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Coldwell Banker Skills for Amazon Alexa

As we move toward fully embracing voice-enabled technology and fully functional smart homes, Coldwell Banker has kept a pulse on the latest trends. Now Coldwell Banker is turning up the volume with an Amazon Alexa Skill for agents, brokers, and client to get real estate news on-the-fly.

Thanks to Amazon, “Alexa” has become a household name. On June 6th, 2017 Amazon Alexa users were one step closer to finding the homes of their dreams thanks to a partnership with Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. By prompting Amazon’s voice assistant with,

“ Alexa, Ask Coldwell Banker for the Home of the Week,”

users will hear a one-minute description of a featured Coldwell Banker listing and be connected to their Coldwell Banker office.

On August 1st, 2017 Coldwell Banker unveiled its second Skill for Amazon Alexa — the Coldwell Banker Gen Blue News Skill. By prompting Alexa with,

“Alexa, open Gen Blue News”,

agents will hear the latest Coldwell Banker news and access additional resources through the Alexa app.


What is a Skill?
An Amazon Alexa Skill is an app for the voice-controlled Amazon Echo speakers.

How does it work? Once you enable the skill, just prompt Alexa with, “Alexa, open Gen Blue News.” In less than 90 seconds, Gen Blue News delivers best practices, industry insights and quick challenges to help you grow your business.

Why develop the Skill? Coldwell Banker surveyed its brokers and agents and found that 79 percent of respondents would be interested in a smart home speaker, like an Amazon Echo or Dot, that was equipped with real estate news and industry insights. Your wish is our command!

What can I expect from the Gen Blue News Skill? Episodes will feature quick tips and useful info to stay ahead in the market, challenges to act on immediately to drive business and agent success stories that offer an important dose of inspiration.

Who can I expect to hear from in the Gen Blue News Skill? You’ll hear the voices of brand leadership, industry insiders and the brokers and agents who make up the Coldwell Banker network. The first episode of the Skill features Brad Inman, founder, and owner of Inman News, the leading source for real estate industry news. This episode is all about how agents can suit up for change with the innovative technology available in the real estate business.

How can I try this out for myself? You can search for the Coldwell Banker Gen Blue News Skill in the Amazon Alexa smartphone app, or using your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you can ask Alexa, “Enable Coldwell Banker Gen Blue News.”


 

“We’ve heard from agents that they are interested in voice-enabled technology and smart home devices, so we wanted to make sure there was another Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa available to help the community keep a pulse on the latest trends and breaking real estate headlines. We’re excited to work with Amazon again to create our second Alexa Skill and expand our tech offerings for agents.”

— David Marine, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

 

There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® and the Coldwell Banker brand. We will work continuously to bring the latest news, tools, and support to help you bring the very best to your clients!

Show off your “Alexa Skills” by tagging us in a video of you trying out this latest development in smart home technology.

REALTOR® Rally 2016 – It’s A Wrap!

November 11th — Wow. Awesomeness. We have a true love of what we do here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® and the passion to share it with one another; but more importantly with everyone who has a place to call home.

REALTOR® Rally is a culmination of strategic planning and the desire to create an immersive learning experience. Classes taught by our valued partners, Sales Agents and Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC., guests were the hub of what made this event such a success. A framework of vendors brought their “A” game to share services, tools and ideas to equip attendees with a kickstart of business for 2017.

It is really tough to formulate into words what an experience this was for all of us. Rather than describe each class, amount of attendees and the usual stats, we wanted to share the photos. Our team of photographers were on hand to capture as many moments as we could. BUT, some of these photos were taken by our agents, employees and guests who shared their experiences on social media.

Thank you to everyone who attended. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we’re already planning for next level awesomeness experience.

Enjoy these inside the event glimpses:

Gabe Richter, VP of Marketing and Technology for Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® feeling the love from D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli in his efforts on this years REALTOR® Rally 2016.

A delicious All-American breakfast brought to our attendees by American Home Shield.

Registration table, handing out custom lanyards and swag bag to all the attendees – left to right; Pam Meegan, Rachelle Lozano, Norma Luna and Jackie Thibadeau.

D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli welcoming everyone during the opening ceremonies. It was a full house!

A very special announcement was made, one that immortalizes Herbert Harper, D’Ann’s late husband of almost 45 years. There is nothing more important in the CBHarper culture, than family. So to both honor and celebrate that family D’Ann and Leesa have put together a scholarship fund in Herbert Harper’s name available only to the employees, agents and their children. More on this to come…

Thank you to Chris Harris (pictured above) and the entire team over at Sunbelt Lending (formerly CB Mortgage) who have gone above and beyond to continue to serve to needs of our clients and sales agents.

