Inman News today debuts a shiny new Web site, culminating many months of work spent behind the scenes building new channels, new community features and more feedback functionality to the site.
The goal was ambitious, but clear. We set out to tear down the front and back-end of the old Inman News site, which includes over 10,000 real estate articles written since 1995. We had to do this in order to bring the front door of Inman up to speed with how news is being reported and consumed today.
With the launch of the new Inman.com today, we hope to accomplish two things:
We will still deliver daily hard-hitting real estate news and the best in consumer advice columns. But we also aim to open the gates and welcome our readers to the community they already belong to.
Inman News readers have a lot in common: they read the same news every day, work in the same industry, attend the same events, and encounter the same opportunities and challenges as colleagues. Many of them are bloggers, have contributed articles to the InmanWiki and guest perspectives for the news feed.
Now, everyone will be able to put as much into Inman News as they like without the barrier of a legacy site holding them back. Now, readers can go to Inman News and add real estate articles to the wiki, list themselves in the professional directory, link up with other readers, watch videos, bookmark news stories in their own dashboard area of the site, and more.
Complete list of new features
Our new site brings many new features, enabling readers to:
- Comment directly on news stories and videos
- Participate in groups and group discussions
- Create their own community profile and listing in the real estate directory
- Access the entire Inman News library of articles
- Share news articles on social bookmarking sites
- Contribute articles to InmanWiki (now integrated with Inman.com)
- Subscribe to RSS feeds.
More bloggers, more insight
As part of the new Web site launch, Inman News has invited a few top bloggers to lead the new Community section with lively blog posts and podcasts each week. We’re thrilled to have these insightful writers join the team to help Inman News deliver even more insight into the latest technologies, trends and issues impacting real estate professionals.
Our new community contributors include:
- Teresa Boardman, an agent and licensed broker in St. Paul, Minn., and founder of the St. Paul Real Estate Blog
- Kris Berg, broker associate with Prudential California Realty in San Diego, and blogger at the San Diego Home Blog
- Jeff Turner, president of Real Estate Shows in Santa Clarita, Calif., and avid blogger at ActiveRain
- Daniel Rothamel, an agent with Strong Team Realtors in Charlottesville, Va., and founder of Real Estate Zebra.
And we’re not stopping there. We hope to attract more talent over the next year.
Real Estate Blog Network
We’re also excited to announce the addition of the Inman News Blog Network, a network of some of the industry’s top bloggers who’ve partnered with us to deliver top-notch business intelligence and real estate information every day.
The blog network will pull together links to top posts each day for display at the new Inman News Web site where readers can click through directly to the originating blog.
The blog network page can be found at this link, or by navigating to the blog network headlines in the right column of the new home page.
Blogs included in the network:
Future of Real Estate Marketing, Matrix, UrbanDigs, MyTechOpinion, Transparent Real Estate, 3 Oceans Real Estate Blog, 1000Watt Blog, 360 Digest, 4Realz, Lenderama, Blown Mortgage, The Mortgage Reports, and X Broker.
New membership offering
Along with our new site launch, Inman News has revamped the membership package, bringing some exciting new benefits for Inman Members at no additional cost. In addition to existing member benefits, new features available to members will also include:
- Access to an extensive Special Reports library
- Free admission to Inman Extras workshops
- Access to the Real Estate Connect video library
- Instant leadership status via enhanced profiles at Inman.com.
This launch is version 1.0 of the new Inman News and we anticipate bugs, but will respond to them. The site will continue to evolve. The site is as much our readers’ as it is ours so please tell us what’s not working and we’ll fix it.
You can tell us what you think and provide any suggestions for future versions by complete our survey at this link, or by emailing your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support and participation in the launch of the new Inman News!
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