PlanOmatic Partners with William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund

Shelton, Conn (PRWEB) July 11, 2013

Today, the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund announced its inaugural class of partners for the newly launched Partner Program. Partner companies support the mission of the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund by donating a portion of each sale, and in some cases other financial incentives to the Breast Cancer Fund.

“By partnering with the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund, these companies have another way in which to give back to the communities they serve,” said Bill Raveis, chairman and chief executive officer of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance. “Our partners are joining us in the fight against breast cancer, and we look forward to growing the program as we move forward.”

Since 2004, the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund[1] has raised over $1.6 million to support the William Raveis-ASC Patient Navigator Program at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn. and the Patient Navigator Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. Combined, these two Patient Navigator programs assisted more than 1,300 patients in 2012.

“We are very excited to welcome our first partners, SWAT Environmental and PlanOmatic, to the program,” said Bill Gamelli, senior vice president of customer services at William Raveis, who developed and manages the program. “We’re proud to have partnered with such highly respected companies. They were perfect fits for the program because of both the services they provide and their presence in the Northeast.”

Soil, Water and Air Technologies (SWAT) Environmental is the nation’s largest provider of radon reduction and vapor intrusion mitigation and remediation services. Since opening their doors in 1988, SWAT Environmental’s team has corrected radon problems with 100% success.

“We’re so excited to be a part of this amazing program,” said Eric Schmitt, president of SWAT Environmental Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Bill Gamelli from the early development stages of the Partner Program, and knowing how well respected William Raveis is, not only in Connecticut but throughout the Northeast, drove our decision to be so heavily involved.”

“The William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund Partner Program is a wonderful opportunity for us,” said Adam Neale, president of SWAT Environmental Massachusetts and New Hampshire. “I couldn’t be prouder that SWAT Environmental is one of their first partners.

PlanOmatic offers full service real estate marketing tools that engage potential buyers in a stunning visual experience. By combining interactive floor plans enriched with elegant professional photography, PlanOmatic helps brokerages market their listings better and brand themselves professionally.

“We’ve been searching for a noble cause to contribute to for quite some time, and we’re thrilled to partner with William Raveis and the Breast Cancer Research Fund,” said Aaron Rose, vice president of corporate accounts and co-founder of PlanOmatic. “We’re excited about strengthening our relationship with William Raveis while supporting such a great foundation.”

About SWAT Environmental:
SWAT Environmental is the largest radon & vapor intrusion company serving Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire as well as Northern and Central New Jersey. Their knowledgeable staff has over 100 years combined experience in the indoor air quality industry, and has successfully mitigated soil vapors in residential houses, schools, townhouses, condominiums, businesses, and government buildings. They currently have the largest number of soil gas mitigation professionals in the world.

About PlanOmatic:
PlanOmatic offers full service floor plan and photography interactive home tours in regions across the US. They are best known for high quality photography, customer care and being a technology leader in the industry. PlanOmatic was the first real estate marketing firm to offer PhotoPlan Mobile, an interactive floor plan optimized for iOS devices. PlanOmatic offers an array of software licensing services in addition to their PlanOmatic PhotoPlan division. For more information, visit planomatic.com.

About William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance:
William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance is one of the top companies in the nation. It was ranked in 2012 by sales volume in Real Trends 500® Magazine as the #1 family-owned real estate company in the Northeast, the 3rd largest family-owned and the 8th largest real estate company in the USA. The innovative firm is known as an “Award-Winning Team,” being nationally recognized as an industry leader in technology, marketing and REALTOR® education. Such recognition includes winning the coveted “Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise” distinction and placing as a finalist for “Most Innovative Website or Web Service” at Inman News’ 2011 Innovator Awards, held in San Francisco, California. William Raveis’ award-winning website, raveis.com, draws more than 10 million visits annually and includes more than 300,000+ MLS listings in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont.

For four consecutive years, William Raveis has been named as “The Best Real Estate Company” by the Commercial Record and was awarded the Banker & Tradesman’s Gold Medal Residential Brokerage award from 2008-2011. William Raveis was also named the #1 “Best Place to Work” in 2010 & 2012 by the prestigious Boston Business Journal. The Boston Business Journal placed the firm as a finalist “Best Place to Work” in 2011.

