July 2014 Special

June 30, 2014 at 10:49 AMLead IDX

For the month of July we are running a special. $750 setup fee and $250 a month for 6 months. 3 months paid up front and three months billed month to month. Other variations of this special can be tailored to meet your budget and needs.

Can we download the listings and let you use the data on your own?

June 30, 2014 at 10:41 AMLead IDX

We often get asked by a brokers technical person or third party companies if we can download the data put it into the clients existing database and format. In a case like this we do not provider the website, we only provide the download and up to date functionality of the data and images.

Yes we can do this!  We can put the data into Microsoft SQL Server, MS SQL, Flat file, or any number of formats.

 

Below is a screenshot of our downloader software at work. The software is 100% developed by our company.

 

3,395 Keywords that caught flies for our client

May 27, 2014 at 10:00 AMLead IDX

Search engines are often referred to as "spiders". This is because they "crawl" the Internet.

As an SEO focused IDX Website provider we often refer to the keywords we target as fly traps. We leverage tens of thousdands of keywords and pages for our clients. A page may site in the google index for three weeks and never get a click and the one day a click, two clicks and then it goes dormant again until the next person searches on that specific term.

The graphic below shows the keyterms that were clicked on for one of our clients over a short period of time. The data comes from Google Analytics.

As part of our service we monitor traffic, keyterms, SEO, and user behavior to continually maximize the results.

 

LeadIDX IDX/VOW websites are sticky!

May 3, 2014 at 11:22 AMLead IDX

What does Sticky mean? Simply it means that users stick to the site or stay on the site for a long time and return to the site, both VERY good results.

In the image below we are showing the traffic from a LeadIDX customer going back many months. We do this to show these numbers are not a fluke. On average visitors stay on the site for almost 30 minutes (26 minutes 58 seconds on average). They view over 8 pages on average. Our results pages can contain 200 properties and unlike many other systems our results pages actually include the description/remarks and other important fields which means the user can determine from the results alone if they are interested in the property.

The average bounce rate is a very, very very, low 33.14%. THis means that only 33% of the users view one page and leave, typically bounce rates are in the 80 - 90% range for most sites.

The 55.59% of new sessions means that 44.1% of the users are RETURN visitors, this is extremely imporant. A good IDX Website or VOW Website will not only keep users on the site but keep them returning. In today's real estate market users often search anonymously but when they find the home of their dreams they want to spring into action immediately and contact a Realtor. If they keep searching on your website then they are much more likely to choose you or one of your Realtors.

 

We have launched a new website for a broker in The Woodlands Texas

May 3, 2014 at 11:07 AMLead IDX

We have launched a new website for a Broker in The Woodlands Texas

The website has our IDX, VOW, and advanced SEO packages.

This website is powered from HAR (Houston Association of Realtors) on the RETSIQ system. This client only serves the The Woodlands area and therefore we limit the listings to just his area. The site has VOW (Virtual Office Website, or sold data).

You can visit the client's site here

 

LeadIDX launches a new client in Kyle Texas

April 27, 2014 at 5:42 PMLead IDX

We have launched a new website for a Broker in Kyle Texas.

The website has our IDX, VOW, and advanced SEO packages.

This website is powered from ABOR (Austin Board of Realtors) on the Matrix system. This client only serves the Kyle area and therefore we limit the listings to just his area. The site has VOW (Virtual Office Website, or sold data) going back to 2011.

You can visit the client's site here

Search Results with Map and List Together

April 17, 2014 at 2:44 PMLead IDX

Below is an image of search results on one of our client websites. Notice that the user can increase/descrease the map size. As they do this a cookie is saved which saves the users preferences for this visit and future visits.

 

LeadIDX supports multiple Rets Feed in one system

March 19, 2014 at 12:16 PMLead IDX

The newest version of the LeadIDX system supports multiple RETS feed in one system.

Whether like IRMLS (Indiana Regional MLS) where multiple cities share one system or in the case of needing to display completely separate feeds such as Houston ,Austin, Dallas, the LeadIDX system can allow users to interact with an infinite number of feeds without costly programming or customizations.

MLS rules prevent comingling of data across feeds which is a good idea anyway. I consumer in Dallas doesn't want results in Austin and so on. However in one website your users can go from one market to another market and the SEO is separate for each market. A user coming in from a search term in google tied to Austin Texas will get Austin Texas results and options as the default.

Top Ten Things to Consider for IDX and VOW

March 16, 2014 at 2:24 PMLead IDX

From our main navigation:

Top Ten things to consider when it comes to IDX and VOW

The LeadIDX team has been in the IDX/VOW world for 7 years. In that time we have learned a lot, taught a lot, and kept a lot of secrets when we learn things. Without giving away the key to the kingdom below we share some high level areas of consideration. This list will grow over time.

