Zillow covers RealBird, so does MyTechOpinion

This is a quick, "thank you" post for Zillow and MyTechOpinion.com for their coverage today:

http://www.zillowblog.com/realbird-adopts-the-zillow-api-as-part-of-searchonmaps/2007/08/

http://www.mytechopinion.com/2007/08/realbirds-new-features-and-new-business.html

-- Zoltan Szendro
RealBird Inc.
http://www.RealBird.com


Video support released

RealBird users can now easily upload videos into their Featured Listings either from their computer's hard drive, or directly from digital video cameras or mobile phones. What a great way to market your listings with street map, aerial map, multiple photos and digital video - remote showing was never easier to do!

Below is our press release with more details:

RealBird Adopts VideoEgg Technology to Power Its Real Estate Marketing Platform

RealBird, a leading provider of interactive, online listing marketing and lead generation tools for the real estate industry, and VideoEgg team up to provide the VideoEgg video publishing service for real estate listing marketing applications.

Redwood City, CA June 14, 2006 -- RealBird, a leading provider of interactive, online listing marketing and lead generation tools for the real estate industry, today announced the integration of VideoEgg’s video publishing service to their real estate listing marketing platform. Combined with RealBird Publisher and RealBird Map based search services, home buyers now have a compelling way to view homes in the geographical area of their choice.

With this new feature, real estate professionals can quickly and easily add digital video with audio annotation to their listings, making them more appealing and easier to visualize remotely. The process of adding video to any listing is as easy as adding a photo. Video can be added with only a few mouse clicks from a file on a hard drive, or uploaded directly from a digital video camera, a mobile device, or recorded with a webcam,.     RealBird maps and “live” map searches with the interactive listings can also be easily emailed to friends and family.

The RealBird Map-based Search provides not only interactive street maps with listings, but also aerial, topographical and Google maps to improve the home buying process. The service can be easily integrated “out of the box” into any real estate website and it can be customized to meet the most sophisticated functional and design requirements. The benefit to agents and brokers is derived from the ease of use of the map based search for finding a home, resulting in a strong competitive edge and therefore more and better qualified leads.

“Using VideoEgg as our video publishing platform enables us to provide an out-of-the-box, extremely easy to use tool to empower our members to enhance their listing marketing efforts. It fits right into our product philosophy: offering simple but powerful tools to maximize adaptability, lower the cost and the barrier to entry for our members to utilize cutting-edge technology to improve their bottom line. We are delighted that we are the first real estate software vendor bringing the VideoEgg’s platform to the real estate marketplace.” said Zoltan Szendro, CTO and Co-founder of RealBird.com.

Sol P. Sek, Director for Partnerships for ForSaleByWeb.com commented on the growing importance of remote visualization in real estate: “70% of homebuyers use the Internet today to shop for homes. For them, time is money, and the more they can learn about a property before driving there, the better. This also applies to their real estate agents; as they prefer to drive around as little as possible also. Virtual tours and now easy-to-do video are a perfect way to make the process of shopping for a home much more streamlined, pleasant and time efficient.”

“RealBird’s system is the most advanced we’ve seen in the real estate market,” said Kevin Sladek, Co-Founder of VideoEgg. “Their integration of VideoEgg video into the Realbird Map service is both a testament to the flexibility of the VideoEgg platform and a great example of the kind of powerful application a forward-thinking company can offer their customers by working with VideoEgg. We are thrilled to be working with RealBird to bring their offering to market.”

The video upload feature is free of charge while the service is in beta release. In the future, member agents will be able to choose between an advertisement-sponsored free video upload service and a low-fee service with no advertising.

About RealBird:
RealBird’s service (http://www.realbird.com ) includes listing marketing and map-based IDX search products with street, aerial and topographical maps, broker-branded driving directions and various visualized data layers, with interactive hotspots that can show photos, slide shows, virtual tours and video, leading to a superior home buying experience. RealBird’s Map-based Search service couples the traditional, form-based search with the ability to browse listings on a street or aerial map. RealBird’s Publisher service enables real estate professionals to market their listings more effectively with unique and cutting edge visualization tools and syndication features.

About VideoEgg:
VideoEgg offers web-based video publishing solutions which make it easy to for internet users to encode, upload, host and watch video. Its flagship product, the VideoEgg Publisher, is a small website plug-in that makes it easy for end-users to capture, edit, encode, and post digital video online. A "universal adapter" that captures directly from hundreds of devices and reads dozens of formats, the VideoEgg Publisher allows internet users to painlessly publish video in a format that anyone can watch without worrying about player compatibilities, encoding settings, or extra software. For more information, visit: http://www.videoegg.com.


RealBird is a registered trademark of RealBird, Inc. VideoEgg and VideoEgg Publisher are trademarks of VideoEgg, Inc.