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Likes Are Not Loves – How To Waste Time “Marketing” In Facebook

Written by Carrie Hill

Facebook like doesn't equal love or revenue for that matter!

“This statistic, combined with the disturbing trends in today’s Facebook business strategies worries me – it really worries me. I’m disturbed by the complete lack of understanding within business America that a “Like” doesn’t equal “Love” and it certainly doesn’t equal revenue.”

So True, So True!

via Likes Are Not Loves – How To Waste Time “Marketing” In Facebook.

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Where do a majority of buyers and real estate leads come from? Online Search, Real Estate Agent, Real Estate yard signage,etc…

Where do a majority of Real Estate buyers and leads come from?

According to NAR – National Association of Realtors, in 2007 International home buying activity;  How are consumers accessing your real estate listings today. According to the chart and marketing online, the internet is the most widely used tool in accessing real estate listings today. RealtyGo includes all your listing in a well structured and organized manner, specifically categorized and properly tagged for indexing by major search engines such as google, yahoo, youtube and bing.

Though the internet is the most popular source today for real estate search, buyers also cited information from real-estate agents (85%), yard signs (62%), open houses (48%) and print or newspaper ads (47%). Fewer buyers relied on home books or magazines, home builders, television, billboards and relocation companies.

Yard sign statistics is what we are most interested in for the purpose of this article. Even though the internet is the most popular tool when starting your home search; what happens when you find that perfect home, your desired  area or even the most charming neighborhood with all the right amenities that makes you want to jump in the car and start your search right away.

Most buyers start exploring right away, they may not even have an agent. So what’s the chances that when buyers look in an unfamiliar neighborhood for a new home or real estate investment, they also want to know about other homes, listings, and professionals specializing in real estate in the area. We would say its a very good chance. The more information a buyer can get in a shorter amount of time, helps confirm their emotions and good emotions lead to buying. So be proactive and provide buyers what they need to feel satisfied in their real estate search.

Flyer box Mobile TAG Sticker.

To help buyers along you should add a Mobile TAG to your real estate listing(s), enabling buyers immediate listing information, including photos, video tour, pricing, details and other important information they may want in order to make a valid decision. Mobile TAG’s encourage buyer interaction, which increase lead generation and additional sales. The image above shows a mobile TAG on a flyer box. This is also a great way to cut back on excessive paper and ink waste, giving end users the option of getting all your real estate listing information through a digital channel, such as their Smartphone, iPad, Tablet or any other enabled PDA device.

The internet has changed every aspect of how consumers make decisions nowadays, and that includes how people acquire and/or put their properties up for sale. So how will you use technology to practice successful real estate marketing in 2011?

RealtyGo – Your Real Estate listings Best Friend!


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A QR Code with out a MobileURL is like an email with no subject! Would you open it?

A QR Code with out a MobileURL is like an email with no subject! Would you open it?.

Dont forget to give your QR Code a Name, for Best SEO!

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Smartphones to Overtake Feature Phones in U.S. by 2011 | Nielsen Wire | RealtyGo_blog

The iPhone, Blackberry, Droid and smartphones in general dominate the buzz in the mobile market, but only 21% of American wireless subscribers are using a smartphone as of the fourth quarter 2009 compared to 19% in Q3 2009 and 14% at the end of 2008. We are just at the beginning of a new wireless era where smartphones will become the standard device consumers will use to connect to  friends, the internet and the world at large. The share of smartphones as a proportion of overall device sales has increased to 29% for phone purchasers in the last six months and 45% of respondents to a Nielsen survey indicated that their next device will be a smartphone. If we combine these intentional data points with falling prices and increasing capabilities of these devices along with a explosion of applications for devices, we are seeing the beginning of a groundswell. This increase will be so rapid, that by the end of 2011, Nielsen expects more smartphones in the U.S. market than feature phones.

Smartphone early adopters, more men then women, percentage wise.

The Smartphone User

Slightly more males than females are getting smartphones (53% versus 47%) which is what we would expect for technical early adopter products. In terms of demographics, Hispanic Americans and Asians are slightly more likely to have a smartphone than what their share of population would indicate, which is a trend we see in the adoption of other mobile data services. While smartphones started out in the business segment, two-third of today’s buyers of smartphones are personal users.

