2/13 Update – Faster, Better, Prettier

No, I’m not talking about myself. That would be rude. But our new update? I could go on for days.

As we’ve talked about in this space before, we’re increasing the pace of improvement and this update has several great examples. In general, we’ve been converting old apps to our new app structure and adding deeper features across LeadSites in general. So – let’s jump into this update!

Faster –

Squeeze Redirects – ever feel like these take a little longer than they should? Well, they are a lot faster now. Redirecting to a new page or to a download is speedier.

Listing Sitemaps – generating faster, displaying faster, hopefully causing less conditions where Google has issues with reading them.

IDX property pages – we’ve improved how we’re handling images on these pages and consequently upped the overall load speed. Fly my houses, fly!!

Better –

Squeeze Form Field Validation – all fields have validation now & validation is standardized. Look for this to continue improving the quality of your submitted lead data.

Better email deliverability for leads & notifications – we’ve implemented a service for emails from your site that should be much improved. Also, pro-tip – whitelist yourself so you always receive emails about leads & reviews.

#open Open House Leadlock now has a Path – you’ve been able to instantly turn any single property IDX page into an open house Leadlock just by adding #open for a while, but now you can direct these leads down a particular Path – click the Path’s icon at the bottom of the Open House IDX template selector.

And that pops up the Path’s dialog so you can choose where you want these leads to go:

Now – and here’s where we start getting into Prettier…Leadlock is great for adding a quick lead capture or open house form to any page. However, if you want to create a Squeeze page for an open house (or several) and then direct the leads from that Squeeze to a particular list or other system – well, that’s available now too!

Prettier –

Squeeze has a new category of templates – Open House

And how pretty is this?

Like single-property squeeze, this is completely editable, so not IDX-based – can be used for pre-listing, rentals, etc. You could create these for several open houses over a weekend, give each a different path so you could tag and track leads, etc. Lots of options with this. We will be adding new templates for these in coming updates.

Speaking of new templates, 2 popular Squeeze templates got refined and updated –

These aren’t huge changes, but some small CSS updates that the page feel more professional & designed – hover states on the buttons, radius’ on corners, etc.

Also their pop-ups were rewritten:

And speaking of templates – have you seen Bragwall lately? There are four, 4, (count’em) 4! templates you can easily switch between:

This is our ongoing direction for LeadSites – enable templates and then design and build them. We’ve simplified the code on our templates to make it easier and more standard to create them – Robert has always drawn our pages, but recently, he’s been designing, then coding the HTML and CSS. You’re going to see more and more of these in each app. How are these for pretty?

And…

And…

Mmm…choose the template that best fits your site, brand, personality. Try them on – go on, see which one fits you!!

Lots more goodness coming (homepages anyone?)(oops – I don’t think I was supposed to say that).

Thank you for your feedback – we listen, and dev/change/grow. It’s not always perfect, not as fast as we (and you) wish, but we are moving forward faster and faster. Thanks for reading and for being a part of this great community. We love what we do, and we hope it shows!

P.S. Did you set up your site to generate referral credits??

Security, Speed, & Performance Improvements

Today’s update to the LeadSite networked improve security, speed, and performance with over 15 individual bug fixes shipping.

The initial results from our IDX improvements for SEO/Google rankings, lead conversion, and traffic are looking great.

We’re shipping some awesome IDX improvements in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Mobile Updates, IDX Improvements & More

This weeks update included 15+ mobile encancements to make your LeadSite perform and convert better on mobile.

We’ve also enhanced the search page menu to include all sortable features:

 

Introducing, Forever Scroll & Infinity Similar Listings:

 

 

 

You can also edit the look of your menu and add a favicon now too:

 

More stuff coming soon!

More Improvements For LeadSites!

We’ve been hard at work and have a ton of new things that just launched today.

Here’s the run down –

3 new idx result card – 

Scrolling through your listings will look better than ever before! You can pick your favorite listing look inside of your IDX app.

 

Support helper text added to apps!

Favicon Support:

Easy Agent Pro LeadSites cutomers can now customize their favicon from the settings app:

Mobile, Speed, And Performance Improvements

  • Better mobile rules for similar listings
  • Basic search classic view better mobile rules
  • MLS areas search work on -alt ihf idx now
  • Liondesk api update
  • Better mobile rules for listing price
  • Better performance and mobile rules for smart menu
  • More google page speed
  • Contact me mobile fixes

More Speed!

