Simon Baker Announces 3 More Exciting Speakers for Madrid

Anna Game Lopata

August 15, 2016

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Property Portal Watch chairman Simon Baker has announced Placert CEO Lex Groenewegen, Mitula Group CEO Gonzalo del Pozo and Ingatlan.com chief product officer Laura Szabo will speak at this year’s flagship European conference in Madrid, September 27-30.

Gonzalo-PozoGonzalo del Pozo, CEO Mitula Group

Del Pozo, a seasoned Property Portal Watch speaker and supporter most recently told delegates to the June PPW conference in Bangkok how paid search is becoming the fastest format for online advertising in the industry.

He also pointed to interesting trends emerging in terms of the use of key words and how this translates to the way users start their searches on general classifieds sites and transition to portals.

In its recent half year results Mitula Group heralded its growth strategy on the back of the addition of 26 new vertical search sites to its network.

“We now operate 79 vertical search sites across real estate, employment and motoring in 49 countries and 19 languages,” del Pozo says.

But the way he sees it in the next 2-3 years, Mitula Group will need to reconcile classifieds cultures in developing markets which can’t really be compared to those in Australia and Europe with which the company has mainly dealing with up until now.

Del Pozo will tell Madrid delegates more about Mitula’s main focus for the second half of the year in terms of the continued roll out of its growth strategy.

 

Lex_Foto WebLex Groenewegen, CEO Placert

Groenewegen is thinking big for the Madrid conference, aiming to find the best paella place plus learn from peers and introduce portals to its world of adding the soft side to listings.

Of course, he says, he plans to unveil the company’s brand new advertising module which he says is getting portals extra traffic and turnover.

“We’ve added lots of new customers this year, but the coolest thing the business has achieved is the integration of Facebook advertising into its social workflow, to gain that extra kick of exposure which is often needed,” he says.

Essentially the software recognizes potential buyers, then fully automates the process of searching for look- a-likes on Facebook and inserting paid advertising into their social feeds.

Since the development of the new advertising module, Groenewegen says there has been a massive uptake from CRM providers and portals who find it very easy to adopt.

“We already have a waiting list of portals, CRM providers and agents who can’t wait to get started,” he enthuses.

 

Laura Szabo ResizeLaura Szabo, CPO Ingatlan.com

As the chief product officer for Hungarian market leading site Ingatlan.com Szabo has perfected the use of data to increase listings from private sellers which are dominant players in the local market.

In 2014 when free listing sites threatened the 17-year strong platform’s business model Szabo’s team developed a strategy to determine what kinds of products the market would pay for so as to win back and grow private seller clients.

She says the findings showed the platform’s offer needed to be simplified-that the willingness to pay differed according to region, with the highest in Budapest, and that, surprisingly customers are not willing to pay for extras.

The result was a full overhaul of the type and nature of the products the platform offered leading to a strong return of paying clients so that Ingatlan.com can now boast the all-important private sellers make up 30,000 of its 450,000 listings.

Other Speakers at the conference include:

  • Charles Pittar – CEO of Juwai.com

  • Cedric Vandervynckt, Regional MD for Criteo

  • Simon Bray, CEO Privateproperty.co.za

  • Georg Chmiel, CEO iProperty group

  • Nigel Dalton, CIO REA Group

  • Gabriel Gruber, CEO Properati

  • Nicolas Tejerina, CEO Navent

  • Brian Requarth, Chairman VivaReal

  • Lucas Vargas CEO VivaReal

  • Simon Baker, Chairman Property Portal Watch

Register now to hear the stories and strategies, before early bird prices end  this Friday!

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Anna Game Lopata

August 15, 2016

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Acerca de Lucas Vargas:

  • Empezó en Grupo ZAP como el VP de Sales y en 2016 cuando la empresa tenía 60 empleados. Fue nombrado COO de VivaReal tomando el mando de Brian Requarth el Co-Fundador. VivaReal lanzó en Colombia y se trasladó a Brasil. En 2017 se hizo CEO del Grupo ZAP.
  • Ha trabajado en Mexico en PWC y en el Banco Santander
  • Tiene un Master de Business Administration de Harvard
  • En noviembre este año después de la fusión de OLX Brasil y Grupo ZAP fue nombrado el CEO del OLX Business Unit. Lidera la empresa junto con Andries Oudshoorn y Marcos Leite
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Simon Baker is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Online Marketplaces and Property Portal Watch. Involved with property portals for 15 years, he’s a well-recognized expert and industry consultant.
As former CEO/MD of the REA Group for 8 years, Simon led the group to its current market-leading position. When he joined REA Group in 2001, it had $4m in revenues, $6m in losses and an $8m market cap.
By 2008, the company presided over $155m in revenues, $35m in EBITDA and enjoyed a peak market cap of $1b. Simon is currently Chairman of the Mitula Group and Real Estate Investar and a serial portal founder and, investor.