Kerrie's Blog: ActiveRain Contests

ActiveRain Contests

What a trip it's been, March was one for the books with some pretty busy 'Rainers joining in on not one, two or three but four contests!  And not easy ones at that either.  A daily blogging contest, a fitness challenge and facing your fears were just some of the challenges at hand.

We saw the end of Getting Healthy in the Rain hosted by Stacey-Ann Baugh.  I must tell you, this challenge was extraordinary to follow.  One member quit smoking, another lost 20 pounds; talk about life changing events!  How easy is it to grab the remote and relax, after all you did have a rough day and ran around town and blew a tire and the lockbox wasn't there and and and....but no, you were tired of the excuses. You got up off your tuckus and went for that walk or took that pilates class.  I know firsthand how feeling better, healthier and lighter can enhance so many other aspects of life.  Feeling good and looking good add to your success as professionals.  I am so proud of all the hard work everyone has put into this.  Having the AR fam bam behind you gave you that extra oomph to set the goals and get it done. I think the AR Community may be responsible for some extra quality years added to each other's lives.  

The 31in31 had so much participation that it's taking me days to review and award points.  If I haven't gotten to you yet, don't fear I'm working my inbox back to front.  This contest got some members back into the habit of blogging; a habit that beefs up your marketing efforts to make your phone ring and get that quality traffic to your site.  Some saw immediate success from their March posts and I bet $100 some of you are being followed by a consumer out there who is not far away from picking up the phone or shooting you an email.  So don't stop now!

It was round two for the Sensei/Grasshopper contest with even more participation this year than last.  Dick Greenberg had great success last year and was able to host once again.  Imagine being new to AR or new to a subject and having an expert lend some one-on-one time to help you grow.  It blows my mind how selfless of an act the Sensei role is.  Having the knowledge and experience to rock your skill is one thing but passing on some of that to another is what makes you shine.  Relationships were built, members feel indebted and together we grew.

The latest AR survey results had us realizing a Market Shift was upon us.  We wanted to find out what you were doing to prepare for it, what fears you had and how you're going to handle them.  Many recurring themes from the posts but the one I saw again and again was no lowball offers.  If you want the house you better move on it fast and with a strong offer.  Coming together as a community to help those who may be green to a seller's market again unites us as we work the real estate business hand in hand.

These contests are important because they keep us close as a community, help other members of AR, spice up your business and keep your best interests at heart.  Without the moderators and creators of these contests AR could be a pretty boring place.  In uniting one another we gain so much and are able to keep trudging along.  It's comforting to know you have a place where everyone has your back.  

I'm happy to report our contest log is full for April, May and even part of June.  But don't let that stop you.  If you have a good idea that would benefit the community and are willing to host a contest please let me know.  Email me a quick synopsis of your idea and if it has legs we can start the process.  I'll most likely then ask you to draft up a post, clearly outlining the contest and we'll discuss points and logistics.  I am forever grateful to the moderators of these contests.  Answering questions, picking winners, and compiling lists to award points is a big job.  

Now, just because you're fresh off 4 contests does not mean it's time to stop.  The days are longer so I don't want to hear any excuses about not having time to blog.  Keep filling that pipeline, get in front of new potential clients and remain the expert in your area.  

Stay healthy, stay happy and LET IT RAIN!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 58 commentsKerrie La Guardia • April 03 2013 11:33AM



We love this concept, and it is a lovely idea that brings the community together...Thanks for everything you do, and we appreciate it.  You are the glue to the community. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 6 years ago
I have my running shoes on and ready to take on the next challenge. Thanks for keeping us interested.
Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie, Unfortunately, I was only able to compete in one contest last month, but I am hoping to get more involved in the ones in April and May. I might come up with an idea for a new contest soon too. Have a Wonderful Day!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, I very much appreciate AR offering the many challenges, Ron & Alexandra are right about bringing many AR members together. Thanks :)

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hello Kerrie, I do appreciate for all the work you do behind the scenes and keeping AR community on it's toes! I'm ready!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie - The contests are such a great part of AR - they help us get to know each other and do the things we ought to be doing, and they make us better as individuals, professionals and as a community. Thanks for letting me do Sensei/Grasshopper again!

