Jonathan Kauffmann, broker-owner of Charlottesville, Virginia-based Nest Realty, found an answer to a big question. Zillow and realtor.com offer consumers world-class real estate search platforms and massive brokerages and franchisors cultivate recognizable brands with national marketing campaigns. What’s a small, regional brokerage to do?
San Francisco 49er backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick is spearheading a national conversation with his bold, some would say foolish, decision to not stand for the national anthem before his team’s NFL games.
More than 3,000 people have converged upon the resurgent rustbelt, gritty city of Cleveland, to dream content marketing dreams at Content Marketing World, the largest convention of its kind in the nation. Those dreams include finding, by some miracle, the magic bullet data that unassailably convinces execs of the long-tail, expensive, time-intensive, difficult-to-prove ROI of creating, distributing and measuring content.
Dustin Oldfather, who runs the 21-agent coastal Delaware-based real estate team The Oldfather Group with his wife Mariya, is a thorough content marketing disciple. Oldfather spends over $100,000 each year directly on producing and distributing content as part of his content strategy, which includes salaries of a full-time writer and photographer.
Seattle broker and agent team leader Sam DeBord is a content marketing master. As managing broker of 300-agent brokerage Coldwell Banker Danforth and eight-agent team Seattle Homes Group, DeBord oversees a lot of content.
In the past two years, Seattle-based Team Diva Real Estate’s blog and other content marketing efforts have grown the five-agent team’s referral network by 20 percent and the number of its agent-to-agent referrals by 10 percent.
Inman Connect wrapped today and, like most of them, a day’s missing. Thus this post wraps days 3 and 4 together. Great meetings, but I wanted to be in more sessions. Connect’s a great opportunity to place a finger on real estate’s jugular and catch a pulse. That emerges in conversations, too, but it really steeps on stage. An interplay between the two is best.
Day 2 of Inman Connect was full of what the conference does best: #meetingsonmeetingsonmeetings. Brad interviewing News Corp CEO Robert Thomson on the mainstage was a highlight. The globe-trotting discussion hit on many topics, which shined with insight thanks to Thomson’s broad knowledge and experience and Brad’s piercing interviewing skills.