November ’15 Tech Tidbits

Posted in Google, MichaelTritthart.com, Placester, Real Estate, Social Media, Technology, Technology Training on October 30, 2015 by mtritthart

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NEW KW Placester Sites – Eventually Replacing KW eAgentc Sites

Posted in eAgentc, Keller Williams Realty, MichaelTritthart.com, Mobile Responsive, Placester with tags , , , , on August 19, 2015 by mtritthart

Big changes, great changes, coming for KW agents. Check the video below.

July ’15 Technology Tidbits from Michael Tritthart

Posted in eAgentc, eEdge, Google, Keller Williams Realty, MichaelTritthart.com, Real Estate, Social Media, Technology, Technology Training, YouTube with tags , , , , , , on June 30, 2015 by mtritthart
Tools to Improve Your Marketing
Getting the right marketing materials can make a world of difference for the better…or for the worse.  Let’s start with your photo.  This is one of the first impressions for potential clients.  If you haven’t updated your photo since that ’91 “Glamor Shot” it’s time to update.  If your photo still has hair and your don’t (I can relate) it’s time to update.  If you walked into a listing presentation and the seller asked “Are you the grandmother of the agent on the card?” then it’s time to update.

Photo Touch-Ups You go out and get a new photo.  You look great, but the photo has that boring portrait sitting background.  Or worse it was a great photo of you at an event, but the background is horrible.  That can be fixed.  Go to this MichaelTritthart.com link and scroll down to Photo Touch-ups.  For a $50 fee this company will touch up your photo, but more importantly, you can choose a professional looking background.  An office building, interior of a home, etc.  Well worth the $50 one time investment.
 

Google Photos This brand new free app is still being figured out by the masses, but the results so far have been amazing.  The app will allow you to store your photos and very easily create a slideshow, photo album, movie and more.  All from your phone.  Pretty amazing and super easy.  Check out more Google Photo details and samples on MichaelTritthart.com.

June ’15 Technology Tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2, 2015 by mtritthart
A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That
Below are some apps to add to your Real Estate tool kit to make you a superstar agent.  The full list can be found on MichaelTritthart.com
 

Chicago Title Walking Farm Use this app to draw a map of your walking route.  And then get owner details for each property with the ability to make notes.  Dominate your farm!

Red Stamp Thank, Wish, Invite, Announce in minutes from your phone with this app.  Be the King or Queen of communication and etiquette for your database.

Scannable by Evernote Evernote is out to dominate and they are doing a pretty good job of it.  Use this to scan documents, business card (then connect them to LinkedIn) and tons more.

The Essentials for Your Business

Google has made Mobile Responsive designed sites essential for your online presence.  Don’t get left behind.  We create sites (eEdge, eAgentc, WordPress, Websitebox and more) that are not just a pretty home page; but sites that have your content and lead capture.  A true cornerstone of your business.  Click the image above to start the process.

Social Media Enhancements – Do you need to create a stronger social media platform designed to funnel to your lead capture sites?  We have your covered!

eEdge Database Full Service – Does this look like you trying to organize your database?  We can make your life a whole lot easier.  We will upload your database into eEdge, create the groups, activate your marketing and more.  Basically we will flip on all the switches and get your going!

May ’15 Technology Tidbits

Posted in eAgentc, eEdge, Google, Keller Williams Realty, MichaelTritthart.com, Real Estate, Social Media, Technology, Technology Training, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2015 by mtritthart
Google’s Algorithum Change – Two Weeks later
Google Mobile-Friendly Test UPDATE

Mobile

geddon-2015.  Much like the news hype about the next huge winter storm, the hype was worse than the actually effect.  No fireballs from the sky and your site has not been banished to the nether regions.

Yes, Google changed it’s search algorithm on April 21st.  If your site is mobile optimized all is good.  If not, the Search Engine Optimization is being affected.  But it can be corrected.  Fear not, once you pass the test, you will be back in Google’s good graces. 
Test your site by going to the Google Mobile-Friendly test on MichaelTritthart.com
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TIP – KW agents – you can have your eAgentc site pass the test by watching and following the steps in my Google Mobile Friendly video.

Here are some things to keep in mind as we all move into this new territory.

  • Common Sense  Use it.  Whenever there is a major change the jackals move in to take advantage.  I have seen multiple ads, heard radio spots promoting mobile enhanced sites.  Many of which start at $4,000-5,000 a site.  That is insane.
  • Know What You Get  Don’t just fall for a pretty home page that is mobile responsive.  Make sure your site has content and lead capture throughout.
  • Many Mobile Options Abound  WordPress.org, WebsiteBox.com and Market Leader sites for all agents.  KW agents can get their eAgentc sites enhanced as well.

Before deciding what path to take, contact my design team and we will offer you a free consult to help you decide; whether you use our design team or not.  However, you will see that our design options/content and pricing will be hard to beat.

April 2015 Technology Tidbits

Posted in eAgentc, eEdge, Facebook, Google, Keller Williams Realty, MichaelTritthart.com, Real Estate, Social Media, Technology, Technology Training, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on April 1, 2015 by mtritthart
No Foolin’ – The Big Boys Are Making Some Major Changes
Google Mobile-Friendly Test – Google is bringing a major change to it’s search algorithm on April 21st.  If your site is mobile optimized all is good.  If not, the Search Engine Optimization could be affected.  Fear not, once you pass the test, you will be back in Google’s good graces.  Test your site by going to the Google Mobile-Friendly test on MichaelTritthart.com.  KW agents – you can have your eAgentc pass the test by watching and following the steps in my Google Mobile Friendly video.

