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Launching TRIpress for Realtors

Tribus Real Estate Technologies has announced the launch of TRIpress, a framework for WordPress specifically built for real estate professionals. TRIpress is customizable, offers indexable IDX property search, blogging, social media integration and the TribusCRM tool built in for lead management and email marketing. The company says they offer advanced search engine optimization (SEO) and “guarantees long-term success with professionally managed SEO.”

Tribus aims to be an all-inclusive business platform for real estate brokerages including their CRM, email marketing tools, Google-based IDX search, TribusMobile with apps, a mobile optimized website and mobile CRM tool, and TribusAlert, which instantly alerts the broker of new leads and routes them to agents according to set criteria.

“In an effort to improve user experience and web presence on my site, reach new groups of clientele, and increase conversion opportunities, I switched to TRIpress,” said Tony Lazzari, Broker Associate, GRI, CNC. “Since then, my TRIpress site has been building my online presence, allowing me to focus on what I do best— converting leads and selling real estate.”

“With 10 years experience as a REALTOR®, I was tired of seeing agents ripped off by sites that provided little to no value unless you also purchased an advertising package,” said Eric Stegemann, Director of Strategy for Tribus. “We focused on including all of the items an agent needs in one place to simplify their business and help them build a valuable asset. It just works!”

During their launch this month, TRIpress is offering AGBeat readers 50% off of their setup for mentioning AGBeat.

AGBeat is not affiliated with TRIpress or Tribus Real Estate Technologies.

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19 Comments

  1. Roland Estrada

    December 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Technological advances are great and always appreciated on the backend. However, someone needs to fill the niche of designing attractive, modern looking websites for agents. You can spot a real estate website a mile away. You know the look. Because we all have that look – boring, dull and predictable.

    If someone could come up with a way to let agents design WYSIWYG sites like Ryan McCann's site with all the tech goodness on the backend… Gold baby! Gold!
    https://www.ryansellsedmonton.com/index.php

    • TheRECoach

      December 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Eric, help us understand what differentiates this product from using Diverse Solutions IDX on a WordPress.org Blog, with the Agent Press Theme? Diverse Solutions is $29 (or maybe you go crazy with the mapping product for $89 a month) a month and Agent Press with SEO support and a helpdesk is a one time fee of $98.

      What's really better and why?

      Thanks
      Coach

      • Eric Stegemann

        December 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

        Eric
        Great question.
        There are many HUGE differences.
        1) Diverse Solutions does not offer a fully functional CRM system. Our system keeps track of all of the users that register on your site. You can automatically start them on drip email campaigns, send out a newsletter to everyone that has registered and a whole lot more.
        2) You mention SEO support, however, I would challenge anyone to beat the SEO that we produce on these sites. They have been written from the ground up for top placement. As an example, the site referenced in the story had about 3000 pages indexed for his market when we took over the site, now it has 11,400! In addition to that in just a few weeks, Tony's Google placement is already moving up. Instead of focusing on what we can sell for 98 a pop, at Tribus we really focused on what RESULTS we could produce for our agents that would speak for themselves. Even the smallest detail has been considered in the code.

        Furthermore, we setup a SEO strategy for each site to get optimal ranking. On top of this we setup our system to ping Google each time new listings are added in one of our Realtor's key markets. This helps them get top placement in Google since Google knows that our sites always have the freshest content.
        Along with SEO is hosting. Our sites are professionally managed by a team of server specialists to be served as quick as possible. Did you know Google is starting to rank sites based upon how fast they load? If it's over 1.5seconds you could receive lower rankings! Not to mention that our sites are secured. We fix it for you if there are any problems.
        3) TRIpress is written by Realtors for Realtors. We've made it significantly easier to setup communities, listings, and more. Our code then automatically pulls in listings in the area, the map, community information and news and a whole lot more!
        4) Speaking directly to Diverse. We do work with Diverse and that's why our product is similar to theirs. They offer an amazing product and instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, we choose to work with them to build a suite of new tools on top of their product to make it even better. For example, TRIpress has pop up registration forms. You can't get that on IDXpress. This feature alone should increase lead volume 100s of %. Never asking a user to register for the site is akin to opening up a website that says I'm giving free money away, here take some. We suggest that Realtors don't FORCE their users to register but instead politely ask them after 3-5 listing views.

        Furthmore, on top of that we have amazing call to action buttons on our listings, the call to action buttons we have studied and tested to get more requests. We have contextual information about the house for example a map, shopping, schools and other information that many users would want to know about the area. There are even other things that we're working on that I can't even discuss!

