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Monthly Archives: February 2011
28 February 2011Posted by on
Our office voted ‘No’ on eEdge because the information our ALC received was very cryptic & because they’re admittedly a bit of a skeptical group. The way it came across (before I got involved) was that KWRI was going to provide us with a product we hadn’t asked for, provided by companies they wouldn’t disclose, and charge us for it whether we liked it or not. That was no fault of KWRI or our technology team, it was just a breakdown in communications. Since I know the people involved in our tech group at KWRI, I knew that anything they did was going to be first-class, a tremendous value, and any providers thoroughly vetted.
When the announcement came through that eEdge had been approved, I began looking at the service partners and realized that an individual agent would pay $20/month to sign up for DotLoop. Obviously a full office would get it for a bulk price that would break down to a significantly lower per-agent cost, but that didn’t help my cause – so I didn’t bring it up. Seeing the DotLoop price and knowing how ‘green’ the agents in my office are (plastic & aluminum recycling bins, paper recycling, etc.), I met with our leadership and informed them that we were going to position eEdge in this way:
“You, as agents, wanted to go paperless. It’s good for the earth, it’ll save you on printing, copying, & faxing, and it will save you time scanning and emailing documents. No more running around at the last minute because the lender needs an amendment. The cost for this service is $20 per agent per month. HOWEVER, KWRI has leveraged our agent count with DotLoop and gotten them to reduce it to $15 for you. You’ll save more than that not having to deal with the paper issues, and we can save money on our E&O insurance. Now, *if* you are interested in a customer relationship manager (CRM) that handles your touch programs with very little effort, KWRI has gotten that for you for free from Market Leader. *If* you are interested in some professionally-designed marketing pieces, they’ve also secured a relationship with Imprev at no cost to you. You can choose to take advantage of the services Market Leader and Imprev provide if you choose, or ignore them if you want, even though we believe you’ll definitely like what you see. The only thing that will be required to keep the office on the same platform is the $15/month for DotLoop.”
You’d be surprised how attitudes changed with this new positioning. It’s all about finding what is important to our ‘clients,’ in this case internal clients. If you’ve met any resistance due to lack of technical skills or any other reason, how did you overcome it?
25 February 2011Posted by on
Should you get the Market Leader Pro Add-on?
Well, it depends on your needs and your web presence.
If you are ‘old-school’ and don’t really use a lot of technology in your touch programs, and you don’t necessarily want to drive traffic to an impressive, informational website, you should probably save the money and use it for stamps and stationery.
However, if you want to leverage technology in your touch programs, and you want your leads and clients to see your website as the only source they need for the information they need to find the right house, you should definitely consider the professional edition.
(Full disclosure: I’m a geek. I do not get any type of benefit from you choosing one option over the other. I simply want to convey why I chose to go with the Professional Edition.)
Differences visible to the public
When I first activated my eEdge account, I went with the basic account. While I was assisting another agent who had gone pro, I quickly noticed the visible difference. There are many things that aren’t visible from the public’s perspective, but the things that are visible definitely stand out. As for the visible difference on the website, consider these two property listings, with the changes that I can see bordered in gold:
Items not visible to your leads/clients
Allow me to translate “marketing-speak” to “agent speak.” I’m using Market Leader’s information, and interpreting the best I can, so please forgive me if I’ve misread something. The changes they highlight are as follows:
- “Deluxe” listing packages, which have brochures, flyers, and postcards that have been coordinated to produce a consistent brand.
- Unlimited virtual tours with text, photos and music. This is available ala carte for $49 (or maybe $99 – I can’t fully recall) each.
- Extended library of eNewsletters and eCards.
- The ability to create custom campaigns, in addition to the stock 33-Touch, 12-Touch, and 8×8’s available. This allows you to change the dates when your items deploy as well as what gets deployed.
- Craigslist posting service.
- The ability to embed a search widget into your other sites, such as your blog, email signature, etc.
- Expanded list of available website themes.
- Additional search fields and “search by map” options on your website.
- A selection of vanity URL’s already secured by Market Leader. (personal note: I got “SearchAtlantaProperties.com” – HOW COOL IS THAT?)
