5 Must Have Shopping Apps

There’s no excuse for ever giving the wrong gift again with so much technology at your fingertips. Apps abound with information on a plethora of items from all over the internet and wether it’s for friends or family… or just a gift for yourself, you needn’t get lost again. We’ve come up with a selection of five organisation, time saving and big ideas shopping apps that may also go easy on the pocket.

1. Wanelo Shopping by Wanelo, Inc

Named from the abbreviated ‘Want, Need, Love’ Wanelo is a good-looking app that helps you find all that is beautiful in the world. One of the greatest features of this app is the ability to follow stores and other people so you can gain inspiration from their likes and posts presented in a customised feed. This is a great way of uncovering unique and wonderful items posted from the millions of users across the globe.

Check out some of the new features on this app including the ability to filter search results by price and category and also see if anything you’ve been watching has dropped in price. Beware as it’s addictive.

2. The Hunt – Style & Shopping Advice by ShopTAP Inc

Ever see something online but can’t find the store where you buy it or maybe there’s a look that you like and you want to know where to buy the pieces? This app offers the solution through style advice and help from users through photo sharing. Simply ‘start the hunt’ by posting a photo of the look or item you are after and users will reply with pictures of items that follow the same theme.

Rated No 1 Best New Lifestyle App by Apple this app allows users to find lots of different styles of fashion and follow trend setters for the most fashion forward seasonal looks.

3. Etsy by Etsy, Inc

The coolest thing about Etsy is accessibility to hand crafted items from around the world. If you like to avoid buying mainstream items that everybody has then Etsy is the place for you. From homewares to jewellery to pet wear, Etsy has it all and often in a uniquely fashioned way that you just won’t see anywhere else.

With 800,000 sellers around the world you’re sure to find that perfect gift here and can be rest assured that there will be no double ups when you give it!

4. Scoopon by Scoopon Pty Ltd

Australia’s most popular group buying site offers massive savings on services that are all local to where you live. The unique experiences on offer include pamper packages and luxurious dinners out at restaurants at heavily discounted prices.

Every day at noon, you’ll be sent exclusive deals directly to your phone. Pick up an exciting adventure experience for a great gift to be shared with someone special. And with super reasonable prices you can look like you’ve spent a fortune when you’ve actually saved one instead.

5. Gift Plan by Airsource

There’s nothing worse than forgetting a birthday and really not having a clue what to get. With an app like Gift Plan you can get organised by importing occasions like birthdays from Facebook and your own contacts. One of the highlights of this app is making profiles of the people on your gift list. With a profile you can add photos of family and friends you buy for as well as their clothing size and personal taste.

Ever have one of those moments when you’re with someone and they mention something they would just love to have? This app allows you to add this to their profile page or jot it down as an idea. You can add ideas to different occasions under their profile like Christmas and birthday’s as well as prices and brands.

Commercial Agents – What Is Your Plan of Attack to Dominate Market Share?

Just about every commercial real estate agent I talk to wants to build market share, listings, and commissions. Belief is one thing, but action is a different thing that is sadly lacking in the industry. There are on average only 2 in every 10 agents that I would call highly systemized in their processes and successful as a result.

Many agents and salespeople make the mistake of approaching the industry with little planning and focus. They simply go to work every day and do things on a random basis. This is where the results become haphazard and are of little consequence to the growth of market share for the agent. Just about every office principal I know has this problem; they can’t find good people with the right focus and commitment to build a results profile in the local area.

