One of the benefits of writing a CRE tech blog is that you get to hear about all the new apps – plus what’s going on with the old ones. Here’s a quick rundown on a few that recently came my way.
The News Funnel
Get your news on the go with the newly released New Funnel app for iPhone and iPad (Android version is in development). You can select markets and segments of interest right within the app plus email or share articles on social networks. I installed it and showed it to several agents who really liked the simplicity of scrolling through the news. And then they actually installed it on their phones which is a testament to the app’s usefulness and ease.
To promote the launch, The News Funnel is giving away an iPad to one of the first 1,000 to download the app. Send in a screenshot of it on your phone to firstname.lastname@example.org. After the thousandth email, the winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.
Dan Mihalovich, a real CRE agent, developed griddig, a comprehensive web-based platform for transaction management. From finding and comparing space to collaboration to the LOI, every aspect is covered in a way that makes sense to the people who will use it. What makes this different is that you can collaborate in real time plus there’s an electronic signature feature to quickly execute the LOI.
Pricing is per month so you can sign up for premium features as needed but an always free plan lets you search, manage listings and use the financial calculators.
If you haven’t joined theBrokerList , now is the time. Linda Day Harrison is constantly listening to the community and has added lots of new features. It’s turned into a marketing powerhouse where members can create materials, communicate with each other and target agents and users via a variety of free tools.
Some of the new features include additional search, printing and flyer enhancements, import/export functionality, conversion of listings to transactions (comps) and embedding for your website and Craig’s List. And thanks to a partnership with Broker Savant, one click is all it takes to send your listings to a local economic development or chamber of commerce sites. Illinois is the first market to be offered but you can request other sites for inclusion.
For agents who have been asking, “where are the APIs?”, theBrokerList now offers one to automate several tasks for member brokerages. Additionally, individual members can request RSS feeds to use to embed listings, needs and other features on blogs or websites or for email marketing with DIY feeds coming soon.
Evernote Card Scanning
CardMunch, the biz card scanning app for LinkedIn, will be discontinued July 11, 2014. Before then, you’ll be able to transfer your CardMunch contacts into Evernote and get 2 years of their premium card scanning service for free. (If you just want your data for other purposes, follow the instructions here.)
As with CardMunch, you use your mobile phone to take a picture of the business card. The image is processed and “translated” to text – and faster than CardMunch which often took several hours. Plus you can add notes, tags and, if you connect Evernote with your LinkedIn account, pull in information from that network.