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Paul Cionczyk…, Real Estate Pro in Glenview, IL

Trulia VIP status-Who has found that it helps them connect with clients? Any recommendations for unsing it?

Asked by Paul Cionczyk - Realtor/Broker, Glenview, IL Fri Mar 22, 2013

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Having VIP status places you at the top of the search for a Client looking for an agent to assist them in buying, selling or renting. I pursued becoming a VIP earlier this year (became active in Trulia Voices Activity) and yes I have found that it makes an incredible difference on the number of leads. The number of leads can be overwhelming and as in any other lead generating machine the number of quality leads is less than 10%. I have found myself working harder than ever but in conclusion, there has been a few of leads I have received from Trulia in the past 2 months that have made it all worth it.
3 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 22, 2013
For some reason not on my Trulia, when I click Miami Real Estate Agents, the first selection that comes up is Top Contributors. I just looked your city up, there you are at the top of the search!!
Flag Sun Mar 24, 2013
in order to sort via "top contributors" the cpnsumer has to want, and know, to go to the drop down list and select "top contributors"...otherwise the first sort/list uses "Recommendations" as the criteria
Flag Sun Mar 24, 2013
The top contributors are arranged by VIP status, VIP3 on top of the search.
Flag Sun Mar 24, 2013
VIP doesn't put you on top of the list - number of recommendations does!
Flag Sat Mar 23, 2013
Thank you Paul, I wish you most success. If you continue positive participation you will certainly experience an increase in number of quality leads.
Flag Sat Mar 23, 2013
Paul,
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.
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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)
3. Accessibility
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.
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Debra (Debbie) Rose has provided a very comprehensive tutorial on leveraging Trulia. Read it again, and again, slowly. (TU)
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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
727.420.4041
http://RealEstateMadeEZ.us
Serious questions merit a phone call
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 25, 2013
Clients who have found me through voices told me that they sought me out because of the quality of answers that I gave on the topic(s) that they read. Not the quantity; Not the designations.
My recommendations:
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.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 24, 2013
I agree. Thanks for the tips. If you don't mind, could you check out my profile? I currently have a conversation going and I would love your input. It's Agent2Agent, and the topic is starting up in real estate. Let me know if you cannot locate it. Thanks!
Flag Sun Mar 24, 2013
Jim Walker, Real Estate Pro in Carmichael, CA
MVP'08
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just as an aside - trulia sorts/filters rankings differently than they used to.

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
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 23, 2013
Thanks for your breakdown.
Flag Thu Mar 28, 2013
I have not found that VIP status is of interest to the consumer....they have no idea what it means...what counts are the reviews and your face appearing when they are looking for a Realtor..IMHO
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 24, 2013
You will most definitely get more leads with VIP status and it puts you at the top of the list in your area for clients looking for real estate services.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 24, 2013
I think it helps. It puts you at the top of the list in your area on Trulia.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 24, 2013
Nope, don't think VIP means much at all when it comes to having people reach out to you or "connecting" with anyone..

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
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 23, 2013
My VIP status comes and goes. It all depends on how busy I am working with buyers and sellers. I dont really see much difference in my contacts based on the VIP status.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 22, 2013
I don't think 99.9% of consumers understand VIP status - or care.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 22, 2013
I have actually heard some buyers state that they thought that the VIP 1 was higher than VIP3, so.................??

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.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 22, 2013
I haven't found the VIP status to be anything consumers are interested in.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 22, 2013
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in 60201
MVP'08
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I'm trying to get to VIP status haha...if/when I get there, I'll let you know if it helps at all..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 23, 2013
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