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Hot Off the Wire – Jay Thompson Joins Zillow as Director of Industry Outreach and Social Media

Straight from the wire:

Jay Thompson Joins Zillow as Director of Industry Outreach and Social Media

Well-known real estate industry blogger to help real estate professionals grow and market their business

SEATTLE, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information marketplace, today announced well-known real estate industry blogger Jay Thompson is joining Zillow® as the company’s director of industry outreach and social media. Thompson brings nearly seven years of social media experience to Zillow. In addition to running one of the top real estate blogs, he regularly speaks at real estate and social media conferences, and is licensed to teach continuing education classes on social media marketing and prospecting.

Thompson joins Zillow’s growing partner outreach team, which includes Sara Bonert (director of broker services), Brad Andersohn (industry outreach manager), and recent addition Bob Bemis (vice president of partner relations). Together, the team advances Zillow’s goal of helping real estate agents grow and market their business.

“I am passionate about helping agents and brokers be more successful through education, training and social media. I have an opportunity to work with an amazingly talented team in a sector of the real estate space that has always fascinated me,” said Thompson. “I am excited to help Zillow progress, improve and grow as well as help agents all across the country understand and develop their business.”

“I’m thrilled to add such a well-respected and knowledgeable industry voice to the team. As a fellow Arizonan, I’ve followed Jay for many years and learned a great deal about real estate professionals’ needs and concerns,” said Bemis. “Jay’s real estate industry insight will help agents and brokers learn how best to use Zillow to grow and market their business. It’s a win for everyone.”

Previously, Thompson was the designated broker and a co-owner of Thompson’s Realty, an independent real estate brokerage based in Phoenix. Francy Thompson, Thompson’s Realty brokerage manager and co-owner, will succeed Thompson.

Jay Thompson founded real estate blog The Phoenix Real Estate Guy in May 2005 and developed it into one of the most widely read real estate blogs in the country. The blog was recognized by Inman News® as the Most Innovative Real Estate Blog in 2009, and Thompson has been named one of Inman News’ Most Influential Bloggers multiple times as well as one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders for 2010.

Thompson is registered and licensed by the Arizona Department of Real Estate to teach continuing education classes on social media marketing and prospecting.

Thompson graduated summa cum laude from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in human resource management.

Thompson will relocate to the Pacific Northwest and be based at Zillow’s headquarters in Seattle.

All I have to say is WOW. And WOW again.

Congrats to my former employer Zillow for an AMAZING hire!

About Drew Meyers

Founder of Geek Estate Blog / Geek Estate Labs. Zillow Alum. Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

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  • Wow, another huge bombshell. Will be interesting to watch developments unfold. Smart move on Zillow’s part.

  • Welcome Jay to Zillow! Can’t wait to start working with you.

  • Thanks Drew! I’m as giddy as a five year old on Christmas morning!

  • Looking forward to seeing you in Sea-town, Jay.  Congrats on the new challenge.

  • crappiefishing

    Congrats on the new challenge.

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