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mHUBChicago: A Chicago Innovation Hub

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 4, 2017

I wrote about the possibility of real estate brokers investing in innovation centers a few months ago. mHub is a brand new innovation center for physical products just opened in Chicago. It’s official! Physical product #innovation center @mhubchicago officially opens its doors #GomHUBChicagopic.twitter.com/FiU4bUbDC1 — WorldBusinessChicago (@WorldBizChicago) March 2, 2017 [via Todd Carpenter] It’s clear this innovation labs trend is happening with, or without, the real estate industry.

Building Community in Apartment Buildings

by Drew Meyers on 12:14 pm February 22, 2017

Given my own passion for community building, it’s probably no surprise I love everything about this mornings Evergrey newsletter (& blog post): People talk about how there’s no sense of community in their [apartment] buildings,” Stephanie said. “Not in the buildings I manage.” … Some years ago Stephanie saw a woman sitting by herself at a barbecue. She started talking to her, then invited her out to dinner with friends. Now the woman, who had just moved here from Chicago, is one of Stephanie’s closest friends. The … Read More »

Real Estate Brokerages/Franchises…and Innovation?

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am January 11, 2017

I read Patrick Sisson’s piece on Curbed, Can cities create innovation hubs that work for the entire economy? The future of cities is a topic that intrigues me, and believe innovation hubs are part of that (for some cities). Durham seems to be proving that. Innovation hubs are fundamentally about community. Those that succeed in real estate, are in the business of building community. Why aren’t brokerages / franchises investing in local innovation labs?

Law Enforcement, Education, Real Estate — and Communities

by Drew Meyers on 10:08 pm November 29, 2016

I read Greg Fischer’s latest blog post here, and it ended with a video you should all watch. It’s Nate Bowling (2016 Washington Teacher of the Year) talking about law enforcement, education, real estate — the three most critical forces building/shaping communities. Honestly, it’s long (40 minutes with Q&A) — but you really should watch, listen deeply, and think about what he’s saying. A couple of my own thoughts… Fact: there is a life lottery that exists in this world, and it’s as simple as where you’re … Read More »

Local Real Estate Marketing Tips

by Ryan Gullett on 4:20 pm November 17, 2016

Real Estate Marketing Tips

Bad real estate marketing tips can feel like a hamster wheel. It is just going around in a circle with no real direction. PPC campaigns and social media advertising is great for exposure,but they often have horrible conversion rates. Recent content on GeekEstate has done a good job covering CRM’s and database tools. How do you fill those systems with good quality leads? You get local! I think lots of agents are missing out on a very valuable gold mine of leads. The Real Estate Agent … Read More »

What If Your Business Is Actually a Community?

by Drew Meyers on 4:20 pm September 13, 2016

I often tell people community building is the most defensible strategy in existence. It’s also the hardest. For those who want to better understand community, you should read the latest post by David Spinks at CMX Hub (hint: he knows more about community than virtually anyone I know) on Medium, titled “What If Your Business Is Actually a Community?“ Think about it. Zillow’s business IS a community, spanning execs, employees (and former employees like me), board members, investors/shareholders, advisors, agents, brokers, MLS’, tech vendors, media — and … Read More »

How to Build Local Expertise With the Help of Your Clients

by Drew Meyers on 1:45 pm May 17, 2016

Lets make the assumption you want your brokerage/franchise to be viewed as the local expert for the areas you serve. (let’s be honest: what agent DOESN’T want to be the local expert?) Lets make the assumption you buy into the long term lead generation concept/strategy I outlined last week. Let’s also assume you have the technology (either via StreetAdvisor, or the money and know-how to build it yourself) to execute the strategy. Assuming all of that is true — how, exactly, would you go about … Read More »

Is Anyone in Real Estate Thinking about the Commitment Curve?

by Drew Meyers on 8:00 am May 12, 2016

This may be a bit too geeky, but is anyone thinking about the commitment curve? Carrie Jones, one of the best community builders I know, has some thoughts worth reading here. How are you thinking about long term engagement, relationship building, and community building?

Long Term Defensibility as a Franchise with Deep, Unique Local Data

by Drew Meyers on 12:42 pm May 9, 2016

I think a lot about long term strategic defensibility when evaluating any business (& building my own). The best companies, focus on what they do better than anyone else, that is extremely hard to duplicate — and stay focused on executing on increasing that defensibility. You’ve got to build a moat to protect your castle. In the context of web and mobile assets, without a “moat”, someone will inevitably knock you off. From the real estate franchise perspective, what’s defensible about your lead generation efforts? What’s your moat? We … Read More »

Community Is Not The Goal

by Drew Meyers on 12:18 pm March 26, 2016

This is an old video I’ve watched before, but it’s worth watching again. For those that understand my commitment and investment into community, it’s no surprise why I love Jeff Turner so much. He gets community in a way virtually no one else does. Happy Saturday.

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