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Will AI Ruin Online Reviews Forever?

by Drew Meyers on 3:37 pm September 6, 2017

I’ve long been a skeptic of reviews because I know the reality: anyone with a bit of money or time/know-how can game reviews. Have a read through my article about whether people trust reviews from 2015 for more background on the topic. Fast forward 2 years. There is recent news that AI can now create reviews that neither computers nor humans can distinguish from legitimate reviews. If any AI bot can populate reviews automatically at massive scale and not get caught by argue-ably the site … Read More »

An Outside Industry Perspective on Chatbots

by Drew Meyers on 11:00 am May 29, 2017

If you’re an agent or broker, chances are good you probably won’t find much value in watching the following video. However, if you’re a founder, executive, consultant, or technology vendor in this industry, you should. The video is an interview with Paul English, the founder of Lola (and a co-founder of Kayak & Director at Partners in Health, an organization I greatly admire), at the Phocuswright conference. Lola is a personalized travel assistant, by way of a simple messaging interface. While Lola is absolutely developing an … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Erik Johnson from HomeHawk

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am May 16, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Erik Johnson from HomeHawk. Without further ado… What do you do? I’m the Founder and CEO of HomeHawk. HomeHawk is a real estate chatbot in Messenger. Facebook opened the Messenger App to developers a little over a year ago. Since that time thousands of chatbots have been developed. I set the vision for the development and UI/UX making the chatbot experience smooth and as conversational as it can be. What problem does your product/service … Read More »

Echo Goes Visual

by Drew Meyers on 8:45 am May 10, 2017

I received an email from Amazon yesterday… In order for the Alexa to deliver an amazing experience for many scenarios — certainly a real estate one — it needs a connected screen. Echo Show is that screen. The $229 price is a bit steep, but I’m sure that will come down a bit over time. I’m not sure what would entice me to buy another $200+ home electronics item, but it would have to be pretty compelling (unless it replaced my Apple TV). Maybe it’ll be an in-home … Read More »

More on Chatbots

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am April 6, 2017

You likely know I’ve been thinking about bots recently. For those curious about the topic, I encourage to to read Inside chatbots’ year of growing pain: We’re at an inflection point on Marketing Land. Like I said, I do see potential for bots. I just think we’re early days. Would it be accurate to sum up where bots are today, by saying: Hey, I’m just a dumb bot. Or, is there something I’m missing?

What Happens When Alexa Talks First?

by Drew Meyers on 12:13 pm February 16, 2017

Most mornings, I ask Alexa about the weather and daily news. It’s replaced me using my oven timer (best feature by far). Unfortunately, Alexa/AppleTV don’t work together, or I’d use Alexa a lot more (have an AppleTV, and play a lot of music using the YouTube app). It’s honestly pretty useless for random questions, but that will get better over time (I’m sure Google Home is much better at that side). At Inman, Rich Barton brought up an interesting question in his discussion with John Cook: What … Read More »

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