In the days of instant gratification, a missed call from an apartment prospect can be exceedingly detrimental. In fact, that call might have been your only chance, because today’s prospects often immediately move on to the next community.
If a prospect is calling, you’ve already conquered a key hurdle by generating interest in your community. The initial call is often the first touch point with your property and your brand, and Entrata leasing centers alone handled 2.1 million calls in the last 12 months. This is no time to alienate these prospects – it’s time to bring them home, literally, as a resident of your community. continue
Leasing office life would be a lot simpler if all leads were created equal. But they’re not. And unfortunately, you can’t always tell just by looking whether or not a lead is likely to progress to a lease. Luckily, you don’t have to just trust your gut when you’re trying to figure out if that prospect who’s excitedly calling about an available apartment today will sign a lease tomorrow or ghost you in a week. Entrata’s LeadManager is pleased to present Lead Scoring. continue
Congratulations! You’ve got prospects. Your hard work and marketing strategies have generated interest in your community, and you’re getting phone calls and emails and prospective renters wanting to know more. Mission accomplished?
Not quite. It’s a sensitive, make-or-break time in the relationship between a community and a prospective renter. How your team acts at this juncture not only influences which leads convert, it sets the bar for your relationship with your renters for the entire duration of their lease. continue
With various options in a hyper-competitive market, prospective renters have become more selective than ever when deciding on a home. In fact, the average renter peruses at least five lead sources when searching for their next home.
Those lead-source sites can vary from a community website, Internet Listing Service, social media, review sites and several others. Essentially, the renter is genuinely on a journey when selecting a home.
Marketing teams that can track that unique journey glean a competitive advantage by utilizing the data to attract more prospects. The problem is, many teams credit a conversion to the first or last site visited by the prospect. When a prospect peruses several lead sources, the first or last touch point is only part of the story. continue
Entrata now allows your properties to enable SMS messaging through your ProspectPortal website by showing prospective residents a “Text Us” option when they click the multi contact button. A prospect who prefers to communicate via text can use the prompt to initiate a message to the property. Then, any agent who has marked themselves as available is able to see and respond to incoming texts right in the Entrata dashboard. continue
Creating ancillary income can be a slippery slope. You can produce extra revenue by assessing fees to your residents, but you have to walk a fine line to avoid alienating them with fees they might interpret as frivolous.
Residents understand that they’ll probably have to pay pet rent, a fee for extra storage or a little extra for a covered parking spot. But, they don’t want to feel nickel and dimed with extraneous fees they believe should be part of the rent. continue
Apartment operators are constantly devising and revising ways to ensure the personal data of their residents is secure. But what about when the residents themselves commit fraud to live at your community?
A growing number of prospective renters are utilizing fake or stolen social security numbers and fake pay stubs to meet an apartment community’s qualifying standards. And if they’re able to succeed and become residents, predictable problems – and worse – can arise.
It’s 2017 and we live in a world of digital transactions, any time, every day, for everything. Your renters are more comfortable than ever using technology to interact with their communities. But despite this remarkable progress a few old-school habits remain, adding hours or days to leasing processes, inflating costs, and cluttering up leasing offices with banks of filing cabinets. A prime example is the transaction at the heart of our industry: the lease.
Despite overwhelming evidence that executing leases online saves time and trouble for renters and property managers alike; despite prohibitive costs associated with generating, printing, and storing paper lease documents; despite the environmental impacts; most renters (over 60 percent!) are still signing a paper lease when they rent an apartment. continue
Can you get good customer service over the phone? Bad call center experiences are notorious, we’ve all been there – the seeming endless cycle of transfer, hold, explain, repeat. No property wants to put their residents or prospective residents through that kind of hassle. And yet, someone needs to pick up the phone. At Entrata, we believe that excellent customer service can be delivered by phone, and we’re revolutionizing the way we run the Leasing Center to prove it.
So what is it that makes Leasing Center different from all of those other call centers? The answer to that question runs deeper than technology dashboards or screening systems. Entrata is continually investing in the kind of operational innovations that allows us to offer consistent quality that eclipses any other call center service in the industry. If you’ve ever wondered how we make it work, here’s a little glimpse behind the curtain. continue
Are visitors to your website getting the good stuff, the trick-or-treat equivalent of a king-size candy bar, or are they taking away an experience more on par with grubby little ghosts made of kleenex and dryer lint? When your website has so much potential to impact conversions, every decision you make becomes important.
The terrifying thing is, sometimes those decisions may seem perfectly legitimate, but they’re actually scaring off your website visitors and driving conversions down. Some seemingly innocent website design decisions are doing real damage and should be avoided. For example, does your website use any of these creepy clowns? continue