BEST OF FOREM 2007: Real Estate Video

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Real Estate Video is Here to Stay, Video Podcasting Maybe originally posted on February 28, 2007.

RealLiving hooked up with MLPodcast today to provide video podcasting services to all of its agents. (You can read the full release at Mike’s Corner).

Coincidentally, Realtor Magazine also named video or video podcasts as one of their hot marketing trends in their 2007 List Issue which came out today.

Finally, the idea must be gaining steam if you even have mainstream tech columnists weighing in on the matter too.

I think it’s important to separate the two ideas however, as I’ve seen the two terms used interchangeably. And I think we should differentiate whether we are talking about simply posting a video on the Internet (for more on how, see Video Hosting Alternatives to Youtube) or true video podcasts; that is, video content that can be subscribed to or delivered automatically through syndication.

It seems to me that the two, while similar, have very different applications.

There’s no doubt, video by itself has many uses in real estate marketing.

Video podcasting, on the other hand, is a slightly different animal. The biggest difference, for me anyway, is that it is content that should be delivered and/or received regularly.

It seems to me that uses for video podcasting in real estate marketing are a little more limited right now. Off the top of my head…

  • You could subscribe to an individual agent’s new listings. This would be far more relevant if it could deliver video results of a customized property search – a virtual ‘video river’ of all an agent’s or broker’s listings would quickly become annoying.
  • Receive monthly/quarterly video market trend reports from an agent. I get real nervous about this one. Honestly, if there’s anything worse than a badly written blog, it’s a poorly produced podcast. I can imagine a lot of boring “talking heads”. I think anyone trying to go down this road is going to have a hard time; unless they adopt a more creative production style like other successful video podcasts like Rocketboom, the show with zefrank or Look Shiny. (Now there’s an idea!)
  • I love Greg’s idea to use video podcasts to market a property on a mobile phone (make sure to read through the comments on his post on how this could be accomplished). But I think we’re definitely a few years away from that. I’ve tried Podcast Ready on my BlackJack and it’s like pulling teeth trying to get it download anything.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that 2007 will be the year of video. Video podcasting, I think, may have to wait.

Am I missing something here?