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 6 years ago

I am going to do my best to see if I will enter these Contest. But 31 in 31 was tough. Plus I did the Market Shift Blog challenge too.

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) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, I hosted a contest several years ago. It was a lot of work. I don't envy these guys who step up to hold contests and challenges. I think AR should reward them proportionately to the work involved.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

We love Contests and we love ActiveRain!   Thanks Kerrie and AR Staffers!

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Love the contests and all the great ideas that come from them!

Posted by Maria Nichols, DE Residential Realtor (Patterson-Schwartz) almost 6 years ago

Plenty of challenges to keep us on our toes and now April Showers are bring more.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 6 years ago

Love the challenges and yes they are properly named - challenges.  So glad I completed the 31 Days in March.  Need to send you my link!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie: Thanks for putting these together. I enjoy participating!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

I was zooming on the 31 in 31 until the last week when I missed three days of posting.  I got the Sensei/Grasshopper and the Market Shift posts completed.  That was a lot of work.  Have a good evening.

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie ...You do a great job ...I have no idea how to enter all of them as busy as we are, but it's great for those who can!

Have a great night!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 6 years ago

I love the contests I was in. I learned a lot, shared a lot, laughed, cried.  Okay, not that last one.

Posted by Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Brad MacKenzie) almost 6 years ago

"The days are longer so I don't want to hear any excuses about not having time to blog."  Yes, mother!  Thanks for all you do.

Posted by John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO (John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie thank you for all the hard work you do in helping out with many of these contest/challenges.  I thought that all of the contest/challenges in March were good, except one even though I participated in it.

This month has at least one that I don't see how it has anything to do with business, but I am sure there will be several members that will have fun with it.  Now I have to think about what I am going to write about for the other two :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie  Love these contests  they are fun keep us on our toes  and points points points


Thanks Kerrie for all you do

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 6 years ago

WOW it is a busy time for sure....I didn't get to any of the challenges but they sure do help us keep on track...I will be participating in more challenges in April!  

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) almost 6 years ago

I'm thankful for the requirement to make 4 of the posts FAQ. My goal is to continue that trend. :) Thanks, Kerrie!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 6 years ago

March was a wonderfully busy month and I started and finished all four contests. I appreciate all the work that the contest leaders, moderators and staff are putting into these challenges. Sensei/Grasshopper  was a great idea and I was able to work with Dick Greenberg. What a pleasure! Dr Stacey's healthy challenge was an eye opener for many.

 Thinking about taking a break...not a chance. I am just getting ready to start the visualization contest. Happy Healthy Spring.

With a great deal of appreciation.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 6 years ago
Hi Kerrie, March was a tough month with all those contests! Thank you for keeping track and awarding those points so quickly! Hat was phenomenal.
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 6 years ago

Contests are definitely an awesome way to stay engaging. Only wished I had more time.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, April was a contest marathon for me!  It was truly a challenge. Contests are great and they do bring the community closer together. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 6 years ago

Contests are fun and a great way to increase our writing skills along with gaining points!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 6 years ago

I'm afraid March was a blur for me. I didn't get very much done in posting or contests.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie - The contest really do keep everyone motivated.  They also are great for building and strengthening relationships.  Thank for all that you do.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 6 years ago

I really like the contests and even if I don't have time to participate in all of them it's great to read the posts!

Posted by Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself (RE/MAX Centre Realty) almost 6 years ago

I did the march 31 in 31.  I don'[t do many of the contests and when I was done I found out that I was supposed to do 5 questions not 4

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, I've been pretty amazed at how much we're all getting out of these contests.  I met today with my knee doctor - talk about life changing stuff.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

You know I am with you...

I am on a mission to sign up 600 new members this year and tap all those referral points. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) almost 6 years ago

What a GREAT coach you are!  Yes, no excuses, April has some great contests going on too!  And thanks for reminding me to email you for the March 31 in 31 challenge. I almost forget my POINTS!!  LOL

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 6 years ago

Hey... I'm impressed that you used the word "tuckus" in proper context.  Are you sure you're a shiksa?

