How Effective Is Encouraged Registration?

You probably know the number of leads your website generates every month. You probably watch your inbox for them. But do you know the number of potential clients who visit your site without making that transition from visitor to lead? According to a study by Google, home buyers visit an average of three real estate sites before they make contact with a company. So how do you make sure visitors contact your company instead of moving on to seemingly greener pastures? Answer: forced or encouraged registration.

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Why We Don’t Support IE6/7

Internet Explorer 6 and 7 were some of the most popular browsers in existence. So why does Union Street Media no longer support them? We get this question a lot.

There are a number of reasons we came to this decision:

  • IE6/7 use is trending downward.
  • Microsoft itself is trying to rid the world of these browsers (http://www.ie6countdown.com/).
  • Technology has advanced a lot in the last decade and we want to provide our users with fast, reliable and engaging content.

IE6/7 use has been trending downward for the better part of 3 years. In 2010 both browsers combined commanded an impressive 28% of the market place. Their use in 2013 has declined to 7% globally and a mere 1% in the USA. On our platform combined use is sitting at 1.7%. This is due to a number of factors, the most important one being Microsoft’s own involvement in eradicating these browsers.

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Natural Language: Search The Way You Speak

When a prospective homebuyer arrives at your website, they already know what they want. They have a mental image of their dream home, and they want to get started finding it. We haven’t (yet) built software that can read users’ minds, so we need to give them a way to communicate that dream home to your website so that it can show them what’s available. Traditionally, websites give the user a form to fill out, offering an overwhelming multitude of options. Nobody likes to fill out forms.

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Compass: A New Listing Exploration Tool For Real Estate Websites

Turning a website visitor into an enthusiastic, dedicated client is the ultimate goal of every piece of a real estate website, and at Union Street Media, we’re continually searching for new ways to make that happen. Any real estate website can take a visitor’s search criteria and present them with a list of matching properties; the real question is “what do I do now?”

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