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3 Key Strategies to Generate More Real Estate Leads and Fill Your Pipeline for Months
To be successful in real estate, you must be forward-thinking. Too often agents are caught up in the short term (closing deals or looking for ready-to-transact leads) and forget or de-prioritize building a pipeline long term. Today's efforts will yield tomorrow's clients. By keeping your marketing engine running 24/7, you'll generate new real estate leads that you can nurture into future clients.
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Less Than 1% of All Online Leads Closed in 2020: There Is a Better Way!
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST You invest huge amounts of money and effort into online lead gen in order to boost your real estate business and increase your referrals. But with less than 1% of online leads actually closing, is this really the best approach? There is a better way to help you be successful and that's to get you off the lead-gen treadmill and back to the key fundamentals that have always driven success in real estate sales. Join Shannon McGee, Sales Director of IXACT Contact for an exclusive webinar that will help you successfully grow your repeat and referral business this year! Register now!
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6 Key Steps to Jumpstart 2021
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New Zillow Rental Manager Announcement: What Does It Mean For You?
On January 11, Zillow majorly changed the way they handle rentals. Now, rental listings currently syndicated through MLSs will no longer feed directly to Zillow. Instead, agents and brokers wishing to publish a rental listing on Zillow will need to do so via Zillow Rental Manager, which is contract-based and starts at $9.99 per week, per listing. Zillow's changes affect all parties with with rentals—MLSs, brokerages, real estate teams, agents, and private owners. Read on to get prepared to understand the economic impact of Zillow's changes, how you can prepare your budget for this change, and alternatives to Zillow Rental Manager.
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Products

Top Producer IDX and Top Producer Websites
You’re Better than Your Competition! Stop keeping it a secret and let the world know with a Top Producer® Website. Websites Tailored to Fit Your Brand We’ve got hundreds of website designs for you to choose from, and each one is fully customizable. Showcase Your Listings & Satisfy Your Sellers With a Top Producer® website you’ll be able to showcase your listings with attractive layouts, lots of photos, interactive maps, and an open house calendar that lets buyers schedule appointments directly with you. Automate Your Follow-up with Top Producer® CRm Integration Because Top Producer® IDX seamlessly flows lead information into Top Producer® CRM application, you’ll be able to put your follow-up on autopilot, and stay in touch with your prospects effortlessly. Incubate Prospects and Bank Future Business. When you combine a Top Producer® Website with Integrated IDX, you get a lead incubator that can help turn a long-term prospect into a future customer. Your visitors get access to fresh property data, and you get the opportunity to nurture an early-stage prospect into a long-term
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Homesnap Concierge
Homesnap Concierge, a brand-new product from Homesnap, is a fully managed advertising platform and lead qualification service that delivers better leads at a lower cost than Zillow Premier Agent and realtor.com. What makes Concierge different? Highly trafficked sites like Facebook, Google, and Instagram are ideal for generating large volumes of high-quality leads cost-effectively. The problem is, finding and qualifying those leads is a difficult and labor-intensive process. If you've run campaigns on these sites before, you know the frustrations all too well, and you may have turned to expensive alternatives like Zillow Premier Agent and realtor.com to save yourself time and aggravation. Homesnap set out to solve this problem. After more than a year of research and development, our digital marketing experts worked out the best combination of networks, ad types, designs, and content types to serve hyper-targeted and personalized ads to relevant buyers and sellers. The result is a product that gives agents access to more high-quality leads than Zillow and realtor.com without the hassle — or the premium price tag. With Homesnap Concierge, agents no longer have to choose between their time and their money. How does it work? Each month, our dedicated and experienced Concierge marketing team will optimize and run your advertising campaigns for an unlimited number of listings on Facebook, Google, and Instagram. We'll target the most-likely-to-transact leads on those platforms with hyper-targeted and personalized ads and qualify them for you. Then, we'll send you the qualified, hot leads right away, and continue to nurture the rest until they are ready to convert. You'll have full transparency into the process. We'll share key metrics — number of leads processed, lead contact information, qualification details, all leads acquired, and more — so you can follow us every step of the way. Just watch the leads roll in and get back to what's important: working with your clients. Why Concierge? Highly Qualified Leads Concierge collects hundreds of leads and takes care of the hardest part: separating those who are ready to buy or sell from those who need to be nurtured. We'll send you the qualified leads right away, and continue to nurture the rest. No work on your end. Better and Cheaper Results Zillow's Premier Agent runs in at an average cost of $1,200 a month for a one-year, locked-in contract — a nearly $15,000-a-year commitment. Homesnap