Considering Google Maps Enterprise Support and Licensing At REW

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I have been in talks with Google corporate lately regarding becoming an enterprise Google maps customer. This would open up some very exciting opportunities for REW IDX customers including:

  • Unlimited Geocoding license
  • Enterprise Level Support directly from Google
  • Opportunities and access to the newest Google API features
  • Zero Ads - Currently Google does not have ads on their maps, but they do reserve the right to do so in the future, however as an enterprise account, REW will have the option to not show ads and customize the mapping interface
Now there is one trade off. It costs money, and so it should, Google maps is a great service and they should make some $ for all their hard work.

So how much would it cost?
We don't know yet, but it is looking like it will be just under $.01 per geocode.

For the average IDX customer this does not mean a huge expense, but it would mean an expense nonetheless. Lets say you have 5000 listings in your MLS - that would mean the initial geocode session would cost $50.00 USD and lets say there are 300 new listings per week, that would mean $3.00 USD per week. Not a huge cost, but a cost. So my question to REW IDX customers is "At the cost above, would you be interested in greater support and flexibility for your Google mapping IDX systems?"

One thing to consider is the cost savings on development. Using the current free API license, we sometimes have to get a little creative in order to map all of your listings initially, and this can mean an hour or two of extra coding time (Billing as you know is $100 USD)

To me this is a no brainer, and I will likely be making this commitment to partner with Google, but only clients that opt in and are willing to pay the usage fees will have access to any advanced functionality provided under the license and the enterprise level support from Google.
I would love to hear from our readers (Especially REW IDX customers) on this blog post, your comments and feedback are important to me so thank you in advance.

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pguyton3

I would love to incorporate it into my custom IDX. It is a minimal cost for something that should put you above the curve when comparing to most of the competition. Most of the mapping technology out there that incorporates IDX have advertisements all over the pages.These advertisements make the pages very cluttered and takes away from the overall design and function. That is just my opinion:)

john sabia

interested in hearing more.

Morgan Carey

We will make sure we have no ads on yours Preston ;) John, did you have any specific questions about the Google API, Licensing etc?

Daniel Rothamel

I am a new REW IDX customer, and I really like the work you guys did on my site. Going Enterprise seems like it would open up a lot of possibilities that I would love to take advantage of. Our MLS isn't huge, so I imagine that the benefit would far outweigh the cost.

sueboughton

Large Mls's seem like they could get pretty pricey. The functionality would definitely put you ahead of the crowd. I would love to see it in action.

john sabia

Hey Morgan: more info on what it would take for my site. I don't have any mapping yet. The only concern i have with sites with mapping, is it take a long time to load.

OCTeam

We're in for anything that can be customized and puts us ahead of the competiton for IDX. Our REW map search is a huge success with our visitors.

Calum

If this means a greater and more accurate geocoding success rate I'd be in.

john Sabia

Morgan, Still interested in talking with you about incorporating this on my site idx.

Morgan Carey

John, you do not have to wait until Google enterprise to have mapping integrated into your IDX, if you are interested in upgrading your IDX with Mapping, send me an email, I can give you a quote on that :) Something like this http://www.realestateeasyas123.com/idx/map/ would be likely under 10 hours.

Richard Guy

I found Yahoo's geocoder to be more accurate than Google's. Not sure why. (This is for getting latitude/longitude from a street address.) Might be worth checking this for yourself before you spend moeny.

Richard Guy

...btw, the link in your last post returned a JavaScript syntax error! :-( (IE7)

Wayne Long

I am willing to put in a few more dollars to have a better system.

Gary Ashton

So...when are we integrating with Google? G ;)

Keith Lutz

Not sure how these four things relate to extra dollars in MY pocket? Could you explain more? 1.) Unlimited Geocoding license (as opposed to...) 2.) Enterprise Level Support directly from Google (OK, this is great for you, which in turn could be better for us, I guess?) 3.) Opportunities and access to the newest Google API features (Do they release a different API for enterprise Level support?) 4.) Zero Ads - Currently Google does not have ads on their maps, but they do reserve the right to do so in the future, however as an enterprise account, REW will have the option to not show ads and customize the mapping interface (IF there are no ads right now then there are no ads) So for a heavy MLS an extra bucks right off the bat, and then a weekly fluctuating amount, and this will get me what extras? "At the cost above, would you be interested in greater support and flexibility for your Google mapping IDX systems?" OK, I understand the support part! But the article does not really say what flexibility you will be offering? Don't mean to sound negative, just trying to understand exactly what benefits there are?

Dennis Pease

Hey Morgan, I already have the custom IDX and google mapping that you did for me, and I think it's great. Is what you are talking about here different than what I currently have and if so, what is the difference?

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