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New mobile IDX takes nontraditional, impressive route

Mobile IDX soon to be released

Although not yet announced, we have gotten the scoop on Diverse Solution’s new dsSearchAgent Mobile IDX which is in the final stages of getting “polished.”

The company has been beta testing the product recently, and we are most impressed at which route they chose in offering mobile IDX search to their clients.

Why you will be impressed

Rather than choose to develop a mobile app for the iTunes store, the Android Market, BlackBerry World and the like, Diverse Solutions opted for the nontraditional yet impressive route of offering web based mobile IDX search. What that means is that Realtors that have IDX through DS can offer mobile real estate search without forcing consumers to download an app, wait for the app to load, and remember to delete the app later when it clutters their device.

Diverse Solutions CEO Justin LaJoie told us that the search is designed for “more modern touch devices like IOS 4.0+ (iPhone, iPod, iPad), Android v2+ phones, Blackberry v6+ phones. Yes, it works on the iPad!”

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For the less tech savvy of our readers, it should be noted that there is not a complicated procedure to make the standard IDX (as already offered on your site through DS) mobile, it is simply a line of javascript that is added to the page so that a smartphone or tablet will see the mobile version of the IDX.

LaJoie notes that “on pages where the our dsSearchAgent Mapping IDX or dsIDXpress WordPress IDX is already residing no additional javascript is needed to enable the mobile IDX.”

No clunky apps, it’s automatic

Now, when a mobile user does a Google search and ends up on one of your property details pages, the device will ask the user if they’d rather use the mobile version. No app to download, no learning curve, just an option to use a well designed, streamlined version of the IDX search that is branded at the top with your name and brokerage.

AG supporter Diverse Solutions has thought not only of the Realtor with branding opportunities, but of the consumer who ultimately has to be happy with the search. The design is slick, simple to understand and offers the features you’ve come to love in their IDX.

Full list of features:

Interface:

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  • full search experience in a mobile platform
  • controls are native to each device
  • tab for nearby listings
  • tab for listings near a specific address
  • favorites list
  • easy contact form access
  • clear calls to action
  • oversized buttons and inputs for mobile users
  • central home screen
  • login links on every page

Searching

  • auto complete textboxes
  • instant count of matching results
  • instant map results and sorting
  • scroll through 100 results with no re-loading
  • search input via sliders
  • search multiple data feeds at once
  • universal “wildcard” location box
  • view results in a list or on a map
  • instant results re-sorting
  • collapsible sections for easy input

Advanced filtering

  • foreclosure and short sale search
  • mls listing number search
  • open house search
  • radius search
  • street address search
  • WalkScore search

Location-based features

  • search near any street address
  • use GPS to see nearby listings
  • filter listings by radius

Buyer tools

  • saved favorites
  • recently viewed listings
  • favorites synced with website account

Click here to see the dsSearchAgent Mobile IDX test site.

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40 Comments

40 Comments

  1. Ben K

    July 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Awesome! Since I'm a DS customer, I'm ecstatic and definitely looking forward to the mobile search feature.

    • Ricardo Bueno | Diverse Solutions

      July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks Ben, we're pretty stoked too! I think it's going to bring everything together nicely so you can reach consumers who are accessing content from their mobile devices more and more.

  2. Roland Estrada

    July 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    This sound pretty impressive. This would be a great association benefit either free of subsidized – SoCalMLS take note.

    • Ricardo Bueno | Diverse Solutions

      July 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Roland,

      SoCalMLS offers a light version of our dsSearchAgent product as a member benefit already. We'll be doing some live-training with them in the coming weeks/months.

      I'm not sure how this will work into dsSearchAgent Mobile, but the two products integrate seamlessly so we're excited about the release and to be working with folks like SoCalMLS.

  3. Artur

    July 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Welcome news for DS users. RealEstateWebmasters is also coming out with similar approach to the mobile search.

  4. Sam ingersoll

    July 8, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I like the dsidxpress wordpress plugin for seo value but haven't been a fan of the regular ds search because of its low forced lead capture registration rate. That said…having a mobile search rather than another app is fantastic and may be enough to bring me back as a regular customer.

    • Ricardo Bueno | Diverse Solutions

      July 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Sam,

      Hmm… I'm not sure what you mean here. Tons of our clients have been very successful with dsSearchAgent BECAUSE of it's forced registration feature. Maybe we're getting the products missed here?

      In any case, I'd love to show you some examples of how folks are making best use of either/or.

      As for the mobile search, what's neat is that the product will prompt any visitor coming from a mobile device to navigate the mobile optimized search on either dsIDXpress pages or dsSearchAgent.

      We're rolling out shortly… So check back and let me know if you have any questions!

  5. jarvisteam

    November 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    That's a nice puff piece but I wonder if users of mobile devices want to see listings on a browser vs an app. Id vote for an app. Mobile browsing just isn't there yet. Interested in seeing what features overcome this.

    Hoping that DS will upgrade their sales customer service on their next round. ;p

  6. speakingmytruth

    July 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    FORGET trying to get any support from Diverse Solutions. THEY ARE HORRIBLE! I called Sales and emailed them TWICE and they can’t even get a response!! NOT going to last in my opinion!!

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