Wednesday, 30 November 2016

How to download an existing Listing Presentation

If you have an existing Listing Presentation you wish to download, follow these steps:

Log onto your account and click "Edit Existing" on the Listing Presentation icon on your dashboard.



You will see all of the Listing Presentations in your account. 

Download PDF

Just click the "Download PDF" button to download your PDF. 


You will then see this page appear. You can use the download arrow to download to your computer or the printer icon to print the presentation shown in the red square in the upper right hand corner below. 



Download Presentation

You also have the option to download the presentation. This is provided as a convenience, but in most cases either the PDF or the link is the best way to present your Listing Presentations. However if you still wish to download the entire presentation, click the Download button instead of the Download PDF button. You will be asked to save your files and it is important to make sure you pay attention to where you save your file so you can find it!


In more up to date systems you will then see your zipped folder appear at the bottom of your screen. You can double click the folder and you will have to "extract" the files as they will be in a zipped folder. 

To "unzip" your presentation double click the folder and you will see a screen similar to this appear. Look for the "extract" option and click it and then click the "Extract All" folder. Keep in mind that the extraction process can vary based on the system you are using!








How to Edit a Listing Presentation

If you wish to edit your Listing Presentation follow these steps:

Log onto your account and click "Edit Existing" on the Listing Presentation icon on your dashboard.


You will see all of your listing presentations appear. Click the "Edit Existing" button for the one you wish to edit. You can also download the PDF at this stage if you wish.



You will arrive at the template editor page. The arrows below point to the key tools and steps for page 1. This will be the cover page for your presentation. To replace the image you can upload it and drag and drop it over the existing image on the template. You can also upload head shots and logos by clicking on the tabs. Click on the text boxes to edit and the gray arrows allow you to flip through the pages of the presentation.


Shown below you can click the text box to highlight it. If it is editable it will appear like this:


A text box will pop up and you can add your copy. Click OK to save or continue.


To make your way through the presentation just use the gray arrows at the bottom of the page. 



All of the images are part of the actual template and cannot be edited or removed. However, the copy can be edited. Be certain to read the copy provided as some of it is just filler. As mentioned, just click text boxes to edit, remove or add copy. Entire pages can be removed by clicking the red X in the top right corner. 




If you wish to bring back a page you have deleted, simply click the "Removed Pages" button below the images box and you can select the page you wish to add back to the presentation. Just a note, this button only appears if you have deleted pages. 



Go to "View Proof" to approve your pages and once satisfied click the "Republish Presentation selection on the navigation. 




Once complete it will take a few minutes for your Listing Presentation to generate. You will receive an email to confirm it is ready. 

You will be provided with three links in your confirmation email:

The first link is for your PDF if you wish to present it in PDF form OR if you wish to print it as a leave behind for your clients. When you click this link you will see this page appear with an arrow icon allowing you to download and a printer icon allowing you to print your presentation.



The second link is for a web link that provides a place for clients to view the presentation online, or for you to use to present.


The last link allows you to download a digital version of your Listing Presentation. When you click this link you will be sent to your download folder on your computer and can click Save to save it. It will then have to be extracted as it appears in a zipped folder. This process is not recommended. Instead the best way to present your Listing Presentation is using the web link and bringing along a printed version to leave behind. 









How to Create a Listing Presentation

To create your Listing Presentation follow these easy steps:
Log onto your account and click Create New on the Listing Presentation icon on your dashboard.

You will be taken to the template section. Here you can click "Preview" to browse the presentation or click "Select" to make your selection. You can also choose the color of template you wish to use.


You will be asked to name your presentation. You can name it however you wish, but a good idea is to use the client's name or address.


You will arrive at the template editor page. The arrows below point to the key tools and steps for page 1. This will be the cover page for your presentation. You can upload an image and drag and drop it onto the template. You can also upload head shots and logos by clicking on the tabs. Click on the text boxes to edit and the gray arrows allow you to flip through the pages of the presentation.


Shown below you can click the text box to highlight it. If it is editable it will appear like this:


A text box will pop up and you can add your copy. Click OK to save or continue.


To make your way through the presentation just use the gray arrows at the bottom of the page. 



All of the images are part of the actual template and cannot be edited or removed. However, the copy can be edited. Be certain to read the copy provided as some of it is just filler. As mentioned, just click text boxes to edit, remove or add copy. Entire pages can be removed by clicking the red X in the top right corner. 




If you wish to bring back a page you have deleted, simply click the "Removed Pages" button below the images box and you can select the page you wish to add back to the presentation. Just a note, this button only appears if you have deleted pages. 



Your changes will always update and appear in realtime as you work. Or you can click the "View Proof" tab on the navigation to view your work at any time. To continue working just click "Edit Further" or "Continue" to get to the Shopping cart.


Once complete it will take a few minutes for your Listing Presentation to generate. You will receive an email to confirm it is ready. It is advisable to create a folder in your email inbox called Listing Presentation so you can find it easily should you need the links. 

You will be provided with three links in your confirmation email:

The first link is for your PDF if you wish to present it in PDF form OR if you wish to print it as a leave behind for your clients. When you click this link you will see this page appear with an arrow icon allowing you to download and a printer icon allowing you to print your presentation.



The second link is for a web link that provides a place for clients to view the presentation online, or for you to use to present.


The last link allows you to download a digital version of your Listing Presentation. When you click this link you will be sent to your download folder on your computer and can click Save to save it. It will then have to be extracted as it appears in a zipped folder. This process is not recommended. Instead the best way to present your Listing Presentation is using the web link and bringing along a printed version to leave behind. 






















