Yesterday, I attended a meeting with one of the reps from realestate.com.au & talked about their new site update which has taken place today.
The new site looks very impressive.
One of the major things I got out of the presentation was how the ‘Local Voices’ section will be adapted into the site and ways that I could possibly use it to help promote me as a local area expert more effectively.
The ‘Local Voices’ site is something launched by realestate.com.au to allow anyone registered to write and respond to reviews on streets and suburbs, which is then shown on the search pages of realestate.com.au.
They have also set the site up to be somewhat like a social networking site. It seems to me that this application which will be nested in the realestate.com.au search pages will quickly become popular with new buyers and potential sellers alike.
Once in the site when analysing suburbs the site displays the ‘top local experts’. This, from what I can see and was told is based on the amount of reviews and responses to a local suburb. My aim (and at this stage I have only registered my profile and explored the site) is to become the local expert within my target areas. I plan to do the following;
- Create a professional profile on the site with contact details.
- Create a professional suburb profile (some of you may already have these) and load it to the system.
- Create an rss feed for my local suburb and respond to any reviews by others in a constructive way.
- Add any person that appears to live within the suburb as a ‘friend’.
With time (and at this stage as its new it doesn’t appear it will be too difficult) I should become the top local expert for my target suburbs. This will hopefully generate leads as local sellers start to investigate their suburb prices and local agents, and are naturally attracted to what others have said about their suburb.
I’d love to hear if anyone has already started using ‘local voices’ and the way in which they are doing so.