Kerrie's Blog: RainCamp - Making History!

RainCamp - Making History!

Yesterday was a bit of a nail biting morning behind the scenes.  Armed with Grande lattes we had visuals of our set-up, diagrams, headphones, extra help, all hands on deck, twitter a buzzing, and fingers crossed that nothing would crash.  And 3 1/2 hours later we said our last goodbyes to over 1,600 attendees while sounds of high fives filled the room.  The LARGEST RainCamp in history ladies and gentlemen, a hot line-up of 4 Avengers bringing you everything Social Media.

What do Avengers do?  They fight to save you from wasting your precious time and efforts on anything less than stellar, trusted and true.  Safely fall into the arms of any one of our Avengers and you were sure to walk away unscathed and safe from evil ineffective media ways!

Scott Stratten, Iron Man - A colorful character who didn't sugarcoat a thing; he let us know exactly what not to do and why.  Agree or not but this guy wasn't named one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on for nothing!

Ben Kinney, Thor - Brought the hammer once again and showed us how to use the internet in a practical way and make sure we always remembered our goal was to earn a click and generate a lead.

Chris Smith, Captain America - Never to fail, Chris is informed on even the newest topics such as Pinterest.  The dynamics of the fast growing site were alarming.  If you're not pinning your real estate inventory you're missing out on a huge traffic opportunity.

Bob Stewart, The Hulk - With his mighty mind he ripped through the ins and outs of Google+ with a force to be reckoned with.  The love/hate relationship is what it is but we all know Google isn't going anywhere anytime soon so you better get on board with Google+.

For everyone that registered don't fret, the recording of these brilliant presentations will be yours in the coming days.  Share them with your circles, colleagues and associates. 

And what goes better with RainCamp than a good ole fashioned MeetUp!  A wonderful end to a successful RainCamp was perfect for us as we met some locals at a quiet Irish Pub in Kirkland.  A very, very big THANK YOU to those who hosted, attended and made the MeetUps around the US and Canada possible.  My heart is full reading all the posts filled with pictures of happy 'Rainers.  You've left imprints on our lives.

It's a little bittersweet, I'm not going to lie.  Much preparation goes into putting these events together and then wam! bam! it's over.  This is exactly why I don't cook.

Now I want to make sure that ANYONE and EVERYONE that is interested in a clearly outlined, fast-track guide to everything ActiveRain, blogging, SEO and beyond signs up for Boot Camp.  A free 8-week course that will get your blogging and butt in shape!  I don't want anyone missing out on this!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone....thank you for all your continued support of ActiveRain!  Lots of love around here this week!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 68 commentsKerrie La Guardia • April 20 2012 02:42PM


Kerrie, I was curshed that I did not get to attend Camp.  I was registered and marked off the time and we had horrible tech issues and email actually down for two days in a big change over.  I have been a wreck - so jealous of not being able to be there. 

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, you all did a great job.  I had a million interruptions, but I enjoyed what I heard.  Thanks for offering RC.  

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 8 years ago


I registered but had an  appointment.  I'm glad it was recorded.  Thanks.

Posted by Deborah Wilson, Stark County OH Real Estate (Hackenberg Realty Group) about 8 years ago

Everyone did a bang up job! Thank you to everyone "behind the scenes" for your hard work. ♥ 

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie, I truly enjoyed listening to all four Avengers on Rain Camp. Lots of Great information. Looking forward to receiving a recorded tape too. We also had a Great Meet Up in San Antonio, TX later yesterday afternoon. We are certainly "Making History".

Have a Nice Weekend!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, about 8 years ago

It was the best Real Estate information, if you missed it, you missed out on Real Estate information that jolts Realtors to the top... Thanks again..

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) about 8 years ago

I am so upset I was not able to attend!!!  I had a class I was in and it was mandatory.  Timing is everything.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 8 years ago

I was there and you all were great!  Thank you!

