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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.
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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

March ’14 Tech Tidbits by MichaelTritthart.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 3, 2014 by mtritthart
It’s Partnership Time

business_people2.jpg It was all about Allied Resources in 2013 and even more so in 2014.  It seems like everyone is partnering up, combining forces or buying each other out (see Facebook and WhatsApp).  Here are some recent partnerships that affect the real estate world and your business.

 

LandVoice and SmartZip – LandVoice provides numbers for expired listings and FSBOs among other items.   They have recently partnered with SmartZip to provide numbers to agents using SmartZip.  SmartZip offers Predictive Data for the neighborhoods that agents purchase.  Click here to know more about SmartZip and to contact them regarding their services with LandVoice.  

 

ArchAgent and Market Leader – (eEdge database for KW agents) –  ArchAgent has a PowerDialer, along with other products.  They provide expired listings and FSBO numbers as well.  What is the benefit of using their product?  Agents can import the contacts from ArchAgent into the Market Leader CRM – eEdge for KW agents.  Find out more about ArchAgent and getting it connected with Market Leader

 

Google and KW –  Google owns the world, we just happen to live in it.  I say this all the time in my training sessions.  You don’t believe me?  Check their stock prices!  The partnership between Keller Williams Realty and Google has just gotten stronger with the release of more items for Google Apps for Business.  This allows KW agents to set up Google+, YouTube, Google Voice, Google Places and more with the KW login for Google.  Google provides their products to EVERYONE and my training is open to EVERYONE.  Do you need a tech workshop for Google or other tech topics?  I can help. 

 

WebsiteBox and Zopim – WebsiteBox is a new offering in the website business for all Real Estate agents.  They recently partnered with Zopim to provide chat functions to their sites.  However, you need to know what you are doing in designing your site.  Here is my recruiting example: ReadyForANewCareer.com.  Do you need some website design help?  My design team can assist. 

How Do You Accomplish Your One Thing!

Time management can be a difficult process in any business; especially in real estate.  What tools do you use to keep the focus on your one thing?  Check out these 7 time trackers to help take back control of your schedule and focus on your one thing.

 

December 2013 Technology Tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 2, 2013 by mtritthart
A Chance to Get Your .Realtor Domain Name Expires Soon!
Hard to believe it is already December.  This year has flown by, and for many of you, it has been a great year.  Continue that trend into 2014 with a new marketing feature.  There is a problem – .com domain names are becoming scarce.  Problem solved!  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been evaluating whether to allow top level domain names such as .Sony, .Google, etc.  One additional name is .Realtor.Starting now and until December 31, 2013, Realtors® have the opportunity to be included on a priority registration list to secure their own .Realtor top-level domain name. Participating members will receive advance notification to register their own .Realtor domain(s) one day before general release. NAR will provide the first 500,000 members who register for a .Realtor domain with a free one-year license.

You can start the process by visiting SignUpForDotRealtor.com; which is located on the MichaelTritthart.com lead generation page with other lead capture tools for your convenience.

Custom Google Signatures
Many of you have been using Gmail for years.  Thousands of KW agents just became Gmail users with the November migration of KW webmail into Google.  One of the benefits that you may not know about is you can create a custom signature that can match your sites, enhance your brand and allow you to add custom call to action features.

Below is a sample of one that my design team created to match an agent’s online brand.  Want your own?  We can help.  Just click the image below to email for details and pricing.  Just put “I want my custom signature!” in the comments field and we can start the process!

November ’13 Tech Tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 3, 2013 by mtritthart
Get Googleized

Starting in November, all KW agents are getting “Googleized.”  KW Agents will receive access to 4 Google Apps for Business tools in the initial roll-out:  Gmail, Talk, Drive and Calendar.  But Google tools work for everyone.  What about you and your business?  Are you Googleized?  Google has over 65 apps currently in the Google arsenal. 

 

In addition to the powerful functions mentioned above, Google provides a ton of valuable tools to real estate agents and other businesses.  Check out some of these on the Google page on MichaelTritthart.com.  Highlights from the page include Goo.gl, Authorship, Boomerang, Alerts, Voice and so much more.  Take advantage of these FREE tools and more to grow your business.   BONUS TIP:  Check out the Google training videos on YouTube.com/MichaelTritthart to help get you going with some of the great Google products. 

Do You Advertise on Craigslist?  You Better Read This….
Just in the past few days Craigslist has started to make a major change to how an ad will show on their site.  This is a staggered roll out; so some are not affected yet.  But soon all will be seeing the change.

What’s the change?  We don’t know the full scope yet.  But look at the image above.  You will no longer be able to add HTML code into your ads.  This will block photos, font changes and other HTML items from appearing.  It will also greatly affect various companies and their posting tools, making them ineffective in their current state.  Market Leader is aware of the changes and is looking at their Craigslist posting system to adhere to the new updates. 

If you use Craigslist you need to stay on top of the changes.  Contact the company you are using to help post your ads and they should be able to share updated, best practices with you.  Please remember that tech changes all the time and sometimes you have to roll with it!

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.

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!

