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Hyperlocal lifestyle real estate search is finally here- SpatialMatch

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Walkability? Where are you walking to?

diningLiving in a city like Austin, for example, you know something like this has to be coming because the demand for lifestyles is ultra high. Since the erection of the first high rise condo development in downtown Austin, walkability has become a really big deal- most areas in and around Austin rank highly in this factor, but what are people walking to?

Showing you all of the “home sweet home spots”

SpatialMatch answers that question before you buy or lease by allowing you to see everything of personal interest within close proximity so that you can target exactly what makes you feel at home, and you are shown the available homes within your designated areas.

Amazing UI plus data equals SpatialMatch

SpatialMatch is truly a beautiful interface (see video), well laid out (customizable), stimulating, and jam packed with information like home values, all of which are whitelabled for MLSs, Brokers, and even Agent IDX. We expect to see it becoming very common place in tandem with traditional search, as demand in modern urban areas is high for this type of product. Suburban areas will also benefit as schools, stores and even parks are searchable. SpatialMatch features 60 million properties, 12.5 million businesses, 134k schools and universities, local information and amenities, and even weather.

Summary?

I can see this type of search being blended with ratings from sites like Yelp, or geo location utilities to learn “who’s around” details like Gowalla, being used to gain your social user names to check where your friends are and learning what your friends think of these same locations and seeing if any of your friends have checked in at the same homes or businesses you’re looking at- the verticals are limitless utilizing geo and social tech to expand this into the super-personal realm also giving agents a contact point who they friend in social spaces- “friend”- a new word and spaces for contact forms within search that has hardly been explored or utilized.

The thing I like about SpatialMatch is that it’s not designed nor will it compete with Agents or Brokers, in fact, it’s an enhancement designed for Agents and Brokers to fully display area knowledge and resources that move the buyer forward while providing listing agents another layer of value to listing consumers looking for new and exciting ways to bring home buyers to the table.

Making real estate search more personal is the next logical step in search evolution, and connecting personally via tools like SpatialMatch will fuel the demand for more development in how we display and visualize data. I cannot imagine that Zillow or Trulia are far behind in the geo trend but this is the first time in a long time I’ve seen the traditional space actually move in front in the race for eyeballs, I guess the question now is, where is Realtor.com (Move) in the race?

AgentGenius.com is not affiliated with SpatialMatch.

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. Grant Gould

    April 11, 2010 at 1:49 am

    @billlublin Bill – How have you been? About to launch SpatialMatch and would like to circle back w/ U. Check out post https://cot.ag/aM2Tqm

  2. Grant Gould

    April 11, 2010 at 3:35 am

    @darthcheeta My favorite topic. We have built the ultimate data visualization tool. https://cot.ag/aM2Tqm is a good post about SpatialMatch.

  3. SproutStart

    April 14, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    @agentgenius Hyperlocal lifestyle real estate search is finally here- SpatialMatch https://bit.ly/azzqVM

  4. Melissa Pedersen

    April 15, 2010 at 12:59 am

    RT @SproutStart: @agentgenius Hyperlocal lifestyle real estate search is finally here- SpatialMatch https://bit.ly/azzqVM

  5. Jim Qualls

    April 15, 2010 at 5:00 am

    RT @SproutStart: @agentgenius Hyperlocal lifestyle real estate search is finally here- SpatialMatch https://bit.ly/azzqVM

  6. Matthew Shadbolt

    April 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Reading: 'Hyperlocal lifestyle real estate search is finally here- SpatialMatch' https://bit.ly/cd3t7h

  7. fundament

    April 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    RT @Corcoran_Group: Reading: 'Hyperlocal lifestyle real estate search is finally here- SpatialMatch' https://bit.ly/cd3t7h

  8. Genevieve

    July 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Do you ever walkscore??? We use walkscore.com in all of our listings as well as a tool on our website to let our client base know what they can hop, skip and jump to. Sounds like SpatialMatch is very similar. We’ll have to check it out!

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*New* TikTok Insights launch: Content creators finally get audience analytics

(SOCIAL MEDIA) The popular short-form app, TikTok, finally launches the anticipated Insights feature, where content creators can view target audience data.

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Marketers searching for the zeitgeist which means TikTok scrollers pause to watch their content and then click through to buy a product have a new tool to help make that happen.

  • TikTok Insights offers marketers bite-size bits of user demographic information that will help build content that leads to sales.
  • With TikTok Insights you can learn more about your audience’s behavior, their interests, and their general sentiment toward brands.
  • TikTok Insights is free to use. Marketers can find TikTok user demographics by using filters to determine what they’re looking for.

The demographic info can be age-focused, focused on specific types of marketing, or even as specific as holiday or event marketing.

This is a step in the direction marketers have been asking for as they create content for the TikTok platform; however, creators looking for detailed analytics like they get from meta need to wait. Insights doesn’t offer that for now.

Like TikTok says in its own analytic information,

“While analytics are helpful in understanding the performance of your videos, you don’t need to create future videos based primarily around them. It’s best to consider the bigger picture, lean lightly on analytics, and use them as a source for insight rather than strategy.”

Marketers trying to key into reaching TikTok’s billion users worldwide are left, right now, searching for the magic that leads to consumers making the jump from the platform to using their purchasing power.

For marketers that means keeping things creative and collaborative, two key factors in TikTok’s success. And that success is huge. Users spend an average of 52 minutes on the platform when they log in and a staggering 90% of users say they log on every day.

TikTok Insights will help marketers find ways to connect, but the content TikTok is looking for is authentic.

