On the road: San Diego

rebcsdlogoWow, it’s been a while since we’ve gotten out of the office. After quite a few excursions during the Spring and early Summer, I just realized that it’s been almost four months since we’ve gone on the road. Well, a lot has happened during those four months for us (mostly positive), so we are looking forward to getting out of the office and attending the RE Barcamp this coming Thursday in San Diego. As always, Devesh will be there representing Aumnia, and we even decided to let me out of my cage to make the trip as well. I haven’t been to an RE Barcamp since Los Angeles, so I am looking forward to getting out and reconnecting with a lot of the people I met back in April as well as meeting all of the interesting people that Devesh has been telling me about. By the way, if you haven’t been to an RE Barcamp, you are missing out. There is a phenomenal amount of information and tech tips shared at these events and, more importantly, an extremely talented and knowledgeable group of people to connect with. If you can’t make it to San Diego, don’t worry. RE Barcamps are held at various times throughout the country. I would highly recommend checking out the RE Barcamp site and finding one near you to attend.

NAR_Logo_FlagsIn addition to the RE Barcamp event, Devesh and I are also spending time at the National Association of Realtors Conference & Expo being held at the San Diego Convention Center from November 13-16. If we are not able to connect with you at the RE barcamp event, look for us over at the Convention Center.

By the way, in addition to just hanging out, Devesh and I will also be available to answer your questions regarding the use of mobile technology in real estate, including mobile sites, apps, mobile search, and technology trends, as well as general mobile technology questions – for example, is the Droid really as good, if not better, than the iPhone? (You’ll have to find us to get our answer to that one!)

If there are any specific questions or items you would like to discuss with us at the events later this week, feel free to leave a comment below or connect with us on Twitter (@aumnia). See you in San Diego!

In the interest of full disclosure, Aumnia is a proud sponsor of the San Diego Real Estate Bar Camp.

Mobile Market Wrap-up for Aug 7, 2009

I was on the road all week attending RE Barcamp SF and Inman’s Real Estate Connect in San Francisco.  Since I was on the road all week, I fell behind on my reading and industry news, but instead of skipping this week’s mobile market wrap-up, I thought I would provide an abbreviated update.

Real Estate Connect was excellent with approximately 1700 attendees sharing ideas on new technologies, best practices, and inspiring ideas.  There were a few sessions on mobile with one being led by Greg Sterling, principal of Sterling Marketing Intelligence and analyst of mobile communications.  In his session, he provided some valuable statistics and offered some general advice to agents: “make your site look good in the browser rather than making an app.” Obviously, Aumnia agrees with Greg Sterling’s analysis and thinks that agents and brokers need to extend their website to mobile in a seamless manner.  The time is now.   Inman has a more in-depth article on this mobile session at Real Estate Connect.

The major headlines this week seemed to center around Apple again with more disheartening news of their egotistical stance to build a walled garden around the iPhone.  Below is a list of the major news items released this week that show Apple’s continued downward slide:

As I mentioned earlier, this week’s update is abbreviated, so here are links to the interesting news, articles or stories I did get a chance to read:

I will have a more in-depth summary next week at my regular time.  In the mean time, let me know if you find anything interesting in mobile by leaving a comment below.

On the Road: San Francisco

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Aumnia is heading out on the road again next week. Devesh will be in San Francisco attending Real Estate Bar Camp San Francisco on August 4th . We’re excited to be a part of the event since it is the anniversary of the first Real Estate Bar Camp, which kicked-off an incredible movement of real estate professionals gathering in cities across the country to discuss all sorts of cool ways to apply technology to real estate. Since San Francisco last year, RE Bar Camps have sprung up in places from Portland to Boston to Houston and everywhere in between. We have had the pleasure of attending RE Bar Camps in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver and Orange County and have had a great time connecting with, learning from, and sharing information with an incredibly talented group of people. It’s great to see the movement return to its point of origin and continue forward. The growth and excitement around the events we’ve seen has been phenomenal and would not be possible without the incredible number of volunteers in each location that are willing to spend the time and effort to plan and facilitate each event. Devesh helped out a bit behind the scenes with the Orange County RE Bar Camp and can personally attest to the amount of effort and work involved.

