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3 New Widgets That Add Enormous Value To Your Site

I'm really excited to announce 3 new widgets that launched this past week.  Each of them offers great value to you and to your visitors.  Let me show you each of them so you can decide if they are something you would be able to use on your sites and blogs, or that your clients might like to see. I'll be installing the contact form generator as soon as this post goes public, it's one of my favorites.  Why?  Because it has the potential of capturing contacts that can be converted to clients at a later time.  Plus, they're all FREE.

Since I mentioned it first, here is the "contact form widget" which has great potential of helping you capture contacts.  The reason this one is one of my favorites is because I strongly believe that you're wasting your time on the web if you don't have a capturing tool in place on your website or blogs.  You may be able to cultivate eyeballs to your sites with great content, even be #1 on Google, but if you're not able or at least attempting to capture contacts, then it just doesn't seem to add up in my opinion.

You can customize these widgets to look and say whatever you want.

Got Questions? I'm Right Here.
Buying and selling Real Estate brings with it many questions and concerns. Many of which are very personal and private. Let me help you..
My Door Is Always Open
Call: 707 646-1876
My San Francisco Real Estate Listings on Zillow

This second widget is the "rental map widget" and it's very consumer friendly. It's perfect for those relocating to your area who might need to rent before they make the decision where they want to own?  Look at all the rental properties that are now available all across the country, imagine being the connection between consumers needing to rent and helping them make the best choices where to eventually own?  I see huge potential in providing this type of value to your clients and readers.

Do You Need To Rent Before You Own?

The third widget is the "agent reputation widget" that every agent should have on their sidebar, blog, website, social profiles etc.  It's the next best thing to a word of mouth referral.  We all know how uncomfortable and inconvenient it is to try and sell ourselves and our services all the time, so letting others help in this area is more than just a convenience.  Client testimonials and reviews are a primary tool for driving more traffic, contacts to your site, and business to your bottom line.  For example: On Zillow, 1 Review = 75% more contacts than agents with 0 reviews, and 5+ Reviews = 150% more contacts than agents with 0 reviews.

All these widgets are brand new and FREE. Each of them comes with the ability to be customized, re-sized, color coded and branded to your liking, but the most valuable piece is the co-branding.  Every time someone visits your Blog or site and uses the widget, if they end up going to Zillow's site from your widget, you will appear at the top of every page no matter what page they're looking at.  This is a great opportunity to stay in front of your target audience and potential clients even when they're not on your site.


(your photo, company, contact info, phone number, and links will appear on Zillow like sample above)

Like these widgets? Then you'll love these others as well. Take a peek at ALL the Real Estate Widgets.

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 78 commentsBrad Andersohn • February 28 2011 09:14AM

Comments

Hey Brad, thanks for the widgets, back from the Oscar Parties?, I will have to book mark this and figure out how to put it on my Website & on AR. Thanks and have a great evening.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 10 years ago

Good stuff. Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666) almost 10 years ago

Endre - it's pretty simple to customize and add these to any site, if you need any help just let me know... 

Thanks Doug.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Now that is very interesting I like the new widgets

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) almost 10 years ago

Leave it to you Brad, to come up with even more, excellent ways, ideas and widgets for us to use in promoting ourselves wherever we can.  This is going to open everything up for me even more than what I already have.  Thank you.  

Posted by Karen L. Pietsch, Cary Property Pros. Cary Property Pros Premier Real Estate (Cary Property Pros - 4 Sale Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Thx Brad. On my website I have the contact forms (and soon they will be on every page - in March I think) but I'm excited to be able to add to FB.  Thx.  I'm bookmarking so it will be on my "to do" list on here.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for this wonderful addition for our sites. Now to figure out the best place to use them.

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 10 years ago

I am trying it out right now.  Hope I can successfully get it up and running.  Thank you.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hey Brad - I just installed this and it was super easy and FAST.  This post needs to be featured.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 10 years ago

Karen - thanks. Even better, these are widgets that can make you $$$  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

 

Brad ...These look like some great widgets ...Thank You

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country (www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com) almost 10 years ago

Oh boy!  I can't wait to check these out these widgets.  Thanks Brad!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) almost 10 years ago

Brad, I am all about widgets, thanks Zillow for them. Also congratulations on joiningforces with William Raveis Real Estate here in the Northeast, a compliment of synergy for both.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

These are great additions to anyone's blog.  This gives buyers or sellers a way to respond directly to us for more info.

