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Technology Plan - 12/30/07 12:39 AM
I get so many emails and information daily I can't keep track of who sends me what. Here is something that came in and I quickly copied the numbers and important things for digesting later. According to Leslie Appleton-Young, Chief Economist and Vice President of California Association of REALTORS, her analysis of the California Real Estate Market for 2006. 92% of internet buyers found their agent online, 63% found them through an internet search engine. These people did not find their agent through what we call conventional marketing like brochures, yard signs, flyers or stuff mailed to their homes. Actually they contribute (9 comments)
New Year's Resolution - 12/28/07 09:41 AM
Now is a great time to think about how you can grow your business. Don't go out and buy something to help with that task, rather make it as simple as adding 200 to 300 new Primary contacts. In the world of contact management I teach the need to have two types of contacts, Primary and Secondary. Primary are the folks that can make you money such as past clients, prospects and others that have a need to list and buy homes. Secondary contacts are others such as plumbers, bankers, other agents anybody who you need their information to make your (4 comments)
Detailed explanation on 3rd Level domain - 12/26/07 11:31 PM
Oh my how we raised questions and comments about 3rd Level Domain Marketing and it made me do some more research on the subject. So as promised here we go from the beginning. Depending on your web hosting company this might be a free or you might need to upgrade, most are free. Many of you currently have a website and you can put pages off the main page, I will use mine as an example http://www.dickbetts.com/ brings you to the main page and if you click on one of my tabs it brings you to the next level, example www.DickBetts.com/about.html (0 comments)
Free Smartphone Offer - 12/26/07 10:12 AM
As many of you know from my blog or Real Town's REALTOR Community Bulletin Board we managed to close a deal with Sprint offering the Palm Centro for free and a huge savings on the unlimited data and email package for REALTORS. I promised myself I was shutting down operations from the afternoon before Christmas until Christmas night which I hope most of you did the same. So last night I went to my email and had the following message; "I am going to get my Centro from the people on your site and they even suggested a way for me (3 comments)
Holiday Wishes - 12/24/07 03:27 PM
I am going to break one of my speaking rules, or maybe several. When I give my "Newest, Latest, Greatest Technology Out There" seminar I always cover blogging and NOT to talk about boring stuff like your cats and dogs. Make it business related, drive people to your site, well not today. It's Christmas Eve and I am home and want to thank a whole bunch of people. First my wife Shelby who is married to a crazy man, with me speaking over 150 days a year somewhere in North America that means I am not home about 200 days a (2 comments)
3rd Level Domain Marketing - 12/21/07 03:44 PM
I got the following question and decided to turn it into a blog. Hi Dick - I'm curious, how do you see third level domain names playing a role in someone's technology plan? Happy holidays,- Brian Well Brian and everybody else I see 3rd level domain becoming a standard for the real estate industry. First your website, by having the ability to direct to a 3rd level you can place anything on that site. It's almost like having a seperate website connected to your main site. On my site so far I have build 6 3rd level domains to promote products or services which (43 comments)
Web Building - 12/19/07 09:48 PM
Every year around the holidays I come off the road for some much needed time at home. I always have a plan on what I need to do with these weeks of actually being in my office. Last year it was to rewrite many of my classes, this year was to tackle my 5 year old website. I decided it was rusty and needed a major tune up, so I called my friends at Network Solutions and asked what I needed, to my suprise they lowered my fee about 75 bucks and gave me a heck of a package. For $120 (5 comments)
Tips for Windows Mobile - 12/16/07 04:16 PM
Shut Down Programs Running in BackgroundWindows Mobile will keep programs running in the background which can lead to sluggish operation. Get in the habit of shutting them down to add speed to your device. Go to "Settings" then "System" and find "Memory". Once in "Memory" find "Running Programs". You will see "Stop All", tap on the tab and all your currently open programs will stop running and you can start over again with more speed on your device. A tip from Lynn Levine of RE/MAX of New Jersey, with the Windows operating Treo, hold down the "OK" button and it takes you (0 comments)
More info on Free Smartphone offer - 12/15/07 12:40 AM
I am getting tons of questions about the offer for free Smartphones. Let me give you some more information. I did not set out to get into the phone sales business - my mission was to find a way to make it easier and cheaper for agents to get their hands on a Smartphone. I am amazed at the stories as I travel around asking where people got their devices and how much they paid. I will have two agents in the same room, going to the same store walk away with the same device and different price tags! I have been (4 comments)
Free Smartphones - 12/14/07 01:38 AM
I am happy to announce a MAJOR deal I have negotiated with Sprint! Get a new Palm Centro Smartphone - FREE! Available to all REALTORS with new 2 year activation Send us an email Scheduling@DickBetts.com with Your current carrier, current contract expiration & your contact information, Sending us an email for the details does NOT obligate you! This is something I have been working on for months, the cell carriers need to know just how big of a purchasing block Real Estate Professional really are. I am working with all the major carriers to offer special deals and will be posting more information on my website next (1 comments)
Google Maps for Smartphones - 12/11/07 04:46 PM
Love my Google Maps on my Smartphone. Doesn't matter if your running Palm OS or Windows you need to load up Google maps. There are so many functions on this mapping software you can spend a day just learning what it can do for you. Here are quotes from Google: Real-time traffic - See where the congestion is, and estimate delays in over 30 major US metropolitan areas. Detailed directions - Whether you plan to walk or drive, your route is displayed on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions. Integrated search results - Local business locations and contact information appear all in one (2 comments)
Directions for Financial Calculator - 12/01/07 07:26 PM
Remember from the class, tap on calculator and use your thumb to hit the right side of the navagator.Before you begin to solve each problem, you might want to clear away anyresidual results or input parameters of earlier calculations.You can do this pressing the "Edit" button then the "Clear" key.The six financial function keys are:N Number of periodsAPR Periodic Interest rateP/Yr Periodes per YearPV Present ValuePMT Periodic PayMenT, andFV Future ValueThe basic strategy for solving financial problems is to enter a valueinto five of the six financial registers using their respective buttons and then tell the calculator to solve for the (2 comments)
I am a Blogging Fool - 12/01/07 07:17 PM
Or I am a fool blogging. Anyway I am currently blogging on a few other sites to get my tips and tricks for mobile technology out in the blogging world. I will start posting information here maybe as soon as next week, Check back often, (7 comments)
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