If you would have told me I would feel this much guilt for not posting in week when I first started blogging, I would have said you were crazy. Now I get this tinge at the end of every day that I log off and didn't blog. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing yet.
But there are good reasons for my absence! We at Zillow have been working around the clock to sign up some great Broker partners. Most recently we have forged new relationships with organizations such at The Real Estate Book, the Real Living Network, and Prudential California/Nevada/Texas. We also implemented a neat content relationship, through our API program, with Homes and Land magazine- check that out here. And there are many more announcements in the works, so keep an eye out for that.
We have started working with sites like Yahoo! and Trulia to develop a standard data format for the distribution of real estate listings online. This will be a huge help to those who distribute listings to a number of different sites. Now you won't have to format each one to specific site requirements.
Finally, this is the time of year when it seems like there is always a Real Estate Convention going on. We just wrapped up a successful Inman Connect, where we sponsored the opening party Beer For Bloggers.
And next on the agenda over the next two weeks I have three speaking engagements where you can catch even more Zillow action:
Coldwell Banker Greater Los Angeles Education Fair, Jan 31- I'll be on a panel discussing Internet Advertising with Burke Smith, CEO of You Net Coach; Dustin Luther, founder of http://www.4realz.net/; and Alejandro Foung, Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Trulia.
Keller William Family Reunion, Feb 10- The panel discussion I will be participating in is entitled "Marketing with Technology: Online Listing Marketing & the KWLS", where will we discuss strategies behind distributing your listings online.
GMAC Experience 2008 Annual Business Meeting, Feb 13 - This panel is entitled "The Future of Your Business with Web 2.0" and will explore the impact of Web 2.0 on the real estate consumer. The panel will be moderated by Verl Workman.
Zillow will also have a booth at the Keller Williams and GMAC shows, so please plan on stopping by if you would like to discuss any specific matters with us. We will be having a drawing for an iPod at both shows, so at least stop by and register for that!
While I am not looking forward to spending time away from home, I am looking forward to getting out of the office and talking with real estate professionals about what is and is not working for them today is the world of Internet marketing. If you are attending any of these three events, please do come find me and introduce yourself.
I am going to try not to let it go eight days again. I hope to finish this round events with fresh, new content to blog about. Please feel free to leave comments below regarding things you would like to hear addressed in these panels.