Category Archives: Tech Applications

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

FREE Real Estate Forms

Access 400+ FREE real estate forms and documents. Click the form title to open and edit.
Scroll down this page for access to FREE farm letters and templates for prospecting.

Need ideas for your farming? Check out this library of FREE letters and templates.

Real Estate Farm Letters

Google Earth For Business

Google Earth Pro is now free to download. Be sure to take advantage of Google’s fantastic product and service that was once only available for purchase at $399.00.

There’s a variety of ways that Google Earth Pro can assist and enhance your business. As you begin seeing and using the many features, you’ll quickly discover the many benefits.

Here are a few ways you can immediately start using Google Earth Pro for Real Estate.

1. Research Neighborhoods and Communities for prospecting.
2. Give clients and prospects aerial and street level tours of neighborhoods.
3. Use navigational tools to assist out of area investors, buyers and people relocating.
4. Create a virtual 3D Brokers Open tour and embed on your sites.
5. Screen capture images to share with your marketing and advertising strategies.

This is an example of how a local Bay Area agent, Connie Barnes, uses Google Earth Pro for her real estate business. Pay close attention to the subtle marketing in this video.

6. Provide 3D Virtual directions and overview to your office or events.
7. Use as a research resource to discover new spots and locations of interest.
8. Mark up and create a relocation map showing points of interest for clients.
9. Take advantage of the technology to help promote listings to global buyers.
10. Map out open houses for the weekend to share with your buyer prospects.

Here’s a great example of how to use the measurement tools on Google Earth Pro.

11. Create videos that can be customized, personalized and shared with others.
12. Create Distance measurements, area measurements, and 3D measurements.
13. See and go places you would never consider visiting or be able to afford to go.
14. Promote and market your place of business using unique overlays and images.
15. Advanced users can use Google Maps API data to build mobile apps

There are so many ways to implement Google Earth into your business. Displaying property, presenting local information, providing site analysis, engaging presentations, teamwork and collaboration, 3D modeling, videos and so much more.

Save $399.00 and download it now so you can start using it and discovering the many other ways this tool and service will benefit you, your business and your clients. Please excuse the #bradism and pun here,  but now “You Got the Whole World in Your Hands!”

450 Real Estate Tech Sites and Services

Here are more than 450 real estate industry and technology related websites and online portals.  Each one has its own link so you can preview. A quick browse is sure to have you re-evaluating your current online tools and possibly contemplating some new strategies.

1000WATT Consulting put together a great compilation of Real Estate A’s-Z’s. You’ll find nearly every facet of your business covered here. Everything from Ad networks to CRM’s and IDX. Marketing systems, lead generation, management and broker tools and more.

450 Real Estate Technology, Tools and Services – A Goldmine of RETech

450 Real Estate Sites Tools and Services
It’s no surprise that the “Marketing Tools” category has the most sites and services. 38 to be exact the last I checked. You owe it to yourself to research this stuff, imagine if you had to discover these one-by-one scattered all over the Internet, this IS THE EASY BUTTON!

You can also feature your own company, or suggest and submit a company you feel should be added to the list. This is an excellent resource and also a very valuable up-to-date crowd-sourced service. The guys at 1000Watt are cranking out some major voltage.

Real Estate Virtually Redecorated Online

HomeSnazzer, a makeover app for Real Estate Listings, has this really cool tool that allows your website visitors the opportunity to “redecorate” homes while viewing them on the screen. The tools work on computer desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

Here’s an inter-active virtual sample below to demonstrate how it works. If you’re interested in seeing the details on how HomeSnazzer works from a technical view or from an agent’s perspective, here’s how HomeSnazzer works.

It’s Easy. Just select a photo, then redecorate and redesign your dream home!

I love technology and I love real estate just like you.
This may be something you’ll find useful in your marketing and advertising efforts. If not, no worries… sometimes it’s just good to know what’s out there, what’s new, and what’s available.

Glory Hole

What Blog Content Works

What Type of Blog Content Works? Great question with no right or wrong answer.

Over the past 10 years I have written more than 1000 articles here. My intention was to simply create a library of content, a place where I could archive all my discoveries and knowledge regarding technology, social media, apps, websites, and online tools etc. The sole purpose of this site was to share my findings with others.

