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The Power of Blogging - Recognition

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Sunday, July 13th, 2008 at 6:42pm.

Having learned bunches about blogging from my friends at Real Estate Webmasters, I can honestly say I have come to understand its importance to our real estate and mortgage business here in Southwest Florida. Being able to keep our clients abreast of the up-to-date goings on in the marketplace is an invaluable service that our company's Southwest Florida Blog easily provides. Throwing in some information now and then about things regarding living here in paradise and "Viola!,"  we have a valuable asset for both our business and our clients.

But, perhaps the most gratifying thing our blog has given us, is recognition from both the news press,our peers and our clients. Over the last 11 months of regularly blogging, we were contacted by CNN, AP, Realty Times, Florida Realtors and the Naples Daily News requesting our professional opionion on current market conditons and their impact for the SW Florida Gulf Coast.

Congrats Terry Dona - Well Done!Being approached by both the local and national press and also by other professionals within our industry is really gratifying. Most recently, Terry, our resident mortgage expert, was interviewed and quoted for an article on FHA Loan Limits in the July edition of the Florida Realtors magazine. Being recognized as an expert in your field is the highest form of flattery one can achieve in our opinion. Working hard, staying abreast of the happenings in your field, and servicing your client's needs are what make a business grow. Getting a few kudos and some recognition every now and then makes your efforts all the more worthwhile. Good show TLD!

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About the Author

Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

Contact Benjamin Dona at 239-948-3955



6 Responses to "The Power of Blogging - Recognition"

Real Editor wrote:
Viola soulds like good fun - should we meet her? What can she do for my business?

Seriously - though - totally agree about the importantance of a blog to real estate businesses.

Posted on Monday, July 14th, 2008 at 12:56pm.

Don Drew wrote:
My broker has become totally comitted to using blogging as the way to get yourself known in the market place. Every week we have blogging classes and he is so adament about getting us to blog we have nick named him "The Blogging Dude".

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 11:48am.

Janie Miller wrote:
Totally agree! We started blogging a few months ago. Who knows a city, town or area better than someone who lives there. Not just facts and figures but where to take the kids in the hot summer heat or a great little place to eat. This will benefit everyone.

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 12:02pm.

Suzanne Gantner wrote:
My clients love my blogs and I have gotten many responses and referrals from other Realtors in other areas. Not only can I talk about my listings but I can talk about the areas they are in. Clients from other cities find the blogs and see that you are the expert in the area they are moving...it works really well.

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 12:48pm.

Ron Orr wrote:
Keeping everyone up to date with the ever changing marketplace and branding are both great advantages of blogs!

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 at 2:09am.

Marc Rasmussen wrote:
I think blogging is very powerful. Unfortunately, most agents don't do it or have enough time to do it.

I was showing a property once and the guy said he chose me because he got to know me through my blog.

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 at 11:51am.



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