Loyalty

In the last six months, roughly 77% of new smartphone buyers remained loyal to their wireless operator, while 18% switched to a new provider to get their new smartphone with the remaining percentage made up of first-time smartphone buyers. Interestingly enough, the percentage of people who switched carriers and got a new smartphone is not higher than that of the average wireless subscriber.

Smarphone adapters that stayed with current wireless carrier or switched to a new carrier for the phone options.

This indicates that the portfolio of the wireless carriers in general is robust enough to prevent any wide-spread smartphone flight from one carrier to the other, with very few exceptions. The added bonus for wireless carriers is that smartphone owners are significantly more satisfied (81%) with their device than feature phone owners (66%).

Features, features, features

Smartphones show higher application usage than feature phones even at the basic built-in application level. During Nielsen’s Mobile Insights survey we asked the respondents about features they’ve used in the last 30 days. The good news for the smartphone market is that people are actually taking advantage of the device capabilities.

The percentage of people who use their phone for only voice communications drops from 14% among new feature phone owners to 3% of smartphone owners. The use of the built-in camera and video capability jumps by almost 20% for both categories, due to the generally better quality and user friendliness of the features. Smartphones also often have a better speaker which translates into more frequent usage from about half of feature phone owners to about two-thirds of smartphone owners. Not surprisingly the use of Wi-Fi increases 10-fold from 5% for feature phone owners to 50% for smartphone users to satisfy the need for fast downloads.

RealtyGo supports both QR Code real estate information retrievel and SMS/MMS Text Messaging.

via Smartphones to Overtake Feature Phones in U.S. by 2011 | Nielsen Wire.

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20 helpful tips your business can use to build web credibility using technology and mobile.

A web site is a must have for all small businesses in today’s digital age but to stand out among the crowd you need to build credibility and use technology, like the internet was designed for. RealtyGo offers QR Codes, SMS/MMS TAG technology, delivering immediate information to prospective buyers, new customers and other real estate business professionals.  Here are 20 tips to help promote your online network, they have worked for our company and I believe will work for you as well:

1. Secure a Unique MobileURL

A “name”  is usually the first impression the customer gets of your business and most likely will use to tie that impression to your for future contact and lead generation. If you’re going to plaster it all over the internet, be sure the name is easy to remember, spell, and more importantly is relevant to the products or service you are selling. A well though out name above your QR Code will create a online resumer of sorts, linking all your listings, social network, websites and professional contact information in one easy to use Mobile friendly application. RealtyGo – Your Real Estate Listings Best Friend!

2. Have a professional looking website and a mobile friendly version.

Tasteful simplicity is usually the way to go. Something too flashy or sales-oriented will drive customers away while an attractive but straightforward layout will denote professionalism. Make sure end users can use their favorite hand held devices, like iPhones, Tablets, iPads, Smartphones, etc to get all your real estate information from advertisements ads, real estate signage, digital ads using your RealtyGo TAG. Also make sure you have your own domain name (www.yourcompanyname.com) and a blog that links from the site. Try Weebly or WordPress for easy, tasteful website building.

3. Showcase Press Coverage

Press coverage is a valuable badge of credibility. In the physical world we see restaurants displaying positive reviews on the door; why not do the same online? Even ask your customers and clients to visit your Mobile real estate application by forwarding them your site or sending an email with your QR Code, asking them to visit your listing and leave a review and/or helpful tips for others about their real estate experiences.

4. Blog

Keeping a well-maintained blog is simply the standard these days. It’s an opportunity for you to engage customers, as well as to demonstrate your vast knowledge of the industry. As stated previously, match the blog to your website and unique MobileURL for a unified brand feel. RealtyGo enables you to add your blog, twitter, facebook, corporate or professional website and much more, for one easy to use application and landing place for end users, needing more information about your real estate business and listings.

5. User Testimonials

Testimonials go a long way in reassuring visitors that you indeed have happy customers. Reserve a prominent place on your site, blog and mobile site for users to share their praises, and include pictures to prove these are real people. You can even link out to Trulia, Craigslist or any other social networking sites that end users may find useful.

6. Find a logo

Similar to your name, a logo can define your business as professional and established. Try to come up with a clean, tasteful stylization of a common word or image relevant to your business. If you need some help, you can consult Logoworks and they will come up with one for you.