At one point I was using this site as my own resource so I could find and recall all the different things I had discovered. I still do to this day and it’s been a huge value for that reason alone. When I look back and ask myself if creating a website and blog was worth it, the answer is definitely “YES” without a doubt and with no regrets.

TrafficOne never knows when creating a site like this what will become of it?  What will people find when searching the web? What will they like, what will they not like, what will they share and what will keep them coming back? The answer will  remain a mystery until you actually do it, track it, break it down, analyze it and see for yourself?

These are the top articles in the “most viewed” and “most shared” categories.

Coolest Websites and Online Tools 2012

A compilation of the best free websites and online tools and services available on the Internet.  Started January 1st and ended on December 31st 2012. A guaranteed pleaser and a little something for everyone.

The Glory Hole in Lake Berryessa

The ONLY recorded video and story of the amazing Morning Glory (known as the Glory Hole) in Lake Berryessa located in Napa County California. Seeing the video is nothing like seeing it in real life!

Glory HoleTop Mobile Picks for 2013

Nearly every human that walks the earth now owns a mobile device. While many of these links and apps are directed to the iUser, you’ll find them or a comparable app for your specific device as well. Worth a peek for sure.

FREE Image & Graphic Generators

The most socially shared and best resource for accessing and using free images, graphics, and online generators to create the best images, logos, buttons, and graphics etc for your websites and blogs.

Top 50 Google Tools for Business

The title completely covers the reason this one made Top 10. Google has a plethora of tools and services they offer for free that cover a variety of Business and personal needs. Go ahead and count them if in doubt.

Coolest500 Ways To Say Happy Birthday

There are so many ways to say Happy Birthday, Hallmark cards has proved that for sure. This is 500+ people who wished someone happy birthday over a popular social network and still gets the most views today.

Creating Hotspot Links on Pictures

Creating a link or hotspot on a graphic or image may seem very technical and challenging but in this article you’ll see how simple it is and even get instructions to create your own. It’s not as hard as you may think.

Best Websites and Online Tools 2013

Just like the 2012 article above, this one shares all new Free sites and services along the same lines but for 2013.  There’s many great sites, services and tools online today, this is just a smidgen of what’s out there.

Mobile 100Free Photo & Graphic Editing Sites

Fixing photos, images, and editing graphics etc doesn’t take a degree in design or cost a fortune buying software.  You won’t even need to take a class or go to night school to use these free sites.

Enter Contest To Win a FREE House

This article obviously received a ton of attention, views, shares etc. Who wouldn’t want a new house… for FREE? While the contest and sweepstake is now over, this article is still one of the most visited on the site.

So at the end of the day, what type of blogging content works?

As you can see from above, there are a variety of articles covering many different topics. They have excelled beyond the others here based entirely on people’s choices. They have risen to the creme of the crop due to the crowd-sourcing power provided by the Internet.

Whatever you’re truly passionate about writing and sharing with others is great content! It will work and resonate with others but ONLY with those who have similar interests. Now if they decide to go beyond reading and commenting on your stuff, that’s the power.  It’s the sharing, linking to, and others promoting your content etc. that indicates your articles and posts are working! 🙂

Adobe Products Tools and Services

Adobe Beyond Flash and Reader

When most people think of Adobe products and services, word association instinctively powers the mind to think of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Adobe PDF. Why is that? It’s simple!

Adobe has done an outstanding job of creating powerful and useful tools that everyone uses and loves.

Users share many of their creations in PDF formats online and in the social spaces etc.  One must of course use the free Adobe reader in order to view another creation that is in the PDF file format. This creates supply and demand, it’s that simple.

Adobe has many other products and services including enhancements and updates to the existing products we already know about and use, but if you’re not investigating frequently, there’s a good chance you’re missing some of the great stuff they’re adding in their updates.

A few examples of products you may not be aware of or using yet include Adobe Mobile, Sign and Certify, and their online help and support and Adobe tutorials.  Then there’s Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements and much more… (see below)

I’ll bet there’s at least 10 Products below that you didn’t even know existed… I know I didn’t.  🙂












Stay up to date and keep informed on the many Adobe products, tools and services by visiting their products page. Many of their tools are free to download and use and will undoubtedly be useful to you and your business.

