Technology is GREAT! - Helpful Ideas

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Professionals, Inc.

If you're in need of the address or phone number for a business or restaurant, you can always call 411 for help. If you send a text message to 466453 (which spells Google on a phone dial pad), you'll get the address and phone number on your screen, so you don't need to write anything down or worry about getting reconnected. Simply write the name of the business city and state in the body of the message and hit send. While this is a free service, you do have to pay your carrier's standard rate for messaging.  This is pretty neat!  Hope it helps you!

Also, I was just surfing the other day to see if there is anything else out there that would be helpful in my real estate business.  I stumbled upon eyejot.com and it is really neat.  If you have a webcam and a microphone on your computer you can send video e-mails to your customers, clients or family.  I don't know if you feel this way but I was taking my daughter back to college on Sunday and I told her that I think I won't be text messaging them anymore because it took the personal touch out of it.  I have two in college and a junior in high school.  The two in college do about 11,000 to 14,000 text messages per month.  We text and you read into the messages things that are not there.  Since this is the way youth communicate, we have to get involved and I think this eyejot.com is a good way to keep feelings in your communications and use today technology.

This is simple to use and I learned it in about 10 minutes.  There is no programs to load on your computer, it is all web based.  The reason it took so long is I don't have a webcam on my computer and I was able to use a video camera I have and hooked to it my computer by the firewire cable.  When you have eyejot configured to make sure your microphone and camera is working, you just hit the record button and start your message.  Eyejot has a free service and a fee for service.  If I begin to use this alot, I'll probably go to the fee for service.  The free service/account lets you record upto 1 minute messages and your message stay on the system for only 30 days.  Believe it or not, a 1 minute message is a lot of time to send for a quick update or to say hi.  Then you add their e-mail address and you can even type a message and the hit send and that is it.  The receiving party will get an e-mail and they click on the video and the browser will open eyejot and they can watch the video message you sent.  If they have a webcam and microphone and an account with eyejot, they can hit reply and record one and send right back to you.  I like this because you do keep the personal touch in it.

That's all I have right now and I need to get back to work.  There is endless oportunity with eyejot, if you buy the service, you can record a message and embed it on your website and it will stay on eyejot until you remove it.  Technology is great but it can also distract you.  Have fun with 466453 and eyejot!

I am a Realtor in Searcy, Arkansas and I sell new homes, existing homes, commercial property, farms and land as well as manage and own rental properties. If you are looking for real estate for an investment or a home, I will be glad to assist you! You can call my personal cell number at 501-278-7659 or e-mail me at Larry@Searcy4Sale.com. Visit my website at http://www.searcy4sale.com

Comments (8)

Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Great tips here, Larry.  I'm without a webcam and mic but the Google SMS tool you mention can be extrememly helpful!

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Jan 26, 2009 02:00 AM
Tom Fry
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX

Thanks for your welcome message and thanks for these two tips!

Jan 26, 2009 02:07 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Well, this is a very powerful communication tool!     Am off to check this out...it will bring the personal back to a very "one sided" and therefore impersonal "reporting" method.  

Jan 26, 2009 03:22 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Larry, you need to upload that example that you sent me.  It was very good!!

Jan 26, 2009 06:41 AM
Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR

Larry,

You are so smart on technology!  That is why you do well in real estate!

Jan 27, 2009 07:50 AM
Larry DeGroat
Realty Professionals, Inc. - Searcy, AR
ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI in Searcy

Thanks for the comments and I like to share things that I come across.  Technology is great as long as it doesn't consume you and these two things can enhance your business.  If you have any ideas, please share.

Jan 28, 2009 10:59 PM
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

I have heard great things about Eye Jot.  Also Skype is a great tool.

Jan 30, 2009 05:34 AM
Larry DeGroat
Realty Professionals, Inc. - Searcy, AR
ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI in Searcy

I'll be posting a new blog about eyejot, it is a good tool!

Feb 02, 2009 08:31 AM