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SEO and QR Codes go hand and hand forever!!

SEO is all about getting the right people to your content and converting them. If you’re doing SEO well – then, yes, you are driving the right traffic. But unless you are synergizing your SEO with your company’s other efforts – you’re not getting the full benefit. QR Codes enable yout to deliver end users to an immediate promotion in which they are already participating in by scanning your QR TAG. Once you have the users attention and have satisfied their initial inquiry, you can then upsell, cross sell or even delier them to similar content.

The new generation of smart phones and the 2D barcode – quick response code (QR code) technology is bridging the gap between offline and online marketing. QR codes have emerged as a hot topic in mobile marketing as more and more marketers begin to embrace them in offline marketing and advertising initiatives. Let’s examine some of the advantages of QR codes, look at some great examples of their use in traditional media, as well as how to use them in your business.

Advantage of QR Codes

There are numerous advantages of QR codes. They can drive website traffic from traditional media such as print and direct marketing efforts. For example, instead of using traditional URLs in offline marketing efforts such as magazine ads, which require your audience to manually type in their phone or computer, scanning a QR code will automatically allow a person to access content as if he had clicked on the link. Or perhaps, you are sending out direct mail pieces about specific products or offerings. Including the QR code on the mailer allows the person to quickly and easily access additional information about your product, potentially leading to an immediate conversion or sale. In addition to the convenience, QR code tracking is available through services such as Bit.ly; these services allow you to monitor usage and the success of your campaigns.

QR Code Usage in Marketing Campaigns

I see them all over the place now, as today’s biggest brands, from Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton to the National Football League, RealtyGo, SocialscanQRTAG, Ford Motor Co., and Best Buy embrace 2D barcodes in direct marketing print campaigns. These codes are being used in magazine ads, editorial articles, television commercials, billboards, posters, and many other places. For additional information on the types of data that can be stored within QR codes, Angie Shottmuller compiled a list of the “Top 14 Things Marketers Need to Know about QR Codes.”

Geico using QR Codes

Geico, in particular, does an outstanding job of integrating traditional offline marketing channels with online media. It has created direct mailers that incorporate QR codes on the front of envelopes. Additionally, there are clear instructions on what the code is, how the recipient should use it, and what they will gain in return for doing so.

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Ralph Lauren is another company leveraging QR codes via magazine print ads. In one example, QR codes link over to its online shopping site, allowing people to move immediately from print ad to conversion funnel. (Image, left, courtesy of Campaign Planning.)

Using QR Codes in Your Business

These are only a few examples that you can apply to your business today to drive customer acquisitions, generate more leads and improve conversion rates. The possibilities of how you bridge the gap from offline marketing to online conversions are limited only by your creativity.

Imagine the ability to add an easy call-to-action with a QR code that takes advantage of YouTube. Once scanned, you are automatically taken to a one-minute welcome video that has an annotation in it to other videos that leads the person into the sales funnel on your website. Or perhaps you embed a link to a Google map so potential customers can locate your closest office or nearest store based on their location or are presented with a special offer they can use by presenting their phone when checking out.

In summary, QR codes are quickly being adopted and gaining in popularity by many major companies and industries as an effective method for immediately capturing conversions from offline initiatives. To promote direct mail and create awareness of the benefits of QR codes, the United States Postal Service is offering a special postage discount during the months of July and August 2011, according to a TheDirectMail.com news report.

Direct mail marketers and mail houses can save three percent on first-class and standard presort mail postage simply by including a QR code that must be easily visible on the outside of the mail piece. Interesting right?

The question now is how can you leverage QR codes while standing out from the crowd? How can you use SEO, MobileURL’s and its principals to drive the right traffic and get in front of the right people and convert them in multiple new ways? Or, if you are already using them, what tactics did you use and what were the results?

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Think Green! Can better packaging save the Planet? RealtyGo_blog

RealtyGo enables real estate professionals, ‘Lookie loos‘ and anyone searching for real estate , an alternative to traditional paper flyer real estate information. Reduce your Real Estate business Carbon Foot Print. Use RealtyGo’s Mobile TAG and promote digital real estate listings via the mobile web. No more excessive printing- flyers, brochures,listing sheets, etc.. Easily offer end users an alternative via a digital channel using Smartphones, iPads, Tablets and other enabled PDA devices. Now when a potential home buyer is in front of your real estate listing they can use their mobile device to quickly get all your real estate listing information, photos, video, auto schedule an appointment and more. No need for excessive and usually expensive full color flyers for every ‘lookie loo’ in the neighborhood. Help promote Green real estate communication with RealtyGo and your Mobile real estate TAG using QR Codes, Text Messaging, Call for more info and GPS application.

Manufacturers are starting to take notice and provide better packaging with less left over waste.

Remember unboxing your last big gadget purchase? How many unnecessary layers of plastic, paper and cardboard did you have to wade through before getting to the actual hardware?

More to the point: Would you rather have more efficient packaging, less trash and a healthier environment?

