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Integrating Facebook To Your Site - It's Time To Plug-in

Integrating Facebook Into Your Site - It's Time To "Plug-in"

Today I'm sharing one of the more powerful ways I know of to drive traffic, increase growth, and encourage engagement on your site. Using Facebook's new social and personalized feature plug-ins can without a doubt be an asset to your social outreach and marketing efforts. 

When you see company's like The Wall Street Journal, Yelp, ABC, TIME, CNN, The Huffington Post, and the New York Times using this method, your motivation to adopt something like this will most likely increase. 

Why? Because it works!

Facebook offers some great plug-ins that can make your site more socially engaging and help you grow your existing traffic, returning visitors, and in no time at all, build more relationships and business. Look how some of these sites are using Facebook Plug-ins to not only grow and socially connect their sites and businesses, some of the creative ways in which they're being used are setting some new social trends.

I believe many companies are doing this in order to stay in business and to continue building, managing, and improving their client and potential client relationships. They can't rely on their previous marketing tactics any longer.

The Huffington Post uses - A "Facebook Plug-in" Instant Pop-up

Wall Street Journal  CNN

 

The New York Times    

 

Even Yelp is now personalizing their site using Facebook Plug-in options.


Let me show you a few of these plug-ins and how to add them to your site, but first you should take a moment to understand how they work so you'll be motivated enough to take the next steps to "plug-in."

1. When you land on any website and see that many of your social friends and connections have already been there before you and liked or participated on that site, there's a tendency for you to want to be a part of it too. 

2. Many will like and return to your site simply because others they are influenced by have been there. 

It's hard to resist investigating a site that has 46,021 likes and most the faces you see are friends you know.

3. Making your site more socially engaging to others without having to leave to interact is powerful. 

4. Knowing content and activity gets shared on others' Facebook walls will definitely create a viral advertising affect and opportunity that is almost guaranteed to drive more traffic and interest to your site. 

5. This theory and idea alone should make Facebook plug-ins pretty hard to resist. 

There are some great examples of this out there, here's a couple samples of what this looks like.

Inter-active Facebook Comment Box

Live Streaming Inter-active Facebook Plug-in

Activities will appear on Facebook walls

Facebook plug-ins are not widgets, they are "Social plug-ins letting you see what your friends have liked, commented on or shared on sites across the web."  One of the greatest recommendations I can give you is to follow what's happening on the Facebook developers Blog, these are the folks behind the scenes of the largest social network sharing information, tips, and tools for those interested. They've actually been blogging there since August of 2006.

How to Integrate Facebook Plug-ins?
I'll walk you through the steps:

  1. Register your domain name and site with the Facebook:
    http://developers.facebook.com/setup/
  2. Select the Social Plug-in you'd like to add to your site:
    http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/
  3. Customize your plug-in width, height, fonts, and colors.
  4. Copy and paste the custom code to your website.
  5. If you get stuck or need a step-by-step tutorial, use the Facebook Guide:
    http://developers.facebook.com/docs/guides/web/

 

More Facebook Plug-ins:

Activity - "Displays most recent Interesting Activity on your site"

Comments - "Enables users to leave comments on your site"

Facepile - "Only Displays Friends Faces"

Like Box - "Attracts and gains "Likes" to your Facebook Pages"

Like Button
 

Live Stream - "Share activity and comments in real-time"

Login Button - "Users Login to your site with FB credentials"

Recommendations - "Personalized recommendations to users"

 

Since Facebook is the largest and most powerful Social Network on the planet right now (and doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon), how can YOU harness some of that power?  Making your site's experience a little more socially engaging could increase growth and connectivity. Going to Facebook.com to engage with others is great and I recommend it.  However, if Facebook developers are now providing Plug-in tools like this, why not take advantage of this opportunity to put your site on the forefront using their social media power?

Facebook has ALL the faces for sure, and now they're offering YOU a way to get "plugged-in!"