7. Video Content

When it comes to web content, eyeballs tend to gravitate toward pictures and videos. Produced videos of reasonable length will grab the attention of browsers, and establish further your web credibility. For help producing a professional looking business video visit Pixability.

8. Social Media

Also a new standard, sites like Twitter, RealtyGo, Digg, Facebook, Scantac are now integral to a respectable web-presence. Build out your own social media pages, engage the community, and include link buttons on your mobile web site from RealtyGo.

9. A Friendly About Page

Often overlooked, your site’s about page is the first stop for many internet-goers. Speak in a relatable voice about what your company does, and include pictures your bio for personality. End users will be able to auto schedule an appointment to meet with you, reading notes and other pertinent information you provide within your mobile website from RealtyGo.

10. No Errors

If your site is riddled with typos and broken links, who’s to say your product isn’t flawed as well? Attention to detail is the mark of a professional business. RealtyGo does most of the heavy lifting, enables you to test your website by sending a text message or email, so you can see exactly what the end users will see. Make sure and do “once over” testing all your links, info and photos you uploaded, etc.

11. Mention Company News

Customers will always prefer an active company to a stagnant one, and sharing company news and updates is a great way to establish yourself as the former. Link you Twitter up to your Mobile website from RealtyGo and enable end users to access your tweets while they view your real estate listings pictures and information form right in front of the home or from a local realtor magazine or news feed. Place your Mobile TAG everywhere and let people know about you and your real estate business.

12. Update Content Often

Changing the content of your site (even a little) shows that there is a living company behind the webpage, a fact vital to your credibility. RealtyGo enables you to Archive your previous listings once they are sold, and reassign a new listing to the same QR Code and/or Mobile TAG, keeping your new listings updated and current while showcasing your sold or previous listings for SEO ranking and content and relevancy ‘weight’.

13. Establish yourself as an authority

Engage in community functions and social networking (like your local coffee shop) showing consumers and potential buyers/sellers you know your community. Leaving informed comments on relevant articles and forums will help you and your company be known as a credible resource and business and then link the articles to your blog or Mobile website from RealtyGo.

14. Provide Helpful Information

By offering genuine, unbiased information relevant to your industry you show both that you are knowledgeable in your field, and also that you aren’t just trying to sell something. Provide interesting information on your Trulia blog for others to leave, with a TAG, which enables readers to visit your real estate listings and other social networks.

15. SEO Optimize

Customers obviously need to find you , Major engines like Google, YouTube, Yahoo and Bing need to have your real estate listing information indexed the way consumers like to search for real estate. RealtyGo does all the proper coding and presents the content from your Mobile enabled website and Web enabled website, using zip codes, city, state and even neighborhoods to increase your chances and parring up content relevant to search queries when end users are typing keywords in their Search bar. If people have a hard time finding you on major search-engines, they assume something is wrong. Let RealtyGo worry about your search ranking, all you need to do is focus on your real estate business and we handle the rest.

16. Make Contact Easy

RealtyGo enables you to offer your Phone numbers, email, address, and any other forms of contact available for new customers and other business professionals. Showing customers that you’re open to talk improves trust and professionalism. Secure an 800 number, a mark of professionalism, easily set up with Grasshopper. Update your Calendar within your RealtyGo account and enable end users the ability to schedule a time to meet, preview and show your real estate listings, All completely automated

17. Show Affiliations with Credible Sites

If you are somehow associates with or work alongside credible people and websites, let that be known. People like to review, share and link to others that have the same business ideas. Link all your Social Networking sites and information within your Mobile real estate listings from RealtyGo.

18. Awards

Awards act as a shiny badge of credibility that customers can take comfort in. If there are any industry or other awards you and your company have earned recently, be sure to include them and links to them for consumers to read and review. RealtyGo enables you to link all your social networking sites as additional information for potential home buyers and sellers to review when looking through your real estate listings.

19. Choose content wisely, lead generation and consumers first impression is key.

Consumers and end users want to see what they are interested in immediately. Using your unique TAG from RealtyGo, you can place end users in the Sweet spot of what every your promoting at that time for dynamic real estate listings and auto scheduling. Keep end users looking at your listings and your information, people can become distracted and loose sight of why they originally took notice to your promotion and real estate listing. RealtyGo offers exactly what you want the user to see, and can be updated and edited with ease, without  costs associated with traditional advertising and real estate listing promotion.


