PlanOmatic Named to Inc. 5000 List Second Year Running

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We are proud to have been named to the Inc. 5000 list for the second year running. This year, we ranked #1013 out of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in America with a 391% revenue growth over a three-year-period. We feel so thankful for how far we have come, and for all of the people who have made it possible, our PlanOFam. Thank you. To read more, check out the press release.

 

Giveback Homes Build Day – San Francisco

 

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On July 30, 2016, Giveback Homes, a real estate professional volunteer and donation network, partnered with Habitat for Humanity, an international organization driven to build homes and communities for those in need, to volunteer for Build Day in San Francisco. 

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PlanOmatic was happy to be the first to ever sponsor and provide photography at the event. Our long-time photographer and account manager, AJ Canaria, had the pleasure of capturing this momentous day which brought volunteers together to work on Habitat Terrace, the largest development of it’s kind in the San Francisco area.

AJ says, “I just absolutely love telling a story through pictures. It was fun following around each one of these groups, getting to know each person as I moved from one building to the next, and capturing them in action doing their specific task. Everyone had a smile on their face and really had a great energy to them. It was a rewarding experience being part of something bigger than myself and taking part and doing something for social good.”

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PlanOmatic is proud to sponsor events such as these, which focus on providing everyone a stable home to live in. Working with Giveback homes was a great experience and we can’t wait to see the success they have with future Build Days all across the country and in Nicaragua. We fully support the mission and goals of Giveback Homes and Habitat for Humanity, and we are happy to contribute to such a wonderful cause.

For more information about the San Francisco Build Day, click here.

Denver Business Journal Small Business Award

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We are pleased to have won the Small Business Award in the category of 20-29 employees presented by the Denver Business Journal at the first annual Small Business Award Luncheon on April 19, 2016 at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel in downtown Denver.

PlanOmatic ranked #1 in revenue growth over a three-year period between 2012 and 2014 among companies headquartered in the metro-Denver area in the category of 20 to 29 employees, as of March 1, 2015.

“We are honored to have received this award which is a reminder of the accomplishments we have achieved over the years. It keeps us motivated to continue improving our company and our services for the future of business in the real estate industry,” says CEO Kori Covrigaru.

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Ten nominees were selected for each of the five categories chosen by The Denver Business Journal, based on revenue and number of employees as of March 1, 2015. The categories were 46-75 employees, 30-45 employees,  20-29 employees, 11-19 employees and 1-10 employees. From the nominees, the top three ranking from each category were honored on stage at the Small Business Awards Luncheon. You can view photos here.

The winning companies of each of the five categories are featured in an article that was released on April 22, 2016. This specific publication also discusses how small businesses are performing nationally over a given period of time.

We are blessed to have recognized for this award due to the hard work and dedication of our employees, and the continued loyalty and support from our clientele. Thank you, and we look forward to continuing to serve the real estate industry in the best way we know how, story telling through online marketing.

Industry Articles – Rentals United, Interactive Floor Plans

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PlanOmatic was included in an article published today by Rentals United about interactive floor plan providers. The online article discusses the importance of interactive floor plans in the vacation rental and larger real estate industry. PlanOmatic, as well as two other service providers were featured.

Check out the article here.

PlanOmatic Looks Back on 2015

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PlanOmatic looks back upon the 2015 year – one that was full of relationship building, teamwork and growth. It is the lessons learned from 2015 that will help shape our 2016 year, which we anticipate to be a great one!  See what we accomplished in 2015 with your help, and what we have to look forward to this year.

PlanOmatic Celebrates 10 Years In Business, Achieves More Than 50 percent Revenue Growth in 2015

In the News

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PlanOmatic is thriving thanks to your continued business and support! Check out our recent features and publications in the media:

  • PR Newswire, ““PlanOmatic Named To Inc. Magazine’s List Of America’s Fastest Growing Companies”
  • CityBizList, “PlanOmatic Named To Inc. Magazine’s List Of America’s Fastest Growing Companies”
  • New York Real Estate Journal, “Professional Profile: Kori Covrigaru 2015″
  • REAL Trends TechTouch, “PlanOmatic Named To Inc. Magazine’s List Of America’s Fastest Growing Companies”
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  • Real Estate Whisper, “Virtual Reality in Real Estate – PlanOmatic Interview”
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Inc. 5000 List Announcement

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PlanOmatic is proud to announce that we have made the Inc. 5000 list for the 2015 year!

