Technology Survey 2014 RESULTS – Craig’s Classroom

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Thanks to all that took a few minutes to fill out the Craig’s Classroom Technology Survey 2014. At the time of writing, I gathered 75 responses which I feel was an excellent data set to feel good about the sampling of results.

I used Google Forms for the survey. One of the cool features (besides the extreme ease of creating a survey) is the results are presented in graphical format with pie and bar charts. Since I kept this survey inside AR, this sampling will hopefully capture a look at technology in the Real Estate industry at the moment. (PS the automatic charts cut the label text at so many characters – so  – no,  it wasn’t me that made a spelling mistake… :)

Also, a mathematical note: if any % tallies do not equal 100% then somebody skipped the particular question



As for the Operating System, the majority are using Windows at 80%. I knew Mac would have a good showing but would be the minority. This proved to be the case at 13%. Linux came in at 1% and other at 3% (LOL, I have no idea what other is) I’m a windows guy but I have respect for Mac and I’m trying to use it and learn it whenever possible to be better conversant in it. Most of my tutorials will be Windows based so I see that aligns with the majority.



As far as the version of Windows, I’m very glad to see there are no XP holdouts (unless for the 1 person that honestly answered “I have no idea!”). XP is no longer being udpated by Microsoft and I highly recommend it is time for you to update to a new computer if you are still using XP. I was interested to see the split in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows 7 is still is the majority at 48% I have been using Windows 8 for nearly as long as it has been out. It seems like every other version of Windows brings user ire. Windows Millenium (booed) was followed by Windows XP (good). Windows Vista (booed) was followed by Windows 7 ( good). Now we are currently at Windows 8 (booed) to be followed soon by Windows 9 (you can guess the pattern). It was interesting to see a pretty good amount, 31% who have taken on Windows 8. This is probably because of getting it already installed a the new computer that they bought.  Windows 7  is a good place to stay if you don’t need a new computer until Windows 9 is here. Once you get over a couple of shocking interface changes (can you say “Start Screen and no more Start button”), Windows 8 is not that bad. Once you understand it is easy to get to desktop mode and stay there, you are golden. Perhaps a few blog posts on Windows 8 might be a good thing!



As far as what kind of phone that you currently have… The results were my BIG SURPRISE. I thought for sure iPhone was still dominant. Not according to your answers! Android takes the lead now at 53%to Apple 40%. Wow! The last time I did this question a few years ago, it was by a significant margin the other way around. Android is playing for keeps. My last two phones have been Android and I love it. However, I get to use iPhones and iPads quite often and think they are also great. In my opinion, either choice is a good one, whether Apple or Android. I’m weighted to Android for a few important reasons and perhaps that is another story for another day. Speaking of iPhones how do you like the looks of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus?



When it is time to upgrade, what will you choose? I was looking for signs of defectors here and pretty much the two camps are staying put. We transferred some from the “other” category (I’m reading between the lines as being BlackBerry most likely) into iPhone.  Poor Windows Phone is not getting any love. Not that I disagree with that decision. It has a very nice UI but in my eyes I would be very concerned about the number of apps that I want to use and not having them be available.



What kind of tablet do you use? The majority 83% DO have a tablet (only 17 % do not). The full sized iPad was the winner here at 44%. The smaller sized tablets iPad mini and Android 7″ split equally at 9% and 12% and the larger Android took a decent chunk of the pie also. I really like the smaller form factor for media consumption. However, I think the larger iPad may be the best choice for your business if you are using it for presentations.



Do you currently have a WordPress site? A strong showing of YES was 56%. As you know, WordPress and ActiveRain are great complements of each other. However, having a place you can call entirely your own is the way to go. I’m glad to see that is now the case for most.



Which social sites are you actively engaged in? Facebook for the majority was no surprise. LinkedInis strong for business networking also.  Way to go for Google+ for 73% of you. Twitter at 68% was a little higher that I expected. YouTube I wanted to see high – It did good at 57% and Pinterest as I expected at 51%. Flickr is popular for those really into sharing their photography so it proved to be  a niche at 11%



What is your feeling on using video for your business? Video is important. That is clearly seen in your answers. In my mind, video is something that, if done well, is a under-leveraged differentiator.  It can help you stand out above the crowd.  The majority at 45% have used video in their marketing but really feel like the next level is something to reach out for. 35% haven’t done it yet but would like to. All of the above positive answers helps spurs me on to keep this topic hot for teaching as it is one of my favorites.


Top Apps

Here is the list of apps that you considered your top ones (I was looking for recommendations  besides the essentials like mail, photos, web browser, calendar, and camera) Here’s your list. I see a few names I’m not familiar with and will be exploring! There are plenty of ideas for future blog posts here, thanks!

Clock (reminders and timer)
CSS Centralized Showing Svc
Dot Loop
eKey open Supra lockboxes
Genius Scan
Google Goggles
Google Maps
Google Voice
Inkpad (notepad)
  (brand a photo and post)
KW Mobile App
Laptop Zipforms
Lawyers Title
MLS Touch
Mobile BRO
Mobile MLS
MRIS Mobile App
My Fitness Pal 
Open Home Pro
PDF expert 
  (sign contract at listing)
Re calc
RingCentral (eFax)
RVA Homes
Tides near Me
tmz :-)
Twit Pro
Verizon Messages 
  (Text Msg/Auto-Reply)
Weather Radar
X Finity Home


Oh Snap!

