We started a new sweepstake a few days ago. The prize is a brand new Apple iPad. Drawing date is April 30, 2010
The rules are simple:
Be a RealBird member, free or PRO - (Please note, our services are for real estate professionals only)
Invite fellow real estate agents and other real estate professionals to join RealBird via the "Reward program" section of the RealBird member area
Each member who joins via your referral links is tracked and counted as one entry in the sweepstakes. The more you invite, the higher chances you have to win.
Referral points never expire. Many of you invited other RealBird members in the past and all those reward points will be counted towards the prize and listed in your member area and will be available for future sweepstakes as well.
No purchase is necessary
Drawing date: April 30, 2010
Just log into RealBird and use the tools under the Reward Program link.
Create slideshow videos of your RealBird single property websites with Animoto and share them on social media and YouTube for even more exposure
We integrated with the new Animoto API and added a "Create Video" button to the listing management page and also to the Quick Share page on RealBird. You can now create a slideshow video with only a few clicks using Animoto's amazing technology and share those videos on your social networks and on YouTube. YouTube videos are getting better and better SEO and with this new tool you can tap into this new stream of exposure. Make sure your current and future sellers know that you are using YouTube also for marketing their property. They will be surely impressed.
Add icons and links of your Zillow, Trulia, YouTube and LinkedIn profile to your RealBird listing websites and property search
We have also extended the social network profile library that shows up on your listing websites and property search. You can now add your Twitter, Facebook, ActiveRain, YouTube, MyBlogLog, LinkedIn, Trulia and Zillow links to your RealBird profile and we will automatically show the related icons and links.
We integrated the newly released Animoto API during the weekend and it provides now a solution for a long due request. You can now create amazing video presentations with a few clicks using your listing photos on RealBird via Animoto and publish it to YouTube for wide-spread distribution.
The following post is reblogged from our ActiveRain post
Ever since Animoto was launched, we have been waiting for a way to integrate their amazing service with RealBird. With their recent release of the Animoto API, we are glad to let you know that RealBird is now integrated with Animoto for easy, high-impact video creation that can be shared on websites, blogs, social networks and even on YouTube for maximum exposure.
Animoto has a technology that takes your photos, music and other, optional media content such as texts and existing videos and mixes them together into a very attractive and highly unique video presentation. Transition effects are based on your photos and the style and tempo of the selected music and the end product is an amazingly eye-catching presentation. Once a video is created, it can be shared on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, it can be embedded in any website and blog, uploaded to YouTube for wide-spred distribution and with the Animoto Pro subscription, it can be burned to DVDs for offline presentation as well.
The RealBird Listing Publisher's goal is to act as your central repository for your online listing marketing efforts. You can create single property websites for your listings with unlimited large photos and 1) automatically syndicate them to major 3rd party portals like Trulia, Zillow, Google Base and many others; 2) share them on your website, blogs and social media with the RealBird listing widgets with very little effort and now with the Animoto integration 3) turn them into a video presentations and share them on YouTube among many other platforms.
It only takes a few click and a few minutes to turn your RealBird single property websites into an Animoto movies. Both the "Listing management" page and the "Quick Share" page on RealBird now shows a large, yellow button: "Create Video". Following that link, the system redirects you to Animoto and will pass over the first 30 photos of your RealBird listings automatically. From there on, Animoto takes over. Select the type of video presentation you want to create, select the music from their vast library of available soundtracks and optionally add labels, text etc. Once submitted, Animoto will create the video movie in a few minutes (time it takes depends on the length) and will notify you once the video is ready.
How much does it cost?
In order to use Animoto for your real estate listings, you have to be an Animoto PRO subscriber, which is $249/year at the time of the writing of this post. The Animoto PRO service provides you with unlimited, full-length, commercially licensed DVD quality video, with no Animoto branding on it, with 500+ commercially licensed songs to choose from, ability to create DVDs from your video presentation and of course share it on YouTube and social media. (See our disclaimer below)
Combine it with the RealBird Pro service ($99/year) and you have an extremely powerful listing marketing toolset. Just make sure that your prospective sellers know what you can do for them.
We announced the Animoto API integration on our Facebook Page during the weekend. Within hours both Janie Coffey and Eric Slifkin sent us some examples on how they use RealBird with Animoto. Below are these examples:
Janie created an Animoto short from one of her listings on RealBird and embedded it into her Posterous blog:
Eric created an Animoto video from one of his listings on RealBird and uploaded it to YouTube, within minutes his YouTube video was already indexed by Google !
Both of these examples are short, 30-sec teasers. With the Animoto Pro subscription, you will be able to create full-length, DVD quality listings.
To get started:
Log into RealBird (or follow this link to Animoto and sign up with them - upgrade to PRO if you plan to use their service commercially )
Go the RealBird listing management page (or add a new listing with photos)
Make sure you have enough, good quality photos uploaded to RealBird and then click the "Create Video" button
Select your video length on Animoto and wait until your images are loaded from RealBird, then select the music, add title and description and submit it. Your video will be created in a few minutes.
Disclaimer: We have an affiliate agreement with Animoto, so if you upgrade to their PRO service via our integration points or via the links in this post, we will make money. In no way does this make us bias toward their service, we do believe that their service is outstanding and a high-value for real estate professionals, but as a full disclosure, we thought that you may want to know...
We have created two Animoto movies; this time we are using the photos and logos of many, randomly selected RealBird members. (For those of you who did not make it in these cuts, we'll post more Animoto movies later with different pictures.) The photo selection process was random and the selection was only limited by the resources we had: we uploaded hundreds of photos and the unique and amazing slideshow generation feature of Animoto further randomized it based on the pattern of the music selected. You can see that the videos using different music styles generate distinct presentations:
Video with French chanson style music Artist: Bruno Stimart Title: Hello Madame
Video with jazzy, downbeat music with some latin vibes Artist: Mettle Music Title: Nubuck
Like the videos? Feel free to grab them and post them on your own blog (use the Post it button on the top left corner of the video).
I would be very interested to hear some innovative ideas on how to best utilize this technology for real estate presentations. Carson at RealEstateRemix.com had some ideas. I was thinking maybe using Animoto with photos of the agents of a particular brokerage for corporate presentations and multimedia. Any ideas?
Make sure you check out Animoto. And of course, just like with any other video types, you can embed your Animoto video into your RealBird listing sites.
I received an email from the Animoto guys this morning that their service is available for the public as of today. Animoto uses a patent-pending technology to produce high-impact video from your pictures and music.
Quote from their website: " Each video is a fully
customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced
on a widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a
music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer."
Since we started to promote real estate videos more than a year ago, one of the main barriers to entry for most real estate agents was the high "cost" of production. While the cost of hardware and software to take and edit video is insignificant, the time and expertise required to actually produce it with an acceptable quality made it prohibitive for most of the agents.
Animoto might very well be the answer to this. The process is quite simple. You create a free account with them and upload your property images and music or choose from their selection. Their rendering engine takes care of the rest. Analyzing the music, it will create a high-impact, music video style, embeddable slide-show widget.
Take as many high-resolution pictures of your property as possible including exterior and interior, such as the kitchen, living room etc. You can always discard bad images after downloading them to your computer.
Organize the pictures into presentation sections (exterior, kitchen, living room, master bedroom). E.g. put them in separate folders on your computer
Embed each Animoto clips under the video section of your RealBird listing site. Add a title above the embed code to describe the clip.
Below is a short example clip using photos of my baby nephews:
I would love to feature some of your listings on this blog if you are using Animoto. Send us your RealBird property link with Animoto clips embedded (or add it as a comment below) and we'll feature it in our case studies category.