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Sales Of New GTA Condos Soared Up 33 % From Last Year

The new home market in the GTA rebounded in May, with both the low-rise and high-rise sectors seeing a surges in sales. According to RealNet Canada Inc., there were 3,526 new houses and condos sold in the region last month, a 24 per cent increase from the 2,833 sales counted in May 2013.

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Topics: Condo Sales Toronto, gta, condo project sales, GTA Housing Market, increase condo sales Toronto, condo sales and marketing

Recreational Property Sales in Canada

Recreational property sales have bounced back after a slow start to the sales season with increased activity seen across much of Canada.

In its annual Recreational Property Report, Re/Max said the modest start of the season was caused by the late arrival of spring and frigid winter experienced in many markets across the country.

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Topics: property marketing, muskoka properties, Canada, property

What Baby Boomers' Retirement Means For the U.S. Economy

By BEN CASSELMAN, from fivethirtyeight.com.

For decades, the retirement of the baby boom generation has been a looming economic threat. Now, it’s no longer looming — it’s here. Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65. That’s a trend with profound economic consequences. Simply put, retirees don’t contribute as much to the economy as workers do. They don’t produce anything, at least directly. They don’t spend as much on average. And they’re much more likely to depend on others — the government or their own children, most often — than to support themselves.

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Topics: Baby Boomers, US Baby Boomers, Baby Boomers Real Estate

CondoShow.com is the #1 Condo TV show in North America

#1 Condo TV show in North America is now on 24 hours per day.
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Topics: condo tv show, CondoShow.com, North America Condo, #1 Condo TV Show in North America, The Real Estate Channel, CHCH Condo Show, CondoShow.com on CHCH

World Housing: Founding Inspiration

I love Pete and Sid because they taught me everything I know about launch sales and marketing and am ready to help them build homes for the 3rd world.
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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Building Homes for the 3rd World

Real Estate agents turn to video to shoot for a marketing edge

A great article in the Globe and Mail.

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Topics: Real Estate Video, N5R Real Estate Video, n5r

Why did Australia's largest real estate organization choose N5R?

N5R is extremely proud to announce its newest global client. L.J. Hooker in Sydney, Australia.

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Topics: n5r, Sales Training, N5R Sales Training, New N5R Client, L.J. Hooker

Can a Six-Second Vine Video Sell a Condo?

In 2012, 1.3 billion online video viewers around the world watched an average of 180 videos per person each month, according to the gettyimages infographic "Why Your Brands Need Video." Global users love online video, which is why marketers stand behind the notion that online video is the number one sales tool in the world.

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Topics: Vine Video, Sell Condos

Going gaga over HubSpot

HubSpot is pretty famous these days. Well, maybe not as famous as the Beatles or bicycles. But HubSpot is as famous amongst marketers as let's say... One Direction is amongst teenage girls. Just like teenage girls and One Direction, there are different levels of fandom. Please don't ask me to explain what would make someone go gaga over these pre-pubescent boys. But, maybe it's just that not every teenager gets to see One Direction live, up close and personal. I don't know. Probably taking this analogy too far. But, when my wife and I walked by them performing at a mall once, I saw firsthand how much their fans adore them. Most of the concerts I attended were in the 90s. So, it was new thing for me to observe. Anyway, the marketers who use HubSpot effectively are kind of like that. You can see it in the case studies.

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Topics: content, direct marketing, Hubspot, Building Relationships, free software trial, CEO, marketing strategies

2014 is the year for Real-Time Marketing

Charity Water's Paull Young was riding a New York Citi Bike earlier this month when he wiped out in the rain. He was unhurt, he tweeted, but his khakis were ruined, adding: "#PLEASESENDPANTS."

Enlisting the help of @JCrew, Citi Bike swiftly delivered a gift certificate. Young pedaled to pick up his new trousers at a J. Crew store, tweeting both his delight and a Foursquare check-in at the store. The altruistic (we'd like to think) deed was amplified further in media coverage.

