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Recap: CREB Forecast Conference; Calgary AB

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

I was invited to attend the CREB conference in Calgary, AB this past week to be part of the CREB Media Services booth within the trade show. About a year ago, Ubertor and CREB entered into an agreement for Ubertor to be the exclusive provider of websites to CREB agents. I flew into Calgary the evening before the conference to get prepared for the event but to also entertain a few of the speakers that were coming to the show.

I invited Tod Maffin, David Allison as well as Inman News‘ Chris Smith to join myself and a few Ubertor clients and friends for dinner at Wurst.

It was a great night and a great opportunity for everyone to meet and chat about all things real estate. (There might have been some talk of Calgary’s beautiful -41 weather as well)

The conference the next day was great. Very well run, a sold out crowd with a solid line up of speakers. Agents had lots of great feedback about the event and many took advantage of the offer CREB was promoting with Ubertor.

Here are some pictures from the dinner the night before as well as the conference the next day:

(Clockwise from bottom left: Todd Maffin, Kelley Skar, Jim Sparrow, Debra Sonmor, Cliff Stevenson, Chris Smith, Amy, Sandip Dagli, David Allison and Ryan Laurin.

(CREB / Ubertor Banner)

(Gloria from CREB)

(on right: Mark from CREB)

(L – R: Stephen Jagger and Kelley Skar)

CREB Forecast Convention and Trade Show 2012

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Are you going to the CREB Forecast Convention and Trade Show in Calgary on January 18th 2011? Ubertor will be there! We will be at the joint CREB/Ubertor booth talking about websites and how the CREB/Ubertor websites can help agents in Calgary promote their listings. Pop by our booth and say hi, I will be there and look forward to meeting you all. We will have a special promo for agents who sign up at the CREB Forecast event – swing by to learn more. See you this Wednesday, January 18th 2012.

Dinner With Tim Smith, CEO of Inman News

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Last night, myself and Michael Stephenson (Ubertor co-founder) caught up with Inman News CEO Tim Smith for dinner in San Francisco. Tim stopped by our San Francisco location to see what we are up too, meet some of the team, (here and in Manila) and then we walked into The Marina district for dinner.

It was a great time and allowed us to learn more about what Inman News has in store for next year. Sounds like things are really going well for the crew at Inman and they are bringing back the Agent Reboot events that run across North America, both Connect Conferences (New York and San Francisco) and even adding a new Connect Conference, this time in Paris. Lots happening! If you have not been to a Connect Conference, check it out, always a good time with a fantastic line up of speakers.

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(L – R: Michael Stephenson (co-founder of Ubertor), Tim Smith (CEO of Inman News) and Stephen Jagger (co-founder of Ubertor)

Mike showing Tim a peek through the “window” into Manila

Tim Smith chatting live with Tin in Manila

Royal LePage Headstart 2011 – Harrison Hot Springs

Friday, October 7th, 2011

I had the honor of speaking at the Royal LePage Headstart conference this year at Harrison Hot Springs. My topic was online tools to cut costs and grow your real estate business. It was a fantastic crowd of just over 300 agents that really knows how to have a good time. I have been to a lot of real estate conferences, but this one, was jam packed with learning, networking, pool parties, parties in the pool and much more. I was sent this recap video from the organizers which does a good job showcasing what the event was all about. Check it out:

Social Media Week – The Real Estate Summit – Sept. 22nd 2011

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Social Media Week is coming up! It is happening in Beirut, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Glasgow, Los Angeles, Milan, Moscow, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo and of course Vancouver. Social Media Week is a 5 day event, running at the same time in each city, and is FREE to attend.

Teri Conrad and myself are putting together The Real Estate Summit portion of Vancouver’s Social Media Week and you are all invited. It is happening, Thursday, September 22nd at Ceilis Irish Pub from 12:30pm – 4:00pm with an after party happening right upstairs on their open air patio! Remember, the event is FREE, so come down, bring your team and learn about social media for the real estate professional.

We setup the agenda to be quick, 20 min presentations so that we can give you a nice overview of a few important topics. Here is the agenda:

1:00pm – Introduction / Welcome (Steve Jagger)

1:15pm – 1:35pm – Tom Everitt – Online Video For Your Real Estate Business

1:40pm – 2:00pm – Debra Trappen – Managing/Harnessing Your Online Reputation and Recommendations Strategy

2:05pm – 2:25pm – Kye Grace – Tracking Your Online Efforts with Google Analytics

2:30pm – 2:50pm – Scott Dawson – Using Social Media To Build Relationships and Get Deals

2:55pm – 3:15pm – Bocar Dia of HootSuite – Using For Your Real Estate Business

3:20pm – 3:40pm – Cliff Stevenson – Virtualization of his Real Estate Business (outsourcing, wikis)

3:45pm – 4:00pm – Q&A With All Of The Speakers

4:30pm – After Party On The Upstairs Patio of Ceilis

Remember, it is a FREE event, and seating is limited. So register online here right away. See you there!

Who are these speakers?

Tom Everitt is a 6 yr Medallion member of the REBGV and the owner of his own boutique real estate brokerage. He is an award-winning speaker who brings passion and humour to his business.

Tom’s Topic: He believes that video is the single greatest tool for bringing Realtors out of their shells and on to the forefront of their business, increasing not only their ‘trustability’ but their profits and career lifespan.

Debra Trappen is the Director of Training and Community Engagement for Coldwell Banker Bain|Seal…wrangling all of the company’s Oregon and Washington locations. Debra is passionate about living life out LOUD and enjoys Training and Inspiring #swagga, Social Networking (Connecting), Travel, Real Estate, Karaoke, Wine, and CHANGE!

