Mobile APP Revamp

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19 September 2013

Today a new version of our iPhone app has been released, with the Android version soon to follow.  This is a major revamp as it provides a number of improvements.  We recommend all users to upgrade their existing version, or install it if you still haven’t tried it.

Design:

There is now a completely new theme to our app.  This should bring a more modern look, along with a new interface that accommodates our new features.

Functionality:

The new functionality in short is that most of the Dashboard feeds are now available on the mobile app.  You can easily filter through each type of the feeds by using the navigation menu on the bottom.  Each section will bring up its own corresponding feed.  Actionable items such as add or search are accessible on the upper right.  This feature will allow you to stay connected with listing and lead updates while on the road.  Especially when it comes to inner office posts.  You can not only view the posts, but also respond and create new ones.

This is only the first iteration of our planned development in bringing more power to users when on the road.  Stay tuned as we will have more exciting new features coming.

Lead System Revamp

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18 February 2013

We have been hard at work in giving our Lead system a full revamp.  Now that all the pieces are released, it is time for an update on what’s new and how it will benefit you.

New Features:

  • Status Tracking – Quickly see the next action required for a lead.
  • Email History – The system now keeps track of your entire email history between you and your lead seamlessly.
  • New Listing Notification – Get notified when new properties come on the market that fit your lead.
  • Direct Lead Insertion – Leads from auto syndication are now directly inserted into your account, saving you the trouble of manual entry.
  • Detailed Reports – Get a detailed break down on which source your leads are coming from.  See where your leads are dropping off, and how many leads it takes to close a deal.

In our opinion, the most important addition is the new lead statuses.  If you actively set your leads’ statuses, not only will you be able to tell what needs to be done next for each lead, you can also track your drop off points and closing rate (how many leads to close one deal).  Our goal is to help you identify where you and your agents can improve to close more deals.

The email history tracking will keep you more organized, as you can easily see the previous conversation history.  While the new listing notification tools will keep you more informed on the new properties that comes on the market when they are a fit for your lead.

Rearrange Photos Display Order for Office and Personal Website

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28 March 2012

You can now rearrange your photos display order for your office and personal website.

In the photo upload and management page, you will now see a move icon move_image on the upper left of every single photo.  By clicking and dragging the photo, you can rearrange the order in which it appears.

This new way of rearranging your photos has also been carried over to the ad template page.

Search for Listings with Ad Descriptions and Reorder Ads in Advertisement Tab

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25 March 2012

Bellow are 2 long awaited improvements that many of you have asked for.

Rentals Tab

See Listings with Ads at a Glance -  We now have an icon indicator to indicate if you have an existing ad for a listing.  The Post Ad icon would light up if you have an ad, and gray if you do not (see icons below).  Clicking on the icon would still perform the same action.

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Search for Listings with Ads - In the rentals search section, there is now a check box next to the “Photos Only” check box, that if checked will search for only listings with ads.

Advertisement Tab

The Advertisements has been redesigned allowing you to reorder your ads.  You can now click and drag an ad up and down to change its order.

We have removed some of the functionalities in the Advertisement tab to simplify the interface, since they can now be easier performed in the Rentals tab.

We hope you like the adjustments and feature improvements that we have made.  If you have an idea and would like us to consider it, please click on the Support link on the upper right of your account and then click on the “Give feedback” button to send us your thoughts.

Adding Listings to your Facebook Page

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12 March 2012

Many of you have asked about how to add listings to your Facebook.  In this post we are going to show you how to do just that.  You will need to have already created a Facebook page, which is something you create in your Facebook account.

Steps are for the traditional layout and not the new Timeline layout.

  1. Log into your Facebook account.
  2. Visit https://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?api_key=190322544333196
  3. Click on the “Add Static HTML to a Page” button.
  4. Select your page and click the “Add Static HTML: iframe tabs” button.
  5. On your own Facebook page left column, you will now see a white star in grey box icon with the word “Welcome”.  Go ahead and click on it.
  6. Now go to your YGL account and navigate to the website tab.
  7. On this page, you want to click on the Listing Search tab and copy the text in the “Personal” or “Office Widget Integration HTML Code” box.  (You might not have access to the office widget, depending on your account privilege.)
  8. Return to the Facebook page that you were on in Step 6 and paste the text into the first box and click on the “Save and viewtab…” button.
  9. Listings are now added to your Facebook page.  You can click on the “preview” button to review it.

Additional Tweaks:

  1. Rename the “Welcome” tab on the left of the page. – To change name of your tab, click “Edit Info” when you are on your page to bring up the admin settings. Select “Apps” from the left sidebar. Then under the Static HTML app (look for the star icon) click “Edit Settings.” There will be an option to type in a custom name for your tab there.
  2. Re-sizing and customizing your widget – Ideal width for the widget is 420 and height at 2200.  You can make this change on the page that you were copying the code from in your YGL account.  You will also see other options that are available.

