11 do's and don'ts to building a rock-solid personal brand
BrandFace leaders Michael Carr and Tonya Eberhart share the steps to creating a brand that engages consumers, sparks growth and crushes the competition
by Marian McPherson Oct 20
New company Dippidi handles all aspects of ad campaigns
From budgets to creative headline writing, 13-month-old real estate marketing agency wants to take the burden of online advertising off the shoulders of teams and brokerages
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 20
Keep up! 3 tips to navigate the post-pandemic sales boom
Is the COVID-induced hubbub of activity keeping you on your toes? These 3 tips will help you keep your post-pandemic momentum going and stay on track with your clients’ evolving needs
by Santiago Arana Oct 19
Inman Handbook on building a luxury brand
Whether you’re starting from scratch or differentiating your current brand, here are the keys to speaking the language of luxe
NAR proposes ethics changes to crackdown on social media harassment
The National Association of Realtors says it's gotten 'an unprecedented number of complaints about Realtors posting discriminatory speech and conduct online'
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 14
Let's stop perpetuating hustle culture in real estate
Hustle culture, though often talked about in real estate, might not be a great habit for long-term success — personally or professionally. Here's why agents should consider a more sustainable, well-rounded approach
by Amy Galvin Oct 12
Part Instagram, part Pinterest, property search gets social with Rila
Opinion
This new app, inspired by social media, is perfect for real estate listings and agent lead generation. Fun and engaging, the app's success will fall largely on consumer adoption
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 9
Digital marketer Ylopo and CRM Chime spark strategic partnership
Ylopo partners with CRM providers to help users nurture and convert campaign leads. The company's co-founder called Chime one of its many 'best-in-class' partners
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 7
Nest Seekers International adds No. 1 real estate YouTuber to its ranks
YouTuber and producer Erik Conover has joined Nest Seekers after building one of the top luxury real estate and lifestyle channels with 1.5M followers
by Marian McPherson Oct 6
The Real Word: Zillow to hire agents — now what?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss Zillow’s latest announcement, Netflix’s new social media docudrama and America’s largest artificial surf park
by Byron Lazine Oct 2
Manage leads, listings and loans with Townify
Opinion
The agent operating system combines a practical set of features and emphasizes loan-officer integration to keep agents on track of leads and listings
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 2
6 tips for creating explosive social media engagement with hashtags
Social media experts Zena Cherian and Chris Rodgers share what real estate agents need to know about using hashtags to drive engagement and growth
by Marian McPherson Sep 28
The 7 do's and don'ts of becoming a marketing powerhouse
Broker-owners DJ and Lindsey DellaSalla share the top marketing mistakes they've made over the past 14 years and how real estate newbies can avoid them
by Marian McPherson Sep 28
How 'The Social Dilemma' relates to your business
Opinion
A new docudrama on Netflix highlights the dangers of social media and the many ways these platforms are designed to gather data and manipulate its users. But what does it have to do with your business? Here are a few takeaways
by Rachael Hite Sep 28
OpenFrame brings new twists to its virtual home tour app
Opinion
The iOS app comes with a 360-degree camera and tripod, as well as some sharp value-add features that make it stand out among the growing selection of virtual tour tools
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 25
The Real Word: Should agents disclose referral fees?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the importance of disclosing referral fees, markets in trouble and ways to use TikTok for business
by Byron Lazine Sep 25
From mindset to marketing: How to reach and convert leads
From marketing tips to advice on exercising your mindset muscle, last week's Connect Now was chock-full of useful information all agents need to hear. Here's a list of the most important takeaways
by Bernice Ross Sep 23
30% of agents plan to decrease ad spend on Zillow, realtor.com
Curaytor co-founders say agents are starting to realize they 'do not need a middleman' and can go directly to consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 22
Pulse: What's working for readers on social media
This week, our readers share their social media strategies — what platforms they find themselves gravitating toward and what types of content increase their business conversions
by Inman Sep 22
Struggling with video? 4 tips for improving your hustle
Video allows you to communicate and build 'know, like and trust' relationships unlike any other marketing tool
by Kendall E. Bonner Sep 22
Get more out of Instagram! 12 tips every agent should follow
You should definitely integrate Instagram into your social media strategy, if you haven't already. Here’s how to maximize the platform
by Katie Lance Sep 19
Switcher Studio brings easy, broadcast-level video production to the iPhone
Opinion
IPhone video content app enables multiple devices to broadcast on a single stream and add rich graphics on the fly. Sorry Android users — this one is iPhone-exclusive
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 18
Pulse: What's working for you on social media?
