Metropix has signed up to take part in the 2015 ESTAS Supplier of the Year category, which is the biggest award of its kind in the residential property industry.
The award is unique as it is ratings from estate and letting agents that determines which suppliers are shortlisted and ultimately who wins the award. Last year over 3,000 agents completed the online survey.
“There are a huge number of suppliers to the industry and our aim is to highlight those that provide the best service and the most value to the agents they work with,” says Simon Brown, who runs The ESTAS. “Voting for this category will be based on the same formula as that used for rating agents, namely feedback from customers, estate & letting agents will be able to rate the level of service provided by a supplier by completing an online questionnaire. “
“We want agents who have used suppliers’ products and services in 2014 to rate their experience. The results will not only help to highlight the best performing suppliers, but will also provide valuable feedback to those companies so they can develop their services accordingly.”
Brian Farrell, Managing Director of Metropix said: “Our business is founded on providing our customers with the highest levels of service possible and this is a great way to prove it. We greatly value all feedback from our customers and taking part in this award will provide us with ongoing data that will enable us to continue improving our floor plan products and services throughout the year.”
How to Vote:
To cast a vote in the ESTAS Supplier of the Year category, customers who have been using Metropix’s floor plan solutions during 2014 can submit their entry here: http://www.theestas.com/supplier_profile/metropix/.
As we approach the busy end-of-year events period, we thought it would be worth letting you know what conferences, awards and expos we are attending, in case you are planning to visit. We are more than happy to provide demonstrations of our range of floor plan tools for those new to Metropix, as well as provide existing customers with hints, tips and tricks to get the very best from our floor plan software.
If you’re planning to visit any of these events, do please come and say hello:
4 November 2014 - Negotiator Conference & Awards
Taking place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, the event promises to be a key highlight in the estate agency sector’s calendar: listen to the keynote speakers, visit the exhibitors – of which we are one – and enjoy the evening’s celebrations at the annual Negotiator Awards. Metropix is a finalist in the Supplier of the Year/Products category, so wish us good luck!
14 November 2014 - Relocation Agent Network National Conference
The Relocation Agent Network National Conference is this year taking place at London's Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel. We will be exhibiting at the event and look forward to meeting as many guests as possible.
5 December 2014 – Estate Agency Awards
Taking place at the Lancaster Hotel in London, we are a sponsor of this prestigious event. We will also be showcasing our floor plan tools in the exhibition so do come along and see what more you could be doing with floor plans. Finally, we have entered the Supplier of the Year category and so look forward to hearing the results on the night.
Entry to the prestigious 2014 Estate Agency of the Year Awards in association with The Sunday Times and The Times is open! Once again the expert panel of judges, overseen by The Property Ombudsman Christopher Hamer, will be looking to shine a light on those agencies that represent the very best of the best in our industry.
Metropix is a proud sponsor of this prestigious event and we are delighted to work with and support those agencies who want to shout about their successes and the role they play in raising the profile of our industry. By entering, and perhaps winning one of these coveted awards, you can highlight that you actively embrace best practice and high standards, which we all know mean a great deal to the consumer.
You must register your entry by the 26th September 2014 and you can enter as many categories as you like.
Register early to familiarise yourself with the rules for this year, and also have a look at the online video containing top tips for your submission as well as the FAQ’s section and the Judges’ Report from last year, all of which can help you ensure your entry is the best it can be.
To register your entries and to see the full selection of categories please visit www.estateagencyevents.com
You have the opportunity to enter the regional awards and these are judged based on your size of business. The Gold winners for each region will then go head to head to win the overall winner in your size band. These overall winners are then head to head to win the overall prestigious Estate Agency of the Year Awards 2014.
New for this year is the Best Estate Agency to Work For category so if you want to attract new talent and retain loyal staff, why not let your team shout about why they work for you over a competitor.
Please feel free to contact the Estate Agency Events event team with any questions on 01372 370847.
P.S The awards will be taking place on the 5th December 2014 so remember to make a note in your diary.
With the shortlist for the Negotiator Awards 2014 being revealed, we were delighted to see that Metropix has once again made the grade and has been shortlisted for the ‘Supplier of the Year (Products)’ category.
Our entry focused on how, as a business, Metropix is wholly focused on the delivery of what our clients want. We regularly seek feedback to identify what areas of the Metropix offering can be improved further still and to understand what other services clients might like developed.
We wait with bated breath on the outcome of the awards – winners are being announced at a gala evening reception on 4th November at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Do wish us luck!
In the meantime, we would also like to extend our congratulatory best wishes to all our customers who have featured in the agency categories.
More details on the Negotiator Awards, can be accessed here.
We are pleased to announce the findings of an annual survey, which polled over 200 estate agency professionals regarding the value of floor plans when marketing properties for sale and rent.
The findings demonstrate the importance floor plans today play when marketing properties, with 84.8% confirming that offering floor plans helped their agency to secure new instructions, while a further 89% confirmed that including floor plans on portals encouraged buyers to view their agency’s properties.
When asked what their number one reason was for including floor plans, almost half (48%) said they believed they give a better representation of the property, while 44% were responding to consumer demand, suggesting that it is what buyers or prospective tenants want or ask for. A significant 94% confirmed it would have a negative impact on their business if they were to stop using floor plans.
Commenting on the findings, Metropix's MD, Brian Farrell said: “The survey was a way of not only gauging current perspectives regarding the value and usage of floor plans, but the feedback also helps us shape our future product development plans. We received some interesting insights, including confirmation that today 63.4% of our customers are choosing to use customised 2D floor plans, which includes their corporate colours or logo as a point of difference. We also identified that 44% of agents are now using floor plans on both their sales and lettings listings.”
When it comes to the type of floor plans that agents are using, 56.9% continue to use black and white 2D floor plans, while 21% prefer to use 3D plans on their property. 63.4% are opting to incorporate customised colours or logos to their 2D plans, which are available free of charge to Metropix subscribers, and help drive awareness of their agency through clearly displaying the agency’s branding on marketing materials, including floor plans.
Finally, when asked to rank in order of importance which details must be published on a property listing when marketing a property for sale, internal and external photos came out on top, closely followed by the inclusion of a floor plan and then the written property description, illustrating the importance of visual marketing tools, when marketing a property via online portals.
We had a great response to our recent floor plan usage survey and as a reward, the following five agents received a sugary treat of some tasty gourmet doughnuts delivered directly to their offices.
Results of the survey are currently being analysed and we will be bringing some interesting insights to you in the near future...so watch this space!