Here’s the problem with being a social media junkie . . . Too many databases!
A rational human wouldn’t think this to be such a daunting issue, so I feel compelled to shed some light of the gravity of the ailment.
1270 contacts in my gmail address book – Nicely categorized. This is my primary communication platform with 5 main categories.
Inner Circle – Important referral sources, prior clients, friends, family . . .
Vendors – Important businesses in my community (also referral sources)
Network – everyone else I have met along the way
Local REALTORS and Brokers – My colleagues – “The well of knowledge” I tap into when I hit a snag
Out of Area REALTORS – From around the country – also great referral sources
Today, I wanted to send the following simple message to all of the “Out of Area REALTORS” . . .
Greetings from Nashville, TN!
Hoping you are blasting into 2011 with gusto.
Just putting myself in front of you to earn a small slice of mindshare in your brain as being the REALTOR of choice for any referrals you might encounter in or out of Nashville, TN.
I’m a Nashville native (one of the few, the proud) and am leading a small and growing tribe of high performing Real Estate Professionals with my new firm Pareto Realty . . . We are the Vital Few in the Nashville Market 🙂
We are very focused on building community among regular people and REALTORS here in Middle Tennessee and are fast becoming a destination for learning as we offer weekly (Free) “Lunch & Learn” events and a whole series of Broker “Consortiums”
Hoping you’ll dial us into your radar as a viable source for any of your Tennessee Referrals.
Please check out my blog at www.paretorealtyllc.com”
I noticed that the group of Out of Area REALTORS only had @ 150 members . . . and I KNOW there are more . . . so I started digging.
I checked Plaxo and found 4,800 contacts with NO duplicates (3,500 people NOT in my primary database.
Linkedin had another 375
facebook has 747
comcast address book holds @ 6,200
I KNOW that there are many contacts who are in all of those databases . . . and there are even more who are in some of of the databases but not all.
Plaxo has a cool tool designed to “Synch” the data . . . I’ve used it in the past . . . It successfully brought all of the contacts into the new database but failed to merge the categories . . .
ALAS . . . defeated . . . I hang my head in shame and resolve to go “old school” with it (print all of the databases and painstakingly merge them one bit at a time) . . . unless someone smarter than I knows a trick to do it smoothly and automatically?
C’mon Smarty pants geeks – who’s got a great solution for me?
Ultra-smart multifaceted multi database merger ap thinger?
I’m just wishin’