Each October the Department of Homeland Security launches a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. With news of data breaches increasing in both frequency and scale, we think it’s a great time to look at a few of the essentials that should be in place to keep your residents’ data safe and secure.
Chances are your marketing efforts include creating profiles across a variety of social media to interact with residents and prospects, but even if you haven’t, your property is increasingly susceptible to online reviews. Not only are there more channels than ever for online reviews, the number of people using those channels to publish their opinions is growing. These days nearly 30 percent of occasional online users (twice as many as in 2014) report leaving up to five online reviews every year.
So what do you do when you pull up a profile to see that a former resident has left a one-star review on Google, or get a notification that someone has left an extensive rant on Yelp? You may be tempted to shut it all down. Here at Entrata, we’ve actually had customers contact us asking for help deleting Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Yelp, and any other profile they can think of, hoping that if they don’t offer a place for people to talk, then nothing bad can be said. continue
A safer internet is an initiative that we can all get behind. Webmasters who implement Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption on their pages help achieve this goal by ensuring more secure server connections. Since 2015 Google has been a cheerleader for SSL certificates, going so far as changing their indexing system last year to actively seek out HTTPS pages. In short, taking the steps to make your website safe not only protects the security of your data and the privacy of your users, it can actually give you a competitive advantage with search engine presence. continue
Today, I would like to make a tribute to those not-so-happy moments as a resident. Those moments when you accidentally light something on fire, or flood your living room. Those moments while in the depths of panic you have that annoying thought in the back of your mind, “I really should have purchased renters insurance.”
I also want to argue the benefits of requiring renters insurance on your properties. But before I begin, let me bring a little humor to the scene. Lets take it back a few years — to the golden years — to college.
There isn’t an industry in the world that’s immune to the disruptive technology trend – even multifamily.
Yes, even the industry that has been labeled behind the times by publications such as TechCrunch is susceptible to game-changing disruption. Sharing economy services like Airbnb are already threatening to disrupt the way business has always been done in the multifamily industry. While it hasn’t yet gained full traction, it could.
If you work in property management, you know what it feels like to be busy. You’re a champion juggler, keeping dozens of balls in the air and balancing the needs of residents, owners, and staff. Here’s the question. Is your software just another ball to juggle, or is it an extra arm?
Your property management software should never be more of a burden than a benefit. And, we’re happy to say, there are relatively simple tweaks you can make to the Entrata platform that will ensure that your technology is even more valuable to your entire enterprise. Taking a little time to learn the settings can help you boost operational efficiency and save money. continue