by Drew Meyers on 6:14 pm December 17, 2015
I was playing around with Trulia today, and immediately noticed the “snow” on the home page (which you can turn on/off). It’s often the little things that make a brand personable, and win over consumers. Have any agents/brokerages implemented home page changes to add seasonality to your consumer experience?
by Drew Meyers on 6:22 pm February 18, 2015
Pretty much every industry knows about Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia. The transaction finally closed yesterday, resulting in the newly formed Zillow Group. If you want some more robust thoughts on what this all means, Rob has a few here – but I wanted to touch on something completely different. The 10 year journey. I had an unbelievable first hand view of those first 5 years until my departure in 2010, and an external view over the past 5 years seen through the eyes of my many friends still working there. It may … Read More »
by Drew Meyers on 4:26 pm February 13, 2015
It sounds like the FTC is close to finalizing the Zillow-Trulia merger. Expected to close February 17th. Congrats to all my friends at both companies. Watching Zillow-Trulia battle the newly acquired Realtor.com run by News Corp will make for an interesting 2015 and 2016.
by Michael Price on 12:28 pm November 20, 2014
According to Gartner Research, worldwide sales of client relationship management (CRM) software grew by 13.4% in 2013 to over $20 billion in sales. 41% of the sales came from software as a service (SaaS) providers. Communications, media and IT services are the top 3 verticals. Real estate has always been an attractive category for CRM software developers, in fact, it seems like there is a new entrant into the space on a fairly regular basis, so much so, we’re going to do a regular feature … Read More »
by Drew Meyers on 9:22 pm July 28, 2014
Wowzers. $3.5 Billion. That’s a lot of money. A few things I’ve been thinking about: Holy crap, purchasing the #2 player in the market is a bold move. Going for the home run. But knowing Spencer, Rich, Lloyd, Amy, Greg, etc personally — this doesn’t surprise me. Well done. Does Realtor.com stand a chance? My gut is a resounding no. ListHub? In for a VERY rocky downfall. What is Zillow’s next move toward building a true real estate ecosystem? dotloop. When is Zillow going to venture abroad? 18-ish … Read More »
by Drew Meyers on 3:34 pm May 12, 2014
All three of the major portals – Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com – released new television ads today. I have some thoughts related to the strategies behind them that I’ll share, but haven’t had time to write them up quite yet. In the meantime, have a looksie… Realtor.com and Trulia Zillow Which one do you like the best? PS: 1000Watt posted these earlier today as well.
by Drew Meyers on 7:53 am March 17, 2014
What do you think? Does it will resonate with you? More importantly, will it resonate with home buyers?
by Drew Meyers on 10:48 am January 25, 2014
Every week or two, on Facebook, Twitter or a blog comment, I see someone in the industry say something to the tune of… The portals take our data, then sell leads back to us with the traffic they generate from it. The portals were built on our backs. Consumers go the portals and I am forced to answer their questions about incorrect and outdated information. Frankly, I’m a bit tired of hearing the arguments. So, I put up topic for a session at RE BarCamp NY, … Read More »
by Drew Meyers on 8:22 am October 3, 2013
A few links of note over the past few days… Congrats to Suzanne Roy for her new position at Move! RE/MAX surges in its first day of trading. Related: Does anyone actually think RE/MAX is a good long term investment? Are you faking it? Trulia Data Connect to tackle their real estate data accuracy (or Trulia Blog announcement). Maybe it’s just me, but I’m bored of this data timeliness issue. Updates every 10 minutes? So they want to beat Realtor.com’s longstanding 15 minute refresh cycle….but do consumers … Read More »
by Sam DeBord on 9:05 am June 18, 2013
We just heard from the folks at Realtor.com that they’ve renewed their agreement with MSN to be the sole provider of real estate listings and content for the media portal. The agreement has been ongoing for 7 years, and strengthens one of their bases of reliable consumer traffic. This is one of many partnerships we’re seeing between large real estate portals and other media portals online. Zillow supplies real estate listing for Yahoo. Trulia powers the real estate searches at CNNMoney. Move, Inc (which manages … Read More »