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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Names .realtor and .realestate Preferred Suppliers
WASHINGTON (August 8, 2019) – The National Association of Realtors' top-level domains .realtor and .realestate have been named in the Preferred Supplier program by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the most respected real estate brands in the nation. Through this global agreement, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchises will receive a 10% discount at www.get.realtor on .realtor top-level domain purchases. Web addresses ending in ".realtor" and ".realestate" allow users to market themselves more strategically, highlight their areas of expertise, and streamline operations. Since the launch of the .realtor domain in 2014 and .realestate domain in 2018, NAR, in partnership with registry operator Second Generation, Ltd. (Second Gen)., has been leading change with its commitment to new technology and now holds the #1 and #2 top-level domains in the real estate industry. "This partnership with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will encourage more agents and firms to take advantage of the incredible opportunity to create an online space where homebuyers, sellers, and investors can go to find the most trustworthy, reliable real estate services and resources," said Mark Birschbach, Senior Vice President of NAR's Strategic Business, Innovation and Technology Group. "We're excited about the ability to create similar partnerships and opportunities for other brokerages and offices across the nation and globe." "We are pleased to team with NAR and offer our network professionals this avenue to distinguish themselves online and show clients who they are and what they do, along with favorable pricing on use of NAR's distinctive domains," said Chris Stuart, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. In addition to top-level domains, NAR's Strategic Business Innovation and Technology group offers REACH, the #1 accelerator in real estate. Created by Second Century Ventures, a strategic technology investment fund backed by NAR, REACH is a unique real estate technology accelerator which leverages the association's members and an unparalleled network of executives within real estate and adjacent industries. Several Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' Preferred Suppliers have participated in NAR's REACH accelerator program, including Adwerx, Back at You Media, BoxBrownie.com, Deductr, and SmartZip. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, Calif., is a real estate brokerage franchise network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Visit its multi-lingual website at www.berkshirehathawayhs.com. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Net Neutrality Rollback Put Consumers, Main Street Businesses on the Defensive in Digital Era
WASHINGTON (December 14, 2017) – The Federal Communications Commission today announced a rollback of net neutrality rules, sparking a swift rebuke from the nation's 1.3 million REALTORS®. "The internet as we know it today is a fair and open platform that puts everyone on a level playing field," said National Association of REALTORS® President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation REALTOR® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty. "FCC's rollback of the Open Internet Order will mean higher costs and slower service for millions of American consumers and businesses. REALTORS® have strong concerns about what that might mean for the way consumers search for homes online and real estate is transacted." The FCC's Open Internet Order went into effect in 2015. The rule required that broadband networks remain free of restrictions on content and platforms, while treating all content that flows through the network equally. What that means is internet service providers aren't allowed to block, throttle or discriminate against internet traffic, such as streaming video or drone photography, among other applications. Earlier this year, however, the FCC announced that it would reconsider those rules. REALTORS® raised concerns with formal comments to the agency in July that a rollback of net neutrality rules could raise costs on business owners, like real estate professionals, who make heavy use of technology and online platforms. In particular, NAR noted that paid-prioritization models and other anti-competitive practices could put small businesses at a significant disadvantage. For example, NAR said, larger companies could pay for internet fast lanes that deliver content to consumers faster on some websites than from others. NAR believes consumers would suffer from downgraded services across the internet in such a scenario. At the same time, small businesses that either couldn't pay the new fee or couldn't negotiate such an arrangement for themselves would face a significant competitive disadvantage, losing customers to faster websites. Mendenhall says that the majority of REALTORS® operate small businesses, with typically no more than two principals, and that NAR will fight for its membership on this issue with the hope that net neutrality rules will be reinstated. "The last thing small businesses need today is additional costs and competitive disadvantages that put them on the defensive," Mendenhall said. "This isn't just an issue for Silicon Valley or large telecommunications shops. This is a main street concern that affects businesses and consumers across the country. We intend to make our voice heard on this important issue." The National Association of REALTORS®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Registrations For .Homes Domains Now Open
