We’ve Come So Far… We Have So Far to Go #StartUp #CREtech

 31st August 2015    David_Perlmutter

After a couple of weeks, we’ve had 65 downloads of the QuantumListing App, and 150 listings uploaded. We’ve netted $126 on app sales from the App Store (2 x 1 year, 2 x 1 month). However, we did start giving early adopters a free 1 year Premium Membership after the first few days.  If you don’t have the app yet, you can get it here. None of the numbers above really have much meaning, except that we now have a product on the market. We’ve come so far…we have so far to go.

How much did I spend on developing the app? So far, it is in the neighborhood of $50-75,000. I am not sure that is a completely fair number, since all of my time is uncompensated. Office space and other related expenses are shared with my real estate brokerage, Perlmutter Properties, so there is also savings there. My development team is spread around the world, in Bulgaria, Australia, and India (although the web developers in India are being replaced). This has been an economical way of developing the app, but can be frustrating at times, as communications with the development team are all via email and Skype. We’ve come so far…we have so far to go.

Additionally, the expenses are lower than they might have been since this is the third app I’ve developed, so some of the mistakes were made on those prior experiences, and I’ve segregated those costs from this project. Keeping expenses down are important for any startup. Being a self-funded startup makes that fiduciary responsibility very personal. We’ve come so far…we have so far to go.

There have not been setbacks and missteps along the road on the QuantumListing journey. Release was delayed a few weeks when we opted to change our original name, Leaseagram, after the attorney for Facebook/Instagram contacted my attorney. It’s not that you can’t have -gram in your name, it is just that you can’t have it if you are using their API for registration or to post to their site, which is apparently written in the fine print of their click through agreement. I decided it was better to switch than fight a deep pocketed behemoth. We’ve come so far…we have so far to go.

The website should have been up and fully functional, too. I was so focused on making sure the app provided a good user experience, that I neglected the website more than I should.  As a result, we scrapped most of what we had done and are starting the design and function pretty much from scratch. Right now, if you visit QuantumListing.com you will see a marketing page for the app. We’ve come so far…we have so far to go.

Also, shortly after releasing QuantumListing, we experienced a problem with our email, caused by a system problem at our host. That cost us at least a week, and probably some bad experiences for a few users, as they were not receiving their activation emails, and could not contact. Fortunately that problem was resolved, and it is one of the things that prompted us to start with our temporary Free Membership program. We’ve come so far…we have so far to go.

There are a several little things we’ll adjust to the app on the next iteration, but I’m generally happy with how it came out. It looks good, and I like the way it functions. I am a huge fan of the buttons on the title bar that allow users to call, e mail or visit the website of the listing agent. If we can find any way to make adding listings easier, we’ll do it. We’ll also activate a couple of the social features. We’ve come so far…we have so far to go.

Once we have a few hundred users and have gotten some feedback, we’ll start the next version in earnest. So if you have any thoughts on how to improve QuantumListing, contact me at david@quantumlisting.com.  We’ve come so far…we have so far to go.

Fill out the form and we’ll give you a free one year Premium Membership (THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED BUT WE’RE STILL GIVING A 3 MONTH TRIAL!).

Onward and Upward! Let’s Celebrate with a Free Premium Membership Giveaway. #CRETech

 25th August 2015    David_Perlmutter

All systems are GO! We have gotten over the GoDaddy email problem that was plaguing us for the last week. The only good thing to come out of it was a lesson in how not to give customer service. But, let’s not dwell on the negative. We’ve got a gift for you.

If you download and register the app, and send me an email at david@quantumlisting.com or a message on Twitter @QuantumListing, we’ll give you a free year’s Premium Membership, a $79.99 value. (Don’t have QuantumListing yet? Download it HERE.) We hope you’ll get busy adding your listings, so QuantumListing can become the useful tool for searchers, owners and agents we’ve meant it to be.

Posting your listings to the app is fast and easy, I think it takes me about three minutes per listing at most. You can find step by step directions by clicking HERE. In addition to having your listing visible in another hopefully soon to be popular place, the app makes it really easy for you to post listings to Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn.

This offer is good through August 31, 2015. Tell your friends about it, and you can take the credit for giving them the Premium Membership. $79.99 is nothing to sneeze at, unless you have hay fever.

Fill out the form and we’ll give you a free one year Premium Membership (THIS OFFER EXPIRED!).

 

Activation Frustration! Vacation Consolation?

 23rd August 2015    David_Perlmutter

GoDaddy is the ISP that we use. They have had some problem with one of their email services, the result of which is that the activation emails, and support inquiries that use the QuantumListing.com email addresses are not being delivered. After several days of waiting for them to fix the problem (contacting them daily and getting reassurances they would have it fixed shortly), when pressed a little further they finally offered a workaround, which hopefully will be in effect shortly. The real solution should hopefully  be put in place tomorrow, or I’ll be looking for another hosting provider by Tuesday.

All of this has been particularly frustrating for me. I’ve had to put a hold on marketing the App. The only consolation is that a good chunk of the real estate business is on vacation.

In the meantime, if you do download QuantumListing (and I sure hope you do), you can register with Facebook and you won’t need to get an activation email, your account is automatically activated. If you register with your email address, I am checking the dashboard every hour or so to activate those that do register. I then send an email to the new user explaining the situation.

Enjoy your Sunday. If you have any questions, send me an email at my non-QuantumListing email address: support@jeomark.com.

Thanks for letting me vent.

David Perlmutter

Here’s Hoping

 13th August 2015    David_Perlmutter

We’re using PropertySend to do an email blast for QuantumListing today. I am looking forward to seeing the results. If you got here today via PropertySend, let us know.

I’ll be taking the afternoon off to go to the Mets – Rockies game today at Citifield with the folks from the office. So, here’s hoping everything goes smoothly!

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? Adventures on the #CRETech Road

 11th August 2015    David_Perlmutter

I was going to use one of the big commercial real estate email services today to send out a major blast for QuantumListing. However, I am concerned that the registration and activation process is still a bit glitchy. We’ll spend some time trying to figure it out, and then try again.

This David (hey, it really is my name) is eager to take on Goliath, but better to do it when properly armed!

QuantumListing is the new crowd-sourced real estate listing platform for commercial real estate agents, owner and tenants