Anna Visioli , VP of Digital Marketing at Coldwell Banker LLC., she is behind the online experience. Her presentation offered true insight to the digital CB platform.

Craig Hogan actively engaging on all the leading trends in the luxury market efforts tied to Coldwell Banker Previews International. As the VP of Luxury for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC., Craig has been an active participant and trainer in the Coldwell Banker Previews International efforts for many years.

David Marine, VP of Brand Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC., speaks about the newest “Awesomeness”campaign. David is responsible for the brand’s media strategy and the engagement of consumers across all parts of the marketing process as well as connecting internationally. Singularly well versed professional in the realm of content strategy, social products and tools, and video production.

Our friends at Nothing Bundt Cakes San Antonio / Stone Oak sharing some delicious samples and giving out sweet prizes (bundt cake towers).

Our friends at Nothing Bundt Cakes San Antonio / Stone Oak sharing some delicious samples and giving out sweet prizes (bundt cake towers).

The team at Trinity Title of San Antonio posing for photos with several of our agents, Ruby Servin and Carla Fear.

The team at Trinity Title of San Antonio posing for photos with several of our agents, Ruby Servin and Carla Fear.

Elvis was in the building! Thank you to Guaranteed Inspections for inviting the King of Rock & Roll

Elvis was in the building! Thank you to Guaranteed Inspections for inviting the King of Rock & Roll

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Andy Smith, REALTOR® hosting a class with some insider tips on how to win those listings!

Andy Smith, REALTOR® hosting a class with some insider tips on how to win those listings!

Craig Hogan's class on "Luxury That Leads". We are so grateful he was not only able to be at our event, but to provide a solid knowledge base on the trends in luxury real estate.

Craig Hogan’s class on “Luxury That Leads”. We are so grateful he was not only able to be at our event, but to provide a solid knowledge base on the trends in luxury real estate.

Melissa Espinales, on point at the vendor expo! See that gold basket? Each person with their name inside was entered to win a host of wonderful prizes.

Melissa Espinales, on point at the vendor expo! See that gold basket? Each person with their name inside was entered to win a host of wonderful prizes.

Selfies in our REALTOR® Rally 2016 photo frame! Don't forget to hashtag. #CBHarperRR2016 #Rally2016

Selfies in our REALTOR® Rally 2016 photo frame! Don’t forget to hashtag. #CBHarperRR2016 #Rally2016

Leslie and Lee'Ann Kramer from Traditions Interior. They were also a partner in our vendor expo - thank you Leslie and Lee'Ann!

Leslie and Lee’Ann Kramer from Traditions Interior. They were also a partner in our vendor expo – thank you Leslie and Lee’Ann!

Bizzy Darling, Rookie of the Year for 2015, speaks about success in the first year to her peers.

Bizzy Darling, Rookie of the Year for 2015, speaks about success in the first year to her peers.

Daniel Castillo, REALTOR® speaking to his peers about how to turn renters into buyers.

Daniel Castillo, REALTOR® speaking to his peers about how to turn renters into buyers.

Wendy Ague, REALTOR® and selfie expert, enjoying REALTOR Rally 2016 representing the Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper, REALTORS® North East Sales Office.

Wendy Ague, REALTOR® and selfie expert, enjoying REALTOR Rally 2016 representing the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® North East Sales Office.

Entrance to the Vendor Expo ballroom where all of the agents had a chance to win prizes, treats and meet professionals in their industry. Thank you to all of those who partnered with us in the vendor expo.

Entrance to the Vendor Expo ballroom where all of the agents had a chance to win prizes, treats and meet professionals in their industry. Thank you to all of those who partnered with us in the vendor expo.

Sales agents, guests and partners crowded the expo relishing the freebies and services offered.

Sales agents, guests and partners crowded the expo relishing the freebies and services offered.

David Henry from Card Isle providing a demo of their personalized greeting card program.

David Henry from Card Isle providing a demo of their personalized greeting card program.

Entered into the drawing and ready to win!

Entered into the drawing and ready to win!

A break from the steady stream of guests at the registration table. Pam Meegan and Luisa Horton, Marketing Dept.

A break from the steady stream of guests at the registration table. Pam Meegan and Luisa Horton, Marketing Dept.

Several of the Marketing and E-Leads team handling setup, but stopped for a quick photo.

Several of the Marketing and E-Leads team handling setup, but stopped for a quick photo.

Swag bags with a slew of freebies and exclusive offers are excitedly handed out/enjoyed by all.

Swag bags with a slew of freebies and exclusive offers are excitedly handed out/enjoyed by all.

Perfect blend of excitement and serious conversation buzz throughout the day.

Perfect blend of excitement and serious conversation buzz throughout the day.

Food shot - speaks for itself. Also looks great on Instagram!

Food shot – speaks for itself. Also looks great on Instagram!

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