20. Highlight Experts on Your Team

If there is anyone on your team that would qualify as an expert, find a way to include this on your site. It gives customers that personal feel, and makes them feel that they are in good hands.

As you can see, building web credibility takes a lot of work and patience, and that is precisely why you should do it. Your competition may not be up to the challenge leaving you standing above the crowd. Link your services within RealtyGo, Social Media, Personal website, Reviews, Contact information and more, offering all your relevant and current information to the end user in a well organized and established channel compatible with all mobile devices.

RealtyGo – Your Real Estate Listings Best Friend!

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Facebook Unites Mobile Web Development Efforts using WURFL and HTML5 | RealtyGo_blog

Facebook has launched a new version of its mobile Web site that it says is much simpler and should work with the capabilities of thousands of different phones.

The leading social network has 250 million monthly active mobile users, and the majority of them access the site through the mobile Web, said Erick Tseng, Facebook’s head of mobile.

The new site, at m.facebook.com, replaces an existing site at that address for feature phones and a separate site at touch.facebook.com for smartphones (where development had recently lagged behind other versions). The new version uses an extended implementation of WURFL, a database that helps map the way the site is displayed to the capabilities of each device. Also known as browser identification look up.

Facebook said it should be able to “delete thousands of lines of old mobile site code” after the release, which is set to roll out to all users over the next couple weeks.

 

From Android to Facebook

 

The company has said that in order to be maximally accessible it will favor mobile Web development over native app development. “We are internalizing our own strategies around HTML5 to prove out that this emphasis on the mobile Web can actually work,” Tseng said.

“Yes, there is going to be a day when the majority of folks have something that looks more like an Android,” Tseng said, “but I don’t believe that’s going to happen in the next year, probably not the next two years.”

Tseng was previously lead product manager for Android before he joined Facebook last May.

RealtyGo uses the same type of browser ID check to efficiently push the proper dedicated page view to the correct mobile device. You will notice when you Scan a QR Code or Text in to receive more information about a real estate listings, your mobile device, wether it be a Smartphone, iPad, Tablet or even on a desk top, the images and data wil reconfigure auto fitting your device.

RealtyGo – Your Real Estate Listings Best Friend!

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Trulia and Zillow offer House-Hunting Applications for Mobile | RealtyGo_blog

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Trulia and Zillow, two of the biggest competitors in the online real estate space, are continuing to push into mobile with the addition of more smartphone applications.

Trulia.com said it is now supporting iPad and Android in addition to iPhone. Zillow has released a BlackBerry application, adding to a portfolio that supports iPad, Windows Phone, Android and iPhone.

Both are trying to offer access to information to home buyers wherever they want it, and not necessarily when they are in front of computers.

Being accessible to users whenever they want the information will be critical as both companies may jockey for an initial public offering in the not too distant future.

San Francisco-based Trulia recently said it was prepping for an IPO as it continued to build out its management team, and Zillow was reportedly in talks with investment bankers to discuss the prospects of going public.

Trulia said the addition of iPad and Android applications builds off a base of more than two million mobile users, who visited Trulia.com from their phones last month. That represents a more than 300 percent increase compared to the year earlier, it said.

Both the iPad and Android apps will be slightly different from what was being offered on the iPhone. The iPad app will use the larger screen real estate to display a color-coded heat map that examines the differences in average listing price and sold price within a city or county. The Android app will allow users to add open houses to their calendars and scan QR codes.

Zillow said with the addition of its BlackBerry app, it will now cover more than 90 percent of smartphone users. The Seattle-based company said its services are used on mobile devices more than 6.5 million times each month with 23 million visits to home detail pages.

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In addition to being able to search the BlackBerry app for homes based on a user’s location, they will also be able to filter searches by price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and other information. Homes will be viewable in satellite or street view, and will feature color photos.

Get your Mobile TAG from RealtyGo on all your real estate advertising and signage, enable consumers to get photos and all your listing and contact information while in front of your listing(s). End users can auto schedule an appointment right from the listings, saving you time and offering an immediate action for lead generation by the potential buyer.

RealtyGo – Your Real Estate Listings Best Friend!

Special thanks to Tricia Duryee for reporting.

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