Considering Google Maps Enterprise Support and Licensing At REW
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
- 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
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.