Monday Cuppa Joe

Media overcoverage? Who would have thought it possible?

It’s the world’s first, and Seattle’s got it!

Stop by the Zoo this weekend to celebrate your favorite holiday and mine, International Vulture Awareness Day!


Final Week of the ‘This is My Seattle’ Photo Contest!

Thanks Linda Clifton for the submission!

This is your last chance to submit your photo of Fremont to Seattle Renter’s This is My Seattle photo contest! If you don’t already have a picture to submit, take advantage of the sunny forecast for the week and get out there with your camera or phone to snap a couple of pictures.

We want to see what the Emerald City looks like from your point of view, so take a picture of whatever you like best about your neighborhood!

You can submit photos by sending them to us at or via Facebook at

If we pick your photo as the winner, you get $50 AND your photo will be featured on the Fremont neighborhood section of!

Questions for Kyle – How to Use Social Media (Part 5, Location-Based Services)

Sorry for the lack of posts this last week! With several people on vacation, things were a little busier than usual here. 

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There are a plethora of Location-Based Services (LBS) out there (Foursquare, Gowalla, SCVNGR, etc.), but LBS apps in many ways feel like the youngest member of the social media family. The number of people in these communities is currently significantly smaller than those of Facebook or Twitter, but they are growing fast.

Also, most members of LBS communities are more involved than members of some of the other online social communities.

LBS apps are a great tool for the real estate industry. LBS apps allow users to “check-in” at a specific location to unlock awards, discounts, tips or games. These apps encourage users to explore new places and to look for specific things when visiting a location.

For example, with SCVNGR you can create a check-in location for your building. Then when people use the SCVNGR app to check in, they’ll be lead on a scavenger hunt around your property. Would you like to make sure that people see the beautiful granite countertops in the kitchen? Have them take a picture of the kitchen to complete a task! Want them to see the business center? Award extra points for completing a challenge there.

Location based services are a fun way to bring people to your building and help them explore all of the great features it offers. The community is still relatively small, so it’s more important to start your social media campaign with Facebook and Twitter, but once you have those going LBS services are a addition to your campaign!

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Show Us What You Love About Your Neighborhood With Our Photography Contest!

Now that summer has officially started (we all know that really just happened on Saturday), Seattleites can head outside and enjoy what makes their neighborhood great – whether it’s the farmers’ market, the local pub’s outdoor deck, strolling through the park with the kids, enjoying an outdoor concert… or just waiting for the bus home from work without getting rained on.

Those types of things are what make YOUR neighborhood the best one in Seattle, right?

We think so too.  That’s why we just launched an ongoing neighborhood photography contest called “This Is My Seattle.”

We want to highlight the individual appeal of each of Seattle’s neighborhoods. And who can do that best?  YOU can.

Each month we’ll pick a new neighborhood to feature. The first month is Fremont!

Fremont Troll

Now, here’s your assignment: go out there and snap some photos of Fremont.  Send them to us at or via Facebook at

If we pick your photo as the winner, you get $50 AND your photo will be featured on the Fremont neighborhood section of!

We’re can’t wait to see what you come up with.  See you in Fremont!