“ First off I want to say as a real estate agent I have tried many different programs but I must say this one is my all time favorite. Not only is the concept remarkable and people love it but the training and support provided are beyond what I would have ever expected. If I have a question I can pick up the phone and a real person answers and that person has the answer I needed or I can email and the response time has been within a few minutes or at most an hour. My husband and I pride ourselves on the customer service we provide our clients and the fast return of calls, it’s refreshing to work with a company that holds the same values that we do. If you are considering sponsoring a neighborhood I would say GO FOR IT! If you are willing to put in the work the end result is more than you will ever expect it to be. This is a fun way to get out and network without feeling like you are pushing your agenda on someone else. LOVE THIS IDEA, only wish I would have come up with it, oh well, glad they did! “ – Scott and Cherie Goldsmith, Homestead Realty
“ I am all about connecting with people! Leads are not a deal, relationships are the foundation of real estate. The concept of PARKBENCH is GENIUS! I love how it elevates what I do best, RELATIONSHIP BUILDING! I can honestly say, that thoughout my career I have never experienced the level of support that I have from this company. They are REAL , they are AVAILABLE, they CARE.
Should also mention this team is a super savvy fun group! “ – Julie Palmer, REALTOR® at Real Living Kee Realty
“ This program gets you out into the community with a purpose. You meet business owners, you help market the businesses, you promote “shop local” and in return you become top of mind to so many people if you keep in touch with them. It’s a wonderful program for me since I do not enjoy sitting at open houses hoping to connect with at least one new person who doesn’t already have a realtor. Better use of my time and I am truly enjoying the process now that I know how to get videos on YouTube!!
You receive all the training you need. They respond quickly to my questions via email or phone. I’m so thankful I agreed to support this program.
You owe it to yourself to at least look into it.” – Karin Phillips, Realty One Group
“Thank you for such a great article. It is exactly what I needed to have something to “boost” on FB ads with a specifically chosen target audience. You are a God send. Thank you.”
AND, She and her husband are considering selling their house. She asked me to run comps today and to meet her at the end of the month to talk about listing.
SCORE!!! Just wanted to share:-). Next interview is scheduled for Friday morning. And I met the Mayor of Smyrna at a function last Saturday. She wants to meet with me next week:-)” – Jennifer Vannoy, Exit Realty Bob Lamb & Associates
” I wanted to let you know a cool park bench story. Maybe a year ago I had some work done on my car and I really liked the auto body shop and the owners there. Total customer service freaks like me! When I was there they mentioned maybe they’d like to talk to me about listing their house at some point and I said I’d follow up. I did, but I never heard anything back and just figured they weren’t ready. Later, when I joined Park Bench and was trying to think of businesses I wanted to promote, they came to mind because of their superior customer service. I contacted one of the owners, Janet, and she said it sounded great. I sent her a few of the questions so she could start preparing before our interview. Before the interview she messaged me back and asked if I could look at their house and prepare a market analysis for it. OF COURSE! That’s what this is all about right? So I have now looked at the house, prepared the market analysis and rescheduled their Park Bench interview twice. I thought you would want to know! Hopefully, we will actually get to the interview because I really would like to feature them because they’re a fantastic company! So thanks for your encouragement to reach out to business owners for the interview. I think it may have directly gotten me a listing!” – Beth Allen, JOHN L SCOTT REAL ESTATE
So far the parkbench.com experience has been a successful venture for our team! I cannot thank you enough for helping us through the process.I have always tried to stay in touch with my past clients but some times I come up short. The important face here is through social media they were able to find value in the content provided, moreover it allowed us to be top of mind as they were checking out the articles posted to the social media platforms. Next week I will be at their home to complete a market analysis and hopefully a listing agreement! I am enjoying the process as well as the website. Our team is just getting started with parkbench.com. We are excited to see how far we can grow and the opportunities that will present themselves through our efforts. Cam, you have been such a great asset! Thank you for being in our corner and eager to help us grow! – Jeff Clark, RE/MAX REALTY GROUP, MARK DUDLEY TEAM
“Parkbench has opened a whole new way of doing marketing for me. I call it “in the backdoor”. People feel as if I am doing something for them (which I am), therefore, they want me around and like me. I am actually cultivating relationships (primary intent) that could eventually bring me business. I have personally met some of the most wonderful people and feel closer to my neighborhood than I ever expected. By posting photos from the interviews and tagging businesses on Face Book I am spreading my visibility exponentially. I’ve had people ask ME, if they can pass out my card, and I’ve also handed out coupons at my open houses to the delight of both the recipients and business owners. Park Bench has made marketing my business the BEST part of my business in real estate.” – Monica Holtzhauer, One Realty Group
“I love talking to people, getting to know them and doing anything I can to help them succeed or solve a problem they may have. That’s just my nature.
