Mainstream Media’s New Source For News, Opinion, And Content Is The Blogosphere

Blogburst blog contributor Daysha gets all the credit for writing a very compelling article on how the relationship between bloggers and the mainstream media is an ever changing landscape. Her fine piece “Blogger’s Influence on Print Media” was the impetus for this snapshot into the evolution of the blogosphere

Daysha’s research was based on a report by Cision billed as the “leading global provider of media monitoring, research, distribution, and evaluation services for PR professionals” released an article July 17 that “demonstrates the growing influence of blogs in the mainstream print media.”

The findings support the premise that mainstream media organizations and their writers mention and utilize blogs for their own stories and content generation. Simply put “we” are viable and important, and in many cases, more relevent than many mainstream media organizations

Discovery

1. “The Top 20 national magazines and newspapers mentioned blogs and bloggers 13,066 times in the one-year period ending June 30, 2008, according to Cision”

2. 2004 total year long mentions of “blogs” and “bloggers” totaled 795 times

3. 2005 total year long mentions of “blogs” and “bloggers” totaled 2,179 times

Mainstream Media Importance

“The stunning growth in blogger influence magnifies the importance of employing common sense when contacting bloggers”, according to Cision Executive V.P. Peter Granat

1. PR firm Brodeur Partners reported that in a January 2008 Survey the following results:

*Of 178 journalist contacted “57 percent said they read blogs at least two to three times per week”

*18% of journalist said “they spend at least one hour per day reading them (blogs)”

Ultimate EyeOpener

1. PRWeek/PR Newswire Media Survey revealed:

*40% of participating journalists employ blogs to find content topics for stories

Analysis

The mainstream media and it’s writers are recognizing the value of blogs as viable research tools, sources of new information, places to immediately measure reader opinion, and as a testing ground for their own opinions

What this means to bloggers:

1. Credibility with public and media

2. Media related exposure to mainstream media writers and editors

3. Possible mainstream media collaboration with writers

4. Recognition by public and professionals

5. Solidify Web 2.0 collaboration as the media platform for now and the future

6. Global Reach to a world wide audience

7. Instant measurability

8. Advertising monetization platform

9. Business marketing platform

10. Joint Branding opportunities

“Generally Accepted Accounting Principles”: How Do Consumers Evaluate Bank’s “Statement of Condition” Advertising Plea?

Today’s banking industry climate, with mortgage meltdown disasters laying waste to financial institution books, demands consumers pay attention and perform due diligence before depositing their hard earned monies. The following ad has a unintended “Enron” feel to it in my opinion.

In what may become a defense mechanism brought on by the IndyMac Bank failure and “run” lines reminiscent of the stock market crash of 1929, local small bank Luther Burbank Savings of Northern California has gone on a reputation management campaign in local print media. The campaign has a simple message–we are solvent and in good shape therefore don’t be afraid to deposit money with us.

“Statement of Condition”

This is an advertisement comprised of a letter to customers touting the “exceptional year 2007 was for the bank with deposit growth of 24%. The statement also addresses the bank’s 25th Anniversary and how “relationships developed. . . are among our most rewarding results.”

Assets

This section of the add gives a accounting line item breakdown as follows:

1. Cash & Securities: $14,569,000

2. Loans Receivable: $2,968,032,000

3. Other Assets: $69,430,000

Bottom Line= $3,052,031,000

Liabilities & Capital

Deposits: $2,129,633,000

FHLB Advances: $642,811,000

Other Liabilities: $21,126,000

Capital: $258,461,000

Bottom Line= $3,052,031,000

Note-Disclaimer :The ad features in tiny print the disclaimer as follows: “This unaudited statement is prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Analysis

Does this disclaimer really mean that they can twist the numbers in any fashion legally to make them look more solvent? Is this institution fooling itself? Fooling consumers? Or is this a form of advertisement we will see moving forward for every banking institution?

In my opinion this type of advertisement, in the face of the Enrons and cooked books business culture we have suffered through in the past, is nothing more than meaningless fluff.

