Real Bird Introduces New Feature: RealBird Virtual Tour

The RealBird Blog just announced new feature called RealBird Virtual Tour. I have written in the pas about RealBirds nifty widget that allows real estate agents create a “mini-showcase” of their listings while offering an opportunity for viral marketing, and allowing bloggers or any webmasters to grab the code and feature the listings on their websites or blogs.

The new feature ads Google Maps Street view to the lower par of the widget and comes at $9.99 per listing or $14.99 when purchased with a property domain name:

RealBird Virtual Tour

The Google Maps of this version is unique in itself as it offers map view, satellite view, hybrid view, terrain view as well as Google Earth.

Just taking a look at few of the featured listings, they need to be more optimized. The images are downloading rather slow even though I have a cable connection. The slow load may be caused by the scripts as well.

Overall it is a nice addition to their product. The “branded virtual tours” offer users an opportunity to share the tours on variety of social networking websites as well as easy way to publish information to their blogs. Personally I would prefer to grab the code via “copy and paste” as it was the case with their former widget, since I do not like to give away the user name and the password to my blog.

Hope to hear from some of my readers what they think about this new feature.

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  • RealBird Aug 19, 2008, 6:07 pm

    Vlad, Thanks for the coverage. I noticed that you visited our blog and was just about to email you 🙂 Your points are well taken. I look into the image load speed. The source for those images are the same as the one used for the free service so they should have identical speed on both user interface (good or bad, but equal)

    The main value proposition of this add-on is to create a virtual tour view of the listing information entered into RealBird and make it MLS-friendly, that is, unbranded for IDX distribution. (The UI focuses on large photo shows and neighborhood tours through Google StreetView)

    All the features are left intact in the free service so the widget you mentioned with sharing options are available still for free. The ShareThis sharing on the branded virtual tour do allow posting it to your blog, and I agree that it's a turn off when it asks for your username and password, even though we, at RealBird, will never see it.

    How about adding an option so that users can grab the same code from the virtual tour (copy & paste) as the one provided by the listing widget. Something like, “Grab this listing as a widget” or similar and excluding the “Post to Wordpress” feature which might be confusing in terms of privacy implication?

    Thanks for the idea Vlad. Very helpful indeed, we'll implement it soon.

    — Zoltan

  • Vlad Zablotskyy Aug 21, 2008, 7:30 am

    Zoltan,

    I think the “copy and paste” is always good alternative. I am actually going to try a post on of the featured listing on a “test blog”, just to test how the process works.

    Speaking of visiting your blog, I am actually subscribed to your blog so even if you don't see my face on on the MyBlobLog widget, I am still watching you lol…..

    On a serious note. I have pinged your post, yet I do not see the trackback. It can be that that my trachback was flagged. Can you look in to it? Thanks.

  • Vlad Zablotskyy Aug 21, 2008, 7:31 am

    I think the “copy and paste” is always good alternative. I am actually going to try a post on of the featured listing on a “test blog”, just to test how the process works.

    Speaking of visiting your blog, I am actually subscribed to your blog so even if you don't see my face on on the MyBlobLog widget, I am still watching you lol…..

    On a serious note. I have pinged your post, yet I do not see the trackback. It can be that that my trachback was flagged. Can you look in to it? Thanks.

  • RealBird Aug 21, 2008, 9:19 am

    Yep, the trackback was there waiting for approval. Sorry. It is now approved. The ShareThis based posting to wordpress does not result in the same widget as the one you featured before. We use the technology from ShareThis mostly for social bookmarking and sharing and we will have to add the way to grab the corresponding widget just like you suggested, with a copy and paste. Thanks again for the suggestion.

  • Vlad Zablotskyy Aug 21, 2008, 9:26 am

    Zoltan,

    Thanks for explanation about sharing listings from RealBird Virtual Tours on blogs like WordPress. I still think your widgets have great potential as far as viral marketing is concerned.

    Quick question. When did you guys launched http://www.searchonmaps.com/ ? Somehow I missed it. I would like to ask you few questions about it in private if you don't mind.

  • RealBird Aug 21, 2008, 9:30 am

    We launched it a year ago, together with the free property website and syndication services.

  • Vlad Zablotskyy Aug 21, 2008, 9:35 am

    Ok then, the question I have for you can probably be very useful to those who find this thread then.

    Does http://www.searchonmaps.com/ integrates the data from RealBird?

  • RealBird Aug 21, 2008, 9:46 am

    For sale listings are the properties published on RealBird (free), the yellow pages are agents, brokers, lenders, stagers etc. from RealBird ($89/year membership level) and home valuation is powered by Zillow.

    We also have a private labeled, experimental version of this, where RealBird members can get their own version with their photo and contact information on the top, plus all click-throughs to the listing sites result in a co-branded version of the property website. http://www.realbird.com/YellowPages-Private-Lab

    Using the example on the page above, you can see the private labeled SearchOnMaps and clicking on any listing will show the co-branded property website.

    Thanks for asking 🙂

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