Peter A. Montero, RE/MAX Acadiana in Lafayette, LA, has been a steady contributor since Agent Insight first launched in his area early last summer, racking up over 125 submissions.
“When I first heard about Agent Insight, I tried it and saw the benefits right away,” Pete said. “I really want to improve my SEO and the more I appear on the Internet, the more I’m called.” Agent Insight is part of a social media marketing package Pete has put together that also includes Facebook, Twitter, Yelp (where he posts restaurant reviews), CirclePix (for posting videos of listings) and his own blog.
“I’m not going to pay Trulia or Zillow for leads, so I have to find prospects myself. This has been effective for me,” he said.
Pete has intentionally covered many different subjects with his Agent Insight submissions and currently has 30 places on his Areas of Expertise list. For many of these, he is the only agent who has posted there and so is the only person listed as Featured Local Expert.
“I recently received a call from a RE/MAX agent in California who had a client wanting to make a large purchase in New Iberia, LA,” Pete said. “She told me I was the only agent she could find in New Iberia, so I got the lead thanks to my Agent Insight post.”
Pete keeps a note on his calendar to make a submission to Agent Insight every two days. He has his camera with him all the time and is constantly trying to find something interesting to post. Some of his subjects include many subdivisions, schools districts and local businesses, as well as restaurants, B&B’s, festivals, concerts, fairs, churches, college football, parks, gardens, bayous, parades – many facets of small town life chosen for their appeal to prospective buyers.
“I love Agent Insight and I’ll continue to post regularly. Who doesn’t have time to devote 10 minutes to making a submission?” he said. “Agent Insight is key to life on the Internet. It is also key to supporting RE/MAX. Helping the company is also helping myself.”
Pete puts his own style in his words and photos. He tells a good story with his insights and his readers will likely either want to move to his town or at least visit soon. Here’s an excellent example of one of Pete’s insights followed by a selection of his photos:
Zydeco Breakfast at Cafe Des Amis
On Saturday mornings, Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge hosts the Zydeco Breakfast. It is an opportunity to have an incredible breakfast while listening to great Zydeco music from local musicians and dancing the morning away. Before I first went, I thought dancing in the morning? Believe me, the food is great, music good and dancing fun.