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Mary Jo Daly, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL

How many hours of internet networking is normal?

Asked by Mary Jo Daly, Chicago, IL Sun Feb 14, 2010

Sometimes it feels like I misplace hours of time a day and after I am done some days feel like I accomplished alot but there are also days when it seems like it was all a big circle and I ended the day right where I started.

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9.00 am Early morning e mails have to be answered, customer updates and appointments set. 2 hours
12.00 pm mid morning check on updates and e mails -30 mins
HUD's Mongo Faxing of contracts etc maybe another hour during the day - 1 hour
8.30 - 9.30 pm late evening e mails and updates are sent so they are received first thing in the morning to allow me a late wake up at 7.30 - 8 and time to walk the dog and make the coffee.
WOW thats 4.5 hours without even going on Facebook and Linked In , Twitter etc
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Mary Jo, Time management is one of the biggest enemies of a realtor. I think it is important to each day check each pending sale to make sure it is still on track. Check my appointments, make new appointments and coordinate. I try and use my down time, when everything else is caught up to work on networking such as this. The networking should not be put ahead of working current listings, sales or customers. I hope i could help
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I don't think you can say what is NORMAL. I personally start the day with a cup of coffee, and hang over at ActiveRain to read the posts there. I read the paper online too and then head off to the office or an appointment. Sometimes I end the day the same way. We all have different styles/approaches.
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I personaly have all of my emails and social network media sites on my blackbery, which means that emails can be looked at and responded to immediately or put in a time slot on my calendar if i'm not in the offce and need to refer to a file.

The social media websites should be used to provide useful information, like open houses, just listed or price reductions. Not constant status updates that only talk about your listings. You wll be ignored if that's all you do. I take the time to interact as a person, not just a real estate agent. They may want to hear about a new restaurant or a community event, maybe a great band that was playing at your favorite night spot.

I tweet and update my facebook status first thing in the morning. Customers send me inbox or chat inquiries all the time, so I try to keep facebook open when I am in the offce. If someone liked your tweet and found it useful, they wll retweet it to their network of followers.
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Mary Jo,
internet networking and internet marketing are a huge part of my marketing plan since they bring me about 90% of my current business. I have a routine in the morning - about 2 hours worth before 9am and then a check in the afternoon. Most of my time is spent in the evenings. There were days that I did feel like I was spinning my wheels so now I do draft a plan of attack to keep me on track!
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My late evenings (at home) are when I review and 'work' here on trulia.

As far as internet marketing....think of it as you do your print media.... it's not FREE (as it's your time), so pay a good computer data input person $XX/hour and blitz the net 10 or 20 hours per week, whatever your budget alllows.

This will allow you to spend your person to person time elsewhere, yet still create a strong internet presence.

Doesn't hurt to have a computer "nerd" in college for a son, either!! :-)
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Hello Mary Jo and thanks for your post.

I certainly understand how you feel and, again--because I'm answering another question in which Scott G has written first--I have to agree completely with Scott. Setting reasonable priorities is the most important thing to do in managing your time, your effort, and, frankly, your eventual outcomes. First priority are the clients with whom you are currently working, the second priority is prospecting with those in your "sphere or influence", third is the leads that you may have generated from clients or referrals or a lead generator, and fourth is time spent on networking in sites such as Trulia.

You'll notice, for example, that most of my posts occur late in the evening or on weekends, and that is because, I put my current, possible current and verifiable leads ahead of my time spent here. That's not to say that time spent here or on other networking sites is useless--on the contrary, I've found wonderful clients through Trulia, but in Trulia is my enjoyable "past time", while working with my clients is my passion.

Good luck!!
Grace Morioka, SRES
Area Pro Realty
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