigned by AR.

What is important to me is comments.

However, that was not an option offered.

Featured or Follower?
I would choose follower because I know they followed me for reasons other than pandering, reciprocity or begging. A follower created by begging a newbie to click "FOLLOW ME' is a perversion of the intent.

Oct 01, 2016 02:04 AM
Rainmaker
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Well, I have read a few folks on here recently that feel being Featured is their ultimate goal.  For me, as much as I would love that honor, gaining another Follower is more important Barbara Todaro

Oct 01, 2016 01:49 AM
Rainmaker
595,471
Tracy Lee Parker
RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT - Rockwall, TX
Buy*Sell*Lease

Being featured makes me feel like my efforts here are being noticed, but when I get a follower, especially new people and seasoned rainers , I feel like I have won an Olympic Medal!!!! 

Oct 31, 2016 02:58 AM
Rainmaker
378,201
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I am too new to understand what the benefit one way or another is!

Oct 04, 2016 01:26 PM
Rainmaker
1,277,551
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Good questions Barbara. I like being featured.

Oct 03, 2016 01:37 PM
Rainmaker
532,788
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

A follower would mean a lot more to me personally.  Being featured is cool though.

Oct 03, 2016 05:41 AM
Rainmaker
1,471,740
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I actually never thought if it, I'd go with getting a new follower who I can connect to. 

Oct 02, 2016 03:57 PM
Rainmaker
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Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

To me, features are important for the exposure they provide both to other members and the public.

Followers are important for the interaction they create and encourage.

Compared to most members, I don't have many followers and just a couple features. While I would love more of both, it's the phone calls, emails and inquiries from potential clients that my blogs generate that mean the most to me.

 

Oct 02, 2016 02:56 PM
Rainmaker
1,204,273
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If I'm only allowed one per day?  A feature.  It's worth twice the points and is far more elusive.

Oct 02, 2016 04:07 AM
Ambassador
1,613,368
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Being featured which will lead to more followers

Oct 02, 2016 12:19 AM
Rainmaker
1,513,403
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I would trafe them both for a referral...Oh! That was not an option?

Oct 01, 2016 11:50 PM
Rainmaker
719,931
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Being featured - that in itself might gain you several followers plus a great deal more exposure.

Oct 01, 2016 11:49 PM