single property website: Google Earth is now available as a browser based application - 07/21/08 10:20 AM
It's been only 3 years since Google released the first version of the Google Maps API enabling developers to create amazing location centric applications. Later Google Street View took it even further by letting you see closeups of growing number of neighborhoods from the street level perspective. And finally, the original product behind the mapping revolution, Google Earth (originally a product of Keyhole), is now available as a browser based application through the Google Maps and Google Earth API.
In our continuous effort to provide every location visualization tools available for your online listing presentations, we have included the new browser-based … (8 comments)

single property website: What's your Microsoft/Yahoo strategy? - 05/31/08 11:00 AM
Following the Microsoft, Yahoo negotiation in the last few months and the eventual Microsoft widthrawal and then the re-started talks a few days ago, it made me think if there is search engine marketing strategy specific to Yahoo and Microsoft, one which could be used to reach Microsoft's and Yahoo's 30.7% share of the Internet searchers.
According to the Comscore March 2008 report the following is the distribution among the 5 major search engines:
Google: 59.8% Yahoo: 21.3% Microsoft: 9.4% AOL: 4.8% Ask: 4.7% While Google is clearly the leader with a large and growing margin, Yahoo's and Microsoft's combined share … (11 comments)

single property website: New listing widget and updated listing map - 05/22/08 03:26 PM

I love to learn creative marketing ideas from our clients. Below are two RealBird updates based on some of our clients' concepts.
Tiny, sidebar listing widget with built-in social sharing
Katy Schaff had a great post about suggesting that with the right technology (widgets), one can utilize his or her sellers' social net to market their own listing using the sellers' blogs and social network profile. You provide them with the marketing tools and they share it with their own peer complimenting your marketing efforts. As long as it is easy, tech savvy sellers may very well participate. Katy then … (4 comments)

single property website: Turn your single property websites into virtual open homes - 03/11/08 02:06 PM
First of all, thanks for all of you for the buzz about RealBird. It is great to see people benefiting from the service and being enthusiastic about RealBird.
I am glad to announce that we released a new version of the RealBird Listing Publisher service this weekend with even more useful features:
Add live chat to your single property websites - turn your single property websites into virtual open housesReal-time market stats (median price chart for the zip code) are included for more than 6,000 US zip codes - more areas are added ongoingMini Single Property Website Widget for your blog, website … (9 comments)

single property website: Street View - part 2 - 01/28/08 08:43 AM
Not long after my first tutorial about the embedding option of Google Street View as a widget, single property sites with this option are popping up on RealBird.
See the example below. For this particular property, Google has a street view for the exact location. Look around, "take a walk" on the street, zoom in and out to see details. I am not sure if I've ever seen a better neighborhood visualization than this. 
Make sure to see it in action here. The screenshot does not do any justice to this feature. You have to see this interactive.
And here is the instruction on … (0 comments)

single property website: Google Street View - now with embeddable widget option - 01/27/08 05:15 PM
Google Street View is one of the coolest things Google has come out with since their initial Google Maps release. As many of you already know, Google started to take photos of streets not unlike A9 and Microsoft did before. Except the way Google implemented it on Google Maps actually made it very usable, quick and interactive.
It is obviously a very powerful neighborhood visualization tool and should be in every real estate agent's toolbox for online, virtual listing presentation.
Up till recently, there was no way to use it in your own blog or website other than by linking to … (2 comments)

single property website: A Novel Approach to Online Lead Generation - a whitepaper - 01/13/08 01:56 AM
RealBird's president Gabe Gross had a whitepaper published by Rismedia, BrokerAgentNews and Inman News.
I post the the article in full for your reading pleasure. Comments and questions are welcome. Thanks.
-- Zoltan Szendro 
A Novel Approach to Lead Generation for REALTORS®
by Gabriel Gross, President,
A “virtual” paradox is happening in real estate: the Internet has become the major medium for real estate information, yet real estate agents find it increasingly difficult to generate good leads using their Web sites. The cause for this is quite simple: The majority of early-stage home buyers will start their search with the major … (7 comments)

single property website: Map-based MLS Search 2.0 - 12/10/07 05:00 PM
Introducing the RealBird Map-based MLS Search 2.0
It's been a while since our last major update of the RealBird Map-based MLS Search service. I am pleased to announce that the new version is now available for real estate agents and brokers in our current MLS coverage areas.
In the current post, let me emphasize one of the groundbreaking and unique marketing concept, which enables real estate agents to reach out for home buyers beyond their website, via syndicated featured listings, viral marketing and social networks. There are many other new features, I'll cover them in upcoming posts.
The Problem
Your … (2 comments)

single property website: Animoto slideshow - simply beautiful - 12/05/07 02:06 PM
Animoto slideshow embedded in RealBird listing sites
I thought I share you a real-world example of Dennis Jonas & Denise Fuit using Animoto slideshow on their RealBird Listing Publisher single property website.
Animoto is one of my personal favorite and it is great to see innovative agents put it to perfect use for their listing marketing efforts. Animoto takes your uploaded photos and music and generates unique, distinct slideshows based on the pattern and the beat of the music. You can create 30 seconds slideshows for free with Animoto.
See it in action here (Click the "Coming Home to Greylock" tab) 
Pretty cool, … (2 comments)

single property website: RealBird flies free - 08/06/07 04:54 PM
 Yes. It's true, we let the bird go. It was time. RealBird flies free now.
We are glad to announce that the RealBird Listing Publisher service is now completely free for real estate agents and brokers.
The RealBird Listing Publisher is an advanced on-line listing marketing service for creating listing presentations (aka virtual tours) and for listing distribution to 3rd party websites such as Craigslist, Trulia, Kijiji, Google Base etc. for maximum exposure. You can create unlimited single property websites with unlimited, large-size photos, slide-shows, videos, unlimited design themes, widgets and much more. To read about the features and to register please … (29 comments)

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