The Property Portal Watch Conference in Barcelona is just over 6 weeks away and is being held again in Barcelona from the 1st to 3rd of October. This conference brings together C-Level managers from around the world to discuss the major issues facing their businesses. We already have over 150 attendees registered and expect to have over at the conference.
First Group of Speakers
The good news is that the first 6 speakers have been locked away and we expect to have over 25 different speakers over the 3 days.
Global Trends in the Property Portal Industry
Simon Baker – Chairman at Property Portal Watch
An in depth look at the trends impacting the global property portal industry by Simon Baker, the founder of Property Portal Watch, the former CEO/MD of the REA Group, the former Chairman of iProperty Group and a serial investor in the property portal industry
Vacation Rental Sites – The Opportunities and Challenges of Running Them
Oriol Blasco – Founder at Migoa (Spain)
Everyone has heard of AirBNB and HomeAway however there are hundreds, if not thousands, of smaller vacation rental sites operating around the world. In fact, some of these are owned and operated by traditional property portals. This session discusses the opportunities and challenges in running a vacation rental site including the importance of technology, legal challenges of peer to peer and how these sites make money.
Winning the Italian Market – How Immobiliare Became the Market Leader
Silvio Paliani – Co-founder at Immobiliare.it and Real Web (Italy)
For a long time the REA Group’s casa.it was the leader in the Italian market. However over the last 2 years, immobiliare.it has caught up and overtaken casa.it to become the clear leader in the Italian market. This session looks at how immobiliare.it took on and won the Italian market.
Silvio has co-founded Immobiliare.it in 2005, which has grown to become the clear leading real estate website in italy, after a having served as marketing manager at eBay in Italy. He is also co-founder of Facile.it, the leading insurance and financial comparison website in Italy, and CaseVacanza.it, the leading vacation rental website in in Italy.
The Impact of Mobile in Emerging Markets and How One Portal is Capturing the Opportunity
Gabriel Gruber – CEO at Properati (Argentina)
We all know the mobile is the way of the future. Sites such as Zillow have significantly greater than 50% of all their traffic coming from mobile devices. The same can be said for the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. Properati, an Argentinian based LATAM portal is investing heavily in mobile technology. Gabriel Gruber, the CEO of Properati, will share how they are approaching the mobile challenge.
Global Insights From Around the Property Portal World
Javier Ortiz - COO at Mitula (Spain)
Mitula is a vertical search engine for real estate, cars and jobs classified ads. It helps users find their dream home, car or job amongst thousands of classified webs and portals around the world. For portals and classified sites it generates qualified user traffic and added exposure of their content throughout the web. In just over 4 years it has become one of the world leaders on this business with specific search indexes in more than 37 countries and 14 languages. We index over 180 million classified ads which are updated daily to our millions of monthly users. Our central office is located in Madrid.
Responsive Design – Nice to Have or Must Have?
Yossi Amur – Business Architect at propertyfinder.ae (UAE)
More and more consumers are accessing mobile sites rather than the traditional desktop based site. The question for all portals is how to design their site to get the most from mobile technology. One clear option for developers and designers is to implement responsive design. This session looks at the pro’s and con’s of this approach.