Adobe has been around for a long time and isn’t likely to be going anywhere or away anytime soon, at least not in our lifetime.


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

Coolest Sites

Best Websites and Online Tools 2013

Each year I compile a list of ALL the coolest websites and tools to share with friends.  It takes most of the year to find, discover, research, test and gather all these sites, apps and tools along with their information and links. You’ll find something here for everyone.

Many of these site’s will contribute to your personal health, wealth, business, personal success and enjoyment.  Last year’s Coolest Websites and Online Tools 2012 won “most views” both here and on Facebook.

Most are FREE, a couple are “pay-after-trial” if you find them worthy, but ALL of them are worth checking out.



AgentGoalPlanner – Set, track and achieve your real estate financial goals.
Asana – Teamwork without email. Organize your team, project, and yourself.
Ask.FM – The Social Media resource for answers from friends and SOI.
AutoRelaxed – Auto reply for Social Media during Holidays or any days.


Behance – The leading online platform to showcase & discover creative work.
Biggest Price Drop – The best deals will automatically bubble to the top.
BitStrips – Create instant comics starring you and your friends.
Blippex – The site that is making search human again.
– Take control of your Gmail like never before.
BrainShark – Online video presentations made real easy.
Break Through Broker – The best free stuff for Real Estate Agents.
BucketList – Keep track and share life’s personal and most coveted events.
ButtonBuilder – Create buttons for your websites and emails instantly.


Calm – A site that provides the magic of keeping you Calm using senses.
ChipIt By Sherwin Williams – Use any pic to access the 1500 color palette.
Cincopa – Enhanced videos, photo galleries, slideshows, music and podcasts.
Compare Moving Companies – Get real and competitive moving quotes.
Conduit – Create mobile apps and browser tool-bars then get paid.
CometDocs – Convert, store and share documents – Management System.
CreditSesame – Credit Sesame makes it easy to access your financial picture.
Crushpath – Create stunning sales and marketing content on the fly.
CustomInk – Design your own customized T-Shirt and order online.


DeliRadio – ALL the local concerts and shows in your hyper-local area.
DeskConnect – Send anything and everything between your devices.
DigitalFilms – Unleash your creativity and make your digital video for free.


EZCoordinator – The power to organize and manage at your fingertips.


Favicon – Create a free Favicon for your website or Blog URL’s.
FindAGrave – Looking for a long lost loved one or family member?
FiveSecondTest – Landing page optimization for your mocks and wireframes.
– The ultimate simplistic video player for the web.
FollowBlitz – Manage Twitter followers, un-followers, fakes and follow-backs.
Fotor – Simple yet sophisticated photo and image enhancement.
FreeStockMusic – 100% Free production music — download instantly.


Gazelle – Get values and get paid for your technology and mobile devices.
Giphy – The best animated free .GIF resource on the web.
Giphy Cards – Free animated greeting card lab
GrandSt – They help you experience new technology that improves your life.


HearItDirect – Think you know what consumers want and think? Hear it direct.
HelloFax – Send and receive faxes from anywhere.
HomeLight – Information on more than 2,000,000 real estate agents.
HomeSpotHQ – Meet your new home maintenance partner online.


Instructables – DIY – How To Make Instructions.  Also share Your DIY’s.


JoliCloud – Unify all your content in one interface accessible from anywhere.


Kizoa – Free slideshow and Video Maker. Collage Creator and Photo Editor.


LaunchRock – Collect interest and build an audience before you launch.
Lumosity – Improve your brain health and performance with online training.


MarketVideos – Personally branded video newsletters for home buyers.
MatterPort – 3D Modeling with a cloud based software.
MixPanel –  Advanced mobile analytics platform. Measure actions, not page views.
MLSRealEstateVideos – Find homes that use video for marketing and add yours.
MonkeySee – Watch, Learn and Discover just about anything and everything.
Motion Backgrounds for Free – Download free backgrounds and looping videos.
MoveLine – A new and radically easier way to move.
MyBizCard – World’s first online business card with great features.
MyBlogGuest – A community of robust guest Bloggers for your Blog.
MyMedSchedule – Free medication schedules, reminders, and new health tracker.