  1. Do you have the best IDX system in your market? Do you know how to qualify what the "best" is? Do you know how a good IDX system can actually bring new clients to you? Fresh from google to your website to your phone or email, just that simple! We do not mean people that are searching for your company name or the names of your realtors, we mean consumers that do not know you but turn to google looking for a home, a lot, a condo, a farm, a commercial property and they find your website. The love the search, the functionality, they stay and search, they return often, and when they are ready to act they CHOOSE your brokerage because of the technology. This is the story of our clients.

 

Read the other 9 things HERE

Who can really do a VOW (Virtual Office Website) website?

November 22, 2013 at 11:40 AMLead IDX

Rarely a week goes by that we don't hear from a broker that we are one of the very few companies that "actually" can and has done VOW websites.

We often hear that our competitors market VOW capabilities but once the broker contacts them directly they find that VOW is not possible.

Simply put, VOW allows the broker to display sold and non-idx properties on their website to users that are logged in via confirming their email address and agreeing they have a relationship with the broker.

Of course we are not surprised. Every broker ask us why.

Here is the answer:

  • VOW is not easy. It can often mean enormous amounts of data that is simply too much for most IDX providers to handle
  • The email confirmation and user tracking is often functionality that isn't "normally" found in an IDX system and therefore the IDX company doesn't want to add it
  • Some local and regional boards require that the IDX/VOW provider track and limit how many sold properties the user can view over a lifetime. If an IDX company does not have these capabilities they can be scared to put their neck on the line and potentially cause their client broker to incur fines or fees.
  • Most IDX systems (our competitors) are slow. Compared to our system they are all slow. See our post (http://leadidx.com/post/IDX-Website-rankings-are-affected-by-page-load-speed.aspx) Using Northeast Indiana as an example, approx 3000 residential properties active on the market (IDX) but when including VOW (sold, non-idx but active) the number jumps into the tens of thousands. So if your system is slow with 3k properties, how much slower will it be with 20k? This is the question they ponder and cannot solve.
  • More and more local boards are joining regional boards which means more data and more filters, this comes back to complexity which is a big challenge for most IDX providers.

 

Hopefully this gives you some insight.

We have done numerous VOW's with success and ease.

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Full CRM integration between LeadIDX system and eRelocation.net Lead Management (CRM)

November 22, 2013 at 10:37 AMLead IDX

Recently for a client we integrated the leads generated by our LeadIDX system into their eRelocation CRM system.

When a lead is generated on the client website (our system) the lead is then also inserted into the eRelo system and the eRelo ID is stored in the LeadIDX system. This allows our client to manage the lead in eRelo while it is still connected to the informatio and tracking in the LeadIDX system. There is additional information that is learned from this process which we do not make public but can be provided on a one on one basis.

From eRelocation.net

eRelocation is the Real Estate Industry's most powerful and comprehensive Relocation Department Management Software Solution available.

eRelocation initially began when a successful real estate brokerage went out into the marketplace to find a better solution than they subscribed to at that time. Not being able to find what they needed to run more efficiently, they developed it from the ground up. Quickly, other companies noticed and began to show an interest in eRelocation, as they too saw the limitations in what they were using to manage their department.

eRelocation does more than simply track referrals for a brokerage. Used properly, it is designed from the ground up to be a department's "one-stop" for everything related to every referral. In a Web 2.0 AJAX fashion, Individual referral information, document management and storage (contracts, invoices - anything that used to sit in a paper file), referral updates, agent performance metrics and much more - are all available in no more than a few clicks.

We are strong believers that technology for the sake of technology does no good. However, eRelocation focuses on creating greater efficiency with technology for benefits such as:

