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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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  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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Coworkers are not your ‘family’ [unpopular opinion]

(MARKETING) “I just want you to think of us as family,” they say. If this were true, I could fire my uncle for always bringing up “that” topic on Thanksgiving…

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The well-known season 10 opener of “Undercover Boss” featured Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar. Brandon Landry, owner, went to the Lafayette location where he worked undercover with Jessica Comeaux, an assistant manager. Comeaux came across as a dedicated employee of the company, and she was given a well-deserved reward for her work. But I rolled my eyes as the show described the team as a “family.” I take offense at combining business and family, unless you’re really family. Why shouldn’t this work dynamic be used?

Employers don’t have loyalty to employees.

One of the biggest reasons work isn’t family is that loyalty doesn’t go both ways. Employers who act as though employees are family wouldn’t hesitate to fire someone if it came down to it. In most families, you support each other during tough times, but that wouldn’t be the case in a business. If you’ve ever thought that you can’t ask for a raise or vacation, you’ve probably bought into the theory that “work is a family.” No, work is a contract.

Would the roles be okay if the genders were reversed?

At Walks-Ons, Comeaux is referred to as “Mama Jess,” by “some of the girls.” I have to wonder how that would come across if Comeaux were a man being called “Daddy Jess” by younger team members? See any problem with that? What happens when the boss is a 30-year-old and the employee is senior? Using family terminology to describe work relationships is just wrong.

Families’ roles are complex.

You’ll spend over 2,000 hours with your co-workers every year. It’s human nature to want to belong. But when you think of your job like a family, you may bring dysfunction into the workplace.

What if you never had a mom, or if your dad was abusive? Professional relationships don’t need the added complexity of “family” norms. Seeing your boss as “mom” or “dad” completely skews the roles of boss/employee. When your mom asks you to do more, it’s hard to say no. If your “work mom or dad” wants you to stay late, it’s going to be hard to set boundaries when you buy into the bogus theory that work is family. Stop thinking of work this way.

Check your business culture to make sure that your team has healthy boundaries and teamwork. Having a great work culture doesn’t have to mean you think of your team as family. It means that you appreciate your team, let them have good work-life balance and understand professionalism.

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These tools customize your Zoom calls with your company’s branding

(BUSINESS MARKETING) Zoom appears to be here to stay. Here are the tools you need to add or update your Zoom background to a more professional – or even branded – background.

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If you haven’t had to deal with Zoom in 2021, you may be an essential worker or retired altogether. For the rest of us, Zoom became the go-to online chat platform around mid-March. For several reasons, and despite several security concerns, Zoom quickly pushed past all online video chat competitors in the early COVID-19 lockdown days.

Whether for boozy virtual happy hours, online classes for school or enrichment, business meetings, trivia nights, book clubs, or professional conferences, odds are if you are working or in school, you have been on a Zoom call recently. Many of us have been on weekly, if not daily, Zoom calls.

If you are the techy type, you’ve likely set up a cool Zoom background of a local landmark or a popular spot, a library, or a tropical beach. Comic-con types and movie buffs created appropriate backgrounds to flex their awesome nerdiness and technical smarts.

Many people have held off creating such an individualized background for our virtual meetings for one of any number of reasons. Perhaps it never occurred to them, or maybe they aren’t super comfortable with all things techy. Many people have been holding out hope of returning to their offices, thus seeing no need to rock the boat. I’m here to tell you, though, it’s time. While I, too, hope that we get the pandemic under control, I am realistic enough to see that working or studying from home will continue to be a reality for many people for some time.

Two cool, free tools we’ve found that can help you make your personal Zoom screen look super professional and even branded for business or personal affairs are Canva and HiHello. While each platform has a paid component, creating a Zoom background screen for either application is fairly simple and free.

Here’s how:

Canva is the online design website that made would-be graphic designers out of so many people, especially social media types. It’s fairly user-friendly with lots of tutorials and templates, and the extremely useful capabilities of uploading your own logo and saving your brand colors.

Using Canva, first create your free account with your email. It functions better if you create an account, although you can play around with some of the tools without signing up. The fastest way from Point A to Point B here is to use the search box and search for “Zoom backgrounds.” You now can choose any one of their Zoom background templates, from galaxy to rainbows and unicorn to library books or conference rooms. Choose an inspirational quote if you’d like (but really, please don’t). Download the .jpg or .png, save it, and you can upload it to Zoom.

