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This week, RE/MAX Select and RE/MAX Westcoast held their yearly business planning session. It was attended by over 100 keen and eager REALTOR(S) from newbies to seasoned pros. It was refreshing to spend some time talking about building one's business and listening to agents in our group of companies. Tech actually played very little role in anyone's contribution, but I bring it up for two reasons.
1. As a reminder that tech will not replace business building and SALES skills. Those REALTOR(S) who you see with all the for sale and sold signs in the area did not get there using facebook.
2. One agent at our workshop did, however, bring up managed hosting email. The concept of having one's blackberry be the same as one's desktop and as their iPad as far as inbox and other folders go (IE you send an email from your blackberry and it shows in the sent folder of your iPad) I wanted to quickly point out that one way or another, if you don't currently have this, you NEED to get there ASAP. The days of having to re-read your emails when back at your computer are over. I have been using gmail's IMAP service (free) for years but remember the old days of looking at your email on another platform. Get past this. Talk to me if you need help.
What else is going on in tech?
-CALENGOO - I've mentioned this before, but I LOVE this service. It is a game changer. Just as I type this email, my iPhone battery died (surprise surprise) but my calendar is online, including items I just added minutes ago from my (now dead) phone.
-Tomorrow - Docusign is doing a webinar that is sold out. We are playing the webinar in our Boardroom (@ 4806 Main Street) at noon tomorrow (Wednesday D|ec 7th) Call our front desk at 604-678-3333 to reserve a spot)
- facebook - I am loving the new "groups" on facebook. I have a group called "family" so I don't have to bore all my friends with pictures of my kids (okay, I still do, but I don't have to) I have a group called "real estate pros" so I don't have to bore my non real estate friends with stuff for the benefit of real estate agents. We will be doing a Social Media 202 seminar in the new year to go over the changes to facebook and more.
-Google+ - I haven't been using this much. How are you liking it?
-Maze - (thanks to Adam Chahl of RE/MAX Select Realty) this iPhone,Ipad and Android app is great. It is a map/gps app but it uses social aspects to improve itself. You can see real time speeds that people are travelling on routes, where speed traps are, construction to avoid etc, all updated in real time.
-ewallet - Let me guess... you have a million different user names and passwords for a million different websites, right? Plus credit cards, reward cards, passports, other IDs? Hard to keep track of, right? Enter the encrypted ewallet app. It is password protected (yes, one more to remember) but behind that password can be everything you need to know. With it all tracked, you'll now be able to use a password that isn't "password". Neat, eh?
-find my iphone - Surprising I am meeting people with ipads and iphones that don't know about this service. When activated, you can log in, find your lost phone on a map, make it play a loud sound, and even wipe all the info off of it (if stolen)
-big calc free - amazingly the iPad doesn't come with a calculator. Download one.
- mortgage calculator - download one that is Canadian
-PDF expert - I've actually replaced my NOTERIZE app with PDF expert for digital signing and dealing with PDFs on my iPad.
**Don't forget that the RE/MAX Design Centre now has iPad listing presentation templates. Check them out.
PS- when planning your 2012, watch Tom Ferry's "Lead Generation the New Fashioned Way" on RE/MAX University. It is about 80 minutes long but it is amazing.
Until next week, that's tech tuesday!