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 97 commentsBrad Andersohn • April 18 2011 10:36AM

Comments

Brad, The constant thing about the Rain....always giving us more work to do!  Thanks for the great info!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 9 years ago

Brad - as usual great information and something I've been meaning to do and have started, but there's still some things I don't understand - not too technologically savvy! I am bookmarking this and implementing later today! I did add a business page, portfolio with the "like" button this weekend and got a redesign job from one of my old high school friends - how cool is that! I'd suggest but - no need!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 9 years ago

Facebook is definitely here to stay, and every day more and more pervasive.  The good thing is, they've made it relatively easy to integrate with, which is a good thing.  There's probably some privacy issues involved, but I think the public overall is open to seeing the interactions that occur even on those website.  

There's always that surprise of seeing someone else you know on a website you had no idea they could be interacting in.

Thanks for sharing, great information to bookmark!

Posted by Kris Mon (RtownLiving) over 9 years ago

I have been using FB as part of my business plan. I appreciate your blog and have gotten some ideas from it.

Posted by Von Richcreek, SNP (Crye-Leike, Realtors) over 9 years ago

Brad - This is incredible and thorough information.  I think it would be helpful to explain when one would use a plug in verses a widget (or maybe you are lumping those together?). As the widget are much simpler to install, but usually less robust.

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) over 9 years ago

 

I thought I saw Jim Duncan comment on this being a bad idea last week.... I was not sure exactly what he was talking about though since I am so far behind when it comes to Facebook.  Of course I think he'd say AR is a bad idea too...

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 9 years ago

Harnessing the media streams, like ZEUS as a webmaster with both hands filled with information to Johnny Appleseed around the Global Village. Anything that helps the reach and frequency of quality information on real estate, broadcasting the local community flavor is a very good thing.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

Brad - Awesome information.  I believe I am just beginning to understand the power of social media in establishing my online presence.  This was very detailed and thorough. Thank you.

Posted by Mark R. Hardy, Short Sale Specialist Realtor - Mesa AZ (Short Sales, REO, New Builds, First Time Buyer) over 9 years ago

Brad - can I just add how eloquently written Andrew Morres comment is - lol!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the good info, if you're a WordPress user these are really easy to install.

Posted by Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Excellent information and a great tip to integrate into my Facebook.  Any thing we can do to get more visibility is wonderful, thanks for the great tips!!

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Brad,

Do recommend adding these plug-ins to our "personal" FB page or our "business" FB page or perhaps both?  I am always reading that realtors should shy away from marketing (direct or indirect) on their personal FB page. 

Posted by Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO, Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ (Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan) over 9 years ago

Additional ways to keep more interaction socially. Thanks brad!

Posted by Rob Kittle, "We Specialize, You Benefit!" -Kittle Real Estate (Kittle Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Information overload Bradley.  My head is gonna explode.  Wonder if this will work with my site... it's "cookie cutter" where I just plug in stuff?  I need things to slow down so I can catch my breath.  Gosh I miss my web guru.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 9 years ago

I am not sure I completly understand.. but will work on this whedn I get home

HelpfulHannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 9 years ago

Hi Brad...Thanks for another good idea that will benefit us if we can figure out how to do it.  Your instructions are simple and concise, my ability to follow them may be lacking.  I will try though.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 9 years ago

Brad: What is the app to show people how many of their friends "like" your page?

BTW - great timely article.  We are working on this right now.

 

Posted by Joe Gonzalez, NMLS# 126036 (610) 739-6563 (CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029) over 9 years ago

Brad, this is really great information.  Many of the comments are also very useful on how to implement this in our own business.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 9 years ago
Lol Andrew's comment sorta reminded me of a Gary Busey moment! I get it, but it did give me a flash back! Guess I gave myself away, showing I watch mind-numbing TV. Betsy
Posted by Betsy Shellman (Coeur d'Alene Home Staging Services, aka Staging Wizards) over 9 years ago

Great information Brad. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Greg Miller, Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA (Ruoff Home Mortgage ) over 9 years ago

Great tools from Facebook. Which of these are you using on the Zillow site, and how have they worked for you?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 9 years ago

Excellent info, thanks for sharing it with us!