The origami-like swaddling of hardware could be a much greener undertaking, and the companies focusing on better packaging solutions say their efforts could be a big part of making the gadget industry more sustainable. Supply chain firm ModusLink is one such company, and it’s done a bit of research on how much CO2 its environmentally friendly packaging is saving the planet.

ModusLink SVP Lorcan Sheehan wrote on the company’s blog that its sustainable packaging changes have so far “eliminate[d] a combined 4,085 metric tons of GHG through package changes — the equivalent of 672 passenger vehicles not driven, 8,254 barrels of oil not used and 404,421 gallons of gasoline not used.”

He says the new packaging is not surprisingly also good for the company’s bottom line; ModusLink saved its customers $6.2 million annually.

Take a look at the infographic below. Do you think more companies should be focusing on streamlined, greener packaging?

Special thanks to Jolie O’Dell for writing such a great article.

See the original at Mashable/Jolie O’Dell

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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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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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Ten Reasons Why Real Estate Professionals will benefit from Social Media | RealtyGo_blog

Doesn’t the image depict the way real estate is headed in our near future, if not already a necessity for most Agents to survive today when working with tech savvy clients, banks and/or any third party entities requiring analytics or reporting tools to reveal consumer patterns, as well to prove a real estates agents prior success in this tough market.

There are lots and lots of Real Estate Professionals that still aren’t quite convinced though when it comes to Social Media especially when it applies to them. It could even be as simple as the “Fear of the Unknown”. Its easier to dismiss new practices and stick to old traditions, but what if you could keep your traditions of real people networking in your community, which is still a very valuable trait to have, and update your online presence with out doing anything different then your use to. Would you take advantage of it. RealtyGo offers agents, brokers, real estate professionals, Vacation home owners and for sale by owner the ability to offer potential buyers, renters, investors and new customers easy engagement tools using modern day technology. Your Smartphone is a good example, place RealtyGo’s QR Codes anywhere you want to offer consumers information about your real estate listing(s) (flyer box, rider sign, real estate signs, print ads, digital ad space, like craigslist, zillow, Realtor.com) and allow the end user to choose their method of contacting you. This doesn’t mean you have to take you phone number off your signage or change anything your currently doing, RealtyGo  just makes it easier for you to interact and communicate, update, showoff, edit and promote your real estate listings and business using Mobile phones and the World Wide Web. Don’t think for a moment that by not offering consumers the means to get immediate information that you are some how helping your business, end users can google anything and find all the information they like about any real estate listing by searching online. It may be better for you and your clients if you show consumers information you want them to see at first look,like updated photos, remodels that have been done, positive information, because if you leave it up to the end user to go searching out in the wild wild west, we call the internet for information on your real estate, they may find old, non relevant information, old pictures, a previous owner or lister and even get distracted along the way and forget about your real estate listing all together. Make it easy for potential buyers to get immediate information and communicate with you, auto schedule appointments and leave notes about your property, which they can later review and use as a point of reference when making a decision to move forward.

Ten Reasons Why Real Estate Professionals will benefit from Social Media:

  1. Brand Exposure (Facebook 500+ million users, Twitter 300+ million users, Linkedin 80+ million users etc)
  2. Your Competition is already there and has a following that you have to catch up to!
  3. This is how your potential clients find information about Real Estate (buying, selling etc)
  4. There are conversations being had about your Brand and Industry that you NEED to respond to!
  5. Gives consumers and other professionals a better idea of WHO they are dealing with – Transparency!
  6. You will benefit from the Community style flow of information and find out things you otherwise wouldn’t have, enabling you to update your business model. I mean lets face it, every great company has to eventually make changes to keep up with new trends, especially since were in a Global market these days, buyers from outside the U.S. daily.
  7. You will be an Industry Leader – Not Follower!  Early adopters of dynamic practices are winning big!
  8. You will find NEW ways to conduct and streamline your business!  Growing a client base and professional Network, not only traditionally within your immediate community, but also abroad through the world wide web.
  9. You can call yourself the “Neighborhood Expert” and your profiles,articles and new methodology will support that claim!
  10. Technology and Business Models are evolving and so must you!  Lastly everyone else is doing it and you don’t want to be the one guy or gal NOT doing it!

RealtyGo makes it easy to use, apply, utalize and share your mobile real estate listings and business with advanced technology like QR Codes, SMS/MMS Text messaging, GPS and more.

RealtyGo – Your Real Estate Listings Best Friend!

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Real Estate Professionals and everyone promoting real estate, if you have a sub par website, and your sending new clients to it….

Real Estate Professionals and anyone promoting real estate, if you have a sub par website, and your sending new customers to it to get to know more about you; Not the best plan in our highly evolving technological world. Take Apple for example. What did they do, they made technology cool, fun and easy to use. RealtyGo offers you a Mobile presence while using all the benefits of the internet for SEO (search engine optimization) within large engines like Google,YouTube,Yahoo and Bing. Get you listings mobile, be able to quickly forward your listing or real estate investment to potential investors, buyers, sellers and other real estate professional by using RealtyGo. We do all the heavy lifting, continuously update, modify and introduce new technology behind the scenes while you get to enjoy easy to use services and a friendly UI-user interface. Consumers will also notice how efficient your real estate business is, while selecting their preferred channel of communication when contacting you about your real estate promotion, listing and/or business. Stop up to where the Pro’s are; Professional grade real estate using RealtyGo, QR Codes,GPS, SMS/MMS Text message Mobile gateway technology, auto scheduling/appointments and more!

