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May 22, 2023

In today’s episode, I’m joined by Bob Stewart of community evangelist at Place Inc, and Active Rain before that. Bob’s got a cool story - he’s been in and around real estate for many years. He was a pioneer in real estate blogging, and community building, and also understanding how to drive traffic to websites in the days before Google dominated everything. Bob comes from a place of contribution, and I even remember the days he’d call ActiveRain clients to help them out with marketing, 14 years later. He’s truly a genius at building and growing communities around businesses and now he’s brought his skills to PLACE. 


Bob has been involved in the real estate industry since 2002. He co-founded and was responsible for managing operations for a 150 agent real estate company, and also co-created one of the very first online referral networks. Since 2006, and the beginning of ActiveRain, Bob has been educating, motivating and training real estate agents and brokers around the country. Through live appearances and webinars, Bob has taught thousands of agents the intricacies of online marketing and how to engage online leads and turn them into clients and closed transactions. Bob has successfully instructed agents on a wide range of topics, from the fundamentals of successful agent websites to using social media to enhance an agent’s online profile. He is also well known for his engaging interviews of real estate industry thought leaders. Bob brings his wealth of knowledge and contagious enthusiasm to every seminar, and delivers to his participants the necessary performance skills, the latest, most effective online marketing strategies, and practical lead generation and engagement methods.


Real estate has become so dominated by tech and AI, it’s easy to get confused about what delivers results. Fact is, to extract more deals from our database or any lead source for that matter, the basics still ring true. You just can’t replace calling your database and actually adding value to them.  


The team at PLACE have collected data that drives this home over and over again. One crucial stat we need to be paying attention to is database turnover - how quickly you can call your entire database. Unfortunately the database turnover rates of most teams are abysmal, and it’s costing us money. Instead of buying more leads, we could be doing the work to get more deals from relationships we already have. 


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