  Norfolk, VA – May 12, 2016 – Dominion Registries, a division of Dominion Enterprises, the owners of Homes.com, announced today the opening of general availability of the new .Homes top-level domain. It is the first time the general public can acquire a .Homes domain name to represent their residential real estate businesses online. Industry leaders and early adopters have already secured their .Homes domain names by registering domains matching their trademarks. Companies like Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker, State Farm and Geico have already secured their .Homes domain names. The registrations are not just from North American companies, companies in Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia have also secured .Homes domains for their businesses. "We believe there is a real need for a safe, secure and relevant namespace dedicated exclusively to the residential real estate sector," said Jim Schrand, director of corporate strategy for Dominion Enterprises. The availability of .Homes domain names represents a ground-floor opportunity for real estate professionals. Not only can they get a great domain name, they can also get a name that intrinsically defines their business, contains valuable search keywords, and is easy for consumers to remember. "Whether renting or buying a home, or researching or reviewing service providers, it's important for consumers to trust and feel secure with the information they find online." The .Homes domain extension offers memorable naming options while providing a trusted and safe online experience for consumers. That is because every owner of a .Homes domain name has been validated as a legitimate entity that provides products or services exclusively for the residential real estate industry. The full list of eligible registrant categories can be found on the Domains.Homes policy page in the Eligibility Criteria document. It includes groups like residential real estate agents, brokers, multiple listing services, builders, appraisers, inspectors, and mortgage and insurance providers, among others. Every domain name applicant is verified to ensure they meet eligibility qualifications before the domain is released for use. Consumers can trust that websites ending in .Homes are safe and secure and provide relevant content to the residential real estate community. For more information about acquiring .Homes domain names, visit www.Domains.Homes.
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.Homes Premium Domains up for Grabs
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New .Homes Sunrise Period Starts Today
  Norfolk, Virginia (March 9, 2016) – Homes.com®, a top consumer real estate resource and leading provider of marketing solutions for real estate professionals, announced today that the sunrise or trademark period for the new "dot HOMES" or .Homes top-level domain is now open for eligible trademark holders. Whether renting or buying, the process of finding a new home is one of the most important financial decisions made by consumers. A .Homes domain name offers a memorable option for real estate professionals, instantly conveying trust and building credibility with consumers looking for their next home or home-related services. "Unheard of since the .com boom, real estate professionals have a ground-floor opportunity to own a memorable domain that aligns with their marketing efforts and focus on serving the home industry," said David Mele, president of Homes.com. "Now they can finally buy their name, business name, niche market or local area to help them stand out from their competition." A .Homes domain name is available exclusively to businesses that provide products or services to the residential real estate community. This includes real estate agents, real estate brokers, mortgage professionals, property managers, builders, property appraisers, property inspectors, property insurance providers, multiple listing services and real estate associations. All domain name applicants will be verified to ensure they are relevant to residential real estate and meet the eligibility qualifications. As a result, consumers can trust that websites with .Homes domains are safe and secure, offering reliable and meaningful real estate-related content. .Homes Launch Dates Sunrise or Trademark: Through May 6, 2016, registration of .Homes domain names will be available to eligible trademark holders. To apply for your trademarked name, visit www.dominion.domains. Open Registration: Begins May 12, 2016. For more information about .Homes domain names and registration details, please visit www.domains.homes. Homes.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is the premier marketing partner for .Homes domains through Dominion Registries. Dominion Registries is a division of Dominion Enterprises and operates the Top Level Domain (TLD) namespace for .Autos, .Boats, .Homes, .Motorcycles and .Yachts. For more information on .Homes domains, visit www.domains.homes/. About Homes.comHomes.com is a top real estate search destination, visited by more than 14 million consumers each month. Homes.com leverages search visibility to connect this in-market audience with real estate professionals in their local areas of interest. Homes.com offers the following real estate marketing and media services: brand advertising, property listing exposure and syndication, search engine marketing and instant response lead generation to help real estate agents and other real estate related partners succeed online. For more information, visit www.Homes.com. About Dominion RegistriesDominion Registries, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is the operator of the new Top Level Domain namespace for .Autos, .Boats, .Homes, .Motorcycles and .Yachts.Dominion Registries provides high-quality, industry-defining website addresses to the automotive, marine, powersports and residential real estate communities. Working in partnership with the industries they serve, Dominion's new domain name extensions deliver industry-specific internet content channels that are safe and secure for both businesses operating websites and consumers who seek relevant content to make important purchasing decisions. For more information, visit www.dominionregistries.com. About Dominion EnterprisesDominion Enterprises is a leading online marketing and software services company offering client solutions across multiple targeted business verticals. Our widely recognized B2C web and mobile portals, including ForRent.com, Homes.com, CycleTrader.com and BoatTrader.com, generate nearly 30 million unique visits monthly. Our B2B cloud SaaS solutions directly support clients in establishing their online and mobile brands, generating leads, and managing customer relationships. Dominion Enterprises has more than 40 businesses and 3,000 employees in our Norfolk, Va. home office, across the U.S., and internationally.