Monday, 21 November 2016

Handy & Affordable Holiday Marketing Scheme

If Thanksgiving has rolled around again and you haven't got a Holiday marketing scheme in place, then you need an idea that is quick and affordable. Sharing holiday tips each week will provide you with the perfect excuse to reach out to clients while sharing fun information they can use.



Ready to Send newsletters are the perfect option as they take zero effort and are colorful, informative and fun. You can share your own personal greetings and they are branded with your head shot, logo and contact information.

Here is an overview of the holiday newsletters you can share every few days as the countdown to Christmas begins:


  • Holiday Countdown: Share the "Holiday Countdown" newsletter with an overview of tips to get people into Christmas gear as Thanksgiving winds down.
  • Holiday Magic - Fun with Kids: Kids want to be involved in Christmas and holiday planning so this is a great time to share some fun kid projects. "The Holiday Magic: Fun with Kids" newsletter will give parents ideas to plan some decorating and DIY projects kids will love. 
  • Deck the Halls: Share some holiday DIY tips and home decor ideas.
  • Tis the Season: Send out a nice, well rounded holiday newsletter such as "Tis the Season" that touches on a bit of everything including DIY projects, dinner ideas and some home made gift ideas.
  • Holiday Entertaining: "Holiday Entertaining" will be on everyone's mind, and these party ideas are sure to be appreciated by the host and hostess looking for some new ideas.
  • Oh Christmas Tree: Send out some tree trimming ideas complete with a wide selection of themes to choose from found in the "Oh Christmas Tree" newsletter.
  • Holiday Finishing Touches: Perfectly timed, last minute ideas can be found in "Holiday Finishing Touches" with all the tips that make every Christmas perfect. 


Ready to Send Newsletters are just $19.99 per month for endless use, the perfect last minute marketing tool for your holiday greetings. You can learn how to send out your Ready to Newsletters here.

Monday, 14 November 2016

How to access or download your Realtour images

After your Realtour photo shoot is complete you can take the following steps to access and download your images:

Log onto your account and click the Virtual Tours icon on your dashboard



Click edit for the listing you wish to access



Go to the Manage Photos tab

Download

To download your images, scroll down to the bottom of the photo box and click the Download arrow
Select the size you wish to download. Note that for MLS you require full size.



Your images will download onto your computer, usually appearing in your Downloads folder. Images will be downloaded in a zipped folder. You will have to extract your images in order to view or use them. These steps will vary depending on the type of computer you are using as well as the operating system you use. Here is an example of what you will see when the zipped folder is downloaded on a PC using Windows 10:

Zipped folder download icon appearing in lower area of your screen:


Screen when you click the folder:


Click Extract and then Extract All:


View Images

To view your images you can roll over the images within the Manage Photos box to enlarge them, or you can click on the View Proof tab and watch the tour the photographer has created.




Wednesday, 9 November 2016

How to create an eflyer with an existing listing

If you wish to create an eflyer and you already have a listing, follow these steps:

Log onto your account and click the Eflyer icon on your dashboard.


You will see all of your listings appear. Click Create New to get started.




Take the time to look at the templates available and choose the one that best suits your needs. You can click preview to see a larger image of the template and then click select when you find the one you wish to use.


The blank template will appear on the right complete with your listing details and your contact information. On the left you will see the image box containing the images you have already uploaded for your tour. 


To add an image to your eflyer, click on the image you wish to use and drag them into the green image squares. To replace an image, just click on the new one and drag it over the existing one. If you wish to delete an image square, click the red X. To bring the image square back click the green check mark. To edit copy just click on the copy and the text editor will appear. You can add, change and delete copy as well as change the size and color.


Once you are satisfied with your elfyer, click continue to go to the proofing page. Here it is very important that you check every detail to ensure it is correct. You don’t want to send out an eflyer with a glaring mistake. Once it is gone, it cannot be retrieved! On this page you can also email the proof to your client or broker for approval. 


Next click the Links tab and here you can add your subject line. You can also add up to three links and you will also see your virtual tour link is already there for you. If you do not wish to use the virtual tour link, highlight it and delete both the title and the link. To add a link just copy it from your browser and paste it into the link field. You can add any title you wish. You can also check the links are working and make sure your subject line works by clicking the Preview button. Once you are happy you can then click continue.


To send your eflyer you have three options: Use our mapblast tool to reach agents in the areas of your choice, upload or add your own contacts, or do both. 


To send by mapblast, click the mapblast icon and you will see the map appear with your listing centred in the mapblast tool. This gives a good selection around the area. You can look at the amount of names covered in the area as well as the cost on the right of the map. If you are happy with this, you can click the continue button. If you wish to enlarge or shrink the area selected you can click the white circles on the box and drag them to change the size of the box. To move the area selected click the red box and drag it to the area you wish to select. You can also add a series of targets anywhere in the United States by clicking the “Add another target area button”. You will see a new box appear and you can move it by dragging it and you can also resize it. You can delete a target area by clicking the red X that appears on the target list. Once you are happy, click the continue button.


If you wish to add your own contacts click the contacts icon. You will see a white box appear at the top of the screen. The easiest way to create a list is to copy your email addresses and then paste them into the box. You can then name and save your list which will be saved in your account. Another option is to import or upload your list. Click the button you wish to use to upload your list or import your contacts. Lists can be deleted by clicking the red X and edited by clicking edit. Be certain that you have clicked the little box under send to in order to add any of your lists. You can create a list as small as a single name if you wish. The lists must contain email addresses only. Click continue when you are finished.



You will see a final count and cost once you have completed your target and mailing choices. If all seems well, click the continue button to pay. Just another warning: Once you pay your eflyer can go out as quickly as a few minutes depending on the cue waiting to be mailed. This means it is imperative you are completely 100% certain there are no errors in your eflyer. Click continue to get to the shopping cart.