NadaGuides – The ultimate new and used car, trailer, motor-cycle value site.
NettedByTheWebbys – Better living through the Internet. Get the Best of the Web.


OnVedeo – Real Estate Video Tours using a VidGenie to incorporate local content.
OneTimeBox – One Time Box is an open source project, operating under the MIT license.


Paperless Agent – It’s more than just training for mobile, it’s a life style.
PDFConverter – Free PDF to PowerPoint conversion online.
PhoneDeck – Integrates your smartphones and tablets with the cloud
Pixable – See your friends’ photos and other photos that matter to you.
Points2Shop – Earn points to shop for doing the things you do everyday anyway.
PopCorn Maker – Easily remix web video, audio and images into cool mashups.
PortFM – Free music from the decades 1920-2000 for listening pleasure.


RedBeacon – Trusted Pros and contractors for your home backed by Home Depot.
RiffTime – Explore, buy and learn music from Pro’s on any instrument for any age.


SavorChat – The best free group chat for Facebook and Twitter users.
SharedCount – Track shares of any URL across all Social Media channels for free.
ShowMeLocal – A local Business Directory and Yellow Pages service.
SingSnap – The world’s largest online free Karaoke community.
SkillPages – Where you will find skilled people of all types and backgrounds.
SleepyTime – Bedtime calculator that also helps find the best times to wake up.
SocialMediopolis – The Capitol of Social Media on the web.
SoundEffects for Free – Headquarters for professional quality audio sound effects.
StackSocial – Hand-picked apps, gadgets & tech tools to satisfy your inner geek.
StockPhotosforFree – Unlimited access to pro quality images and photos.
StudioPress Test – Test your site or blog for mobile device compatibility and use.


TalkWalkerAlerts – The best alternative to Google Alerts on the Web.
The Grommet – Discover new product, unique gifts and innovative design.
ThePriceGeek – Find out the Market Value of just about anything you can imagine.
TripWow Tripadvisor – The easiest way to create a stunning travel slideshow!
TrunkClub – Men’s clothes selected by personal stylists and shipped free.


UnRollMe – Clean up your inbox. Get email control with one click.


Viewbix – Turn your video viewers into action takers and go viral.
Vizify VizCards – Create and share awesome graphics about yourself.
VoiceOverToolbox – The voice you always wanted for Real estate video tours.


WebyDo – Professional website deign and creation online. No code and simple.


ZoomIt – A Microsoft tool that takes your image to another level. A must see.

Sometimes a few sites, tools and online services will slip by me. If I missed YOURS or any others here, please feel free to add a link and the description in the comments below.  Looking forward to an exciting 2014 and all the new products, tools, and free services that we’ll see crowding the Interweb and Webernet next year!  Up Next: Best Mobile Apps of 2013

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Coolest Websites and Tools 2012

Custom Youtube Video Embedding

How To Embed a Custom Youtube Player

Here are (3) three really great custom Youtube video player embeds you can use for adding variety to your site or self-hosted blog.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to embed a Youtube video and player without having relevant videos popup at the end.  Looking for a way to also remove the Youtube logo from showing up in the bottom corner of the player which allows viewers to go back and watch the video on the Youtube site.

Up until now I was unsuccessful, but as they say… if at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

I finally figured it out and as you can see by the video above, there is NO link back to Youtube and there are NO related videos that pop up when this one is finished.

If you’re looking for a way to do this with the videos and player on your site or blog, here’s a magical resource that will reveal how I was able to accomplish this and how you can do the same using simple HTML and an iFrame embed code.

Here’s another cool Youtube embed secret from Cooliris that allows multiple videos within a single player.
Use your mouse wheel to scroll in and out, or use slider at bottom of player to navigate through videos.

My final Youtube embed secret is selecting a “Playlist” from a Channel and embedding the entire playlist of videos into a single player and then adding it to your website pages or blog posts.

Click “Playlist” for Menu