Monthly Archives: May 2010

SeeVirtual Posts Your Listings on Twitter

Along with Craigslist, Kijiji and YouTube, SeeVirtual now posts all Virtual Tour listings to Twitter.

Google has started to use Twitter “tweets” in its search results. This means that even if you don’t use Twitter as the social media site it is intended, it is still important to archive your property listing information on Twitter. When someone types in the address of your listing into Google, a Twitter link will be part of the search results they are shown. This link will bring them directly to your SeeVirtual Tour page.

Check out all SeeVirtual tours listings on Twitter  www.twitter.com/SeeVirtualTours

For social media advice and information, follow www.twitter.com/SeeVirtualSteph

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Around the web this week…

Welcome to the start of the May Long Weekend. Happy Birthday Queen Victoria!

Before you head out camping, hiking, or holding multiple open houses, check out what’s been going on in the world of social media this week:

Facebook privacy is all we are hearing about lately, the issue even made the cover of Time magazine. Lots of users are either too confused by the options or really just don’t care about their privacy settings to do much about it. We tried out this handy tool to check and change our privacy settings in Facebook. It was super easy and it worked! So take that Zuckerberg and take 5 minutes to check your settings too. (Reclaim Privacy)

Speaking of, Facebook has now reached 400 million users, 50% of whom log on at least once a day. The average user is connected to 60 different groups or pages.  Do you still need convincing to get started with social media? If these guys can do it, and do it successfully, so can you!

Use these tips to help guide you with a strategy.

Now…commence weekend plans.

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Trina Brady – SeeVirtual Featured Realtor

This week, the SeeVirtual Blog is featuring Trina Brady. Trina is a realtor with Homelife Benchmark Realty Cloverdale who specializes in the Cloverdale/ Clayton Heights area. She stands out because she has embraced technology and social media. Trina is a Paperless Realtor, she uses Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, LinkedIn, has multiple Blogs, and incorporates video.

How does she find the time to be so well connected? Trina uses tools that allow her to connect throughout the day. Her weapons: iPhone, Tablet PC, Dashboard for signing documents, mobile printer, MyFax fax-to-email service, and an exchange server. Trina does not use a desktop computer so her office travels with her which allows her to do anything, anywhere.

What motivated her to use the paperless approach? Trina cites the evolution of technology, the way buyers and sellers are more involved these days and felt that if she didn’t embrace technology, she would be left behind. She wanted to remain a step ahead of her clients in terms of information. Being paperless also provides a competitive advantage over other agents, especially in hot markets. When multiple offers are involved, Trina can submit an offer in 5 minutes instead of driving back and forth across town.

How does she make real connections, outside the web? Trina has lived in the Cloverdale/ Clayton heights area for twelve years. She has been past director for the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association, and is currently on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s technology department. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Trina owned two coffee houses in downtown Cloverdale, so she is used to knowing the inside scoop of what’s going on in her town. She is also involved with a referral network of local Cloverdale professionals.

Why does she use SeeVirtual? Trina likes the professional photography and she feels it is a great tool for pre-screening buyers.  She finds it less inconvenient for sellers because she doesn’t have to get them out of the house for unqualified or uninterested buyers. Trina uses SeeVirtual tours as part of her toolbox and appreciates the integrated social media sharing, automatic uploads to Craigslist, YouTube, and Kijiji, which make sure her listings get a lot of online exposure. SeeVirtual gives her more time to do what she does best, which is “helping buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals”. Check out Trina Brady’s latest virtual tour.

Would you like to be one of our Featured Realtors? SeeVirtual is always looking for innovative Realtors to highlight. Contact steph@seevirtual360.com for more details.

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Customer Reviews

You know that little hole-in-the-wall restaurant that you walk by every day? There’s no chance you’d try it out, is there? What if a close friend told you they had the most amazing meal there. Would that change your mind?

This is the premise behind the influx of online customer review sites. Sites like Google Places, Yelp, Gigpark, even Yellow Pages, have jumped into the action because it is apparent that the public is no longer swayed by glossy marketing materials and highly controlled branding. They want the real goods and they want it from reliable sources who don’t gain anything from sharing their opinions.

If you have not already submitted your business to these sites, now is a great time to do it. Once created, you can then send your clients the links to review you instead of asking for testimonials for your website. Read this article to find out which questions to ask to get the best reviews.

Review sites are also a great opportunity to manage and provide customer service. If you receive a negative customer review, reply to it on the same site and state how you plan to rectify the situation. Anyone reading the negative review will respect your transparency and know that you take clients’ disappointment seriously.

Think of review sites like word-of-mouth recommendations (only through a mega phone) and sign up today!

Have you used SeeVirtual Marketing & Photography? We would love it if you would review us! Click here, here, or here to let us know how we are doing.

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Around the Web this Week

Happy Friday Everyone!

If your website was a house, would you list it? Read this to see if it needs some spring cleaning. We love the orange shag rug analogy. (Danko)

Avoid these common mistakes Realtors make when using social media. (Future of Real Estate Marketing)

Are you still unsure about using social media? Apparently you are alone! Check out this video which highlights the mind-blowing statistics on social media usage. (YouTube)

Speaking of, here are some quick tips and an overview of how you can use each of the social media sites to their full potential. (Inman News)

Now get off your computer and go enjoy the sun!

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Coming Soon…

SeeVirtual will soon be announcing a way to make ordering a Virtual Tour even easier…stay tuned!

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