Friday, August 29, 2008

Top Ten reasons to have Virtual Tours on your website

1. 60% of internet users take virtual tours online
(Source: ClickZStats - Nov 2006)

2. Properties complete with virtual tours are , on average clicked 10 times more than those that do not offer the service
(Source: Property Week)

3. Virtual tours reduce the amount of wasted viewings by 40%
(Source: Property Week)

4. Virtual tours serve up over 5 million trips per day, up from roughly 2 million in 2004 (Source: ClickZStats - Nov 2006)

5. On a typical day, more than six million people are taking virtual tours in cyberspace, up from roughly two million in 2004.(2006 Pew Internet & American Life Study)

6. Statistics from REALTOR.COM show that listings with virtual tours get clicked on 40% more than listings without virtual tours. -- Susan Barber in the Business Development section of RISMedia's Real Estate magazine (May 2006)

7. 80% of Internet shoppers say images are imperative when deciding to buy or use a company's product or services.(2006 Pew Internet & American Life Study)

8. A compelling use of virtual tour technology will keep visitors on your site, and will also keep them coming back.

9. In cyberspace, a site with a virtual tour and interactive media will receive
38% more views than a competitor's site that is lacking media. (2006 Pew Internet & American Life Study)

10. 47% said virtual tours were very important to a listing

And more...

• 80% of consumers search for information online. That means at least 60% of your marketing dollars should be spent optimizing your company online.

• 96.2% of travelers use the Internet as a source of information when planning a trip.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Dont Blame it on someone else

I have heard this theory that the Philippines will never be a strong country because we have inherited Spanish traits, we have been colonized by Spain for 300 years and thats why we have their traits.

Baloney.

Spain is a powerhouse in the Olympics, they have been gathering olympic golds in the past, even in the present. A country that wins in Olympics reflects how the people behave and work in their own country.

Now, why are we blaming our colonizers?

Sure we have been seeing red tape, and corruption in the Philippines since birth and seeing that in early stages make it seem normal, sometimes we even see it as something right, God forbid. Manyana habits, being late and procrastination are something we blame for our colonizers. But isn't those bad traits universal to other culture as well?

But as these things are learned, they can be unlearned.

If it is wrong, just refuse to do it. People will respect you for that. and they will not ask you next time to do it again (usually) because they know your stand prior to that.

We stand a chance, if not in your lifetime or mine, maybe in our children's lifetime. But we need to plant the seeds right now

Galatians 6:7 says - You reap what you sow.

Let's plant the good sees - the good traits now, so our children can reap the harvest later. Maybe even in our lifetime.

But we need to do it now.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Proud of my Mama

My mom, who retired a month ago from teaching at Aurora A Quezon as a Public Teacher, was suddenly taking charge of our Village "beautification" services.

Her first project is to clean-up our public park and repaint the whole thing. Here are some pics, and then some.