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Responses Rating AR 0-6 on Likelihood to Refer
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1Dec 3, 2011 3:52 AMI have suggested to some friends that they could benefit from joining ActiveRain and received less than favorable responses and not one person was interested enough to even check it out. Very disappointing...
2Nov 30, 2011 7:48 AMnot relevant-lots to read thru - not a source of information for me or the public
3Nov 28, 2011 5:51 PMHave yet to earn any real estate business that produced revenue to me. Its fun, but that is all I get out of it.
4Nov 21, 2011 8:46 PMI am very impressed with Active Rain but as you know time is short and I don't always think about Active Rain when talking to others.
5Nov 21, 2011 5:06 PMI have not been very active, and don't really understand the benefits yet.
6Nov 21, 2011 5:02 PMHave not found Active Rain of benefit to me.
7Nov 21, 2011 4:41 PMIt's one of many sources of information, but it is mostly filled with unsupported opinion.
8Nov 21, 2011 3:27 PMA subscription fee of $30 or $40 a month is a little steep just to have my posts publicly viewable. Anyone can start their own blogg for free if they want.
9Nov 20, 2011 2:27 PMI think it's a terrific organization. I just haven't had time to focus on it, so it's not front of mind.
10Nov 20, 2011 5:51 AMI do not know enough about Active Rain, except the harassment of AR personnel trying to sign me up without any explaination about AR services, implying that I just do not want to buy into this and that I am wasting his time. If I do sign up, I will NOT use Kevin Jackson. I do not understand the AR Blog and he did not get it. I need time to think before I sign up for anything and his high pressure absolutely turned me off.
11Nov 20, 2011 12:14 AMI just don't find time to use it.
12Nov 19, 2011 8:40 PMI am not a fan of the subscription model.
13Nov 18, 2011 5:03 PMI am relatively new to Active Rain and have not had the opportunity to explore it...after I can see the value, I am sure my interest in referring new member will increase
14Nov 18, 2011 2:43 AMI've recommended at least a dozen people to ActiveRain and none have chosen to start or maintain a blog
15Nov 17, 2011 8:13 PMI have referred several colleagues to ActiveRain. None have chosen to subscribe. If we bring on a new agent, I will probably refer them to ActiveRain.
16Nov 17, 2011 2:21 PMIt is a great forum for agents to talk about their ideas but I prefer a consumer site
17Nov 17, 2011 1:33 PMAR still has to get its house in order, this year we have experience a lot of upheaval with lies and deception, and AR has managed to put a band-aid on some of issue and has ignored others.
18Nov 17, 2011 1:32 PMTo many Real Estate Sites !
19Nov 17, 2011 3:22 AMTimes are tough. We are nickled and dimed.
20Nov 16, 2011 11:42 PMI have not seen a value in ActiveRain yet.
21Nov 16, 2011 10:42 PMSeveral reasons: While I appreciate ActiveRain's SEO, it has become a group of "preferred players." The same blog posters are featured day after day. I've referred a number of people to AR, but they come back saying that it's expensive for a newbie (and, frankly, it is!)

The only reason I am involved with ActiveRain is because I did so years ago. I doubt I'd put out the $40 a month just to belong. There are waaaay too many $40/month services to which real estate professionals are asked to subscribe. It takes a long time for a blog to be found -- much longer than the 90 day trial period (or whatever it is now). Asking for a $480 commitment per year for something with often unmeasurable results is prohibitive.

Furthermore, the site is now extremely slow, especially in the evenings, and cumbersome to work with. I receive "page not found" errors at least once or twice a week -- sometimes when attempting to save a draft post. (urg) I just don't have time to wait minutes for pages to refresh.

Finally, although I've given away a lot of referral business on ActiveRain and am a 150,000 point contributor with a few features, I have yet to close a transaction from an ActiveRain referral.

It's a bit hard to quantify.
22Nov 16, 2011 9:52 PMActive rain is a good source of information, but I would only recommend it to someone that was looking for information of this sort.
23Nov 16, 2011 9:40 PMJust joined, haven't experience benefits yet
24Nov 16, 2011 9:40 PMMy own ignorance keeps me from recommending Active Rain.
25Nov 16, 2011 9:00 PMIt would probably make sense for someone with the time to put into ti.
26Nov 16, 2011 8:55 PMI don't see any value in it.
27Nov 16, 2011 8:24 PMThere is a great deal of knowledge in the community as well as experiance. Learning from others who share their knowledge is valuable.
28Nov 16, 2011 7:41 PMI need to realize the benefit
29Nov 16, 2011 7:40 PMBecause many agents are already part of Active Rain
30Nov 16, 2011 7:24 PMI am only hesitant because I haven't set up a RainMaker account yet to begin to see the benefits of AR with web based blogging... and if it works well who wants competition? JK