Posted by Barbara Michaluk, Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR (Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434) almost 10 years ago

Thanks, Brad, these look great. I get lots of calls about rentals so that might be one to also include.

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Definitely need to bookmark this Brad. Thanks for sharing these - always good to be able to update the toolkit!

Posted by Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona (RE/MAX Sedona) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad, for sharing.  I just added the testimonial widget. Very cool!  Let me say, as someone who uses a couple lead generators, ZILLOW beats 'em all, hands down!

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) almost 10 years ago

Really cool stuff that I think will help me get business.  Thanks Brad

Posted by Janet McCarthy, Broker Associate (San Diego Homes Guide ) almost 10 years ago

Brad, with my site being widget based this is perfect.  It is in the burgeoning stages but I'm with you, without "at least attempting to capture contacts, then it just doesn't seem to add up".

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) almost 10 years ago

More than a little interesting, Brad. Time to goose up the Zillow profile and get recommendations.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the new widgets, Brad! They will look great on my website and blog!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad, 

They definitely are good.  I will have to set some up and get going on them.  Thanks for letting us know. 

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Brad, you rock!  Ever since one of your webinars, I regularly use your widgets, and noticed some new ones the other day when I drafted a post on rentals....thanks so much for all you do to help us!!!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad going to add these right away  They are great!  More and more people are contacting me for Rentals. 

Posted by Shannon Thomas, Managing Broker, E-Pro, ABR,SRS, SFR (Selling Indy Metro, LLC) almost 10 years ago

I'm sad to say I still don't know how to put a widget on anything!

Posted by Christine Pappas - REALTOR®, eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad, looks like some great widgets, especially the contact widget.  Big question.  Does Zillow get these contacts as well if they're filled out?  Sorry to question free stuff, but most free stuff has a catch :)

Posted by Roger Johnson, Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate (Hickory Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

As usual, you are a wealth of great information!  Thank you for sharing your latest information!  I plan to look into all of the new widgets!  And the rent-before-you-own trend continues to grow in my area, so this will be very useful!

Posted by Kevin Teeters, Hickory NC Realtors (Kevin Teeters Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Hi Christine - I was just teaching a webinar on that very thing, I have another one coming up on Friday if you'd like to join us?  How To Install Widgets and Gadgets, otherwise you can just give me a ring and I'll walk you through it over the phone.  707.646.1876  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hey Roger - great question.  The answer is no.  The contact and email information goes directly to you.  Try it out, I added the widget in this post and on my AR sidebar.  If you enter your name and email, it will come directly to (me) which is the email address I entered as my contact info when I set it up.

I'm proud and happy to be able to say that "there is no catch"  We're always trying to connect willing and able agents to the consumers that are needing help with Real Estate and visiting our site. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Sounds great!  Bookmarked for later in the week when I actually have time to update my site.  Question #2, can you have multiple contact forms setup differently on your site?  For example, one for a buyer and a different one for a seller?  Thanks.

Posted by Roger Johnson, Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate (Hickory Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Greg,

Worth checking out and implementing, thanks for the update!

Posted by Don Hintz (2D-enterprises / HAUS Design, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Now you've done it once again Brad, you've made me have to go make updates to all my sites.  You know I say this in jest as I do appreciate all that you bring to the table…

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) almost 10 years ago

Always look forward to your posts, Brad... more good stuff, thanks!

Posted by Virginia Gardner, Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia (Roy Wheeler Realty Co.) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad - I will look forward to using these new widgets as soon as Zillow becomes available in the Great White North!!! ;)

Posted by FN LN almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad, I've just started getting into widgets so this is such perfect timing for me. Thank you!

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) almost 10 years ago

Brad, great recommendations.  I am giong to have to put these to work right away.

Posted by Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On (Colorado Landmark, Realtors) almost 10 years ago

WOW Brad, these are GREAT!! Thank you for the info and they are FREE!!!!!!

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) almost 10 years ago

Brad, these look like good widgets to add to my website.  I'll bookmark this so I can add the widgets some time this week.

