Gmail Offers a Passport to Many FREE Services

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Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors

Business people are finding more and more way to leverage FREE these days.  One of the best places to do this is Google.  Yes, Google is known as the world's best search engine, but the company offers an amazing amount of other services that are so powerful.  We just shouldn't be ignoring them!

  • Gmail it's time to give your computer's hard drive a break and start using The Cloud.  Using gmail means you don't have to spend you day deleting emails on your smart phone and then again on your notebook, netbook or big PC at home.  Yes, admit it, I know you are guilty! 

    When you use the gmail as your mail provider you will save yourself time yet still have the power of Google Search to find something you archived long ago.  If you spend a few minutes making filters for each of your clients and others who send you mail on a regular basis you will be way ahead of the game when you have to research something said in a prior email.  They will all be there neat and in order.

    I use filters to separate my social media chatter.  No, I don't want to spend my time chit chatting with Realtors all day, but I do want to keep in touch.  Collecting them in a folder means I can go back there when MY WORK is done to catch up.
  • Documents, oh here is where I especially love Google.  In Google Docs you have a choice of creating spreadsheets, power point presentations, drawings, documents and forms.  I use the drawings to create illustrations for presentations and sometimes graphics for my website.  The forms are awesome. 
  • Try this form out...Really do it...



    After the form is submitted, the data is transferred to the spreadsheet in my Google Docs Spreadsheet file.  I've used this to set up a variety of volunteer events in my Photography Club.  I can see where this form would be a great way to collect data in real estate.  It could be embedded on your blog as a lead generation tool for instance collecting info on investors, first time home buyers, etc.
  • All Google Docs can be shared.  This is a great feature if you are collaborating on a project.  Our office uses ours to upload all those documents that we use for creating listing presentations.  Now my office manager doesn't have to take my Sunday panic calls because I can't find my favorite "Odds of Selling" form.  I know I can find it in Google Docs! Yeah!
  • These features are hardly a drop in the bucket as to what Google offers us for FREE these days.  I encourage you to go check out the site.  First you will need a gmail account, once signed up for Gmail you will have the passport to all the other wonderful things at Google.

What are your favorite Google Features?

 

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Rainmaker
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Larry Costa
Century 21 Classic Gold, Carver MA - Carver, MA
Realtor, Carver MA Real Estate

Hi Kristal, haven't started using Google Docs quite yet, nothing is for free. There are costs, typically found in the fine print under "Terms and Conditions"

Jan 28, 2011 03:25 AM #1
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Pat Laracy Baker
Realty Executives Boston West - Holliston, MA
Realtor, Green, ABR, Holliston, Massachusetts

Kristal, I love gmail.  I take more advantage of all it offers. Thanks for the education.

Jan 28, 2011 03:26 AM #2
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Art Hademan
Century 21 Real Estate Center - Mount Vernon, WA

Kristal,

I like the way your head works.

I like organization too.

Wanna job?

Jan 28, 2011 03:35 AM #3
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David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Thanks Kristal for the information. I use Gmail a lot although, I probably come up on the short end of really tapping into and using their resources. - David

Jan 28, 2011 03:42 AM #4
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Kristal

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on gmail, I use it and a great free service.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 28, 2011 04:10 AM #5
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Jodi E.

Microsoft SMB Outreach Team

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Jan 28, 2011 08:34 AM #6
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Thanks for your comment Jodi.  I actually LOVE Google Calendars as well.  It's so helpful when my office manager can create a calendar for me that overlays my personal calendar.  That calendar combined with my club calendar and I'm always up-to-date with my appointments. 

kk

Jan 28, 2011 01:53 PM #7
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Kristal...I fell in love with Google almost instantly, even to the point of buying shares (wish I had more).  I love the fact that they are constantly providing us with new tools to make our lives easier.  

Kate

Jan 28, 2011 02:20 PM #8
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
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Thank you Kristal, another post with great information I can use - I appreciate it!

Jan 28, 2011 03:19 PM #9
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

I would love to use gmail, but have had the same personalized email for a couple of years.  I am wondering if it could be forwarded to gmail.  Mmmm?

Jan 28, 2011 04:05 PM #10
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Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

I'm with Jane on this - I've had the same email forEVER! Would be hard to make a switch....

Jan 29, 2011 03:04 PM #11
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Jane & Debi,  I understand where you are coming from.  You don't have to lose your identity, Gmail provides for you to be able to "collect" your mail from your old email address and resend it out using it too.

I have 6 email addresses going to the same account.  It automatically responds to the incoming email address when your reply.

For me the move was seemless.  No one would know unless I told them.

kk

Jan 29, 2011 03:20 PM #12
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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Next time we are together IRL, I am going to have you show me how to do the filters. :)

Jan 30, 2011 02:02 AM #13
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Trude Wells

I'm new to gmail, but enjoy using it. I have 3 emails coming in to it flawlessly!

Jan 30, 2011 08:40 AM #14
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Thx for the tips.  I really do need to start using these more.  I've added a form to one of my web pages, but need to do more.  I do need to do more surveys.  I can prob. do a bunch with those.

Feb 06, 2011 01:15 AM #15
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