Category Archives: Mobile

Savvy Card Mobile App

This is one of the best tools and marketing services I’ve seen in quite some time. Seems that every day new apps, services and technology tools get introduced to our ever changing mobile world. Always something new for business professionals and consumers.

SavvyCard helps connect them both and does it in the mobile environment where 98% of humans faces are spending more than 35% of their day. It’s time to meet your clients and prospects where they are and where their eyes are and that is their mobile device.

savvycard for agents and brokers

SavvyCard® is a web-based system. No downloads required. It works across all Internet-enabled devices. lets you create and customize a branded mobile marketing app that is easy to deliver to any mobile device from any location.

Accessing and designing your custom SavvyCard is simple and very user friendly. Multiple cards can be created and distributed and best of all, it’s totally free.

Here’s an example of a “Pocket Real Estate Career Concierge” app I created for some agents/brokers who were looking for some career advice and support. Took 10 minutes.

The Pocket Real Estate Career Concierge

The app can be shared with a simple url link which can then be added to any Internet enabled mobile device. App end-users can call, text, email, contact, get information, share links, access social media, add affiliates, take notes, share with others plus much more.

One super-uber feature is that when someone shares the app with someone else, email notifications are sent to the app owner with who shared the app, and who the app was shared with? It’s like being a fly on a social share wall. Still here? Go Make Yours! 🙂

If you want to be savvy and tech enabled, create and customize your own savvycard, distribute it to everyone you know or meet, and then show others how and why they’d want to share your SavvyCard with others… if done properly… they will.

SavvyCard App Library
Business Card App
>> Pocket Real Estate Career App
>>> DebraLee Darling App

How To Screen Share Your Mobile Devices

Question: How do I get my iPhone, iPad, Android or Smartphone etc. to project or mirror on my computer screen so I can share it with others via live projection or during a webinar? Answer: It’s really super easy but not what you’ll find when searching the web!

There are quite a few different articles and how-to’s regarding apps, software’s and programs etc that can mirror your device on a computer or projection screen but none as easy as what I’m about to show you. Follow these few simple steps and you’ll be amazed.

Mobile Device Sharing

How to mirror and share your mobile device on a desktop or laptop computer.

1. Plug your device into the laptop/desktop computer using the provided USB cable
2. Launch your QuickTime Player (Download here if Needed for Windows or Apple)
3. Under the QuickTime “FILE” menu, select “New Movie Recording
4. Use the pulldown menu next to the record activation button, choose your device.

QuickTime Video Options5. Your device will now appear on the monitor or computer screen.

Now by simply using the device as you would normally, everything you do will be shared on your computer desktop or laptop screen. Now you can share your desktop screen and mobile devices on Webex events, GoToWebinar trainings, Google hangouts, and even in the real estate cloud-based campus at

You can use this process on any sites or platforms that allow screen sharing.

This is by far the easiest and most efficient and inexpensive (free) way I have encountered for sharing your device and the apps you use on a desktop or laptop computer. This is a great way to share when there are just too many people to gather around your small device. It’s a great way for trainers, developers and teachers etc. to teach and share.

Reverse Phone Directory

Every now and again I get requests for a reverse phone directory that allows users to search for owners using a phone number? I also get numerous requests for a phone directory service that can simply search by name, email or property address etc?

Best Reverse Phone Directory

Well here are some resources you can use to search phone numbers, names,  property addresses, businesses, emails and user names. Even create custom words using your phone number for the letters. IE: 1-800 CAN-FIND. Check-out PhoneSpell to try it.


1. The first and most obvious resource for phone numbers is the Online White Pages. This site allows you to search by name, address, business or phone number. You can also download their Mobile App and for Android users, they offer a caller-id mobile app.

2. Searching by phone number is great when you have a note on your desk with a phone number on it but you forgot to jot down the name that it belongs to?! Reverse Phone Lookup lets you type in the phone number and search for the owner online.

3. Anywho is another great service that allows reverse searching by phone number.  They also offer a Yellow Pages directory, a White Pages directory and an Area Code and Zip Code lookup directory which is useful for your local demographic searches.