Why fluff? Because for this ad to have ANY validity they should have two independent accounting firms, with no PRIOR contract work with Luther Burbank, conduct separate audits for transparent and objective information. That would be the only believable scenario in my opinion

10 Chracteristics Of A Great Realtor: If You Don’t Have These Skills You Are “Selling” Yourself Short

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article July 7, 2008

Please read this article then refer to this fantastic historical blast through Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 by Mike Wesch

What do you do if you are ready to address a new prospect and the first thing out of their mouth is: “I don’t know if I really need a Realtor”? Are you prepared for that statement or have you comforted yourself with the idea that 99.99999% of the consumers at large understand the value of a Realtor during a real estate transaction?

The Idea Simply put you should think of your job as:

1st an educator

2nd a sales person

Sales Perspective #1

NEVER ASSUME anything. Consider the idea that you should have the attitude that you need to sell your prospective client on the benefits of representation. Do not think that just because they found you, they are sold on paying you thousands of dollars for the priviledge of doing business with you

Help them understand the safeguards YOU bring to the table in these shaky economic times and era of mortgage meltdowns

Safeguards?

1. You are an expert at contracts, interpreting contracts, and explaining all aspects of the contract to clients

2. You are the informational expert for your county, city, town, region, or neighborhood

3. Although you do NOT have to be, you are an EXPERT in mortgages, appraisals, and credit issues. If need be you could perform your affiliates job with ease

4. You understand home inspections and their importance

5. You have a “team” of affiliates who have the same “educator-expert-sales” approach

6. You are a technologist and understand the marketing importance of blogging, Google search, and viral marketing tools for maximum exposure

7. Your broker supports your efforts 110% with real world marketing-ads in local, regional, and national publications (when necessary)

8. You are AVAILABLE to answer questions

9. You have connectivity aka you are networked into the communities political structure, industry hierarchy, and familial community outlets

10. Your reputation is your calling card. “It’s who knows you-NOT who you know” that counts

Google Base: Realtor’s Free Listing Tool, Lead Generator, Product Promotion Machine

Google Base “Shopping Bag” icon

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article June 28, 2008

If you do not want to take on the task of establishing a blog or website there still is a method to get your information listed in Google search results: Google Base. For Realtors this could be a key tool in listing your properties.

What is Google Base?

1. According to Google “Google Base is a free Google service that allows you to publish virtually any kind of information for inclusion in Google search results”

2. According to the blog chiefexecutive.wordpress.com’s, a UK site, article “Google has changed-have you?” Google Base allows a business to list it’s services or products in a different way-via an shopping bag icon and in a product search conducted by consumers:

The point is Google has changed, there are now opportunities to appear on the list (Google search results) in more relevant and striking ways than the conventional list of blue search engine links.”

Advantages of Google Base

1. You do not need a website or blog to publish your information
2. It’s a free service
3. If you don’t have a website to host your item(s), Google Base will create and host a unique URL (web address) where searchers can visit and view your content.

Google Base For Realtors

According to Google:

“Over 56% of all internet searches on “real estate” and related terms are conducted on Google and our partner sites, and the majority of those searchers are actively looking for listings or referrals to brokers and agents. Google Base makes it EASY for consumers to find your listings or services.”

How Does It Work?

People performing Google searches for Real Estate can refine their search results by adding specific property features (e.g., “4-bedroom”, “pool”, “San Francisco-Pacific Heights”) and seeing their results displayed on a map, focussed on the neighborhood and types of properties that they are most interested in

If a Realtor adds his/her listing(s) information to Google, it will ensure that the right (most qualified) potential buyers will be able to find the properties listed “right when they are most actively looking for them.”

Google Real Estate Tools Link (for more information!)

1. Brokers and Builders

2. Agents

3. MLS’s

4. IDX vendors


Independent Brokers Network Meeting: SEM vs SEO-Do You Have Money Or Time?

The IBNMarin, Independent Brokers Network meeting held Tuesday June 3, hosted guest speaker Steven Schneiderman the Online Sales Manager for the San Francisco Chronicle’s website SFgate.com. MC. for IBN, the indispensable Frank Sunshine, Sunshine Realty and Marketing, did another stellar job of bringing a speaker and topic of importance to attendees.