Android App Updated With New Design & Landlords Search

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04 February 2012

logo512We are happy to announce that a new version of the Android app is now available in the Android Marketplace.  The new version features a brand new design that we hope you will find more pleasing and user friendly.  One major addition we have added is the ability to search, view and update landlords.

Due to our recent architecture restructuring, the older versions of our Android is no longer functional.  Please update to the new version at your earliest convenience.  We also want to apologize for the instability with the phone apps recently, the new version fixes these issues.

Lastly, we also want to give you an update on our iPhone app.  A new updated version is under review.  It will be available as soon as it passes the Apple App Review process.

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What are we up to? An update from YGL.

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01 February 2012

We have been quiet in the last couple months, and you might be wondering what YGL is up to.  Now that the new season has started, we want to give you an update on what YGL has been doing and where we are heading.  We are not taking it easy, in fact, we are busier than ever.

Our Team Has Grown

We’ve added 3 full-time developers and 1 QA to our core team.  Our core development team doubled in size, and we have been busy getting everyone up to speed, and putting in some necessary procedures.  The good news is that most of them are up to speed, and already making contributions.

Site Redesign & Infrastructure Improvements

When YGL first got started, there were only two of us, and Gordon developed the initial system.  As we grew, often times we had to add features and customizations to YGL quickly.  Some things weren’t built the optimal way (there wasn’t enough time or we didn’t know better).  Those things gradually pile up and cause system instability.

We took the opportunity to redesign the  interface, improve our infrastructure and clean up legacy code.  Not only has the interface changed.  Under the hood, everything has been combed over, cleaned and updated multiple times.  These necessary infrastructure improvements will enable us to move faster and continuously bring you more value in the future.

Experimentations

We’ll also been experimenting with some innovative features.  We want to make sure that before we invest heavily into a new feature or toolset, it is something that  you need.  Among these experimentations, we tried turn-key websites, lead generation and even a new way of submitting ads to Craigslist.  We are glad to say that we’ve learned a ton, and will utilize what we learned to make many future improvements.

What’s In the Near Future?

Stability – Two members of our team are continuously making infrastructure improvements, building monitoring tools and reports to make YGL more stable and faster.   Our QA is also building a comprehensive test plan, which will reduce the bugs in our system as we create new features and improve existing ones.

Better Websites – We have moved all personal sites to Speedhatch, and we are working with them consistently to bring you the best turn key website solution.  There will be many improvements coming.

Stable Phone Apps – New, improved versions of our Android and iPhone apps are almost ready for deployment.  The new version will feature much improved stability.

Improved Ad Posting – There have been many recent changes with Craigslist.  We have been busy working with our partners to figure out these changes, and help you adapt to them.  We will be improving our ad posting process significantly.

The Surprise – YGL was the first to introduce and pioneer the Realtime listing sharing, which was a game changer that even our competitors are copying.  Now, we are actively working on something new which we believe will be a game changer once again.  Stay tuned for more info.

An apology

Lastly, we want to apologize for our recent instability.  We were moving too fast with the new team without some necessary procedures.  Rest assured, we have learned many lessons, and will make sure future changes are well tested.  Thank you for your patience.

Google Chrome Extension Beta Testing

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01 February 2012

PennyPosting.com is a company that specializes in CL ad posting.  Recently they have approached us to offer our clients to be the very first to test out a Google Chrome extension that automates your posting process.  This extension works directly with your premium YGL account.  Please click the link below to learn more.

PennyPosting Google Chrome Extension

If you have questions regarding their extension, or if you run into any issues, please contact Penny Posting directly at support@pennyposting.com.

Disclaimer: The Penny Posting Google Chrome extension is not a YGL product.  YGL does not guarantee nor provide support for this extension.

Improvements to the Deals Money In / Out Records

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14 September 2011

Based on your valuable feedback, we made some improvements to YGL Deals.  The new changes allow you to add a Due Date when recording money ins, and add a Pay Date when recording money outs.  Originally, when you record money ins or money outs, the actual records are not kept, it is used mostly to keep balance.  With the new changes, all the money in and money out records are kept along with each deal.  Hopefully, these changes are helpful.

For the rest of the year, we’ll continue to make improvements based on your feedback.  Thank you!

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New Stable Version of iPhone App Released

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06 September 2011

Hi Everyone,

We are happy to tell you that a new stable version of our iPhone app is finally available.  The previous two versions both had some bugs that made the app not very useful.  Those bugs have now been resolved, and the app should work as expected.  Please update your iPhone app at your earliest convenience.

We also want to tell you that we are working on a new version that allowing you to add / update / delete leads and rental listings.  It should be available soon.

Thank you for your patience.

Regards,

The YGL Team