Posts Tagged ‘video’


The Uncommon Agent on Good Morning America

February 19, 2009
Todd Waller's DM

Todd Waller's DM

This morning I was greeted with the above Twitter direct message from my Ann Arbor, MI real estate buddy Todd Waller.

Apparently Good Morning America had done a story on the emerging trend of online video to promote properties and they had used clips from my most recent listing video. It had all the makings of an awesome story until I confirmed the second part of Todd’s message that the show failed to give me any credit for the clips. They even cut to a testimonial from a Keller Williams agent immediately after my 2nd clip featuring my voiceover (while my music was still playing in the background!) making it appear that the clip was his!

Here’s the story and the video from this morning’s show.

My clips are the snowy house they show for $249,000 and the scene of the ice skating rink with me talking about “community”. You be the judge. Should ABC have given me some credit? Given the uproar recently about Facebook’s policy on who owns content, this subject seems to be more topical than ever.

Does posting a video on YouTube give anyone license to re-broadcast it however they’d like? My ADD inhibits me from reading the entire YouTube terms of service but I’ve been told it’s in there. So, could I grab some Sienfeld content off YouTube and use it in one of my listing videos? (For instance, if I was listing a co-op upstairs from the infamous Soup Nazi…)

Don’t get me wrong, I was a thrilled to see my video on a national broadcast, (many thanks to Todd “Eagle Eye” Waller for the heads-up without which I would have never known about it), but I would have loved to have a website address up there. Am I wrong?


How Has Technology Changed My Real Estate Business?

August 30, 2008

The folks over at has asked the to talk about what technology has had the biggest impact on their real estate business. They have poised the question in the form of a little contest over at their site and I would strongly encourage everyone to jump over there and see some of the really, really cool things that others are doing with technology in the real estate industry.

The video above is my little story of how technology has dramatically changed my real estate business.


Good For My Ego…

July 15, 2008

Today I have been humbled by the positive response I’ve gotten throughout the real estate blogosphere from a handful of well-respected colleagues who seem to appreciate the “uncommon” ways I’m trying to market myself as well as my properties. Read the rest of this entry ?


“King of Hearts” Cracks the Top 10!

June 12, 2008

OK, so I guess I’ve figured out how to make a mildly entertaining video. I won a trip to NYC to get up-close and personal with one of my marketing idols, Seth Godin. I won my sellers over at 30 Jefferson Road in Franklin $21,000 and a 32″HDTV. Tonight, I found out that I am one of the 10 finalist in the Diet Mountain Dew Surprising Facts video contest. First prize is $10,000 (to me!) and second prize is a MacBook Air, an HD camera and a 30″HD monitor. Either prize would be awesome. What I haven’t figured out is how to beg for votes gracefully. Read the rest of this entry ?


I’ve Got Two Ears and One Mouth…

April 26, 2008

First of all, this Will Smith image immediately reminds me of the trailer I saw for Hancock which is going to be a good “guys night out” at the iMax with @gregoryng and @schneidermike.

But, as the clock slips from Friday into Saturday, I feel guilty for not posting today. There is just TOO MUCH GOOD STUFF TO READ OUT THERE!!! I’m a self-proclaimed rookie and not nearly arrogant enough to think that I have something important to say that should be included with the bloggers I love to read. Read, absorb, learn. Read, absorb, learn.

So it may be cliche, but I believe it bears repeating. The reason God (or whoever) gave us two ears and one mouth is because we should be listening TWICE as much as we talk. At this point I’m listening 50x as much as I feel comfortable talking! (Thank you God for not scattering 25 pairs of ears all over my head. I got enough issues with my face…) I’ll talk more as I feel I start to have something worthwhile to add to the conversation. For now, I am really enjoying listening to all these other bloggers. Thank you for doing the heavy lifting with the talking for now.

(Rudy at Trulia has inspired me to get this Seesmic video plug-in added to my blog. Which will add the element of “eyes” to the ears and mouth theory…)


A Little Juice

April 15, 2008

My thanks to Binyamin Applebaum (Binyamin Applebaum, you gotta put me on, you gotta…you gotta…you gotta) resident real estate blogger at for giving my story a little play with yesterday’s post.