Posted by Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT (Group 1 Real Estate) over 9 years ago

setting it up now. Thanks!

Posted by Jeremy Lambert (Your Castle Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thank you for the timely information.  The future is here!  We need to catch up and live in it!

Posted by Janet Naisbitt-Bagley (ERA Realty Center) over 9 years ago

Geez Brad.... Once again you share amazing insight.  Time to roll up my sleeves and start learning something new. Thanks for the info!

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) over 9 years ago

I never knew all this..wow...

Posted by Michael (Mike) Robinson, CRS, CIPs, REALTOR (Broadmoor Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Brad:

I will try to do as you suggest.  As soon as I figure out what you are saying.  So much to do, so little time.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 9 years ago

You always make it sound so easy and then I go to do it and I get LOST. Aargghh.  I'll get there eventually, I hope. Thanks so much for always being on top of what you do. You are sooo good for all of us here at the Rain!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 9 years ago

Excellent post.  3 weeks ago, my company upgraded our site and we now have the ability for our customers to like and share the site or individual pages.  I started tweeting and FBing a few but really need to figure out a better way to do this. 

Bookmarked an on my to do list so I can expand what we are doing.

 

Thx as always.  You are such a wealth of info.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information.  I will need to read on it and digest to understand about this a bit more.  Can this be used on our outside blog and our business website?  Thanks!

Posted by Yvonne Hurt, Northern Neck of VA Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Brad, truly outstanding article about how to harness the power of Facebook. I know how long it takes to put together an article like this! GFN's Facebook page looks like crap and I really need to do focus on it. When you type our name into Google,  it comes up on page one and it looks pretty lame. 

#7 Andrew  "Harnessing the media streams, like ZEUS as a webmaster with both hands filled with information to Johnny Appleseed around the Global Village. Anything that helps the reach and frequency of quality information on real estate, broadcasting the local community flavor is a very good thing."  Where and how to come up with these fabuloso analogous comments?   

Posted by Victoria Stankard (Get Found Now ) over 9 years ago

Thanks Brad for sharing this....I will, like always, have to bookmark it and study it! 

Posted by Aida Pinto, Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196 (Independent Real Estate Broker) over 9 years ago

Hey all, I just got here... was at a webinar and I'm just getting in.  I'll go back and read all your comments now and respond.... 

Thanks for taking the time to read, comment, and ask questions.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Excellent information, Brad. Thanks alot. I look forward to weaving it into our websites. Definitely bookmarked!

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) over 9 years ago

Brad - Bookmarked for further reading.. gotta go show some houses now... I'll be back as Arnold would say....

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Great post and great info...these are great tips...thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Cory Barbee, Broker (760) 563-4022 over 9 years ago

Hi Brad, thanks for sharing.  I have bookmarked for further reading.   great tips..

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 9 years ago

Thanks, Brad, for these great tips on integrating Facebook plug-ins. You’re absolutely right that for real estate agents integrating what they’re doing on Facebook (and other social media sites) with what they’re doing on their website is really critical to their success.

In fact, the key to success in real estate marketing really is engaging all of the tools at your disposal – Facebook, Twitter, real-estate specific social networks, your website and blog, YouTube. And, even more than engaging all of those tools, integrated marketing requires using each one to its own advantage.

So Facebook and Twitter are great for meeting people where they’re at; real estate-specific social networks are good for expanding your referral base; YouTube is a great way to engage on a more personal level with clients and prospects; and your website and blog are your home base.

But the real gold lies in putting all of those pieces together – so that connections on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and your social networks flow into your website and blog, where you can turn those connections into hot leads (and then into clients).

 

Christene Honomichl, Marketing Specialist

http://www.CMRealEstateMarketing.com

Posted by Real Estate Marketing 1 (Castelazo Marketing Ltd.) over 9 years ago
This is a read and reread post. Thanks for the great information as always.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 9 years ago

This is totally exciting news and am so impressed with all that you offer to us!  Thank you.