Posted by Dinny Evans about 8 years ago

Kerrie, sounds like all the prep and speakers were ready and if that old technology thing didn't fail you good to go. I look forward to the recordings. Let us know the links when you have that set up. Thanks.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 8 years ago

Carrie, a big thank you to everyone who helped make Rain Camp the excellent program it was. I'm sure it's much harder to pull off than we can imagine. All the speakers were very good with lots of helpful info. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) about 8 years ago

You my dear Kerrie ... SUPERWOMAN!!  Thank You..

I missed the end of RainCamp, but i will ge happy to have the recording soon!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, I missed the first session so I'm happy to hear we'll get the recording. The rest of the event was stellar. Can't wait 'til the next one.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

Kerrie... It was a great event this morning! Thank you all at Activerain for making this happen!!!

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) about 8 years ago

It really was a great event and I'm so glad many of you were in attendance!  It's Friday afternoon and I am ready for the weekend!  Heading up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this weekend for some beautiful sights.  Enjoy yours too!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 8 years ago

Kerrie,  I was able to catch most of it and even though I had heard some of it before on webinars it was a great refresh on the topics.  Really happy that AR did this for all of us.  THANKS!

Posted by Derek McClintock (C2 Financial) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie -

We tuned in an enjoyed.  I must say there was much multi-tasking going on but I have several pages of notes.  Good job as always!  Have a great weekend my friend.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 8 years ago

Kerrie The Gucci Guy was upset that I wasnt able to get on. But I was able to listen to some of it when I called in. Plus I am going to get a copy of the recording so I am not that mad anymore. Thank you and the Active Rain Staff for always trying to help us grow our business.

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) about 8 years ago


I dug-in. Turned my phone off and stayed with it for the 3 plus hours. I learned enough in the 3 hours to keep busy implementing for months.

Well organized and professionally presented.

Next stop Bootcamp.  


Posted by Bob Parks (Bob Parks Real Estate,LLC) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie, enjoyed RainCamp and particularly Scott Stratten-he told it like it is and I learned a lot from both him and from Bob Stewart.

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) about 8 years ago

I'll need to listen to the recordings as I was interviewing my new assistant at that time, and didnt expect us to talk so long.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 8 years ago

I can not say THANK YOU enough to ActiveRain and the sponsors. Plus you'll finally got to New Mexico using the tools we at ActiveRain excel at best... being online and making a difference for each other.

Posted by Emily Medvec, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (eXp Realty LLC) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, I heard that the speakers were pretty good. I'm happy that it was recorded, so I can check it out when I get the email link.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie, I did get to tune in and caught most of it, but am still a social novice

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie - It was a great RainCamp.  Unfortunately, I had to leave part way through Bob's presentation because I had to drive across Toronto to get to the Meetup.

Posted by FN LN about 8 years ago

Kerrie, The AR Powers that be have a lot to be proud of.  RainCamp was AMAZING!  It is worth blocking off one's calendar just like any other appointment and attending!  Thanks AR for all that you do to make this community as powerful as it is.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, congratulations, that's definitely a huge success!  I wasn't able to attend this time because I've been helping two sets of customers find their new homes... work does get in the way sometimes.  Hopefully, I will be able to attend a future one!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

I blocked the entire morning out and luckily got to listen to all the trainers. It was wonderful and cannot say I enjoyed one more than another. They all had different materials and lots of great info to help us benefit from being there.

I like Bob Stewart's talk on Google+ as I had been having some issues with my posts not showing up or if they did, it just had an ActiveRain disclosure instead. I had been emailing Bob and I think he has it fixed now. So when he was saying he hated Google+ that said Love it; I could relate.