Concierge starts at a fraction of the monthly price and requires no long-term contract. Agents can commit to Concierge for as short as one month. Promotes Your Brand First Have you advertised on Zillow or realtor.com only to feel like those companies are primarily interested in promoting their brand, not yours? At Homesnap, that will never be the case. We succeed when agents succeed, and all your advertisements will feature you — and only you. Access to a best-in-class lead qualification team, digital marketing experts and machine learning Homesnap's digital marketing experts run thousands of campaigns at any given time, and they are constantly iterating on what works and what does not. Concierge gives agents access to this experienced, best-in-class marketing team, and campaigns are managed by real humans who are experts in the digital advertising space. Additionally, our digital marketing experts are supported by our in-house machine learning algorithms, built upon thousands of real estate industry data points. Using this technology, actual artificial intelligence, we look for signals — signs that a buyer or seller is ready to transact — that a human being might miss. Fully Managed Campaigns for Unlimited Listings Concierge gives agents all the benefits of professionally tested advertising techniques, customization, and automation, so they never have to worry about tedium or timing again — all that's required is a two-minute setup. Co-Market with Lenders By co-marketing with Concierge, agents can strengthen their relationship with a preferred lender and save on advertising costs while doing it. Concierge allows you to split your monthly advertising costs with the lender of your choice. Only lenders an agent co-markets with will be advertised with the agent or listings. Ready to get better leads for
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Social Impact by Homes.com
  Homes.com introduces Social Impact, an easy way to manage all aspects of your online presence from Facebook posts to online reviews. This suite offers several features to help market yourself through social platforms including: Social Broadcaster:  Create posts for your social networks including listings and open houses all from a single login. Keep your friends and followers updated by posting directly to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Homes Connect Website. You can also set up auto-posts for new listings, open houses, and price reductions as well. Social Broadcaster has a mobile application available (iOs & Android) so you can update on-the-go! Social Wall:  Automatically have your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn updates post directly to your webiste. You can also display new listings, update for price reductions, and post open houses as soon as they are created - with updates 24 hours before they are set to occur. Reputation Manager:  Expand your brand's visibility to ensure you are found online when searched for, and also monitor your reputation, social marketing efforts, and more. Reputation Manager will help increase your online visibility by making sure you turn up in search engines like Google, Bing, Yelp!, and other business directories. You can also receive real-time alerts when your brand is mentioned so that you can promote or address comments accordingly. Reports can also be created that compile all alinstances of your business appearing online in one convenient place, eliminating the need to visit dozens of separate sites. Concierge Service: Provides your own social media assistant to amange your social media efforts including setting up accounts and creating posts, developing local content for articles, and producing local
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CRS Data MLS Tax Suite
Empower your REALTORS® by adding the MLS Tax Suite as a membership benefit. Since 1989, CRS Data has provided you with a wealth of tax data. Our new, customized MLS Tax Suite by CRS Data integrates seamlessly into your MLS system and gives REALTORS® current tax data, detailed maps and robust features on all browsers and devices. Find listings and FSBOs quickly, evaluate them effectively and give clients professional
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Industry News

NAR Announces May Legislative Meetings Will Be Held Virtually in 2021
Last year's REALTOR Legislative Conference and Trade Expo tripled event's average participation numbers CHICAGO (January 15, 2021) -- The National Association of Realtors announced today that its REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo will be held virtually for the second straight year from May 3-14, 2021. Registration for the event will open on February 24. While approximately 9,000 Realtors typically descend on Washington, D.C. for the conference every May, over 28,000 NAR members and real estate professionals participated in the first-ever virtual REALTORS Legislative Meetings in 2020. "After careful consideration, the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo will be held virtually again this year," NAR President Charlie Oppler, a Realtor® from Franklin Lakes, N.J., and the CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty, said in a video to NAR members on Friday afternoon. "Although this was a difficult decision – and one that we did not take lightly or without soliciting feedback from numerous members – our choice, in the end, was clear." Following the announcement in March 2020 to hold last year's conference virtually, NAR acknowledged that the pandemic was likely to alter the way Americans live, work and travel in the years ahead, and pledged to pursue virtual or hybrid components to all major events moving forward. While NAR and staff leadership had hoped to again convene in person by May 2021, persistent spikes in COVID-19 cases led the association to conclude that