 

Oct. ’13 Tech Tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 1, 2013 by mtritthart
Technology 411

YouTube Launches Audio Library:”Any YouTube creator now has access to more than 150 royalty-free instrumental tracks you can use for free, forever, for any creative purpose (not just YouTube videos).”  Something else that is NEW from YouTube is the Community settings.  This allows you to apply filters to comments posted on your channel and Approve/Ban users. 

Have you ever made a mistake on a Facebook post that you wish you could edit?  Now –  Facebook Lets You Edit Posts After Sharing on Web and Mobile: You now have the option to edit your Facebook updates. This works now on the web and the Facebook Android app, and iOS capability is coming soon.  

 

 

A new Google recipe from IFTTT that is pretty powerful as more and more agents use Google.  The recipe: When a meeting is added to my calendar, automatically create a meeting notes document in Evernote.”  Not yet using the free tools on IFTTT?  You are missing out.  Check out what IFTTT can do for you…for FREE!  

 

Apple users – is the new iOS 7 sucking your battery dry?  Check out these helpful battery tips to squeeze a little more out of your devices. 

Let Us Help With A New Vision for Your Websites & Social Media
   
 

REAL Estate Sites 

REAL Results

My design team has helped enhance over 6,000 KW websites and can help you with the lead capture, content, SEO and overall look of your KW Websites for a minimal onetime fee.  We deliver the custom look AND content your sites need to be successful. 

 

Looking to improve your KW eEdge and eAgentC Websites?  Want a fresh look?  More importantly, are you ready for better SEO and improved Lead Capture?  Need someone to help with all of the IN DEPTH settings and vision for your sites?  We can help. 

Need assistance with your social media?  We have you covered there as well.  We will develop a branded Facebook business page, WordPress blog, a Pinterest page, a YouTube channel and more.  All with the look that you want and the lead capture that you need.  Need help with EVERYTHING!  We offer a complete, discounted website/social media setup package.

View sample sites on MichaelTritthart.com and contact us to get started.  Here are some new additional sites that we just finished: Susan McKinney, Josh Mente, Roger Curry and Betsy Voegtlin.

Do You Struggle With Your Database?
Having troubles getting your database in order?  Not taking full advantage of your eEdge marketing?  With our new eEdge Full Service offering, we can help.   Click the image below and contact us for details on eEdge Full Service.
eEdge Real Results

Sept. ’13 Tech Tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 30, 2013 by mtritthart
One of the Best Things Facebook Has Ever Created!
Ok, I am overdoing it just a little bit.  But the feature recently released by Facebook has enormous potential.  With Facebook Embeddable Posts, you add a post from your Facebook page or personal profile to your website and/or blog.  What does this mean?  You can add FRESH content to your site that will allow users to:

  1. Like/share the post from your website/blog
  2. Visit and like your Facebook page 
  3. Add comments to the post 
  4. View comments and shares on the post 
  5. Embed your post into their own website/blog. (Click the drop down next to the “Like Page” or “Follow” button to access the embed code.)

What are some topics that I can add?  Pretty much anything your want.  Check out the post that Steve Rider added to his eAgentc site.  I added recently completed samples to the home page of MichaelTritthart.com.  Watch the video below for more info on this great feature and how to add it to your eAgentc site.

I Didn’t Know We Could Do That!
That is a common phrase that I hear with technology; especially with social media.  Below are some tips that can help you easily build your online presence.

Boomerang for Gmail – This Google Chrome plug-in is a valuable addition for Gmail users.  Boomerang allows you to schedule an email to go out later, remind you when to follow up on an email, remind you if you don’t hear back and so much more.  Very powerful and very free!

ClubTexting.com – Need to get your message out to the masses?  Use this  system to send it via bulk text messaging.

Time To Market Your KW App – We Can Help
KW Agents – The Mobile App is Here!  Now What?  Time to market it that’s what!  You should have the App showcased everywhere; especially on your two KW websites.  Do you need some help in doing this?  My design team can help with this, getting your mobile app marketing campaigns going and organizing your eEdge database/back office.  Reach out to us for info on our KW App Advertising/eEdge Database help.

Let Us Help With A New Vision for Your Websites & Social Media
   
 

REAL Estate Sites 

REAL Results

My design team has helped enhance over 6,000 KW websites and can help you with the lead capture, content, SEO and overall look of your KW Websites for a minimal onetime fee.  We deliver the custom look AND content your sites need to be successful. 

 

Looking to improve your KW eEdge and eAgentC Websites?  Want a fresh look?  More importantly, are you ready for better SEO and improved Lead Capture?  Need someone to help with all of the IN DEPTH settings and vision for your sites?  We can help. 

Need assistance with your social media?  We have you covered there as well.  We will develop a branded Facebook business page, WordPress blog, a Pinterest page, a YouTube channel and more.  All with the look that you want and the lead capture that you need.  Need help with EVERYTHING!  We offer a complete, discounted website/social media setup package.

View sample sites on MichaelTritthart.com and contact us to get started.  Here are some new additional sites that we just finished: Susan McKinney, Josh Mente, Roger Curry and Betsy Voegtlin.