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Real estate mobile blogging with voice to text options

Let’s face it, we real estate agents are an extremely mobile bunch of professionals. It is difficult to manage the necessary business at hand, much less get our blogging done.

Lately I have been exploring voice to text options as a way of getting my writing done while I am on the road. With the loss of Jott as an option, I researched alternatives and discovered other applications that will provide the service that I was looking for.

What I wanted to accomplish was the ability to speak my posts, save them for later and then edit and clean up from my computer or even phone when stationary:

Here are some voice to text options:

#1- Vlingo
This voice to text option can text, email, find things on maps, search the web and voice dial.

I like the multiple options and it functions well, BUT…the email and SMS options are paid options, not free.

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#2- Cinch.
OK, so this isn’t voice to text, BUT it is a great mobile blogging option. I use it to record things on the go that I know I am going to share later on my blog, or even instantly on Twitter or Facebook. It is super simple, embeddable and a great multi-media edition to your mobile blogging.

#3- Dragon Dictation.
Hands down my favorite mobile application of ALL. This application allows you to push a record button, speak your dictation (punctuation included) and then push it to text, email, Twitter, Facebook or copy and paste. Best part, it is reliable and FREE.

I use it in conjuction with another free mobile app, Evernote to complete the job I was looking to do. Here is what I do: open Dragon Dictation and speak a portion of a blog post (it will only record a limited amount). I hit the copy button and then paste that into an Evernote document. I repeat this process until I am done. Once stationary again, I open my Evernote document, make necessary edits and copy to my blog. Add a picture and VOILA! my post is done within very few minutes.

Dragon Dictation is a huge tool for me in texting and emailing while on the go, as well and for the low low price of FREE…well, it is worth checking out.

Are you using other mobile applications for voice to text? Do tell…

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Lesley offers 21 years experience in real estate, public speaking and training. Lesley has a degree in communications and was the recipient of an international award for coordinating media in real estate. In the course of her career Lesley has presented at international real estate conferences and state REALTOR associations, hosted a real estate television program, written articles for trade magazines and created marketing and PR plans for many individuals, companies and non-profits.

31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. Ron Reed

    April 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Yes, Dragon Dictation in combination with Evernote and Dropbox is my "secret weapon" to increasing productivity.

    Thanks fir the share!

    Ron Reed

  2. Tamara Tambo Dorris

    May 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Great post! You're really ahead of the curve Leslie! I wish you were coming to REBCSACTO to share this info. Awesome info….planning to implement it soon. Thanks!

  3. Sean Carpenter

    May 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Lesley – Great idea to combine those two tools. I have both and use Dragon Dictation quite a bit. Just never thought to harness the ability of Evernote for blogging. I've been using DD just for a post idea or concept and then write it when I am stationary and have time. This might allow me to get more of the "body" completed while it's in my head.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sean

  4. Amy Cesario

    May 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    This couldn't have come at a better time for me!!! Thanks Leslie, I started exploring options last week and now…I just need to start. 🙂

    • Amy Cesario

      May 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      Dang, I'm sorry I spelled your name wrong!!! My son keeps telling me to please proof read before I hit send. 🙁

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