August 2012 Blog Posts (11)

TourBuzz Service Update: Improved Image Quality

Improved Image Quality

Thanks to your feedback, we've identified a few areas where we were able to improve the image quality in TourBuzz!

The following images have have been significantly upgraded in terms quality, particularly for line art (logos).

  • Customer logo, photo, and loading image
  • The logo on your account
  • Panorama thumbnails

IMPORTANT NOTE: we were unable to improve the quality of existing images. To take…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on August 29, 2012 at 9:58am — 3 Comments

Client and Lead Management with Bento

For the past few years we have been looking to streamline the way we manage our client information and to do so without breaking the bank. There are many services on the Internet that help with invoicing, CRM, scheduling, etc. The ones we have investigated always fell short in one area or another and seemed to be a large investment for a small company. We do all of our financials in Quickbooks which also processes credit cards and do our scheduling in Apple's calendar. It actually works quite… Continue

Added by TourBuzz Fellow on August 27, 2012 at 7:39pm — 8 Comments

The real estate syndication battle is heating up

Just an FYI. Syndication is a mess. Brokers want control of the data and the major search sites want the best data they can get. Brokers are frustrated that Zillow and Trulia have made millions from Agents on the backs of the data Agents actually create. It will be an interesting battle.

We suggest you find out what your local MLS is doing For Syndication.  Please report back in the comments section



See article below

Listing syndicator ListHub has instituted…

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Added by Paul Rodman on August 27, 2012 at 11:01am — 3 Comments

Let's get to know each other...

One of the thing's I mentioned was trying to drive more discussion in the community, and hopefully more sharing.  So I want to start my series of posts out with asking you a question:

Other than photography, what other services or products do you or your company offer?

For instance, do you provide night shots, elevated shots, aerial photography, 360 panoramas, graphic design, brochure design, property web sites, floor plans,…

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Added by TourBuzz Fellow on August 20, 2012 at 4:39pm — 2 Comments

TourBuzz Service Update: Hotspot Icon Selections are now persistent!

For those of you that prefer to use a non-default icon for your Floorplans, we've got a special treat for you today!

Persistent Hotspot Icon Selection

TourBuzz will now remember the last hotspot icon you used for each media type. This is done via a browser cookie, so the persistence is per-browser, but that shouldn't be a big problem. We were hesitant to push this to the database as we weren't sure whether it should be a user setting or an account setting.…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on August 17, 2012 at 10:27am — 2 Comments

FREE WEBINAR TONIGHT: CREATING SPHERES WITH HDR.

FREE WEBINAR TONIGHT - A shared experience webinar - 5PM PT. Create spheres for your Tours w/ Lightroom & PTGUI. 10 spots left in the webinar - Email us - I will send you an invitation.  Spheres are a great way of adding value for clients.  A one image tour of a sphere w/ hotspots & links is really great to sell for your commercial clients as well.  This is not a sales pitch, just an FYI webinar of friends who have similar issues.

Added by Brad and Suzanne Feinberg on August 15, 2012 at 5:31pm — No Comments

A New Chapter

Hello,

I am honored to take over the position of the Tourbuzz Fellow and to share my experience in operating and growing my business over the past few years.  We've been involved with Tourbuzz for over two years and have found the community forums a great way to share information and knowledge.

A little about me: A proud Penn State grad (yes, there are still a few of us...), I joined the Federal Government right out of college and worked in the Defense Department for 17 years,…

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Added by TourBuzz Fellow on August 15, 2012 at 8:08am — 3 Comments

Magic Lantern: Professional Hacker Software for Canon DSLRs

As one of the geeky programmer types at TourBuzz, I've always wanted to be able to tweak the built-in software on my Canon T3i DSLR. There are so many things the camera almost does well, but end up being really clunky or impossible due to limited firmware.



The open-source community has created an amazing project called Magic Lantern that drastically extends the capabilities of Canon DSLR's with customized firmware. The…

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Added by Alan Pinstein on August 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

TourBuzz Service Update: Improved Flyer Template

Improved Flyer Template

We've updated our flyer template to make it print on one page more reliably and to be more attractive in general.

              NEW FLYER                                                OLD FLYER…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on August 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

TourBuzz Service Update: Improved Email Deliverability and Tracking

We're switching all of our email delivery to a third-party service that specializes in email delivery. This change will deliver (sorry, couldn't resist!) several improvements to the emails sent from the TourBuzz system to your customers:

  1. Improved Deliverability - Our new email provider much better agreements and tools than we do and will help us increase the timeliness and deliverability of emails sent to your customers.
  2. Delivery…
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Added by TourBuzz Support on August 7, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

TourBuzz Service Update: Invoicing Support and lots of automated MLS integrations!

Invoicing Support

We've been talking to many of you about your process for invoicing/billing. We are dedicated to helping you build automated systems to make your business more efficient from order creation through delivery and payment handling. Today's release is a first step in that process.

The biggest problem everyone was facing is figuring out if all tours produced had been billed out to clients. Today's release allows you to see a report of all…

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Added by TourBuzz Support on August 1, 2012 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

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