Devesh will be available during RE Bar Camp to answer any questions you might have regarding the use of mobile technology in real estate, including apps, mobile search, trends in the technology and other related mobile topics. If there is enough interest, he is also ready and able to lead a session and facilitate an interactive discussion on mobile technologies. In either case, if you see Devesh roaming around RE Bar Camp, make sure to stop him and say Hi! And if you have never attended a Real Estate Bar Camp, get out there, sign-up and participate. You’ll be glad you did.

In addition to Real Estate Bar Camp, Devesh will also be representing Aumnia at the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference that is being held August 5 – August 7 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Devesh isn’t scheduled for any formal speaking events, but he’ll be available if you aren’t able to connect with him at the San Francisco RE Bar Camp.

By the way, if there are any questions, issues, or specific topics you would like to discuss with Devesh while he is at San Francisco RE Bar Camp or Inman Connect, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

In the interest of full disclosure, Aumnia is a proud sponsor of the San Francisco Real Estate Bar Camp.

ReBarCamp OC was an inspiring conversation!

Last Thursday was my fourth exposure to the RE Barcamp revolution, this time at RE Barcamp OC.  Similar to the others I attended in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Denver, the OC location had its own personality that sparked interesting and thought-provoking conversations throughout the whole day.

To start off, OC was the first RE barcamp to actually be held at a bar (not to mention steps from the beautiful sand).  The day kicked-off with Jim Marks inspiring the participants with a little barcamp history and their roles in the day.  As usual, he got everyone fired up to learn, share, and create change.  One big difference between the previous RE barcamps I attended and this one was how we managed the day’s schedule.  At previous RE barcamps, people use to rush up to the board after the keynote speech and start writing down conversations they want to facilitate, but this usually led to a lot of overlapping topics throughout the day.  This time, Jim Marks and Stacey Harmon (the organizers) took topic suggestions and questions from all the participants, and then they arranged the days agenda based on these suggestions and simply assigned people to moderate each discussion.  I found this approach very refreshing and more productive since it eliminated the same topic from being discussed in separate sessions and brought together all the opinions in a single room resulting in more meaningful (and sometimes heated) conversations.  I love it… this is how change happens!

As an example, I attended a session on the future of real estate search.  This was the most interesting discussion I’ve been a part of during all my RE barcamp experiences.  At times the discussion became controversial, but that’s all part of the fun – there was passion displayed by the participants.  During this session, David Gibbons from Zillow moderated conversations ranging from IDX to SEO to mobile websites.  I would love to join more of these types of discussions at future RE Barcamps.

The RE barcamp OC organizers and volunteers did a great job!  If you haven’t been to a RE barcamp and want to experience one, I highly recommend going to REBarcamp San Francisco on Aug 4th.   It’s worth the trip!

On The Road: Next Stop – Orange County

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We will be out on the road again next week, attending the Orange County RE BarCamp on Thursday June 25. We are cheating a bit on the travel for this one, as it is right in our own backyard, but there is no way we could pass up the opportunity to connect up with the indecrible group of people that will be gathering in Newport Beach next week. This event will be our fourth RE BarCamp since the beginning of April, and we are looking forward to it. We have not been disappointed by the quality of the people and discussions at any of the previous events.

Devesh will once again be representing Aumnia at this RE BarCamp, so make sure to look for him and say Hi! He will be hosting a session entitled: Mobile Marketing – Going from Cool to Results. He will be sharing what we have found works in the mobile environment for real estate professionals, covering the latest developments in the mobile space, and soliciting feedback from participants to see what services they have tried and what has worked for them. If you’re curious how you can use this emerging medium to drive results for you, would like to find out to get the most of your mobile device, want to learn the difference between text messaging and the mobile internet, or are just curious about mobile technologies and how they work, then make sure to attend the session.

If there are any topics you would like to see us cover or questions you have regarding mobile applications, services, technologies or hardware, please leave us a comment so Devesh can address it during the session.

In the interest of full disclosure, Aumnia is a proud sponsor of the RE BarCamp Orange County event.