William Raveis Real Estate is a household name in its founding state, CT and is the #1 real estate company in world-renowned Fairfield County. The company entered the Massachusetts marketplace in 2003 and, according to the 2010 closed sales volume in the Multiple Listing Service Pin, is now the largest independent brokerage in that state with 30 offices. William Raveis recently expanded into New York and presently has offices in Rye, Harrison, Katonah, Chappaqua, Tarrytown and Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County and offices in Nyack, Rockland County. The firm has 3,000 highly trained sales professionals and over 90 company-owned and affiliate offices in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. For more information, visit raveis.com or blog.raveis.com.

[1] The William Raveis Charitable Fund and the William Raveis Breast Cancer Research Fund are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization.

True Full Screen Slideshow Launched

In October of 2010, PlanOmatic decided to boldly go where most real estate photography companies have never gone before by dropping Adobe Flash technology. At the time, some may have called us crazy. Just a year prior, we were the first company to release a mobile interactive floor plan presentation optimized for the iPhone. We have always had a company culture that looked to the future, not to the past.

When we dropped Flash, it meant we had to make a few sacrifices, one of them being true full screen slideshow support. We were able to provide full browser screen slideshows, but we didn’t have the technology available to take control over the entire screen. That changes today with our latest PhotoPlan 3GN release. Click the image below to view this Massachusetts PhotoPlan and find the “Full Screen” button in the bottom right hand corner.

This change is one of many projects we have on our list for 2012 and we have many more in the queue. We hope everyone enjoys the fruits of full screen slideshows without the need for Adobe’s Flash plugin. The only caveat here is that our favorite application, Internet Explorer (7, 8 & 9), does not yet support full screen mode using JavaScript. Did you sense the sarcasm in that last sentence?

Photography Credit: Daniel Wodecki, PlanOmatic

PlanOmatic Welcomes William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

On behalf of our entire staff in Connecticut, here in Denver, Michigan and beyond, I’d like to welcome William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty as our latest corporate partnership. William Pitt Sotheby’s, a premier residential real estate firm in Connecticut, has been a valued client of ours for over two years. To make it official and have the ability to offer their agents a company-wide corporate discount makes perfect sense for both parties. Our company cultures mesh very well, and it’s an honor to have PlanOmatic mentioned alongside William Pitt Sotheby’s. Here are a few excerpts from today’s press release:

“We’re extremely pleased to provide our agents with the valuable benefits of PlanOmatic products,” said Vincent Socci, Director of Marketing at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. “With unmatched quality and precision detail, these are custom solutions designed to showcase our listings with a competitive edge while enhancing the prominence of our brand.”

“We’ve been receiving very positive feedback from the agents at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty throughout the time we’ve worked with the firm,” adds Mr. Rose. “In the real estate industry, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty is synonymous with luxury and quality. We’re proud and excited to have them on board as the latest addition to our distinguished family of corporate partnerships.”

Click here to read the complete press release.

PlanOmatic Launches “Modern Theme” PhotoPlan

Introducing PhotoPlan Modern Theme

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Tomorrow, PlanOmatic is launching PhotoPlan Modern Theme. If you already thought our PhotoPlan was a slick and elegant viewer, wait till you see this. Here are a few of the new tricks Modern Theme has to offer:
  • Full-browser screen mode
  • Even faster load time
  • Wider, larger images
  • Better use of thumbnails
  • Clearer photo captions
  • Cleaner slideshow user interface
  • iPad finger swiping & interactive floor plans

Click here to see PhotoPlan Modern Theme in action!

Now that we introduced Modern Theme, that means you have THREE different themes to choose from. Vintage, Classic and Modern.

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We strongly encourage any form of constructive feedback. Please don’t hesitate to let us know your thoughts.

622 Riversville Road Virtual Tour from PlanOmatic – GreenwichStreets.com

Mark Pruner of Prudential Connecticut Realty in Greenwich, CT wrote some nice things about PlanOmatic in his blog post. In particular, he had great things to say about Rob Staub, our southeast Connecticut photographer, Barr Covrigaru, Production Coordinator and Chad Gagnon, Production Manager. Thanks for the review Mark, and a very cool blog if I may say so myself!

