‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ That’s the thought that crosses your mind when you see the Google Maps/YouTube mashup that international real-estate company Coldwell Banker launched recently. Probably, we will witness other brands doing a similar thing. Think what localisation could do for job markets or anything you sell on eBay…
Coldwell Banker combines the features of YouTube with the power of localisation through Google Maps by enabling visitors to find real estate locations throughout the United States. Very smart move. The production quality of the videos shown on the channel varies substantially (compare this one with this one), but the idea is great. The channel already features more than 600 videos and new content is added daily from various locations. Mainly in the USA and a few listings from Italy.
“YouTube doesn’t offer the ability to find out what videos are local, but we geo-targeted the videos and populated them onto the map,” said Mike Fischer, Coldwell’s SVP of marketing. The goal for Coldwell, recognizing the popularity of YouTube, is to generate traffic outside of its own site. “Many go to YouTube first, instead of the normal site. It’s the place to engage people where they look for info,” Fischer said.
That says it all: think outside the site!
Thanks to ClickZ.