  • Automating as many day-to-day tasks as possible through Action Items. Action Items can be combined and created up front, so that frequent tasks can be performed with just a couple of quick clicks. Whether the net benefit is a reduction in staff, or staff that can focus on more important items, the result means more to your bottom line.
  • Unique agent "scorecard" model that automatically calculates a "score" for all agent performance for a given time period. Can be used for future referral placement decisions, or as a "carrot" to perform better on future referrals and be rewarded with additional referrals. Completely customizable by each brokerage, can focus on any of the important items to you: referral conversion, preferred mortgage, title, insruance and warranty conversion, BMA variance, update timeliness and more.
  • Includes unlimited login accounts for staff, branch managers, or even Agents. Customizable security roles to define access restrictions - reporting, viewing referrals, editing referrals and more. Further restrictions can include referral source (category or affinity), office or region. Allow anyone within your company to view what you allow from any web browser, any location.
  • Automatically import internet leads from an unlimited number of sources, as soon as the customer submits a web-form.
  • Unique "attachments" feature is a full-featured document management solution. Long-term retention, document classification, and even the ability to share certain (chosen) documents via a public URL link. Also allows unlimited revisions of each document without deleting prior versions. A paperless relocation department has never  been more attainable.
  • Efficient collaboration through our unique QuickSend Forms allows your Agents to submit any sort of update or appraisal form, via PDF, using only the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, without the need to mess with file attachments. And when a form is submitted, it immediately gets attached to the customer (automatically) in eRelocation for long-term retention
  • Third-party website integration using eRelocation Sync, requiring just a couple of clicks..
  • Many update forms can be easily sent to 3rd party sites (such as Cartus Broker Center and many others with just a couple of clicks.
  • Powerful ad-hoc reporting using our Advanced Referral Search - allows you to quickly search, sort, group and subtotal referrals to find the information easily. If you're looking for something more precise or complex, choose the fields needed and then export to Excel.
  • Easily assign tasks among team members using follow-up flags, or easily fill in for another team member while they're out.

This is just a small sample of all that eRelocation can bring to your Relocation Department. Ready to learn more? Contact us online, or give Cynthia Harris a call at (937) 705-1193.

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New Major Version of LeadIDX released

March 11, 2013 at 5:45 PMLead IDX

We have launched the first phase of our new version.

 

You can see it here

The new features include Comparison, Get Directions, Itinerary, Additional Logged In User features, Increased Mapping options, and of course a higher level of SEO and lead generation.

Century 21 ProLink Announcement

March 13, 2012 at 11:38 PMLead IDX

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - March 13, 2012 – (LeadIDX)– LeadIDX, Inc. announces Century 21 ProLink of the greater Sioux City, IA area as the latest Realtor® to adopt the RankMe™ customizable IDX /VOW solution.  Century 21 ProLink’s website now proudly displays its new look/feel following the new Century 21 corporate brand guidelines launched in the Fall of 2011.

C21 ProLink now offers the world’s most advanced Property Search at lightening fast speeds, resulting in happy clients and more leads.  C21 also enjoys super high Google SERP rankings.  The development of the site was challenging because the Greater Sioux City Board of REALTORS® (GSCBR) was in the midst of changing MLS (RETS) providers.  LeadIDX actually helped trouble shoot the new MLS RETS installation.

About C21 Prolink

CENTURY21 ProLink is a progressive, technology-driven real estate brokerage focused on helping their agents connect with their Buyers and Sellers.  They are a team of hardworking, ethical, and successful agents that will work hard to get you RESULTS!

CENTURY 21 ProLink is based in Sioux City, Iowa. Being located in a tri-state area, they are licensed in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska. They serve Dakota Dunes and North Sioux City in South Dakota, South Sioux City and Dakota City in Nebraska, and Hinton, Le Mars, Sergeant Bluff, and Sioux City in Iowa, as well as many others in between. Collectively, they have the Siouxland Area covered.

About LeadIDX, Inc.

Based in Charlottesville VA, LeadIDX, Inc. is nationally known as a leading provider of its RankMe™ software technology offering high-performance real estate websites, specializing in Search Engine Optimization SEO, VOW /IDX solutions, the world’s fastest and most robust Property Search applications, Content Management Systems, and much more.

LeadIDX, Inc. can connect to any MLS, regardless of technology platform.  We offer world-class design conforming to corporate branding standards such as Century 21 and RE/MAX®, or work with your current branding strategy.  For more information on all the services provided by LeadIDX, Inc. please visit www.leadidx.com .

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VOW summarized

February 29, 2012 at 12:54 PMLead IDX

LeadIDX has taken the time to summarize Virtual Office Websties (VOW), helping real estate agents understand the complexities and variabilities involved with VOW.  VOW is a very powerful tool that is currently underutilized by most REALTORs.  Link here to the summary.

http://leadidx.com/page/VOW-Virtual-Office-Website-for-Real-Estate-SUMMARY-All-You-Need-to-Know.aspx

 

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LeadIDX continues to expand Realtor IDX / DOW MLS Web Site functionality

January 17, 2012 at 3:59 PMLead IDX

Are you looking to upgrade or replace your current website?  Look no further than LeadIDX.  LeadIDX provides the ultimate website for Real Estate Brokers and Agents.  We continue to expand on our already industry leading software.  New functionality includes VOW upgrades, mobile applications. smart phone applications, advanced map search capabilities, and much much more.  Contact us today.

IDX Websites - Who are you competing with?