it was not yet safe to conduct an event of this magnitude from one central location. "One of NAR's core values is to put members first, and with that the health and safety of America's 1.4 million Realtors® remains our top priority," Oppler continued. "NAR leadership and staff had hoped we could gather in person for our 2021 Legislative Meetings, but after the success and record registration we witnessed last May, we are confident that more Realtors® will be better served by holding this year's conference virtually." In forming its final decision, NAR leadership concluded that lingering COVID-19 restrictions in Washington, D.C., would have made executing the in-person event safely nearly impossible. As cases continue to increase in the region and across much of the country, District Mayor Muriel Bowser recently reinstituted prohibitions on indoor gatherings of more than 10 people, while D.C. restaurants are still restricted from serving customers indoors. Perhaps most importantly, with the U.S. Capitol closed to visitors indefinitely because of COVID-19 concerns, NAR members would be unable to meet in person with their elected officials after traveling into Washington from all corners of the country. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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63% of 2020 Homebuyers Made an Offer Sight Unseen, Shattering Previous Record
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Second Century Ventures Joins the Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative
CHICAGO (January 12, 2021) -- Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors and the most active global fund in real estate, has joined the Oxford Saïd Business School's Future of Real Estate Initiative. Through this initiative, SCV will collaborate with FORE's industry partners and academics to address key questions on the future of global real estate. "The future of the industry will be influenced as never before by technology and innovation, and relevant real estate research requires significant industry collaboration from across the globe," said Oxford's Professor of Practice and Director of FORE Andrew Baum. "We're delighted to welcome SCV to FORE and look forward to working with them on key questions around the future of real estate." The new partnership will enable SCV and FORE to continue exploring the impact of technology, housing challenges, emerging sectors and models for real estate ownership and operation. Through partnerships with several industry leaders, including Arcadis UK, CBRE, EY, and Redevco, the FORE Initiative aims to predict many of the changes and challenges real estate can expect to face over the next decade. We are thrilled to join FORE and work closely with esteemed industry partners to discuss and collaborate on pivotal research for the property sector," said Dave Garland, managing partner, Second Century Ventures. "Joining this initiative truly amplifies our ongoing efforts to advance real estate through technology and innovation on a worldwide scale." In joining the program, SCV looks to provide resources and support to the University of Oxford's Research team's efforts akin to that of the recently published PropTech 2020." Learn more information about the SAID Business School FORE Initiative. Learn more about Second Century Ventures. About Saïd Business School Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a vibrant and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800-year-old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class university, tackling world-scale problems. About Second Century Ventures Second Century Ventures is the most active global real estate technology fund backed by the National Association of REALTORS®, which leverages the association's more than 1.4 million members and an unparalleled network of executives within real estate and adjacent industries. SCV helps scale its portfolio companies across the world's largest industries including real estate, financial services, banking, home services and insurance. SCV operates the award-winning global REACH technology scale-up program.
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Chime Successfully Executes Strategic Partner Program to Bolster Real Estate Sales Acceleration Platform
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Companies

3sixtyfive.agency
Looking to connect with your audience in a meaningful & memorable way? Check out 3sixtyfive.agency, the creative & digital marketing agency that helps real estate brands thrive. Strategy. Branding. Marketing. Production. Schedule a consultation
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Homesnap
      Founded in 2008 and based in Washington DC, Homesnap is a trusted real estate search platform for people to explore homes and search MLS real estate listings -- online or from a mobile phone. Using the Homesnap app (available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices) you can snap a photo of any home, nationwide, to find out all about it. For listed homes, you may be able to see interior photos too! When you’re ready to buy or sell real estate, you can contact a real estate agent within Homesnap to schedule a showing or list your home in the MLS. Homesnap is powered by a specialized homes database that combines hundreds of disparate sources of data. Our data feeds include: over 40 MLS real estate databases, property tax records, census data, geographic boundaries, property polygons, school information, mortgage rates and
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Elevate
Welcome to pure productivity for real estate brokers, agents & teams: CRM, IDX websites, lead gen, email, text, social, automated campaigns & workflows, and custom consulting. Intuitive, easy-to-use technology, complemented by fanatical training, support and business consulting.