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, those challenges wore me out but I've developed a healthy habit of blogging and don't miss a day. It is my personal goal to blog everyday for a year. I'm heading into month six and still going strong.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 6 years ago

All of these contests must keep you VERY busy, especiallly at the end of the month! I hope you have a few elves to help you with judging and adding the additional points. The do spice things up! Thanks.

Posted by Gerard Gilbers, Your Marketing Master (Higher Authority Markeing) almost 6 years ago

Nothing like a great topic and a few bonus points to get the creative juices flowing and a lot of participation

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) almost 6 years ago

Thank you AR for keeping my feet wet in Social Media.

Posted by Chuck Mixon, Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR (The Keyes Company) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie - There were a lot of great contests this month that were fun.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, what a month! And guess what - I completed all 4 challenges. Loved your 31in31 and almost ready to write one post (Yes, this late) for today. I hope to continue that habit for at least 63 days - as per Gary Keller, it takes 63 days to form a 'permanent' habit!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Kerrie, WOW... April was wild and crazy but what fun.  I so enjoyed the contests and am so grateful for you and everyone here in the "rain,"  You got me refocused and energized to start blogging again.  Thank you!! 

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,  favor please ... when you finish with 31 in 31 can you please check on my Sensei blog.  Have not received my points for this contest.  Thank you.

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) almost 6 years ago

But I don't have enough time to blog Kerrie.  I'm too busy selling eleventy billion houses a month!!!  :)

I'll be entering at least 1 or 2 of these new ones for sure.                                                                                                    

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, the contests are fun and work, but then we post so often we end up getting business and then it gets tougher to blog but the contests keep us going but then more business .....  You know what I mean!

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 6 years ago


Kerrie - March was a busy month, and an opportunity to participate in the community. It is always great to see the newcomers jump into the mix. I don't think it's a coincidence that those that participate in these contests are the same ones that get the most out of blogging.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 6 years ago

The bar is kept high and visible now a days on ACTIVERAIN....Yes to this and to all that help hold up its high standards...thank you

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Your comments solidify why you all excel in your careers.  You don't give up, you're ready for more and you can handle it.  Proud of YOUS!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, I do enjoy these contests, as it gets us to write outside our comfort zone, or about subjects we normally would not write about.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 6 years ago

I don’t get into all the contests but the ones that I enter get the juices flowing. While life-changing is a stretch for me a sense of accomplishment is still a good thing.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) almost 6 years ago

These contests can breath some fresh air into your blogging! If you haven't stepped up to participating in a contest, I encourage you to look through the CONTESTS tab a the top of the page...there is something for everyone.

Thanks for always supporting our efforts, Kerrie.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) almost 6 years ago

Thanks Kerrie, these contests do a great job of bribing us into some great blogging,

I think that the incentives are important for building a little excitement and community with these games, especially the incentives in excess of 1000 for all entrants, not just the winners.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

I think the contests this past month were so much fun. Thanks to you and Dr Stacy for the Get Healthy in the Rain contest.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 6 years ago

Oh geez I still have to write 3 more posts on FAQs..hope to get them to you soon :)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kerri, I did not get points for 31 in 31 yet. It looks like everyone else did. Personally i have no idea how you keep up with it.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Ellie - Thanks for letting me know, I'm off to check your blog roll now.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 6 years ago


I completed the Gettting Healthy in the rain contest, in fact I am still sticking with my exercise program.  But I put a comment ( # 217,) I think, on Dr. Staceys blog with all 3 links to my posts.  Here's where I screwed up tho, i did not send an email to you and Dr. Stacey.  Didn't see any points, did I forfeit?  Help?

Posted by Bill Dean, William Dean - Broker, Salesperson (Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo.) almost 6 years ago

Bill - You were to email us so we were notified, I'll check it out now and award the points.  Stay healthy buddy!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 6 years ago

I am glad that I was able to do one  or two of the four.... (1) The Fairy God Mother one of what you would you tell yourself to do different or do the same. (2) And Spring a Time for Change.... I still am waiting for my points but I know they will come.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 6 years ago