New ReloSpec version starts Monday

As was announced in the previous blog this week, the new Relocation Specialist (ReloSpec) version will be in production on Monday, July 2nd.  This new version is easier to use, a little better looking and the ADD NEW page will save lots of time when entering new referrals.

If you want a quick orientation to the new Client List page a 10-minute video is now available.  Click here to view the video.

Be sure to review the previous blog and the section on ‘Getting Ready for the new ReloSpec version’.  There are simple instructions there that will be important for using the new version, especially the importance of allowing pop-ups.

Thanks to all who helped with suggestions and encouragement.  We’re very excited to show off this latest version.

Enhanced Mobile Mode

Many ReloSpec users have used the ‘Mobile’ mode to view/edit records on their phone.  Thanks to suggestions from members of our Customer Advisory Boards we have greatly enhanced the ‘Mobile’ mode which may now be used on your phone or desktop.

The enhanced Mobile mode is the first step towards the ReloSpec ‘face lift’ planned for this page later this year.  The whole idea is to make things simpler and more efficient.  It all begins with the checkbox for ‘Mobile?’ when logging in.  If you access the login page on your phone, ReloSpec will recognize you’re using a phone and will default to ‘Mobile mode’.

 

Using your desktop when you login, click the checkbox next to ‘Mobile?’ then click the ‘Log In’ button.  After a brief (1 second) delay you will be automatically taken to the Mobile version of the Client List page.  The ‘Mobile’ page contains most of the features of the ‘Classic’ version but is cleaner looking and less confusing to new users.

Features of the Mobile version include:

  • ‘Call to action’ buttons at the top of the page
  • Your company name (branding) at the top-right of the page
  • The most-often used buttons at the top with ‘Other options’ droplist
  • The grid now displays up to 30 records instead of 6
  • The Notes and Tasks are still displayed below the grid
  • Clicking ‘Add New’ will open the newer ‘Express’ form which includes the Action Plan choices in the droplist at the bottom of the page. Using this form will insert the new record, schedule the Action Plan items and send the AutoPilot(s) with just one click!
  • Clicking the ‘Reports’ button will open the newly-formatted Reports page with reports arranged in logical sections. (You may still view the classic list of reports by clicking ‘View all reports’
  • The AutoPilots, Responses and Import buttons display the total number of each. If any of the buttons is > 0 you’ll know to click the button and process the records.

The grid shows the most popular fields, and includes the envelopes by each name allowing you to quickly send an email as needed.

We hope you enjoy using the upgraded Mobile version.  And remember, it’s not just for use on your phone!

Announcing Customer Advisory Boards

In the effort to address specific customer needs and build value-added features into the Relocation Specialist (ReloSpec) software, we are now forming ‘Customer Advisory Boards’.  Members of each specific board will help identify those features that may be unique to that group, be given an opportunity to beta new features, and review new design options.

We are planning to have these groups separated by affiliation so we can better understand and address your specific needs.  The groups are:   1) Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living brokers, 2) members of the Cartus broker network, 3) members of LeadingRE, as well as, 4) a general Relocation Director group.   The Boards will meet once a month for about 30-45 minutes over the Internet.  Board members will help determine the best date/time to meet.  The suggested time is 11:00 Central time on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Representatives from Constellation Web Solutions, the owner of the ReloSpec software, will conduct the first meeting though future meetings may be conducted by board members.

If you would like to volunteer to serve on one of the Customer Advisory Boards, please let us know.  You may CLICK HERE to submit your name and suggested meeting time(s).

We look forward to working with you to bring time-saving solutions to the ReloSpec software.

Meeting with Real Estate Digital (R.E.D.)

We had a great meeting with our Constellation Software partner, Real Estate Digital (R.E.D.) yesterday.   We are looking at ways to integrate more sources into ReloSpec and would like your input.

As you may know ReloSpec can receive leads from LeadingRE’s Xchange, certain broker’s websites, broker-to-broker referrals and a few other sources.

Which lead sources would help you by integrating with Relocation Specialist (ReloSpec)?

Let us know, by going here.

What do you know about Constellation Real Estate Group?

As you know the Relocation Specialist (ReloSpec) software was purchased by the Constellation Real Estate Group last November.  This has been a very good thing for all concerned; especially you our valued customers.  Constellation brings many years of dedicated service and expertise in the real estate industry and we look forward to value-added features coming soon as a result.

We thought it would be helpful for you to know more about the Constellation Real Estate Group.

Constellation Real Estate Group is the real estate industry’s top source for software and marketing

40% of the Top 10 US Brokers and over 300,000 real estate professionals drive their success with products from Constellation Real Estate Group.