I forgot to ask what is your web browser of choice. Well it is important –
I would really like to know, please answer now.

Thanks for following along in my 2014 Technology Survey.

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PS - If you missed taking the survey it is still open - click here to go to the survey page
as any new results are added, you can see the dynamic results here
(whereas my snapshots above were at the time of writing this post)

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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Craig, Interesting survey results!  I am not surprised by the totals but am impressed that Apple has a 40% marketshare as a single company and Android is made up of 4 key players and a few smaller ones combined.  I would love to know if the survey was a Samsung or Apple how the stats would stack up then.

Sep 11, 2014 12:25 PM #47
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I am one of them that said I have an Android and may change to Apple.  After speaking with some other folks I am hearing more and more that Verizon Service has recently gotten bad.  I use to get great signal strength and never drop calls until this year.  At the same time I purchased a new Samsung Note 3 and have been blaming it.  I have been to Verizon 5 times in the past 6 months, Best Buy twice and talked with Samsumg twice.  Still no better.  Maybe it is Verizon and not the phone!

Sep 11, 2014 12:48 PM #48
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I took the survey and was very interested in the results. 

Sep 11, 2014 12:59 PM #49
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
The marketplace of ideas has definitely opened up a little further now! Nice job!
Sep 11, 2014 01:09 PM #50
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Tanks for the information, I'm not sure what it means to me, except that agents who are active here are more likely to be using the latest and greatest technology.

Sep 12, 2014 12:17 AM #51
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Interesting data. I like Android and I was also surprised that so many others use it also. 

Sep 12, 2014 01:06 AM #52
Terry McCarley
REMAX Trend - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

This is great information to have!  Thanks for putting this together.  I do use Windows 7, Android phone and full size iPad.  Bookmarked to come back and study the other information when I'm not so pressed for time.

Sep 12, 2014 02:20 AM #53
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great survey, wish I could have participated. I find it interesting that Apple wasn't the clear winner in a couple of areas. I am constantly at battle with 'apple freaks' & their kool aid. Most don't even use a tenth of what an Iphone has to offer but they 'have to have' that I6. 

Sep 12, 2014 04:05 AM #54
Annette Thor
Connecticut Homes and Commercial Fairfield Cty,CT - Westport, CT
Residential & Commercial Real Estate Broker in CT

Very cool post Craig, I like seeing what the tech consensus is among rainers. I'll have to take a closer look at all those apps.

Sep 12, 2014 05:11 AM #55
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Very interesting results and simply indicates how we are doing compared to the rest of the survey's participants. Thanks for the information. 

Sep 12, 2014 06:04 AM #56
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Craig Daniels .....I was surprised at iPhone's not being #1 or Mac computers especially with no spam ware or virus's, don't miss these problems, they are such good tools for Business especially Real Estate and the apps are limitless.

Chrome has been my Browser of Choice, used to be Microsoft with my pc.

Sep 12, 2014 02:20 PM #57
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Interesting.  I was a big Mac Guy for years.  Then when I got into Real Estate I needed Windows at that time to use the MLS and other Real Estate stuff.  Most of this stuff now works with the Mac, but for the price I am not going back.  I am waiting for good dual use Lap Top/Pad.  Some are out but I think right now you get the worst of both instead of good dual use.  But it is coming.

Sep 15, 2014 03:46 AM #58
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a neat post with excellent information.  Thank you for taking the time to create all the questions, data and reporting the results. I remember contributing my 2cents so I can compare my answers to the totality of it all.  Great post!

Sep 15, 2014 04:45 AM #59
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Craig,

I just voted on your final questionaire. I did not see the original survey but my guesses would have been the majority; iPad, MacBook Pro, and iPhone. I love Apple products.

Sep 15, 2014 07:57 AM #60
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Very interesting info, the most valuable part is the list of apps. There are quite a few I haven't tried out yet.

Sep 20, 2014 12:44 AM #61
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Craig, very interesting survey, thank you for sharing.

Sep 21, 2014 11:09 PM #62
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Great survey , thanks for doing it. I must admit I am still holding on to my XP Pro.  I am in the process of moving everything to Apple. I know that most of you tech guys love Windows for the versatility. However me computers, phones ect. are tools. I just want them to work and after having an iPad and iPhone for a while, and using a friends MacBook Pro for a week or so I am all in.  

Oct 08, 2014 05:21 AM #63
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Craig, I am not surprised by the gap between Apple and Android because there are so many cheap Android alternatives. I had three brands of Android phones and before that a Palm Treo. All four were sent back for replacements. Androids lock up just like Windows computers.  As I said in my previous comment these are tools and I just want them to work when I need them. 

Oct 08, 2014 05:36 AM #64
Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Thanks Craig, it's pretty interesting to see where I was overall within the survey results. Have a great day.

Oct 16, 2014 12:33 PM #65
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

hmmm, looks like I'm due for another survey like this for updated stats!

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