What's going on at Real Estate Webmasters
Rather than answer a bunch of different questions in several locations I figured I would post an update here on my blog regarding several items so that folks can just ask their questions in the comment area of this post. I will provide updates on the Craiglist Tool, Mobile IDX, LEC 6 and the 4.0 REW CRM / backend (and Las Vegas CRM Summit) < dates are April 28th and 29th do you have your flights booked?
Let's get started shall we? Here are the details for each item - once again, please ask your questions in the comments section of this post so that others may benefit from the answers as well.
It's completed and has been successfully installed on several sites. For those of you that don't know what this tool is: The craiglist tool allows you to quickly and easily launch professionally designed layouts from the REW backend and generate the necessary html to be pasted into Craigslist. It's as simple as selecting the MLS number of one of your listings and now you have a professional Craiglist ad that is driving relevant visitors right to your website to capture leads. *requires that you have an IDX.
Drew Hartanov of wrote a very nice review of the tool here: http://www.realestatewebmasters.com/blogs/octeam/11497/show/. I have decided to offer this tool at an introductory price of $250 USD however we are unsure if this is sufficient as the labor required to install the tool on older sites (3.0 and above) may require us to increase the price at a later date. So don't wait - get your craigslist posting tool today.
Coding is virtually complete on our new Mobile IDX product and we are now beginning to test on the different popular phone models (iphone, android, blackberry etc) - this new Mobile IDX is being developed as an "add on" to our built in REW IDX product so that all leads captured will funnel into the one lead management system. Plans are in the works to also develop a stand alone mobile version for non REW hosted websites. Pricing is to be determined and launch date is expected some time in May.
LEC 6 (Limited Edition Custom Version 6)
Just this week I announced to my sales team that I would be starting the building process for LEC 6. This version will have a focus not only on current technologies (as all LEC's have in the past) but also take into account some of the newer developments in our space such as increased mobile use, and increased non flash rendering tablet usage (Ipad / Ipad 2 etc).
Obviously I have nothing to show at this point as I am in the conceptualization / planning stage of development however there are those at REW who have asked to be notified immediately when they can get it - so consider this your notice, If you would like to lock up the exclusive in your market call your sales person right away, send them an email or post in the promo post that will be launched later today. It's first come first served - and remember we only sell 1 LEC site per market area, if you have missed previous versions, you know how quickly these things sell out.
I can imagine markets like Calgary, Atlanta, Sarasota, Austin, Minneapolis, and several otheres buying by the end of the week, if not today.
REW 4.0 CRM and Lead Management Summit in Las Vegas!
Dates are confirmed - we are at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas, NV - April 28th and 29th. The REW crew is arriving on the 27th and leaving on the 30th - we hope to see you all there.
So what's the deal? After the REW Summit on Vancouver Island this past summer (and receiving some AMAZING feedback from our long time members, and most valued attendees) - we began building the next generation of backend / CRM platform for Real Estate Webmasters customers. We've always had a backend, and it's always been competitive - but we want to ROCK THIS SPACE - and in order to do so, we need to have the industry leading CRM - one that not only fully integrates into our backend (as all previous versions have) but one that provides tools that help lead co-ordinators, brokers, office managers and most importantly agents, assign, track, report and convert leads!
At the event - day one we are going to be unveiling the beta of the software, walking our members through all the functionality and answering questions taking suggestions etc. We break for lunch, our members break off into groups, brainstorm and share ideas and then back at it for an afternoon of additional requests and feedback. At the end of day 1 session, we will head back upstairs and the R & D team will be coding up a storm making adjustments, inventing new stuff based on ideas generated etc - and then back at it in the AM to show off the adjustments, and hear what great suggestions / ideas the members came up with over night as they got together over dinner to network and share ideas.
Some of the most experienced lead generating / closing members in our group will be there, the sharing of private information alone makes this trip worth it!
The Las Vegas event is free (you just have to get there) - but seating will be limited so please RSVP early to Laura @realestatewebmasters. com - only tell her you are going if you have already booked tickets please, we don't want to turn away anyone if we don't have to. Those of you who have committed to Real Estate Webmasters as your long term strategic partner - this summit is crucial for you as it is your opportunity to help build (on my R & D dollar instead of your own) the next platform for you and your agents to generate business with.
I look forward to meeting so many of you for the first time - and especially seeing all my old friends whom have been with REW for many years and have attended previous events. Feel free to chime in for our possible first time attendees on the great times, and amazing networking opportunity