Seriously. Who in their right minds leaves the sunshine, beaches, relaxation and the iconic tastes of a beautiful Australian summer, to endure 22 hours of sitting with your knees up around your nose, sitting on a flying silver bullet, travelling to the ice and snow of a freezing American winter, to drink crappy beer in noisy bars, and at midnight head off to devour 50 Chicken nuggets for $9.99 whilst standing in the falling snow in Times Square.
If you’re smart this coming January, it’ll be You!
Inman Connect has become one of my absolute ‘must attend’ conferences for around 7 years now. Every August in San Francisco, and every January in New York, the real estate industries elite thought leaders gather with the worlds smartest marketers, the sharpest innovators, and 3,000 – 4,000 of the brightest and friendliest real estate brokers and agents that you could ever want to share a noisy bar, or 50 Chicken nuggets with.
I get asked regularly why, every 6 months, I’m happy to endure the 22 hours of ‘knees up around my nose’ air travel to the USA to be at Inman Connect, and why I’m such a vocal supporter of Inman Connect.
The answer is pretty simple for me. Inman fills a void not offered by any real estate event in the southern hemisphere. It has a very clear focus on where the industry is (and sometimes isn’t) going. It showcases and heavily scrutinizes ‘the next big thing’ in real estate using the BS meter of 3,000-4,000 pretty tech savvy real estate people, and it encourages the industry to drive the agenda and content, under the ever watchful eye of the incredibly talented conference founder, Brad Inman.
Brad Inman is one very sharp guy. He’s an amazing thinker, he loves to innovate, and he pulls no punches when it comes to challenging the ‘top end of town’. I’ve said more than once that I get the cost of attending back, just from watching Brad’s opening remarks. The ensuing 2.5 days of learning is a bonus for me.
Brad Inman makes me think.
There are bucket loads of conferences here in OZ and NZ. Why go all the way to the USA?
The world of real estate is rapidly changing and I’m personally watching thousands of Agents/Agencies in Australia and NZ getting slowly (and in some cases, quickly) being left behind by new entrants to our industry.
Yep, I know its really frustrating for some in our business to try keep up to date with all this new ‘cool stuff’, whilst also trying to keep doing the ‘old’. But suburb by suburb across Australia, NZ and even inside the USA, I’m witnessing businesses losing market share to the ‘new kids on the block and innovation’.
Simply put. If you want to remain relevant to today’s consumer, they expect for you to be relevant to today’s marketing best practices.
Are you and your team absolutely up to date?
Are you really?…. I don’t believe that level of learning is available in Oz/NZ
Inman is a chance to learn. Be it, learning how to adopt video, how to cost effectively use Facebook ads, how to choose and implement the right database for your business, how to mobilize your team using tech, or most importantly, how to be the Agency of first choice for the new Agent or Salesperson entering the industry, Inman Connect is a MUST for you.
Is the cost of attending an issue?
What’s stopping you from attending Inman Connect in New York this January?
If it’s the cost, Id suggest you weigh the cost against the benefit, and also consider the tax benefits of spending a week or more learning from the best in the business, in the Big Apple. Plus if you use the code ‘peter’ in your registration, Brad Inman has promised me that he’ll discount the event rego by $100USD for we Aussies and Kiwis.
Worried that you won’t know anyone?
If you’re worried that you’ll be a conference ‘newbie’ and won’t know anyone, The REIQ have got that bit covered. I’ll be there as a representative of The REIQ with a host of like-minded real estate, tech, and marketing people, some from OZ, some from NZ, and you’re very welcome to join us for a drink at the bar on Tuesday night, or if you tack on to our Aussie/Kiwi Study Tour, for an added $300.00 AUD, you can join us for a great dinner on Wednesday night, maybe score an invite to join us for a tour of the New York Times, to a bustling NYC Real Estate Office, and to some great parties with some pretty cool American friends at some of NYC’s best venues.
Scared you’re not a nerd and won’t ‘get’ all this stuff?
If your worry is that it might be ‘too tech’ for you, I’d defer to my wonderful Mate from San Francisco, Jim Walberg. Jim is one of the USA’s real estate veterans, and on the verge of celebrating his 21st birthday for the 3rd or more times, Jim still attends Inman Connect and is one of the most prolific note takers and implementers i’ve met.
I reckon if you think its ‘too tech’ for you this time, its only going to be ‘too tech + 6 months’ if you let this event pass you by til next time.
Don’t get left even further behind..
Will all this ‘new stuff’ ever stop? ‘Its just too hard to keep up!’
Look, I get it. It’d be really nice if the crazy pace of the world and the seemingly endless changes would just stop for a minute, so we could all just take a breath.
Well, Inman Connect allows you to do that. It allows you to cast a critical eye on what’s working, and what’s not. It allows you to chat to fellow real estate professionals from around the globe about the same challenges they face as you, and how they implement.
Is it information overload? Will someone try and sell me something I don’t want/need?
I view Inman Connect as my filter. Its 3 days of intense learning and sharing from the industries finest in what seems like an endless array of main stage and breakout sessions that you can tailor to suit YOU. There is no holding back. There is no-one on stage selling their ‘next big thing’ for just 100 easy payments of $39.95 a month. Its 3 days of digesting some of the finest information you’ll get access to, and ultimately YOU get to decide what will float for your business and what won’t. But by attending, you’ll be making decisions from a position of knowledge, and we all know that ‘knowledge is power’.
New York in January or San Francisco in August? Which is better?
I’m often asked which of the NYC or SFO events is better. My answer is: ‘do them both’. You’ll love them both. But don’t make an excuse to defer til San Francisco in August. You’ll just be 6 months further behind the future.
Can’t eat 50 Chicken Nuggets?
So, are you joining me? The good news is that you don’t have to eat 50 Chicken Nuggets standing in the snow in Times Square at midnight. (But its great fun trying to! – Hey Al?)
Still not sure?
Not sure yet?… Don’t trust me?… No problems! Reach out and ask Jason Rose Real Estate Legend in Australia, Steve Hodgson from McGrath at Springfield, Alastair Lias from Professionals, or Peter Kakos from Marshall White in melbourne. Maybe you know Kylie Davis from CoreLogic or Lara Scott from LJHooker? I’m sure they’ll share their honest thoughts on their Inman Connect experience.
Sign me up!
You ready to enlist now? Its simple from here.
Step 1. Go to the Inman Connect Website. Its here. Register and use the code ‘peter’ to save $100 USD.
Step 2. Let me know that you’ve got your confirmation from Inman and that you want to join the Aussie/NZ Study Tour shenanigans. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you more info about what we’ve got planned and an invoice for your $300.00 AUD
Step 3. Book your air travel on your preferred airline and your accom here, or at any accom that suits your own budget. Just be close to Times Square and be in NYC from the 17th to 20th January, and be in the bar at the Marquis Marriot in Times Square at 5.00pm on January 17.
Step 4. Pack lots of warm cloths and an open mind, and be ready to network and learn from some of the best brains in our business.
I hope we get to share some learning (and a few beers) in New York.