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Success In The Rain - By Finding A Pig

My cell phone rang at 3:07 pm CST this afternoon. The caller ID identified it as a local call and as is customary, I answered.

"Hello this is Mike. How may I help you?"

"Hi Mike this is Julieta. Can you help me find a pig?"

"Excuse me? Would you mind repeating that please?"

"Yes. Hi, my name is Julieta and I am looking for a pig. Can you help me locate one?"

"Um, Miss Julieta how did you acquire my name and conSuccess In The Rain - By Finding A Pigtact details?"

"Oh I was on the internet and your name came up. I was reading an article you wrote on boudin and cajun food."

"Ohhhhh, OK I understand now. So you are looking for a whole pig to roast? For a cochon de lait?"

"Yes. Can you help me locate one?"

"Why of course Miss Julieta. Allow me a few minutes to locate my contact details and I will call you right back. Is that OK?"

"Yes Mike."

Kirk Martin Slaughter House on Beau Bassin Road in Carencro immediately came to mind. I took the initiative to call them to ensure they had whole pigs for roasting. A delightful young lady named Lisa answered and assured me they had what Miss Julieta needed for her family outing. I verified their address and business hours and thanked Miss Lisa for her assistance. I then called Miss Julieta with the details.

"Hi Miss Julieta, this is Mike again. I have good news for you. Call Kirk Martin Slaughter House. They have whole pigs. Their phone number is (337) 896-8223. I spoke with a Miss Lisa, but was assured anyone who answers can assist you."

"Oh Mike, thank you sooo much! By the way, what business are you in? Are you in the food or restaurant supply?"

"No mam. I'm a real estate broker servicing the greater Acadiana area. Apparently you came across a localism blog, "Casing" The Boudin Trail, Bite By Delicious Bite that I recently wrote. I'm an avid blogger and write articles on local events, foods, and naturally the real estate market."

"Oh my gosh! I always believe things happen for a reason, Mike. Do you handle commercial properties?"

Naturally from here all went well for Miss Julieta. She located both a source for her pig roast AND a REALTOR® for her commercial real estate needs. It just goes to demonstrate that success in the Rain can (and occasionally does) mean finding a pig. At least in Lafayette, Louisiana in the heart of Cajun country it does.

Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home or simply looking for a pig to roast for a family gathering, i List For Less Realty is here to help. Give us a call. We'll help you locate a property or a pig, or both if you wish!

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Comment balloon 56 commentsMike Mayer • June 21 2011 07:09PM


Mike, what a great story!  When you help people, good things will happen.

Posted by Trang Beuschlein, Campbell CA Real Estate - Campbell CA Homes for Sa (Homes for Sale in Campbell CA- Broker-BKR Realty) over 9 years ago

Mike, what a great story! I do believe that things do happen for a reason, and they certainly did for Miss Julieta and for you! Keep blogging!

Posted by Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate (The Shannon Jones Team) over 9 years ago

Trang - Thanks for the comment! Yes, good deeds have a way of rewarding. I'm an old a mature Boy Scout.

Shannon - Actually Ms. Julieta's call did make for an interesting blog. She took me completely by surprise with her initial requests and naturally I began to wonder who put this delightful lady up to pulling my leg. Just goes to prove localism blogs do work - sometimes in mysterious ways.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Quite a pig story Mike. That must have been a very memorable blog post. It's always nice to find out someone is reading your posts.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 9 years ago

Wayne - If someone had told me my localism blog on boudin would lead to a call to find a roasting pig and culminate in helping with a commercial real estate transaction, I would never have believed them.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Great blog Mike.  Blogging works for me too, just not quite the way yours  did.  Keep on hogging blogging.

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties ( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816) over 9 years ago

Love it!   One never knows where the biz will come from...always step forward and answer all the end, it's always about real estate!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 9 years ago

Great story. Just goes to show that having the right exposure at the right time reaps the right results. One never knows where your next client is going to come from.

Good job!

Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) over 9 years ago

This may qualify as the strangest request from a post that resulted in a connection for business........I wonder if anyone can beat this?

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) over 9 years ago

I love this story.  That's what I call grabbing the opportunity by the tail.... the little curly tail.

Posted by Alan May, There's no place like home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Great post Mike.  It really shows how localism posts really do work. It's very encouraging.  And on top of that, I now have a taste for a pulled pork sandwich.

Posted by Elaine Cooper, Multi Family House, Co-op & Condo Specialist - Brooklyn, NY (Fillmore Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Great story! Thanks for posting. To me, it is always good to do good things for people. The return on investment is awesome! Great job!

Posted by Karen O'Donnell (Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland Northeast) over 9 years ago

Woo hoo! Go Mike! Glad you found that pig! :)

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 9 years ago

Great story Mike! Being an old, mature, experienced Boy Scout, I can appreciate how helping someone out sometimes winds up with interesting results you could have never dreamed of.

