Isabel Hayward, Author at The Contactually Blog | For Relationship-Based Businesses
Washington DC’s Top Real Estate Agents Using Contactually

Washington DC’s Top Real Estate Agents Using Contactually

Today, Washingtonian Magazine released the District of Columbian, Maryland, and Virginia [DMV] region’s Top Agents for 2017! We would like to personally congratulate some of these awesome agents this year who use Contactually! Here’s a little bit about each one: Check out this year’s Top Agents Who Use Contactually… 59 of the DC Area’s finest agents: Adam Isaacson, Ai Realty Group A DC native, Adam was the 2016 Best of Washingtonian Magazine Winner out of 30,000 realtors in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Prior to his real estate career, he founded a school textbook supply company. Additionally, he was #1 producing realtor out of 175 realtors in the Keller Williams Bethesda office.   Allison Goodhart DuShuttle, Goodhart Group Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Allison runs a family realty business with her mother, Sue Goodhart. Recognized in 2015’s Realtor Magazine as one of the “30 Under 30,” she has spoken as a real estate advisor at many real estate conferences as well as on CNN, Good Morning Washington and Let’s Talk Live. Andres Serafini, Washington Group A native Bethesda, Maryland resident, Andres prides himself as a prime realtor for domestic and international clients. He currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) Public Policy legislative committee. Andrew Nelson, Trent & Company Group Born in the heart of Washington, DC, Andrew spent a lot of his childhood living abroad, including countries like Italy and Germany, as well as in the Middle East. A George Washington University alum, he started his real estate career at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Andy Peers, Individual Agent Having lived all...
[EBOOK] Your Handy Dandy How-To Instagram Guide

[EBOOK] Your Handy Dandy How-To Instagram Guide

Wondering what the deal is with Instagram? You’re not alone. Instagram is a mobile photo-sharing app that has taken social media by storm over the past 7 years since it’s initial release in 2010. Now at a community of 700 million active users, it allows users to like and share photos and videos, either privately with friends or publicly with fans/followers. Of those users, 59% use Instagram everyday and 35% visit the app several times a day (#wowza)! Although it’s millennial demographic is skewed towards younger generations, with 55% of users falling in between ages 18 and 29, this platform has been steadily growing in popularity across all ages. On the average day, over 80 million photos are shared via Instagram; its potential for vast outreach has not become an incredibly useful marketing tool for people and businesses all over the world, but a method of finding users with similar interests etc.; Instagram is used by nearly 48.8% of brands. With this app, distance isn’t a problem. Since anyone can join, the reach is endless – and now it’s your turn! We’ve put together this e-book specifically to help small business owners capitalize on this extremely popular social media platform and use it for personal and professional marketing and branding. Download your Instagram...
Battle of the Workplace: The Startup Vs. The Corporation

Battle of the Workplace: The Startup Vs. The Corporation

In this day and age, the big decision of picking between the two ends of the workplace environment spectrum is not that uncommon for the average employee to experience. You hear through the grapevine about the far-fetched but somehow simultaneously necessary and unnecessary perks of a startup environment and compare it with the guaranteed internal growth and financial security of a corporate career.  But which do you choose? While there are many grays on the workplace spectrum, each are tailored to a specific type of person and work ethic…so have no fear! While we’re not saying that every startup and corporate company fits exactly these traits, we’re breaking it down to give you a better idea of what each of these environments can offer and if it may be the right fit for you and your working style as you hunt for the perfect job. Here at Contactually, we embody much of the ‘typical’ startup traits but understand it’s not always the best fit for folks on the job hunt.  Workplaces & You: Startup environment vs. Corporate Choose: Startup Appreciate the little things in life. Ah, the startup. Usually characterized by exposed-brick walls with a plethora of “fun” yet creatively stimulating interior decorating, the startup sounds like a playground for work. Completely personalized hours, napping rooms, your colleagues bringing their dogs to work- the startup is the ‘millennial’ of the two environments. With a laid-back atmosphere, it aims to mix work and pleasure by creating an environment where employees can literally feel very comfortable.  Freedom. Unlike a corporation, the startup maintains very little definitive hierarchy or its corresponding laws. It immediately puts trust into...
The Real Estate Agent’s Guide to Dating Your Clients

The Real Estate Agent’s Guide to Dating Your Clients

Hey girl. That’s a niiiiiiice house. Who’s your Realtor? Hang on. No, this isn’t an how-to on dating your client crush, so real estate courtiers: beware! Take your romantic interests elsewhere! But wait! Although you are not romantically dating your clients, the same investment of effort should be put into this professional, fiduciary relationship. Home-buying and selling tends to be a personal transaction – someone is choosing where they want to return to at the end of a long day, pour themselves a glass of whiskey (or wine!), relax, and unwind. Agents should constantly remind themselves of this as they engage in this business partnership.  How to treat your real estate client like the special someone they are… Dates While meeting with your client may just seem like another task on your schedule, on their side, it could be a potentially daunting activity. Having scheduled conferences exclusively in the office or over the phone may make your meetings as looked forward to as trips to the dentist (eeek!). Instead, every once in awhile take your client out for coffee or to a casual dinner and discuss business there. Offer to bring your office to them, and schedule around them, wherever they are, and they’ll appreciate the effort. Not only will this lift any possible anxiety they might be feeling around your meetings, but it will also demonstrate to your client the length to which you are willing to actively invest in them and their needs.  Communication  Actively listen to your client and be intuitive. Be patient with them, and cater and adapt to their needs. Offer up your own advice and recommendations....