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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist — Our CEO, Zvi Band

The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and kicking in the Mid-Atlantic — and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of the action!

Our fearless leader and CEO, Zvi Band was announced as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Mid-Atlantic Awards Program. As the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has been at the forefront of identifying game-changing business leaders for the past 30 years.

“I’m thankful that the panel has recognized the amazing culture and team we’ve built at Contactually and I’m honored to be considered for this prestigious award on their behalf,” said Zvi.

We’re so proud that our CEO is a finalist for this award and even more grateful for the leadership that he brings to the table here at Contactually. Past leaders who have won this prestigious award, such as Howard Schultz of Starbucks, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and Mindy Grossman of HSN, have clearly disrupted industries, created new product categories, and successfully brought new innovation and technology to traditional industries.

We’re honored to have Zvi recognized among so many other notable business luminaries in Mid-Atlantic.

You can learn more information about the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Mid-Atlantic program and make sure you follow along our journey to the awards on June 15th! For press inquiries, you can find our press release below.

Press Release

News Release

Contact: Joel Mier
Company: Contactually
Email: joel@contactually.com

For Immediate Release

EY announces Contactually CEO Zvi Band is named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Mid-Atlantic 2016 Finalist

McLean, Va., May 24, 2016 – EY announced earlier this month that Zvi Band, CEO and co-founder of Contactually, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Mid-Atlantic program. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mr. Band was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 15, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

“I’m thankful that the panel has recognized the amazing culture and team we’ve built at Contactually and I’m honored to be considered for this prestigious award on their behalf,” Band commented. Contactually is a leading provider of relationship marketing software for businesses, small and large, that helps users develop and strengthen authentic, long-lasting relationships. In simply minutes a day, the firm’s easy-to-use platform enables genuine, personalized engagement to generate more business. Proudly located in Washington, DC, Contactually employs approximately 70 people and has raised 12 million in capital to date from Grotech Ventures, Rally Ventures, Bull City Venture Partners, Middleland Capital, and others.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Why You Need to Keep Networking During Busy Season

Busy Season for real estate is between the the months of March to July. In these months, home searching and buying is at it’s peak. Trulia published a report studying home online searches that mirrored just that showing that in many states people are searching to buy new or more properties during this time.

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As a real estate agent, you probably have your hands full. Your calendar is booked, you have ongoing emails going out to your buyers and sellers, and you’re going from open house to open house. There isn’t a lot of time. for networking or building new relationships.

But, we’re here to tell you to get out of that mindset.

Did you know that people who are looking to buy a house are beginning their search 6 to 12 months before? Imagine if your potential leads were searching for a home during the previous busy season. Did you reach out? Or were you too busy?

There are many variables to this; however, the average real estate agent sells about 3 houses a year.

You’re not average, right? (Or at least you don’t want to be) If most real estate agents are focused on things outside of relationship building and networking, this is your chance to stand out and to stack your odds that you come out on top.

Keep networking during real estate busy season…

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A New Way to Find Help in Contactually

As companies grow over time, their tools and applications can get more and more complicated. New features, functionality, and designs built to address problems can result in unintended consequences. They can ultimately become overwhelming for customers. In the past, this has been no different for Contactually.

Help and Support for Contactually customers has historically lived outside of the application. This forced our customers to leave the application to find a solution to their problem. Then they had to come back to apply the solution they found. Frankly, it was a messy, convoluted way for our customers to address their concerns. We knew there had to be a better way.

Luckily, we were introduced to Elevio.

Elevio is an application that takes the Help and Support resources that live outside of Contactually the app, and makes them readily available to you as you work in Contactually.

We’ve integrated Elevio into our Help Menu, allowing you easy access to help and support when you need it, directly within Contactually.

Here’s how Contactually and Elevio work together…

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4 Non-Spammy Ways to Scale Your Outreach

It’s probably safe to assume that when you reach out to your network via email, you want to be as personable as possible. But in a time when sending bulk mail or email newsletters to thousands of contacts is as simple as clicking a few buttons, it suddenly becomes very easy to send truly cold emails that don’t have a lot of heart.

While we’d love to say stop sending cold and bulk emails, but the solution isn’t that easy.

Even if you’re not sending cold prospecting sales emails, it’s good practice to scale all of your outreach, even if you’re only guilty of sending a bulk email newsletter once a week. You have plenty of opportunities to personalize these emails in very simple ways, why not go for it? Utilizing these simple changes could mean a higher open rate, or even a higher response rate. But, at the end of the day, you’re doing more to build up a better and more genuine relationship with your network and the contacts within it.

Start scaling your outreach

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5 of the Best Networking Tips from Top Real Estate Agents

Although you may be inclined to view other real estate agents as the competition, sometimes it’s to your benefit to form positive relationships with your peers and the network of real estate agents you’re a part of. More often than not, when you connect with other agents, you exchange stories (good and bad,) share what you’re working on, and hopefully trade off some tips and tricks that you’ve learned along the way.

With that in mind, we turned to the real estate agents in our own network here at Contactually and asked if they would share some of their top tips. With decades worth of combined real estate experience, one theme seemed to emerge from all the tips we got; being a real estate agent is tough, there’s no easy way to go about it. But taking the time for your clients, your potential clients, and even those cold leads can make a huge difference for your business. And yes, that means going above and beyond the typical 9 to 5 work day.

Find the best real estate tips here…

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Your Business Will Fail Without Your Network

Your relationships and network collectively are gardens that need constant maintenance. For a recent college graduate, that garden may seem like a bare patch of dirt and for someone well into their career there may be some trees that are bearing fruit. But, as I learned this garden doesn’t just grow miraculously…there’s a lot more there than you realize.

In a much shorter than expected timeframe, I jumped out of my full-time job into hanging my own shingle. I’m sure many of you know the combined feeling of excitement, empowerment, and “oh-god-what-have-you-done.” However, I knew I had the professional skills to be able to consult with clients and figure everything else out.

Harnessing your Networking Skills…

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Influencer Interview: Dorie Clark

Hailed as a ‘branding expert’ by big names such as Inc. and the Associated Press, we’re lucky enough to have Dorie Clark as one of our Contactually influencers and friends. Even luckier? That we scored an exclusive interview with her, chock-full of helpful tips on networking and engaging with your contacts.

Dorie puts her expertise into practice as an adjunct business administration professor at Duke University, and has worked as a marketing consultant for recognizable brands such as Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, the U.S. State Department, and the World Bank.

Dorie is also the author of several successful books, and Stand Out was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. Magazine. And just in case you need one more point to convince you of her expertise on the subject, the New York Times recently described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.”

Contactually Influencer Interview: Dorie Clark

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Real Estate Trends: Tiny Houses

Downsizing. It’s not only a common trend you find with many of your clients in the real estate world, but it’s also become a milestone within people’s lives. We’ve come to associate those doing the downsizing with empty nesters or recent retirees looking to simplify their lives. But in more recent years, it’s not only that demographic looking to get a smaller home now that the kids are moved out doing the downsizing, it’s become a trend even among Millennials and the children of those retirees. Instead of buying that starter home, they’re starting with tiny houses.

Welcome to the tiny house trend.

These perfectly planned homes that take advantage of nearly every inch of space for functionality’s sake are the latest and greatest in real estate trends that piggy back on both the idea of green living, and a more simplified way of life in the ‘downsized’ fashion. Still unsure as to why anyone would choose to buy a home with 200 square feet or less? Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it, why your clients may want to buy one, plus where in the world you can find these tiny homes.

The Tiny House Trend

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