Category: property/real estate

Feb 17 2014

Capitalise on CAPSIG

As the new chair of CAPSIG, I want to build bridges (sic) with other groups interested in industry communication. Last Thursday, I was elected the new chair of the CIPR’s Construction and Property Special Interest Group at a short annual general meeting at London’s Building Centre The CAPSIG AGM preceded a debate on what industry …

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Jun 25 2013

Honest Buildings secures £3.55m funding

I’ve been tracking the development of US-based start-up Honest Buildings – an online marketplace and discovery engine for building professionals – since I saw Nick Katz describe the service at the 2012 BE2Talks event in London in September 2012, and have just learned that the business has achieved another milestone: securing a $5.5m (£3.55m) Series …

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Jun 03 2013

From property viewing to post-occupancy reviewing

Banner Homes ipad

Why stop at creating apps to sell luxury homes, when all built assets could have an online owner’s manual and feedback loop? Working in technology for the construction and property sectors, I have long been interested in the use of mobile tools and applications (I’m off to the latest COMIT community day in Oxford on …

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May 24 2013

Construction, CRM and social media

m-hance social business

‘Enterprise social networks’ and ‘enterprise collaboration’ are terms being increasingly associated with customer relationship management (CRM), and may change face of construction sales, marketing and customer service. On Tuesday, I attended a London seminar organised by m-hance concerning its Microsoft Dynamics-based CRM (customer relationship management) solutions and related tools. As a construction PR and marketing …

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Apr 03 2013

CAPSIG backs IBP Communication and PR Awards

IBP awards

CAPSIG, the construction and property special interest group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, has teamed up with International Building Press to sponsor its new awards. The IBP Communication and PR Awards will shine the spotlight on the contribution which public relations makes to the industry and aims to recognise both established and up-and-coming …

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Apr 03 2013

Top 100 real estate blogs

I’m not sure if appearing in a ranking of top Tweeters, bloggers, Facebook users, etc makes the slightest difference (see my thoughts on PeerIndex for example), but this blog appears – at number 86 – in an infographic of the “Top 100 real estate blogs to follow in 2013”.   Tweet

Feb 27 2013

HonestBuildings.com ‘buildings network’ launches in UK

Honest Buildings, launched in the UK today, puts buildings at the heart of its connections, with their energy efficiency open to scrutiny, encouraging owners and suppliers to demonstrate their carbon reduction commitments. Honest Buildings, a US-based property network that connects decision makers to service providers for millions of commercial buildings, is expanding into the UK, and, through …

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Feb 20 2013

DesigningBuildings: a content marketing and advertising opportunity

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have been interested in the potential use of wikis in the construction industry since the early 2000s, and have long regarded them as collaborative tools, with people collectively creating and improving content. Wikipedia is, of course, the most well-known wiki project (one of several from the …

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Aug 02 2012

Estates Gazette closes community

EG Talking Property online community

Over the past three or four years, I have mentioned Estates Gazette‘s online community, Talking Property, a few times, usually comparing its membership numbers with those of rival Property Week‘s Ning-based network (post) and other real-estate communities. When I last made that comparison in February, the latter had 5,603 members, while EG’s had yet to …

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Feb 05 2012

RIP Reorb. Meanwhile, welcome NegNet – another network

Two years ago, I met software developer Tom Inglis to talk about Reorb, an online social network he had founded in August 2009 for professionals in the commercial real estate business. In the face of strong competition from magazine-backed rivals such as Property Week‘s Property Network (post) – which now has 5,603 members – and Estates Gazette‘s …

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