To have a great plan of action as a commercial real estate agent the following will help you:

  1. Devote a key part of your day to the new business prospecting process. This should be the same time, so you can build a habit and strengthen the process. Remarkable as it seems, this is the most neglected part of the average salespersons diary. Failure to devote the right amount of time to this process will see average results and poor performance over the long term. Staggering averages of 8 in 10 agents fall into this range.
  2. This industry is built on relationships with landlords, property investors, business owners, tenants, and property developers. They all have their own priorities and points of focus. They require a special strategic approach in each and every case. The experience and market share you can give these people will help you connect with them and dominate their business.
  3. Given that you must talk to more people each and every day, it is important that you have relevance to your conversation and connection. Most property owners and business leaders are comfortable talking about local property trends and the supply and demand of premises. They also like to know about sales prices, rents, and time on market. You can help with all of these providing you keep in touch with the aspects and trends of market performance.
  4. Every individual salesperson should have access to a comprehensive database process. Unfortunately this is also one of those neglected processes in the industry. Many salespeople do not have the discipline to update the database daily following the contacts with clients and prospects.
  5. To dominate your local property market, the number of sale signs that you have through the region will be critical to market domination. When you place a sign on a property, it is critical to understand that the sign has been correctly placed and is well maintained. Vandalism and interference with real estate agents signs are quite common problems in most real estate markets. Signs that are not well maintained send the wrong message. Keep a list of the signs that are being placed in your local area including that of your competition. You can then use the list for comparing market share.
  6. Every single listing on your books should be comprehensively marketed, and as part of that process a signboard should be placed on the property. In saying this, any exclusive listings should be the priority in your marketing efforts. Vendor paid advertising should also be part of the exclusive listing process. Any open listings are what we call uncontrolled stock, given that the client can talk to many agents at the same time. Any open listings are therefore lower priority in your marketing efforts. Clients that list with you in this way are not committing to you as the agent of choice. You should therefore not commit to them as the client of priority.

Every real estate agent and salesperson should have a definite plan of attack as part of their daily activities. In only that way can you generate new opportunity and sustain relevant contacts with the right people.

Commercial Agents – What If You Have No Prospects?

Many people start off their career in commercial real estate with little or no list of prospects to call and establish business relationships from. As a first priority new salespeople should start to focus their efforts around prospecting and cold calling. The sooner the process starts, the faster they will move ahead in the industry with quality listings and better commissions.

The reality of the commercial property market is that you should have some form of market share within three or four months; that means some listings. Over time the market share can grow and you can even reach the levels of a top agent through persistent and accurate prospecting activities.

So to kick start your career or perhaps to resolve current problems that you may be having with your market share, the following model of prospecting and contact will be useful.

  1. Devote 2 or 3 hours per day to making cold calls from your office using the telephone. This is a distinct discipline and will be initially difficult until such time as you create that habit in your diary. It should be said that this prospecting process is likely to radically change your levels of opportunity quite quickly. Establish a habit for the task and then keep it under way into the future. Regardless of how much business you have currently, keep the levels of prospecting up and accurate.
  2. Find some form of database software to assist you with the collation of market and prospect information. This is a personal process on a daily basis and will allow you to take ownership of your market share. Look at a database each evening so that you can track and plan your telephone calls for the next day.
  3. As mentioned earlier, when you first start your career in the industry, you will likely have no clients to ring. Every call you make will be to someone new that you have not spoken to before. Practicing the call process and your dialogue will help you convert more calls to meetings where there is a genuine need or interest in your offering. Exactly what do you have to offer? Make sure you know that before you start prospecting.
  4. Check out your competitors and most particularly the top agents in the local area. Find out what they’re doing on a daily basis and see what prospecting efforts they are implementing.

Your habits are the key factors that will drive your personal business forward. New habits have to be developed and that takes intense focus and consistent process. Many people enter the industry without understanding this requirement and believe that they will be successful with little or no change to their actions and activities.

Commercial real estate is totally different than any other sales industry, in that you are working with some very experienced and challenging property investors and business proprietors. Some of those people connect to a number of agencies at the same time. Any listing opportunity or potential transaction could be competitive and pressured from the activities and actions of other agents.

Top agents refine their knowledge relating to the property market and the best methods of sale or lease that work currently. Clients like to work with top agents understanding that success is more possible and real. If you aspire to this high level of performance, take time each and every day to practice your processes.