Facebook Embed Video – Facebook is taking a major shot at YouTube’s market share.  The next evolution of this is Facebook embed videos.  Now, you can take a publicly shared video and add that to your website/blog with code.  Videos about your community, ones you have posted.  Or better yet, think of how many kitten videos you can now easily add to your blog!  More information about what this is and install directions can be found on MichaelTritthart.com.

DuckDuckGo  Not one of the big boys, but an up-and-comer for a major reason.  Tracking and the lack there of.  Predictive data is huge in 2015.  It is a major factor in the marketing and structure of many companies and real estate businesses.  But sometimes, the little guy gets tired of every move online being tracked and ads popping up, tailored to those searches.  That is where DuckDuckGo comes into play.  No ads.  Just clean natural results.  It’s actually kind of refreshing to use.  Go check it out for yourself.  It can be found, along with more useful sites on MichaelTritthart.com.

March 2015 Design Special from MichaelTritthart.com

Posted in Facebook, Google, MichaelTritthart.com, Pinterest, Real Estate, Social Media, Technology, Technology Training, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on March 2, 2015 by mtritthart
Social Media Offer EXPIRES March 31st, 2015!

March 2015 Tech Tidbits Newsletter from Michael Tritthart

Posted in Apps, Facebook, Google, MichaelTritthart.com, Pinterest, Real Estate, Social Media, Technology, Technology Training, YouTube with tags , , , on March 2, 2015 by mtritthart
Simplify
No big buildup or description on these.  Simplify your life and business.  Find these useful sites and more on MichaelTritthart.com.

Firefox Hello – This FREE add-on to the Firefox toolbar allows for 1 to 1 video and voice conversations.  Easy to use and share with your clients.  

GetMagicNow – A fast way to get what you need.  Text your need to this number… and magic happens!

IFTTT Do Button, Do Note and Do Camera – One of my favorite resources, IFTTT, has created personalized, one-touch easy buttons for your phone.  Man, we have gotten efficient, or lazy.  You decide.

ICukoo Charity Alarm Clock – Pretty simple, if you hit the snooze you donate to charity.  Currently only charities in the UK, but hopefully to the US very soon.

February, 2015 Tech Tidbits Newsletter

Posted in eAgentc, Google, Keller Williams Realty, MichaelTritthart.com, Real Estate, Social Media, Technology, Technology Training with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2015 by mtritthart

3 Ways to Kickstart Your Business in 2015!

2015 is shaping up to be another great year in real estate.  Here are 3 items to help get you the online edge you need to be successful.

Google Domains – Great timing for Google on this recently announced offering and really, really bad timing by Godaddy.  Godaddy just released an offensive Super Bowl commercial (quickly pulled) that has animal lovers up in arms.  Just a few weeks ago, Google announced that it was getting into the domain name business.  Need to get a new domain name?  You may want to check out what Google offers.   See this and other value adds from Google on MichaelTritthart.com.

TalkWalker –  Now that you have a domain name for your site, you need content.  Struggling to think of something to write?  You can always use Google Alerts.  But add TalkWalker to the mix for free.  This site allows you to view blog posts and other social media platforms, in addition to the many of the same sites Google Alerts provides.  Remember, do not just copy/paste.  Copy, modify and then paste.  Use the data to help create your own custom content; which Google (and your potential clients) will love. View TalkWalker and other sites on my Useful Websites resource page on MichaelTritthart.com.

Pop Up Tools for Leads – Domain name?  Check.  Content?  Check.  Now you  need the lead capture.  Though controversial to some, pop up boxes may be just what you need.  Check out 5 pop up tools that you can add to your website to encourage registration.  They can be modified and adjusted as you wish to maximize effectiveness.   This great article from Inman can be found here on MichaelTritthart.com.

eAgentc Home Page Restyle Offer EXPIRES At The End of February, 2015!

January ’15 Technology Tidbits from Michael Tritthart

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 3, 2015 by mtritthart
2015 Brings Some Big Changes – Are You Ready?
2014 was a great year for real estate.  Time to make it even better in 2015.  Kicking off my 11th year of newsletters (that blows my mind) there is a big change to Facebook on a couple of fronts.

1.  Facebook is gunning after Google and YouTube.  Recently, for the first time, more videos were loaded to Facebook than YouTube.  Facebook is testing new video channels that operate and look very similar to YouTube pages.  Check out this info further on Facebook.com/technologytidbits.

2.  But the biggest marketing change of all for Facebook starts in January.  Facebook is moving their pages more and more toward pay posts.  Basically, you want your posts to be seen?  Time to pay.  The focus is moving away from the amount of likes you have toward the following key points:

  • Research the New Rules – Posts that are all about promotions with no content, promote installing an app or just copying company advertisements are a no go in 2015.
  • Be Unique – Don’t just copy and paste.  This is going to be the biggest challenge and yet biggest opportunity for marketing your business.  Rule of thumb – get creative and engage your audience!
  • Drive Them to Your Site – This is something that has not changed.  Facebook is (has been) a sales funnel for your sites.  Continue to drive them to your lead capture sites.  Just make sure your sites are set up correctly to capture the leads.
  • Don’t Fight It – The changes are happening whether you like it or not.  Change inevitably happens, so adjust your marketing techniques and continue to grow in 2015.
Check out more Facebook lead generation techniques on MichaelTritthart.com.

eEdge Website Design Special for January 2015
Take advantage of our eEdge design special for only $350 + tax. Get your eEdge website redesigned and ready to capture the maximum amount of leads.  It’s not just a fresh look, but a fully functional site.  Click the photo below for details and samples.