I already signed up for the 8 week course on line too. Thanks to you Kerrie and all the other AR staff members for giving us such an awesome Raincamp adventure.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) about 8 years ago

It was an awesome presentation and well worth attending.  Thanks to everyone who put it together for our benefit.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to take your camera!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 8 years ago
Hi Kerrie, The Raincamp was awesome and I was going to write about it but knew others would so I went back to work. But I will say it was just wonderful and I think I speak for all the members I know and say we so appreciate the great effort and to thank staff and the presenters for an excellent presentation on our behalf. Thank You so much!
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Good evening, Kerrie. Hopefully the next one. If you only knew how busy I have been runnig 3 businesses! I am so glad that this last event has been so fruitful for you...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 8 years ago

I had registered but had out of state buyers come in and had to show properties..  Sorry I missed it. 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, you clearly deserve a huge gigantic raise!  Good work, and sorry I was too crazed to arrange a DC meet up!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Kerrie fantastic job as usually, a lot of multi-tasking but I did  find the session informative.

Thanks to staff and special guests.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 8 years ago

I was totally stoked about Raincamp but now have to hear it in reruns as being in the now OFFICIALLY rated best Real Estate Market east of the Mississippi as announced this week, business got in the way of my raincamp time.


Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) about 8 years ago

Thanks for making this webinar available, Kerrie - despite my best attempts, I could attend just one session so will wait for an announcement about the recroding made available. Thanks a lot, once again.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 8 years ago


242,716 Points 15 Featured Posts Attended Rain Camp Called Shot Master sorry I had a  family conflict.  I am wondering it rain camp was recorded.. If, so please let us know where we can access all of the information. 

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 8 years ago

Thank you and all of the presenters for making this Rain Camp a great source of information.

Posted by Gene Fraleigh, West Valley Real Estate Consultant (Long Realty West Valley) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, my schedule did not permit me to attent RainCamp, een though I was registered. It was frustrating knowin gi twas going on but not being able to listen in! Glad it was such a huge success. I knew it would be :)


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 8 years ago
Kerrie, when will the recordings come out and how do we access? Very disappointed I could not attend. I wonder if notes could be posted.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge about 8 years ago
P.S.mThe Tulip Festival sounds like a lot of fun. Count me virtually in!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge about 8 years ago

Kerrie - That is great to hear. You guys did an awesome job and I learned a lot.  So glad to hear about record attendance.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

I can't wait to hear the recording. . I will put it in my calendar to take teh time and listen. .

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 8 years ago

Enjoyed it, and still learning collateral info by visiting the various websites mentioned during RainCamp.  Many thank to Margaret Rome, our Baltimore meet-up hostess, and to everyone at AR for making this a great program.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

The event was successful. Thanks for your part in making it so.

Now if I could figure out how to get on Pinterest!


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) about 8 years ago

Kerrie ~ Having the ins and outs, ups and downs and knowing what to do and not to do was invaluable. There were a few things in camp that I had wondered about but was pleasantly surprised by what the Avengers passed along. I have already made a couple of adjustments to how I do things online and others I have implemented with the confidence knowing that these guys paved the way. Awesome!

Posted by Anonymous about 8 years ago

Kerrie ~ Okay, that's one thing I need to work on... making sure I'm logged in before commenting.   :)


Kerrie ~ Having the ins and outs, ups and downs and knowing what to do and not to do was invaluable. There were a few things in camp that I had wondered about but was pleasantly surprised by what the Avengers passed along. I have already made a couple of adjustments to how I do things online and others I have implemented with the confidence knowing that these guys paved the way. Awesome!

Posted by Jon Eliason (EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado) about 8 years ago

Sounds like a great time Kerrie!                                                                                                            

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, sounded like a great event and a lot of good information was passed along. As always, Good Job!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 8 years ago

The greats exercising their muscles and sharing their gifts...The rain fell well

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, you and everyone involved did a fabulous job.  I was a little concerned about being at my computer for 3 1/2 hours, but there was so much pertinent information and it was so well presented that the time just flew by.  I am looking forward to getting the slides so I can see what I missed in my notes.  Really great job.  So happy I was able to take part.

