ShowingTime hosted its second annual Executive Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Westin Chicago River North.
The invitation-only event was created to help our valued MLS and Association partners learn and apply critical ShowingTime business tools and engage with other ShowingTime clients who are transforming their organizations for the growing real estate data economy.
A buffet lunch at Harry Caray’s preceded the event, which began at 1 p.m. CDT and concluded with a waterfront dinner cruise.
The following is a breakdown of some items discussed at this year’s Executive Forum after an introduction by ShowingTime CEO Scott Woodard:
ShowingTime for the MLS
Many features and changes have been implemented, including several coming as a result of direct feedback from our customers. Items we’ve worked on improving and exploring in recent months include:
- Appointment subtype
- Out-of-office settings
- New features for mobile listing activity reports
- Abbreviated and verbose SMS
- Broadcast messaging
- Office activity report office filters
- Listing agent scheduling block override
- Appointment trends, showing reports
- MarketStats graph in confirmation emails
MarketStats by ShowingTime
An overview of our statistics services was provided including a short, live demonstration of the following products and what’s new:
- MarketView MLS
- ShowingTime Showing Index™
ShowingTime Appointment Center Plus: Another division of the ShowingTime Appointment Center that serves as a personal assistant for buyer’s agents.
Showing Request API: Helps buyers request appointments on their own online, delivering the lead directly to the listing agent and/or listing office.
Open House Cctivity: Data will be imported and added to an agent’s listing activity reports.
ShowingCart® Improvements: We want to provide a total mobile experience, making it easy for agents to add showings to an upcoming or in-progress tour, auto-suggest times and faster routes, get real time driving directions and more.
Geofence Based Notifications: Helps agents view appointment details fast when they arrive at a showing, as well as auto-alert sellers when the showing is done so they can return home.
Round Table Discussions
Various topics were discussed round-robin in small groups. The discussion topics at each table included:
- ShowingTime Mobile App and what’s new
- ShowingTime activity widgets
- ShowingTime™ Showing Index
- APIs to link industry data
- Lockbox integration
Client Feedback and Discussion
“We consider ShowingTime the most valuable service we offer, even more valuable than the MLS.” – Steve Byrd, Carolina Multiple Listing Service, Inc.
“Ninety-seven percent of appointments are made online in our market place. It’s huge.” – Mary Frances Adams, Bright MLS/TREND
“Our staff has been in awe of the professionalism and enthusiasm that your staff has provided in turning this on for us and we’ve just been so delighted and impressed with how your organization is.” – Rachel Wiest, Triangle MLS
Lockbox: Sherri Miller, Greater Scranton Board of Realtors
Amazon Echo: Joseph Cullom, Charleston-Trident MLS
Nest Thermostat: Gene Millman, Northern Nevada Regional MLS