April 2009


Just in case you didn’t get the email (yeah right!) Rapattoni is having a contest where the lucky winner could win a stuffed “Rapattoni lion”.

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This has certainly raised the bar for booth give away items. Leaves me to wonder what will the competition do? Here’s my suggestions….

FNRES/Cyberhomes, LLC/LPS
Long known as the king of catchy booth-ware (who can forget the “I like BIG BUTTons” t-shirts?) might I suggest a giganto stuffed chameleon to match your ever changing persona?

FBS
The young upstarts from Fargo have been working all Winter filling sandbags to hold back the waters of the Red River. So how about replica sandbags? But instead of being stuffed with sand they will be stuffed with reprints from Mike Wurzer’s FlexMLS Blog! This would be great for the office. Every now and then you could reach in the bag and find a great article about “MLS standards” to read.

MarketLinx
I think you take advantage of having the cool letter “X” in your name and go for the co-marketing opportunity with the release of new “X-Man Origins” movie. You could hand out Wolverine back scratchers!

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We are very excited to announce that MetroList Services has included full Dwellicious integration with their popular public portal MetrolistMLS.com!

MetroList(r) is one of California’s largest MLS providers, in terms of membership, and THE LARGEST in terms of geographical coverage of the Golden State. Every listing on MetroListMLS.com includes the Dwellicious “chiclet”, plus a full splash page when consumers visit the site.

Inman just posted about it here.

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The Dwellicious integration was launched this past weekend and consumer sign ups for Dwellicious have been through the roof!

Read the full Press Release below.

MetroList Services adds Dwellicious to its popular MetroListMLS.com listings site.
New functionality allows site visitors to easily share properties with others.

Guilty as charged! Oh wait, is that another cliche??

The top ten things that kill real estate vendor website copy

Can you tell the difference?

“Art, you ignorant slut”
Russ Bergeron, CEO SoCalMLS

–>In response to a presentation from Art Carter, CEO of MRMLS, on VOWs.

“I would recommend that all MLS Providers negotiate a 30 day out clause with their tax data providers”
Dale Ross, Broker and 18 years member of the National Association of REALTORS Board of Directors.

–>In response to a question from Bob Bemis, CEO of ARMLS, about the launch of RPR. After Dale Ross gave an update on NAR’s RPR project.

Follow me on Twitter to follow the live action at the Connection 2009 conference at @gregrobertson. We are using the hashtag #cxn and #rmls

Looking forward to attending Connection 2009 next week in one of my favorite cities, Portland, OR.

As you may have heard or read, Connection is allowing Vendors this year. RMLS decided to allow Vendors because, that’s how they roll!

The agenda has been posted. They will not have an exhibit area for Vendors. Which I don’t think is such a bad thing. We can all hang out in the bar, or maybe even sit in on a few sessions. : )

Attendance is looking good, but I’m sure they are always looking for more. Here’s the details:

When:
April 15-17

Where:
Hilton Portland
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 226-1611

Cost:
Conference Registration: $325
Attorneys Only Day Registration: $125
Attorneys Only Day and Conference: $400

For full details visit Connection 2009

See you there!

Our very own Bradley Inman was featured in the New York Times this weekend. In an article talking about the future of digital publishing.

Brad Inman, entrepreneur

Brad Inman, entrepreneur

Brad’s new venture is called, Vook. The site promises to “Experience books in a whole new way. Vook tells stories better.” It is currently in beta, I just requested an invite.

Sounds like stories are told using a variety of different ways (platforms) including words, video and social media (e.g. Twitter). This is interesting to me in the context of the movie industry and how people are wondering if this latest 3D wave is just a fad or with the help of new technology it will stick.

I believe it all comes down to the strength of the story, but Brad’s convergence of words, images and social media seems like a logical next step. Imagine if the digital/virtual book (Vook) knew at what point you stopped reading, and then starting sending you Tweets from characters in the story up until that point, or giving you a tease of what’s coming up next. I can riff a bunch of ideas off this but my head is going to explode!

Good luck Brad! Hook me up with a beta invite!

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