It's Good News: Clarification on the RealBird Zillow and Trulia Listing Syndication Status

We are writing this post to provide clarification on the status of the RealBird listing syndication feed to Zillow and Trulia.  We have been receiving inquiries about this matter from our members, they were worried that the recent manual listing upload changes announced by Zillow may also affect RealBird’s  syndication feed.

We are pleased to let you know that we just received confirmation from Zillow that our service is in good standing  and they have no plans to shut our feed down. So the good news is that our vendor feed will not be affected. You can continue to use RealBird as before.

There is an important new rule for Zillow/Trulia syndication: Zillow no longer allows branded photos to be syndicated with your RealBird listing, nor self-promotion in the property description. Please make sure that you don't upload branded photos for your RealBird listings and avoid personal promotion in the main property description, otherwise your listings can be blocked by Zillow. So while we don't suggest the usage of the branded photos on the main RealBird site (and syndication), it's very valuable tool on other media: your website, social media, emails etc.

You can find your branded list of syndication destinations in your RealBird member area, in the dashboard, under "My Listing Syndication Network".  This is a pdf flyer that you may print out for your listing presentation to showcase your property marketing capabilities as a RealBird PRO member.

For any questions please contact us.

-- The RealBird Team

www.realbird.com


New syndication partner site Casalova now shows your RealBird rental listings

CasalovaWe are happy to introduce the latest addition to our syndication partner sites.

Casalova is a Canadian rental portal. It provides an end-to-end rental platform that streamlines the rental process and it is available for both the Canadian and USA market . With our recent integration, whenever you add or an update a rental listing on RealBird, they are now automatically syndicated to Casalova as well. 

Enjoy and keep publishing with RealBird !

-- The RealBird team


Open House Syndication is Now Available for Your Listings on RealBird

Open-house-photo-1444676632488-26a136c45b9bYou asked for it and now we have it: We are now syndicating your open house dates together with your listing information to major real estate portals including Zillow, Trulia and many others. Just like before, simply enter your upcoming open house dates for your listings on RealBird and we'll take care of the rest.

For those of you who haven't used the open house option on RealBird yet, here is a quick overview:

  1. Login to RealBird
  2. Add your listing or locate the existing one on the listing management page
  3. Follow the "Open House Dates" link and under the "Add another open house date" section, enter a date, the start time and the end time and click the "Add" button
  4. Repeat Step 3 for as many dates as you wish to add

We hope you like this new addition. Happy marketing !

-- The RealBird Team

www.realbird.com


Create social media images from your listing photos for easy sharing

Pablo-Social-Media-SharingYour property photos on RealBird are now now also shareable social media images.

As a follow-up feature for the popular photo branding tool, you can now create social media shareables from your RealBird listing photos with a few clicks. We integrated the service called Pablo from Buffer within the RealBird member area. 

You can access this feature on the list of listings page and on the listing photo management page. Just click the "Create a social media listing photo" link, which will take you to the Pablo editor, which will be automatically pre-populated with your property picture.

From there on, you can create different sizes for different social media sites with custom overlays and download or share them right away. Pablo also offers you an optional browser extension for easy image sharing, but this is not required for theRealBird integration.

Pablo lists 10 fun ways to use the service on their blog

 

Give it a try and let us know what you think!


Easily embed your YouTube and Vimeo videos on your RealBird property website

You can now easily embed your YouTube and Vimeo property videos on your RealBird property websites by simple adding the video Url in the editor, under the Media section. 

RealBird then automatically creates the embed code for both your mobile and desktop single property websites. You can of course create a separate Video page just like before, but this new feature will place your primary property video at a prominent place  as well, above the listing photos on the main page.

Below are two examples. One using a YouTube video, the other a video hosted on Vimeo.

Lakewood, CO house listed by David Dlugasch and promoted by Jim Smith of Golden Real Estate

Irvine, CA rental listing by Robin and Eric Fenchel, Century 21 Award