4. Pipl scours the top social networks, directories, public records, publications, associations, e-commerce and thousands of other sites. They collect contact, social, employment, education, demographic data and background information.

5. Spokeo allows you to search by criteria that the others do not. Searching by email address or user name can be very useful when looking for alias email addresses or when searching by registration or user name.

6. TrueCaller  is a cool reverse phone directory that focuses strictly on phone number searches and has a database of more than 1.5 Billion phone numbers world wide. They even provide the top reported spamming phone numbers in real time in your area.

I’m adding this National Do-Not-Call site just to keep everyone in compliance.

Some of these sites above are free with unlimited use. Others may be free or free with trial but then they want you to pay for the more detailed information and reports offered.

My guess is that you’ve probably already used one of these sites and services but if not, then you are hopefully happy that you found this article.

As always, if I missed your favorite site or service, feel free to add it in the comments so others visiting will have even more options available to them. Much appreciated. And if you believe that you discovered this post by mistake, then don’t call us… we’ll call you!

Mobile Apps

Top Mobile App Picks 2013

These apps were personally selected based on their user interface, the quality and stability of their product, and the overall end-user experience. The purpose of sharing these apps and this post is to add value to the user who is doing the majority of their business from a mobile device.

This was also inspired by the Top 100 IOS Mobile Apps for Real Estate post which was a huge success in 2013.

While most of these apps are free to download, there may be a few that slipped in which will cost a couple bucks.

Mobile Photo AppsTop Mobile App Picks for 2013

AboutOne – One safe place to manage the information you need to take care of your family and home.
AnyDo – is an app to help you manage life in a simple clever & fun way.

BreezeRealEstateFlyers – Print real estate flyers and feature sheets from your iPad with templates.
Burner – A privacy layer for your device. Get phone numbers you control at the push of a button.

Cheddar – Your tasks are instantly everywhere. Everything you do with Cheddar syncs all devices.
Clipped – Turns articles and documents into bullet point summaries.
ClipPick – ClipPick allows you to copy text or images from one device to another instantly.
CoEveryWhere – Hyper local news for every neighborhood in the world.
CoolIris – One app for all your photos. Beautifully experience all your photos.
Copy – Sync, protect, and share everywhere. Up to 15 gigs free storage.
Cube – Cubenect… connect, share and view. A single social networking dashboard.

DeskConnect – The missing link between all your devices.
Directr – Video that matters. Helps you easily make great movies.
Drync – Discover and buy wines you love for delivery to your doorstep or to others.

EasilyDo – The smart assistant that helps you get things done.

Feedly – The best RSS feed reader and curator since the demise of Google Reader.
FindIt – The easiest way to search email and files on your Android or iPhone.
Flattr – Best way to support creators on the services you use and love.
Flesky – A great application that replaces your device’s on–screen keyboard.
FlipBoard – Read and collect news, curate your favorite stories on any topic imaginable.
FrontBack – Not just photos of you but what you see as well.

GateGuru – For travelers of the globe.  A Tripadviser travel app created for all travelers.
Glide – The fastest way to send video messaging from one mobile device to another.
GoodTodo – Online to-do list that helps you empty your inbox and improve your productivity.
GoogleDrive – Some of the best mobile tools available to help you get stuff done.
Grovo – Sharpen your Internet skills in just 60 seconds.
Gyft – The easiest way to send, redeem, buy and manage gift cards.

HaikuDeck – A completely new kind of mobile presentation software and app.
HelloSign – Legally binding electronic signatures for any business or industry.

InvestInTech – PDF apps and solutions for smartphones and tablets.

KeyMe – Copy keys, resolve lock outs. Keys delivered in under 60 minutes.
Krrb – Buy, sell, rent, trade, give and be neighborly.

Life360 – An app specifically for family and friends wanting to keep connected.
Lift – Unlock your potential and change your life. Lift helps you reach your goals.

MadeWithOver – Beautiful text overlay’s for your pics and photos.
– Put mail in its place. Finally an app that lets you better manage email.
MailChimp Gather – Text message your MailChimp subscribers, keep them updated during events.
MapKin – Taking your shared journey, travels and GPS to another level.
MixBit – Create great videos by collaborating and combining video with others.
Moves – Activity tracking without using any additional gadgets.

