Brokers can better control their marketing choices
ListHub, a Move, Inc. company, provides Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) and real estate brokers and agents with a listing syndication platform. Today, the company gave AGBeat an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming launch of new controls for their 43,000 broker users regarding where they syndicate their listings and what marketing choices they make.
Through the ListHub dashboard, brokers have been able to opt in or opt out of syndicating to particular real estate search sites, and recently, the company added a scorecard to each syndicator so that brokers can educate themselves on what exactly each site offers, their terms of service, and the like, and today, ListHub has added filtering through their system. Now, brokers can choose to syndicate based on filtered parameters based on how each site uses data or what practices they adhere to.
Current filters set for brokers
Brokers can query based on that criteria, so they can opt in or out of each real estate search site if, for example, a site does not display broker contact information or whether they provide metrics or not. The options include:
- No Re-Syndication
- Posts Redirect Link
- Provides Error Reports
- Provides Metrics
- Real Estate Network
- Shows Broker Contact Info
- Timely Listing Removal
- MLS Preferred
The company tells AGBeat that the list of filters will grow over time, based on feedback and demand. ListHub will also be soliciting broker ratings of each real estate search site and offering ratings and comments based on a five star system, featured next to each syndication option. All data can be sorted based on their score, which because the system is new, has few reviews, but ListHub anticipates this will grow so brokers can add their subjective thoughts on the matter.
Brokers don’t have to keep up with hundreds of changes
If a broker decides they only want to syndicate under certain conditions, they are not required to keep up with the changes at each real estate site, rather ListHub does that and will automatically add or subtract sites from the list of where brokers syndicate based on the rules the broker has set (like “do not syndicate to any site that does not show broker contact information”), and notifies the broker of the changes. This is a tremendous advantage for brokers concerned with the minutia of real estate search site updates, which are quite complex.
Otherwise, if a broker has manually selected a real estate search site to syndicate to, rather than opting in or out of one rule, ListHub notifies the broker but does not flip any switches.
Agents and MLSs
Agents are also able to log into the ListHub dashboard and review the wealth of data on these real estate search sites and their scorecards, but only brokers can make any alterations to where their data is syndicated. This could change in the future, as it appears possible that one day, this option system could apply to each individual listing rather than a broker’s entire data feed.
Additionally, MLSs are now able to log in, as opposed to just getting monthly reports, and each MLS can now mark real estate search sites as preferred. ListHub notes that the demand and response for this feature has varied wildly, as some MLSs cannot imagine marking anything as preferred, while others have reviewed the practices of all of the search sites through legal review and wish to allow their brokers to filter based on their recommendation, and are willing to do so.
The new features will roll out to all ListHub users in the next 24 hours (and Georgia later this week), and are already live in five beta markets. ListHub tells AGBeat that they wish to offer flexibility with listing data, be a point of research, and offer transparency about data distribution so brokers can better evaluate their marketing choices.
This web platform for cannabis is blowing up online distribution
(BUSINESS NEWS) Dutchie, a website platform for cannabis companies, just octupled in value. Here’s what that means for the online growth of cannabis distribution.
The cannabis industry has, for the most part, blossomed in the past few years, managing to hit only a few major snags along the way. One of those snags is the issue of payment processing, an issue compounded by predominantly cash-only transactions. Dutchie, a Bend, Oregon company, has helped mitigate that issue—and it just raised a ton of money.
Technically, Dutchie is a jack-of-all-trades service that creates and hosts websites for dispensaries, tracks product, processes orders, keeps stock of revenue, and so much more. While it was valued at around $200 million as recently as summer of 2020, a round of series C funding currently puts the company at around $1.7 billion—approximately 8 times its worth a mere 8 months ago.
There are a few reasons behind Dutchie’s newfound momentum. For starters, the pandemic made cannabis products a lot more accessible—and desirable—in states in which the sale of cannabis is legal. The ensuing surge of customers and demand certainly didn’t hurt the platform, especially given that Dutchie is largely responsible for keeping things on track during some of the more chaotic months for dispensaries.
Several states in which the sale of cannabis was illegal also voted to legalize recreational use, giving Dutchie even more stomping ground than they had prior to the lockdown.
Dutchie also recently took on 2 separate companies and their associated employees, effectively doubling their current staff. The companies are Greenbits—a resource planning group—and Leaflogix, which is a point-of-sale platform. With these two additions to their compendium, Dutchie can operate as even more of an all-in-one suite, which absolutely contributes to its value as a company.