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.REALTOR Top-Level Domains Will Soon be Available to Realtor® Associations and Brokerages
  WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 -- The National Association of Realtors® top-level domain .REALTOR will be available to local and state Realtor® associations as well as brokerages in the U.S. and Canada starting May 7. NAR was one of the first associations approved to offer a top-level domain and among the first in the real estate industry to commit to this new technology. Since the .REALTOR top-level domain became available to NAR members in October 2014, more than 95,000 domains have been claimed. Now boards, associations and brokerages will have the opportunity to register for the domain, which lets consumers instantly know that they are working within the Realtor® community, the most trusted source for real estate information and with agents who subscribe to NAR's strict Code of Ethics. As the Internet begins to evolve and divide into industry-specific categories, NAR believes it's important for the Realtor® community to lead the industry and create an exclusive namespace for itself that consumers instantly recognize. "Early adoption of new technology is a vital part of how Realtors® conduct business, and NAR is committed to staying on the forefront of the latest online tools," said NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. "We hope associations and brokerages can take advantage of the .REALTOR domain to create an online space where home buyers, sellers and investors, as well as Realtors®, can go to find the most trustworthy, reliable real estate services and resources." NAR has also entered into an exclusive marketing partnership with the Canadian Real Estate Association, the exclusive licensors of the Realtor® mark in Canada. CREA associations and boards will also be able to use the domain to provide consumers in Canada with the same advantages. NAR made an early commitment to adopt this technology and began applying for the .REALTOR top-level domain eight years ago through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the organization that coordinates domains and Internet Protocol addresses around the world. Throughout the entire process, NAR worked closely with Second Generation subsidiary Real Estate Domains, LLC, an investment firm and registry operator for the top-level domain .JOBS. For more information on claiming the .REALTOR domain, which is available to associations and brokerages starting May 7 at 10 a.m. CDT, visit www.about.REALTOR. The Canadian Real Estate Association is one of Canada's largest single-industry trade associations, representing more than 111,000 Realtors® working through some 90 real estate boards and associations. Second Generation Ltd ("Second Gen"), headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is an Embrescia family investment firm that actively works with talented management teams to develop businesses that have potential for significant growth and long-term value. For over three decades, Second Gen and its affiliates have owned and operated FCC licensed radio and television properties super serving markets throughout the United States as well as investing in manufacturing, real estate and medical innovations. Among its diverse investments, Second Gen is the owner of the .JOBS top-level domain on the Internet sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Information about NAR is available at www.realtor.org. This and other news releases are posted in the "News, Blogs and Videos" tab on the website.
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Realtors® Applaud New Net Neutrality Rules Preserving Equal Access to the Internet
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Your Year in Email: Introducing Our Email Report Card App
When was the last time you checked your inbox? I think I can make a safe bet that you did it at least 10 seconds ago (or just now with me just mentioning the word inbox, you probably couldn't help yourself). I think I can also make a fair assumption that everyone is pretty good about checking their emails, but when it comes to responses, how to respond, and the maintenance of our contact bases, we start to fall off course. So really, how well are you doing with your email? Introducing Our Email Report Card App That's where we, Contactually, come in. Today we're launching our 2014 Email Report Card to give you even more insight into your email and just how was you did you in 2014 with your inbox. We're reviewing your 2014 year in email and tell you if you are an A+ email wiz or if you're falling a little short. From the mood of your emails to your most popular subject lines, we'll tell you where you are kicking butt and where you could improve to be even more effective with your email. Get started with your own Year in Email Report Card here. To view the original post, visit the Contactually blog.
