In case you weren’t aware, in April Google officially shut down the consumer (personal) version of its social network, Google+. While the shutdown doesn’t directly affect Google My Business listings, as they are two separate products, it’s still a big change and with that change comes some degree of uncertainty. To set the record straight and quell any concerns you may have, let’s take a look at what this change entails and, more importantly, how it affects your property management business.
Before the Internet, property managers only had a handful of ways to market their services. For those working with tight budgets, the list of options was even smaller. Thankfully, the web has opened the doors to many opportunities for reaching the masses, regardless of how large (or miniscule) your marketing spend happens to be. Whether you’re just starting out or are looking for a few fresh ideas for getting your brand in front of more prospects, here are five ways to promote your property management business online without spending a single penny in the process.
According to Pew Research, 88% of adults ages 18 to 29 use social media regularly. Among those ages 30 to 49, that number falls slightly to a still-impressive 78%, and then to 64% for those aged 50 to 64. In fact, even 37% of those aged 65 and older are using social media. The numbers don’t lie. Social media has become an integral part of our lives. And regardless of what age group you are trying to connect with as a property manager, it’s clear that social media should be a part of your strategy.
There’s no debate as to whether or not your property management company should be using social media. But getting social right requires more than just publishing the occasional tweet or update. In fact, there’s a certain science to it. Thankfully much research has already been conducted to help determine what numbers are optimal for generating the highest engagement levels.
Oftentimes the best way to learn how to do something is to watch someone else who has already mastered it. Social media is no different. Rather than try and reinvent the wheel, it can be much easier and more effective to learn what others are doing right and wrong so you can adjust your approach accordingly. Whether you’re just starting out with social media or you’ve been doing it for years, here are a few property management companies that are killing it on social media.
Given the hectic nature of the property management industry, marketing often takes a back seat to the dozens of other pressing needs that have to be addressed on a day to day basis. But if you’re not focusing on this area, it’s highly likely that you’re missing out on opportunities to achieve additional growth. Thankfully there are a few proven marketing strategies that are easy, painless and won’t take you away from your other important duties as a property manager.
Today’s marketing landscape is becoming more diverse by the day, with new strategies and innovative ideas springing up in a variety of areas. In order for your property management company to stay relevant, you must audit your marketing practices every so often. Doing so helps you to identify what’s working and what might be a waste of time, money and resources. To get you started, we’ve uncovered five common marketing mistakes that many businesses are making. If any of them look familiar, it’s time to make some changes. Let’s take a look.
Let’s face it. We live in a chronically distracted society. These days, it seems everyone has their nose in their smartphone or, at the very least, is constantly checking to make sure they stay connected. This can make it much harder for marketers to reach their target audience because they are just not as tuned in. Thankfully, there are strategies to overcome this modern hurdle and get your property management marketing message in front of even the most inattentive prospects. Let’s take a look.
Many property managers today rely solely on a prospective tenant’s credit score to determine suitability. Unfortunately, most learn the hard way that this practice often comes back to bite them in the long run. At the end of the day, a person’s credit score is just a number and it doesn’t necessarily reflect other important factors, such as how they behave behind closed doors. And since this individual is going to potentially be living in the property you manage, that last part is pretty important. Let’s take a look at a few tenant screening policies that will help you better assess a prospect’s rent-worthiness.
Think about all of the data your property management company collects, uses and stores. Now think for a moment about what would happen if an unauthorized party were to gain access to that data. Security breaches occur to businesses of every shape, size and industry, and they can cause much more than just a minor headache. In fact, some companies suffer so much financial and reputational damage, they can never recover. Here’s how can you avoid becoming the next victim.