Loyal Reader – it’s been a while.

I need to get this dev blog written while I have a chance because more is coming – so let’s go while there’s a break in the waves. While there are some great features in today’s installment, the reality is over the past few weeks we’ve really been heavily focused on internal development – building out a new hosting environment, creating some testing and build automation, speed improvements(!!), and that sort of behind-the-scenes madness that I usually keep off of these pages.

But – that isn’t all we’ve been doing and some really nice updates slipped out as well – which I want to highlight for you here:

Easy stuff – Matterport, Vimeo, & 3D videos now work in all video options throughout your site – Squeeze, Blogs, Instafarms, etc. Ever-clever M2 (Melanie Magdelena) on our team has written up a help document on adding videos to a Squeeze (though it works similarly for other pages) if you need more info.

New Apps Layout – whew! Isn’t this a beauty? Let’s just gaze – apps are in tidy categories and clearly defined:

Plus, there is a text description for each app that changes on hover – if you’re unsure about what something does, you don’t have to open everything to figure it out.

And lastly, that footer – beautiful. The Help Center, Billing, This Blog (wow!) and a Need Help button that connects to Support chat. Mmm-hmm…

Speaking of beauty – we have a couple of app upgrades to show off as well:

Find Me is looking like the newer style of apps –

(Expert Tip: under Advanced you can toggle Schema data on/off, if you’re interested)

Also, Pixels got a massive visual upgrade:

No more guessing where to put a tracking code – we’ve tried to make the normal ones easy to find. And that footer…mmm-hmm. LeadSites is just blooming. I love watching the transition!!

Now, if you’ve read more than one of these, you know I like to save some good news for the end, like a reader thank-you, just for sticking with me, and today is no exception.

Perhaps like me, you’ve wanted to move quickly and set up a page, but you’ve just needed one thing. A picture. If it’s a household item, you may have learned some iPhone tricks so you could just take the picture yourself. But let’s say it’s 2 AM and you just have to have a photo of a tree, and it’s dark outside, plus, you live where there are no trees. You’re seeing the difficulty here, right?

Some of you just said, ‘What about Google?’ Well, let me tell you about Google. Using unlicensed photos can get you in a lot of trouble. We had a client who just a couple weeks ago received a demand letter from a firm representing a photographer. Fortunately, all our photos here at EasyAgentPRO are licensed so she was fine, but if she had just taken that off of the web…not so much.

Anyway, without me describing the 20 other problems people easily encounter in this space, you get that it’s a big problem. Well, it was. Now, you can pull stock, free-use photographs through a service called Pixabay right into your LeadSite.

Here’s how (using Squeeze as an example):

1. Click on a photo & select ‘Change Image’

2. Select ‘Upload Files’ in the top right – Click on the Green Button – Pixabay Images

3. Choose a good image for your purpose – there’s a search box here as well

4. Once you’ve selected a photo, click it & it will be pulled directly into your image gallery.

5. From there choose it, rename it, change the alt text or dimensions, then click ‘Choose Image’

6. Woo-hoo – stock image updated, click ‘Ok’ & keep rolling!

M2 strikes again with a help document for this if you need more info.

Now, as exciting as this batch of update are to me, we have a traffic jam right now of new templates, functionality, and improvements just waiting to jump on your site. So enjoy these improvements (they are all on your site already!) and keep looking for new features due any day.

Now – while this is a slightly different sort of update, I would like to direct you to our YouTube channel – need to know what Facebook Ads to run, what should be in your listing presentation, how to improve your rapport with leads, and how to manage follow-up effectively? Well…look no further – check out our most recent YouTube videos for lots of tips, tricks, and lead strategies!

Thanks for your feedback, comments, suggestions, and yes, even complaints. We take every bit of this seriously in our hunt for ways to constantly improve this product. We would love to hear what you think of these improvements – and if you find a specific issue on your site, please make sure to submit a ticket and Support will get it resolved quickly!!

12/7 – You’ve Got It

Breaking: EasyAgentPRO Improves the Product Again!

It is the season for gifts – so I guess we can’t be faulted for wanting to join in – and I know I sound like a broken record, but this dev blog task is the best part of my job these days – I love delivering improved features and performance in such tangible ways. I hope you’re enjoying the enhancements!

To be fair, I am currently equal parts excited about yesterday’s release and some features in dev right now. It’s like we’re riding in a rocket together and screaming ‘how high can this thing go?!?’ and it just. keeps. going.

Where to begin? I think I’m just going to start with cool and work toward supercalifragilisticexpifunctionalocious!!

App Search Feature

Just in case you’re overwhelmed by all the apps, or you’re working on a smaller screen, just start typing the name of the app you need in the box and watch the selections shrink:

LionDesk API Connection Improvement

Just a few days ago, I asked in Beat Zillow what CRM and content providers you would like to see us integrate with – I was surprised that many of the responses were actually for a better integration with LionDesk. When we initially built Paths, there was missing functionality on the LionDesk side of that connection. But no more – now you can choose additional variables to start automations on the LionDesk side:

Look for more connections with CRM’s and content providers coming soon!!

More Profile Fields

More and better EAP profile fields – yes, we know, having to ask Support to fix simple things is silly. That’s why under Apps –> Settings –> LeadSite Information you’ll find even more things you can change – logo, headshot, background image, etc. (More is coming on this – I’m. So. Stoked!)

Map View on IDX Search Results

Want to see a miracle? Well, okay, how about a map? Close, isn’t it? Now IDX search results have an optional map view – pretty sweet if you ask me:

New IDX Template

We’re all about the templates these days – we want to create easy-to-change options in different areas of your site. This release added another IDX single property listing template that you can choose – lookin’ good in the neighborhood:

This template is so beautiful, it brings a tear to my eye – check it out at Apps –> IDX –> Templates:

Oh, and this template has the printable PDF option as well. Mercy, two tears. Enjoy 🙂

New Help Center

Okay, I warned you we were going all the way to peak awesome in this release, right? Or did I say supercalifragilisticexpifunctionalocious?

Well, either way, here we are – the Education link on your site has been transformed to a help center that makes it easy to find help articles, open a ticket, sign up for daily Support Sessions, Office Hours, or locate specific videos. Look for us to improve the quality, amount, and organization of this content, but for now, just look upon the beauty:

I gotta get a hanky – I’m just so…moved. Next up – a ton of improvement in the actual help articles, so hang in there loyal readers, we’re just getting started!

And of Course – More Responsive, Speed, & User Experience Improvements

We’re continuously on the lookout for opportunities to improve overall functionality of LeadSites. This release had lots of little improvements and bug fixes that you may or may not notice, but little by little, these kinds of changes are tightening the user experience and expected behaviors throughout the site.

Specifically on the topic of site speed, we’ve talked here before about the weaknesses and challenges in all the speed measurement tools. We’ve addressed a number of speed concerns directly with massive infrastructure improvements, however, at this point, the measure I like best is my own satisfaction when surfing on a site – LeadSites load quickly and look good doing it – if you haven’t been on the ‘other side’ of your site in a while, I’d invite you to hop over to your URL and just cruise around a bit. Look at the beautiful site…mmm.

Whatever today finds you doing – all of us here at EasyAgentPRO wish you a fabulous Friday – stay safe, focused, and may all your real estate dreams come true!