Posted by Ron Fowler (Fowler Copywriting) over 9 years ago

WOW! Who knew!? Just goes to show you that you never know WHERE a lead is going to come from! Great story. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Terry Adams (Condolux Real Estate & Vacation Rentals) over 9 years ago

I have to say I've met a few pigs in this business but I've never gotten a call from someone searching for one! Great story!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) over 9 years ago

OMG, this is a great story.  while I can't top this, I did have someone who found us online by accident (she was looking for another hardwood store in my town.  Well, she is a chiropractor and we are doing her floors and soon she will be taking care of my back.  I'm hoping she will also joing our BNI group.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 9 years ago

Jim -, I mean thanks!

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

What a great story Mike!  I've had a few phone calls from folks about localism posts, but nothing related to doing business....yet!  :-)

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Li - I have to admit, I initially suspected it might be a prank call. In the end it was a call for oink I suppose.

Pacita - So true! I've had calls on localism posts, but most have been confined to market stats or other real estate topics. This one was unique.

Bob - LOL. Yes I simply HAD to share this one. This call was so unique I don't think I could have imagined being the recipient of such a request.

Alan - So true. It had me "squealing" for joy in the end.

Elaine - Thanks. Hope you satisfied those hunger cravings!

Karen - Thank you. I've had folks call me for a source for crawfish and good Cajun restaurants. But this one was kinda "out there!"

Marney - Yes luckily I knew Kirk Martin is a source for whole pigs. Pig roasts (cochon de lait) is a common local celebration.

Ron - Yes old boy Scout habits are kinda hard to break (not that I'd want to of course!).

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Condolux - (I apologize - I did try to locate your first name by searching your profile and affiliated web sites, without success, however). It's true, one can never predict where a lead source is derived from.

Margie - ROFL! I can appreciate that sentiment.

Debbie - Thank you for the comment. Sounds like a terrific hookup and hope your back feels better!

Donna - I've had calls from my localism posts that ranged from information on local events to where to visit or eat. Aside from Miss Julieta's call, I had one from a New york resident who was interested in leasing a "Shotgun" home in Baton Rouge that I referred out.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

I love it!  Success and pigs all in one!  Great work Mike and it just goes to show you never know who is reading your roll!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 9 years ago

Mike, what a fun story! Congratulations on the new listing, I hope it sells fast. --Krystal

Posted by Krystal Knott, Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO (LIV Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

I love this story! Yes you never know who needs your real estate needs!

Posted by Shannon Coe, 916-597-3818, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis, Roseville (Keller Williams) over 9 years ago

What a great story!  I am so glad she had a real estate connection and you did not spin your wheels helping someone only find a pig.

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) over 9 years ago

That's a pretty cool story, I love it!  "What business are you in?"... didn't she read everything where it says your company name and such? Too funny...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Great story, Mike.  You never know who will read and find you --- you found the opportunity waiting beyond the question.   Congrats on the feature.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 9 years ago

We used to cook a pig in the back yard every year, puerto rican style. Except rather than staying up all night turning the spit by hand, we built a 3 cylinder engine out of PVC pipe. Before that, we used a water wheel...

Posted by Patrick Harvey, We make it right for you! (West USA Realty) over 9 years ago

Kerrie - I'm thinking of changing my business name to "Properties & Pigs" or perhaps "Pigs & Properties" but I'm torn between which is best. LOL

Justin & Krystal - Thanks, but it's a commercial acquisition she is interested in.

Shannon -Well I learned from Brian Buffini to always ask for the business so the call would not have ended without a plug for my professional services.

Coral -Oh, I would not have dismayed. I've had others contact me for event details or places to eat after reading my localism posts. At least I know folks are finding me which is half the battle of SEO.

Donna -When she responded to my question as to how she "discovered" me and responded the internet and boudin, I knew she had read my localism blog on Cajun Food. But it seems miss Julieta's focus was on the food and my contact details which was rather cute and amusing.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Michael - Thanks! Just proves localism posts really do work!

Patrick - How intriguing, a waterwheel? I've been to roasts where the pig was "buried" in a pit layered with coals and others where an electric motor turned the spit. either way it's always good eating! Bon appetit! 

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike, that is too funny.  Well, she is right.  Things to happen for a reason, and you wrote the right blog on the right day.  Not so good for the pig though.  80-)

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 9 years ago

Mike - LOL... Yes it didn't bode well for the pig!

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

This ia great story with an usual request. Ya just never know!!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 9 years ago

Sandi - I know! Who would have thought?

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Wow Mike! Great Story! I hope people will understand what blogging can bring and the power of the internet & blog more! Keep it up!

Posted by Anonymous over 9 years ago

Awesome!  I'm bookmarking this and using it as a great example of how to network in the 'Rain through localism.  Congratulations to you on your new connection.

Posted by Tara Cummins, Marketing Concierge, Strategy4SuccessNow (Stratagy4SuccessNow) over 9 years ago

Mike - See that proves it. Localism is where it's at... I've said enough...

