It the end of the Summer vacation period in Europe and many of you haven't had a chance to register for the Property Portal Watch Conference in Barcelona on the 1st through 3rd October. So we have decided to extend the Early Bird Pricing until the end of Friday this week (5th September).
If you register before the end of Friday, you will save 20% off the full rate for the Property Portal Watch conference.
We already have 190+ people registered from 38 different countries and over 120 different companies. You can see some of the companies registered here.
We also have started to build out a strong speaker list with some of the speakers including:
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
Horizontal vs Vertical Sites – Who Wins?
Guido Grinbaum – CEO and Founder at Dridco (Argentina)
Dridco runs property (Zonaprop), cars and jobs vertical portals throughout South America. Each and every day it comes up against strong competition from Naspers, Schibsted and eBay – all of which are horizontal sites. The competition is tough and the jury is still out on whether the horizontal plays will win or whether the pure vertical plays will be the ones to continue to thrive. Guido Grinbaum is the founder and CEO of Dridco and will discuss what’s happening in Sth America and who is winning the horizontal vs vertical game.
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.
Investing in Property Portal - What Investors Look For
Shaun Di Gregorio - Founder of Frontier Digital Ventures (Malaysia)
All property portals go through capital raising whether it is initial funds to bring a business plan to life or funds to accelerate growth. Shaun di Gregorio has been on both sides of the transaction - one as the former CEO of the iProperty Group and the other as an investor with Frontier Capital. This session looks at the how investors make decisions to invest in a particular portal and also how a portal should position itself for investment.
Winning the Italian Market – How Immobiliare Became the Market Leader
Silvio Pagliani – 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.
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 Amar – 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.