Are vertical search engines like Nestoria, Mitula, Trovit and Nuroa friend or foe to property portals? That’s the question Classified Ad Ventures CEO Simon Baker looks at in this webinar: The Role of Vertical Search Engines from Simon Baker on Vimeo.
hotpads.com and thehomepage.com.au are two of the first real estate websites to offer Google's recently launched +1 button, but will other portals follow suit? The +1 button - Google's answer to Facebook's "like" - allows people to recommend websites and pages to their Google contacts, and means that once a user clicks "+1", that website or page will appear in their contacts' search results. Google describes it as "shorthand for 'you should check this out.'" On Australia's newly-launched thehomepage.com.au, the +1 button appears within listing pages, alongside the other familiar social sharing tools: "As far as we know we are
demand4property.com is the latest entry into the UK market, aiming to link home hunters with sellers through a free-to-list model. demand4property.com went live in February this year with the tagline "No property for sale, just buyers looking." Creators Nick Schutz, David Cockrell and James Mortimer explain that their website is similar to online dating sites, with potential homebuyers listing their requirements and sellers responding when they have a property that matches. Initial contact takes place through the website itself, maintaining privacy for both parties. demand4property.com works on a free-to-list model for both home hunters and sellers. The creators -
With an online population that is still on the rise, Malaysia can be classified as an emerging market for property portals. The country had a population of 28.5 million as of May 2011, and Nielsen statistics from the end of 2010 put Internet penetration at 41 percent. According to a number of different data sources, iProperty Group's iproperty.com.my is the number one choice for Malaysia's property hunters. Here, we'll take a closer look at iproperty.com.my along with the other portals competing for a share of the Malaysian online real estate market. Market Structure iproperty.com.my is part of the iProperty Group network of
Following on from the latest Hitwise list of the top real estate websites in the US, we wanted to take a look at which iPhone apps - both free and paid - are attracting attention from home hunters. According to topappcharts.com, which has tracked iPhone apps' performance since mid-2009, realtor.com's app is currently the most popular, having reached number four in the lifestyle section on 3 May. The portal's iPad offering is even more popular - it topped the lifestyle list on 10 May. But zillow.com's iPhone app, which has been around since April 2009, is still very much
Following its acquisition of secondporch.com in early May, online vacation rentals company HomeAway has revealed a profit of US$1.5 million for the first quarter of this year. HomeAway filed for a $230 million IPO in March this year, and as allthingsd.com reports, has now updated its registration statement to show Q1 profit of $1.5 million. The update also shows that HomeAway made a loss of $803,000 in the first quarter of 2010, and that revenue for the first quarter of this year was $52 million, up 44 percent year-on-year. EBITDA also came close to doubling year-on-year, reaching $10.2 million
Each week, we take a look at the top stories in real estate technology from the past seven days. Here are the latest stories from around the world: zillow.com is causing a stir with its bid to list on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "Z". If the application is approved, zillow.com will be the first stock on the NASDAQ with a single-letter symbol. "They’re doing it to attract attention, obviously," Bob Stovall, a managing director and global strategist at Wood Asset Management Inc., told bloomberg.com. When asked whether his company might be next with an IPO, redfin.com CEO Glenn
Today's webinar on vertical search engines has been rescheduled to Monday 6th June @ 2pm (PST). This is due to a chronically delayed flight from Vancouver to San Francisco and not being on the ground in time for the webinar. I am sorry for any inconvenience it may have caused. Sign up below for the new time: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/158943598 Title: The Role of Vertical Search Engines Date: Monday, June 6, 2011 Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Join us at the 6th instalment of the Property Portal Watch workshop in San Francisco on Tuesday 26th July. This workshop brings together some of the best and brightest minds in the property portal world to talk about the key issues facing property portals around the world today. This workshop follows on the highly successful New York workshop held in January this year. 130 senior managers from around the world met and discussed a range of issues. We plan to cover new and exciting topics at the San Francisco workshop with many of the attendees also presenting the sessions. If
realtor.com partner AOL real estate is making a steady climb up the Hitwise list of US real estate websites, going from 16th to eighth place in March, and moving into fifth place on the April list. realtor.com is set to power realestate.aol.com's homes for sale search from the second half of this year. realtor.com maintained its number one ranking on the April Hitwise list, with a 6.50 percent market share ahead of realestate.yahoo.com's 6.10 percent. realestate.yahoo.com is powered by zillow.com, which remains in third place with a 5.52 percent market share. realestate.aol.com's jump to number five pushed down rent.com,