Nooly – The worlds most localized weather map. Micro weather forecasting.

Pocket – Find something you want to read or view later, just put it in your pocket.
Popcorn – Chat with people within a one mile radius of your location.
ProductEev – The leading social task management system and solution for teams.

Revel – Share photos and videos on your family’s phones, tablets and computers.
Rove – Your memories remembered. Private journaling beautifully automated.

Scout – Your personal navigator that makes your destination more of an enjoyed journey.
Sensopia – Create floor plans in any home, room or building with your device camera.
SiteGeist – The app that helps you to learn more about your surroundings in seconds.
SKJM – Monitor multiple live video and audio webcam feeds from your device.
SleepCycle – A bio-alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you at your lightest sleep phase.
SoundTracking – Local Top trending posts of sound tracks for your review and pleasure.
SpringPad – Organize your world and have more fun while you do it.
SquareUp – The wallet app that lets you pay with your good name.

Tab – The simple way to split the dining or bar bill among multiple friends.
ThrowBack – A really trippy app that will send your past to your future present.
Timbre – The simplest and best way to find local live music around you.
Trello – Organize anything and everything and do it collaborating with others.

Umano – Have interesting and popular articles read to you by real people.

Wickr – The Internet is forever but this Mission Impossible style app changes the game.
WunderList – A great way to organize your business and your life on a mobile device.

Yevvo – Unpredictable. Raw. And no reruns, just like real life.

Add your favorite mobile apps from 2013 in the comments below and I’ll see that they get added to this list.
RELATED ARTICLE:  Top 100  IOS Apps for Real Estate


50 Amazing Facts About Mobile

Did you know there are more than 6.8 Billion people on the planet, and 4 Billion of them use a mobile phone… but only 3.5 Billion brush their teeth?  That’s just one of the 50 amazing facts you’ll find in the slide deck below.

These mobile facts do not focus on personal hygiene, but they will get you thinking about the world that once was, pondering the world that now is, and considering the world and our mobile future as humans…

as we have only scratched the surface.

Zapd Closes Down

Oh Well, You Get What You Pay For

Here’s why you DON’T WANT every new shiny toy that comes out on the Web or for your mobile device.  I once heard someone say, “Well, you get what you pay for and if it’s free, what do you expect?

Zapd Closes
You’ve seen it happen, maybe even to your favorite site, online tool, or mobile app?  Nothing worse than getting that dreaded email telling you a site, service, or app is shutting down. Especially those sites where you’ve invested time learning, and then creating some really cool stuff that you use… right?

Some of these shiny new toys and tools last for many years while others barely make it out the gate or down the road for more than a few months and POOF… they’re gone. is another one of those really awesome tools that lets you (used to let you) create mobile websites on the fly.  Here’s how they suck you in and get you to bite the shiny lure…

Real websites in 60 seconds

  • Professional and fun, you make Zaps
    right from your iPhone!

Looks great everywhere

  • Zaps are optimized to be viewed on phones, tablets and computers.

Many theme layouts

  • Whatever the occasion, you’ll find just the right style.
    New themes each week!

Adjust and filter images

  • Use the Photo Editor to
    enhance your photographs. Crop, add filters & stack effects.

Even build websites with friends

  • Yay! Collaborate! Build Zaps with people you know.
    Or people you don’t. Great for events.

Zapd for everything!

They got ya, hook, line and sinker right? But then a short/medium/long time later, you get this in your email inbox.

Bye Bye Zapd

For me the toughest part about all this is just knowing that I’m the one who shared their site and app with probably half of their entire user database. Well, maybe not that many, but when I find a great site, tool, or service and share it with hundreds and thousands of other friends and users, it feels like mud in the face.

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I guess there are a few lessons to be learned here, but the main one is to not feel compelled or obsessed with having EVERY new shiny toy, tool, and app out there because ultimately in the end, nothing lasts forever… eventually, all things come to an end… or in this case, GET ZAPD!

