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Google+ Gets a B Plus from Brown Ltd.

We are starting off our review with the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard because the title is intriguing:  “What Google+ could do for news.”  It peaked our interest because if it can do it for “news” it will do it for “brand journalism” – one of our specialties.

We give Google+ a B+ because it’s a project, not a finished app.  Definitely not a killer app.  Not yet.  Remember MySpace, OS/2 (what you never heard of it? – my point exactly), etc?

Google+ will be a strong player in marketing and PR.  Much better than Google Buzz.  We’ll have to wait and see what develops and how innovative marketing and PR pros develop its use in the integrated marketing mix.  I have some initial Ning like ideas, especially with the Circles feature, but that will be a later post.

Take a look at these reviews, see it for yourself, and let me know what you think:

“TechCrunch had one of the first and best explanations of what Google+ is all about, and Wired’s Steven Levy wrote the most comprehensive account of the thinking at Google behind Plus: It’s the product of a fundamental philosophical shift from the web as information to the web as people.”
Mark Coddington
, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard: What Google+ could do for news
http://bit.ly/oV3j71

“Google, the world’s largest search company, is formally making its pitch to become a major force in social networking. The product it announced Tuesday is called Google+, and observers might wonder whether it’s simply one more social effort by a company that’s had a lousy track record in that field to date.”
Steven Levy
, Wired: Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/inside-google-plus-social/all/1

“Google+ is a bold and dramatic attempt at social. There’s a reason why Google calls this a “project” rather than a “product” — they don’t want people to think of this as the final product, but as a constantly-evolving entity that permeates every corner of the Google empire. Overall, Google+ is solid. But I’m not going to call it a Facebook killer or a game-changer.”
Ben Parr, Mashable:
http://mashable.com/2011/06/28/google-plus-review/

“This is the way Google always wanted social networking to work, and this time the company may have pulled it off.”
Jason Hiner, ZDNet: Is Google+ about to transform the Web?:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/is-google-about-to-transform-the-web/52004

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The 8 Success Criteria For Facebook Page Marketing

This a solid outline for your Facebook effort.

Altimeter Group conducted research, and gleaned input from 34:

– Vendors
– Agencies
– Experts

To determine success criteria and develop a roadmap for Facebook
page best practices.

View more documents from Jeremiah Owyang.
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Media Relations is not Public Relations

David Meerman Scott has done it again. He makes an important point in the public relations / media relations industry.  Read his blog post, including the comments, and understand the differences:

http://www.webinknow.com/2010/04/media-relations-is-not-public-relations.html

Filed under: Blogging, Public & Media Relations, Social Media Marketing, , , , , , , , ,

How Will Technology Change Real Estate Sales & Marketing in the Future?

My last job in the tech world of IBM (wired) and Motorola (wireless) was future vision marketing manager before I “got off the plane” and applied what I learned about digital marketing and PR in real estate.

We looked out 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years to try and imagine what is possible with wired and wireless technology. Then we would go tell customers about it.

My method involved interviewing patent holding engineers, scientists, marketing gurus, and futurists.

But one of the most valuable sources I had was from the sales force. They told me what was working and would not work, what customers asked for and expected in the future, and they actually gave me requirements for developing future products and programs.

One of the things I realized early on was that I came up with maybe 20% of the good ideas. The rest came from others. That’s where you come in.  I’ve created a starter list below.  Brainstorm!  Let’s create the idea of real estate marketing in the future together!

I would like to do that here, and share it online with Real Estate pros.

BASELINE

Here’s what we know as a baseline for the real estate market today:

– Digital imagery (photos, renderings, visual tours) made a big difference and are here to stay. 
– Social Networking and blogging leaped forward and will continue to grow.
– Email marketing is now full of pictures and is working great.
– Websites are including:
  = Listings
  = IDX integration
  = Property locators
  = Mapping
  = Galleries and Slide Shows
  = Some Facebook and blog integration
  = Some Video (in the early adopter phase and will expand in this next year)
  = Links to sites like Realtor.com, Zillow.com, Trulia.com, local community information like schools and shopping, etc., plus many others.
  = Multiple languages in addition to English (Spanish, French)
– Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems (Early Adopters using & winning!)
– Electronic “Video” Billboards (just started)
– Newspapers/Media Company Advertising Media Buys Happening on Google (Early Adopters only)
– Direct Mail
– Radio
– TV
– Signs
– Events
– Telemarketing
– Marketing Measurement Systems to track media buys and campaigns (Early Adopters only)

So here’s the question:  What will the future of real estate marketing look like?

CURRENT TO 1 YEAR OUT
– Broker and Builder websites will integrate Social Networking technologies for easy sharing and interaction (Facebook, Google Buzz, Twitter, ShareThis, Digg, Delicious, Live, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Blogs, etc.)
– Content Marketing will expand
– Direct Mail will include more Newsletter Postcards (smart marketers)
– Email Marketing will include more news – less hype

1-5 YEARS OUT
The biggest change during this period for real estate pros isn’t in the technology.  The biggest change will come from you learning how to learn and adapt quicker.  You’re selling brick and mortar; but, you’re going to be using tools to do it that evolve quickly.  That means software.  Your customers and companies will demand that you know this new way to interact – forcing you to change.
– Mobile enabled websites for advertising, listings, and sales interaction
  = Images
  = Mapping
  = Video
  = Social Networking between selling organization and customers
  = GPS Enabled Listings
– Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems – more pervasive use and will center the effort of database marketing
– Newspaper/Websites and Media Buys Dominated by Google
– Content Marketing will become more layered so a buyer can get just the right amount of information they individually want rather than the seller, broker, or builder dictating the amount.
– Email marketing will add video
– Events will become more creative and integrated with other organizations
– Online & Mobile Chat & Texting
– Online Interactive Contracts & Documentation
– Smart Irrigation. Technology is cheap and easy today. Will become pervasive.
– Marketing Measurement Systems will link directly with CRM
  = Google May Be the Integrator

5-10 YEARS OUT
– Will websites become media rich enough to satisfy a customer enough to buy online?
– Interactive Video Television and/or Web [not sure what the devices will be called at this point – interactive displays?] about Properties. You’ll be able to select and “see” the systems work in a house.
– Smart Houses (I don’t think the house will sell itself but you’ll have to know about  these systems to show them)
– Smart Irrigation Standard
– Exterior and Interior Wired and Wireless integration (Security, Power, Appliances,  Entertainment, Info Systems)
– More Audio (Voice) enabled

Ideas?  What do you think?  Add your comments!

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The Web of Tomorrow: 4 Big Trends

Stats published by Nielsen show that social media usage has increased by 82% in the last year, an astronomical rise. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and social interaction are becoming the focus of our online interactions, even more than search. 

Brown Ltd. is recommending that clients take advantage of this trend now.

The Trends

1) The Web Will Be Accessed Anywhere

2) Web Access Will Not Focus Around the Computer

3) The Web Will be Media-Centric

4) Social Media Will Be Its Largest Component

To see the details of these trends:
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Marketing, Not Ads, Fuels Social Spending Growth – eMarketer

Going social is no longer an experiment for marketers; it is a reality. There is no question that companies and brands are investing real dollars in social network marketing.

Social Media Marketing Spending Forecast

However, paid advertising….

Click to read: Marketing, Not Ads, Fuels Social Spending Growth – eMarketer.

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Yeah I create content for money. But you'll see from my background that I'm way better at making money for others than I am for myself.

I wish I had 1%. I'd be surfing with my kids all the time now.

Contact me and I'll make some for you.

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