Rightmove, The UK's leading property portal has put together what it affectionately calls its 'Little Blue Book'. Not available at Amazon or your local bookstore, it is an online guide to assist buyers fully understand the dynamics of the UK property market. Across 10 section Rightmove has developed easy to understand charts and analysis on the key aspects of the property market covering sales volumes, asking prices, mortgage approvals, consumer confidence and the UK Help to Buy Scheme which has certainly become a contentious subject within the property market and the wider economy as it has been blamed for what
One of the participants at last week’s PPW conference in New York was Rick Sharga - the Executive VP of Auction.com. His participation could be judged to be the surprise of the conference as I suspect not many of the other attendees or in fact many readers would know much about this Irvine CA based business. Auction.com was founded in 2007 and in that time has become the leading online real estate marketplace selling over 100,000 properties to a value of $26 billion in that time. The business model is simple and yet highly effective; leveraging more of the service
I thought it would be interesting to examine what captured our readers' attention in the past 12 months as an indication of the subjects that have been judged to be important by our community of readers. In the past 12 months we have written 917 articles, stories, insights and analysis - such is the scale and activity of this industry. This year has been the biggest and the likelihood is that 2014 will surpass 2013 as we apply more resources to bring you more news, insights, analysis and opinions. So to the 10 most viewed articles: 1. Top 10 Portal
We are 10 days away from the first PPW Conference of 2014 - a year that will see us extend the model of providing rich and comprehensive conferences around the globe following the success of the first European conference in Barcelona last November. The line up of confirmed speakers grows by the day as we fine tune the agenda to match the needs of the audience. We have a number of key themes to explore as highlighted below: International Portal Operations There is fundamentally a vast difference between the US property portal industry and almost the rest of the world.
The competitive play these days centers around benchmarking - evaluating the relative performance of your property portal as against your peers locally and globally - whether this is on traffic, engagement, ARPA, EBIDTA% or market share of audience. Everyone wants to be able to assess their relative position but clearly cannot disclose such information without fear of exposure of confidential insight. At Property Portal Watch we have been exploring this issue for a number of years. In New York two years ago an analysis was presented based on a couple of portals who had shared in confidence Google Analytics data.
"Less is more" is often quoted as the best approach to design - often referred to as being the things that you leave out that make the final product better. Certainly Steve Jobs was a strong proponent of this approach in everything that Apple produced. In Walter Issacson's biography of Steve Jobs he quotes "for Steve, less is always more, simpler is always better. Therefore, if you can build a glass box with fewer elements, it’s better, it’s simpler, and it’s at the forefront of technology. That’s where Steve likes to be, in both his products and his stores.” So
There have been many ambitious competitor eager to put a dent in the thick and some-what impenetrable armour of Realestate.com.au - many have come and gone, some remain and yet through it all Realestate.com.au continues to grow, laser-like in its resolve to simultaneously be the default for real estate marketing and at the same time deliver returns to shareholders that has seen the value of the company more than treble in 3 years. So to hear that the new of the launch of a portal in Homely is not in itself big news after all. There are many who think
The recent Barcelona PPW conference marked a significant turning point in the history of the company as it enters its 6th year. It was the first conference held over 3 days - a major step change from the 1 day workshop format of the prior 8 conferences. It was also the first conference held outside of the US and the first held separate from the Inman Connect conference. These step changes were well received by the community we seek to serve. The level of attendance at 230 was a testament to this support and the value of this event can
An excellent level of feedback on this article has provided a new metric to determine the Top 50 Property Portals by measure of Facebook Likes. A number of people commented that the measure of Facebook Likes per 1,000 resident population was was not a fair determinant as a function of internet access as well as Facebook adoption. Therefore I have created a new ranking of the Top 50 Property Portals based on the level of adoption within their domestic Facebook community. Wikipedia provides a measure for the user base of Facebook by most countries and this I have used -
The forthcoming conference is the 10th and we return to New York to continue our focus on events that gather together operators in the industry to share, to discuss, to challenge and to network with peers from across the industry and across the globe. The agenda for the New York conference has been published in detail on the events page with a full and comprehensive 2 day conference with 15 sessions. The content covers a diverse and engaging topic structure. Here is a taster of what has been planned. Agenda headline topics Leveraging data from portals What opportunities exist within