I am NOT a dinosaur

| Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 | 4 Comments »

The other day I overheard an agent emphatically tell someone “I’m a dinosaur.” My ears perked up and I did what any normal person would do, I pretended to be working hard on my computer and eavesdropped the heck out of her story. She proceeded to tell another agent she had just come from a social media class (she used air quotes while emphasizing the words social media) and how if she had to use facebook, blogging, twitter and “all that other stuff” to get business then it was time for her to retire. At this point, I quickly minimized my blog and facebook pages and got to work on this post.

If she thinks she is a dinosaur for not taking advantage of social media then what does that make me? It makes me the complete opposite of a dinosaur, whatever that may be. I don’t feel like I can get enough of social media. I dream of blog posts, status updates, friend requests and “all that other stuff.” I live for comments on my blog, “likes” on my fan page and people who start their emails or phone calls with “hey, I was reading your blog the other day…” I realize that even having a blog or fan page puts me at an advantage over the “dinosaurs” out there but here’s what I don’t have. I don’t have the guts to pick up a phone. These “dinosaurs” do it the old fashion way: they actually speak to someone face to face or on the phone and guess what, that works too. In fact, as I sit in meeting after meeting about how to increase your business it keeps coming back to good old fashioned people skills which I do have, I’ve just been afraid to use. So if you see my name come up on your caller ID, PLEASE pick up and act like you’re glad I called.

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  1. Hannah says:

    I “like” this post. But you’re not making “these” things a habit are you? Because they drive me “nuts”.

  2. Ginger says:

    You can call me anytime and I will answer!

    But, really, let’s be “honest” — just text me or FB me or email me… Dinosaurs are extinct for a reason! 🙂

  3. Dan Holmen says:

    Social media is one more way to give to our clients.

    I would guess that your Jurassic colleague is simply calling on their network to stay in touch and generate leads. Social media allows us to easily communicate with our people and even allows them to interact with each other. A phone call is hard to make sound like anything other than a sales call, that’s why I ignore several numbers that come up on caller ID. If I see “Cara” pop up on CID I pick up because there are a hundred different things that we might talk about. Which agent will I refer? The one I am in constant contact with or the ones who only call for numbers of my friends and family? That’s an easy call for me.

    I enjoy reading what Cara has to say whether or not I’m looking to make a RE transaction because we have an ongoing conversation about so many things.

  4. Cara – I love this post:) You have a great blog and I love the Cara in the House My sister’s name is Cara and she always used to say that although we never applied that to real estate – LOL

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