This week, we're asking our readers to share how they're engaging with their audience on social media. What type of content are you sharing? What's resonating with your followers and friends?
by Inman Sep 16
How to stop posting listings and start winning at social media
Marki Lemons-Ryhal and Katie Lance both said Tuesday that agents should post original content on social media and resist the urge to just share listings
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 15
RE/MAX broker: Embrace new ways or become 'extinct'
Agents and brokers need to embrace digital connections and a high-touch approach, leaders agreed at Inman Connect Now
by Patrick Kearns Sep 15
Looking for a simple solution to social media? Try PropertySimple
Opinion
The social media management company started in Chile, then followed its first customer to Arizona. Making paid ads and organic lead generation easy, PropertySimple is now ready for users across the country
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 11
Growing your brand through YouTube? 3 tips to start off strong
An engaging YouTube channel can play a big role in building your brand and elevating you as a recognized thought leader in the industry. If you’re new to the platform, here are three basics to help you hit the ground running
by Santiago Arana Sep 10
10 ways to rewire your mindset and start thriving today
The WomanUP! Conference, which took place last week, was jampacked with insights and inspiration for agents. Here are 10 important takeaways agents should consider when making a survive-to-thrive mindset shift
by Bernice Ross Sep 9
Pulse: Our readers share their favorite marketing campaigns
This week, our readers share marketing efforts that really resonated with them. A mix of others’ achievements as well as their own, these campaigns hit the mark for our readers
by Inman Sep 8
Adwerx now allows you to stream your next listing on Hulu
The forefather of web advertising for real estate continues to evolve with enterprise solutions, including a quick, affordable way to run ads on popular streaming media services
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 7
Block Party launches a real estate competitor to Linktree
Opinion
Now much more than open house oversight solution, the app includes a real estate-centric competitor to Linktree called Onlyl.ink, with ways to promote featured listings
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 3
Pulse: Our readers share their favorite social media influencers
Last week, we asked you, our readers, to share your favorite social media influencers. Here are the people you look to for information, inspiration and advice on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
by Inman Sep 1
Agents, stop sitting on your assets!
Though most agents have the similar goal of generating more leads, some still don't have a complete and functional database to market to. Here's why you should be organizing your list — and the most cost-effective marketing method to use
by Larry Hales Aug 31
Pulse: Who are your favorite social media influencers, and why?
This week, we're asking you to share your favorite social media influencers. Who are the people you look to for advice on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and even TikTok? And more importantly, why? 
by Inman Aug 26
The Real Word: Key takeaways from Brad Inman's keynote speech
Opinion
This week, Byron and Nicole discuss the Inman founder's Connect Now speech as well as new behaviors emerging as buyers search for homes and how to use Instagram's new TikTok-like feature
by Byron Lazine Aug 14
Do agents still need websites? Hell yes
Opinion
Some agents argue that there's no need to put the time and effort into building and maintaining a website when there's strong social media game. Wrong!
by Jay Thompson Aug 12
Are we witnessing the end of professional real estate photography?
Opinion
With full-service, overnight editors, apps, creative middlemen and the rise of smartphone camera capabilities, have professional photographers lost their hold on your listings?
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 11
Will Instagram's new video feature Reel in fleeing TikTok users?
Facebook's newest social media tool Instagram Reels was announced 24 hours before President Trump announced a ban that will take effect in 45 days on TikTok
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 7
Pulse: The social media tools our readers can't live without
Digital marketing is becoming increasingly important — if not absolutely essential — in this new normal. So, this week, our readers share the social media tools they can't live without today
by Inman Jul 28
Local video app Yaza adds new features as agents pile on
Opinion
Starting with one real estate agent user, the location-marking video app has ballooned to 2,000 in as many months.
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 27
Pulse: What social media tools can you not live without?
