Boomtown ROI vs Real Geeks IDX Websites by Columbia SC Real Estate Broker
Comparison by Tonya Graves from Capital City Realty
I launched my Columbia SC real estate website in 2009 in order to target online home searches or as we say in the business to “get leads”. I quickly learned that I would need to do more than build a website to get buyers to register on my site. Online home buyers searching on the Internet want to see the entire inventory for an area or the MLS. They didn’t want to see just my couple of listings.
For a broker to provide the MLS to web users they must provide an IDX or Internet Data Exchange. The first IDX solution I used was Boomtown (ROI). The Boomtown leads management was very expensive at $1500 minimum per month. It was actually higher because they required advertising budgets above and beyond that.
In August 2011 I switched from Boomtown IDX to Real Geeks. I learned of Real Geeks from a real estate colleague and web designer at One Wave Designs named Paul Coffman. He boasted how Real Geeks was very SEO friendly with clean sites that rank well. I know and trust Paul’s knowledge about rankings & lead generation websites so I considered the change.
I reached out to Real Geeks and found them to be super responsive and friendly. When they told me of the cost I was shocked! I could be up and running for less than $160 a month with no required advertising budget. The decision to jump ship from Boomtown and roll out my new website with Real Geeks was a no brainer for me.
Since the transition I have not looked back. My Real Geeks site is easy to use and has a very clean look. I can quickly create original content for my website and edit existing content. Our buyer agents using the system like the simplicity of the back end or lead management system. My site ranks well for my keywords and the amount of leads I get has increased. My daily unique visitors have also increased and I have a very strong conversion rate. Real Geeks provides everything I need to convert more leads and I am saving a ton of money.
Tonya D Graves
Real Estate Professional
Columbia SC Real Estate Sales
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Hello Tanya, Take a look at this www.ezhomesearch.com coming to Columbia in 1st Qtr 2014........Joe
We're using both on two different sites. With RG, I have extremely limited ability to set custom searches. When a lead specifies no mandatory membership, 1st floor, on the water, my hands are tied. BT allows me to select from dozens of search criteria, which keeps me from having to set leads up on MLS searches. And the layout of RG pales in comparison to BT. Big difference in price yes, but BT is a joy to wor with.
Boomtown scammed me. I spent $1500 to build a website after they said a lender they knew would pay the monthly fee. He didn't pay the fee and then they blocked me from using the website.
Boomtown is the worst lead generating site I have ever worked with!! They would lie to you all day long and lick you r ass to get you on board, you sign the contract and guess what... promised number leads is not on the contract, but amount is!! They delivered 30 leads in 1 month and their salesperson (Lier Sou) assured me that 100 is the goal and 80 is minimum!! DO NOT TALK TO THEM!! spend your money on your kids!!
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Awesome. Any open openings in Denver for the system?
I love Real Geeks! Very easy to work with and very responsive! True professionals.
Love your site Tonya D Graves :)
J. Garland Thurman Real Estate
Nice Job Tonya!
Good afternoon everyone, how much cost this tool per month?
Just heard from Jeff and had a great conversation with him. Apparently my emails were going to his spam folder. I use live.com email...
Having the same problem as Joe. Have emailed several times and can't get a response? Anyone know the best way to contact someone?
Cannot say I am surprised. There are a few really good web site providers and you've found one of them. i have sworn off lead gen companies a long time ago, my web site has always been the better source of business. Congrats on your move and to continued sales.
Eddie Dean Harper Jr
Tonya can you email me I would like to ask you a question before I go with real geeks. Thanks firstname.lastname@example.org