And while entrepreneurs can bid for advertising like other social media platforms, they need to remember when planning that spend, that most TikTok marketing success stories are more accidental than planned. Have fun with that knowledge. Instead of pressure to create the perfect plan, TikTok Insights allows marketers to keep it creative and to find a way to tie it into what they enjoy about the platform.

Like all other social media marketing, focus on creating content that stops the consumer from their continual scroll. Make it a challenge and keep it real.

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Grindr got busted for selling users’ data locations to advertisers

(SOCIAL MEDIA) User data has been a hot topic in the tech world. It’s often shared haphazardly or not protected, and the app Grindr, follows suit.

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If you’re like me, you probably get spam calls a lot. Information is no longer private in this day and age; companies will buy and sell whatever information they can get their hands on for a quick buck. Which is annoying, but not necessarily outright dangerous, right?

Wrong.

Grindr has admitted to selling their user’s data, however, they are specifically selling the location of their users without regard for liability concerns. Grindr, a gay hook-up app, is an app where a marginalized community is revealing their location to find a person to connect to. Sure, Grindr claims they have been doing this less and less since 2020, but the issue still remains: they have been selling the location of people who are in a marginalized community – a community that has faced a huge amount of oppression in the past and is still facing it to this day.

Who in their right mind thought this was okay? Grindr initially did so to create “real-time ad exchanges” for their users, to find places super close to their location. Which makes sense, sort of. The root of the issue is that the LGBTQAI+ community is a community at risk. How does Grindr know if all of their users are out? Do they know exactly who they’re selling this information to? How do they know that those who bought the information are going to use it properly?

They don’t have any way of knowing this and they put all of their users at risk by selling their location data. And the data is still commercially available! Historical data could still be obtained and the information was able to be purchased in 2017. Even if somebody stopped using Grindr in, say, 2019, the fact they used Grindr is still out there. And yeah, the data that’s been released has anonymized, Grindr claims, but it’s really easy to reverse that and pin a specific person to a specific location and time.

This is such a huge violation of privacy and it puts people in real, actual danger. It would be so easy for bigots to get that information and use it for something other than ads. It would be so easy for people to out others who aren’t ready to come out. It’s ridiculous and, yeah, Grindr claims they’re doing it less, but the knowledge of what they have done is still out there. There’s still that question of “what if they do it again” and, with how the world is right now, it’s really messed up and problematic.

If somebody is attacked because of the data that Grindr sold, is Grindr complicit in that hate crime, legally or otherwise?

So, moral of the story?

Yeah, selling data can get you a quick buck, but don’t do it.

You have no idea who you’re putting at risk by selling that data and, if people find out you’ve done it, chances are your customers (and employees) will lose trust in you and could potentially leave you to find something else. Don’t risk it!

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BeReal: Youngsters are flocking in droves to this Instagram competitor app

(SOCIAL MEDIA) As Instagram loses steam due to its standards of “perfection posting,” users are drawn to a similar app with a different approach, BeReal.

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BeReal is one of several “Real” apps exploding in growth with young users who crave real connections with people they know in real life.

According to data.ai, BeReal ranks 4th by downloads in the US, the UK, and France for Q1 2022 to date, behind only Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.

BeReal flies in the face of what social media has become. Instead of curated looks that focus on the beautiful parts of life, BeReal users showcase what they’re doing at the moment and share those real photos with their friends. Their real friends.

It’s real. And real is different for a generation of social media users who have been raised on influencers and filters.

As the app says when you go to its page:

Be Real.

Your Friends

for Real.

Every day at a different time, BeReal users are notified simultaneously to capture and share a Photo in 2 Minutes.

A new and unique way to discover who your friends really are in their daily life.

BeReal app

The app has seen monthly users increase by more than 315% according to Apptopia, which tracks and analyzes app performance.

“Push notifications are sent around the world simultaneously at different times each day,” the company said in a statement. “It’s a secret on how the time is chosen every day, it’s not random.”

The app allows no edits and no filters. They want users to show a “slice of their lives.”

Today’s social media users have seen their lives online inundated with ultra-curated social media. The pandemic led to more time spent online than ever. Social media became a way to escape. Reality was ugly. Social media was funny, pretty, and exciting.

And fake.

Enter BeReal where users are asked to share two moments of real life on a surprise schedule. New apps are fun often because they’re new. However, the huge growth in the use of BeReal by college-aged users points to something more than the new factor.

For the past several years, experts have warned that social media was dangerous to our mental health. The dopamine hits of likes and shares are based on photos and videos filled with second and third takes, lens changes, lighting improvements, and filters. Constant comparisons are the norm. And even though we know the world we present on our social pages isn’t exactly an honest portrayal of life, we can’t help but experience FOMO when we see our friends and followers and those we follow having the times of their lives, buying their new it thing, trying the new perfect product, playing in their Pinterest-worthy decorated spaces we wish we could have.

None of what we see is actually real on our apps. We delete our media that isn’t what we want to portray and try again from a different angle and shoot second and third and forth takes that make us look just a little better.

We spend hours flipping through videos on our For You walls and Instagram stories picked by algorithms that know us better than we know ourselves.

BeReal is the opposite of that. It’s simple, fast, and real. It’s community and fun, but it’s a moment instead of turning into the time-sink of our usual social media that, while fun, is also meant to ultimately sell stuff, including all our data.

It will be interesting to watch BeReal and see if it continues down its promised path and whether the growth continues. People are looking for something. Maybe reality is that answer.

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