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NAR Wins Rights to .Realestate Top-Level Domain
  WASHINGTON, October 6, 2014 – The National Association of REALTORS® has won the rights to the new .realestate top-level domain. NAR intends to use the .realestate domain along with the recently acquired .REALTOR domain to create order for real estate information on the Internet and to provide NAR members with tools that help brand themselves as the most trusted, valued source of real estate information. While .REALTOR will be used exclusively by NAR members and its affiliated NAR business partners, it is anticipated that .realestate will have wider business applications. NAR encourages members to participate in the .REALTOR domain launch later this month, during which the first 500,000 members who register will be awarded a free one-year license, and procure the domain names they want and as many as they wish to creatively brand themselves. "NAR is thrilled that it has acquired the rights to the .realestate top-level domain," said NAR President Steve Brown, co-owner of Irongate, Inc. REALTORS® in Dayton, Ohio. "As the leader in the real estate industry and the 'voice for real estate,' NAR has been a pioneer for new technology in the digital space and intends to use the .realestate domain in conjunction with the .REALTOR domain to build an online space where home buyers, sellers and investors can find credible and professional real estate resources and services." NAR Senior Vice President of Marketing Bob Goldberg is excited about how these acquisitions will help transform the way REALTORS® do business online. "Obtaining this top-level domain along with .REALTOR will solidify NAR and our members' standing as groundbreakers in the rapidly changing real estate environment and change how the Internet is used to educate and connect with consumers, not only today, but in the future." NAR applied for the top-level domains through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, the organization that directs domains and IP addresses for the Internet. Throughout the process of acquiring the .realestate domain, NAR has worked closely with Second Generation subsidiary Real Estate Domains, LLC, an investment firm and registry operator for the top-level domain .JOBS. "We are pleased to have helped our partner NAR navigate the complex process of applying for and acquiring a top-level domain," said Tom Embrescia, chairman of Second Generation, Ltd. "NAR continues to prove to be a trailblazer for cutting edge, real estate technology." Details on business rules, pricing and the launch date of .realestate will be available in the second quarter of 2015. For more information, visit www.realtor.org/topics/top-level-domain. Second Generation Ltd ("Second Gen"), headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is an Embrescia family investment firm that actively works with talented management teams to develop businesses that have potential for significant growth and long-term value. For over three decades, Second Gen and its affiliates have owned and operated FCC licensed radio and television properties super serving markets throughout the United States as well as investing in manufacturing, real estate and medical innovations. Among its diverse investments, Second Gen is the owner of the .JOBS Top Level Domain on the Internet sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. The National Association of REALTORS®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Renovus to Launch Re|Drive in Newly Re-Designed App
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Homes.com® Takes Giant Step in Evolution of Website Domain Technology
  Norfolk, Virginia, August 26, 2014 – Homes.com®, the online real estate resource and leading provider of real estate marketing solutions, has secured the top level domain, ".homes." Long known as simply ".com," ".org," and ".net," the internet is experiencing monumental changes with the creation of nearly 2,000 top-level domains, altering the way consumers search for homes online. A longstanding leader in search solutions and web technology, Homes.com continues to prove itself as the frontrunner in providing innovative tools and resources for partners and consumers across the country. "The .homes' top level domain assignment marks an evolution in how consumers will search for home-related goods, products and services," said Terry Slattery, president of For Rent Media Solutions and Homes.com. "This step revolutionizes the industry by providing real estate professionals with an opportunity to affordably secure a domain name that streamlines the search experiences of consumers. Real estate professionals will have the convenience of procuring a domain name that includes their city or perhaps their individual or business name." Consistently standing out as a leader in enterprise level solutions for real estate partners, Homes.com will roll out the ".homes" domain in the near future, appealing to all industry professionals. The program will offer impactful solutions for industry partners and allow real estate professionals the opportunity to champion an easy to remember domain name resulting in quicker access by home seekers. In the past, purchasing a name like seattlehomes.com was highly unlikely, but through Homes.com, names like seattle.homes can now be an option. To receive updates on how to secure a Homes.com ".homes" domain, sign up for alerts at http://connect.homes.com/dothomes/. About Homes.com Homes.com is a leading provider of real estate marketing and media services, including brand advertising, property listing exposure and syndication, search engine marketing and instant response lead generation. Homes Connect by Homes.com offers the real estate industry's first-ever, all-inclusive marketing platform for agents and brokers featuring single-login convenience. Over 12 million consumers visit Homes.com each month to search nearly 3 million properties for sale or rent, to locate real estate agents in their area, and to find useful home buying tips. For more information, visit www.Homes.com.