        5) Altos Market Data – You could go and sign up with Altos and manually build pages for each market you have, however we worked directly with Altos to build the most sophisticated, search engine optimized market data platform out there. There is a reason Altos uses our sites as a demo when showing off their products! When you sign up you have a page automatically created for each market you serve that is beautiful, has numerous calls to action, not to mention the contextual listings and community information included right on the page, helping your site rank higher for those communities!

        6) Simplification – Even if a Realtor could get all of our features from a few companies out there. I don't think this is what they want. Realtors are too busy to do setup, management, hosting, and all of that. They want something that just works and is simple for them to use. We've focused on providing a near turn key solution for them. And if you include one of our optional upgrades Posted@ you even get unique, custom, SEO optimized content on your site regularly. TRIpress is a product for serious Realtors that want something they can be proud of that generates them leads and just works.

        So with AgentPress or something like that you spend countless hours figuring out how to set it up, signing up for all of these third party services, figuring out how to integrate them with your site, and then in most cases seeing little to no increase in rankings. With ours – we do all of that for you plus we'll be adding more features all of the time at no additional cost! There are other reasons as well, but I hope you see just with the 6 items I listed above that our cost is MORE than worth the price we charge.

        • TheRECoach

          December 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm

          Any chance you can "Elaborate" any further!? lol, just kidding … Thanks for the great answer and for the record, I LOVE Posted@, I think it's a biz model long overdue, and at this point, under utilized because of the economy. They (posted@) may be the "Gold Medal" standard for content creation!

          Best of luck with this new venture!

          Coach
          (do you think people will catch on that we know each other? lol you called me Eric!)

        • TheRECoach

          December 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

          Yo "E", one more question .. Statistics indicate that less than 2% of CRM users utilize the additional tools (beyond Client Info)available in most CRMs. Yours has a ton of amazing stuff, how are you gonna get them to understand that, and use those tools?

          Coach

          • Eric Stegemann

            December 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

            Well first of all, all of our agents receive a 40 page quick reference guide with photos on each page of how to do exactly everything our system can do. We found this increased uptake immensely. In addition to that, we offer our helpdesk system which has a video for everything in the system as well as bunch of other questions that people ask.

            But the biggest reason we see people use the system is because it's where they get their leads. Because thy are all stored in our system agents use it because they want to see what people were interested in and keep a log of communications with the client as well as set reminders to do call backs, send birthday emails, etc.

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Marketing amidst uncertainty: 3 considerations

(BUSINESS MARKETING) As the end of the COVID tunnel begins to brighten, marketing strategies may shift yet again – here are three thoughts to ponder going into the future.

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The past year has been challenging for businesses, as operations of all sizes and types and around the country have had to modify their marketing practices in order to address the sales barriers created by the pandemic. That being said, things are beginning to look up again and cities are reopening to business as usual.

As a result, companies are looking ahead to Q3 with the awareness they need to pivot their marketing practices yet again. The only question is, how?

Pandemic Pivot 1.0: Q3 2020

When the pandemic disrupted global markets a year ago, companies looked for new ways to reach their clients where they were: At home, even in the case of B2B sales. This was the first major pivot, back when store shelves were empty care of panic shopping, and everyone still thought they would only be home for a few weeks.

How did this transition work? By building out more extensive websites, taking phone orders, and crafting targeted advertising, most companies actually survived the crisis. Some even came out ahead. With this second pivot, however, these companies will have to use what they knew before the pandemic, while making savvy predictions about how a year-long crisis may have changed customer behavior.

Think Brick And Mortar

As much as online businesses played a key role in the pandemic sales landscape, as the months wore on, people became increasingly loyal to local, brick and mortar businesses. As people return to their neighborhood for longer in-person adventures, brands should work on marketing strategies to further increase foot traffic. That may mean continuing to promote in-store safety measures, building a welcoming online presence, and developing community partnerships to benefit from other stores’ customer engagement efforts.

Reach Customers With PPC

Obviously brick and mortar marketing campaigns won’t go far for all-online businesses, but with people staying at home less, online shops may have a harder time driving sales. Luckily, they have other tools at their disposal. That includes PPC marketing, one of the most effective, trackable advertising strategies.

While almost every business already uses some degree of PPC marketing because of its overall value, but one reason it’s such a valuable tool for businesses trying to navigate the changing marketplace is how easy it is to modify. In fact, best practice is to adjust your PPC campaign weekly based on various indicators, which is what made it a powerful tool during the pandemic as well. Now, instead of using a COVID dashboard to track the impact of regulations on ad-driven sales, however, companies can use PPC marketing to see how their advertising efforts are holding up to customers’ rapidly changing shopping habits.

