Stik.com – The Real Estate Referral End of Things
The story continues with Stik.com – As many of you have been following the updates since my original post (Blocking Stik.com – Easier than you think!) venting about agents overuse and spam our Facebook wall with their “recommend me” tool you may be interested to know that the referral end of Stik.com has responded. Response below.
Liz, my name is Philip and I am Broker of Record for the real estate referral arm of Stik.com. This is still in alpha phase, so it will be some time before this reaches wide spread access. We are sharing this advance peek with your readers to offer an incentive to *not* block the stik.com messages.
We have been testing functionality that allows brokers to refer leads to those they are connected to via Facebook. We recently sent an actual buyer referral to 6 brokers in Portland, OR, and only 1 responded. 2 more responded when we followed up with direct email messages, saying they assumed the original message was spam. The other 3 never even knew that they missed a qualified buyer referral who has since submitted an offer.
As a broker myself, I am very dialed into the prolific claims around ‘lead generation’, and we are working VERY hard to provide a high quality and lucrative experience for members of the Stik network. Stik has failed at times to avoid pitfalls, and there is still much work to be done.
However, blocking all messages from Stik will prevent you from receiving referrals through the network once it is up and running. For your readers who may choose to block the referral request messages, please check back periodically on the status of the referral network capabilities, as these are leads coming from fellow brokers in your network.
Finally, please feel free to contact Nathan (who posted above) or me (email@example.com) with any suggestions on how to make the experience better. We are working hard on the areas that we know, and are always open to new ideas.
So I pose this to my friends and followers who have been having issues with Stik.com. Will this, along with the other updates that Nathan spoke about in his response cause you to unblock the tool and give it a second try?