Seller Marketplace

Free Online Tools for Real Estate Agents

It’s true that many consumers — buyers, sellers, renters and home owners — use Zillow daily to get information and gather data about real estate. Zillow is even a popular place for home improvement and mortgage needs.

Zillow isn’t just for consumers, though. It’s a place for real estate professionals too. As a matter of fact, one of Zillow’s main goals is to create the opportunity to connect consumers with top-rated agents and lenders all across the Country..

Zillow Marketing

Here are some FREE tools agents can use at Zillow to connect with more prospects and contacts.
(Tip: The links below work best when you’re logged into Zillow)

Your Profile – Feature client reviews; add a personal video
Listing Exposure – Automatic listing feeds; property-enhancing capabilities
Top 10 Pro’s and Affiliates – Promote your team or share other RE Pros
Advice and Discussions – Engage with consumers; get email alerts & notifications
Home Improvement – Excellent lead generation opportunity; create local social connections
Zillow App – Most popular real estate app for most top mobile devices
Zillow Academy (Resource) – Training and FREE Support; guest industry speakers
Contact Management (CRM) – Create forwarding rules; manage drip campaigns
Saved Searches – Get email updates & notifications; favorite any property on Zillow
Facebook Tabs – Add to any business page listings; reviews, market stats and forms
30+ Widgets – Add to websites and blogs; free agent-Zillow co-branding
Zestimate Tools – Accuracy data chart; create your own estimate
Postlets – Free listing exposure on 13 sites; super tool for your investor clients
Zillow For Pros Blog – Also Zillow for Pros on Facebook and Zillow For Pros on Twitter
Make Me Move® – Buyer needs opportunity and listing leads opportunity
Zillow Mortgage Marketplace – Mortgage and rate tools, calculators and help center
Local Community Photos – Share visual local content; get links back to your profile
API Data and Information – Bring Zillow data to your site and attract more visitors needing data
Foreclosure Center – Find pre-foreclosure properties and bank-owned properties

Explore these free services, products and tools and start building your client base on the Yahoo!-Zillow Real Estate Network – the #1 real estate brand in the top 20 real estate markets in the U.S.  You can’t know what you don’t know until someone who knows shows you… now you know.

Posterous Feature Image

Posterous is Shutting Their Doors

After 5 long years of providing a free platform where you and I could post our content for the world to see and read, Posterous is shutting their doors and turning off their mobile app for good.  YIKES!! Sound familiar?

Google bought, a free online photo editing site, and then did the same thing.  Now Twitter acquired Posterous… are you sensing the online trend?  It can be frustrating for sure, but what do you want/expect for free?

The Big fish eat the little fish, and then it’s the hungry fisherman that suffers.  So who will be affected?

Posterous Millions

Here’s the email going out to those of us who have content on their site. They did a great job of marketing and getting us on board, but now they’re kicking us all off with this warning:

Posterous launched in 2008. Our mission was to make it easier to share photos and connect with your social networks. Since joining Twitter almost one year ago, we’ve been able to continue that journey, building features to help you discover and share what’s happening in the world – on an even larger scale.

On April 30th, we will turn off and our mobile apps in order to focus 100% of our efforts on Twitter. This means that as of April 30, Posterous Spaces will no longer be available either to view or to edit.

Right now and over the next couple months until April 30th, you can download all of your Posterous Spaces including your photos, videos, and documents.

Unguided Missile

Here are the steps:

If you want to move your site to another service, WordPress and Squarespace offer importers that can move all of your content over to either service. Just remember: you need to back up your Spaces by April 30.

We’d like to thank the millions of Posterous users who have supported us on our incredible journey. We hope to provide you with as easy a transition as possible, and look forward to seeing you on Twitter. Thank you.

Sachin Agarwal, Founder and CEO

Don’t you wish sites like these shared some kind of warning or subliminal disclaimer up front:

Posterous Disclaimer

Yeah right~ So do I sound disappointed?  Nah… Of course I am!!  I spent a lot of time building my “UnGuided Missile” presence on their platform. I helped promote and support their site the whole way.  But I didn’t buy them, so I guess I’ll be packing my bags like the rest of you and moving on down the road I mean super-highway.