Posted by Barb Van Stensel over 9 years ago

As usual you are always blessing us with great useful information. Thanks Brad. Hopefully I will get to see you again at another Raincamp this year and get to talk to you more this time. Thanks for everything Brad. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 9 years ago

Hi Brad - thank you for sharing this - a very easy-to-follow method of incorporating Facebook into our own websites.  Facebook is such a significant part of many of my friends and colleagues day to day activities that I know leveraging it will return dividends down the road!

Posted by Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC (Royal Pro Real Estate Network) over 9 years ago

Liz and Bill - and you keep coming back for more... lol~  You guys are great!

Kristine - nice to see you, thanks for the almost suggest.  :-)  If you need any help, let me know.

Kriselle - exactly!

Von - here's an additional way to use facebook to your benefit and to your readers.

Sara - excellent point, both plug-ins and widgets work similarly, but as you say, the plug-in is much more robust with more powerful options. I suggest checking out the links in the first paragragh of this post for those interested in seeing "How" powerful and "Robust" the plug-ins are compared to widgets.  You'll see how the companies I mentioned above are using the plug-ins and most effectively.

To see the differences, see: Plugins and Widgets

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Maureen - we all know how that goes, just ask any agent if open houses work and see what happens?  lol~  Honestly, if the companies I mentioned above are doing this already with reported great results, It's certainly worth looking into but that's just "MY" opinion. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Looks like a great plug in. Will definitely check it out.

Posted by Larry Costa, Realtor, MA Real Estate (Century 21 Classic Gold, Carver MA) over 9 years ago

Andrew - not quite sure what you're saying but I think I like it!! 

Mark - half the battle is just understanding it. Thanks.

Kristine - Andrew is really good isn't he? 

Rich - yes, they're easy to install.  I'm actually doing a self-hosted Wordpress webinar tomorrow for anyone not too busy...

Connie - it actually works the other direction, you'll be integrating Facebook into your website or niche blog sites.

Bob - these plug-ins don't go on either your personal or your business pages. These plug-ins bring your personal or business pages over to your websites and blogs and integrate content there. (if you choose to set them up that way) See the samples in the post above.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Brad, thanks as always for the great information. Now, to put you on the spot: what 1 plug-in do you recommend as a must for us as there are several to choose from?  Also, can you give the info to your webinar tomorrow? Thanks.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Dan and Amy - I would look at each of the company's (mentioned in the first paragraph with links) above, then decide which one(s) will work best for you and your target audiences or your different sites and blogs?  There's not just one that I'd suggest over the other, it's going to come down to preference and 'value-added" and what you feel is best for you.  I like em all....  take a peak at the Facebook SHOWCASE page too, you'll get a great feel for how these work and why they work so well. 

Regarding Tomorrow's class, it is about Wordpress self-hosted blogs and you're always welcomed to join us.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

I've used several of these plugins and love them, as do the people that visit one of my sites.

Greg J. Gardner

Posted by Greg J. Gardner, Writer and Author, RE Investor (Writer and Author - Black Friday) over 9 years ago

Brad, I've really started trying to use my Facebook better so this fits right in with the current goals we've set.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 9 years ago

Brad

Thanks for the great information.

Posted by Wayne L. Brown (Franklin Advantage Inc.) over 9 years ago

Brad ~ the never ending list of things to do compliments of Brad ~ many thanks for another thing to learn and get ready to set up on our new website that is close to blast off ~

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 9 years ago

Rob - you summed it all up in one sentence... what's the fun in that?  lol~  Nice!!

Tammy - overload?  Just put it aside on that "yellow" app you use and deal with it later..  rofl~

Hannah - are you saying I'm misunderstood?  You just call, and I'll be there...

Kate - it's not too difficult and if you do get stuck, you know where to come for help anytime. :-)

Joe - that would be the "Like Box" or the "Like Button"

Here's a sample of the "Like Box" plug-in.  We use this one for the Family Band site...

