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Introducing Contactually’s newest way to connect with your relationships — sending cards

Introducing Contactually’s newest way to connect with your relationships — sending cards

Digital communication…breakdown In the digital world, communication is key. Texts, emails, and phone calls are accessible from anywhere in the world. There’s really no excuse to overlook an opportunity to connect with your prospects, clients, and leads. Having all those open channels of communication can come with a risk, and they often devalue the message you’re sending. When you’re competing with a barrage of digital communications from friends, family, and advertisers it’s difficult to break through the noise. Stand out from the average agent So what’s the secret to making your message stand out? Keep it simple. Not only the content, but the way you send it. Contactually is proud to introduce the ability to send handwritten cards directly to your network. Tear down the digital barrier and show your prospects, leads, and clients how valued they are by sending a handwritten card. The personal approach guaranteed to win you more business Sending handwritten cards takes extra time and effort, but the investment is guaranteed to generate you more real estate leads. With Contactually’s send cards feature you’ll have the best of both worlds: take the time out of sending handwritten cards and maintain your powerful, heartfelt message. I love sending handwritten cards, especially around the holidays. It lets my clients know that I truly care, instead of the typical newsletter they’re used to. – Mary A. SC, Realtor Sending handwritten cards When your clients or leads have notable dates coming up, share a special message with just a few simple clicks. Whether a birthday, anniversary, ‘thank you’ or anything in between, choose from a variety of designs to match the tone of the occasion. Tips for sending cards When...
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...
Social Media Automation and You

Social Media Automation and You

Social media is the largest growing sector for company marketing and customer support. The internet has enabled instant responses and up-to-date advertising campaigns. However, as any person that has run social media professionally knows, whether it be for their company or your own professional profile, the instantaneousness of this new era has brought about a daunting task for social media operators: constant management of these accounts. Although many of these tasks require personal touches and specific care and attention, some are very menial. Growing your community, timing of posts, as well as analytics can all be now done easily through online software programs. Known as “bots” or automation tools, these programs can help target potential new online community members, schedule posts, and show metrics that aid in the overall social media campaign. Bots can be highly effective, especially when nearly 30% of users assume that messages they receive or actions done by bots as those done by a ‘real’ user. Think of the automated message you sometimes receive on Twitter when you follow someone new. This is a great and often misused tool by many tweeters out there. We’ve all been on the receiving end of a poorly executed automated response and it can often leave a bad taste in our mouths when it comes to the idea of utilizing some of the automation tools ourselves. But, before you go running and screaming in the other direction in fear of losing your personalized touch on social media, we’ve got a few recommendations for tools to try out, integrate into your social media strategy, and maybe even learn to love! 8 Tools for...
Introducing Contactually Slack & Facebook Messenger Integrations: from Contactually Labs

Introducing Contactually Slack & Facebook Messenger Integrations: from Contactually Labs

The world of chat Our business, like yours, is built on relationships. The trust and rapport you build up with clients over the long-term help build your real estate business. And similar to personal relationships — whether you’ve realized it or not – you’ve come to trust the technology that surrounds you. How often do you speak with Siri? A simple voice command and you have your answers within seconds. Or what about driving directions? Simply input location and you’re guided by voice, turn-by-turn. The shift towards friendlier, more personable tech is empowering agents and brokers alike to create even more growth in their business. New integrations and chatbots have been helping agents and brokerages become more productive overall. With the ability to quickly log and automate activity, agents are feeling less of the burden of administrative work lingering over their heads and cluttering up their days. “I’m typically on the go in my daily routine, so I try to do as much as I can to make the most out of my time. I usually use Google or Alexa voice commands to make sure I schedule appointments in the moment, or else I may forget.” – Brandon Doyle, RE/MAX Results Although some new technology is novel and exciting, at the end of the day, it may not solve any problems for you. If anything, it’s just another thing you’ve got cluttering up your phone, computer, or brain! There have been no shortage of attempts to revolutionize the industry — some like Tay, which has its own flaws and bugs to work through. In such a growing space that...
Top 7 Networking Gurus to Follow on Twitter

Top 7 Networking Gurus to Follow on Twitter

To be successful in the professional world today, you need help from others. Networking, as well as education and prior job experience, is one of the most impactful things that will improve your career. According to a survey conducted by Forbes in 2010, over 40% of new jobs derive from networking compared to only 25% coming from job boards. Networking, also known as relationship building, is what Contactually’s mission is centered on: To help relationship-focused professionals expand opportunities through authentic and timely engagement. Software alone cannot make you into a great networker, so below we have compiled the top networking influencers. These individuals are experts in networking and career guidance, so follow and keep up with their work so that you become a first rate networker! Learn how to network with these influencers: It turns out, you don’t have to go to those dreaded meet-ups or cocktail hours anymore to get your networking done. Although they’re not always a bad idea, sometimes they’re painful…especially for those folks who might be shy or don’t have the time to dedicate to lengthy events and small talk. Now, we’ve got the ability to ‘meet’, chat with and network with people and influencers all over the world, without leaving your home or office. But one thing doesn’t change, who you network with does in fact matter, and our list can help point you in the right direction of who you should be focusing on as you look to expand your networking chops. This list includes experts in different fields, speakers, writers, and all around networking pros. Where do you start? Go ahead and...
Three Ways to Boost Your Productivity at Work

Three Ways to Boost Your Productivity at Work

Struggling with productivity at work? Is the soothing lull of procrastination too tempting to resist? You’ve probably tried and tested hundreds of productivity tips, from the Pomodoro method, to taking ten-minute naps, and while these might work well for the first week or so, you find yourself slipping back into bad old habits. Here’s three methods you may not have thought of, that you can add to your arsenal to boost your productivity at work. How to Boost Productivity: 1. Have Courage Do you go home at the end of the day with a lingering sense of frustration that you did nothing at all? Even though your whole day consisted of thousands of small tasks, ranging from answering emails, writing a few sentences on a report, and attending meetings, you still leave work with the feeling that more needs to be done. The problem is you lack courage.  If we perceive that the cost of failure is too high – we buffer this potential failure by committing to multiple smaller tasks. This ensures failure before we’ve begun because we don’t give enough attention to any single task enough in order for it to succeed. “By attempting to do too many things at once, we guarantee none will get the time and energy it needs to succeed. We must realize that committing to many things commits us to failure. Our very search for the sure thing actually sabotages our chances,” writes  Pearson in a recent Entrepreneur article.  Instead of scattering your attention across many different little projects, have the courage to focus on one project, even if the risk of failure...