If not, read on. Zillow offers a free service, among many others, called Postlets which gives Arlington VA real estate agents the ability to disseminate their listings to 13 real estate websites as well as social media sites. Agents only have to create their listings once, and the service automatically does the rest. Not too shabby.
Postlets is a listing syndication platform that was founded in 2005 and acquired by Zillow in April of 2011. A few months after the acquisition, Zillow made the Postlets Pro program, which consists of enhanced listing features, free for every one to use; prior to that, the program was only available to paid subscribers.
Some are lamenting the fact that as big as it has become, Zillow is no longer being creative from within and is instead simply buying things. Personally, I say more power to them. Easier and more efficient ways to advertise listings for free should be welcomed by every real estate professional – don’t quite understand that one, but I digress.
The process for getting started with Postelts is quick, easy, and consists of the following 5 steps:
- Set up an account – in addition to a username and password, all that’s needed is an email address.
- Create a listing – using on-site forms. Your listing can include photos as well.
- Place listings on classifieds sites – after creating your listings, Postlets generates an HTML code that you simply paste into the classified sites.
- Share listings on social media sites – only requires a couple of clicks.
- Postlets will syndicate listings to other sites the next day.
And that’s it. Postlets will handle all the syndication work for you, and will submit your listings to Backpage, ByOwnerMLS, Enormo, FrontDoor, Local.com, Lycos, Oodle, Overstock, Trulia, Vast, Yahoo! Real Estate, and Zillow. You can also share your listings on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn using tools provided by Postlets. Talk about exposure for your listings – free!
Some of the now free enhanced listing features include:
- Multi-page format – this allows you to showcase an entire website, not just a listing.
- Big photos – 700 x 525 pixel photos, they used to be half that size. You also get to upload 18 pictures, 3 times as many as before.
- Slideshow viewer – shows off all the property photos that you uploaded including thumbnail previews and artistic transitions, all while using the best-in-class flash slideshow.
- Themes – very stylish with a selection of 20 to choose from.
- Embedded maps – full size Google maps to go along with each of your listings.
- Neighborhood information – schools, nearby restaurants, stores, parks, and more are shown in detailed maps.
- Google Analytics – Google’s tracking software is integrated in your Postlets websites giving you the ability to track where your traffic is coming from.
There are more features, these are just the once that I think are best.
Postlets is an excellent service, and free to boot. Being able to reach such a high volume of prospects with just a few clicks of the mouse is priceless.
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