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NAR Announces Launch of .REALTOR Top-Level Domain
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Zapier: Making Happy Grasshopper Easier Than Ever
Happy Grasshopper is proud to be integrated with a pretty awesome list of of applications and tools that help you amp up your business. One of the newest (not to mention one of the coolest) is Zapier. What's Zapier, you might ask? Put simply, it's a free service that integrates the services you use with the other services you use. If you're a Gmail user, Zapier can connect it with DropBox. If you use HighRise, Zapier can connect it with Google contacts. And now, if you're a Happy Grasshopper user, Zapier can connect your account with other services you use, such as Follow-Up Boss. Pretty cool, right? SUPER-cool, actually. We had a chance to sit down and talk with Wade Foster, Zapier's co-founder and CEO, about how they started, what Zapier does, and why we're all really excited about the integration between Zapier and Happy Grasshopper. We mentioned it was cool, right? Zapier was founded in October 2011, in the same way lots of companies get started. They saw a need that the founders, themselves, badly needed to fill and that no one seemed to be doing anything about. Similar to IFTTT (if-this-then-that), a service that enables customers to connect channels with personally created or publicly shared profiles known as "recipes", but for business rather than personal use, Zapier allows you to take one of its integrated services and make a rule or a "Zap" for how it talks to another service. In the case of Happy Grasshopper, if you have contacts that are in your Follow-Up Boss database, you can have them sent directly to Happy Grasshopper, so those contacts get the nurturing attention they need and deserve (how it works is pretty awesome). Wade told us, "Yeah ... in my former life, I was working at a mortgage company and ran into problems like this all the time. I needed the various services I used to talk to each other, but there was no way to make that happen. I'd search through user groups and find comment after comment after comment–some that were as many as four years old–that showed people screaming out for a solution to this problem. So, we created Zapier and now have more than 250 services that we can connect for our users." Zapier makes sure data is where you want it, when you want it. "Our customers make what we call a Zap that says what they need to happen," Wade said. "From there, we do the rest. We make sure the data from one service is connected to the data in another. It's great because not only have we figured out how to make these connections and tap into the APIs of all these services, we've done something that saves our users a ton of time and, by extension, a lot of money, too." If you're looking for ways to make using Happy Grasshopper even easier, pay Zapier a visit. The service is free to use and its setup is super-easy. There are no developers to hire, no outrageous fees. Zapier is, put simply, an easy solution to a problem that plagues lots of people. Give it a try today and make your Happy Grasshopper happier than ever. To view the original post, visit the Happy Grasshopper blog.
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Prudential Improves Search Engine, Market Presence
If you have not yet heard, PrudentialHomesale.com, the new real estate website and lead management system of Prudential Homesale Services Group, is getting quite a bit of attention. Though PrudentialHomesale.com was launched by Delta Media Group nearly one year ago, it has recently undergone significant changes to improve its usability, search engine presence, and Pennsylvania real estate market information. Prudential Homesale Services Group specializes in Harrisburg homes for sale, Lancaster homes for sale, Reading homes for sale, York homes for sale, and real estate in several additional markets throughout the southern and southeastern Pennsylvania real estate areas. With Delta Media Group's new real estate search engine optimization enhancements and website revisions, PrudentialHomesale.com has worked to best cater to the services the company provides. Below is the press release Prudential published: Lancaster, PA July 16, 2010- If you’re searching for homes in the Harrisburg, Reading, Lancaster or York areas of Pennsylvania, you might notice a new face in town. Prudential Homesale Services Group launched a ground breaking new real estate website and lead management system, designed to provide home searchers the best user experience. “Buyers and sellers today require a more robust user experience,” said Rod Messick, CFO at Prudential Homesale Services Group. “Buyers want to find listings quickly and easily, find market information, see the listing on a map, and receive a near-instant response from an agent when he or she decides to request more information on that listing. “Sellers want to know their listing is getting the most exposure, through the website, mobile devices and search engines. They want to search for their listing by address and find it on your website with full details without digging through pages of search results.” Though Prudential Homesale Services Group’s www.PrudentialHomesale.com officially launched nearly one year ago, the site has undergone several recent changes to help boost performance for home searchers and sellers. Among those are new market landing pages for York, Reading, Lancaster, Harrisburg and surrounding markets, easy drill-down property search options, a calendar system showing new listings by date and more. Perhaps the most significant change to the website, however, is its placement among search engines. Prudential Homesale Services Group listings are