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Commercial Property Agents – How to Use Social Media to Network Your Real Estate Business

When you work in the commercial real estate industry, you will come across the need to connect with and optimize your regular customer contacts. The most important level of contact will always be the one on one meeting. Nothing will replace the high value of personal contact; however social media now helps us to do more.

Most of us have been using a database of one type or another over the last few years with great success. The depth and quality of your database will always help you build your business; in today’s tougher property market, this is highly relative and if anything should be increased as part of your business building process. So now let’s go back to Social Media and what you can do.

A few things have changed over recent time. Today we have the impact of social media within the commercial real estate industry. So the question is just how do you use it to grow your market share?

The best way to look at this media type is that of a personal contact tool. It is convenient and can be professionally used with ease and regularity; it helps you create your community.

It is quite likely that social media in real terms never really produces a sale, lease, or a listing for you, although it will allow top of mind recognition with your customers. You need clients and customers to make this networking process work.

The real point here is that you should use the internet media in ways in which you feel comfortable. There are alternatives to use. So what is seen to be acceptable from your client base and industry perspective?

Most clients don’t like to be hit with irrelevant ongoing contact from irritating salespeople. It is however important that they get to know you and understand how to contact you at the right time. Social media fulfills this target easily.

The alternatives you have available include the following:

LinkedIn (high value)
Websites (high value)
Blogs (high value)
Database (high value)
Article Marketing (high value)
Emails (high value)

The best way to look at social media is on the basis that it is a contact tool to be used professionally and with relevant information.

In this property market, all commercial real estate professionals should be using some of the above tools with regularity and consistency. This does however add a new dimension to the time management problem that every real estate agent has. Every salesperson struggles with the necessary things to be done each day. That being said, the easiest way to approach social media is to select two or three of the above items and focus on them each day without fail. The ones that you can’t get to each day can be left for regular posting and activity once a week. On that basis you can achieve social media momentum in your commercial real estate networking.

What Makes VLC Media Player Such a Great Piece of Software?

The VLC Media Player has long been one of my favorite media players for videos, in part because of its ease of use and its wide support for popular video formats out of the box, without the need to download codecs.

By default, VLC Media player is set up to play most videos you find on the Internet, as well as DVDs and music files. Many other media players, such as Windows Media Player, require you to download codecs for each type of video file that you want to play. Some examples include Xvid Files and DivX files, which are two popular formats used to display videos on the computer. Unfortunately, one of the most common ways of getting viruses is to download codecs, so the fact that VLC will play so many different types of videos by default is not only a matter of convenience, but also helps reduce the risk of infecting the computer with a virus.

The other main advantage of the VLC Media Player, is that it is very easy to use, even for those who are not very technical. It has a simple design that is easy to understand, yet it is incredibly powerful, much more so than most other Commercial Media Players. VLC, which is developed by the VideoLan Project, is also cross platform, meaning it will work just as well on Linux as it does on Windows or Mac.

VLC is also open source, which means that the programming code used to create it can be downloaded, read, edited, and updated by anyone who cares to, which is an important learning tool and can also help with security.

A Brief Background

VLC was first developed 14 years ago, in 1996, and was intended to work as a client to play video files on a remote server. As such, originally there was a VideoLan Server and a VideoLan Client, with the goal being for the student creators to be able to stream videos from a server to their television. Today, the functions of the VideoLan Server have been assimulated into the VideoLan Client, which is where it gets its name, VLC.

By 2001, the creators of VLC were, after much debate, convinced that releasing the source code of VLC under a GPL License, which is stands for General Public License, and within months people from all over the world began contributing to the project. After only 6 months, VLC had been ported to Windows, so people using the Microsoft Operating System could take advantage of the powerful, yet lightweight media player.

So Why VLC

Aside from the massive out of the box support that is offered by VLC, it really comes down to ease of use. A video player should not need to be a complicated beast to master, nor should it need to be a resource hog, but so many of the common commercial media players are not designed with this in mind. VLC, on the other hand, is intended to be easy to use and be great at what it does.

Jamie is a big fan of open source software, like VLC, which is the Media Player of choice for Knightdale Computer Repair. At Knightdale Computer Repair, which offers onsite computer services for the Raleigh and surrounding Triangle Area, using secure software that is easy to use is very important. There are many services offered by Knightdale Computer Repair, including virus removal, web design, and hardware upgrades.