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VirtualTourCafe
VirtualTourCafe embarked on a journey to completely redesign and redevelop the online software to meet the needs of today’s real estate industry as well as the new “Web 3.0” graphical and responsive designed websites. Eight thousand hours of developing later, VirtualTourCafe 3.0 was launched on June 1 st , 2016. The new and improved service offers many new features and benefits for the real estate agent, but more importantly positions VirtualTourCafe for the future! The VirtualTourCafe difference: An integrated easy-to-use modern solution for every real estate agent! Today we are still a small but growing company based in Pleasanton, CA with a small staff and lots of help from our friends, family and business partners. We work with independent contractors, photographers and virtual partners around the world. We are proud of what we have accomplished in such a short time with loyal customers who have been with us from the beginning! We have been able to maintain our values and moral compass pointed in the right direction, while always treating our customers, employees and associates as if they are family, and living life full of love and gratitude, one day at a
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Webinars

WATCH: Introducing Chirp, the New Relationship Software from Happy Grasshopper
We all know that real estate is a relationship business. And we all know the things we "should" do to maintain our relationships--call past clients, send them emails, reach out by text--but it's not always easy to find the time or motivation to do these things. Enter Chirp, a new relationship platform from Happy Grasshopper. Each year, Chirp sends out 17 "non-salesy" emails, 6-12 conversation starting texts, and 6-12 friendly ringless voicemails to your database to nurture your relationship with your contacts. We learned all about Chirp in a recent webinar and how one top Realtor uses it to build his relationships—and his business. Check out the webinar below (and make sure you watch through to the end to see the impromptu guitar duet)! Webinar Guests Dan Stewart, CEO, Happy Grasshopper Randall Martin, top producer at CB&A REALTORS® Chris Drayer, CEO and Founder, Revaluate Moderator: Marilyn Wilson, Co-founder and President, RE Technology Video Timeline 0:00 - Moderator Marilyn Wilson introduces the panelists. 1:15 - Dan Stewart introduces the topic and emphasizes the importance of relationships. 5:51 - Randall Martin shares how much of his business comes from cultivating relationships. 9:01 - The issues behind agent adoption of broker-provided technology. 15:01 - Randall explains what happens when he sends out a "Chirp" from Happy Grasshopper. 18:00 - Dan shares the genesis of Chirp and what it does for brokers and agents. 20:50 - Chris Drayer on how Revaluate's integration with Happy Grasshopper helps agents identify contacts that are ready to move. 23:27 - Dan gives us a live demo of Chirp. 33:38 - The difference between campaigns for new leads vs. existing contacts. 35:20 - Randall shares the analytics that his Chirp campaigns see. 43:24 - Dan on what Happy Grasshopper offers brokerages. 47:20 - Chris on how Revaluate works within Happy Grasshopper to identify those most likely to move. 49:54 - Q&A session. 57:23 - How to learn more about Chirp, or sign-up for the service. 1:00:30 - Dan and Randall wrap things up with an impromptu guitar session! Next Steps Download Randall Martin's case study: How One Email Generated $2M in New Business in One Day Learn more at HappyGrasshopper.com/Chirp Read articles about Email Marketing, or explore more Email Marketing solutions in our Product Directory Watch more webinars
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WATCH: Connect with Clients During a Life-Changing Event
Wouldn't it be nice to know which contacts in your database need a real estate agent right now? Thanks to technology powered by artificial intelligence, that's no longer a pipe dream--that's today's reality. This week, we hosted a webinar that explored a new player on this scene, Lead Scoring 360 from HomeActions. Lead Scoring 360 can help real estate professionals identify warm leads--including those who are going through a major life event like a marriage, divorce, birth, death, and beyond. Watch the recorded webinar below to learn how this AI-powered technology can predict which leads you should reach out to next: Webinar Guests Albert Clark, President, HomeActions Moderator: Marilyn Wilson, Co-founder and President, RE Technology Video Timeline 0:00 - Moderator Marilyn Wilson introduces the topic and panelist. 1:40 - Albert Clark on how building relationship capital using email marketing and artificial intelligence can help you focus your efforts on warm leads in your database. 2:28 - An introduction on how HomeActions works and how it can help real estate pros identify warm leads. 26:19 - How to position yourself to help those going through life changes—divorce, death, birth, etc.—using HomeActions' latest product, Lead Scoring 360, an AI-powered marketing tool. 28:35 - How Lead Scoring 360's 'Move Score' predicts who is most likely to move in the next 3-6 months. 34:17 - Albert shares how HomeActions' subscription model works and answers audience questions. 1:00:40 - How to learn more about HomeActions and Lead Scoring 360. Next Steps Learn more about HomeActions on their website To get started or learn more, email Albert Clark or text him at 570-510-3507 Read articles about Email Marketing, or explore more Email Marketing solutions in our Product Directory Register for our upcoming webinar: Introducing Chirp™: The easiest, most engaging relationship software that agents and brokerages agree about! Watch more webinars