easy to find through search engines with first page placement when searching by address. Pair with that the improved search engine presence for market-based searches, and PrudentialHomesale.com has seen a spike in search engine activity. In fact, the website has had a 250 percent increase in search engine visitors in a recent three-month span. “The search engine traffic has been great,” Messick said. “It’s nice knowing buyers not previously familiar with us are finding our website through search engines, and sellers are confident in their listings’ presence and exposure on search engines.” Visit www.PrudentialHomesale.com to view the Prudential Homesale Services Group real estate website or to search for homes in York, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster and surrounding Pennsylvania areas. About Prudential Homesale Prudential Homesale offers customers a menu of services including realty, mortgage, settlement, insurance, warranty, relocation, builder/developer services, career services, and a complete customer care center. The only regional real estate company with headquarters in the area, Prudential Homesale offers its services to 11 contiguous south central and southeastern Pennsylvania counties. According to REALTrends, Prudential Homesale Services Group, Inc. is the #16th most successful real estate brokerage in the country in the combined delivery of home services: real estate sales, mortgage closings, title closings and home warranty sales. “We help people achieve their dreams” is the core purpose of its associates as they strive each day to help others achieve the American dream of homeownership. To contact Prudential Homesale visit www.PrudentialHomesale.com for more information. About Delta Media Group: Canton, Ohio-based Delta Media Group is a national real estate technology developer. Serving more than 32,000 broker and agent real estate professionals, Delta Media Group builds one of the most profitable tools for major brokers in the real estate industry. Delta Media Group has been in business since 1994 and works with independent and franchise brokerages across the country. Delta Media Group specializes in real estate websites, real estate lead management, mobile applications, IDX property search, and real estate search engine optimization (SEO). Prudential Homesale Services Group is a paying real estate website and SEO customer of Delta Media Group. To learn more about Delta Media Group, click here.  
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Tungle Expands Executive Team
Montreal, Canada—Feb. 3, 2010 Tungle Corp., the company that is pioneering the online scheduling industry, today announced the expansion of its management team with the appointments of Jonathan Levitt as vice president of Marketing, and Richard Zeidel as vice president of Alliances. With 30 percent month-to-month growth in the user base and the number of meetings scheduled using the Tungle.me scheduling application growing exponentially, these appointments will be responsible for driving even more aggressive growth in 2010. “Since we launched Tungle.me last year, we have focused our efforts on creating a product that solves a true market need while delivering a superior user experience,” said Marc Gingras, chief executive officer and founder of Tungle Corp. “2010 is the year where Tungle will become a household name with business professionals around the world. Jonathan and Richard will play a crucial role in making this happen.” Levitt brings more than 15 years of experience specializing in helping diverse brands better understand their audiences and leverage technology and data to build better customer experiences and create brand equity. He has counselled firms of all sizes, including leading global players such as Bank of America, Verizon, Dell, Proctor & Gamble, Ford and Reebok. As a proponent of conversation marketing, Levitt is a prolific and sought-after speaker, blogger and writer who has been featured in several industry publications including 1to1Magazine, ClickZ, DM News and MediaPost. Jonathan Levitt on Linkedin > Zeidel, a digital marketer and agent of change for more than 15 years, is a seasoned sales executive who has strategized with Fortune 500 organizations to design high-impact, measurable digital campaigns. Zeidel brings to Tungle a deep understanding of how to leverage technology to meet client objectives, as well as his experience working with well established brands including The New York Times, The Economist, CBS, NBC and Fox Digital. Richard Zeidel on LinkedIn > Tungle’s free Tungle.me scheduling application makes it easy for professionals to schedule meetings across organizations, calendar systems and time zones by eliminating costly double bookings and the endless back and forth of finding a time to meet. As a result, Tungle.me drastically improves productivity and efficiency. The company released general availability of Tungle in April 2009 and has since released its flagship feature Tungle.me personal scheduling page as well as an iPhone application and Lotus Notes integration. 2009 also saw the announcement of key partnerships including Xing, Ning and IBM. About Tungle: Tungle Corp.’s Tungle.me makes scheduling meetings easy—across organizations, calendar systems and time zones—by eliminating the multiple emails, phone calls and double bookings that typically come with finding a time to meet. Tungle.me synchronizes with leading online calendar systems including Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Entourage for Mac, and Lotus Notes (Beta), and does not require visitors to sign in or register to schedule meetings. Tungle.me supports scheduling meetings on-the-go with Tungle.me for iPhone, which is available for free download in the App Store. Founded in 2006, the Montreal based company is venture-backed by investors Commonwealth Capital Ventures, JLA Ventures, and Desjardins Venture Capital. Media & Industry Analysts Contact: Erin Lariviere, for Tungle [email protected] +1-514-678-9181 x.220
