Builders Adopt the Mobile Web in a BIG Way

Builders responded to consumers demand for mobile usage in BIG way in 2013, with 86% now reporting having a mobile friendly website, up from 53% just a year ago. Like we stated in the Sales & Marketing Pulse 2013, not having a mobile website now puts you in the minority, and provides a uniquely poor […]

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Mobile Websites vs. Responsive Websites

Have you browsed the latest issue of Sales and Marketing Ideas Magazine? If so (or even if you haven’t) turn to page 34 where you’ll find ONeil Interactive’s very own Dennis O’Neil featured in this month’s Tech Zone. We’ve often discussed our preference toward Responsive Web Design and its position in the sphere of builder […]

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Sales & Marketing Ideas Magazine Jul/Aug 2013

If you haven’t yet seen the latest issue of Sales & Marketing Ideas Magazine, I invite you to check it out here. It was a special honor to contribute again to this issue of the magazine. As part of a panel of Internet marketing leaders in our industry, I participated in a Q&A session lead […]

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Builder Web Stats – How are Home Builder Websites Performing?

Every 6 months, we release our Builder Web Stats report reporting on average home builder website traffic statistics. This most recent report was included as part of the annual Sales & Marketing Pulse report. The Builder Web Stats infographic is a built from the Google Analytics data of many dozens of builders, and our data […]

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A Glimpse into the (not so distant) Future? [UPDATED]

A few week ago Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) tweeted a photo from inside the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, CA. The photo, as you can see below shows how the hotel manager rolls around the hotel while remaining stationary. As you can see, this rolling stand with an iPad mounted on top allows the hotel manager […]

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Do Mobile Websites Lead to More Home Sales?

Part of the survey of 277 sales & marketing leaders by Builder Web Apps and Shore Consulting, dove into how marketing efforts correlated to achieving their teams’ sales goals. We focused questions on such budget items as social media and online marketing and the numbers don’t lie. Builders with a mobile website exceeded 2012 business […]

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Mobile. It’s no Longer a Benefit. It’s a Requirement.

Google’s released some more studies about consumers and mobile behavior. While some of the study’s results are not-so-groundbreaking, there are definitely some noteworthy points. In a previous post we discussed how it’s important to plan for a multi-screen experience for the home shopper, but this report details more about the impacts of ignoring the trend. Here are some key […]

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It’s More than Mobile. It’s Multi-screen.

We’ve been a big proponent of mobile websites for home builders for many years. And some of our recent reports show how consumers are increasingly using mobile phones in their new home searches. A recent study released by Google backs up not only the importance of mobile in your web strategy, but the importance of […]

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Updated! Home Builder Website Performance Stats

Every six months the Builder Web Apps crew taps into Google Analytics in a BIG way. We collect thousands of points of data across builders of various sizes to update our Average Home Builder Website Performance infographic. Our latest update below shows the continuation of a few big trends and some additional crystal clear decision […]

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Visual Search Comes to Real Estate

If you’re not familiar with the concept of visual search, its the process of searching from information using a picture. Google Goggles is the most prime example. Google Googles lets you snap a picture of something using your phone’s camera, and then Google searches for more information about whatever you took a picture of. If […]

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The Sales & Marketing Pulse 2012 Report and Video

In early January, Jeff Shore and I began an ambitious project to survey nearly 300 new home sales and marketing leaders about what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s really happening in the marketplace. This in-depth survey asked leaders specific questions about topics including negotiating frequency, salesperson turnover, social media use, and online leads. Because of […]

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How Does Your Website Traffic Measure Up?

Just like every market is different, every builder is different. This means how best to judge a successful campaign or online initiative will be different for every builder. Despite my best efforts to convince builders to compete against themselves when determining their success, most builders still ask, “So how am I doing compared to other […]

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Why You Might be Wasting Your Time with Email Marketing.

Its no secret I’m a big fan of what opportunities the mobile web presents for home builders. What I didn’t quite expect was a recent wake-up call on how closely email marketing is linked to mobile. We recently sent out an email promotion for an apartment management client. The day after the email went out […]

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QR Codes. We Can Do SO Much Better.

QR Codes seem to be all the talk these days, picking up a tremendous amount of steam in the last year especially. The companies that sell this free technology are making claims about how “QR Codes are the future”, “QR Codes are a ‘must-have’”, “QR Codes Saved my Life,” etc. If QR Codes are truly […]

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My Mobile Real Estate Predictions for 2011

Over the years I’ve written down a number of opinions about the mobile Internet and home builders.  In 2008, I wrote Homebuilder Mobile Marketing with Google discussing the impact Google’s Android platform would have on mobile usage (now with the greatest market share). In 2009, I wrote about how Foursquare would impact mobile real estate marketing. […]

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