Happy Holidays from The PlanOmatic Team

From all of us here at PlanOmatic headquarters, and your local photographers around the country, we wish you a warm and happy holiday season. May 2012 bring you good health, happiness and great success.

Sincerely,

The PlanOmatic Team

Pictured above from left to right: Chad Gagnon, Arie, Kori and Barr Covrigaru, Aaron Rose and Kevin Knol.

Prudential Connecticut Realty Announces PlanOmatic Photography and Floor Plans as Recommended Vendor

Wallingford, Connecticut (PRWEB) October 10, 2011

Prudential Connecticut Realty and PlanOmatic have entered into a corporate agreement to provide PlanOmatic photography and floor plan interactive home tours to Prudential CT Realty’s agents. As a result of this partnership, PlanOmatic is now a recommended vendor, which entitles the broker’s agents to exclusive pricing and services by the marketing provider.

“We are excited to be able to now offer PlanOmatic products and services to our agents,” said Jeff Spiegel, Prudential CT Realty’s Marketing Director. “Their professional photography, attention to quality and dedication to mobile platforms are the key reasons we chose to include them into our recommended vendor program. This is a great opportunity to market our listings at a high level, and a tremendous opportunity for our Fine Homes Division.”

“We have worked with Prudential CT agents all over the state for quite some time now and with positive results,” said Kori Covrigaru, PlanOmatic CEO. “Once the opportunity arose to work directly with corporate, and have their approval, it wasn’t rocket science to get the deal done.”

Prudential Connecticut Realty is a full service, locally owned company backed by the strength of a solid national and global brand. Our core values, service philosophy, cutting edge technology and most importantly our people, are what make us the leading real estate company in all the areas we serve. We are committed to providing the highest quality real estate services possible and making each customer experience one that surpasses their expectations.

PlanOmatic offers full service floor plan and photography interactive home tours in regions across the US. They are best known for high quality photography, customer care and being a technology leader in the industry. PlanOmatic was the first real estate marketing firm to offer PhotoPlan Mobile, an interactive floor plan optimized for iOS devices (Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). Recently, PlanOmatic made a giant leap by ridding their product of Adobe Flash, a move also made by Google, Facebook, YouTube, etc. PlanOmatic offers an array of software licensing services in addition to their full service floor plan and photography division.

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PlanOmatic Quarterly Newsletter

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A Quarterly Newsletter Sharing the Latest & Greatest at PlanOmatic

We hope you had a wonderful beginning to the 2011 Holiday Season. We are pleased to announce that the past quarter has been our fastest growing quarter over the last five years, and we have nobody else to thank, but you. Our next quarter will be focused mainly on planning and preparation for 2012. Let me share with you some of our latest and greatest advances.


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PhotoPlan SPEED: We recently deployed an upgraded PhotoPlan that boasts far greater speed through code optimization and Amazon S3 cloud storage. The positive reviews have been overwhelming. Check out this NYC Penthouse for yourself.


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Photo Uploader: PlanOmatic has opened the flood gates for you to upload your own photos. Whether they be a few extra shots you took after the wallpaper came down, or maybe you want a new primary photo that matches the current season. Now you can, and we’ve made the process simple and convenient.


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Drag & Drop Photo Editing: No more cumbersome drop-down menus and arrows. Our development team has adopted technology used by other companies such as Facebook, Google and Flickr, to give you a user friendly experience when sorting your images.


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Real Estate Connect NYC by Inman: This year, PlanOmatic is a Bronze Sponsor at Connect. We took the opportunity to sponsor this conference because we truly believe in the Inman culture, and what this conference has to offer. If you are interested in attending, click this link to register at $649 instead of $899, a savings of $250. If you already plan on attending, we would love to meet you there. PlanOmatic is planning a little surprise at the conference as well, so look for us right around cocktail hour!



We hope you are as excited as we have been to roll out these new features. We welcome your feedback, so please don’t hesitate to reply with your praise, or requests for future development.

Sincerely

Kori Covrigaru, CEO
Direct: 303-658-0670

866-599-PLAN (7526)
www.PlanOmatic.com

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“and if you have anyone who plows and shovels send that too”

Photo courtesy of Kevin Knol

This is what Jim Guarrera meant when he said “bring plows and shovels” As soon as I read that, I knew working with Jim and his colleagues at Carey & Guarrera Real Estate Associates was going to be fun.  Jim works in Western Connecticut, and if you’ve been paying any attention to the weather, you know that another snowstorm is lurking in the midwest, ready to take down the east coast yet again.

