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New Premium Widgets - 05/30/07 05:34 PM
Premium Widgets are similar to existing Standard Widgets but can only be accessed by subscribers - another great reason to upgrade your account if you haven't done so yet. A vFlyer Starter account gives you access to premium features such as premium widgets and themes, no advertising, bulk upload, more flyers and video for as little as $9.95/month. The first of these is a gallery slider widget. To see how it works mouse over the main picture or one of the thumbnails at the bottom. You can also pause the slideshow or advance to the next or previous slides.
The (10 comments)
Trulia Gets a Voice, Widgets and Funding - 05/25/07 11:25 AM
It has been a busy two weeks for Trulia, one of our good distribution network partners. Last week, Trulia moved out of Beta (Pete Flint, Trulia's President and CEO, made the prediction at our Real Estate 2.0 dinner earlier this year) and announced two great new services: Trulia Voices - an interactive real estate question-and-answer service, and HousingWidgets - a central directory of real estate widgets. Yesterday the company announced Series C funding lead by one of Silicon Valley's best known venture capital (VC) firms - Sequoia Capital! Congrats to Pete and the team at Trulia. For industry watchers, I think (0 comments)
Customers Really Matter - So Call Them! - 05/25/07 11:23 AM
The experience was a blast. We are very fortunate to have such energetic, hard working and supportive users and it was nice of them to give me a couple minutes of their busy days to share their thoughts (note: real estate professionals and auto dealers are some of the busiest folks out there!). I had many great conversations and in the process I learned about new features we should add and other ways we could improve our service. Most importantly, I think those customers that I spoke with appreciate the effort (thanks Rick & Ines Team). Obviously as our user-base continues (1 comments)
A growing number of vFlyer users are taking their flyers to MySpace. Users are using flyers in their profiles (Example) and blogs (Example), many are using flyers and widgets on their pages to sell real estate (Example: Darren Kittleson), promote their events (Example: Chola), hire employees, publicize organizations (Example: Stacy Orrico in African) or just sell stuff online (Example).
If you already on MySpace you probably know how the whole thing works. Adding flyers and widgets to the mix is simple, follow the directions on the Support Wiki to get started:
For those of who (4 comments)
Grammy-Nominee Stacie Orrico using vFlyer?! - 05/22/07 10:47 PM
Well almost! Stacie Orrico is a is Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actress (See Wikipedia). If you regularly listen to the radio, you have probably heard her single "I'm Not Missing You" which peaked at #19 on the US Billboard charts and #8 on the UK R&B Singles Chart. Well in February 2007, Orrico left Virgin Records and started raising money to move to Africa to help children with AIDS. In March, we received an email from Thomas Michael, who works with Stacie, about using vFlyer to get the word out. Thomas wrote: Stacie Orrico is taking (1 comments)
4 Ways to Post Flyers on Blogs - 05/21/07 04:57 PM
ActiveRain Now Supports Embedded vFlyers! - 05/20/07 11:15 PM
Another special thank you to the wonderful folks at Activerain who are always working hard to improve their platform! The latest release of ActiveRain now supports all the tags you’ll need to embed vFlyers in your blog post. Here is an example of what they look like! Embedding flyers is simple! Follow the straight forward instructions on the Support Wiki. Simply go to the Post tab of your flyer, copy the HTML in the Other Sites HTML tab, make sure the HTML tab of your ActiveRain post is selected, paste the HTML and voila – this is what it looks (13 comments)
Embedding vFlyers on ActiveRain - It Works! - 05/20/07 10:33 PM
Spacious Pacific Heights Flat for RentLocation: Pacific HeightsSpend a magical weekend in San Francisco in this luxurious vacation home. This spacious Pacific Heights flat has magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge and is located three blocks away from restaurants and shopping in the popular Union Street corridor. Modern deco furniture, professional kitchen, 52-inch flatscreen TV, satellite TV, Blu-ray DVD player, pool table, refinished hardwood floors, down comforters. This house sleeps the whole family in comfort: the master bedroom has a king-sized bed and a private bath, 2 bedrooms have queen beds and the kids? bedroom has two twin beds. When (2 comments)
vFlyer Labs: Test Cool New Tools - 05/20/07 10:23 PM
Each day, we get all sorts of great ideas (both internally and from customers) on new features and tools we should add to our service. vFlyer Labs showcases cool tools and technologies for online sellers that were developed internally by us or by outside partners based on many of these ideas! The types of tools and technologies on vFlyer Labs generally fall into 3 categories: Future features that will eventually make it into our service Tools and technologies that are useful to vFlyer users and online sellers Interesting products and services we are testing to better understand how customers would (10 comments)
vFlyer Star: Missy Caulk (RE/MAX Platinum) - 05/20/07 10:22 PM
