January 10, 2017 is the day Google said no to pop-ups (also known as interstitials or splash images). While the new change may seem like a hindrance to your current lead generation and marketing practices, it should be welcomed as pop-ups are already reducing the amount of visitors to your site and page duration by more than ten percent.
The new change is all a part of Google’s invigorated effort to improve the user experience on mobile devices. The good news is there is an alternative to improve your prospect experience, make Google happy and get the information you need from prospects. A win-win-win-win-win.
Recent government surveys show that 70 percent of renters are worrying about increases in their monthly utility bills; that’s more than the percent who are concerned about increases in their rent. With utility prices on the rise, renters are feeling the pinch, and it’s stressing them out. Property managers are uniquely positioned to help alleviate some of those worries and renters appreciate those who do. In fact, nearly half of residents who participate in the survey said they would be willing to pay more in rent if they knew they were getting cost savings for utilities.
What exactly can you do to help renters get a better handle on rising utility costs? First, assess how green your communities are. Most renters perceive green communities as better places to live and associate energy-saving and water-saving amenities with reductions in utility bills. But you don’t need to completely retrofit your properties to LEED certification standards to help your residents out. You can take advantage of small steps that translate to big savings for you and your residents. continue
Christmas is approaching and that means packages, packages, and more packages. As many property management professionals know, the billion dollar online shopping industry shows no signs of slowing down. We probably don’t have to tell you that a typical 200-unit building receives over 50 packages per day. (Multifamily Insiders) It’s clear: property managers need something efficient and effective to clear out their mail rooms.
Cue ParcelAlert. With its new streamlined functionality, getting the right package to the right resident is a no-brainer. Easily sign for packages, search quickly for resident’s information, and scan barcodes from shipping labels to track deliveries. It’s all under control with the ease and organization ParcelAlert provides. Over 11 million packages were processed via ParcelAlert in 2015 and it’s still growing.
Like most challenges and successes companies experience, strong cyber security traces back to one factor — the people.
Not only the people at your corporate office or communities, but also the people at your vendors and the steps they take to protect resident data. That was the message delivered during the “Cyber Security Action Plan: Ten Things to Do Right now” session at NMHC OPTECH 2016 Tuesday in Dallas.
This week, we hosted a webinar to discuss a few website tricks to treat your prospects better, as well as new updates to ProspectPortal. Matt Frandsen from Entrata along with panelists Taryn Silva from Paradigm Management and Jaemi Carkin from Greystar, shared with us stats and opinions about what works to create effective websites.
The 2016 Entrata Summit, held September in Park City, marked one year since the company announced its new ResidentPortal mobile app, which would give residents the ability to pay rent by voice or photo, from any mobile device. Since its official launch in December of 2015, announced Entrata’s VP of ResidentPay, Kate Hampton, the app has surpassed 120,000 users, over 800,000 sessions, and achieved a strong five-star rating in the app store.
“The insights we have been collecting over this period are convincing us more and more every day that electronic payments is the only logical path to follow to achieve sustainable business performance,” said Hampton. Although payments in the multifamily industry haven’t changed much in recent decades, Hampton asserted that the old ways of collecting rent are fast becoming outdated, if they’re not already obsolete. continue
Across the country every month 40 million renter-occupied households are being billed for utility usage. While there are many billing scenarios (billing direct to residents, bill & collect, metered and RUBS billing options, etc.) the one true constant is that the utility provider nearly always gets their money. But are they getting some of your money in the process?
Ever wonder how many commercial emails arrive in the average resident’s inbox each month? Would you guess over 400? If so, you’d be right. Your residents typically receive an average of 416 commercial emails every month…more than 10 a day. It’s a crowded playing field, but since residents overwhelmingly say they prefer their property managers to communicate with them via email, it’s a field on which you must not only play, you need to win!
Companies that are winning, like Windsor Communities and Waterton Residential, have found that a two-pronged approach combining branding/messaging strategies and customizable automation to be highly effective.
Remember getting letters? In the mail? You might, but there is a growing percentage of our readers who do not. And there are whole swaths of our society made up of adults who have never mailed a bill in their lives. But old habits die hard, and despite the normalization of online interactions, many multifamily properties still collect the majority of rent via paper checks. You may still be taking most resident maintenance requests by phone. Maybe you still tape notices to unit doors.
But you don’t have to. The team at Entrata has made simplifying your transition to online resident interactions one of our top priorities. Because, let’s face it, collecting rent online, digitizing work orders, and generally moving towards paperless systems isn’t just more convenient for your residents, it has the potential to save you lots of time and money. continue
Where’s your checkbook? Do you have it on you right now? Chances are pretty good these days that you don’t. Americans are writing fewer checks than ever, heavily preferring card transactions in person and online and digital payment options when available. As a result, more and more property management companies now offer online payment options for rent, applications, and other charges. But in an interesting wrinkle, many renters are still delivering a rent check to the leasing office like clockwork, on the first of every month. Where’s the disconnect?
Property Solutions’ ResidentPay team has been looking at ways to bridge that gap, and over the past few years we’ve turned up a number of factors that can help promote online payments so that residents are more likely to take advantage. One of the most noticeable differences come when properties offer a free ACH payment option (as opposed to having residents pay a convenience fee to use online payments). continue