The only thing holding me back is several closings in my new hometown of Raleigh, NC having moved 18 months ago from Phx Az getting this real estate caboose back on track has been a challenge.
31Nov 16, 2011 6:58 PMNot an active user...blogs are ok and some very good, but the responses are usually just suck up responses from other realtors so never really learn much about how others see or feel about a topic
32Nov 16, 2011 6:10 PMI only occasionally read ActiveRain.
33Nov 16, 2011 5:22 PMStill evalutating the value of AR. Seems like commuity is declining and SEO value is less.
34Nov 16, 2011 5:06 PMI have not used the system enough to be able to let you know. I just subscribed.
35Nov 16, 2011 5:02 PMI don't often have a reason to refer anyone to ActiveRain - if I did, I would. I just don't see the need to refer someone here.
36Nov 16, 2011 5:02 PMEveryone I know is already on Active Rain. I haven't been active enough to know where its true value lies.
37Nov 16, 2011 4:36 PMActive Rain is a good resource to see what others have to say. Do I think I will generate sales from my membership? Not likely.
38Nov 16, 2011 4:36 PMI am busy and do not maintain others past time acivities. I will refer active rain if I get the opportunity.
39Nov 16, 2011 4:30 PMHard to work with the site when it gets blocked. I am a member but it doesn't allow me in.
40Nov 16, 2011 4:20 PMseems to be dwindling in popularity, same people day after day get featured, stories that get featured are very basic real estate 101. Cheaper to purchase your own webhosting and create your own complete website which would include a blog than it is to become a member of active rain and only get a blog.
41Nov 16, 2011 4:18 PMI have not been an active participant of Active Rain
42Nov 16, 2011 3:52 PMI am not very familiar with Active rain as I enjoy reading teh blogs from other agents. I am sure Active Rain has a lot to offer but I have not really gone through the web site
43Nov 16, 2011 3:37 PMI work the active rain system, but see very little as far as results. I am reviewing costs and considering other avenues that will produce more results for the same investment.
44Nov 16, 2011 3:23 PMI think that fact that ActiveRain charges for membership to post public posts is an idiotic way to try to make a profit. It's the members that have, and continue to make, made AR what it is today, yet the owners feel that these very same people should be charged a fee to make AR better. Can anyone explain how that is not a stupid idea?