To create a branded Zoom background in Canva, it will take slightly more work. It was a pain in the butt for me, because I had this vision of a backdrop with my logo repeated, like you see as a backdrop at, you know, SXSW or the Grammys or something. Reach for the stars, right?

OK, the issue with this was that I had to individually add, resize, and place each of the 9 logos I ended up with. I figured out the best way to size them uniformly (I resized one and copied/pasted, instead of adding the original size each time (maybe you’re thinking “Duh,” but it took me a few failed experiments to figure out that was the fastest way to do it).

Once you have your 9 loaded in the middle of the page, start moving them around to place them. I chose 9, because the guiding lines in Canva allow me to ensure I have placed them correctly, in the top left corner, middle left against the margin that pops up, and bottom left. Same scenario for the center row.

Magical guide lines pop up when you have the logo centered perfectly, so I did top, middle, and bottom like that, and repeated for the right hand margin. Then I flipped them, because they were showing up in my view on Zoom as backward. That may mean they are now backward to people on my call; I will need to test that out! Basically, Canva is easy to use, but perhaps my design aspirations made it tricky to figure out.

Good luck and God bless if you choose more than 9 logos to organize. Oh, and if you are REALLY smart, you will add one logo to a solid color or an austere, professionally appropriate photo background and call it a day, for the love of Mary. That would look cool and be easy.

HiHello is an app you can download to scan and keep business cards and create your own, free, handy dandy digital business card. It comes in the form of a scannable QR code you can share with anyone. Plus, you can make a Zoom background with it, which is super cool! It takes about five minutes to set up, truly! It works great!

The Zoom background has your name, the company name, and your position on one side and the QR code on the other. The QR code pulls up a photo, your name, title, phone number, and email address. It’s so nifty! And the process was super easy and intuitive. Now, If I took my logo page from Canva and made that the background for my HiHello virtual Zoom screen, I would be branded out the wazoo.

Remember there are technical requirements if you want to use HiHello on a Mac. For example, if you have a mac with a dual core processor, it requires a QUAD. However, on a PC, it was really simple.

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Finally: A smart card that manages employee spending with ease

(BUSINESS MARKETING) Clever credit cards make it easier for companies to set spending policies and help alleviate expense problems for both them and their employees.

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Company credit cards are a wonderful solution to managing business expenses. They work almost exactly like debit cards, which we all know how to use, am I right? It is the twenty-first century after all. Simply swipe, dip, or tap, and a transaction is complete.

However, keeping up with invoices and receipts is a nightmare. I know I’ve had my fair share of hunting down wrinkled pieces of paper after organizing work events. Filling out endless expense reports is tedious. Plus, the back and forth communication with the finance team to justify purchases can cause a headache on both ends.

Company credit cards make it easier for companies to keep track of who’s spending money and how much. However, they aren’t able to see final numbers until expense reports are submitted. This makes monitoring spending a challenge. Also, reviewing all the paperwork to reimburse employees is time-consuming.

But Spendesk is here to combat those downsides! This all-in-one corporate expense and spend management service provides a promising alternative to internal management. The French startup “combines spend approvals, company cards, and automated accounting into one refreshingly easy spend management solution.”

Their clever company cards are what companies and employees have all been waiting for! With increasing remote workforces, this new form of payment comes at just the right moment to help companies simplify their expenditures.

These smart cards remove limitations regular company cards have today. Spendesk’s employee debit cards offer companies options to monitor budgets, customize settings, and set specific authorizations. For instance, companies can set predefined budgets and spending category limitations on flights, hotels, restaurants, etc. Then they don’t have to worry about an employee taking advantage of their card by booking a first-class flight or eating at a high-end steakhouse.

All transactions are tracked in real time so finance and accounting can see purchases right as they happen. Increasing visibility is important, especially when your employee is working remotely.

And for employees, this new form of payment is more convenient and easier on the pocket. “These are smart employee company cards with built-in spending policies. Employees can pay for business expenses when they need to without ever having to spend their own money,” the company demonstrated in a company video.

Not having to dip into your checking account is a plus in my book! And for remote employees who just need to make a single purchase, Spendesk has single-use virtual debit cards, too.

Now, that’s a smart card!

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