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@samdebord a really great post Sam. Your grasp is not common..GO VIDEO!
6 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://new.wellcomemat.com/neighborhood/9/real-estate-video-trends/135/take-control-of-your-content-but-dodge-hosting
@TerryMoyemont Terry...your comments make a lot of sense. I'm hoping you see from the comments above what the issue are.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://new.wellcomemat.com/neighborhood/9/real-estate-video-trends/119/video-automation-progress-or-proof-that-virtual-tours-wont-die
@SteveEwing Thanks Steve...a lot of what you are saying, such as "agents keep telling me they haven't lost a presentation since they started using my 'real' video tours," are things that have remained consistent since video began finding its footing in real estate.
"I don't think we have found a very good way of educating the homeowners of the world about what we do; because if we had, I don't think many people would choose the absolute mind-numbing garbage that shows up in these automated 'videos' ."
Totally true and you will see developments from us that address this issue. You definitely have the issue framed correctly - it was always going to be consumer demand for videos from listing agents that drive this revolution.
@FredLight You're right Fred: it is a content battle and agents, brokers and their filmmakers-whom are creating unique/quality video content-are the primary losers. Robo slideshows and animations are an insult to consumers' intelligence - instead of seeing a video when clicking play, they will come to expect a card trick version of the text and images they have already seen. Is this building consumer confidence in our industry?
Video automation companies will argue that they too value video because they insert relevant, locally-focused video clips into their content. They seem to think that filmmakers won't see through automators' effort to minimize video producers' value. Meanwhile, the only unique portion of their offering are the video clips they insert.
Hello Rozalyn and thank you for the question. Right now, the best/fastest way to link your BombBomb account with your WellcomeMat video libary is within their service. We are working on creating the connection between services on this side too, but it is not something coming immediately. Enjoy!
5 months ago on t2
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5 months ago on t3
Hello from Boulder, Peter! There is quite a bit happening on this front, product wise, but if you are listed as a filmmaker on WellcomeMat, you are able to add client accounts by clicking on your image thumbnail (top right of the site) > select "User Administration" > add whatever clients you would like. Once you have those clients added, you can log into their accounts, upload videos and have them taking full advantage of our platform. Enkoy and thanks for the question(s)!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Hosting client video
Thanks to everyone for the interest! Plan to see consistent updates to our new platform (the site you are on right now : ) We spent a ton of time just getting WellcomeMat2 ready to rock with huge amounts of usage. Now we are back in innovation mode. Keep us in the loop about things that you'd like to see happen around these parts.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Call to Filmmakers!
Nick! How the heck are you man? I was in NJ last week - first time seeing the post Sandy mess. Don't feel bad: we got the floods recently : )
We have postponed the profile pic thing because we are far more focused on the software system and less so on the public pages of WellcomeMat (other than the Neighborhood forum of course). As a heads up, the profile pic item is in our roadmap and will come to fruition.
9 months ago on How do I add a profile pic?!
@TerryW Terry...keep pushing to find and work with Top Producing agents. Also, be focused on brokerages that are great and branding/marketing. DIY video is not going away, but you can be sure that high quality is winning. This topic (DIY versus hiring a pro) has always been present in real estate video. We always say that DIY is communication and professionally created videos are marketing.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on WellcomeMat EDU: The Most Successful Video Marketing Strategies
@TerryW Sorry about the trouble Terry! We are focusing on the comments here in The Neighborhood more than via Google+.
@BurnzEyeView the event ended right when you submitted this question. Feel free to email us and we'll forward.
@BurnzEyeView Good Morning!
@JohnColey Thanks for the questions John! Have you considered working with an editor and doing the portions of the production that you feel great about doing?
Also...on the aerial side of things, check out our last post and feel free to ask WellcomeMat to connect you to anyone on the panel you want to talk to:
Go go Marci "The Setter" Williams! Who has a question for Sterner? Ready to rock.
Thank you for the question(s) Titus! In our experience, brokers are very interested in stepping up their video offerings but where they are most hung up is in regards to how to affordably succeed with video. I would say that focusing on helping them to create a marketing package (think video products that can be ordered from you) for their agents and brand level videos for their firm is a great start. Brokers want to attract and retain the best agents from my experience so far. Video is a definite boost - all you have to do is address their business side concerns while doing great work on the production side. It's a challenge!
1 year, 1 month ago on approaching a broker or agent
We're coming back in very soon!
1 year, 1 month ago on WellcomeMat EDU: Aerial Filmmaking (June 18th @ 12:00pm CST)
Hi all! We are having some technical difficulties with the Hangout. It's likely flickering for you as well. Stand by please : )
Best article I have read on startup leadership in a long time. Very well done and articulated. Thank you!
1 year, 1 month ago on Startup drugs
Hi Jamin and thanks for checking WellcomeMat out! Let me know if you experienced a slow load time with one or more of our videos - not sure if that statement was directed at us or not.
Perhaps the best, most recent overview of WellcomeMat's position in the universe is found here http://www.inman.com/2013/02/05/wellcomemat-positions-itself-real-estates-anti-youtube/
The title is a bit strong : ) However, it does well to describe our mission.
