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iPod Touch winner announced

The RealBird iPod Touch Sweepstakes, which ran from Sept 13 through Sept 28, celebrated the new release of the iPhone / iPod Touch optimized version of the RealBird Listing Publisher service and gave RealBird members a chance to win an Apple iPod Touch by inviting fellow real estate professionals to join RealBird for free.

We had the drawing today and the winner is: 

Anthony L. Clark of CB Gundaker in Saint Louis, MO.

Congratulations !

See Anthony's listings on RealBird

See Anthony's profile on CB Gundaker's corporate site

Thanks for all of you who participated. We are going to announce our next sweepstakes pretty soon, so keep sharing RealBird with your fellow real estate professionals using the built-in invitation tool. All prior and future invitations count in the upcoming sweepstakes as well.

-- Zoltan Szendro


RealBird on iPhone - Part 2

Real estate on iPhone

This is a quick follow-up on our previous announcement of the Apple iPod Touch and iPhone support. Below are some additional features:

Take your whole listing inventory on the road:
Bookmark your RealBird RSS feed on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can flip through all of your featured listings, double tap the one to showcase and present details, unlimited photos, maps and directions. It's so smooth.

On the iPhone, your phone number is automatically converted to a hotlink. By tapping on it, iPhone users can call you directly from your listing presentation page. Smooth, again !

We have changed the sweepstakes drawing date of the free iPod Touch to Sept 28, to the same day when Apple will start selling the product.

If you are reading this on your iPhone, see for an example Patti Lyles's listings (RSS feed):

-- Zoltan Szendro


Free real estate listing marketing

Win an iPod Touch - and show your listings on the road

Fresh off the vine: the free RealBird Listing Publisher single property website builder and listing marketing service is now optimized for Apple iPhone and the newly released iPod Touch.

Below are some screenshots of the iPhone / iPod Touch optimized RealBird listing presentation interface.

Real estate on iPhone

RealBird on iPhone

RealBird on iPhone

Home buyers can now see your featured listings on their Apple iPhone and Apple iPod Touch device with optimized presentation. You can also show your listings to prospective buyers or fellow agents on the road using the devices' built in web browsing capability. Stunning presentation on a stunning device.

We are giving away an Apple iPod Touch

We also started a sweepstakes, with an Apple iPod Touch as the prize. There is no purchase necessary. All you have to do is invite at least one colleague or real estate partner to join RealBird for free. Those of you who already invited people before, are automatically enrolled, but inviting more people increases your chance to win. Every invitation email counts as one distinct enrollment. No purchase is required from you or your invitees.

To enroll do the following (you must be a real estate professional to participate):

  1. Register with the free RealBird Listing Publisher (real estate professionals only)
  2. Login if you are already a member
  3. Visit the Invite Colleague page
  4. Enter your colleagues' email addresses
  5. You are automatically enrolled in the sweepstakes upon sending the invitation.

Drawing is on September 28, 2007 and the winner will be also announced on this blog.

-- Zoltan Szendro
Free listing marketing

Powerful listing presentation with background images

As part of our best practices series, below is an example of a very nice listing presentation by Ceci Ellis for her Daly City, CA listing.

She used one of the unique features of the RealBird Listing Publisher, i.e. you can upload a large size background image for your listing to capture the attention of visitors and home buyers. Her take of a casual, sunny moment at the Pacific Ocean (looks like Ocean Beach in San Francisco) creates a perfect backdrop to her nearby listing and emphasizes the neighborhood characteristics and mood much better than any property image or description could.

Here are some other ideas you may want to try for your background image:

  • High resolution image of the subject property
  • Nature pictures, forest, mountains, the land
  • City scape, something characteristic of the location

Remember, the purpose of the background image is not necessarily to communicate a specific feature of the listing, but to deliver the mood, the style and the lifestyle the property represents.

Setup is easy and takes less than a minute:

  1. Login or register for free with RealBird
  2. Add / edit your listing
  3. Select "Change theme"
  4. Select "Single property background image" as an option
  5. Finally, upload the image from your hard drive and save the settings

Don't forget to send us an email with your listing (or add the link as a comment below), if you use this customization feature. I think this is a very powerful presentation utility and I would like to show other examples of nice listing presentations.

-- Zoltan Szendro