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Early adapter

I am an early adapter. I am not sure why but I embrace change. Maybe it is because I am an immigrant so I have already embraced change big time. While others moan about change I get on with adjusting and seeing how to sue this new thing. Social media, I have accounts on every channel. I may delete them later when I don't feel it works for me, but I will give it a try. 

So Active Rain wants to know for February what we tools we love, just 2 of them and why for a contest titles Tools and Systems.


Hootsuite logo  Hootsuite

Firstly as I mentioned social media, posting to all those different sites can be sort of frustrating. I know each has its own feel and you need to adjust, but honestly, I see the same posts by very successful people on multiple channels. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. It takes an inordinate amount of time to post different messages with the same link to multiple sites. Enter Hootsuite, you can set up different social media channels and post to them with different messages or the same message. There is a free service which limits the number of channels you use and of course a Premium Service as well. You can set it up on your address bar on a lap top, within programs and as an app as well. I love this as it allows me to not only post to multiple pages and sites at the same time but it will also shorten the url as well. Like any tool I don't think I am using this to its fullest but it does allow me to get my message out there quickly on multiple channels when I see something worth sharing with those who follow me on those different channels.





Everyone tells you to do more with video and I have embraced video, I enjoy making videos it caters to my creative side and satisfies something within me. And I love my Sony Handycam HDR-CX380. But I understand it can be so intimidating. What shots, do I need a camera, what camera. Well you have a camera right in your hand your phone. And sometimes you don't have your camera with you. Iveo is a great video site that uses that phone to make and stitch your shots together to create a video. They are Dutch and to be honest, full disclosure here, we have been testing it for them over here in the States. It is used by Dutch Real Estate Agents to attach video to their listings. You can download it from the Google Playstore for Androids or the Apple Store for iPhones. Each project has a story board with different options, you have to watch you don't add too many shots, but you shoot your different shots per the storyboard prompts and they combine everything into a video with your logo or without so you can then download a completed video with music and upload to Youtube orVimeo or where ever you want to use it. Your logo is uploaded to their site ahead of time when you set up your account. They also have different plans. This is similar in a way to the Zillow video app, but it has all different shots on the story board prompting you to shoot in an order. You can then move them around. You can also select what type of video you want a neighborhood tour, a listing, etc.

Here is an Iveo video of one of our listings last year we uploaded to YouTube


So these are the two tools I love right now. But to be honest I am always trying out new stuff. 

As for systems well that would be a whole other post. Have a great week.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • February 13 2017 02:59PM


Happy Monday Nick & Trudy Vandekar, Interesting as always from both of you.  I have the face for a radio and not  video.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 2 years ago

Thanks for this information on these two tools. bookmarked for later reference.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 2 years ago

Thanks for the reviews.  I'll be checking out HootSuite for sure. 

Posted by Mick Michaud, Your Texas Lifestyle is Here! (Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107) over 2 years ago

Nick and Trudy,

I have enjoyed reading your post on for the challenge.  It is interesting how every member has differing tools that work for them.  I am learning as I read, and love early adapters.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 2 years ago

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( over 2 years ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar - Hootsuite is something I learned about from a tech class I took previously. I was excited to learn how to use it but got too busy and never tried. Thanks for the inspiration! I'll need to give it a try! 

Thank you so much!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 2 years ago

Good morning Nick. You may be right about why you embrace change but for me it is tougher.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Good morning Nick and Trudy.  I am intrigued by the iveo app and will take a good look at it soon.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago

Hi Nick... I wish I could get into video. Even as a child hated cameras and as an adult still debate whether I hate being behind one more than in front of one. One of these days.... but I'll definitely look into the iveo app.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 2 years ago

This is a great post sharing your tips with tools to assist us with our daily business.  I should check into Hootsuite again.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 2 years ago

Will Hamm you would look fine on television

Rebecca Gaujot thanks for stopping by, lots of tools we all use.

Mark Michaud I use it every day

Ron and Alexandra Seigel the problem with early adaptersis we sometimes get caught out by the flash syndrome and forget to see if it is really worth our time.

Marti Garaughty thank you for the feature.

Patricia Feager well worth taking the time to set it up and use it.

Sheila Anderson it is not always easy, sometimes you just have to do it.

Gabe Saunders I like the story board feature you can pick and choose what you want to include.

Niona Hollander I have become more relaxed with both,but it just takes practice.

Joan Cox well worth getting used to it, saves a ton of time. you can also read within it as well.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

Talk to Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Nick & Trudy Vandekar (610) 225-7400 servicing Devon, PA.

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) over 2 years ago

Will Nesbitt thanks for stopping by today.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

Nick and Trudy hello.

Thank you for sharing this information.

Posted by Shahar Hillel, Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer. (Augusta Financial Inc.) over 2 years ago

I have not heard of Iveo and when I clicked on the video it said it wasn't available. I would love to check into it more.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Good Morning Nick and Trudy -  I have Hootsuite as well.  It is a good think to keep you from remembering every time you need to post.  And yes, I also do videos and need to do more.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

Shahar Hillel hope you are well thanks for stopping by.

Debbie Reynolds the video is a Youtube video seems to be working OK for me, sorry. Look for IVEO on applestore or Google playstore

Grant Schneider we all need to do more videos, they do get easier the more you do.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

Debbie Reynolds I reposted it using source code rather than the url code. Think it will work now.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 2 years ago

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