1 year, 1 month ago on Video Production for Real Estate
Hi Chris! I believe someone reached out to you to move things forward. Thanks for reaching out!
1 year, 2 months ago on trying to create a trial membership
I feel your pain, but only in the context of building a media company. My team has a highly profitable model, but we are leveraging video assets that have a huge pay out for content owners. In other words, their content just keeps paying them (we are software enabling our customers to maximize the return on video investments).
If I were you, I'd focus on real-time video aggregation and circle back with higher quality content for stories that stick.
1 year, 2 months ago on Online video is a pain in the ass
Hello and thanks for the question! I think it would help to have more context regarding your specific goals. What kind of flyers are you creating?
1 year, 4 months ago on Advertising with Wellcommat material
@FredLight Fred...you have had an account on WellcomeMat2 all along - it just happens to be one of a bunch of accounts you have with us : ) We'll email the username to you now!
1 year, 5 months ago on Oh yeah...WellcomeMat2 is finally here!
@mattlagle @MatthewBooneLagle Matt, I am going to hit you up via email if that's ok. I want to make sure we understand your goals entirely. Thanks!
For the record, Vivek Wadwa did a study, and article, about age and commercial success. Success in tech was far and away in favor of older entrepreneurs. I understand the premise of your post--which is that there is some form of prejudice against older people in the Valley right now--but wanted to support your arguments, especially because I am 7 years into a startup that I founded when I was 29 : )
1 year, 6 months ago on A world safe for 39-year-olds
@WhitSuber Thank you Whit! I believe we are getting that demo info out very soon if you haven't received it yet.
1 year, 7 months ago on Oh yeah...WellcomeMat2 is finally here!
@CharlesMackenzieHill Thank you Charles! We do have very stiff competition (in regards to video technology companies) but are feeling great about the value of WellcomeMat's platform. As some wise person may have said, "focus always wins." We love real estate and this initial roll out is just the foundation of what we plan to roll out. More to come on this front....
Thank you Charles!
@MatthewBooneLagle Thanks for the questions Matthew! One of the things we were aiming for with WM2 is to remove as many layers (think of the amount of clicks necessary to reach a place of value within WellcomeMat) as possible. That theory is well enough in play where we removed the need for a dashboard dropdown tab because, through the global navigation of the site, you can quickly get to exactly the right spots in the system. The HD popup link: we are currently building out our "Individual Video Landing Pages" and those pages will display videos very largely. There will be a version of these pages for our MLS compliant video links (for people to post "unbranded" tours in their MLS without getting fines). Can you explain exactly how you are using the HD popup links? We are trying to figure out if there is an oversight in our roadmap with this particular tool OR if we can accommodate your use of these links through the individual video landing pages.
Thanks again Matthew! We truly appreciate the effort in getting your questions over to us!
@drewmeyers @DouglasCrets 100% agree Drew.
1 year, 7 months ago on We know accelerators are headed for a shakeout — but do they?
The only redeeming portion of your post is as follows:
"And once you play a critical role in a venture-backed startup, it will get easier and easier to get the next job, identify the good companies, earn promotions through merit (as opposed to corporate haggling), truly add value to those companies, and know how to maximize the equity you get."
The rest of it reminds me of a company that I played a roll in that bootstrapped its way to $125MM per year in revenue > took VC money > attracted the complete idiots you describe > flatlined. It's heart, soul and a team that loves each other that gets companies into the big leagues. The way this post reads (the tone) is that playing a short term role in many startups is a business unto itself. A bit whore-ish. Two things to end with: 1) congratulations on your success with the Bleacher Report, and 2) I agree that the opportunity for wealth does not exist with "name brand" tech companies.
1 year, 8 months ago on Go west, young MBA: Important rules for building wealth in San Francisco
Great post Sarah. Perhaps the largest divide between my partner and I (and not large enough of a divide to divide us) is my disdain for consumer tech, for exactly the reason you mention: winner takes all. In the general paid software space, companies-and sometimes many of them in one category-can reach break even, cash flow positive and gain more general leverage over their future(s). I'd take break even or profitable over famous (on the nipple) any day.
1 year, 9 months ago on Software has long been the lifeblood of the Valley. So why are VCs just now remembering this?
My favorite parts of this video are the transitions from one space into the next--from inside to the outside, from one room into another, hallway navigations etc. Very well done!
One thing to be really careful of is using Vimeo for real estate videos. They have done some really bad things in the past to users that post videos that have a commercial purpose. Things might have changed since then, with their new product roll outs etc, but I recall (like yesterday) them booting close to a hundred agents at once (no questions asked and without any heads up) from their platform.
1 year, 10 months ago on First RE video
Perhaps....but we only deal in real friends over here
1 year, 11 months ago on Will this help me get more fake facebook friends?
Why Rudy? Because you say weird shit?
1 year, 11 months ago on Hangouts test 3
This looks WAY better than yesterday
You guys ROCK!
Yeah...I am not playing
1 year, 11 months ago on Open Tok test