Friday Finds: Getting emoji-nal, "the Z word" and handling staging woes

July 24, 2015 by SmartZip in Articles 

Quiz time!

Sure, you can post a status update but do you know when the pope entered the social media sphere? How about what tech companies have been purchased by Facebook? Take this 12-question quiz to see how much you really know about social media.

If you think emojis are a trend that will go away soon, it may be time to reconsider. The New York Times just gave them some major love by creating an official emoji quiz. Test your emoji fluency.

How to be a changemaker

What do influential people have in common? We loved reading about how influential people are not only a part of big networks, they are also unafraid to leverage them. While it’s important to give attention to those within your sphere, it’s also okay to ask for something back when the time comes.Read the nine top characteristics of influential people from TalentSmart president Dr. Travis Bradberry.

Speaking of giving, we love this article from Matthieu Ricard on how he leads through altruism. We’d love to hear more stories about “supercooperators” in the workplace and the real estate industry.

The “Z” word

Industry giant Zillow never really leaves the news, but this week they publicly celebrated the (pending) purchase of dotloop, a Cincinnati-based transaction management system.

Meanwhile, the shakeout from the Trulia acquisition is continuing to affect Zillow’s stock and Barclays rating, and is hoping to leverage the downturn to compete against Zillow once again. Here’s Brad Inman’s take on’s savvy new leadership team, and how they plan to close the gap between their venture and Zillow.

Staging and seller woes

Whether your seller loves taxidermy or believes a well-staged home includes personal boudoir photography, this excellent article from REALTOR® Magazine editor Melissa Dittmann Tracey can help you eloquently state your objections to get a home properly staged. (We also loved all the stats on why it’s important to stage your home from NAR’s 2015 Profile of Home Staging Report.

On a more entertaining note, check out this roundup of what you want to say to tricky clients and lenders. We’ll never think of the words “strong offer” again without cracking up.

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