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10 important documents you need to prepare, when buying or selling a home | RealtyGo_blog

Home buyers and -sellers alike often burst with anticipatory irritation at the mere thought of  paperwork their expected to complete in order to satisfy a transaction, above and beyond the basic loan application, contract, disclosures and closing docs. These little nuisances start way in advance; it’s as though, before they even start visiting open houses, buyers begin to visualize – and dread – spending hours upon hours searching through records and old files, seeking forgotten and/or boxed up documents.

The experience of obtaining a home loan is usually dreaded by most, – there are oodles of hoops through which to jump and, occasionally, the loan underwriter requests something sort of bizarre. But more commonly, there’s a pretty finite universe of documents you’ll really need to scrounge up to get your home bought – or sold. however their is a lighter side, since half the home buyers in the nation last year were first time home buyers they haven’t yet experienced such document digging or hustle and bustle of getting all their proper paper work together. So here is a few things to keep you, as their Agent/Broker on your feet, and your clients prepared for getting their desired real estate transaction closed.

  1. ID (e.g., driver’s license, state-issued ID, passport).  Who must produce it?  Buyers and sellers.  Why?  Lender wants to know that you are who you say you are, buyers, and the title insurance company wants to make sure, sellers, that you actually have the right to sell the home.  Funny enough, this commonly goes unrequested until you get to the closing table, when the notary requests to see it before signing, but some mortgage brokers and even some real estate brokers and agents may ask to see it earlier on.
  2. Paycheck Stubs.  Who must produce them?  Any buyer financing their purchase with a mortgage.  Sellers, usually only will need to in the case of a short sale.  Why? Buyers’ purchase price ranges are determined, in part, by their income. And short sellers have to prove an economic hardship.
  3. Two months’ bank account statements. Who must produce them?  Buyers getting financing; sellers selling short. Why? Buyers’ lenders now require proof of regular income and proof that the down payment money is your own.  Short sellers?  It’s all about the hardship.
  4. Two years’ W-2 forms or tax returns. Who must produce them?  Mortgage-seeking buyers and short selling sellers. Why? Banks want to see a stable, long-term income. They also limit you to claiming as income the amount of which you pay taxes (attn: all business owners!). And in short sales, again, they want documentation of every single facet of your finances.
  5. Updated everything! Who must produce it? Buyer/mortgage applicants. Why? Because things change, and because the time period between the first loan application and closing can be many months – even years! – in today’s market. During the time between contract and closing it’s not at all unusual for underwriters to demand buyers produce updated mortgage statements, checks stubs, and such – and its quite common for them to call your office the day before closing to request a last minute verification of employment! So advise your constituents not to go out and apply for that furniture loan new line of credit, in celebration of their new home, until after all the papers have been signed, sealed and delivered and title has handed over the keys.
  6. Quitclaim deed. Who must produce it?  Married buyers purchasing homes they plan to own as separate property.  Married sellers selling homes that they own separately, or joint owners selling their interests separately.  Why? With the Quitclaim Deed, the other spouse or owner signs any and all interests they even might have had in the property over to the selling owner, making it possible for the title insurer to guarantee clean, undisputed title will be transferred at the time of sale.
  7. Divorce decree.  Who must produce it? Buyers and sellers who need to document their solo status or the property-splitting terms of their divorce. Why? Again, to ensure that the seller has the right to sell.  Recently single buyers might need to prove that they shouldn’t be held accountable for their ex’s separate debts or credit report dings.
  8. Gift letters.  Who must produce them? Buyers using gift money toward their down payment. Why? The bank wants to be sure the gift came from a relative, and is their own money to give.  They also want the relative to confirm in writing that it’s a gift, not a loan – a loan would need to be factored into your debt to income ratio, which generally affects your interest rate.
  9. Compliance certificates. Who must produce them? Usually sellers, but sometimes buyers, by contract. Why? Some local governments require various condition requirements be met before the property is transferred, like some cities which require a sewer line be video scoped and repaired, cities which require a checklist of items to be met before a certificate of occupancy will be issued (usually relevant to brand new and  older homes, the latter of which are often subject to lead paint concerns) and energy conservation ordinances which require low-flow toilets and shower heads to be installed. Ask a real estate professional for advice about which, if any, such ordinances apply in your area.
  10. Mortgage statements. Who must produce them?  Any seller with a mortgage. Why? the escrow holder or title company will need to use them to order payoff demands from any mortgage holder who has to get paid before the property’s title can be transferred.

By no means is this an exhaustive list.  Agents: what documents do you see buyers and sellers struggle to produce during their home buying transactions? If we have left out some common documents that you have been seeing lately, please jot down a few words below to let others know. Thanks for Reading.

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