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Chime CRM gets overhauled, offers tons of new features without upping prices

(MARKETING) Chime CRM is the new kid on the block – what have they done to deserve enthusiasm? Turns out, it’s quite a lot.

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Chime is seriously beefy

Chime CRM’s tagline, “ring in the sales” couldn’t be more fitting as they roll out an array of new features that enrich their offering. The best part? They didn’t roll out a new “pro” version, but they could have with the massive suite of options and redesign they’ve crafted for all users. Nice.

In case you’re not familiar, Chime is like a CRM that swallowed a giant bottle of steroid pills – not too much to die from, but enough to be ridiculously beefy. They’re a CRM, IDX website provider, lead generation management suite, and a team management tool, all designed to make an agent or broker’s professional life infinitely more streamlined.

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Still under a year old, the company has already undergone a major overhaul. What all has changed? We got an exclusive look under the hood:

1. A major aesthetic change

The first, and most obvious change to Chime is the user interface (UI) updates – it’s much cleaner, and better organized so your eye lands in the most relevant spots more quickly.

The dashboard puts your leads front and center, even offering a visual alert for how many new leads have accumulated since your last login. It has a separate breakout for your follow ups, which even pulls in consumers’ browsing behaviors which Chime’s Matt Murphy calls a “rich lead record.”

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At a glance, users can now see the state of their business leads coming in, down to the individual team member. You can see appointments, tasks, and your automated action plan easily.

Murphy says the reporting interface upgrades were inspired by a napkin drawing that Kenny Truong, Fast Agent scribbled as he asked to be able to see the “health” of his business at a glance.

The new interface helps brokers and team leaders to better coach their agents – you can see that Agent A made seven calls last week which have yielded two leads, while Agent B made zero calls. Why? Instant coaching opportunity.

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Murphy also let us peek at some of the new IDX website templates (like this one), and they’re actually pretty good.

2. Complete overhaul of settings

One of the newest functions is lead routing, wherein you can now “round robin” your leads so no opportunity is lost.

One of the most innovative functions is easily their drip campaigns which can be automated down to the referral source.

For example, you could set Chime up to email a welcome note specifically to any lead from Zillow, and send them weekly updates that feature your top picks from Zillow since they obviously prefer that source.

Real estate practitioners often say “hi, welcome from Zillow, now please go to my website and my website only, forever and ever, amen.” No more going against the grain and hindering your chances of speaking a lead’s language.

3. That new Open House app, though

There are already third party Open House apps that are amazing, but if you use Chime, it’s worth checking out their built-in Open House app.

Pop open an iPad, Open House visitors will sign in and be asked five questions (and they can see their progress at the bottom so they know you’re not bugging them for their blood type, mother’s maiden name, or infinite questions).

That data is then sent to your Chime dashboard and all grouped together so you can batch follow up notes effortlessly.

4. Integrations out the ying yang

We got a chance to peek into the backend, and we noticed a lot of new logos. Murphy confirmed that Chime integrations now include Zapier and MailChimp so they can all talk to each other to improve the real estate workflow.

We also got the scoop that later this year, they’ll be integrating services that send out handwritten thank you notes to clients, direct mail integrations, and even send out personalized videos in emails.

5. SMS campaigns sent from your dashboard

New to Chime is virtual numbers that allow users to drip market via text messages. Of course you don’t gain the same sort of click data that you would through an email campaign, but it is yet another way to speak a consumer’s language and meet them where they are.

Giving agents the steering wheel

By the end of the year, they’ll add a broker suite that will give multiple permission levels offer subdomains, users will soon be able to track the ROI of their ad spends, and reporting will get even more bells and whistles to give more insight into any pipeline.

Murphy summarizes the updates as improving your workflow management, which almost all other industries do flawlessly. “So why not real estate? They deserve amazing technologies,” the tech industry veteran asserts.

“We help to automate everything but give agents the steering wheel, allowing them to stay in control,” Murphy concludes.

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Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The Real Daily and sister news outlet, The American Genius, and has been named in the Inman 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders several times, co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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One company tricked people into swiping an Instagram ad – creative or unethical?

(MARKETING) An Instagram ad is pretty clever and tricked many people into swiping, but will it work for your brand?

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As ads become increasingly taboo, advertisers are forced to come up with sneakier, more obnoxious ways to trick people into viewing their content, especially as the cost for them to advertise rises. While plenty of advertising techniques fit the bill, a Chinese shoe company’s strategy might just take the cake for trickiest ad of all time.

The Instagram ad itself is innocuous enough at first glance: it features a picture of a sneaker with a discounted price, along with a “Shop Now” swipe-up prompt at the bottom of the ad. What makes it so friggin’ devious is an image of a hair laid on top of the whole image. The obvious intent here is to encourage the viewer to try to brush away the hair, thus inadvertently swiping up the Instagram ad and viewing its content.

Regardless of who you are or what you’ve been through in life, you have to admit that this is objectively hilarious.

