You have responded to EXACTLY the right stimulus.
Congrats Yanoska for the 'Best Answer' and congrats Paul for awarding one.
This action is within the control of the writer and responder. Take the greatest advantage of this resource possible.
You will find it essential to understand how a keyboard jockey decides when to take action.(email or call) There are three essential conditions a marketer must meet before a response is received.
1. Message (individual needs based)
2. Validation (more than one)
Meet those conditions, (Trulia can be a significant component, but not required) and folks will share they 'found you on the Internet.' They simply won't remember where the journey started. You, however, must have a system in place where your results are measurable and identifiable.
Debra (Debbie) Rose has provided a very comprehensive tutorial on leveraging Trulia. Read it again, and again, slowly. (TU)
Then, choose to move the speculators from complacency to action. Such as....
If you are a serious buyer, you need serious tools, the local MLS!
Call a Realtor(r) located in the location in which you want to buy.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, Fl
Serious questions merit a phone call
Use correct grammar.
Use correct spelling.
Write eloquently. If you have a talent with humor, use it like spice in a recipe.
Provide new information; don't just repeat, even if you rephrase, what the earlier posters in that thread wrote.
Be helpful and respectful, don't be fawning,
Don't load your answer box with a huge "call me" signature tag.
Read your post over before pressing the button, edit your post carefully to correct any spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes, re-read and edit again to remove repetitive phrases, words and statements. Make sure your post flows smoothly. Treat your Trulia post as though it were being published in large national magazine with thousands of potential readers.
They no longer even list number of "helpful answers/thumbs ups" in their rankings.....it's not an option
The very first sorting method used when you click on "Find a Pro" is........RECOMMENDATIONS - so even if you're VIP 3 and makes tons of valuable contributions, you won't be found on that search at all! (unless you solicit recommendations from people)
#2 is "Top Contributors" - no idea how they arrive at that ranking, as no one on the list in my area was a VIP - maybe they add up all the other "stuff " you do...no idea how they arrive at that list
#3 is FEATURED - which lists all the orange PRO people - so if you pay for that you will come up on top for that option..if you don't pay, you will be way down on the list, if at all
#4 is Best Answers - so that speaks for itself........
Check it out for yourself - click on "find a pro" on the top of the page, and put in a zip code or town......you will see who is ranked and in what order
Just my opinion.......in fact, there was a "lady" named "Favour" who was offering her "friendship" around trulia last weekend....(and today - apparently she is lonely on weekends)......guess what?
She achieved VIP 1 status last week!........ haha...so much for the value added or implied by that "designation"!
Valuable content in your posts is what counts............all the "call me's" and "you get what you pay for's" might increase those points.......but they certainly won't impress a consumer
I have received quite a bit of business from Trulia. I believe it has more to do with the content of your answers and posts than your status.