Debra’s Topic: We all agree…managing your online reputation is paramount in our business today. Knowing what your clients and sphere are saying about you, your service, or company is just as important as providing them all a simple platform to share their testimonials/recommendations with others. Join us as we review some of the most efficient ways to harness all of the above into a manageable process.

Cliff Stevenson is a Calgary Realtor who runs a paperless operation utilizing virtual workers in other countries to help him manage and build his business.

Cliff’s Topic: Cliff will speak on how he virtualized his Real Estate Business using online tools and offshore labour.

Scott Dawson is a mortgage broker with Verico Paragon Pacific mortgages. Specializing in Mortgages for the Self Employed, Scott has used Social Media to build his personal brand awareness and establish referral relationships.

Scott’s Topic: Using Social Media To Build Relationships and Get Deals

Bocar Dia is a part of the team. is a social media management tool that allows you to manage your social networks.

Bocar’s Topic: Bocar will show how HootSuite can be used in the day to day life of a Realtor.

Kye Grace is the owner of Four Cross Marketing a boutique real estate marketing agency in Vancouver. Besides managing the agency Kye focuses on developing and improving onsite conversion methodology and strategic SEO. Kye worked for a number of years as a licensed realtor, and is known internationally for his social media & online marketing adventures.

Kye’s Topic: Google Analytics is potpourri of numbers, graphs and data that most find overwhelming. Come learn what 3 items in analytics really matter to you when self managing your website’s performance and where to find them. Along with quick tips on how to improve these you will be better equipped to understand how your site is actually performing.

Gary Vaynerchuk at RE/MAX Hallmark’s 30th Anniversary (video)

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Gary Vaynerchuk talks to a group of real estate agents about how social media & the thank you economy are changing business and amrketing. Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Klout and more are covered. Content vs Context. Filmed in Toronto, Ontario at RE/MAX Hallmark’s 30th anniversary celebration. (hat tip: Benjamin Bach)

Gary Chambers, aka @TractorView, Talks Social Media & Real Estate Sales

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Drumheller Realtor, Century 21 Brokerage owner and full time farmer Gary Chambers speaks to the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® about his online presence, online marketing, social media and more. Take 14 minutes of the day to check out Gary’s presentation:

Recap: Inman Real Estate Connect 2011 ~ San Francisco, CA

Monday, August 1st, 2011

I returned home from San Francisco the other day after 4 days down at the annual Real Estate Connect SF. As usual it was an awesome event. I have had the opportunity to be there a few times, and this was my 3rd time being invited to speak at the conference.

This years event was fantastic with an awesome line up of speakers and of course, a great group of attendees from all over the globe. It is always great to run into friends that you normally only communicate with online.

LobbyCon (hanging out in the lobby of a conference) was a fantastic portion of this conference as usual. There were lots of familiar faces to catch up with.

I had the honor of being on a panel, moderated by Sherry Chris, who is the CEO of Better Homes and Gardens, along with Brian Clark, CEO of and Walter Schild, CEO of Genex. Our panel was all about business of tomorrow and where things are going. My portion of the panel was to speak on how our operations work in 3 countries and how our culture has become so important in our Philippines operations. The crowd was filled with over 1000 agents and brokers from all over the world. It was a privilege being a part of the panel and it was great to learn more about the other panelests as they told their stories.

(Panelists ~ L – R: Stephen Jagger, Sherry Chris, Walter Schild, Brian Clark) (photo by: Chad Johnson)

(On Stage ~ L – R: Walter Schild, Brian Clark, Stephen Jagger) (photo by: Chad Johnson)

(photo by: Chad Johnson)

(View from the back of the room)

With any good conference there are always a few parties organized for the evenings. This conference was no exception.

( party at the top of the Clift Hotel downtown San Francisco)

(Better Homes and Gardens Cocktail Party in the Residences at the St. Regis Hotel ~ L – R: Stephen Jagger, Nicole Nicolay) (photo by: Chad Johnson)

Never been to an Inman Real Estate Connect event? Maybe next year is your year… check out the details for New York 2012 or San Francisco 2012.

(L – R: Gary Chambers, Stephen Jagger) (photo by: Chad Johnson)

TONIGHT: The Real Estate Technology June Meetup

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Interested in learning about outsourcing for your real estate business? Tonight is the next Real Estate Technology Meetup and the topic is “Outsourcing For Realtors”. At this meetup, I will deliver a talk about the benefits of outsourcing, how it works for some real estate agents and some of the tools to make it happen. If you are thinking about hiring an assistant, or want to learn more about using outside of your office labour then this meetup is for you. Complete details and RSVP information here.

Members from, and will be on hand to answer all of your real estate technology questions.

Agent Reboot ~ Vancouver

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Last week, the crew from Inman News came to Vancouver for the first Agent Reboot event outside of the United States. It was a solid event, that was well put together with some first class speakers. The night before Agent Reboot, Ubertor hosted the speakers and some of the out of town guest at my home for a cocktail party as a way to welcome them to Vancouver. It was a fun evening!!

Here are a few of the pictures:

(L – R) Debra Trappen from Seattle WA, Tod Lansing, Nicole Nicolay from Pleasanton CA

(L – R) Marty Pospischil, Kevin Jagger (the Long Track Long Shot)

(L – R) Glenn Sanford from Bellingham WA, Gabe Hoggarth from Seattle WA

(L – R) Tod Lansing, Nicole Nicolay from Pleasanton CA, Stephen Jagger

(L – R) Debra Trappen from Seattle WA, Kelley Skar from Calgary AB

(L – R) Sherry Chris from Morristown NJ, Dale Chumbley from Vancouver WA, Jerry Mcnamara, Bill Wassmer