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RISMedia to Introduce the Real Estate Social Marketing System
RISMEDIA, February 26, 2010—John Featherston, CEO and publisher of RISMedia and chairman and co-founder of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, announced today that RISMedia and 1parkplace, under the direction of Allan Dalton, chief marketing officer of RISMedia and president and co-founder of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, along with Steve Hundley, founder and CEO of 1parkplace, have developed what will be branded as the RISMedia Real Estate Social Marketing System(SM). This transformational system will be launched at this year’s RISMedia Leadership Conference—“The Real Estate Social Media Summit," being held June 9-10, 2010 at the Hilton Rye Town in Westchester County, New York. For more information on the conference, or to register to attend, click here. Featherston announced that Dalton and Hundley have spent the past several months, along with the RISMedia and the 1parkplace developmental teams, creating what will be branded as “The Real Estate Social Marketing System(SM).” “This much-needed system,” Featherston stated, “will merge only the more strategic purposeful and real estate-relevant functions of existing social networking and social media resources available to real estate companies, agents and networks.”  “The level of frustration that has been expressed by thousands upon thousands of interviewed real estate professionals regarding the chasm that exists between their time spent engaged in social networking training, education, classes, and in social networking activity itself, compared to any significant and measurable ROI is startling,” said Dalton, a former 20-year president and owner of a 32-office real estate company. “Our research has provided irrefutable evidence that the preponderance of real estate professionals who claim to be significantly involved in the conventional practice of social networking and social media and who have built an enviable aggregation or community of ”so-called” or liberally defined friends, fans, followers and users are struggling to attribute much, if any, additional income for what has become a pressing time-management issue to some and almost an addiction to others.” Dalton, former CEO of Realtor.com®, also shares that many real estate professionals report that they are experiencing conflicted feelings, or an approach-avoidance conflict, regarding how some consumers might be viewing their online activity within certain communities as representing a real estate-related form of trolling. Given how most consumers already enjoy relationships with at least several real estate professionals leads one to wonder if social networking and social media, if not elevated to real estate social marketing, does not, in a sense, represent “chasing a solution to a consumer problem that really doesn’t exist.” Dalton specifically suggested that “mere social networking, meaning connecting friends, fans, communities and even tribes, although a much more efficient way to promulgate oneself and one’s brand, without a strategic purpose or providing valuable content, is like inviting 100 people to your home for dinner and not feeding them.” “Real estate professionals are far too hardworking, knowledgeable and skillful to miss out on how these great qualities can be best reflected through a more strategic online marketing strategy,” he said. Therefore, according to RISMedia and 1parkplace, the Real Estate Social Marketing System(SM) needed to be developed in order to properly integrate the best of social networking and social media as a more forthright, clear, consumer-acceptable and strategic use so that real estate professionals can better serve the needs of the real estate marketplace. 1parkplace CEO, Steve Hundley, who is responsible for much of the technological integration of this new, robust solution, suggests that a major paradigm shift is necessary—one where forward-thinking real estate professionals recognize that yesterday’s approach of personal promotion and contact management must give way to what he has coined as “content management.” “The difference between contact management and content management, when one considers how consumers want content more than being contacted, is similar to how social networking/social media is different from real estate social marketing,” Hundley asserted. Featherston summarized this major company announcement by offering, “In my 30 years as CEO and publisher of a real estate-based media company, I am thrilled that what we in publishing refer to as ‘the new age of citizen journalism,’ or the ‘democratization of information’ is now empowering consumer-centric real estate companies and agents to go beyond making superficial networking contacts and elevate these potentially invaluable online relationships with exciting real estate content. That said, information or content alone does not spell success, nor does networking as a stand-alone. Real estate success is achieved when the two converge for the purposes of strategic real estate social marketing.” Featherston added, “We look forward to enabling all real estate professionals who want to strategically insert themselves through the targeted use of actionable real estate content and who are interested in measuring their online ROI and SEO to join us at our industry-altering social media summit, where they will be most welcome.”
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