Posted by Trang Beuschlein, Campbell CA Real Estate - Campbell CA Homes for Sa (Homes for Sale in Campbell CA- Broker-BKR Realty) almost 10 years ago

I really like the contact form widget. Zillow keeps leading the way with new 'hooks' for real estate.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

this is really good info. I am always looking for something new to add to my site...great info here...thanks.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

A Canadian version for Zillow would be a great start....;o), we can talk about widgets later.....

Thanks Brad

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) almost 10 years ago

I see what my "free time" project is going to be this week.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

So cool.  Thanks for sharing these cool widgets with us on AR!

Cheers from Lake Tahoe,

~Grace Yee

Posted by Brandon & Grace Yee, Lake Tahoe Real Estate (Chase International) almost 10 years ago
I have always looked at Zillow as my competition please explain to me why working with Zillow is a benefit to an agent. Also is there any connection using these widgets with Zillow. Sorry to sound sp pessimistic it is just that I find people quoting zillow prices to me and the method you use for comps has no personal touch and is just a numbers game. I am open and not closed minded so I would love to hear from you on these subjects. Thanks
Posted by Robert Schmalz, Cal. Lic Broker (West Los Angeles Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Look great Brad. I will have to check it out. Book marked for now =}

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Ohhh, some new toys with which to play, Brad. Thanks for the alert!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 10 years ago

Good Morning Brad

Thanks for the post and new widgets. Adding this to my favorites. Have a great day.

Posted by Patrick White, Driven to bring New Yorkers home (Home Driven Realty, Inc) almost 10 years ago

Brad, thank you so much for great widgets! Where do you get all these incredible ideas? I'm makeing it my daily ritual to visit your site - you always have amazing suggestions. Have a fabulous day!

Posted by Elizabeth Byrne, Arlington Virginia Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad, the Contact Form widget looks like a winner. Thanks for the info.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 10 years ago

Brad, there is no doubt that Zillow is a widely used tool and offers outstanding service to traditional agents.

However, specializing in real estate auctions, I've been searching for a viable use with my particular industry niche.  Could you offer any suggestions on how Zillow can be used to gain more market share via real estate auctions?  Or direct me to the proper place to find this info?

Posted by Justin Ochs, Real Estate Auctioneer (Diamond Ochs Enterprises) almost 10 years ago

I checked out the rental map widget, I think it could be a great addition to my site however the topographical map in the background makes it nearly impossible to tell where the homes are actually located. I would suggest making a change to a street map view so people can see where these rentals are. Great idea though, I hope you improve it to make it more useful.

Posted by Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes (RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist) almost 10 years ago

Thank you for sharing this.  I will definitely use them.

Posted by Christine Thierry, CRMS (Allegiance Mortgage Services) almost 10 years ago

It's now part of my repertoire, thank you.

Posted by James Locklear, Social Media Training , Virtual Services, Search Engine Optimization Lattitude - SEOL (Online Marketing Advertising Consultant) almost 10 years ago

I'm with #45.

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Bob for the support but there seems to be a lot of agents that find there is a benefit with using Zillow. I would love to here how that works.

Posted by Robert Schmalz, Cal. Lic Broker (West Los Angeles Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Bob for the support but there seems to be a lot of agents that find there is a benefit with using Zillow. I would love to here how that works.

Posted by Robert Schmalz, Cal. Lic Broker (West Los Angeles Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the tip!  Nothing better than widgets and even better are FREE widgets!

Posted by Jeani Codrey, If you're not learning, you're not living! (The Learning Jeani) almost 10 years ago

Hey Brad - These are great widgets. One question - I want to incorporate one into my Outside Blog but the widget manager doesn't let us include things like this. Any bright ideas?

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (Dickson Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad

Very interesting. The second one is not of interest but the other two certainly are.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad! The new widgets look really cool and useful for our readers. Great to see you.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

Roger - you can have multiple contact widgets setup to target specific types of contacts.  Great idea, thanks!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hey Christine # 25, A gadget you cannot hold in hand is called a widget.

Posted by Deepak Chauhan, Irvine, CA ... the place to be (Versailles Property) almost 10 years ago

Jeff - let me know how the rentals widget works out for you in your area.

Kristin - glad you like the widgets and they're working for you.

Kat - that is really great to hear, thank you.

Kevin - it doesn't add up and never will without a connection being made right?

Marc (Peter and Linda too) - more than just a "hint" is already in place....  :-))

Robert - I appreciate, respect, and welcome your comment, I'll be calling you later today.  Thanks.