The folks in Connecticut are bracing for their third 1+ foot snow storm of the season.  Without a doubt, this year’s plethora of snow has taken a toll on real estate, as well as other business across the east coast, and the fact that Jim can chuckle over it makes me happy to announce our latest Corporate Relationship with his brokerage.

Through our corporate agreement, we are happy to provide Carey & Guarrera with discounted pricing, priority scheduling, and even a dedicated bat line to the CEO’s desk. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship in 2011.

Flash Free PlanOmatic PhotoPlan 3GN Home Tour

No, not the flash on our cameras.  The flash I’m talking about is Adobe’s Flash.  You remember, right?  It’s the Flash that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, has repeatedly criticized for mobile use, specifically for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.  It’s the action that results in a “Please download Flash…” message when browsing a flash-based website on your iPhone or iPad.  It’s the Flash that seems to be dying a not to slow death.

At this point, it’s no longer up to us to decide whether Steve Jobs is right or wrong.  Apple has clearly paved the way for our current and future mobile experience.  It’s now up to us to make sure our end users (potential buyers) are getting the experience they set out for upon visiting a PlanOmatic PhotoPlan for one of your listings.  We’re not the only ones moving away from Flash.  Here are some big name companies that have either scrapped Flash altogether, or have an HTML5 or JavaScript substitute:

There are many more not listed here, and many yet to come.

Well, that’s exactly what we’ve been cooking up in our kitchen, and the meal is ready to be served.  A special shout-out goes to our friends at FarView Consulting for a job very well done.  Introducing (drums please)… The PlanOmatic PhotoPlan 3GN, completely free of Adobe Flash.

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Photo Gallery

Contact Page

Property Info

Interactive Floor Plan

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PhotoPlan 3GN now allows our home tours to be usable on all Internet platforms for both mobile and desktop.  Don’t worry, we still have our proprietary PhotoPlan Mobile for the iPhone.  So if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, right about now you’re asking yourself “So what? Why are people bothering me with this Flash crap all the time?” If you’re one of those people, take a step back for a moment and think about this.  You actually don’t really care whether your PhotoPlan works on your own mobile device. Why? BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT THE ONE WHO WILL HOPEFULLY BUY YOUR LISTING!  Based on this article by AppleInsider, chances are that 33% or more of the potential buyers searching for real estate from a mobile device are doing it using Apple’s iOS  on the iPhone, and we’re not even talking about the iPod Touch or iPad.

Ok.  So I covered exactly why we moved away from Flash, but here’s the real reason for this post.  Not only did we convert our PhotoPlan viewer from Flash to JavaScript, but we took this opportunity to completely redesign the entire presentation, inside and out.  Here are the main points you need to know about PhotoPlan 3GN, and why it’s a huge leap from our Flash-based PhotoPlan Pro:

  • Clean and elegant with a great user experience. No hard to find features. Everything organized and always just one click away.
  • 3GN focuses on your large, beautiful photos, now at 830 pixels wide displayed at an HD 3:2 ratio, more than double the size of our previous viewer.
  • Mobile, mobile, mobile. PhotoPlan 3GN works seamlessly on the iPad. Don’t worry, we still have our proprietary PhotoPlan Mobile for the iPhone.
  • A full page dedicated to branding yourself with more information than ever. Same goes for Property Information.
  • Location, location, location. Large integrated Google map/satellite view.
  • PhotoPlan 3GN loads faster than you can say the word “Internet”.
  • New, redesigned interactive floor plan. We separated the photo gallery from the interactive floor plan viewer, now getting the best of both worlds.

PlanOmatic is offering PhotoPlan 3GN on an exclusive basis for the remainder of 2010.  If you are interested in participating, please post a comment or email me at kori(at)planomatic(dot)com.  Once you apply, please allow us 2-3 business days to get back to you.

We hope you find this to be as ground breaking as we do. Without a doubt, this change will make the home buyer experience more friendly and more focused on what is important about YOUR listing.