The Unguided Missile Blog
Be sure to “BACKUP” your content as they suggest, or it’s gone forever.  They’ll email you a link to download it when it’s ready.  Don’t get me wrong here, I love Google and Twitter, but I’m taking my Posterous stuff over to WordPress, and I just hope that Google and Twitter aren’t listening, and that they’ve never heard of WordPress!  lol~

Backup Posterous

DebraLee Darling Mobile App

How To Create A Free Mobile App

BradsDomainQRCodeDo you have a mobile app? How about for your business?  You know, one that your clients can download and use on their mobile devices?  If you’re considering an app for mobile, you’re in the right spot.

Let me show you how to create a mobile app that can be shared with anyone who has a mobile device and I’ll show you how to do it for absolutely free.  Best of all, you can do it all online by yourself and at your leisure without a programmer, no developer experience, and with no software.

This tutorial walks you through each step in creating and building your mobile app.


Go to Mobile By Conduit, click on “Create App” enter your web address URL, click “Create App

HGow To Create Free Mobile AppsSTEP TWO:

Wait just a moment for the Mobile Conduit generator to grab your information, then start building your mobile app with all the bells and whistles you’d like. You can completely customize your unique mobile app here.

Building Your Free Mobile App

NOTE: This is where you can add your Social Media pages, your Facebook Business and fan pages, RSS feeds from ANY site, video, pictures, contact forms, about you or your company pages,  additional websites and links, contact information, local area events, custom pages, and more.

Notice there are 3 tabs at the top of the build page. 

The first tab is for your mobile app content, the second tab is for style and design, and the third tab is for information and app details.  Utilize each of these areas and features to help you build your new mobile app.

 Mobile App Style   MobileApp Info


Once you have everything in place, your images and links all setup, your icons and buttons customized and selected, click on the “Save & Continue” button to complete your mobile app. You can also create a custom URL for the app where is will be housed and accessible. IE:

The Mobile App Landing Page

Your mobile app landing page is now ready to share.  It also has a custom and unique QR Code for users to scan and download your app along social media buttons so they can share with their friends and sphere of influence.

Mobile App Landing Page

The final step in this process is to market and promote your mobile app on your websites, your blogs, your online profiles, and out in the real world.  One suggestion is to create a custom graphic or icon that links directly to your hosted landing page as seen below.

DebraLee Darling Mobile App     BradsDomainMobileApp
“Created For This Tutorial”                      “Created To Test and Demo”

If you want your app to have unlimited downloads, be available in the app stores, and have full analytics and reporting capabilities, there is a fee but well worth it just for those features alone. You can also allow advertising on your mobile app from Conduit should you want to off-set some of those fees.

Remember: We live in a mobile, social, and local world which is exactly why you’re here reading this and why you’ll want an app (your app) out there and available to clients and potential customers.   View the BradsDomain mobile app example in the gallery preview below, built in less than an hour.

Top 100 IOS Apps for Agents

TOP 100 IOS Apps for Real Estate

These are the top 100 apps for IOS devices if you’re in real estate.

While the purpose is to share apps geared toward real estate industry professionals, many of these apps will be useful to ANY mobile business person who wants to simplify and maximize their mobile IOS experience.

You’ll find a variety of apps here that cover a very wide spectrum of your daily business activities yet will also cross-over into your personal health, financial wealth, and every day life.  I know that for every app here, there are 20 others that may exist, but these are the apps I’ve chosen to share with friends and readers interested in mobile IOS apps.

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Best of all, these are all FREE.

Why aren’t there links to each of these apps for you to download?

That would take all the fun out of your “Easter Egg App Hunt!”  Seriously though, you’ll need to decide if you want the apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod, then simply search the “app name” or “developer” listed in the image gallery above.

You can download any and all of these apps at the Apple iTune Store.
iPad users – click here | iPhone users – click here  | iPod users – click here

What apps are you using?

Share your favorites in the comments, post a quick blurb why you love it, and we’ll also add them to the list above.