The intent behind the ad is a bit confusing, though. One of the main points of advertising is to get people on your page – a goal that this ad technically meets – but the last type of person that you want on your page is a disgruntled, embarrassed, and most likely furious consumer who can’t believe that they got bamboozled. That kind of traffic doesn’t exactly lend itself to positive growth and customer satisfaction, which should be the end goal of premiere advertising.

Putting aside the inherent ridiculousness of this situation, there’s a lesson to be learned here: advertising, no matter how socially unappreciated it is, is still an art form, but modern proficiency in it is much less about duping your audience than it has been in the past.

Instead, successful ads are creating positive customer engagement and facilitating conversation – and a fake hair over a picture of discounted sneakers doesn’t really meet that goal.

If you’re looking for some resolution from this story, Instagram noted that the ad was taken down and the company in question was banned from advertising on Instagram in the future, which you can take as empirical proof that devious advertising is falling out of favor.

Then again, we just spent an entire piece giving the company free exposure, so who knows?

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Quokka: Retargeting ads for people who ignored your email

(MARKETING) A new startup named after our favorite animal amplifies your ad efforts even after being ignored. Sweet!

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Potential customers who ignore your emails just aren’t the obstacle that they used to be. If you’re tired of sending out countless emails and receiving nothing in response, Quokka’s ad retargeting service may be the solution for you.

Aside from having the objectively cutest animal of all time as their namesake, Quokka allows you to follow up with people who don’t respond to your initial emails. Instead of firing off an additional email, however, Quokka’s response is a bit subtler: it shows retargeting ads to the offending customer. This method gives your product or service a second chance without giving the customer the opportunity to bin your follow-up email sans a read.

Quokka also provides you with statistics regarding how many emails were sent out, how many were opened, and how many customers are available for retargeting based on those numbers. This information is provided on an email-by-email basis in their easy-to-use interface.

Once you’ve allowed a certain amount of time to pass, you can plug your mailing list into Quokka and select a platform on which you want to display the retargeting ads. Quokka will determine who on your mailing list didn’t open the email and then show them your ad on your selected platform (e.g., Facebook). While social media ads haven’t been faring particularly well as of late, we may see Quokka find its niche in other marketing venues.

As it sits, Quokka plugs into your Facebook, MailChimp, and Campaign Monitor services. Based on comments from the platform’s founder, Quokka’s future includes additional integration with existing marketing platforms. Ideally, Quokka will eventually be usable with the bulk of mailing services and marketing automation, but getting the app to that point will undoubtedly take some time.

2018 marketing practices already look like they’re going to have to evolve away from some of the pre-established paradigms, and Quokka appears to be one appropriate answer to the underlying “How?” question here. As customers become more suspicious of ads in their inboxes and ad-blocking software use continues to grow, services such as Quokka may be viable solutions for those hoping to reach the most stubborn demographic.

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Boatloads of webinars, resources to kickstart your 2018 sales goals

(MARKETING) RPR has unleashed a ton of resources to make sure 2018 is your best sales year yet – and you’ve already paid for it, so take advantage.

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Most professionals are setting sales goals for 2018, and are seeking the resources to help get them there. Realtors most certainly are with the changes in the market for more homes to sell, more millennials possibly ready to buy, and most certainly tax reform changes to the game.

Fortunately, if you’re feeling a lack of inspiration to determine how you’re going to reach those goals – Realtors Property Resource (RPR) is putting together a few webinars to help you work smarter and pick up a few new tricks.

While of course, the highlight of the trainings focus on the use of RPR mobile app, they should promise to offer important information. The 4 Part series “4 Steps to Real Estate Success with RPR Mobile” for example, focuses on capturing leads, better communicate information in a listing, capturing open house leads, and improving the buyer tour experience. That series begins on February 21st, and continues weekly for a month.

Realtors unfamiliar with RPR should know that the app is included in National Association of Realtors (NAR) dues, and if you don’t know about it, your first webinar should be focused on getting to know the app, and see how it can help support your business by locating information. That particular webinar can be found here.

Additional topics focus on things from perfect pricing, pre-listing checklist, reigning in buyers, and creating relocation packets – all things that can be done to help facilitate a smoother selling process and help get you more results easier.

This particularly packet of resources should be useful to both realtors who aren’t familiar with the RPR tools, but also maybe the user who hasn’t leveraged the resource quite to its full extent. Most webinars are offered at least 2-3 times, so there are plenty of opportunities to attend a session. RPR also has a number of other resources including articles, social media information, graphics, and handouts for member use. Of particular place for inspiration is the Realtor case studies, where app skeptics may see how the use of RPR can apply to their real world realtor-ing.

Ultimately, this is just one of many possible resources, but if you’re looking to try a few new things to kickstart your sales in 2018, and are looking for tools to help you reach more lofty goals, some free education (that you already paid for, NAR members!), this is a great head start.

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