The year 2010 was an interesting one, to say the least. Government tax incentives and a flurry of buyers making moves the first half of the year led the way to a solemn lull as only the most serious and ready buyers continued to shop the real estate market after the removal of the tax incentives.
For me, I've come to embrace the top social media activities as those I prefer to use, and let loose those that were too time consuming with little to no return. Blogging was one I chose to diminish, and I only use my blog when I have something of significance to share. One thing I've found helpful is going back and linking to previous blog articles I've written, as annual events tend to bring back similar thoughts and photos.
Facebook is one I utilize for my "A" list customers though I don't advertise my Facebook account and am somewhat selective about who I let in. I love the dialogues on Facebook and the fact that we can go more in depth through wall to wall private posts, one thing Twitter doesn't offer. Needless to say I've dropped the use of Twitter almost entirely from my list of social media sites, though I still occassionally post there. Checking for messages and reviewing my followers is the least best use of my time.
Constant Contact is probably my favorite, aside from Facebook, because I can communicate messages and important real estate (local) news to my sphere whether they are "A's", "B's" or "C's". At any time one can become an "A" if you keep a presence.
I've also enjoyed holding social gatherings at our home with random past and prospective clients who, I feel, have something in common with one another. These "mixers" are always a lot of fun, are family and children friendly, and a great way to expand upon friendships while allowing them to make new friends. It's always great when a new transfer to our region gets introduced into my circle of friends and ends up loving the region and making friends instantly. Often a common trait is that we're all parents, or maybe parents-to-be and there are endless things to talk about when you have young children.
My goals for next year include getting myself involved in social groups. I'm joining Toastmasters and signing myself and my family up at the Y for classes. Winter is a great time for getting fit and getting involved with activities to meet new people. I also hope to reconnect with Keene's YPN since I started attending their monthly meetings before having my 2nd child, and had to stop for a few years. Now I plan to take some nights out for myself and meet new people, learn new skills and just have more fun while I'm at it!