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

There's always more to do. I love the technology, but it seems that for every 1 thing I accomplish, 3 more things need to be done. Thanks for the info, Brad!

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 9 years ago

Eileen - there's value coming from every direction, gotta love these people and this network eh?

Betsy - I'm seriously laughing really hard right now, thanks.

Greg, Chris and Castle RE - anytime!!

John - You'll notice that the Zillow main page has been remodeled, but nearly every other page has Facebook and even twitter incorporated into it.  On the Zillow site it's working incredibly!! 

If you check out the Zillow Blog, you can also see which one we're using over there and you'll see how well it's working based on its content.  The coolest part about how Zillow is using this isn't what we're doing with these plug-ins, it's what members like yourself and others are doing around the site that's most impressive.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Janet - that's almost impossible. 

Bill - roll up them sleeves, it's time to dive in... you're way ahead of the curve on this stuff.

Michael - are you sure?  :-)

Evelyn - one step at a time, one bite at a time, one transaction and one customer at a time. That's how you'll get it done! :-)

Bobbie - if that really happens...  707 646-1876.  Seriously! 

Debbie - then this post is perfect timing.  Thanks ~

Yvonne - it will work on your websites and hosted Blogs, might not on your AR outside blogs.

Victoria - thank you, and I don't know where we sprouted Andrew but he's a good guy to have around!
(Heck... his comments are almost worth plagiarizing... lol)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Aida - always here to help if you need me.

Dick and Dixie - a weave here... a stitch there, it all adds up to something for someone somewhere! <big smile>

Bob and Lisa - thanks, sure miss you guys! :-)  Good luck with showing homes today...

Cory and Ronald - my pleasure.

Cheryl - don't read it too many times, just go check out what some of the other top sites are doing and see what you like.

Barb - thanks, I'm humbled and appreciate that comment. Thank you.

Lanre - thanks for stopping in.  I do plan to attend all the RainCamps this year so we will meet again my friend.

Karen - it's really shocking to see how many use facebook daily, and the length of time they spend there is unbelievable.

Larry - these are the best and only plug-ins they have right now but I bet that will change soon too.

Greg - thanks for the affirmation and confirmation.

Connie - I know you don't just set goals, I know you go after them and acheive them!!!

Thor -  :-)

Frank and Karen  - just pick and choose what you need when you need it.  This stuff will always be advancing and changing.  The key is to surround yourself with people... (like me) who go out and find and learn this stuff so you won't have to.  Just make sure you don't forget about me when YOU'RE rich and famous ok?  <smile>

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Eric - 2 steps forward, 3 steps back....   you must have that T-Shirt too!  lol~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Brad, facebook for some reason is a little mystery to me, the personal pages no, but the business page yes.  Just when I thought I had it under control or the way I wanted, it changed on me so I don't know what I did, and I cannot change it back...

I really appreciate what you have put together for us and I also bookmarked the page.  I am determined, I will get it right on facebook so I can integrate what I need to for the blog.  One question is, and I am sorry if this seems like I should know this, but when you want to put your blog address on say your email, which blog address is appropriate, the regular blog we do or the outside blog.  The regular blog has things for members only and I am not sure if this is appropriate to pass on.  Plus when I put it on say my email or my web page, it looks like when I go into it that they could edit it.  So, I am confused. I have not taken enough classes yet I guess.  Thanks you always give so much great information.

Posted by Mary Stewart, Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas (HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone) over 9 years ago

Hey, yet another good post today.  Thanks for getting this out to us....I've bookmarked it for the future.

 

Patricia/SEacoast NH & ME

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this great information! I am going to try to accomplish this task!

Posted by Michelle Forneris, Realtor Specializing in SW Florida Homes (Century 21 Sunbelt) over 9 years ago

Thanks for keeping us on top of these important trends.  This is something I need to take a look at.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

Brad - Thank you.  I've seen this but didn't know how to get it on my site.  Top of my list. 

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for yet another great tip!