Today, we shipped an update that reduces the pageload time of every LeadSite even more. We’ve been able to refactor a majority of our older apps to condense the size of every page.

This makes sure you keep seeing the features you like; while making your site even faster.

Brand New IDX Template & Clickable Searches From IDX

Today, we’ve launched our first of several new IDX templates. It looks like this:

You can enable it by going to APPS > IDX > And Selecting This Template.

We’ve also optimized our listings more for Google by auto linking all School districts and MLS areas to searches. This will increase the number of pages, listings, and urls google finds on your site. Thus, increasing the SEO rankings for all LeadSites.

 

There were also fixes and speed updates to several apps and pages included in todays update. Enjoy!

-Tyler

Similar Listings Now LIVE + Better Pinterest Sharing

We’ve got a major upgrade to share with you today!

That we know you’re going to love.

Oh, Google is going to like it a whole lot, too!

Our new Similiar Listings feature is now live on LeadSites!

And yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.

How It Works

Similar Listings will cross-link all of your listings to other listings like them.

This way, you can show multiple listings with comparable features right on the same page.

The biggest benefit of this is how it will impact your SEO and search engine rank-ability.

Now, when Google finds a listing it will automatically land on an additional 2-5 more listings.

This means you’ll start to show up in even more places and have that many more chances to be discovered by leads.

It creates a cross-linking effect automatically.

Plus, leads can now view and compare multiple listings at once!

You’ll also notice our IDX makes it easy to search other Zip Codes in various price points:

Pinterest

Pinterest is a great way to generate traffic and broaden your network.

And people love to pin content from credible websites!

We’ve updated the look and design of the Pinterest button and pinnable images.

This way, both you and those who share to Pinterest from your website will have a more flawless experience.

Plus, this should increase Pinterest conversions as well!

Because overall, they just look better and are likely to performer better as well.

That’s all for today!

Remember to refer back here to our dev blog to keep up with all the new updates that will continue to improve your LeadSite experience.

Talk with you again soon!

– Tyler

 

No more Facebook debugger?

Facebook has a streak of making life hard on marketers in 2017.

They removed the ability to customize link posts. They prioritize video. Now, they prioritize live video.

We saw agents really struggling with that first one though.

If you shared a blog post to Facebook, and then changed the featured image, it wouldn’t update!

Say goodbye to that! 🙂

After today, LeadSites auto update your images, titles, and descriptions for you!

Also included in this update:

  • UTM’s added to the contact page fields
  • Several other bug fixes

LeadSites Now Have UTM Tracking (PLUS: 2 New Squeeze Pages)

We’re super excited to announce this new feature. In addition to showing the every page a lead opted in on, LeadSites is now able to track Google’s UTM codes.

What’s that mean?

This means you can tell exactly what leads came from which social sharing source right from your Leads Dashboard.

It’s simple! Just build a link here, share it to Twitter, Facebook or via email…

And any leads you get will have all the data you included before sharing.

It looks like this:

We are rolling this out Monday, October 16!

This will allow you great tracking for all of your social media and marketing efforts.

Additionally, we have two new Squeeze pages hitting the network.

They look like this:

 

 

HTML Minification, Auto Image Optimization On Upload, Faster Time To Load, And Better Lead Capture On InstaFarm

Great shipments today on the LeadSite network.

We were able to rollout HTML Minifcation and automatic image optimization.

HTML Minification was one of the last few things we had to optimize for the Google page speed test. As you can see below, there is only one pesky category left. And we’ve already cut down the things showing up in this category!

 

We’ve also enabled automatic image optimization & you should start to see more of your old images not throw errors on Google speed tests.

 

We’ve also upgraded our InstaFarm lead capture. You used to have to click the submit button to submit a lead. Now, you can also hit enter! We’ll be making sure all of our forms do this in the future as it should increase lead capture rates.

Finally, because of the way we’ve restructured our css/js and optimized images, you should be seeing a faster time to page load. This is consistent with how sites like Facebook load now. You’ll see the framework show up first. Then, you’ll see the colors/design. Finally, you’ll see the images.

This should vastly improve speed across the network.