So basically I used it only as another device to embed our video of photos on HTML advertising.
I don't think people go to YouTube to see real estate videos, but use it for embedding videos on sites.
I may be wrong.
I have used YouTube, but I am walking and narrating at the same time. It is effective, but keep your target in mind. 20 somethings with short attention spans. You have ten seconds to get their attention and two minutes max to deliver your message. Another thought.....when the local media shoots me for television, I make sure to do it in front of one of the homes I have listed. The phone rings off the hook. Look for an agent to whom the media turns for market advice.
Will, I'm mac too.
Heather, you are completely right. I've had a series of videos I couldn't watch because it said I didn't have the plug-in. So I downloaded the plug-in and it said I didn't have enough room on my computer to load it. So I spent two hours cleaning up my computer so I could load the program. I log on, click on the program and don't get the video, just music. Then I see, "If you have a Mac, click here." So I click and it wants me to download it instead of viewing it. I canceled and never even saw the video.
ARRGGGG!!!! And now my website is just as bad.
You will find that your clients will send an email to everyone they know if you do it well. This has lead to some referral business.
I think you have to do everything you can. How can an agent say they are leveraging the technology if they aren't using video?
Realtor.com just released the use of video for listings. I think you will find that they would not have invested in the technology if they didn't think it would make a huge impact in the future.
Depending on your technology you can do an excellent quality. I have been a Mac user for a few years and they have really dialed in the technology with their latest release in software.
Remember we are all fighting to be at the top of the search engines. Who owns Youtube? Google!
For us to include these sites, there must be a potential return. At this time, most buyers are looking at one of the many options avaialable to them for real estate searches.
We are not ruling it out of the future, but it is not on the top of our list for right now. I may revisit and research early 2008.
Great house! I would never have thought of putting a listing on youtube. I will have to get my kids to show me how to do this. Don't laugh, I have a myspace and a facebook, because my kids do and I like to keep an eye on things. I cannot work around int the myspace like the kids do. They put videos up that they have made all of the time!
I love this place! So many good ideas!
Here's an idea for people with access to Realtor.com and listing modifications ... if you do have access to Realtor.com, you can throw that video you put on YouTube, and upload it to Realtor.com in the "enhancements.". There are three different sizes of movies you can load. And there, it comes out very clean and non-pixelated.
Pam, yes, virtual tour. What would you think of for a movie? I do have a 7 minute plus documentary:
I put one of my homes on YouTube and was not pleased with the results. I feel the quality of the video was lacking and didn't showcase the house as well as I would have liked. I believe that to do it right, you need to have some high end equipment and/or hire professionals to film. I'd only do that if I had a fairly high priced listing that was very unique and would probably incorporate the homeowner talking about their home and why the loved living there. Emotion and quality sell!
The listing that I had on YouTube didn't get as many visits as I would have hoped, but that was probably a good thing. It did sell quickly and for top dollar so it was not impacted negatively.
If I dig up my YouTube feed, I'll come back and will post.