While interviewing (chatting) with my local business owners and leaders, I’ve learned so much about them, why they’re doing what they’re doing and it’s been a great experience so far. It will be even better when Doylestown learns that they have this great website to access news, events, deals, and learn about their local business owners. It creates a connection that I can’t explain, but it makes me want to patronize these people even more, now that I’ve gotten to know them.
I’m looking forward to Parkbench being a household name in my great community of Doylestown!” – Cheryl Anton, Keller Williams
If you’re looking to expand into social media this is a very powerful tool that is limited by your imagination. It’s a very good way to get new leads and to keep your database engaged. It does take work to curate it the way you want and to procure interviews but I think it’s totally worth it.
It’s like being given a Ferrari that you need to learn how to drive. These can be spread throughout social media and when one of the interviewees has an event, you can put another little blog together, including the interview and when people click on the event they also see you. It’s a way to build your digital footprint. – Keith Kurlander PLG Estates
“I have been involved with Parkbench since October 2016. I was looking for a new marketing idea for my business. When I came across Parkbench I reached out to them and after learning all about it, I knew this was the platform I was looking for. I have no regrets. When I joined I had no idea about the support I would receive. The support staff is amazing. I can’t say enough about them. I don’t think I’ve ever received support like this from any venture I’ve done. And they really take the time to coach you so that when you go out to meet with the business owners you are prepared to become successful. If you are a people person and like the idea of going into businesses and building relationships with other local business owners to help them build their businesses and become the go-to Realtor in your area. I highly recommend Parkbench.” – Marie Wallace Keller, Williams Realty
“I have had nothing but positive experiences with Parkbench. I joined over 14 months ago and the staff from CEO to newest have been truly exceptional. They willingly listen to suggestions for improvement and actively ask for suggestions. I can’t imagine how great Parkbench will be by continuing on its current trajectory.” – Doug Mackenzie Century 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage
“Parkbench.com has allowed me to meet the best of my neighbourhood’s business owners and residents! I used it as a tool to push myself to meet and greet with my area’s restaurant and cafe shop owners, interesting boutique shop owners and everyone in between. It gave me a reason to put myself “in front” of them instead of just blindly marketing to everyone.
I have not only gained more hands-on knowledge of my area base, but it has introduced me to them as well. It is a complete win-win. The Parkbench team is fantastic to deal with from troubleshooting to getting great ideas from. You definitely get what you put into it, so go for it!” – Jennifer Berthelette, Cornerstone Properties Inc.
I am so excited about this program..I already have some great things happening!
First of all, I told my broker about it and he was so impressed that he agreed to a higher commission split on contract closings that were generated from Parkbench. If I sell just one home per year that will cover my cost!
Second, I had lunch with a dear friend today and told her all about it. She has lived in the community since the early 70’s and knows absolutely everyone. She called the restaurant manager over and I told him about it and he wants an interview early next week. His shop is the most well-known business in Duncanville!
Thanks again” – Erika Browning, TRT Realty
“I just wanted to let you know that I got a buyer last week. This young couple that lives in the west end wants to move to the Danforth area. They searched for a Danforth Realtor and my name came up first because of Parkbench. They are preapproved for their financing and want to find a house ASAP. They are looking for a property in the $800,000 dollar range. So good!
Thanks for getting me up there in the Google search results.
Cheers!” – Paul Vallis, Zolo Realty
“As a newer real estate agent in my area, I was looking for a unique way to gain broad exposure as well as offer something of value to the community in which I live and work. There are many highly successful agents here so I needed to be different. Parkbench.com has answered that call and more! I’m very impressed with the responsiveness from the staff and their genuine interest in my success. Parkbench.com continues to evolve and each time it just gets better. I believe they will be on the cutting edge for quite some time and I am happy to be riding that wave with them.” – Nancy Pflug, Edina Realty, Inc