Every year, Inc. 5000 evaluates companies in North America and produces a list, ranking the fastest growing privately owned businesses. This year PlanOmatic ranked #933 with a 479% 3-year growth!

PlanOmatic is honored to be on this prestigious list among other incredible companies that are working hard to change the landscape of American businesses. We want to thank all of our supporters and our loyal clients who have gotten us to this point of recognition. We appreciate your continued business as we strive to reach great heights in the real estate industry together. Getting to this point certainly required tremendous efforts and determination from the PlanO-team to be able to overcome serious challenges, as we will continue to do as we press forward.

PlanOmatic began as a team of two back in 2005, with our founders, Kori Covrigaru and Aaron Rose. A friendship sparked into a business relationship as the two started the company during their senior year at Western Michigan University; and thus, PlanOmatic was born. After planting the PlanO-seed in Grand Rapids, MI, the company branched out to Miami, FL and continued expanding as business and clientele grew.

Today, we have a headquarters team of 36 and over 100 photographers and technicians that work in over 20 states. There are a number of things that we would say makes PlanOmatic great, including the quality of our products and services, the innovative technology incorporated into the field and daily business operations, and our fantastic customer service. More so than a list of attributes though, is what lies at the heart of PlanOmatic – the people. “We have been building an amazing team and a family that strives for the same goal – success for this company and success for our clients,” says Covrigaru.

As a company, PlanOmatic has learned the keys to growth through experience and evaluation. The success we have experienced is not so much a destination as it is a journey. We are constantly discovering ways to provide quality service and technology to our agents in this competitive market to keep them a step ahead of the curve. We can’t wait to see what the upcoming years will bring. Cheers!

Shea Stone, Marketing Assistant

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Mobile Friendliness, To Be, Or Not To Be…

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That is the question…

In case you haven’t noticed, desktops and home computers have evolved into a scarce medium used for surfing the web. Why, you ask? One word: smartphones. While this may not be the case for everyone, smartphones have quickly developed into a primary tool used for searching the web. It’s crucial that businesses and folks alike realize that use of smartphones has become dominant over use of the ever so familiar laptop and desktop. The significance of being optimized for a mobile device is enormous and to put it bluntly – if you are not a mobile friendly organization you may be losing out on sales and even worse, you may be driving traffic away. Here’s why it’s time to perhaps improve engagement your site;

1. The ongoing growth of smart phones;

It looks as though smartphones have consumed a large part of society and whether we like it or not, many have become reliant on their mobile device(s) when it comes to seeking information via the web. For this reason, use of mobile internet has and will continue to accelerate in our highly tech savvy society.

2. Competitive edge;

If a website is not compatible with a mobile device it is prone to slow things down for the mobile user who’s trying to access the site. This can more than likely deter the end user due to its activity (or lack thereof) and you may unintentionally end up driving them away. Consequently, the mobile user may just head on over to the guy next to you on the Google search results, that is, if he’s optimized for mobile use. The last thing that you want to do is hand a competitor YOUR business, right? Right! Thus, being mobile friendly gives your business a major advantage!

3. Enhanced searched rankings;

Mobile devices + the internet = traffic galore! It’s that simple, websites that are not compatible with handheld devices will most likely see their rankings suffer for it. In fact, Google recently launched a new addition to its search algorithm, formally referred to as ‘Mobilegeddon‘, where Google now automatically filters the search results to display mobile friendly sites over those that are not.