The vFlyer Star program identifies and recognizes our biggest and most active users, supporters and advocates. Last month we featured Maureen Henry, who runs a successful home staging company in Rockland County, NY, as our first vFlyer Star. This month, we feature Missy Caulk - a tech savvy REALTOR with RE/MAX Platinum in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I initially "ran" into Missy Caulk by following her many posts on the "blogosphere" and soon discovered that she, like Maureen, was a Flyer "superuser," fan and online cheerleader! When she isn't busy selling, Missy is generously sharing great tips, advice and information with other (2 comments)
Real Estate 2.0 Follow Up... - 05/20/07 10:21 PM
Thanks for all the responses and input to my original Real Estate 2.0 posting! As I mentioned in my post, the companies listed were only representative of the categories but since then I have started to compile a more comprehensive list of categories and companies which i will share in the next couple of weeks as time allows. There were a couple categories I missed (podcasting for example) as well as entries into categories like community that have been announced since (Trulia for example). A number of individuals have ask to be notified as I update the list. I have setup (0 comments)
We are a third place winner in SEOmoz’s Web 2.0 Awards 2007 in the Classifieds and Directories category and in the good company of both Craigslist and our partner Oodle. Some of our others partners like Zillow, Hotpads and PropSmart where either winners or honorable mentions in the Real Estate category. Congrats to all. (5 comments)
Real Estate 2.0: Web 2.0 Companies Realtors Should Care About! - 05/09/07 09:16 AM
At vFlyer we very much see ourselves moving steadily towards a new paradigm of classified ad distribution, and as a result, many times we find ourselves labeled as a "Web 2.0" or "Classifieds 2.0" company. Earlier this year, I started to identify and understand how other companies, particularly in the real estate space, were extending or introducing new paradigms of their own. Sometimes it's convenient to try and divide companies (Web 2.0 companies in this case) into meaningful categories. For example, Pat Kitano talks about self-expression, relationships and collaboration in the Web 2.0 social networking space as potential groupings. This is (11 comments)
Distributing Flyers via Texting (SMS) - 05/04/07 10:44 AM
Just last week, the Jacobsmedia Tech Poll found that the cellphones have become an integral part of American culture, and text messaging leads the way! Not surpisingly seventy six percent (76%) of those who own a cellphone say they have utilized texting – especially 18-34 year-olds - by far the most used feature on the phone! Internet browsing on the cell phone came in at 26%. The report adds: Texting is exhibiting strong growth. Overall, more than four in ten (44%) of cellphone owners text message at least weekly. From the 2006 study, this is an increase of 25%. During this same (5 comments)
Flyer ID - What is It? - 05/04/07 10:42 AM
HTML Source EditorWord wrap Every flyer on the system has a unique ID number located at the bottom right hand corner of the flyer. This ID is used internally to keep track of your flyer and most people will probably never use it but it has some interesting uses! Potential buyers who see a printed copy of your flyer or a posted version of your flyer on Craigslist (which doesn't allow links to 3rd party sites) can get more information and 'reconnect' with your original by using the Find Flyer search at the bottom of every page on vFlyer! Simply enter the (0 comments)
vFlyer Links and Icons - 05/03/07 02:07 AM
Everyone loves links and we like sites that link to us! Recently we noticed that more and more people were linking to vFlyer, so we decided that it was time to create a set of vFlyer link icons for that very purpose.
You can find the HTML for these (and other) icons in the Link to Us section of the site, or you can create links to your gallery or listings on vFlyer using the dynamic Link Generator (simply enter your account name and click the Generate HTML button). So if you use and/or like vFlyer, consider spreading some link love (2 comments)
Hotpads, one of our valued distribution network partners, has added vFlyer to their innovative Real Estate Technology Timeline. My thanks to to Douglas Pope, Hotpads Co-founder, who updated me today and congrats on their recent round of funding! The timeline is an interactive industry calendar that tracks important technology developments in the industry. (0 comments)
Two Great Marketing Ideas! - 05/01/07 12:38 AM
Just the other week, we announced improved PDF support, and shortly after that I spoke with a customer who told me how she started printing and sending vFlyers to your prospective customers and had great results. I suggested she try using a personal stamp to add a personal touch! A while back I discovered that Stamps.com (and other online postage providers) allow you to create personal stamps (PhotoStamps, for example, allow you to upload almost any photo or image). I recently used PhotoStamps as part of a direct mail campaign here at vFlyer and loved them! Traditional marketers have always touted (15 comments)
Printing Poll - We Need Your Input! - 05/01/07 12:32 AM
We are in the process of prioritizing a new set of potential features for vFlyer and would love your input! Since we announced enhanced PDF capabilities we have had a number of inquires in regards to printing services, help us better understand your needs by participating in this short poll. Take Print Services Poll (0 comments)
ABOUT COMPANY vFlyer is an online marketing and distribution platform that allows real estate professionals to turn their listings into "virtual flyers" that can posted on dozens of leading online marketplaces, posted on Craigslist, distributed via email or SMS, outputted as PDF, or embedded as widgets on blogs and social networks.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.