First: happy new year and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2010!
Second: 2010 change and opportunity.
I have been traveling extensively the past few weeks. It is always interesting and useful to observe people, their activities and gadgets.
Hands down, iPhone and iPod Touch devices dominated aircraft, airport and holiday scenes. I did see a few blackberries (one family had a company blackberry and several iPhones) and one Droid.
The recent smartphone explosion along with the introduction of useful "tablet" or "slate" devices will continue to change the way in which people use, create and interact with real estate information.
Most importantly, it will change their expectations......
What does this mean for brokers and agents?
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There will be competing devices, though it is not yet clear who will successfully challenge the iPhone infrastructure.
## B) "Tablet or Slate" computing and real estate
There has been no shortage of hype recently about these new devices. From my perspective, the real change will be to traditional laptop formats. Physical keyboards will certainly be available for some time, but, virtual keyboards (via touchscreens with "multi-touch" gestures) will take over the volume portable device space.
Many real estate firms have published traditional magazines, as a marketing and advertising vehicle.
This conceptual video, by Bonner Mag+ neatly summarizes digital magazine possibilities with emerging devices:
The video reinforces the benefits of high quality, well organized information. Our Main Street single entry cloud software generates timely media and text content for many publications in different formats, including html and pdf. Our clients do not need to add yet another vendor and platform to support these emerging applications.
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The iPhone app explosion is changing buyer and seller information convenience and access expectations. Does your website address these changing customer desires?
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