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A Day of Firsts: Photographing an Acreage Near Prince Albert (From Above)

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day! Guy Fortier, a realtor based out of Saskatoon, hired Anikio to create a virtual tour and take photos for a sprawling, 3600 sqft acreage about 20 km west of Prince Albert. This was Anikio’s first out-of-town shoot. It was the first home above 2000 sqft that we’ve shot. And it was the first time we got to take some aerial photos!

Yes, Anikio has a drone. And a drone license, by the way. You may not have known this, but Dean is actually a private pilot, so navigating a drone is pretty straightforward. The real challenge in Saskatoon is the extremely conservative rules for use ‘around’ an airport. It is certainly possible to have some drone photos taken in city limits with planning and depending on the location, but it’s not a given that it can be done legally. On the other hand, an acreage 20 km from a town or airport? No problem at all! And this acreage really benefited from the aerial photos. There is just no way to capture the grounds and such a large home together otherwise.

One thing we didn’t account for is how much time this would take. The home faces south and is mostly glass, featuring some beautiful views of the pond outside as well as sunlit rooms. This makes for a lot of post-photography work to make sure that we capture those views well, especially in the virtual tour. On top of that, the size of the home required 45 (!) 360 degree photos for the virtual tour. That’s about double what a more typical 1600 sqft home would take. Photos? The same and more. Not to mention the drone photos, which we offered this time for free since Guy has been a great supporter of Anikio. All said and done, it was a learning experience in terms of time requirements for a home this size.

But we’re really happy with the results and it was a lovely day to spend in what felt like a quiet, remote lodge up north. Especially after being cooped up hiding from COVID for some time.

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Similar Property Recommendations

Yesterday, I was running through analysis of user flow through the site. This analysis shows anonymized data that lets us understand how users interact with the site, where they come in, where they go, and when they close the window or move elsewhere. Obviously, the more time a user spends on the site, the better chance that they’ll find a property that suits their needs. And the better chance for landlords to have their property seen.

Part of the power of Anikio is the amazing search capabilities, which is designed at the outset to make sure users see what they’re looking for. But not all of our users come to Anikio through the homepage or even use the search function. For example, they might see a listing shared on social media and click to go right to that listing. At that point, we have no idea what they’re looking for, our best guess is that the property they’re looking at is of enough interest to have brought them over. The question I had was how do these users interact with the site?

What the analysis showed us is that, for people people coming to Anikio on a specific property page, most look at that listing and then leave. Some do go to the home page, click on the Properties button in the menu, etc. but far too many look at one place and leave. This is good for nobody!

So today we’ve rolled out a new feature for listings. At the bottom of each listing, we now – as of this afternoon –  recommend a few similar properties. Someone looking at a downtown property might be interested in seeing other downtown units that are in a similar price range, for example. Unfortunately, there’s still some work to do to make this happen on mobile but that’s coming. Hopefully, this will result in a better experience for everyone! As a side note, we expect that it will help improve our ranking for each listing with search engines. And all this just in time for the weekend. Enjoy! 🙂

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Moving on Up

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Today we registered to attend UP and we’re pretty excited for it! While we haven’t attended before, there’s a pretty interesting program and will likely be a good turnout among the local tech startup scene as well as venture capitalists, angel investors, and others in the space. So it’s a great chance to meet some really interesting, dynamic people, learn some things about starting, and hear some of the great things others are doing to get a business going. If you’ll be there, we’d love to hear about it. And if you’re interested, I’ll post a  link below where you can get tickets – there’s an early bird sale on right now, you just need this code: EarlyBirdGetsTheWorm.

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For your reference, I’ve pasted the program below also. Note there’s a private event 5-9:30 for specially invited founders on Wednesday. So far we aren’t on that list, but just FYI in case you happen to be a founder and reading this.

Thursday (May 7)

7:30am – 8:30am

  • Breakfast (Provided)

8:30am – 9:15am

  • Golden Handcuffs

9:30am – 10:15am (Choose One)

  • Topic #1: A Partnership By Any Other Name
  • Topic #2: Duolingo for Cross-Functional Teams

10:30am – 11:15am (Choose One)

  • Topic #1: Talk Technical to My Baby
  • Topic #2: SEO Won’t Save You

11:30am – 12:15pm

  • Topic: Data Highway

12:15pm – 1:45pm

  • Lunch Break (Not Provided)
  • A map of the best restaurants in Downtown Saskatoon will be provided

2:00pm – 2:45pm

  • Topic: Strategy after $100M in Revenue

3:00pm – 3:45pm (Choose One)

  • Topic #1: Dude, Where’s My ________: A Story of Communication, Data, and Tracking
  • Topic #2: Big Corp Cheat Sheet

4:00pm – 4:30pm

  • Keynote

4:30pm – 5:00pm

  • Closing Remarks

5:00pm

  • Dinner Break(Not Provided)
  • A map of the best restaurants in Downtown Saskatoon will be provided

8:30pm – Close

  • Afterparty