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WATCH: Secrets to Lead Generation Success
"Inventory is just gone right now." That's the situation that most real estate agents are facing across the country--and a fact that we spent a good amount of time discussing in a recent webinar. What can agents do to keep their business moving and the leads flowing through their sales funnel throughout the twin challenges of COVID-19 and record low inventory levels? Frank Chimento and Bondilyn Jolly of Elevate joined us during this webinar to discuss just that. They answered the lead generation questions of real estate agents across the country, while helping agents strategize their way to success. Check out the full discussion and strategy session in the video below: Webinar Guests Frank Chimento, VP of Brokerage Development, Elevate Bondilyn Jolly, VP of Marketing at Elevate and Managing Partner of 3sixtyfive.agency Moderator: Marilyn Wilson, Co-founder and President, RE Technology Video Timeline 0:00 - Moderator Marilyn Wilson introduces the topic and panelists. 10:20 - Critical statistics about consumer and real estate agent behavior and trends. 25:45 - Lifecycle of a real estate lead. 41:40 - Search-based vs. interruption-based lead generation. 44:34 - Frank shares statistics and facts on generating and converting buyer leads. 45:51 - Live audience poll about lead generation. 59:55 - The difference between buying leads vs. a lead conversion system. Next Steps Learn more about Elevate at TryElevate.com/LeadGen Read articles about Lead Generation, or explore more Lead Generation solutions in our Product Directory Register for our upcoming webinars: Are You Using the Best Real Estate Tech for Your Business? and Connect with Clients During a Life-Changing Event Watch more webinars
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WATCH: 5 Ways Your CRM Can Make You More Money
Is your CRM doing the hard work of managing your database--or just making you work hard? There's a smarter way to work when you have a smart CRM. What's a smart CRM? A platform that offers strategic insights, surfaces opportunities, offers behavioral insights and more to keep you top-of-mind with your contacts. We explored one such CRM during a recent webinar with Brad Nix and Greg Dallaire, two top brokerage leaders who both use BoomTown's CRM in their businesses. Learn how your real estate team or brokerage can benefit from an intelligent CRM in the recorded webinar below: Webinar Guests Greg Dallaire, Broker/Owner, Dallaire Realty Brad Nix, Co-founder and COO, Path & Post Real Estate Moderator: Marilyn Wilson, Co-founder and President, RE Technology Video Timeline 0:00 - Moderator Marilyn Wilson introduces the topic and panelists. 3:15 - Brad Nix and Greg Dallaire share what a CRM means to their businesses. 5:33 - How a CRM enables conversion of past and present leads. 27:05 - Delivering a premium level of service with a CRM. 38:00 - Surfacing opportunities at the right time. 46:50 - How a CRM provides a blueprint for success. 50:04 - CRMs create happy and productive agents. 58:00 - Final comments and where to find more information. Next Steps Learn more about BoomTown at BoomTownROI.com Read articles about CRM, or explore more CRM solutions in our Product Directory Register for our upcoming webinars: How to engage with your past and current clients for life using one platform and Secrets to Lead Generation Success Watch more webinars
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First Look: Broker-Level CRM Now Available to Agents and Teams
Two weeks ago, something exciting happened: Agents, teams, and small firms finally gained access to a high-level CRM that was previously only available to larger brokerages. We're talking about DeltaNET 6 from Delta Media Group. During a recent webinar, our readers were treated to a tour and live demo of this robust marketing and client management platform—and invited to try it free for 30 days. Watch the webinar in full below, and scroll down to learn how you can claim your free, 30-day trial. Webinar Guests Michael Minard, CEO/Owner, Delta Media Group Franklin Stoffer, Sales Manager, Delta Media Group Moderator: Marilyn Wilson, Co-founder and President, RE Technology Video Timeline 0:00 - Moderator Marilyn Wilson introduces the topic and panelists. 2:00 - Mike Minard on why Delta Media Group decided to develop an agent-centric platform. 4:45 - Franklin Stoffer introduces Delta's new platform, which includes a CRM, customizable websites, automated reporting, and more. 9:30 - A closer look at DeltaNET 6's customizable websites. 12:40 - Franklin kicks off a tour of DeltaNET 6. 14:10 - Automated marketing features of DeltaNET 6. 22:55 - Live demo of DeltaNET 6. 47:35 - Automated Seller Reports from DeltaNET 6. 48:55 - Features that help agents stay on track: Agent digest emails and New Listing alerts 50:15 - How Delta's comprehensive platform can help you save money. 50:55 - Free 30-day trial offer for RE Technology members. 52:00 - Question and answer segment. A Special Offer for RE Technology Readers RE Technology subscribers can get a 30-day free trial of DeltaNET 6—no credit card required. Visit deltamediagroup.com/free to claim your free offer! Next Steps Get a free, 30-day trial of DeltaNet 6 Read articles about CRM, or explore more CRM solutions in our Product Directory Register for this upcoming webinar: 5 Ways Your CRM Can Make You More Money Watch more webinars
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