You are probably more familiar with our different product brands:

Constellation Web Solutions 
Constellation Web Solutions is a real estate marketing company providing industry-leading real estate websites, mobile technologies, data services, and interactive voice response systems. We work with our customers to define strategies and implement innovative ways to grow their businesses by combining strategy, technology, and real estate marketing to provide the best websites available.
constellationws.com

Relocation Specialist
For over 20 years, Relocation Specialist (Relospec) has been a leader in relocation management software. Relocation Specialist tracks and manages all relocation activities, and provides relocation departments and agents effective tools for tracking and distributing referrals.
relosoftware.com

BIRDVIEW 
The BIRDVIEW brand began in 1998 and created an amazing out-of-the-box website solution. It has a rich history in real estate software and built products to impact agents, teams, and small to mid-size offices that are looking for a solution that allows them to use a template based system, with any design they choose that includes hosting, IDX integration, calls to action, lead management, lead routing, drip email marketing, content editing and much more.
birdview.com

Market Leader 
Market Leader provides an intuitive system for agents and teams to generate and convert leads including a customizable IDX website, mobile and desktop CRM, a fully integrated marketing design center and leads products—delivering leads, not impressions—to ensure a steady stream of exclusive leads throughout the year.
marketleader.com

Sharper Agent
Sharper Agent is a full marketing suite that helps real estate professionals systematically build quality lead pipelines through consistent marketing and client relationship management. With thousands of professionally designed marketing templates, automated multi-channel campaigns, online marketing tools, and streamlined contact management, everything you need is at your fingertips.
sharperagent.com

Diverse Solutions 
Diverse Solutions is a leading provider of IDX plug-ins, enabling multiple listing service (MLS) listings to display on real estate agents’ WordPress or custom websites. Diverse Solutions provides easy-to-implement technology to help real estate professionals manage their brands and businesses in a fast and easy way
Diversesolutions.com

Z57
With Z57, you get solutions for social media marketing, connecting with mobile consumers, a professional lead capture website, tons of marketing tools, comprehensive training and unlimited support to help you every step of the way – and all for one low monthly price. In addition to all of our tools and training, you’ll be working with a company who has over 14 years in the real estate internet marketing business dedicated to your success.
Z57.com

Zurple
The #1 Client Generation Software for real estate agents where the focus is on generating more leads, tracking behavior, and optimizing follow up. Zurple intelligently engages leads by sending personalized emails to each lead from your email address. Zurple’s software generates and captures leads while converting them into clients through conversations.
zurple.com

 

Do you want to learn more about a CSI product or service, schedule a demo

We’re Just Getting Started (again!)

As was announced last week, Constellation Web Solutions (CWS) has purchased Relocation Specialist (ReloSpec).  We are all very excited to be a part of the CWS family of real estate-related products and look forward to improvements and new features coming soon to ReloSpec.

As we are just now getting started, here are a few of the things we’re working on:

  • Email to Responses;  this new feature will automatically insert email replies to the ReloSpec Responses table.  Emails sent from ReloSpec will include the database name and referral ID.  When the recipient clicks REPLY and sends the email, it will be forwarded to a ReloSpec server that will extract the email content and insert it into the Responses page.  That way, the user avoids copying/pasting the email content into the referral record.
  • ReloSpec Facelift; Don’t we all want to get things done faster, be easier-to-use and look better?  Watch for a more updated ‘look’ with easier to use features.  We think you’ll appreciate the modern look and love the time-saving features.
  • ReloSpec 1-click with Express pages;  Okay, this one isn’t new, but if you’re not using the ‘Express’ forms on the Main Menu page you should be.  Why?  Because all you do is open the page, fill-in the fields and SUBMIT.  The Action Plan and AutoPilots are automatically run for you and if it’s an ‘Outgoing’ record and the receiving broker has ReloSpec it sends a copy of the record to their Import table!  Quick and easy!
  • FORMS and REPORTS rehab;  We all know there are too many forms and too many reports.  We are in the process of identifying the most-used ones so we can consolidate what we have while providing what you need.
  • Agent Access;  Did you know you can assign an ID/Password to your agents and they can then login, view only their own records in Read-Only mode?  They can send updates on specific referrals, submit new ones and even update their own profile information like phone and email address.  You may assign as many as you like and you may remove access to agent(s) as needed.

 

What about you?  What specific items/features would you like in ReloSpec?  We want to hear your ideas and suggestions.  We have set up a quick survey with a few of the items often mentioned.  Please take a couple minutes to complete the survey or  you can forward your responses to Jim (jevans@prosws.com) or Sue (sue@prosws.com).

 

ReloSpec is going to the Cloud

We’re happy to announce that the Relocation Specialist (ReloSpec) software will soon be running in ‘the cloud’.  In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet.  “But”, you might say, “ReloSpec has been on the Internet for years.  What’s different?”  The answer is ‘a lot’!

ReloSpec will be faster, more reliable and more secure in the cloud.

  • Rather than one server that all users login to there are multiple servers sharing the load
  • A newer, upgraded version of SQL database software is being used to store your data
  • Improved firewall hardware and software, and virus protection
  • As our needs grow, upgrades in memory and disk space will be easier and faster

The cutover date is scheduled for Friday, April 21st beginning at 11:00PM Central time.  During the cutover, ReloSpec will not be available for you to login.  This is so we can transfer all the databases from the old server to the new one.  It is estimated the transfer will take a few hours.  Provided all goes as planned ReloSpec will be available again early Saturday morning, April 22nd.  A follow-up blog will be sent when you’re able to log back in.

Beginning next week the new Internet address to use to login will be www.ReloSpecCloud.com.  You may still be able to access ReloSpec using the current URL you are using, but we prefer you go directly to the new URL.  You’ll use the same ID/Password you use now.

This move to the cloud is the biggest upgrade to ReloSpec since we converted to the Internet version many years ago.  We hope you enjoy the improvements.