Make Calls and Send Texts in Podio using smrtPhone

Scott Costello All, Blog, Podio, Tools, Tutorial 3 Comments

I love testing out new services and products that can greatly improve my productivity. Even better when I find one that can be integrated into Podio allowing me to manage more things in one spot. I found one of those recently called smrtPhone. Communicating with leads and keeping track of each touch is always a challenge. I mean you can send an email, call someone on the phone, text them, leave them a ringless voicemail or even send regular snail …

Sending SMS with Twilio and Zapier

Scott Costello All, Blog, Podio, Tools, Tutorial 19 Comments

There are many different ways to reach out and touch a lead from sending letters, postcards or even text messages. These all work great depending on the situation.  In this tutorial we are going to create a Podio App where we can send and receive SMS Text messages. We all send texts back and forth with our sellers and this setup can be easily implemented into any Podio workspace. When I found out that Zapier had an integration with Twilio …

REIFlow for Podio – Looking for 20 more beta users

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I am in search of 20 beta users for REIFlow for Podio. This is the last and final round of beta testers before I release it into the wild. Meaning that this is your last chance to get a HUGE discount. The First round of beta testing went great and I can’t thank Luke, Brian, Bobby, Chris, Percy, Jeremy and Gabriel enough for putting the time and effort into helping me improve the system. They helped catch bugs and even …

ReiFlow for Podio Update: Automate Task Creation

Scott Costello All, Blog, Featured, Podio 26 Comments

REIFlow for Podio is entering it’s last stage of development. The goal is to be ready for its first round of Beta Testing in Mid July. I know a lot of you are waiting for the release which has me excited! In this post I wanted to show you all one of the really cool features of REIFlow…Custom Task Creation. A great way to manage your leads and keep yourself on track is to use tasks to dictate your work …

Podio Quick Trick: Better App Navigation

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From the first time using Podio I noticed that the navigation from App to App, Item to Item is not very intuitive. That also goes for moving about in a long app form. In a prior blog post, I showed you how to create section headers using the calculations fields. While that tip helped break up the form, it still would be nice to be able to more quickly get to a section you want. In this post, I’m going …

REIFlow for Podio: Preview #2

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Anyone who has used Podio knows that there is a learning curve when first getting started. This learning curve is much steeper then most other software systems because you basically have to develop your own system. Podio, at its core, is a development platform that makes it easy to create custom input forms and store that information in tables. If that was all Podio did, it wouldn’t require such a learning curve and wouldn’t be nearly as powerful. In my …

Quick Podio Tip: Get Property Images using Google MAPS API

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Alert! Google has discontinued the use of unsigned api requests.  This means you must register an account with Google API service and get an API Key of your own. Then you must include that API key code with all requests by placing &key=[your api key code] https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/staticmap?center=120+whippany+rd+whippany+nj&key=987asdfhads987fhhujhiuywe97 https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/staticmap?center=120+whippany+rd+whippany+nj&key=987asdfhads987fhhujhiuywe97 This is one of those tips that is so easy to implement you can do it in 2 minutes. There is no reason not to do this in your Podio setups. Being …

Podio now exclusive Globiflow Reseller…Is that a Good Thing?

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If you haven't signed up for Globiflow yet, then I've got some bad news for you...the price of entry just increased 12x!! That is because Podio has entered into agreement with Globi Corp, to be the exclusive reseller of Globiflow. My first reaction was one of excitement until I read what exactly this meant. Podio wasn't going to sell Globiflow subscriptions, but rather make it a part of their Podio Premium (& Business) 5+ user plans. There would be no ...

Podio Quick Tip – Getting Address Info from Google Maps

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As I’ve setup my Podio systems and processes I’ve come about situations where I need to have a full address string (123 Main St, Somecity, NJ 07981) and other times where I’ve needed only parts of the address…like just the city or the County that the property is in. So the question is, should I have my address field as a single line Location field in Podio or have multiple fields for each part of an address? I know the …

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Podio Quick Tip – App Section Headers

Scott Costello All, Blog, Featured 31 Comments

From it's flexibility to it's ease of use, there are a lot of great things about Podio. As a software developer it's not all great...there are some issues I have with it. One of those issues is that there is no easy way to break up long App forms that contain a lot of fields. One such example of this is a Property (or leads) App that could reach to 30 or more fields. Not being able to group those ...

Podio – Direct Mail Campaigns

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A question I get asked a lot is how do I manage my mailing campaigns in Podio. Up until recently I never had my campaigns in Podio as I still used SI Lead Manager to do all of that on my own computer. It never bothered me not having access to it over the web. The more and more I use Podio though, I realize that I'm missing out on not having a web based solution for my campaigns. One ...

The Proper Lead Flow in Podio

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In this article I want to talk about your Lead Flow (or Sales Funnel). What I'm talking about in simpler terms is the process in which you keep track of the different stages of a lead...From Prospect to Deal and every step in between. A good CRM will have a clearly defined lead flow. The advantage to this approach is it clearly defines where a lead is and what needs to happen next. A lead is in the follow up ...

How to Get What You Really Want From Real Estate Investing

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It was exhilarating when I first got the thought in my brain that I wanted to try real estate investing. I didn't know about wholesaling or the many other types such as lease options or even probate. What got me excited was the thought of Money and Freedom. The other day I got an email from Todd Heitner. He has been reading my blog for a while and wanted to offer his words of wisdom on how he has achieved ...
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Getting Google Voice Messages into Podio

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In an effort to completely automate my business (or at least greatly reduce my work), I'm trying out the process of integrating Podio with Google Voice. I want to automatically have a lead created when I get a voicemail. It's a simple process and requires no other services (i.e. zapier, globiflow,etc). You basically just forward your Google Voice messages to your Podio App's email address...Yup it has one. Actually each App has a separate email address. Below I'll walk you ...