There is nothing wrong with charging for additional services, benefits, etc, but making people pay to write content for you is stupid, plain and simple.
45Nov 16, 2011 3:18 PMActiveRain is wonderful and I am committed to it. Unfortunately (or fortunately) depending on how you look at it my business is very busy and I don't always have time to write/post on as regular of a basis as I would like. I believe in AR but have experienced some disappointment with who responds and why....
46Nov 16, 2011 2:59 PMSo far I have not received any business from Active Rain.
47Nov 16, 2011 2:52 PMI'm still not convinced of the investment of time and money. I still new so that may change
48Nov 16, 2011 2:35 PMThe tangible benefits are not there but it is a good place for social interaction.
49Nov 16, 2011 1:47 PMit depends on the person. Blogging is not for everybody, but those that like it will enjoy it.
50Nov 16, 2011 1:45 PMMost agents I know will not take the time to blog, so referral to Active Rain is not useful. Or if they are in my local market I don't want them competing for Google juice by blogging.
51Nov 16, 2011 1:08 PMAs a grandfathered RainMaker it has it's benefits. However, new members have to pay for the RainMaker status and I don't see the value in the cost.
52Nov 16, 2011 12:56 PMHave not really gotten involved yet, so not sure how it will help my business.
53Nov 16, 2011 12:38 PMGood venue to stay on top of pertinent RE topics. Great way to promote my listings & network with other agents.
54Nov 16, 2011 12:35 PMI have not had the time to get as involved with ActiveRain as I would like but enjoy the blogs etc.
55Nov 16, 2011 12:12 PMI have not put a blog together yet
56Nov 16, 2011 12:09 PMThe monthly Rainmaker premium is too high and without Rainmaker status blog posts do not feed into the public domain.
57Nov 16, 2011 10:33 AMI will reply at a later date.
58Nov 16, 2011 8:39 AMties to market maker make it difficult to defend why AR is still independent
59Nov 16, 2011 6:48 AMI don't want my competitors on ActiveRain.
60Nov 16, 2011 6:13 AMvery pricy.
61Nov 16, 2011 5:43 AMI have had no referals at this point so no proof that it works! Although it did get me indexed on Google fairly fast. My big thing is show me the money! Then I will recommed it!
63Nov 16, 2011 4:34 AMNot sure at this point what to say, don't use it it much...
64Nov 16, 2011 4:17 AMI enjoy readind some of the Blogs, but I don't see this as a big help to me.
65Nov 16, 2011 4:12 AMInformation overload and limited time
66Nov 16, 2011 4:04 AMI do refer ActiveRain to others as a platform for learning about the industry, blogging, and getting ideas. It is wonderful for that! However, for the price being charged the new members, I have a hard time urging them to take up blogging at ActiveRain when there are so many free or low-cost blogging platforms and so many website providers offer a blog platform within the sites.
67Nov 16, 2011 3:47 AMI haven't been around the network long enough to get the full feel and benefit yet.
68Nov 16, 2011 3:47 AMNot everyone can drink from the AR fire hose, especially in the beginning. The true believers and evangelists can have great intentions but can also quickly overwhelm a new participant. The 30 day challenges and so on are a great idea for people who have already made a commitment to blogging but are way too overwhelming for people trying to learn how to write and what to write about. A start-up program for social media involvement with a checklist, small goals, quick tutorials would be a great way to get new people involved.
69Nov 16, 2011 3:28 AMI think it's better for an agent to establish an online presence that they own and control rather than a shared site like ActiveRain. The AR site has also had several stability issues.
70Nov 16, 2011 2:11 AMThey are my competition.
71Nov 16, 2011 1:45 AMWe are all pulled in many directions. Many of my fellow practioners can hardly deal with trying to keep transactions together and master essential technology. There are not enough hours in the day to be successful and have another life. Much of the Active Rain content is good, but not great. I am just old enough to find poor grammar, punctuation errors, etc., discordant.
72Nov 16, 2011 1:34 AMMany agents need to focus more on the obvious -working with clients - and are easily sidetracked into blogging, etc. I wouldn't want to suggest AR to them, as it will not help their business.
73Nov 16, 2011 1:20 AMGreat resource for learning and socializing
From the business standpoint I am not sure it is the best or even second best place.
74Nov 16, 2011 1:01 AMI have not been an active activeRain user
75Nov 16, 2011 12:56 AMReally not sure that all the time involved on promoting is worth it.
76Nov 16, 2011 12:49 AMI'm still learning about Active Rain and all the things available. I don't want to recommend to anyone until I learn more.
77Nov 16, 2011 12:04 AMI think the site would be easier to use if it wasn't so cluttered. Don't enjoy seeing info all over the page.
78Nov 16, 2011 12:03 AMIt takes a lot of time to be an active participant on Active Rain. I don't have the time to use it to my best advantage so it would be difficult to recommend it to my colleagues. Wish I could be more involved.
79Nov 15, 2011 11:42 PMWriting a blog, at least for me takes time, think those with good writing skills it is not so time consuming. Lots of RE experiences are very personal and my clients would not be pleased if I was blogging about them. Statistics & numbers can be very boring to the general public unless they are trying to buy or sell a home, then they become paramount.
80Nov 15, 2011 11:26 PMtoo much agent to agent dialog
81Nov 15, 2011 11:04 PMAs yet I am not to active. To me AR seems to self gratifying. The blogs are getting more and more BSish. Some are really good but they are getting less and less. I feel (I'm Sure) a lot of input is done because people feel they have to Get points get a pat on the back or whatever. Give me a blog that comes from the heart with a lesson or a point. to Educate and inspire. I realize it will not get as much use but it could be so much more informative. Better still why not split AR. The good, the bad, the uggly. Let people check out the section they want????
82Nov 15, 2011 11:01 PMThere is so much advise out there for Realtors. How much do you need?
83Nov 15, 2011 10:55 PMI am happy to explain and give the benefits of ActiveRain when asked; however, drumming up members is not cost effective for me
84Nov 15, 2011 10:25 PMFor the interntional broker, AR doesn't cater so much
85Nov 15, 2011 9:59 PMI haven't felt the benefits but I also have not used the site as I should
86Nov 15, 2011 9:48 PMNo reason
87Nov 15, 2011 9:43 PMI maintain my own outside blog.
88Nov 15, 2011 9:42 PMActiveRain charges for things that some other sites provide for free. I don't see it as very relavent for consumers. I always ask my clients what real estate sites they visit and not one has ever mentioned ActiveRain.
89Nov 15, 2011 9:24 PMI was one of the first members but at the time didn't have the funds to keep up the membership for the likelihood of getting a referral. I find it more profitable for me to put my energy into avenues that are direct contact with my sphere. I have other means of getting to know other agents. But if you like to blog, it is a great place.
90Nov 15, 2011 9:21 PMIt is not as popular in NJ as far as generating referral leads but is a good base to hold your blog for google juice if you don't have another mechanism.
91Nov 15, 2011 9:11 PMHaven't used it enough to feel one way or another about advantages. Do like the camaraderie though!
92Nov 15, 2011 9:10 PMI like the site, I find the blogs very informative, however, I have not seen the value, yet, of the paid membership.
93Nov 15, 2011 8:59 PMdo not use it much
94Nov 15, 2011 8:56 PMCertain questions on this survey are poorly designed. There should be an option to allow people to not disclose their income, age, number of years in the business, gender etc.
95Nov 15, 2011 8:54 PMAlready seems pretty saturated in my area.
96Nov 15, 2011 8:50 PMThere are too many whiney people on the blog who do not take personal responsibility for their difficulties in this market who want to blame the economy, the markets, the banks, their mother or God, that they have failed to create a business model that is viable in a changing market. Further, they have little insight into the realization that they as much as anyone, created this mess, if they were in the business over the last 10 years. Outside of real estate agent/mls transactions, no one buys a house unless a commission salesperson (real estate agent) talk them into it.
97Nov 15, 2011 8:48 PMJust out of sight and out of mind.
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