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Contactually Reads: The Best Business Books & More from Our Shelves

Contactually Reads: The Best Business Books & More from Our Shelves

Here at Contactually, we love a good book, and if you pop by our office in DC, you’ll find plenty of books on the shelves that have helped to shape who were are as a company and how the teams run. We’ve also made plenty of recommendations here on the blog for best books for professionals to read to improve their business prowess…so we decided to ask our teammates here at Contactually what they were reading. If you’re thinking to yourself that you ‘don’t have the time’ or that you’re ‘too busy’ then it might be worth it to think again! Not only is reading a great way to pass the time and unplug from our increasingly connected world, it’s been scientifically proven time and time again that reading can help increase your brain functionality, and could potentially decrease your stress levels by up to 68%… isn’t that something that’s worth making some time for in your life? Whether you’re reading books to help you better your business, or you’re taking in the latest literary fiction, increasing your reading time is bound to improve your overall health and well-being, which in turn will improve your business! See what we did there? Best business books + more from Contactually: When we asked Team Contactually to give their recommendations, we got a range from those classic ‘business’ books to some contemporary (and classic) literature. We decided to share them all with you and let you pick which to add to your list next! Grit by Angela Duckworth Written by psychologist Angela Duckworth, Grit argues that the thing that sets successful people apart from the...
Battle of the Workplace: The Startup Vs. The Corporation

Battle of the Workplace: The Startup Vs. The Corporation

In this day and age, the big decision of picking between the two ends of the workplace environment spectrum is not that uncommon for the average employee to experience. You hear through the grapevine about the far-fetched but somehow simultaneously necessary and unnecessary perks of a startup environment and compare it with the guaranteed internal growth and financial security of a corporate career.  But which do you choose? While there are many grays on the workplace spectrum, each are tailored to a specific type of person and work ethic…so have no fear! While we’re not saying that every startup and corporate company fits exactly these traits, we’re breaking it down to give you a better idea of what each of these environments can offer and if it may be the right fit for you and your working style as you hunt for the perfect job. Here at Contactually, we embody much of the ‘typical’ startup traits but understand it’s not always the best fit for folks on the job hunt.  Workplaces & You: Startup environment vs. Corporate Choose: Startup Appreciate the little things in life. Ah, the startup. Usually characterized by exposed-brick walls with a plethora of “fun” yet creatively stimulating interior decorating, the startup sounds like a playground for work. Completely personalized hours, napping rooms, your colleagues bringing their dogs to work- the startup is the ‘millennial’ of the two environments. With a laid-back atmosphere, it aims to mix work and pleasure by creating an environment where employees can literally feel very comfortable.  Freedom. Unlike a corporation, the startup maintains very little definitive hierarchy or its corresponding laws. It immediately puts trust into...
[User Interview] Creating Long-Term Connections with Real Estate Clients

[User Interview] Creating Long-Term Connections with Real Estate Clients

In our latest customer spotlight, we chatted with Lee Goldstein, a local DC real estate agent, and avid Contactually user. Lee is currently a managing partner and associate broker at RLAH Real Estate. Lee has over 18 years of experience in the real estate industry and has been ranked consistently in the top 5% of real estate agents nationally. Lee builds his real estate business around being a local, neighborhood based, and customer service oriented agent.  Market expertise, the highest level of integrity, and unparalleled customer relationships have led him to become one of the most respected agents in the Washington, D.C. region. Prior to becoming a Partner at Real Living At Home, Lee founded and managed his own successful brokerage firm, Northgate Realty. Lee is also extremely active in the real estate community. He earned the GRI (Graduate of the Realtor Institute) designation in 2004, an accolade reserved for those agents most dedicated to the real estate industry. He has also served on numerous committees at the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, including his appointment as Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee in 2016. Read on for our latest Contactually user interview: Contactually: What are you looking to achieve with Contactually? Lee Goldstein: My goal is to create better follow up with leads and better long term communication with my referral sources. C: Do you have any Contactually success stories? LG: I was at the car wash a few days ago and a guy said that he liked my new Jeep Grand Cherokee.  He apparently used to sell them and was giving me the inside scoop.  I mentioned...
Contactually Announcement: A New Partnership with First.io