What have you been using to up your content game lately? This week, we're asking you to share the essential, go-to tools in your social media marketing toolbox
by Inman Jul 22
LionDesk seeks to go 'beyond the CRM' with launch of ad portal
CEO David Anderson said he's continuing to work to move his company 'beyond the CRM' by releasing software features that help agents manage the entire lead and sales cycle. Here's the latest
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 20
How to jump-start your real estate YouTube channel
Consistent, relevant content is key to making the most out of your videos
by Katie Lance Jul 19
Lone Wolf announces new integrated cloud solutions for every stakeholder
The popular technology provider is packaging its businesswide solutions according to industry stakeholder to better communicate product offerings and help agents, teams and brokers connect systems
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 8
11 rules of engagement to avoid social media trouble
Opinion
Now is not the time to pull back on social media. Exercise caution, and follow these guidelines to keep your business above potential frays
by Jay Thompson Jul 8
Fast (and well-timed), video-tour app Replay Listings hits all the marks
Opinion
Co-founded by a former agent and currently available to New York City agents, the web and mobile video listing portal has its sights set on major market expansion, and it might have the chops to pull it off
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 3
Beta tested for 3 years, this CRM is set for early 2021 launch
Developed by a high school dropout and aerial photography pioneer, CRM will focus on agent websites, property marketing and customer relationship management
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 29
What should agents post? 5 social media guidelines for 2020
A lot of agents are questioning what’s appropriate to post on social media amid the pandemic and the current protests on racial injustice. Here are a few guidelines on what to post (and what not to)
by Katie Lance Jun 27
Zip Your Flyer announces eVIDEOS, dynamic content for social media marketing
The Seattle-based, family-owned company helps agents market listings to other agents, and it is now producing animated social media posts for multiple networks
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 26
Not like all the rest? 5 lesser known CRMs that should be on your radar
Opinion
Rich in innovation, the CRM segment of tech is popular, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. These products might not be top-of-mind, but they are worth checking out
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 26
Bring your design in-house with RelayThat's easy-to-use tools
Opinion
Another option for agents and marketing staff looking to bring their design in-house, this web-based marketing resource provides creative cues, just enough brand control and plenty of value
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 26
Elm Street Technology bolsters web services with IDX Broker acquisition
The acquisition-minded proptech Elm Street Technology has acquired IDX Broker in its first purchase in the year of COVID-19 to strengthen national MLS reach and web marketing offerings
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 24
Cloze excels in empowering real estate relationships
Opinion
First reviewed 5 years ago, this powerful, mobile-first CRM continues to standout as an advanced way to focus on existing relationships as a source of new business
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 22
Dear Marketing Mastermind: Should I talk to my sphere about difficult topics?
Automated marketing won’t be enough to preserve your reputation as social change and messaging comes to the forefront — so it’s time to get clear on your values and be authentic
NAGLREP leaders resign en masse amid governance controversy
Both the board of directors and dozens of chapter presidents said Wednesday they had no choice but to walk away from the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals. 'It looks like everybody gave up hope today,' one leader told Inman
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 10
Email marketer ActivePipe buys content creator HomePrezzo
ActivePipe will use acquisition of HomePrezzo to further power what its agents can deliver to prospective buyers, sellers and renters. Terms of the deal were not disclosed
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 9
Controversy roils NAGLREP over governance, alleged censorship
Critics say NAGLREP founder Jeff Berger appears to be misrepresenting how his group is governed and expelling members who ask questions. Berger says he's being bullied
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 8
Homesnap's Mazur: It's time for agents to go all in
In multiple talk tracks at Tech Connect, leaders in sales, fintech and proptech all agreed on one thing: The COVID-19 pandemic has totally changed how people market, sell and buy real estate
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 4
This is not the time for 'marketing as usual'
Katie Lance, Kendall Bonner and Victoria Kennedy say agents shouldn't be afraid to talk about controversial topics
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 3
Want to keep your online profiles on point? Here are 5 tips
What people see when they Google you matters, especially when it comes to old and outdated profiles. Controlling your online presence is tricky, but doable. Just have a little patience, and follow these five tips
by Andrew Fortune Jun 2
Lesson Learned: You are in the people business
As founder and CEO of Minnesota’s Realty Group, Long Doan has overcome overwhelming obstacles to realize the American dream — and share it with others
All Inman content related to running your business in this unprecedented time
Here's how to keep your business moving as the situation shifts
by Inman May 29
Need to reset? Here are 4 tips for starting fresh after lockdown
Now that shelter-in-place measures are easing up, it's time to rethink the unhealthy habits we picked up while in quarantine. Here are four things to implement for an effective work routine and life after lockdown
by Ryan Rodenbeck May 28
How to grow your Instagram audience as a team
Mauricio Umansky shares how his team grew The Agency’s Instagram account to be one of the most-followed residential real estate accounts in the world
by Mauricio Umansky May 28
Your profiles matter! Take time to perfect them
Opinion
Now is the time to give your web presence a second look. Follow these steps to create a profile potential buyers will gravitate toward
by Jay Thompson May 27
How to host a property tour on social media as a team
Conducting live tours on social media as a team can be a great way to reach a wide audience and have some fun along the way. Here's how one LA-based agency hosts weekly progressive Instagram open houses, plus a few helpful tips
by James Harris AND David Parnes May 21
3 ways to give back right now
Opinion
From in-kind and financial contributions to your community to moral and career support to your team, now's the time that should be defined by giving. Here's how to lend a helping hand
by Santiago Arana May 15
What can agents do to seize more market share now?
