I do. Ted Demopoulus does. It’s simple business intelligence.
– If I’m in a meeting with my laptop open and my phone rings with number I do not recognize, I’ll quickly Google the number (it’s amazing how many Realtors’ cell phone numbers aren’t found via Google) – if it’s a client and it’s important, I’ll likely leave the meeting* to take the call.
– If the “person” calling shows up on whocalled.us or whocallsme.com – there is a very small chance that I will answer.
– Frequently I’ll Google someone’s email address – and it’s amazing how effective this can be.
Google me – with or without quotes.
I expect to be Googled.
*I love volunteering and working on various Realtor committees – they bring value to my business in a variety of ways – but if a client calls while I am in Strategic Planning for the Virginia Association of Realtors, my and my clients’ Strategic Plans come first.
Didn’t know you were a CENTURY 21 guy until I hit the Google link above. I enjoy your blog!
I google lots of different kinds of people. Job applicants, contractors, freelancers, co-presenters, etc. If I can’t find you online, I get a little weirded out. You need to be “on the grid” or it’s almost as if you don’t really exist in my mind.
Do you also check how many websites link to your blog by typing: link:www.realcentralva.com Here’s a quick look:
CAAR.com – 32
RealCentralVA – 1,570
Realtor.org – 7,400
Realtor.com – 14,500
Thanks, Pavel. I hadn’t done that in a while.
Noticed you’re blogging now, too – the cville re blog world grows …
As Ben said – “If I can’t find you online, I get a little weirded out.”
See, I’m not the only one who does it… When my phone rings and I don’t recognize the number, I quickly type a search on the computer to see where the call is coming from. If it’s a place I recognize and am expecting a call, I answer it. Otherwise I’m sorry to say that I let it go to voice-mail (I’m sorry but when you have many profiles online we get our fair share of solicitations).
And yes I google people I’m going to meet. I try to learn as much about them as I can 😀 It’s just good business.