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Alexa: I Bit the Bullet

by Drew Meyers on 12:51 pm January 8, 2017

After having thought on it for awhile — I finally ordered an Echo Dot this week, and it arrived on my doorstep yesterday. Why’d I bite the bullet, even though my gut is the only thing I’ll actually use Alexa for is to play music? The Echo Dot is only $50, so it’s not a huge investment. Beyond that, as a product person — I want to understand the fuss about Alexa and have a good grasp on consumer behavior based on first hand experience, rather than … Read More »

Homely Launches iOS App to Find Property for Sale & Rent in Australia

by Drew Meyers on 4:36 pm July 18, 2016

Homely, an Australian real estate portal, just released their new iOS app. Its clean, simple, and includes big, gorgeous photos. All good things for a real estate search app. I’d encourage everyone — particularly those working on property search websites or apps of your own – to give it a spin. ** Would be curious to hear from those running portals outside the US who have released iOS/Android versions — how has traction been between native and web versions? [Disclosure: I consult for StreetAdvisor / Homely.com.au]

Horizon Android Testers Needed

by Drew Meyers on 11:06 am February 25, 2016

I alluded to the fact that we’ve been working on an Android version of Horizon. We’re now starting to put our first alpha testers onto the app, and we could use more early / willing testers… Be the First to Try  

Mobilegeddon. Are You Ready?

by Drew Meyers on 11:23 am April 21, 2015

Those that read tech and marketing blogs may already know: Google is releasing a major update to their algorithms that will heavily favor sites that are optimized for mobile. Search Engine Land has some responses to FAQ’s. The algorithm change only affects searches done on mobile devices, but as everyone knows, that’s a major chunk of searches — and it’s growing, not shrinking. The prospect of missing all that organic SEO traffic because your site doesn’t work on mobile is one more (really good) reason to migrate into … Read More »

An Apple Watch Real Estate App Idea

by Drew Meyers on 7:38 pm April 12, 2015

  As you probably know, the first apps are already built for the Apple Watch, with countless more in development as I write these words. Here’s a real estate app idea… No, it’s not consumer facing. I will wager a guess that one of the first widely adopted apps in the real estate industry with be a simple lead router. The app I’m envisioning would do 2 things: 1. Pop a notification that shows a new incoming lead, where it’s coming from, and a way to see a little … Read More »

iOS Notifications…the Right Way

by Drew Meyers on 5:42 pm February 20, 2015

For the geeks, is this how you envision the next set of iOS push notifications looking & functioning? [via Technobill.com]

Tile, inSite, and Potential Uses for Location/Separation Alarm Devices

by Sam DeBord on 4:45 pm March 6, 2014

Audiovox Insite Separation Alarm

I wrote a piece a while back about some new technology products coming out in the next year like Tile and Coin. The ability to pack more and more tech into tinier objects with data transmission capability to interact with your smartphone is really interesting. Real estate agents carry keycards, keyboxes, phones, tablets, and of course keychains that could all potentially benefit from an integrated location discovery system. I got a call from someone at Audiovox shortly after I wrote that article to see if … Read More »

A New Website for Homing In

by Drew Meyers on 8:30 pm December 15, 2013

Homing In just launched their new website (via Todd on FB). They tout themselves as “Uber and Yelp for Real Estate Rolled into One App” Yelp, and Uber, are both massive businesses by themselves. So I worry they are biting off more than they can chew (hey, they aren’t the only ones). It’ll be interesting to see how this “Uber for Real Estate” opportunity plays itself out. Homing In and Curb Call exist already, but I virtually guarantee they won’t be the only players tackling … Read More »

Mobile Apps, and Lack of Adoption

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 pm December 2, 2013

You come up with the greatest idea on the planet for a mobile app. It’s an amazing value add for your existing clients. Or maybe it will help you reach a whole new group of potential clients. You decide to build it. But you don’t spend what it costs to make it great. You put out a half assed app to see if people like and use it before you invest serious money. (Virtually) no one uses it. Don’t automatically make the assumption that just … Read More »

Did You Forget Your Phone?

by Drew Meyers on 10:11 am November 7, 2013

I hadn’t seen this video until just a few minutes ago…it’s worth watching. Every moment in the video happens every single day. Nothing really has to be said. The writing is on the wall. Living your life via the phone in the palm of your hand is NOT a holy grail. Did you forget your phone? Maybe next time you leave, you should… [via http://www.45conversations.com/]

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