Can You Believe It?

November 4, 2011 by  
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rebarcampAtlanta was only one week ago… and we are already looking at the calendar to schedule next year’s event.  Of course, there are a lot of weeks between now and then, but the date we are looking at right now to hold rebcATL2012 is…

October 18th, 2012

SNCF Tickets machines

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We have a lot of work to complete between now and then, including securing a venue and finding sponsors, as well as getting tickets out to the right people.  There are also a lot of decisions to be made between now and then, including whether there will be as many free tickets as we’ve had available the last two years (well over half of the free ticketholders didn’t make it to the event… that makes it VERY tough to plan, as well as more expensive for our sponsors).

We have already started the conversation about what went well and what could be improved for next year.  Nothing is off the table as far as what we could do to make the event better for the participants.

We would really love your input (whether you were a participant this year… or even if you got a ticket and then skipped the event, let us know why).  That is how we can make each event better than the last.

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Thank you all!

October 28, 2011 by  
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We just wanted to take a moment to thank all of those that made rebarcamp Atlanta happen today.

  • Without sponsors, there would be no venue.
  • Without attendees, there would be no sponsors.
  • Without topic leaders, there would be nothing for the attendees to do.
  • Without volunteers, there would be no rebarcamp.

Thank you to our generous and COOL sponsors. 

  • America Home Key Mortgages.  They stepped up as out first sponsor.  Click on their banner and learn more about them as a way to say thank you.  If you need help getting one of your buyers financed, give AHK and Ken Cook a call.
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum.  Carol Flammer is the power behind Atlanta Real Estate Forum.  She has been a HUGE supporter of rebarcampAtlanta since the beginning.  In addition to one of the most powerful platforms for builders and new home agents to get information out to home buyers, she also has a tremendous marketing company.  Click on their logo to learn more.
  • Xplode Atlanta.  It is coming to Atlanta on December 1st.  Fast paced and business focused.  Matt Fagioli, one of the creators of REtechSouth is the push behind the Xplode series of conferences around the country.  Matt and Lane were at the very first rebarcamp ever in San Francisco, and Matt has supported rebcATL from Day 1.  If you don’t Xplode, you’ll just sit there.

And our volunteer sponsors made it happen…

  • Carol Flammer (again) of AREF and Flammer Relations worked the registration desk and helped get everyone checked in all morning.
  • Patty Keller of AnotherMe was at the desk, but was also very involved behind the scenes handling many of the day to day tasks to make the event happen.
  • Tonya Cash stepped away from her duties with Atlanta Marketing Concepts to help behind the scenes as well as handle the check-in area all afternoon.
  • Ken Cook from America Home Key was all over the place.  In addition to helping the hard core Geeks, Ken was along for just about every step of the ride.  He hosted planning sessions and kept them moving.  He leveraged his contacts.  Whether he admits it or not, rebcATL wouldn’t have happened without Ken’s hard work.
  • Randy Barnes, the EZ Video Guy did the cool video showing how to get to the venue.  He moderated topics all day.  He provided candy and comic relief (the Donald Trump costume was great…).  He also has an amazing set of contacts that he goes to.
  • There are NUMEROUS others that helped behind the scenes, fostered discussions, provided great ideas and moral support.  Without each and every one of them, the event just couldn’t happen.

I would like to extend my thanks to ALL of the folks that made rebarcamp Atlanta 2011 happen… and I don’t want to forget the attendees.  Without them, everything else is pointless.


Thank you!

rebarcampAtlanta 2011 is in JUST 4 Days!

October 24, 2011 by  
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Don’t forget, rebarcampAtlanta 2011 is in just 4 days!  We are working to make this event even better than last year.

We wanted to pass along a few reminders and a little about scheduling…

  • Registration will open at 8:30am on Friday
  • Opening remarks and a call for topics will run from about 9:00am until about 9:20.
  • Topic sessions should start at about 9:30.  We will have the first round of sessions pre-set.  (We’ll be voting on the first round here).
  • Each topic session will last about 50 minutes, with a 10 minute break between.
  • Lunch will be from about 12:20 until 2:00.  There are several places to eat VERY close to The Mansour Center… there will be maps.  And if your company would like to advertise on the maps, we have spaces available.
  • The afternoon topic sessions will kick off at 2:00.
  • There will be a short wrap-up at about 4:50


Sponsorship rock

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There are still tickets available.  Until Wednesday evening, they are only $17.50.  After that, Late Registration will be available at the event for $25 (sorry, but we won’t be able to take credit card payments on site… we can take cash or checks at the event).  There will be late registration tickets on the site after the regular tickets go off sale up until about the beginning of the event on Friday.  They will be $26.61 to help cover EventBrite Fees.


As with most rebarcamps, we are actively looking for volunteers to lead topic sessions.  You DON’T have to be “the expert” in order to lead a session.  Rather, you can be a moderator/facilitator/curious sort and get the whole group involved.

There are also some sponsorship spots still open.  email if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.  More sponsorship information is also available on out Sponsorship Page.


We can’t wait to see you!

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Don’t Let It Get Away…

October 19, 2011 by  
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rebcATL is starting in just over a week.  And the regular tickets will only be available until next Wednesday.  After that, only Late Registration will be allowed.  Granted, at only $25 for late registration, it isn’t as bad as some other conferences… but that extra few bucks could buy lunch.

We are going to have a BLAST!  In the next few days we will be putting together the first round of sessions… but after that, it will be WIDE OPEN.  Any and every real estate related topic will be up for grabs.  We can talk about technology, short sales, FaceBook, foreclosures, Twitter and guerrilla marketing.  The only limit is YOUR imagination.