Posted by Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker (Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info) over 9 years ago

Hi Brad - I haven't yet had time to read your post in detail but it looks like one more thing that I need to add to my to do list.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

Howdy and morning to you Brad

Brad,
I'm for sure going to look into using the plug-ins. Thank you mighty kindly for helping to keep us on top of things!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 9 years ago

Brad, Thank you for the very helpful information. I am always looking for ways to integrate my different social media entries! Carol

Posted by Carol Faaland-Kronmaier, PhD, e-PRO, Manville, Hillsborough, Somerset NJ (Weichert, Realtors; Hillsborough) over 9 years ago

I had not seen the facebook interactive comment box yet. That is pretty darn cool.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 9 years ago

Awesome post Brad... I'm on it!  Sent the info to my designer.  Thanks for the tips!

Posted by Justin Ochs, Real Estate Auctioneer (Diamond Ochs Enterprises) over 9 years ago

This is way cool Brad!!! I just bookmarked it & trying to figure out which plug-in I like best :)  I wish I could put it on my outside blog.  Is there a way to do that?  I have my own domain name for that one :)

Posted by Christina ONeal, Realtor - Ripon California (At Home Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Can I rent you for the day?  :)

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) over 9 years ago

Hey......forget renting you for a day!  I could rent you for a month!  Bookmarked for further study!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 9 years ago

Brad, this is great! I've been using the Like box, but I didn't know about Comments. I will have to plug that one in! Thank you for the tips.

Posted by Molly Heyen, Chicago City Estates (RE/MAX Premier Properties) over 9 years ago

Brad,

 Great article and great tools to utilize from FB. Everyone should get on this!

John Gall

Posted by John Gall (Nextage Property Solutions) over 9 years ago

thanks for the great information and I have completed the steps to place on my website, but I have not found a facebook widget for adding to my active rain blog? 

Posted by Pamelyn Meller, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) (The Property Shoppe Team LLC) over 9 years ago

Brad, great info, but what if you're a techno-dummy like me?

Posted by Ray Waisler, NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA (Finance of America) over 9 years ago

Brad, looks like another thing on my "to do" list.  Thanks for the great information.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Mary - you have a great question: "when you want to put your blog address on say your email, which blog address is appropriate, the regular blog we do or the outside blog."

I would say your outside Blog since this is probably where you are trying to drive traffic and SEO.  It really depends on what you're wanting to accomplish and I shouldn't assume that it's just traffic and SEO.  Members who are paying to be rainmakers typically want to drive the SEO and traffic to their outside Blogs therefore using those links and URLs to promote on emails, signatures, and other sites.

So you know, what you see on the outside blog is not what your visitors see. When you are logged into AR and on your Outside Blog, that is your view only. The same is not visible to your traffic.  You can always log-out of AR, then go to your Outside Blog and you'll see what your clients see.  No one can edit your content or profile info but you. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Patricia - lots of great posts today!

Michelle - you CAN do it~

Joan - great to see you, and yes... you should take a good look, especially at the samples, it will make more cents.. I mean sense.

Christine - always a pleasure to see your comment and know you're still reading my blogs... thank you. :-)

Jim - my pleasure, I love sharing and blogging on AR

Marc - by now you've learned that there's only one reason I make my blog posts so long.....  It's so you'll have to come back! lol~ 

Dale - you're welcome and thank you for being such a faithful reader, fan, and friend of mine!!!  THANK YOU!!

Carol - you'll love this one then, it's one of the best ways I know to integrate social media to your sites.

Melissa - it's very cool!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Justin - awesome!!

Christina - until they add the ability to use HTML on AR Outside Blogs, you will always be limited to what you can add there.  I have been asking them to add an HTML widget for over 2 years now, hopefully if enough members request this (SCREAM FOR IT!) then it might actually happen. There's a lot of changes going on around these parts these days so the best time to ask might be right now?!? 

(use the about link at the bottom of this page to contact your fav AR staff person and make this request...)
and Don't tell them I sent you. hehe~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Ken - you can rent me for the day, I'm a cheap date!!  rofl~

Anna - now for the month, I require food and water you know!!  lol~

Molly - check them all out and see the samples, there's some cool stuff being done out there with plug-ins.