Opinion
As stay-at-home orders are slowly being lifted, what action steps will you take to increase your market share? Prepare for ‘go time’ by implementing these eight strategies now
by Bernice Ross May 13
Dear Marketing Mastermind: What can I do right now to boost my business?
Opinion
Forget long-term solutions and wait-and-see options. Here's what agents and brokers can do right now to feel better about their businesses
BoomTown rolls out new features and updates for agents
Customers of the popular software can now manage custom video ads from within the system, and new included drip campaigns help agents broach pandemic topics with buyers and sellers
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
5 ways to grow a close-knit community today
Opinion
How can you thrive in today's world? By building community. This means showing up time and time again to help, educate and offer value to the connections you cultivate and the people you bring together
by Mike McGowan May 11
Tales from the field: Becoming a community leader
Opinion
A luxury real estate agent shares how her company's emergency relief Facebook page helped people connect and band together in a time of need
by Amie Quirarte May 9
3 showing ideas for today (open houses need not apply)
LA-based The Agency is using these three initiatives to show homes in today's environment — and they're all a major departure from ordinary showing
by James Harris AND David Parnes May 7
Lesson Learned: Don’t be an undercover agent
Find out how D.C.-area real estate agent Kaye Placeres makes herself top-of-mind with buyers and sellers — then stays there long after the closing
IXACT Contact’s full-service updates make building relationships a breeze
The CRM has been an industry staple for years. It's now faster to get up and running, and social-savvy agents can automate popular content sharing
by Craig C. Rowe May 4
Stop already! 12 things agents shouldn’t be doing right now
Opinion
This unique moment is a time to rise up and be better, so start by doing better
by Nicole Solari May 2
Want to ramp up new business? Leverage these digital platforms
As traditional, face-to-face methods of generating new business aren't an option, now is the time to leverage digital marketing instead, using both simple organic strategies and paid traffic
by Elisha Israel Apr 30
How can you serve your clients now? Focus on safety, not sales
The ability to handle most things virtually is the perk of living in today's world. Here's how you can serve and connect with clients while protecting their safety amid COVID-19
by Aaron Stelle Apr 30
Should we adjust our ad spend? Team advertising strategies to consider now
Teams that choose to adapt to the unique needs of a crisis market will find many opportunities to stay top-of-mind with prospects while nurturing leads. Here are a few ad spend strategies to consider
by Kathleen Black Apr 30
How to shift your social media content during COVID-19
Opinion
What you share on social media now will affect how you are positioned once we get through this health crisis
by Italina Kirknis Apr 29
Back At You announces direct Instagram publishing
The marketing technology company underwent the arduous process of becoming an authorized Facebook and Instagram Marketing Partner to allow agents to publish directly to the image-sharing platform
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 24
Terradatum announces Listing Home Run for automated video marketing
Market analytics company is using MLS listing data to help agents quickly roll out property videos and web content for only $29.95 per listing
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 22
27 tech terms every agent should know
The industry is becoming ever-more technology driven, digital and at arm's length. These common terms can help you understand what technology vendors are trying to sell you
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 22
The deal is digital: A guide to handling it online from lead to close
The fax machine is finally put to rest. With the onset of e-closing platforms and RON, the real estate sales cycle is 100% online, mobile and in the cloud. Here's a quick list of vendors for each phase of the deal
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 17
Mobile app Yaza geo-tags video content for listings and lifestyles
Opinion
Made for the iPhone, Yaza automatically maps every place you record a video, making it an ideal technology for property tours and neighborhood marketing
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 17
3 ways to up your Instagram game during quarantine
A thoughtful and targeted social media strategy during this period of social distancing will allow for maximum engagement and impact
by Mauricio Umansky Apr 16
How to use YouTube to boost your lead generation
Find out how Jackson Wilkey unlocked the code for generating thousands of leads from YouTube
by Bernice Ross Apr 15
Dear Marketing Mastermind: Are there rules for what to say to clients?