Justin - I'll give you a call as well so we can brainstorm on that a little deeper.

Christa - thanks for that suggestion, I'll definitely pass it on to our dev team. Thanks.

Bob - I'd be happy to add you to the call list if you'd like?  Let me know.

Christianne - there is no HTML widget for the AR outside blogs, but we can experiment with a couple ideas??

Thanks to everyone for checking these out, and for commenting.  I'll be back shortly....

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad, the customized widgets are exactly what I'm looking for! 

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MY CONCERN IS, when people fill out the contact form, is their information SOLELY going to ME or is it going to me and a Zillow database of some sort? 

I had a friend of mine fill out a custom widget on a website I had (shall be nameless, I deleted my account only 2 weeks after having it) and someone else contacted her.  To say I was annoyed would be an understatement!  I was livid.

ETA:  Sorry I see you already answered this question.  Sounds like a win-win!!  I'll be setting up ASAP!

Posted by Andi Grant, Helping 1st time buyers and home sellers in LA! (310-508-4354 | FirstTimeHomeBuyerRealEstate.com) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad!

That contact widget looks just like the ticket I'm looking for.  Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad,

This is great information.  I like the "contact me" widget.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) almost 10 years ago

Brad, these widgets look great! I'll look into implementing them on my site. Thanks :)

Posted by Lydia Lucas (Prudential CT Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad. I had a concern about privacy issues but you've already answered the question I was going to ask. 

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the fab post. I love widgets. I always think "Oh, this is the coolest one yet!"...but over and again, widget after widget, it keeps getting better and better. Now, if I could just figure out how to make them work. lol

Posted by Lindsay Pendleton, Marketing Agent - Property Management in Baton Rou (Relocating To Baton Rouge & Surrounding Areas) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the info. I am amazed on all the cool stuff that is out there for our websites. Technology has come so far in such a short period of time. The only problem is TIME- making the time to find all the cool "toys" and then figuring out which tools are right for you. 

Posted by Tommy Taylor, CNE- Texas Hill Country Realtor (Taylor Properties & TexasForSale.net) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Let's experiment then! I really want to add my Meebo chat widget to my outside blog and add a few other widgets but we don't have the capability right now. If anyone can figure out how to do it, I know you can :) I just finished giving my blog a facelift but of course some of the enhancements don't transfer to the outside blog...

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (Dickson Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thanks everyone, I just started getting a ton of email comment notifications from AR, now I'm slammed!!  lol~ 

Lindsay - if you need help, just let me know.

Tommy - you nailed it right on the button!!!!!  Remember that it's the tools that are right for the client too...   :-)

Christianne - The only option is to try and place the code into a text or one of the other widget boxes for outside blogs.  Until they add that HTML widget box, the AR outside blogs will be limited with these types of tools and options.  If you go to ActiveBradsBlog.com, it's an AR outside blog and I was able to get some of the other HTML widgets to work using the text widget box.  Not the ones mentioned in this post though. Hope that helps. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad - Thanks for the follow up - I couldn't get the Meebo widget to work with the Text Widget option. I know you are now with the Big Z but do you have any inside scoop on when that HTML widget box may become a reality??

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (Dickson Realty) almost 10 years ago

You'll have to check with Kerrie or Bob on that one...  

BTW - it took me longer to type the spam word then it did this comment!  lol~
What the heck is a grumixameira, I'm off to google to find out now..... haha~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thanks, Brad. Added the contact widget to my outside blog.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad, Booked marked this one. A great lead generation tools. Free is always good.

 

Posted by Kathy Dyer, Roseville Listing, Buyer & Relocation Specialist almost 10 years ago

Brad, I tried using the contact widget.  It works for my active rain blog, using the blog settings are to install the widget.  However, it doesn't show up in the outside blog.  And usinging the widget iframe in the outside blog doesn't seem to work.  Any suggestions?

Posted by Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On (Colorado Landmark, Realtors) over 9 years ago

Hi Vickie - the widgets don't work on AR outside blogs, they haven't added the HTML widget that we were told would be added 1 1/2 years ago, hopefully with the new techs that have come on board for AR, they'll get that added soon.  They do work well however on the Wordpress and Blogger outside blogs, just not on AR's.  Sorry.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

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