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Mike, now that's the way to get business. Who knows how many other opportunities will arise?

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike, I'll believe it when I see that pig fly.......sorry I just couldn't resist. LOL Great story.

Posted by Ray Waisler, NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA (Finance of America) over 9 years ago

Mike - I applaud you. I remember a call coming to our office and my assistant angrily tells the caller that she has dialed a wrong number, and that we are a real estate company and do not do.... something...

It is never a problem form me. I even keep the phone numbers that people are asking for, even if this is not our business.

And it really does not matter whether they need an agent or not.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, your Daytona Condo Agent (FunCoast Realty 386-405-4408) over 9 years ago

Very nice story, Mike. Sometimes we just don't know how the public will connect with us, but the wider the variety of content we put out there, the better the chances.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 9 years ago

Mike, I love it.  What a great story and novel way to land a client.  Not too many will call a realtor asking them to locate a pig.  Though it didn't end with a client in tow, I did get a lead ina similar way.  I blogged about our new local minor league baseball park opening and someone called me for a schedule of games.  When he found out I was a realtor he wanted my contact info so that he could pass it on to his relative that was planning on relocating to my area.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 9 years ago

Lucky her.....and GREAT example of a "full service" realtor!!!  Way to go!!!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 9 years ago

That is a very funny post, Mike! And only demonstrates just some of the things we do as Realtors that no one would believe!

Posted by Cari Dandy, Homes for Sale - Scottsdale AZ (Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty) over 9 years ago

Erica -No kidding. I swear I initially thought this was either a prank call or someone had simply mis-dialed my number.

Tara - Thanks for re-blogging my post. I'm indebted.

Lisa and Robert - You so right! Localism is truly at the heart of prospecting.

Tammie - I'm happy to locate pigs or property. Serving the needs of the community is definitely fundamental!

Ray -LOL. I'll admit I sat at my pc for easily 10 minutes wondering aloud, "Did that REALLY just happen? Did I connect with a commercial property prospect over a pig?"

Jon -I completely agree. A LOT of localism posts generate calls, though mostly for additional information about a restaurant or an event on which I've written a blog about. But sometimes, like in this case, they turn out to be more than mere queries for info.

John -It makes me want to write localism posts exclusively but I worry that it might not generate the interest for the reader to come back so I mix the content up. 

Leah - I think anytime someone "finds" us through our blogging efforts is a good thing. At some point it just pays off and hopefully you'll have prospects from a blog on a baseball park.

Kathy -Absolutely! I will admit I didn't offer to purchase or cook the piggy for her though. One has to draw the line somewhere, right? LOL

Cari - The call reminds me, in a different way, of the things I experienced during a few year stint I did in law enforcement. It's amazing what you're exposed to!

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike - This is great since many people don't understand how local posts can help them.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 9 years ago

Love the story and thanks for sharing.  You just never know when someone you talk with will have a need for your services.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) over 9 years ago

Now that is one great story! I've been asked for help in stores before, help someone find what they wanted and did not even mention I didn't actually work there. Yours ended much better.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Now, I just need to wait by the phone. I just wrote a localism blog about BBQ pigs AND I sell commercial property ;)

Posted by Donnie McKinney, Donnie McKinney CCIM, Purchase Realty Group (Purchase Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Christine -I never considered that aspect of my experience, but you're absolutely correct. It does demonstrate how a localism blog on a specialty food led to a prospect seeking a local food source, which, in turn, resulted in a real estate prospect!

Kathy - That is so true. I'm still bewildered at how such a strange set of circumstances came about.

Gretchen -Thanks! Yes I pride myself on always asking for the business. It's a necessity.

Donnie -Promise to keep me posted if that works. I'll send you some mojo or gris-gris in the hopes your blogs result in a wealth of business.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story, and I love stories with a happy ending.  A unique item to add to your resume!

Posted by Greg Large, A Tradition of Trust (ERA Real Solutions) over 9 years ago

Greg - Thanks and yes it truly is!

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike I loved the post But I have to admit the comments made it even bett:) My favorite was about the "pig flying":))

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 9 years ago

Too much!  What a great story!  Now you have something else to add to your list of services.  "Supplies pigs for your family roast."  And congrats on the new client.  We never know what will lead to our next client, huh?

Posted by Patsy Overton (Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia) over 9 years ago

Endre - Yes, I'd agree the interaction has been as entertaining as the original call. In fact, I almost titled the Blog, "Success in the Rain - When Pigs Fly" as it came to mind when I began to record the conversation for a blog.

Patsy -I'm considering new marketing pieces: Pigs 'n Properties - We're Your service! LOL

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Mike, what a great story! It sure pays to be never know what kind of karma might come back at you because of it.

Posted by Roseville Rental Properties - Homes & Condos For Rent in Roseville / Placer County, California (916) 408-5500, Property Management and Tenant Placement Services (Roseville Rental Properties) over 9 years ago