4. Improved user experience;

Client fulfillment is key and it generates loyal business. Assuming that a pleasant user-experience is what you, as a business, strive towards – this is just one step you can take to ensure satisfying the end user. Being mobile friendly means providing a digestible layout, coherent navigation and speedy loading! Ever heard the phrase, “It’s the little things that mean the most”? Well – we’re pretty sure that this is exactly what they were referring to.

So, we say give it a go! It’s time to jump on the mobile-friendly bandwagon, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Seasoning Your Strategy

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With August on the horizon, it’s evident that Summer is slowly winding down and with the change of season, comes fresh opportunities. Would you believe us if we told you that seasons play a critical role in your business practices? If your answer was no, it’s time to become a believer.

Businesses are most successful when their strategy is completely aligned with the industry in which they reside in, right? The real estate industry is what we like to call conditional. Really quick, let’s talk variables; most of you probably have a decent understanding as to what variables are, so we won’t bore you with stale details. We like to think of the real estate business as being the dependent variable, because in actuality, real estate is generally subject to certain circumstances, or independent variables such as, status of the economy, location, etc. Then there’s you, the controlled variable. That’s right, you as the agent are the one thing that stays consistent in the world of realty. Having said this, one of your leading duties is to evolve with the seasons.

As sweltering temperatures lessen, fall will start making its way to us. Trust us we when say that now is a very prosperous time for you – or time to spice things up rather. Fall screams warm hues, sweet aromas and harvest related knickknacks – just the right kind of decor to start incorporating in a home on the market! Buyers are always eager to get settled into a cozy home, but especially prior to the holiday season, which is why tailoring your plan of action to fit the time of year is not only important, but necessary for success.

As a real estate agent there are little things that you can do to compliment each season. Light a cinnamon scented candle, or turn on the fire-place if you are showcasing a home around the holidays. During warmer months, place fresh fruit in a bowl on the kitchen counter. These small details resonate with clients! This also goes hand in hand with keeping the visuals and content fresh and up to date – accordingly. Make sure that photos of a property match the season. I think it goes without saying that a picture of a home covered in snow is quite unseemly for the summertime.

Humans are trained to base an opinion off of a first impression and you only get one chance to do so. No matter how many flowers occupy that snow-capped homes front yard, it won’t do it any justice midsummer. It’s all about presentation and developing with every aspect of the business. As the controlled variable, you have the power to administer a fitting delivery. Get out there and go season the scene!

Visuals; The Ultimate Game Changer

 

Virtual Staging

Ah, Virtual Staging, a sophisticated service in which can literally transform a dull-looking, empty space into an outright furnished room and quite frankly – furnished is an understatement. As a realtor, orchestrating a space is a crucial step and traditional staging can be time consuming and costly. Virtual Staging grants you the ability to conveniently beautify a home or room and if it’s not already evident, we hold this service very near and dear to our hearts.

It’s no secret that humans are visual creatures and we tend to process information primarily based on what we perceive with the naked eye, so having the power to captivate a potential buyer with a click of the mouse is pretty neat, if you ask us. Picture this, *no pun intended*, your newlywed clients are searching for the home in which they intend to establish and raise a family in. Assume that you have the option to show them two different photos of the spacious kitchen in the home. The first being just that; vacant counter space, bare walls and conventional stainless steel appliances.

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On the other hand, the second photo is fully equipped with everything from those thrifty salt and pepper shakers to a vase full of fresh peonies placed on a wooden butcher block island. The second photo posses all of the bells and whistles. Can you guess which photograph is most likely to be aesthetically pleasing to the clients? You guessed it! The second photo embodies much more than decor, but rather a room full of memories to be made. A kitchen table represents pancakes and bacon on a Sunday morning.

Ultimately, when an individual has the ability to plainly see a home or room’s potential, it’s not difficult to envision a life there. In fact, it’s rather inspiring and as a realtor I think it’s safe to say that the utmost goal is to spark passion between your client and a home. Technology has given society and businesses a leg up in more ways than one, but the most valuable advantage technology has given realtors is the ability to make an impression. Now – go get em’!