Posted by Randi Lubenow about 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie,m I tuned in and was glad I did. The time went by fast because it all was so interesting.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 8 years ago

Kerrie- some great stuff, I enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to the following weeks

Posted by John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (LoKation Real Estate) about 8 years ago
Hi Kerrie. Thank you for putting this all together and bringing it to all of us! Scott and Chris shared some fantastic ideas. Ben and Bob came through fuzzy and I couldn't quite hear what they we're saying, so, looking forward to the recording. Thanks again.
Posted by Nancy Lamb, & Loving AZ Team-Fountain Hills AZ (Home Smart LifeStyles) about 8 years ago

Hey Kerrie!

RainCamp was AWESOME!  What a great use of 3 hours of time.  Thanks again for encouraging me to post my "Letters from (Rain) Camp Parts 1 & 2". and

I hope to have my 3rd letter "Ricky Goes to RainCamp" posted tonight with all of my notes from our third "Super Social Hero", Captain America - Chris Smith from Inman Next!  Cheers and thanks again for a GREAT event!

Posted by Rick Sergison, Durham Region Real Estate Blog (EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage) about 8 years ago

I was able to listen in on the first hour, but had to attend a meeting shortly afterwards. So, I missed most of Ben Kinney and anyone after him. Sounds like a good turnout and event though.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 8 years ago

Kerrie -- I am SO looking forward to hearing the recording. The reviews of the camp are I've heard!  You are all to be commended for providing such a great lineup of presenters and topics!

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) about 8 years ago

This is the first I've heard of this year's RainCamp.
It doesn't seem that this one was marketed as much as previous years...

Posted by David Myre (VIP Realty) about 8 years ago

Wonderful Time!

Thank you all for the insights and the nuggets of information!

Pleased to participate with hashtag Tweets of #raincamp from the sidelines!

David Pylyp

Living in Toronto

Posted by David Pylyp (RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.,) about 8 years ago

Was a great 3 + hours, I listened in and cheated a little while I handled some other business knowing I could sit and listen to the recording in the future, even signed up for the "Bootcamp" starting next week!  I can can use the help on blogging , but not sure how this will get my "butt in shape"...your words!



Posted by Steven Pahl, Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423 (Keller Williams Tampa Properties) about 8 years ago

Steven, in the comment up above mine, you might not should have put that pic in there. I understand what you're saying, but the pic isn't right.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 8 years ago

This was the first time I had to miss Raincamp.  Was sorry I couldn't be there!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 8 years ago

Kerrie, Had an awesome time on the online raincamp, so much great information to take action on. After went over to my first activerain meetup, and made some new friends.

Posted by Mark Corbett (The Buyer's Choice) about 8 years ago

Thanks for summary, Kerrie. It was my first Raincamp. I have lots to learn and absorb.  Thank you for organizing such an educational event!

Posted by Sherry Peckhoon Sim, Broker/Owner, Covering the Beautiful Central Coast (Sims & Company) about 8 years ago


You are so appreciated. Even though I wasn't there, I was with you all in spirit. You make ActiveRain very special and you light up our world.

Thanks Kerrie for all that you do. Your article was fantastic!


Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 8 years ago


Rain Camp was fantastic as always!   I went to the one in San Francisco way way back and it was fun but I'm sure now it would be even more fun but it's really hard to get away so I really appreciated the webinar versions.  I loved both meet ups I attended too!

I can imagine your melancholy feeling! That's how I feel about Christmas!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 8 years ago

" Much preparation goes into putting these events together and then wam! bam! it's over.  This is exactly why I don't cook."        So that's the reason! What a great explanation!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 8 years ago

Miss Rome - I'm always in amazement at the time and love put into many meals I enjoy.  My loved ones spend so much time preparing and then we're done in 5 minutes.  Crazy!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 8 years ago


I just came home from The Avengers and found your post.  True, RainCamp was amazing.  I love how you described each Avenger with our real life heros!  Now, does this mean that you are the Black Widow? lol  You really are amazing!

Go Red Team!

Posted by Christina Sanchez Hood, #SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living about 8 years ago