Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Do People Really Farm This Stuff Out?

I get a few calls a week, maybe even a call a day, from someone who is promising to improve my rankings in the search engines. Fact is, I look pretty good in that regard so those are brief conversations.

True to form, these same companies also solicit business by Email. I am used to that. But I had never thought about there being companies that make a living by doing social media for other businesses. I guess it makes sense, and is an extension of advertising agencies if you think about it. However I cannot imagine turning the reigns of my Active Rain account or Facebook, etc over to someone else. I guess, at least in regard to blogging, I really question if doing so would not be a breach of trust with one's readers.  If you are wondering what I am talking about, here is a copy of the Email I received today.

To whom it may concern;

Please consider outsourcing your Social Media work to our company, as our price structure is well below what you would pay an "in-house" part time Social Media Manager.
In fact, most full time Social Media experts cannot match our depth, experience and ability to grab the attention of a broad audience, and turn new fans into loyal customers. Our prices range from $8.33 per hour to $18.75 per hour. Expect rapid quality results from your direct marketing at a fraction of the cost by hiring "in-house".
I would like to show you how the right social media marketing plan can dramatically increase your business. We can help to effectively spread the word of your company and/or product(s).
Please email me or call us at the number below, it certainly can't hurt researching your options. I look forward to emailing you our price list and package plans, including a current client list.

Thanks for stopping by,

Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 8 commentsSteven L. Smith • October 12 2010 01:21PM


Sounds crazy!  I can't imagine letting someone else take over a profile that portrays so much about who I am as a person.  My social networking allows my readers to get to know me... Not my business.

Posted by Leigh Ann Holman, REALTOR - Century 21, River Valley, Arkansas (479)774-5166 (Leigh Ann Holman - Century 21 Glover Town & Country) over 9 years ago

I agree sounds too much like a bait and switch.I try to control as much about me as possible. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Jim Hazell (Real Property Inc.) over 9 years ago

Steven, I have heard of people hiring it out. I even considered it 2 years ago when I first started with Social Media. In hindsight, I can see how stupid that would have been. Glad I decided not to.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 9 years ago

This is ridiculous! I want personal content from the people I subscribe to...not a hired hand!

AND...."Our prices range from $8.33 per hour to $18.75 per hour." ARE THEY CRAZY!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Steve, 8.33 an hour?  Does that mean the kid working at the golden arches is going to do it in his spare time when he isn't flipping burgers?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

WHAT! This is absurd!

Will have to look out for this. Thanks for the heads up!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) over 9 years ago

In house? They obviously do not know the home inspection business to well

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

This is obviously a company intimately familiar with you and your business.

What in the world are you waiting for?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago