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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
.

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.

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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.

November ’14 Tech Tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by mtritthart
Tech Treats NOT Tricks
Happy Halloween!  Below are some treats to help you generate more business than the candy kids will get tonight!

1.  LeadPages – LeadPages.net allows you to quickly create landing pages or squeeze pages for whatever topic you want to promote.  That FREE eBook that you offer, or the 5 Ways to Sell Your Home at Top Dollar that you promote.  It is compatible with WordPress, Facebook and other platforms.

2.  Put down the candy…and pick up Facebook!  A nice change to your Facebook Business Pages recently occurred.  In the top right hand corner of a status update, you now have the ability to create a post as your or another one of your pages; not just as the page you are currently on.

3. When you post a link to Facebook from your Market Leader (eEdge or PRO) site to promote and generate leads, a photo used to auto appear; which was great.  A photo doesn’t auto appear now – which is bad.  Watch this video from YouTube.com/MichaelTritthart on how to fix the problem.  BTW – I am not pointing fingers as to who is causing the problem….but it is Facebook.

4.  And the best way to avoid all of the Tricks this year?  Check those social media security settings. They change all they time and if you haven’t looked at them recently now is the time. Social Media just shared a handy Social Media Privacy Settings guide.  You can find this on Facebook.com/TechnologyTidbits.

How We Can Help Your Business
Do you need some assistance with your online presence?  We are here to help.  Click any of the links or images below to start the process of improving your business.

Custom Blog Site – Need a custom look for your main site, a new community resource or a niche topic blog?  We can do that!  These services are open to EVERYONE.
Enhanced KW Sites – eAgentc and eEdge for KW agents.  Maximize the look, Search Engine Optimization and lead capture capabilities of sites that you already pay for each month!  We offer discount pricing on the website/social media combo package.
 

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!

The Most Underused Keller Williams Tech Tool Out There
At Keller Williams many of the marketing/lead generation tools are agent focused; and rightly so.  However, the Market Center website can be a powerful lead generation tool for all of the agents in the Market Center.  With some work, custom community searches, focused map searches, indexable listings and more can be created on the site.  The site can end up looking and working like the site to the right.

Does you Market Center need help in the enhancement?  I have a designer on my team that focuses exclusively on the Market Center sites.  Get the look enhanced and leads coming in for your office.  Contact us to start the Market Center website enhancement process.

October ’14 Technology Tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2014 by mtritthart
My Recent Aha’s For Improving Your Business
energy_saving_bulb.jpg Hopefully everyone understands what an Aha is.
That is the light bulb moment you get when you
see/hear/feel some outstanding information that
can change your business and life.  A couple of
weeks ago at Mega Camp there were some Aha
moments.  The two biggest ones are actually
confirmations of Aha’s that I believe in and train
on in my sessions.

1.  Just follow the plan when it come to real estate.  Almost everyone

on stage commented on how they followed scripts, used the models
outlined by the Millionaire Real Estate book, etc.  BE PURPOSEFUL in
what you do.

2.  Get your fair share of the easy leads – the low hanging fruit.

Facebook has many different ways to accomplish that that I teach
in my classes.
of the most powerful ways to generate leads is to create a Facebook
Boosted Post.  Below is an image to a recent post that I created that
reached over 34,000 people and cost only $150!  Click the Boosted
Post image below to watch a training video on how to create your
own post and start to generate leads – quickly!

How We Can Help Your Business
Do you need some assistance with your online presence?  We are here to help.  Click any of the links or images below to start the process of improving your business.

Custom Blog Site – Need a custom look for your main site, a new community resource or a niche topic blog?  We can do that!  These services are open to EVERYONE.
Enhanced KW Sites – eAgentc and eEdge for KW agents.  Maximize the look, Search Engine Optimization and lead capture capabilities of sites that you already pay for each month!  We offer discount pricing on the website/social media combo package.
 

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!

The Most Underused Keller Williams Tech Tool Out There
At Keller Williams many of the marketing/lead generation tools are agent focused; and rightly so.  However, the Market Center website can be a powerful lead generation tool for all of the agents in the Market Center.  With some work, custom community searches, focused map searches, indexable listings and more can be created on the site.  The site can end up looking and working like the site to the right.

Does you Market Center need help in the enhancement?  I have a designer on my team that focuses exclusively on the Market Center sites.  Get the look enhanced and leads coming in for your office.  Contact us to start the Market Center website enhancement process.

Technology Tidbits – September ’14

Posted in eAgentc, eEdge, MichaelTritthart.com, Real Estate, Technology, Technology Training with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2014 by mtritthart
Time to Go Get Some Apps!
Did you hear that?  A new app just got it’s wings.  On average, 2,371 new apps are published each and every day. (Source: VentureBeat.com. August ’13).  Lucky for you I have download and reviewed each one of those apps ever created (Umm…not really) to determine some of the best new apps to share with you.  The ones listed below and more are located on the MichaelTritthart.com app page.  

Focus@Will When it’s time to focus on your ONE THING do you need some assistance?  This pay site offers services to help you achieve your one thing and it also provides some free apps to assist you.

Full  Let’s stay on the focus theme.  The Full app will allow you track your goals in an easy to use environment.  Use this to make yourself more accountable in your business.

Instagram Updates A big (free) addition to the Instagram app last week.  Hyperlapse provides a new steadiness to your videos along with a great new marketing look.  Definitely worth checking out.

LittleMoments Add some fun text and filters to your marketing images.  A great way to show the sense of community in your business.

MadeWithOver.com Add text and artwork to your marketing images straight from your phone!

Videohance.com Make your marketing, community, niche and other videos stand out with these amazing video features.

Vine Updates Vine recently updated the video camera of their app to supply more special effects and light leaks.

WordSwag Another great app for marketing while using amazing text options. 

How We Can Help Your Business
Do you need some assistance with your online presence?  We are here to help.  Click any of the links or images below to start the process of improving your business.

Custom Blog Site – Need a custom look for your main site, a new community resource or a niche topic blog?  We can do that!  These services are open to EVERYONE. 
 

 

Enhanced KW Sites – eAgentc and eEdge for KW agents.  Maximize the look, Search Engine Optimization and lead capture capabilities of sites that you already pay for each month!  We offer discount pricing on the website/social media combo package
   

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!

 

The Most Underused Keller Williams Tech Tool Out There
At Keller Williams many of the marketing/lead generation tools are agent focused; and rightly so.  However, the Market Center website can be a powerful lead generation tool for all of the agents in the Market Center.  With some work, custom community searches, focused map searches, indexable listings and more can be created on the site.  The site can end up looking and working like the site to the right. 
 
Does you Market Center need help in the enhancement?  I have a designer on my team that focuses exclusively on the Market Center sites.  Get the look enhanced and leads coming in for your office.  Contact us to start the Market Center website enhancement process.

July 2014 Technology Tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 2, 2014 by mtritthart
4 Tools to Improve Your Marketing Materials
Recently, Social Media Examiner sent out a newsletter that has some amazing marketing design features.  Here are 4 of them worth checking out.

Canva.com (pictured to the left) – Use this site, for free, to create some truly amazing marketing pieces.  Use them for Google+ or Facebook banners, blogs, posters and so much more.

Easel.ly (pictured to the right) Convey your marketing message with easy to read infographics for free.  I will be using this for my business – big time!

Powtoon Improve your presentations by creating animated videos for the presentation for free!

Slide.ly Combine your photos and videos into an amazing presentation.

Need help in applying these tools to your website(s) and/or your marketing pieces?  We can help.  Contact me for my team’s website and marketing offerings for Real Estate and other business industries

Google Continues to Get Amazingly Better
Google owns the world and just keeps getting stronger.  One of their most recent improvements can really impact your business for the better.  Google Places has recently been removed and replaced with Google My Business.

Google My Business combines into one system some of the best tools that Google offers.  This includes a business version of YouTube, client reviews, Google+ and more.  Thus, making it much easier to manage the account.

Need help in getting Google My Business set up?  My design team can assist with the setup.  Fill in the form and choose the Google My Business design option.  This service is open to ALL business minded people.

June 2014 Technology Tidbits

Posted in eEdge, Facebook, Google, Keller Williams Realty, MichaelTritthart.com, Real Estate, Social Media, Technology, Technology Training, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2014 by mtritthart
Google Doesn’t Play Fair – And You Don’t Have To Either
If you have been to my workshops before, you have probably heard me say “Google owns the world and we just happen to live in it.”  That is very true with SEO.  They set the rules and they play favorites to their programs.  If you are not using Google+ then you are missing out on one the easiest ways to get ranked higher.

  • Take your free Google+ account and enhance it.  Here is the one I have developed for my training and social media design business.
  • Post content about your relevant topics and include the keywords in the title and body of the post.  Ex. subdivisions, niche topics, listings, your name, etc.  Lots of different options.  You choose.
  • That’s it!  Pretty simple and you will start to see immediate results.  Need proof?  Check out the example of increased SEO under Google+ on this link.   The update that I did for Susan in the example showed in less than 10 SECONDS!
  • Do you have a problem of your listings not showing up first in the search results?  Create a blog post about your new listing, publish it, add it to Google+, THEN add the listing to MLS and push it out.  Go back and add the MLS ID number to your Blog and Google+ post.  Extra work but you should like the results!

Google+ also has other treasure troves.  Such as Google+ Stories and Movies.  You can create marketing pieces for your listings, neighborhoods, etc. in a matter of minutes.  Google provides the blueprint to better SEO, you just have to follow it.  Need some help?  Attend my sessions and/or have my team help build the online platforms you need.

May 2014 Tech Tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 1, 2014 by mtritthart

Tech Snapshots

Here are some little nuggets to help with your marketing and communication.
Carousel by Dropbox
Dropbox is stepping up their game.  Carousel is their new app to help keep all of your photos easily organized.  Use this to help organize your business and life!

Facebook Debugger

Does your link that you are adding to Facebook not show the correct image; or an image at all?  Run the link through the debugger and it should fix your problems!
Social Media Promotion

Speaking of Social Media marketing.  Use these tips to improve your posts and ads.  Read this, and other documents, on Facebook.com/TechnologyTidbitsAlso check out the Google+ Walking Dead article. 
UppTalk
This app allows you to connect with anyone in the world for free.  Best part is that the other user doesn’t need to have the app.  Could it give Viber a run for it’s money?  Try it out and let me know!

Another Reason Why It Is Good To Live In North Texas
There are lots of reasons to live in North Texas.  Here is another NEW one.  1 on 1 training with my team of designers!  I travel and train all over Texas, the US and Canada.  Now, my site designers are willing to set down with North Texas area agents for hands-on, 90 minute sessions.  These private 1 on 1 sessions are designed to get you moving with marketing.  They will train you (or your assistant) how to effectively blog, Facebook with a purpose, all other social media/online marketing elements and much more.

When we build websites/social media platforms for agents, we always say that “we will build the car and the agent has to drive the car.”  These sessions will help you drive that car better!  Don’t live in North Texas?  No worries, now you have a reason (and a business write-off) to visit!  For details, please email me from MichaelTritthart.com and mention 1 on 1 sessions. 

How We Can Help Your Business
Do you need some assistance with your online presence?  We are here to help.  Click any of the links or images below to start the process of improving your business.

Custom Blog Site – Need a custom look for your main site, a new community resource or a niche topic blog?  We can do that!  These services are open to EVERYONE. 
 

 

Enhanced KW Sites – eAgentc and eEdge for KW agents.  Maximize the look, Search Engine Optimization and lead capture capabilities of sites that you already pay for each month!  We offer discount pricing on the website/social media combo package
   

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!

 

The Most Underused Keller Williams Tech Tool Out There
At Keller Williams many of the marketing/lead generation tools are agent focused; and rightly so.  However, the Market Center website can be a powerful lead generation tool for all of the agents in the Market Center.  With some work, custom community searches, focused map searches, indexable listings and more can be created on the site.  The site can end up looking and working like the site to the right. 
 
Does you Market Center need help in the enhancement?  I have a designer on my team that focuses exclusively on the Market Center sites.  Get the look enhanced and leads coming in for your office.  Contact us to start the Market Center website enhancement process.

April ’14 Technology Tidbits

Posted in eEdge, Facebook, Google, Keller Williams Realty, MichaelTritthart.com, Real Estate, Social Media, Technology, Technology Training with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2014 by mtritthart
CHA CHA CHANGES – GOOD AND BAD

There have been quite a few changes lately.  Some of which have greatly altered the business practice of many agents.  Let’s discuss the biggest change first.

Craigslist – The King is dead, long live the king.  Right or wrong, Craigslist has made major changes to restrict what can be advertised in real estate ads.  Check out the new Craigslist updates, via this great graphic from MyOutDesk.com.  These changes will open up the door to other alternatives for online advertising.  Google+, in my opinion, will see more activity.  Another is Backpage.com; which has a very similar Craigslist feel to it and I bet will see a surge in activity.

Blogging – Years ago when blogging first came out it was greatly suggested.  The it faded away and now blogging is back with a vengeance.  Mainly because blogging has such great SEO.  But the biggest problem remains for many agents – actually sitting down and blogging.  Here are 16 Blogging Resources to make that process easier.

Zapier – Now, here is the really good change (great one actually!)  Zapier allows you to automate over 250 web apps.  Such as adding an RSS feed to your Facebook page and more.  It works very similar to one my favorite sites, IFTTT.com.  Many of the action items from each site compliment each other.  Check out what Zapier and can do for you.

BIG Improvements for KW Products
Keller Williams is constantly improving the tools provided to their agents.  Here are two big changes.

KW Mobile App Seamless Branding.  The mobile app for each agent now offers seamless branding.  No need for your clients to download a code.  Market your mobile app URL.  Clients tap the open or view button and they can download YOUR app without the need for an install code. 


Additionally, use the AppShare option to text your app to clients.  This will enable them to receive the app, install and open it, again without an install code.  Do you and your office need more training on the app and all of the KW Tech ToolsContact me to inquire about available training dates.

Here is a BIG, BIG, BIG one.  A common complaint has been the inability to forward the Market Leader email.  Thanks to Katrina Benton, here are steps on how to forward the email to your Gmail account or your KW email (now checked within Google.)  My TIP:  Copy/paste the email AND the password when inputting into the correct spots, instead of typing in the data.  Doing this setup will ensure that you are not missing any business and will streamline your business process. 

How We Can Help Your Business
Do you need some assistance with your online presence?  We are here to help.  Click any of the links or images below to start the process of improving your business.

Custom Blog Site – Need a custom look for your main site, a new community resource or a niche topic blog?  We can do that!  These services are open to EVERYONE. 
Enhanced KW Sites – eAgentc and eEdge for KW agents.  Maximize the look, Search Engine Optimization and lead capture capabilities of sites that you already pay for each month!  We offer discount pricing on the website/social media combo package.
 

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!

The Most Underused Keller Williams Tech Tool Out There
At Keller Williams many of the marketing/lead generation tools are agent focused; and rightly so.  However, the Market Center website can be a powerful lead generation tool for all of the agents in the Market Center.  With some work, custom community searches, focused map searches, indexable listings and more can be created on the site.  The site can end up looking and working like the site to the right. 
 
Does you Market Center need help in the enhancement?  I have a designer on my team that focuses exclusively on the Market Center sites.  Get the look enhanced and leads coming in for your office.  Contact us to start the Market Center website enhancement process.

Get Your eEdge Email Set Up in Google

Posted in eEdge, Google, Keller Williams Realty, MichaelTritthart.com with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2014 by mtritthart

You can get your eEdge email to flow directly into your Google account.  It can go to your Gmail account or your KW email in the Gmail environment.  You choose which email to use.  This also works for eEdge, Pro or Realty Generator users!  Photos/directions below were created by Katrina Benton with Keller Williams Realty.  Click the photos below to enlarge

Follow these steps to start the eEdge to Google configuration process

Follow these steps to start the eEdge to Google configuration process

Complete the Process of Configuring Your eEdge Email Into Google

Complete the Process of Configuring Your eEdge Email Into Google