John - everyone should, but the beauty of it really is that you're probably glad everyone won't. 
(That way you get all the business!!!)

Pamelyn - (love your name by the way) For adding badges and widgets to your ActiveRain internal Blog sidebar, you can go to http://facebook.com/badges, I think you'll find what you're looking for there.  (plug-ins don't work on AR blogs that I know of)

Ray - that's why you make friends with people like me!  :-)

Chris - make sure you put that on the right list, not the shopping list or the !@#$% list ok?  hehe~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

I am following the suggestions of others:  great information and I will check it out on my day off.  I love to stay updated but sometimes there is too much to do.  I too have bookmarked this post so my son can set this up for me.

Posted by Anja Kerstens, GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Thanks Brad for all of the FB info. Bookmarking this one for sure. Now I just need to find the time to investigate the options. Thanks again...

Posted by Doug Anderson, Bay Area Real Estate Views (Tucker Associates Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Hi Brad -- Thanks for elaborating on the various FB Plug-ins. I've added the live-streaming version to my Wordpress site & the Like Button to all my blog posts for the very reasons you touched on. Sorry I didn't see your post until after today's Wordpress webinar -- I'm still barely a novice & would love another opportunity to learn more. Is there a link to the webinar?

Posted by Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE - Bend, Sisters, Tumalo, Redmond (Cascade Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago
Awesome info from the Bradmeister as usual. This weekend should be a good opportunity to implement some changes to the old website. Mahalo plenty!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 9 years ago

Anja - one day...one project at a time~  :-)

Doug - that's the funnest part, it's like looking at a menu for lunch.

Lisa - we do archive all the webinars, you'll find those links under the "webinar" tab at the top of the main page.

Georginameister - lol~  always great to see you! Good luck on dakine website this weekend.  Aloha

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Add Groupon to the list of those successful companies online using Facebook plug-ins.
I just went to their site since they bought Whrrl today and this was the Facebook plug-in that greeted me.

BTW- I'm buying the $6 dollar pizza coupon valued at $22 doallrs~  lol

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

GREAT tips!  I needed a kick in the pants to get adding some of these!  I have been thinking about it for a while - and even reviewed some of the developer's tools through Facebook.  Now I just need to take ACTION!   Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

Posted by Richard D. Ferris, Florida State Certified (FHA) Appraiser (AmcAppraisalsinc.com) over 9 years ago

Great Tips...internet internet internet!!  We have to get our presence out there....thanks.  I added all of this but not sure how to fully implement it..I'm working on it!!

Posted by Leslie DeLuca, No One Knows The Monterey Peninsula Like DeLuca (DeLuca Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

OK I have saved this for future reference - thanks for the input.  and by Saved I mean Bookmarked.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

Looks like some great advice.  Still too overwhelmed with getting AR all figured out.  Will have to bookmark and revisit another day.  Thanks,

Posted by Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert (Brokers Guild Classic) over 9 years ago

found it!!!! thanks Brad!

 

Amy Stier, FL Managing Broker @ eXp Realty

Posted by Amy Stier (Easy Street Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the great tips. I need help. I'm emailing your blog to myself. I need a reminder.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY) over 9 years ago

Social Media will be the way to market Realtoes(r), Brad - and Facebook is the leader - and is here to stay.

Great plug-ins - just not too happy about login to one's site using FB credentials. Yes, easy - I know. Feeling comfortable? Surely, NO!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 9 years ago

Brad - thanks for the information.  Have it bookmarked to work on this weekend.

Posted by Robert Courtney, Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS over 9 years ago

Brad - I love to just browse your blog. I can never find a boring post on your blog. You have great ideas and the stuff you blog about is great information to read and enhance our business. Thanks, man!

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 9 years ago

Hey Mike - I sure appreciate that! 

I hope everyone sees my blog just as you do, it really is the focus and intention of my blog. 

hanks man, you made my day!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

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