Ross Lipson, who is Dutchie’s co-founder and current CEO, is fairly dismissive of investment opportunities for the public at the moment, saying he instead prefers to stay “focused with what’s on our plate” for the time being. However, he also appears open to the possibility of going public via an acquisition company.
“We look at how this decision brings value to the dispensary and the customer,” says Lipson. “If it brings value, we’d embark on that decision.”
For now, Dutchie remains the ipso facto king of cannabis distribution and sales—and they don’t show any plans to slow down any time soon.
Ford adopts flexible working from home schedule for over 30k employees
(BUSINESS NEWS) Ford Motor Co. is allowing employees to continue working from home even after the pandemic winds down. Is this the beginning of a trend for auto companies?
The pandemic has greatly transformed our lives. For the most part, learning is being conducted online. At one point, interacting with others was pretty much non-existent. Working in the office shifted significantly to working remotely, and it seems like working from home might not go away anytime soon.
As things slowly get back to a new “normal”, will things change again? Well, one thing is sure. Working from home will be a permanent thing for some people as more companies opt to continue letting people work remotely.
And, the most recent company on the list to do this is Ford Motor Co. Even after the pandemic winds down, Ford will allow more than 30,000 employees already working from home to continue doing so.
Last week, the automaker giant announced its “flexible hybrid model” schedule to its staff. The new schedule is set to start in the summer, and employees can choose to work remotely and come into the office for tasks that require face-to-face collaborations, such as meetings and group projects.
How much time an employee spends in the office will depend on their responsibilities, and flexible remote hours will need to be approved by an employee’s manager.
“The nature of work drives whether or not you can adopt this model. There are certain jobs that are place-dependent — you need to be in the physical space to do the job,” David Dubensky, chairman and chief executive of Ford Land, told the Washington Post. “Having the flexibility to choose how you work is pretty powerful. … It’s up to the employee to have dialogue and discussion with their people leader to determine what works best.”
Ford’s decision to implement a remote-office work model has to do in part with an employee survey conducted in June 2020. Results from the survey showed that 95% of employees wanted a hybrid schedule. Some employees even reported feeling more productive when working from home.
Ford is the first auto company to allow employees to work from home indefinitely, but it might not be the only one. According to the Post, Toyota and General Motors are looking at flexible options of their own.
Unify your remote team with these important conversations
(BUSINESS NEWS) More than a happy hour, consider having these poignant conversations to bring your remote team together like never before.
Cultivating a team dynamic is difficult enough without everyone’s Zoom feed freezing halfway through “happy” hour. You may not be able to bond over margaritas these days, but there are a few conversations you can have to make your team feel more supported—and more comfortable with communicating.
According to Forbes, the first conversation to have pertains to individual productivity. Ask your employees, quite simply, what their productivity indicators are. Since you can’t rely on popping into the office to see who is working on a project and who is beating their Snake score, knowing how your employees quantify productivity is the next-best thing. This may lead to a conversation about what you want to see in return, which is always helpful for your employees to know.
Another thing to discuss with your employees regards communication. Determining which avenues of communication are appropriate, which ones should be reserved for emergencies, and which ones are completely off the table is key. For example, you might find that most employees are comfortable texting each other while you prefer Slack or email updates. Setting that boundary ahead of time and making it “office” policy will help prevent strain down the road.
Finally, checking in with your employees about their expectations is also important. If you can discuss the sticky issue of who deals with what, whose job responsibilities overlap, and what each person is predominantly responsible for, you’ll negate a lot of stress later. Knowing exactly which of your employees specialize in specific areas is good for you, and it’s good for the team as a whole.
With these 3 discussions out of the way, you can turn your focus to more nebulous concepts, the first of which pertains to hiring. Loop your employees in and ask them how they would hire new talent during this time; what aspects would they look for, and how would they discern between candidates without being able to meet in-person? It may seem like a trivial conversation, but having it will serve to unify further your team—so it’s worth your time.
The last crucial conversation, per Forbes, is simple: Ask your employees what they would prioritize if they became CEOs tomorrow. There’s a lot of latitude for goofy responses here, but you’ll hear some really valuable—and potentially gut-wrenching—feedback you wouldn’t usually receive. It never hurts to know what your staff prioritize as idealists.
Unifying your staff can be difficult, but if you start with these conversations, you’ll be well on your way to a strong team during these trying times.
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