Avid Ratings and NAHB’s National Sales and Marketing Council Announce New Category for New Home Sales and Marketing Awards: The GoTour® Industry Choice Awards

Builders are invited to enter their digital home tours to compete for the first-ever people’s choice award at this year’s The NationalsSM at the 2017 International Builders’ Show
MADISON, WI (August 9, 2016) – Avid Ratings, the creator of the award-winning GoTour® home virtualization system for the homebuilding industry, has announced its sponsorship of a new category at The NationalsSM 2017—National Sales and Marketing Awards presented by the National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC), a council  of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The GoTour® Industry Choice Award Presented by Avid Ratings will honor the builder that has the best digital home tour based on industry peer votes, looking at overall exterior and interior architecture, design appeal, function, and creative use of interior space and integration of plan design. The builder that receives the highest number of votes wins and will be recognized during The Nationals℠ Awards ceremony at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando on January 10, 2017.
Builders have three ways to enter the new award category. They can submit an existing Avid GoTour® created in 2015 or 2016. They can submit an existing online or mobile property tour produced via high-definition (HD) video, Matterport®3D/360 tours, or slideshow, and Avid will upload it into the GoTour® platform. Builders can also develop a new GoTour® from scratch via Avid Ratings.
“As more building professionals turn to digital technologies to showcase their homes, we feel the time is right to introduce this kind of award,” said, Meredith Oliver, The Nationals 2017 Chair. “We believe Avid has the market presence, the technical skills, and abilities to make this award a success. It’s an ideal way to present Avid’s technology to builders, provide interactive content to The Nationals℠, and generate interest in the awards and new technology.”
GoTour’s® enhanced technology allows customers to choose from a variety of integrated digital touring methods to captivate them, convert sales prospects, and increase product option sales. Builders can offer high-definition (HD) video complemented with voiceover, music, and/or virtual reality (VR) headset mode for fully immersive tours. Matterport®3D/360 tours provide dynamic floor plans, allowing users to control “dollhouse” views from any angle for a virtual walkthrough, view customer reviews and customer video testimonials, and product options while Computer-Generated Tours provide tours of homes that are still under construction.
“We are thrilled about our new partnership with NAHB and The Nationals℠ to recognize sales and marketing excellence in the building industry through the addition of this new award category,” said Paul Cardis, founder and CEO at Avid Ratings. “What’s more, GoTours® produced by Avid for this award category can be added to builders’ websites and other marketing after The Nationals℠ Awards ceremony to enhance market presence and help sell more homes.”
The Nationals℠ 2017 National Sales and Marketing Awards standard entry fee is $275, plus additional fees depending on how the category is entered (e.g. existing GoTour®, existing digital media that needs conversion to GoTour®, or the development of a new GoTour®). To sign up and confirm specific special rate pricing, visit The Nationals℠ website and an Avid GoTour® representative will contact you to complete the entry process. Once an entry has been submitted and finalized with your GoTour® representative, it will be uploaded to a page where all GoTours® entered can be viewed. Entries will be accepted until October 4. Voting takes place October 16 – November 1. The link to view entries and vote is here. Finalists will be announced along with all the other categories on November 7, 2016.
About Avid Ratings
Founded in 1992, Avid Ratings Co. (avidratings.com) is a full-service customer experience (CX) firm dedicated exclusively to helping residential construction companies maximize customer value, increase sales velocity, and grow market share. Avid develops and implements end-to-end voice of customer (VoC) and integrated marketing technologies for attracting, delighting, and activating loyal homebuilding and remodeling customers. Avid Ratings currently serves over 2,000 residential construction companies throughout North America and is ranked among the “50 Most Influential Tech Companies in Residential Construction” by Constructech magazine.
About The Nationals
Now in its 37th year, The Nationals℠ National Sales and Marketing Awards (thenationals.com) pays tribute to superior new-home sales and marketing achievements by individual sales and marketing professionals, homebuilders and associates, and sales and marketing councils. With 58 categories across various disciplines of the new home industry, the awards honor excellence in product and community design, advertising, marketing, and sales achievements by individuals and sales teams. The competition is presented by the National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC), a panel of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), along with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Preferred sponsors include major building product manufacturers, financial institutions, homebuilders and developers, architects, and associates in real estate. The Nationals℠ is the nation’s largest competition for new-home sales and marketing professionals and communities. The Nationals℠ Awards ceremony is one of the highlights for the NAHB’s annual International Builders’ Show (IBS).
Katy Biggerstaff
NewGround PR & Marketing
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