If you don’t already have your tickets, get over to the ticket page before you forget…

And if you are interested in sponsoring… we can work that out, too.

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Randy’s COOL Video… How to get to rebcAtlanta

September 13, 2011 by  
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Randy has put together another great video… first telling us WHY we want to be at rebarcamp Atlanta, then showing us HOW to get there.  It’s quick and easy… and he even got The Big Chicken in the directions.

Don’t delay.  Get your tickets today!

rebcATL2011 Tickets are ONLY $10

September 5, 2011 by  
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Kathleen Bonham and Brad Andersohn

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I know… you’re bummed that you missed out on the free tickets… but think about it for a minute.  How many amp’d up technology conferences can you go to for $10?  I’m not talking about “teasers” where a vendor comes in and pretends to talk about how to dominate the market… when what they really mean is dominate the market if you buy my product for $999/year… and then get REALLY lucky.  I’m talking about a no-punches pulled, knock-down, drag-out technology conference that leaves you with a head full full of amazing ideas.

Let’s see…

I haven’t been to Agent reBoot, but I have been to Inman Connect in San Francisco.  In fact, the very first rebarcamp was held the day before Connect.  I got more from 6 hours at rebc than I did the next couple of days of Connect.  And I got a LOT out of Connect.  REtechSouth is an AMAZING event… I’ve been every year, and I will do everything I can to keep going every year.



Image by mike912mueller via Flickr

But the thing that is different about rebarcamp is that YOU get to drive the agenda.  We will seed the morning with a few pre-planned sessions, but the rest of the day will be sessions that are decided by, and even moderated by attendees.  And those sessions could range from better ways to handle short sales to better ways to convert readers to buyers and sellers on your website.

So, that $10 isn’t looking so bad anymore, is it?  Don’t wait, because the ticket price will be going up again before you know it…


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The Big Announcement… Date, Location

August 11, 2011 by  
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The Big Chicken

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We promised it yesterday, and announced it shortly after that on our FaceBook Page… and we even loaded the info up on the sidebar here. We have secured the date and venue for rebcAtlanta 2011. 

This year’s rebarcamp event will be on Friday, October 28th, 2011 at the Mansour Center in Marietta, GA, from 9:00am until 5:00pm with a suitable break for lunch.  And speaking of lunch, the Big Chicken is within walking distance…  That’s right, THE Big Chicken.  World Famous.

Just like last year, we won’t know exactly what is going to happen until YOU start telling us what you want to talk about.  The topics will be wide ranging and real estate related.  This year, though, we will be setting up a few sessions.  They will be voted on here and on our FaceBook Page, so there are still discoveries to be made.

But that’s not all…  Unlike last year, there is plenty of free parking.  There are also several restaurants around the venue.  Speaking of the venue… it is newer and bigger than last year’s host.  All of these things together should make this year’s event absolutely rock.

Tickets are available here.  But don’t wait too long…  We are running an early bird special, and it won’t last.  And as always, stay tuned for more details…  They’ll be here and on FaceBook.  they might even show up on Twitter.

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The Future of REbarCamps…

January 12, 2011 by  
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Half Baked session. REBarCamp Seattle
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Rob Hahn, the Notorious R O B, had an interesting blog post about where the rebarcamp experience has gone… from where it started.

I was lucky enough to make it to the first real estate bar camp (rebc), in San Francisco, in 2008.  It was a really cool experience.  The thing that most struck me about the event was that it was built on and based in sharing.  It was completely peer-to-peer. There were no PowerPoint presentations, no scheduled presenters, no vendor alleys.

Since then, I have been to a few rebc events in different markets.  I’ve even been involved in organizing one.  And I have seen a variety of events, from the fairly heavily commercialized, to the zero presentation model.

The issue that Rob pointed out was that many rebc events had morphed into a “Social Media 101” or “Tech 101” class format.  One presenter (likely with a PowerPoint presentation) would lecture the rest of the attendees on the subject du jour.  It wasn’t about peer-to-peer interaction, but rather, it became about a more traditional class experience… with a free lunch and free T-shirt.

Rich Jacobson does lunch at REBarCamp Seattle
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What is the solution? So many real estate professionals (real estate agents and mortgage brokers) seem to need that entry level instruction from folks that aren’t necessarily product vendors.  At the same time, those of us that have been involved in social media and technology for a while now REALLY need to get feedback and interaction at a different level.  We are actually pretty left out…

Advanced technology and social media discussion and training is pretty tough to find… or an arm and a leg… or completely “vendor targeted” (use our system, blah, blah, blah).

So, what’s next?

Future Of REBCs on

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Lane Screwed Up!

October 18, 2010 by  
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Can you imagine having 250 T-shirts printed with one of the sponsors names misspelled?  I can…  I did it.  Despite having their logo on my computer and in front of me… and despite typing their website into my browser to create a QR code, I screwed up and put the wrong name on the event T-shirts.

And the Winners are:

October 1, 2010 by  
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We had 5 lucky folks that left reBarCamp Atlanta with more than just the knowledge they gained and the swag bag with a T-shirt.
Tammie Carpenter won a free photo blog and six months hosting from the guys at Dakno. That is about a $730 package!
Mike Lyles was the lucky winner of a free Posterous Customization package worth $250 from Dakno.
And Lisa Lassiter drove home to North Carolina dreaming of the 3 month AllAccess Training package from Dakno, worth $150!
Keisha Woodbine should be able to locate any property she needs with a new Insignia Internet Connected GPS unit.
Finally, Anthony Martin will be rocking his home inspections with a New
Kodak play>sport digital video camera and an 8GB memory card.

Ken grabbed this video with his phone.

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