Contactually Announcement: A New Partnership with First.io

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our partnership with First.io, a great step forward for Contactually as a whole in intelligence and real estate agent productivity. This partnership will generate a new Contactually product, powered by First, that will give real estate agents unseen, proactive knowledge about their network and will automatically provide recommendations to users when a contact is likely to list their home in the next six months. A brand new way to use Contactually The new partnership with First – a platform that uses Artificial Intelligence to pinpoint when homeowners are most likely to move – will help real estate agents better respond to and manage clients needs. “Our platform allows users to stay top-of-mind with their entire networks, resulting in more leads and referrals,” says Contactually co-Founder and CEO Zvi Band. “Agents want to ensure they are always building relationships with the right people, so being able to predict who is more likely to move is something we’ve always wanted to offer. With our powerful yet easy to use platform, users can automatically begin communicating with these contacts as soon as their moving intentions are predicted, keeping them many steps ahead of their competitors.” This is the first of many initiatives involving artificial intelligence and machine learning that will further add value to our customers moving forward in 2017 and beyond. This new product we’re rolling out with First will regularly assess a real estate agent’s contacts in Contactually using a market-leading AI and machine learning platform, and then predict when a client is most likely to move. The business or agent will be automatically...
Contactually Named in Swanepoel Power 200

Contactually Named in Swanepoel Power 200

Every year, Stefen Swanepoel’s firm names the top 200 leaders, movers, shakers, and all around trendsetters in the real estate industry. Past honorees have included leaders from realtors.com, Zillow, Realogy and HomeServices of America. Swanepoel notes that countless debates, research and discussion goes into the final list of 200 and those that are chosen are picked because of what they’ve contributed to the real estate industry. “We aim to hold a mirror up to the industry, reflecting residential real estate back to itself by noting who wields the most power and influence (and in what order), whether by position, personal power, employee count, reputation and trajectory.”  Beyond the Power 200 This year, in addition to their annual Power 200 list, Swanepoel created a few new supplemental lists alongside the Power 200 of folks that shouldn’t be left out or forgotten. These four lists are the 20 Under 40, the Trendsetters, the Social Influencers, and the Outside Powers. If you check out the Trendsetters list, you’ll find our very own CEO and Co-Founder Zvi Band right there at the top. What it means to be a trendsetter Swanepoel’s criteria for the trendsetters they named on the list were “innovators, dealmakers, and movers-and-shakers who made a noteworthy impact over the last year.” Zvi is in good company here and you’ll find everyone from Conor McCluskey, the Founder and CEO of BombBomb, to Amber Taufen, the Editor-in-Chief at Inman, and Chris Drayer, the founder of Revaluate on the list. All of these folks have found innovative ways to implement technology into the lives of real estate agents to make their day-to-day more productive, the lead...
Founder’s Day 2016: Celebrating 5 Years as Contactually

Founder’s Day 2016: Celebrating 5 Years as Contactually

Since our company’s inception in October of 2011, we’ve found different ways to celebrate Founder’s Day and this year, of course, was no exception. This was my first Founders Day and I had big expectations to live up to. This year, we turned five. This is a very special milestone for startups, cause if you’ve made it this far, you’re probably doing something right.  Founder’s Day 2015 included a highly contentious scavenger hunt that had the entire company running around DC…. We went in a slightly different direction this year to great success – if I do say so myself – and after several months of planning, we arrived at a near perfect day to celebrate Contactually and everything we do, represent, and love. Leading up to the big day, I met with the Founders a few times in the planning process to see what had been done for prior Founder’s Day and collect feedback on what they’d like to see this year. For the most part, they let me run wild with my ideas (for which I am very appreciative). As I ran wild with my ideas, I also kept them a secret from most of the company and it wasn’t until we got to our first destination on the morning of, they had no idea what was in store for the whole day.  Read on for the FULL story of our Founder’s Day… Okay, so after a delicious breakfast of biscuits and a brief presentation in the office from Zvi and some of our longstanding employees, we all piled on to a bus and headed east….to Annapolis, Maryland. Like...