- The option to add “Featured Partners” to your website (translation: sponsorship opportunities!)
- Customizable email templates.
- The addition of an RSS feed alert for new leads,
- The ability to access your database, schedules, tasks, etc. from your smart phone. (To me this is a HUGE advantage!)
- Detailed customer information, including the number of times they’ve seen specific properties, when they last accessed the site, which ones they’ve saved, etc. (Personally, if I can see that a lead or client has viewed the same home 5 different times, I know that I need to be picking up the phone ASAP!)
- Performance management allows you insight on your close rate, unsubscribe rate, etc.
- Site activity monitoring, allowing you to see where your leads are finding you so you can better play “red-light, green-light” with your marketing dollars.
Have you discovered any other differences that I’ve missed? Let me know.
25 February 2011Posted by on
eEdge – IT’S ALIVE!!!
And thank God for it!
Between now and utopia, however, we need to do a couple things that may not be highly intuitive. For example:
- Add an MLS ID for KWLS (at least until all of the IDX agreements are in place).
- Edit your KWLS comments.
- Add your office logo (especially so my Georgia colleagues will be in compliance with state requirements).
- Add your office MLS ID for KWLS (this is ONLY if you choose to have all of your office’s listings appear in your “Featured Properties” box)
Add your MLS ID
Until all of the IDX agreements are in place, the only functional IDX is KWLS. All of your listings should be in KWLS anyway, so this is a good start. I was not aware that we had a “KWLS MLS ID,” but Market Leader Tech Support provided me with my code, which I then tracked back to correspond with my ‘Associate ID” in my KW White Pages profile, as shown below:
Once you have your Associate ID, you will need to add it to your eEdge profile. Do this by accessing eEdge (which can be done by clicking on “New Listings” or any other eEdge-related hyperlink at the top of MyKW). Once at the dashboard, select ‘Website,’ located under ‘Admin’ in the left column. Now click on ‘Profile Info’ and your information should be displayed. You may notice the “Agent MLS ID” label, but it is not very prominent until you click the ‘Edit’ button at the bottom of the page.
Once you click the ‘Edit’ button, you will see the link to ‘Add Agent MLS ID’
When you click on the link, a pop-up box will appear with a drop-down list of available MLS’s. For now, select KWLS. Once the IDX agreements are in place for you, come back and repeat this process to enter the ID or ID’s used to log in to the MLS in your area.
Click ‘Save’ and once your Associate ID appears correctly, you will need to click ‘Save’ at the bottom of this page to fully apply your changes.
Edit your KWLS comments
Why do you need to do this? In a test display of properties active in KWLS, I stumbled upon one property where the agent had put – in the middle of the comments – “Lockbox code is 1234.” At present, KWLS information is available for everyone to see and, unless you audit your comments, anyone in the world can go to the house, use lockbox code 1234 and enter this house. PLEASE be sure to review the information shown in KWLS to make sure it is compliant with all laws and regulations and does not include confidential remarks.
Add your Office Logo
Especially for those agents in states (like Georgia) which have regulations that the broker’s information be as large or larger than the agent’s information, you need to add your broker’s logo. Even if you don’t have to add the logo and you – for some reason – choose not to, you will need to add something in this box or it will continue to show “No Image Available” at the top of your eEdge website. To add the logo, access the eEdge Website Admin dashboard (instructions above), and click on ‘Site Images.’ Although the box for ‘Site Banner’ states that there is no existing image, it is, in fact, the roofline shown at the header of your existing page. Under ‘Agency Logo,’ click the ‘Edit’ button. A pop-up box will appear and there are 4 generic Keller Williams logos to choose from, or you may upload your own image (with or without your office name). The specifications are as follows: “Image must be a .jpg or .png saved in landscape orientation with a fieldsize no more then 500kb. The maximum size allowed is: 230 width by 140 height.” After you have added or selected your logo, simply click ‘Save’ to apply your changes.
Check back regularly for additional information as we progress together. Please email me or comment below with a link to your blog if you have additional information that will benefit the masses. Remember “Teamwork: Together Everyone Achieves More!”