Archive for February, 2009

The future of property search?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

How much time do you waste clicking on a link to a property only to see that the photos show somewhere completely unsuitable. How would you like to drag a stream of photos of images of properties in the price range and area where you live to quickly zoom in on something you like?

Sorry to get you all excited, but this site does not exist. But it could. I have just been playing with Cooliris. As they put it themselves, “Cooliris transforms your browser into a lightning fast, cinematic way to discover the web”. I was not disappointed. Somone will adapt this for browsing properties – it’s going to be great.

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How not to send bulk email

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
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Mass emailing everyone you know is not something you should do often, if at all. Seth Godin, marketer extraordinaire, advises against it at all times – he has a great post on it here. Occasionally you get a mass email from someone you vaguely know and they put all of the email addresses in the “to” box so that you can see everyone else they have emailed. I usually “tut” to myself and think what a dumbarse. Well today, I broke both rules. What a dumbarse. If anyone who received that email reads this, I apologise!

We’re alive!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

We launched this morning -  we are very excited to be live. The Independent also launched a white label version of the site – you can see it here.

Please give us your feedback as we will continually be trying to improve our core service as well as introducing new features.

Some of the new features in the pipeline include:

- more feed partners. Let us know which property portals you would like added;

- an extension of the wizard which helps you complete all the steps to building a site;

- automated AdWords. We will automate the set up, including selecting key words. All you have to do is choose a budget and sign off the wording;

Let us know which features you want. The more requests we get for a feature the higher up the list it will go.

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Google play a blinder with their social bar

Thursday, February 12th, 2009
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I have just tried out Google’s new social bar (you can read their blog post about it here). It allows you to easily integrate Google Friend Connect into your website, so that users can login using either their Google, Yahoo, AIM or OpenID account, comment and have conversations about content on your site.

You can try it out on this site:

It looks very easy to implement, so expect to see it on soon.

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If you were selling your house would you disclose this?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

FSBO notice

Thanks to Marc Davison over at 1000Watt.

Saying “sorry” means nothing without a “why”

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Great post from Robert Peston on yesterday’s apologies from the bank bosses. You can read it Bank bosses saying sorryhere. The key for me is where he says “Apologies carry weight when they are accompanied by a clear explanation by the miscreants of what they did wrong and why.”

No sign of a “why” yesterday. Mr Peston generously suggests it may be too early for them to fully understand the motivations behind their actions. Maybe it is too early for them to face up to the reality under the harsh light of the cameras.

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Post your business plan to the comments of a blog

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
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Why would you do that?

Well, Mark Cuban has just asked people to do just that here. It is his “Open Source Funding” plan to help kick start the US economy by creating jobs.  He says “Rather than trying to be a Venture Capitalist, I was looking for an idea that hopefully could inspire people to create businesses that could quickly become self funding. Businesses that just needed a jump start to get the ball rolling and create jobs. I’m a big believer that entrepreneurs will lead us out of this mess. I just needed a way to help.”

To qualify, businesses need to be cash flow break even within 60 days and be profitable within 90 days. So what sort of business could that be? How about a UK start up with a product ready to be shipped and a business model that could work in the US? Why wouldn’t you want Mark Cuban to help you launch in the US? Did I post our business plan on his blog? Of course I did.

UPDATE (15th Feb): 1,300 comments and counting!

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When calm beats angry

Friday, February 6th, 2009
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Great clip from the Today programme this morning comparing two very different reactions to “stressful” situations. The pilot of the airbus, which landed safely in New York’s Hudson River compared with Christian Bale‘s outburst on a film set. You can listen to it here (Bale’s rant has been sensored – you can hear the full outburst here. Poor thing, he must have been very stressed out).

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