The result was one surprised and delighted customer-turned-brand-advocate, great PR, brand relevance and responsiveness, and what's indisputably the brass ring of digital marketing: the right message to the right person at the right time.

Real-time marketing can add a ton of value to customer interactions, making brands appear relevant, with-it, informed, dynamic and buzz-worthy. The movement toward RTM is also driven by consumers' increasing expectations -- driven by technology -- for immediacy, relevance and access.

Research identifies six business cases for real-time marketing, spanning executions that are planned and unplanned, reactive and proactive.

Case #1: Brand Events

Brand events include product launches, conferences, media and customer-facing events where content strategy, pre-approvals, media plans, hashtags, creative, editorial calendars and so on can be prepared in advance. During events, staff are available to push out content and react to posts in social media. There should be few surprises. Here are a couple of examples:

• Pepsi decided to introduce its new thinner can during Fashion Week with live "get the skinny" content.

• To amplify its long-scheduled introduction of Spotify streaming to Focus dashboards, Ford seized on buzz around Daft Punk's just-released single with promoted tweets containing #daftpunk, #spotify and #fordsync.

Case #2. Anticipated Events

A growing number of organizations are preparing for real-time events that are anticipated in advance. Business goals, strategies, teams, and approvals are ready, content is locked and loaded.

• HBO couldn't know how many of its shows would win in which Emmy categories, so it prepared social content ahead of time that anticipated all possible outcomes. The "right" content went live in real-time.

• Starbucks promoted Via coffee when Blizzard Nemo hit last February, having prepared location-based promoted Tweets with suggestions to enjoy a warm beverage (e.g. "Grab some Via and enjoy the snow!").

Case #3: Location/object-based

A small but promising use case of RTM taps into location and object-based triggers. Hand-crafted examples of this type of RTM include local food trucks and or @ChicagoCabbie publicizing specials and current locations. Increasingly sophisticated technology such as Apple's iBeacon targets a consumer's location down to the store-shelf level and push a promotion to that person's phone in the moment. That's targeting the right person at the right time and the right place.

• Taco Bell partnered with GPS phone app Waze to trigger location-based ads that appeared on drivers' smartphones when they neared a restaurant -- but wisely, only when they're stopped at a red light.

• MGM sends smartphone notifications for nearby restaurants, shopping, show deals and the like to hotel guests at the Bellagio Las Vegas.

Case #4. Predictive Analytics-based

Another relatively small but growing area of triggered RTM is based on predictive analytics. Amazon has long used predictive data to display recommendations to customers based on browsing and purchase history. This trend will gain momentum as data solutions become more accessible and simpler to implement.

• Walgreens' SoLoMo (social, local, mobile) Foursquare program reaches in-store shoppers who check-in at a Walgreens location on Foursquare. They instantly receive a coupon for an offer.

Case #5. Customer Interaction

Customer interactions take many forms, including customer relationship programs, customer service, complaint resolution and community interactions. The very public, visible and occasionally even viral nature of these interactions in social channels, however, means they are increasingly becoming a marketing function. This is especially true now that customers have come to expect brands to respond to their digital queries and complaints in near-real time.

• Pretzel Crisps listens for tweets from people who say that they're hungry. The company then replies with an offer to send product samples.

Case #6. Breaking News

The most reactive form of RTM is responding in a legitimate, relevant manner to unanticipated breaking news. This can also be the riskiest, most spontaneous and difficult type of RTM. Advance preparation is all but impossible. Breaking news isn't always good news, so an acute degree of sensitivity is called for. Often, this also requires following a story as it unfolds. The opportunity is hitting it over the fence by appropriately leveraging the event in a way that is relevant, both to the event and to the brand.

Example: Coca-Cola announced the suspension of all local brand advertising dollars for a month, redirecting that spend into relief towards Typhoon Haiyan disaster recovery in the Philippines. It's giving only $2.5 million to the cause, but it received significant global recognition, publicity, and social amplification, partly by using real-time marketing to maximize the impact of the announcement. 
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