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Cool New Technology For Agent Communication

I remember when I was in college it was cheaper to call home on Sundays.  Then, even on that cheap 7 cents a minute day, I would watch the clock the entire time I was talking to my parents.  Paying per minute- today's generation will never know the stress of watching the clock while your mother goes on and on about the neighbors.   

Today not only is communication light-years ahead of where in was when I was in college (cell phone in college??  Didn't know one person who had one.), but it has gotten so much cheaper to reach out and touch (or email, text, ping, call, etc) someone.  And in many cases, the price has come down to free! 

Check out these latest ways to communicate with someone - for free! 

Jott.com -  Say you are driving down the road and you remember that you forgot to email your ad copy to the person that handles your company's page in the real estate magazine.  It needs to be in now and she likes in writing.  You are in hurry, driving, and you don't have time to compose an email on your blackberry.  Jott to the rescue.  Simply call Jott's 1-800, say the name of the person you want to Jott (you would have had to programmed her to your contact list, which is very easy to do) and leave your message.  Jott will turn your voice into an email and email your message to the recipient in seconds. 

Meebo.com -  This is a service that lets you instant message from anywhere.  This is a cute service, but they have one application that could be very useful to any agent with a website.  Meebo Me is a widget you can download on the site and integrate into your website allowing you to see the people you are visiting your web page and chat with them!  Imagine that user experience on your site!  Go to www.meebome.com/learnmore.html  to learn more. 

Pinger.com - Say you have a seller that is completely rude to work with (I'll let you think about this for a second...as it will probably be hard to come up with one...) and you need to relay a message that it is imperative that they get you the condo docs by 4:00 today.  You need to get this message to them, but you don't want to actually have to talk to them and just sending an email might not get your tone of how important this is across to them.  Enter Pinger.  You can call the seller through this service and it bypassing the ringing and immediately lets you leave a voicemail.  Sort of like texting, with your voice.  Go to http://www.pinger.com/content/company/learn_more.html?_t=home_learnmore  to learn more. 

I am sure there are a number of other great services like these out there, and if anyone is using them, it would be great to hear about them . 

I don't know if the 7 cent a minute plan is still in place at my old college.  I am guessing they either had to adapt to the new ways that people are using technology to communicate or they went under.   Actually, I bet a lot of other industries have had to go through similar adaptations since my college days...






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Comment balloon 11 commentsSara Bonert • April 24 2007 08:47AM


Great post. I was just introduced to Jott.com by Margaret Rome yesterday. That pinger sounds like a God-send. I will be using that when I need to leave messages for difficult people.
Posted by Johnnie Taylor (CFB) about 13 years ago
Just put meebo on my homepage....can't hurt to have it on there, right? Seems like it could be pretty cool.
Posted by Jim Ludes, Grundy/Will County, IL REALTOR (RE/MAX Top Properties) about 13 years ago
Here is a link to Jim's website to check out what meebo looks like - http://www.jimludes.com/
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago
Thanks for the information.  I will try out the two I haven't heard of. 
Posted by Cynthia Sloop (Community Association Manager) about 13 years ago
Sara- it's pretty neat; meebo that is......having had it up for a couple hours the problems I see are that you need to keep the meebo window open to be logged in at all times and the bigger one....everyone comes up as meeboguest393847 or some other randomly generated number. That said, I'll keep it around (for free) and while I'm working at the computer if someone has a question...voila- here I am.
Posted by Jim Ludes, Grundy/Will County, IL REALTOR (RE/MAX Top Properties) about 13 years ago
Pinger doesn't support my number- for whatever reason....guess I can't try that out!
Posted by Jim Ludes, Grundy/Will County, IL REALTOR (RE/MAX Top Properties) about 13 years ago
Great information...Thanks!  Here's another company to look into: The Title Company I work with has touted "RealPing" which is a button you put on your website for your visitors to push, type in their cell phone number & it automatically calls you from their phone number at no cost to them.  This way they can call you right away for FREE.  My Title rep uses it and loves it, however I haven't been successful getting RealPing to customize a button for our site, thus far.  If you are okay with their button's look, then you can have it up and running in no time.  Also, there is a local company here in Arizona that will go to your listing, measure all the rooms and then put a floorplan online for you to link to (for MLS, Realtor.com & your website), as well as print flyers for your brochures & give you a foam board of the floorplan to put on an easel near the front door.  The best part of their services is that when a potential Buyer clicks on the link (usually under the virtual tour link in our MLS), it will show them the floorplan AND have a library of household furniture that you can put your measurements in (say, a couch) and it will allow the Buyer to test out their furniture in the floorplan.  Cool stuff!  If you like this idea, check around with companies in your area to see if anyone offers these type of services.  I just found this company and will now use it for all of our Fine Home listings.
Posted by Brad Sundin & Stacy Sundin, ABR, GRI, e-Pro, ASP (RE/MAX Excalibur - The Scottsdale.com & Tempe.com Team) about 13 years ago

Thanks Brad and Stacy!!


Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago

Good tips and resources. Thanks

Carolin Benjamin
Bob and Carolin Benjamin - The Benjamin Team - Keller Williams Integrity First Realty - Gold Canyon, Arizona

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 13 years ago
Sara- used the meebo chat on my website to have a late-night impromptu chat with a past client in regards to listing their current house....should be listing it tomorrow!
Posted by Jim Ludes, Grundy/Will County, IL REALTOR (RE/MAX Top Properties) about 13 years ago

More to say about Brad and Stacy's RealPing service... since the bridged telephone connection originated from the prospect's computer, at any time in the conversation you, the real estate professional, can "push" web page data or documents to their computer while talking on the phone.  Very cool.

additional info at: http://www.realping.com/

I am not yet a user because my real estate website is a templated service and I can not place additional code on their template pages - but I'm working on it !



Posted by Ted Baker, MidFloridaMediation.com (Carmody and Associates LLC) about 13 years ago