November 26, 2011 at 10:09 AMLead IDX

The answer "my local competitors" to this question is only part of the story.

When it comes to IDX Websites and search engine rankings, you are competiting with atleast two handfuls of national companies.

Review the image below, a Blue dot indicates national company. The Green dot is our client, the Red dot is their largest local competitor.

"homes for sale fort wayne indiana" is a very competitve term. Realtor.com, Trulia.com, Homes.com, Zillow.com, RealEstate.Yahoo.com all invest time, effort, and other resources to ensuring you do not rank above them. Yes Realtor.com would rather a consumer come to their site so they can capture the lead and sell it to you. Make no mistake about this...it is business.

The website below has ranked for these terms for over 3 years and we know there is real revenue behind these terms, very real. The strategy is not to focus on just one term but all terms, every city in your MLS or brokerage service area. It is important to compete and win with these national companies. Your local name and a sticky IDX website will bring you more leads for these terms than your competitors (national and local).

 

IDX Website rankings are affected by page load speed

November 23, 2011 at 11:43 AMLead IDX

Does your IDX Website rank high in Google?

View this article on an official Google blog titled "Using Site Speed in Web Search Ranking".

Google clearly states, along with the reasoning, that page load speed is a factor in rankings.

Now consider your IDX website, does it load fast? If you think it does, how do you know?

The LeadIDX system loads very fast, we track every load and monitor it. It is measured not in seconds but in MILLISECONDS. On average the page is generated and sent to the browers in 15 milliseconds and displayed in the browser in less than one second.

We do very specific things to make this possible. These methods are not only unique to the IDX Website market but also rarely done on any website. If you do not have an IDX Website then contact us today, if you do then contact us today but also ask your current provider questions regarding their strategy in this area.

Posted in: Google Analytics | IDX Features | IDX Website | SEO | SERP | Virtual Office Website VOW | SEO IDX Website | IDX SEO Website

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Democracy, Data, and IDX Websites

November 22, 2011 at 10:34 AMLead IDX

What do these three things have in common?

Every website is a democracy and every click is a vote. Do you, or your current provider, track these votes? Do you analyze them? Do you follow the polls? Do you listen to the populous? Terms like pageviews, bounce rate, average time on site, visits, and new visits should be in your vocabulary as you review your systems.

Good IDX Websites CAN BE very sticky. Sticky means users stay on the site and come back. Review the graphs and data below from one of our clients, these numbers exceed expectations of websites and even of "typical" IDX websites. SEO is a big factor in this as is powerful search, honest results, speed/performance and usability.

On an average website bounce rate is above 80%, Average Time on Site is 2 - 3 minutes, Pages per Visit is typically 2 - 4. As you can see a GOOD IDX WEBSITE breaks the ceiling of these numbers and turns your website into a Real Estate community where consumers can research and contact you when they are ready.

 

Posted in: Google Analytics | Graphs and Charts | IDX Website | SEO | SEO IDX Website | IDX SEO Website

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Custom IDX Website for Real Estate Brokers - Without the Hefty Development Cost

November 18, 2011 at 8:33 AMLead IDX

LeadIDX offers Custom IDX Websites with the option for powerful VOW functionality

In the IDX market typically there are two options:

  1. Framed IDX solutions that are low on cost, features, and have zero SEO (Search Engine Optimization) value
  2. Full custom systems where the broker pays a hefty development fee and then owns the software created

LeadIDX sits in the middle of these two options. Our system is powerful, full SEO capabilities, includes VOW functionality if opted by the broker but does not come with the hefty development fee. The broker does not own the system and therefore is not responsible for managing RETS updates, ugrades, field changes, improvements. The LeadIDX system is still subscription based and with the subscription you get all updates, upgrades, and new features as part of the subscription.

You can view our IDX Website Features page for more information.

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What is a VOW - Virtual Office Website?

November 17, 2011 at 9:13 AMLead IDX

Every week we get asked this question by Real Estate Brokers

Here is the simple explanation:

A VOW allows a broker to do two important things on their IDX website.

1. Display listings that are set to NOT display on the Internet. Every MLS that abides by NAR (National Association of Realtors) has a field such as "PublishToInternet". If the listing realtor chooses to not allow the property to display on the Internet then it CANNOT be displayed on IDX websites. However, with a VOW (Virtual Office Website) it can be displayed within the rules of NAR, state law, and MLS rules.

2. Display sold property data. This is a powerful research tool for consumers. Consumers do not run their own comps but we all know many of them like to view this data, drill into it, to satisfy their curiousity.

This post does not dive into the requirements for implementing a VOW however here are links to additional information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Office_Website

NAR VOW Policy

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