Clubhouse for Real Estate Pros

Clubhouse for Real Estate Pros

Have you heard the latest buzz about Clubhouse? What is it? How do you join? How relevant is it for real estate pros?

According to the app. “Clubhouse is a place for casual, drop-in audio chats. When you open the app you can see “rooms” full of people talking—all open so you can hop in and out, exploring different conversations. It’s a place to meet with friends and with new people around the world—to tell stories, ask questions, debate, learn, and have impromptu conversations on thousands of different topics.”

I joined Clubhouse at the end of 2020 and at the time of the publishing of this article — Clubhouse is an invite-only app available on iOS devices — although I would imagine they will roll this out to Android users soon! What’s unique about Clubhouse is that it is audio only. So if you like to listen to podcasts, you may really enjoy Clubhouse! To me, Clubhouse feels like a mini-conference. It feels like the conversations that happen in the lobby at a great event.

To access Clubhouse, download the app and create your account. If you have a friend already on the app they can officially invite you to join the app! Now, when you first open the app after completing the onboarding process, you’ll see the home screen (also referred to as the “feed,” “hallway,” “all rooms screen,” or “lobby”).

When you join the app you will see “rooms.” There are a few different types of room:

  • Open rooms. Anyone can join the room. Open rooms are popular for hosting public conversations, shows, or meeting lots of new people, and this is the default setting for all rooms in Clubhouse.
  • Social rooms. It’s nice to have an audience, but sometimes you might prefer to have more intimate conversations with just the people you know and trust. With Social mode, only the people you follow will be allowed in the room. If you want to open the room up to more people, you can add other people as moderators, and the people they follow will be allowed to join too. It’s kind of like a real-world party.
  • Closed rooms. With Closed (or private) rooms, only people you specifically add to the room can join. When you start a Closed room, you can always ping in more people or open it up to either a social or open room, so it’s also a good way to start a conversation!
  • Welcome rooms. These are created for new users when they first sign up. If someone in your friend circle joins Clubhouse, you may get a notification to join a welcome room—a private room where you and 2-3 other friends of the new user can help orient them to Clubhouse. You can also open the room to the public. If you see welcome rooms in your feed, feel free to jump in and say hi!

Just getting started?

Here are some of my tips for getting started on Clubhouse:

  • Download the app and reserve your username
  • Add your photo and update your bio. Link your Twitter and Instagram (the only live links available right now on Clubhouse)
  • Follow people you know and interests — be sure to follow me @katielance
  • Join a room and check it out!
  • You’ll see the rooms have hierarchies — speakers, moderators, your friends and then everyone else
  • If you like a speaker, you can follow them
  • Raise your hand to join the ‘stage’ to add to the conversation. Be sure to always introduce yourself first. Mute yourself until you are ready to speak
  • Be kind!
  • Remember — nothing is being recorded on Clubhouse so attend live or you may miss out!

What types of rooms can you host? Here are a few ideas:

  • Referral rooms — invite other agents from other areas of the country to talk about the market
  • Local market — invite other local leaders, the mayor, lenders, etc.
  • Tips for new agents (great for recruiting)
  • Marketing tips
  • Local area — community (highlight and interview local business owners)
  • You can schedule rooms in advance and then promote them outside of Clubhouse as you’d like!

So — should you be on Clubhouse?

I do think it’s worth exploring to see if it’s right for you and if it’s a way you can integrate it into your social media mix.

I’d love to hear from you! Are you on Clubhouse? Give me a follow @katielance

 
 

Katie Lance

Katie Lance is the author of #GetSocialSmart and founder and CEO of Katie Lance Consulting, a social media strategy firm and founder of the #GetSocialSmart Academy. She’s been recognized by Inman News as one of the 100 most influential people in real estate and is a featured keynote speaker at many industry events. Katie is also is the author of the best-selling book, #GetSocialSmart


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