At the recent Apple WWDC keynote they announced a few tweaks to the new watchOS 3. After a year of feedback the focus of these changes is about “glanceability”. By their definition the user had to get the information (usually coming from some sort of notification) of what they needed in about “2 seconds”. And keep in mind this information was being delivered on a display the size of a watch face.
This made me think of the process we went through when designing the email listing alerts being delivered in Cloud Streams. Here’s what one looks like on a smart phone.
Look and feel are important but design is also how it works. So deliverability and having a clear call to action on these types of notifications is also very important.
Now here’s a recent one from Matrix.
Is there a word for something that is the exact opposite as “glanceable”? And trust me, this is pretty on par with most MLS systems out there now. If you are running an MLS or brokerage and think your members/agent deserve better, drop Katie a line. She can help. : )
And it looks like the portals are paying attention to this glanceabilty issue as well. Trulia just recently updated the look and feel of their listing alerts.
Looks a bit familiar to my eyes, but I guess imitation is the best form of flattery. : )
But they did make an interesting design decision. If you were given the choice of having a bigger property photo, or a smaller photo of the property and a map, what would you choose?
For me? I like big property photos and I cannot lie.
“We’re honored to be nominated for this prestigious award,” said Chris Bennett, general manager of real estate solutions for CoreLogic. “Helping multiple listing organizations achieve RESO certification was the catalyst for developing Trestle, but the vision has become so much more. For multiple listing organizations, Trestle provides data standardization, distribution control, contract management, and fee processing. We’re already in discussions with several third parties who want to deliver their content via the Trestle marketplace and API. For brokers, Trestle offers a single source for all their listing data, as well as access to unique CoreLogic property content that the big portals don’t have. For technology providers, Trestle provides access to a national data source and the opportunity for greater innovation. The idea is to make working with real estate data easier than it’s ever been.”
Congrats to CoreLogic on this nomination. I still think adding some sort of permissioning default would make it a homerun.
News: CEO Annie Ives Profiled in Angeleno Magazine
A fabulous looking Annie Ives was profiled in Angeleno Magazine. She was listed in the “Power Players” section. Annie really has an incredible story. Below is a quote from the profile.
“The MLS (TM) has undergone incredible changes under Ives’ 20-year leadership. In 2002, with her guidance, the company evolved from a full-service site being managed by a software company to a turnkey, fully independent entity with internally developed and wholly owned and operated systems:THEMLSPRO Member Site and TheMLS.com Guest Site.”
I will also add their new product, MLSPLUS, is getting a lot of buzz locally.
Go get ’em Annie!
“The Inman Innovator Awards are given each year to recognize and celebrate industry innovation and accomplishments.
In some cases, a specific app, technology or business process qualifies someone for consideration. In other cases, the company as a whole consistently tries new things, adopts new technology or creates a new culture or approach to real estate.”
Super stoked that Cloud MLX made the cut as one of the most innovative technologies in real estate!
“A method of using handwriting input on a touch screen device to verify the identity of a user. The user writes a profile word in an input space provided on the touch screen. Features of the handwriting are captured and sent to a server, which stores the data in a data record associated with the authorized user. When a user subsequently writes a challenge word, the handwriting features of the challenge word are compared to the authorized user’s handwriting data record and given a rating of similarity. If the rating is within a prescribed range, the user’s identity is verified as being the authorized user and permitted to access a given asset. If not, the user’s identity is not verified and that user may be denied access to the asset or other action taken. This biometric feature of authentication may be used alone or in a multi-factor authentication environment.”
This sounds super cool. Congrats Matt and team!
Andrea Brambila reporting for Inman News:
“VCRDS has about 2,300 active listings in Ventura County and part of Los Angeles County, while CRMLS has about 47,000 active listings throughout California.
VCRDS is jointly owned by the Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors and the Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors. It has nearly 4,500 agent and broker members.
The data share termination is a setback for CRMLS’s initiative to build a statewide MLS, according to CRMLS CEO Art Carter.
“Anytime for any reason an association pulls back from sharing data with another association, it’s not a good thing,” Carter told Inman.
“Whether VCRDS believes it or not, the exposure for their data has been significant and [ending the data share] is not a good thing for the agents or the consumer.”
Data sharing between CRMLS and VCRDS will end 90 days from June 6.”
This is going to be tough for members of CRMLS, VCRDS and the vendors that serve them. Speaking of vendors…
“According to VCRDS, it decided to end the data share because of an “unexpected $25,000 cost to reformat its data” from its MLS vendor, Rapattoni Corp.
Brian Tepfer, Rapattoni’s chief technology officer, told Inman that CRMLS requested more than 10,000 data field mapping changes all at once from its data share partners, including Rapattoni clients VCRDS, i-Tech MLS and California Desert Association of Realtors MLS.
Rapattoni does not charge to make MLSs RESO compliant or for run-of-the-mill maintenance fixes, he said, but these data-share changes would be “months of work.””
I’m not sure this is really “months of work” project, but the real cost is focus.
I dunno. Seems like there’s an opportunity for someone to step up here. There’s a lot at stake.
Andrea Brambila reporting for Inman News
$130 million smackaroos is all it took.
“Before the settlement, the case was scheduled to go to jury trial today. None of the parties admitted any liability, wrongdoing or responsibility in the settlement agreement, according to a Zillow Group public filing.
Move’s co-plaintiff, the National Association of Realtors, is entitled to 10 percent of the settlement proceeds after deduction of Move’s litigation-related costs and fees, with the remainder being paid to Move, according to a News Corp. public filing.”
All I can say is thank goodness. This was a huge distraction for everyone involved. I’m so happy for Errol, Curt and their families. This had to cause such undue stress on all involved.
I hoping that everyone involved can move forward and forgive and forget. I thought is was bullshit when MOVE and NAR first filed the lawsuit against Errol, especially in an industry where people seem to move from different companies on a regular basis.
But, I was also worried about Zillow’s timing and the aggressive way that they hired Curt. It seemed pretty ruthless.
This industry needs as many smart people involved in the conversation as possible. So NAR, let Zillow Group participate in trade shows and events.
Zillow, the last time I saw Spencer give a talk they asked him what was one of things he would have changed in the past. He said he would have reached out more to the industry. Well, you talked the talk, now walk the walk.
I’m also excited to see what is on the horizon for online real estate. You can bet the competition between MOVE, Zillow Group, Redfin and other is going to be fierce.
I glad were are back to innovation instead of spoliation.
I’m always willing to help other vendors, especially new ones, get the word about their products and services. I also like to get the word out on new initiatives that existing vendors want to announce to the industry. But I’m super busy, so I don’t always get to all the requests I get. So I thought I would lay out a few guidelines that will give you a better shot of me posting something about you.
1. If its a press release please give me a link to where the press release is on your site (preferably) or somewhere on the internet. I hate not having somewhere for a reader to go, while reading my comments, to read your news. This is probably the number one reason I won’t post your story.
2. If you want me to include an image, please send it to me 550 px wide.
3. Also, if I get the news before anyone else than I’m 100% more likely to post.
One other pro tip. I know many companies like to make announcements around bigger events (NAR Annual, Midyear, Inman Connect, CMLS Conference, etc.) I can tell you from looking at the numbers that my site traffic goes WAY down DURING these events. So it might be best to announce your news a week before the event (if you can). I’m also open to “leaking” the news before the official press release/news comes out during the event.
This has been a public service announcement from the publisher of Vendor Alley.