Opinion
Here's what you can do right now to meet the demands of the present and future in your real estate business
Want to accelerate your business recovery? Specialize now
Opinion
Prepare now for the market to bounce back. Don’t turn off the marketing funnel, but rather, double down on hyperlocal marketing efforts
by Anthony Hitt Apr 13
16 soft prospecting ideas for your team
It’s more critical than ever to stay at the forefront of your clients’ minds as a community pillar
by Nicole Lopez Apr 9
BoxBrownie releases native 360-degree tour platform
Award-winning image editing and marketing company has grown rapidly by editing others' work. Its new immersive tour product can be created with minimal imagery using affordable cameras and published in 24 hours
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 8
New HomeSpotter ad product pushes virtual tour events
As part of proptech's collective push into virtual business, the digital marketing and lead-gen company launches new retargeting products that automate creation and management of ads to push virtual open houses and video tours
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 8
How to build your pipeline through social media advertising
With the right strategy in place, social media is a powerful marketing tool for your business. Here's how to build a social media marketing funnel to continually develop meaningful connections and find leads
by Kelly O'Brien Apr 8
Agent Icon makes social media imagery a no-brainer
Opinion
The on-demand marketing content provider debuted at Startup Alley two years ago and at ICNY20, revealed its newest feature, a slick, text-based social media content delivery service.
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 3
How to keep your social media healthy when you're quarantined
Here's how real estate agents can keep their social media streams healthy, mindful and relevant even while stuck working from home
by Katie Lance Mar 30
3 ways to get buzz for your luxury listing as the market changes
Now’s the time to get creative and adjust to the current environment. Don’t be afraid to partner up and embrace new technology to better serve your market
by Troy Palmquist Mar 26
How to spot misinformation and prevent it from spreading
A slew of coronavirus myths, rumors and false medical advice has been making the rounds on the internet. By putting fact-checking practices to good use, you can snuff out misinformation when it makes its way to your screen and ensure you never share it
by Jay Thompson Mar 25
Inman reader QBs — quarantine buddies
We recently took to our Inman Coast to Coast Facebook group to see who you're spending quarantine time with and received some fuzzy-warm responses
by Inman Mar 24
Broker who tested positive for COVID-19 shares his story
After testing positive for coronavirus and receiving questions from friends, family and colleagues alike, Washington-based broker Nate Scott took to social media to share how his coronavirus symptoms evolved
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 23
IdealEstate aims for agent cooperation with nationwide recruiting, referral power
Opinion
Once a site for helping buyers curate home collections, the Salt Lake City-based proptech is now leveraging its 800K+ user base as a platform for recruiting
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 19
Christmas lights shine for hope amidst coronavirus fears
Amidst fear and uncertainty, homeowners have begun hanging Christmas lights back up to signal their health and well-being while spreading hope to passersby
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 19
7 impactful ways to build your business while staying home
Think of this slow time as a do-over rather than a disruption, and maximize it to set yourself up for future success
by Lee Davenport Mar 17
Joking about coronavirus: Where's the line when everyone's on edge?
During stressful times, it's natural to seek out humor as a means of relief. The question is, when does humor about a serious situation go too far?
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 13
Dear Marketing Mastermind: How can I get the most out of my content?
You’re creating content, but how can you ensure that people respond? Find out how to optimize your blog posts, videos and social media to ensure that you are getting eyes on your platforms