Google for Real Estate #3: Google Allo
HDC_Google_Allo_Blog_2657_1200x630.jpgGoogle is approaching some really sci-fi level functionality. Over the next few years, Google’s advanced A.I. systems will be integrated into our homes, cars, and devices, allowing you to easily play music, buy tickets, schedule a meeting, or find information anywhere, anytime, with just a simple vocal command. In the meantime, we have Google Allo, the smart messaging app that incorporates the Google Assistant to connect you with your Google Suite on the go. In this installment of Google for Real Estate, you’ll learn how Google Allo can improve your communications, where to get Allo, what it can do, how it can assist your business, and more. Continue reading
Google for Real Estate #1: Google Keep
HDC_Google_Keep_Blog_2645_1200x630.jpgGoogle processes 40,000 searches per second and over 3.5 billion searches per day. That’s incredibly impressive, but Google provides much more than just a search engine. Google offers internet users a large range of products free of charge. In this series, we’ll share how you can use Google’s free products to grow, manage, and organize your business. Here, you’ll learn how Google Keep can help your business, where to find it, how to use it, and more. Continue reading
Google Defines the True Meaning of “Mobile-Friendly” Websites
HDC_Google_Defines_the_True_Meaning_of_“Mobile-Friendly”_Websites_2037-3A recent Google survey uncovered that 72 percent of mobile users say that it’s important for a website to be mobile friendly. Unfortunately, 96 percent have visited a site that doesn’t work well on their device. Furthermore, mobile users are five times more likely to abandon the task they are trying to complete if the site isn’t optimized for mobile use, with 79 percent saying they will go back to search and try to find another site that  meets their needs. With mobile Internet usage growing more and more every year, it’s no surprise that the term “mobile friendly” has become synonymous with the world of website design. While it may seem like a cut and dry concept to most, the meaning of “mobile friendly” can vary from person to person. Well, Google has officially set their standards for the true meaning of “mobile friendly” and not only does it determine how valuable a website will be for consumers, but it also plays a big part in how high a site will rank within their search results. Continue reading
Expand your Database in Homes Connect with your Social Networks
You can access your Facebook , Google and LinkedIn accounts through Homes Connect and guess what, you only have to log in once!  Import contacts and expand your database in one place by connection these networks through the dashboard of Homes Connect. We can also check for new contacts when you log into Homes.com and update you on who is using Homes.com.  To get started click here, and from the Social Networking dashboard you can access your social networks without tediously logging into each account separately.  Let us make your work and lead capture faster and more productive, we know you are busy this time of year and this function can expand your database quicker than before! With the Homes Connect dash, you will start with Facebook.  We will ask you to login to your account to allow full access. **Note: If you are using a public or shared computer, make sure the “Keep me logged in” box is not checked. If you do not sign out of your social networking accounts, others using the same computer will have access to your information. Once you have logged in you can import your prospects. The process is the same for Google and LinkedIn. Once you have accessed all of your social networks, click “Prospects” from the Social Networking dashboard to view your imported prospects. From here you can add your prospects to your contact database or send a message directly from the chosen social media platform. Your contacts will be updated with their picture and social networks you are linked to them through. Finally, add the social networking gadgets to your home page to view your news feed and updates. By adding the Twitter gadget you can also connect to your Twitter account and see updates from everyone you follow. Create your own status updates and tweets all from your HomesConnect Dashboard!   Not signed up yet? Call today. (888) 510-8795 or email us at productinfo@homes.com
Google Plus Can Benefit Realtors if Used Correctly
Google+ was just launched last Spring 2011 and it already is expanding! It is causing newbies to be interested and old school facebookers to add yet another social media account. But what does this all mean for a real estate agent or another professional using it to grow their business? First, make sure you are jumping on the social media bandwagon for the right reasons. Assuming your objective is to broaden your fan base and to potentially increase your leads, you need to evaluate whether or not your particular audience may be using this platform. Continue reading
Using Google for Your Business
stress Google is more than just a search engine. It offers many tools that you can use in your day-to-day real estate business. Many of these tools are similar to programs you use everyday on your computer, but Google provides additional benefits to help you stay on top of your business. What are these benefits? Well, the primary benefit is access. If you save something to your computer only, you can only access it from that computer. Even if you save a file to your flash drive, you still run the risk of not being able to access it. Perhaps the computer does not recognize the file or the flash drive crashes. However, with Google you can log on from any computer with an Internet connection and access any of your files at once. Continue reading
Master the Lead Game Thru Social Media
Lead Generation Some real estate pros have been reluctant to try social media because of the massive hype, trendy names, and unfamiliar practices. Others have found a competitive advantage and new ways to connect by diving into Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn, Flickr and YouTube. Despite market doldrums, social media in real estate is growing at a furious pace. Many real estate professionals missed the inflection point where Internet marketing surpassed traditional channels in value and effectiveness. Continue reading
Tips for Ranking Higher on Search Engines
google results When searching for a business or a business professional, people often turn to one of three places; yellow pages, 411 (or other), or internet search engines. With the rise in popularity of the internet, mobile phones and most importantly, accessing the internet via mobile phones, search engines have become increasingly popular, while the other two have seen a significant decline in usage. Search engines have been around since the early 90s, almost as long as the internet as we now know it. Since then, search engines have not only become more popular, but many search engine giants, notably Google, have expanded their services to include mobile phones and entire web browsers. Continue reading