Steven’s speech was compelling as he explained Search Engine Marketing and search from a beginner’s perspective, explained and identified the value of a SEM campaign, and he provided a solid base for people to understand how Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Ask.com are the driving forces behind today’s online search marketplace.

While bringing forward some interesting and compelling reasons why a Realtor or broker would want to adopt a pay per click program, a case can be built for establishing an organic program utilizing a blog in conjunction with a pay per click campaign.

SFGate.com

1. SFgate.com: the website for the San Francisco Chronicle in fact acts more like a blog due to the fresh content placed on the site (writers’ articles) on an everyday basis

2. SFgate.com: is ranked by Alexa.com 836 most trafficked website in the world, ranked #229 in the US, 17% of it’s traffic is global with high rankings in Uk, Canada, India, and Germany

3. Pay per click: advertising campaigns on SFgate.com will provide any Realtor in the Bay Area or any Realtor looking to do business in the Bay Area from any location in the world another piece to a well rounded marketing campaign

SEM Positives

1. Only Guaranteed Method: to top of page placement if you are willing to spend the money
2. Pay: only when your ad is clicked
3. Tracking: ability to track your activity
4. Adjust: you can adjust your spending to drive “conversions” by choosing a higher priced placement or lower your costs by choosing a lower per click cost and placement
5. Proxy Technology: Steven’s terminology for how you can identify keyword popularity, keyword activity, measure your activity and set a strategy to convert clicks to sales

Why SEM vs Blogs For A Realtor?

1. Technology: the #1 hurdle to blogging is the technology learning curve and the time it takes to understand. Realtors who do not have the commitment fail at blogging
2. Writing: Realtors that do not write well will have a difficult time producing compelling content that would attract readers
3. Time: Realtors who do not make time to write 3-5 days per week will not blog effectively
4. Social Network: The #2 reason behind successful blogs is social networking within the blogosphere. If a Realtor is unwilling to spend time commenting on other Real estate blogs and building online relationships, they will fail to blog successfully
5. Commitment: Blogging is a commitment of time, energy, innovation, and pride. If a Realtor is unwilling to make the commitment they are harming their own reputation

SEO “Keyword Research” Module #2: Realtor’s Guide to Understanding Your Target Audience Language

Published on Active Rain for the Real Estate Community

Keywords, keyword phrases, and keyword research are the next step to understanding how to attract traffic to your blog. In our first Module “SEO Basics” we provided links to SEO information to begin your education into this very important step in your marketing campaign. Searchenginepeople.com writer Ruud Hein provides an excellent look at how important keywords and keyword phrases are to your business.

Audience Language

Your aim should be to identify the keywords and keyword phrases that your target audience will utilize in searching for information about your product(s), service(s), business, industry and the area you operate within

Keywords and Keyword Research

List of Keyword Tools To Help You Find Your Audience “Language”

1. Google Adwords Keyword Tool: Get fresh ideas from the leader in the industry

2. Free Keywords: Another place to find new keywords is at freekeywords.wordtracker.com site

3. Keyword Discovery: “Over 80% of online transactions begin with a keyword search” and according to NAR over 70% of consumers interested in buying or selling real estate begin their search online. This site is a fantastic spot to begin your search with the Keyword Discovery tool.

Bay To Breakers San Francisco’s Eclectic “Race” A Realtor’s Marketing Fantasy

sf.curbed.com illustrious San Francisco blog linked to this article May 19, 2008

Thinking outside the box never got more fun than “think tank” brainstorming. One of the most under utilized ideas is turning San Francisco’s Bay to Breaker’s race into your marketing bonanza. One example is Autodesk, a successful Bay Area software company. Autodesk has entered a team of runners dressed as the Autodesk centipede. Although this race is more fun and follie than serious sporting event, the television coverage Autodesk received was invaluable:

If you are Realtor, broker, or real estate affiliate sponsoring a team of runners, in costume, to run and advertise your company and your company’s cause is a great way to publicize who you are and what you do!