It’s All About The Platforms

When planning an ad campaign, what you say is often not as important as where you say it – a modern twist on “the medium is the message.” Right now, that means paying attention to the many newer platforms carrying innovative ad content, so experiment with placing ads on platforms like TikTok, Reddit, and NextDoor and see what happens.

One advantage of marketing via smaller platforms is that they tend to be less expensive than hubs like Facebook. That being said, they are all seeing substantial traffic, and most saw significant growth during the pandemic. If they don’t yield much in the way of results, losses will be minimal, but given the topical and local targeting various platforms allow for, above and beyond standard PPC targeting, they could be just what your brand needs as it navigates the next set of marketplace transitions.

The last year has been unpredictable for businesses, but Q3 2021 may be the most uncertain yet as everyone attempts to make sense of what normal means now. The phrase “new normal,” overused and awkward as it is, gets to the heart of it: we can pretend we’re returning to our pre-pandemic lives, but very little about the world before us is familiar, so marketing needs a “new normal,” too.

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Advertising overload: Let’s break it down

(BUSINESS MARKETING) A new study finds that frequent ads are actually more detrimental to a brand’s image than that same brand advertising near offensive content.

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If you haven’t noticed, ads are becoming extremely common in places that are extremely hard to ignore—your Instagram feed, for example. Advertising has certainly undergone some scrutiny for things like inappropriate placement and messaging over the years, but it turns out that sheer ad exhaustion is actually more likely to turn people off of associated brands than the aforementioned offensive content.

Marketing Dive published a report on the phenomenon last Tuesday. The report claims that, of all people surveyed, 32% of consumers said that they viewed current social media advertising to be “excessive”; only 10% said that they found advertisements to be “memorable”.

In that same group, 52% of consumers said that excessive ads were likely to affect negatively their perception of a brand, while only 32% said the same of ads appearing next to offensive or inappropriate content.

“Brand safety has become a hot item for many companies as they look to avoid associations with harmful content, but that’s not as significant a concern for consumers, who show an aversion to ad overload in larger numbers,” writes Peter Adams, author of the Marketing Dive report.

This reaction speaks to the sheer pervasiveness of ads in the current market. Certainly, many people are spending more time on their phones—specifically on social media—as a result of the pandemic. However, with 31% and 27% of surveyed people saying they found website ads either “distracting” or “intrusive”, respectively, the “why” doesn’t matter as much as the reaction itself.

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Like most industries, advertisers have faced unique challenges during the pandemic. If there’s one major takeaway from the report, it’s this: Ads have to change—largely in terms of their frequency—if brands want to maintain customer retention and loyalty.

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With many businesses – both big and small – operating online, there are less opportunities for building those face-to-face relationships that exist in brick and mortar stores. According to smallbizgenius, 65% of the company’s revenue comes from existing customers.

It’s important to keep in mind the different tactics at your disposal for increasing customer loyalty. Noupe recently released a list of actionable tips for increasing this loyalty. Let’s examine these ideas and expand on the best.

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  2. Stay in communication – In addition to the ever-so-vital social media platforms, consider creating an email newsletter to stay in touch with your customers. Finding ways to have them keep you in mind should be at the front of your mind. By reaching out and being friendly, this will help retain their business.
  3. Be flexible with payments – No, don’t sell yourself short, but consider installment plans for pricier items or services. This will help customers feel more at ease when their wallet’s health is at stake.
  4. Reward programs – Consider allowing customers to accrue loyalty points in exchange for a freebie. The old punch card method is still an incredibly popular concept, and is a great way to keep people coming back. The cost associated with giving something away for free will be minimal in comparison to loyalty you receive in order for the customer to get to that point. Make sure that what a customer is putting in is about equal to what they’re getting out of it (i.e. don’t have a customer spend $100 in order to get $1 off their next purchase). If all of this proves successful, this can eventually be expanded by creating VIP levels.
  5. Prioritize customer service – A first impression is everything. By prioritizing customer service, you can help shape the narrative of the customer and how they view your business. This splinters off into them giving good word of mouth recommendations to friends and family. Be sure to keep positive customer service as the forefront of your mind, as giving a bad review is just as easy – or even easier – as giving a good review.
  6. Value feedback – Allow customers a space to provide their feedback, either on your website or on social media. Find out what brought them to you and gage how their experience was. Be sure to thank them for their feedback and take it into consideration. Feedback – both good and bad – can be vital in helping shape a business.
  7. Avoid laziness – Stay sharp at all times. Don’t treat all customers as nothing but currency. Include personalized touches wherever you can. This will make all of the difference.

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