Property managers have a lot of responsibilities but if they can’t effectively collect fees from their customers then they can’t do much else. While it may be cliché, it’s true – cashflow is the lifeblood of any business, so property managers find effective, efficient, and convenient methods to collect payments to enable growth, enhance customer service, and optimize planning.
Property management companies make tons of financial transactions every month from receivables to payables between customers and vendors. The ACH/EFT network is generally very secure, in the first quarter of 2020, ACH payments in the US increased over 7% but approximately less than 1% of transactions were returned as invalid, of that 1%, only a fraction is a result of fraudulent activity. The problem with ACH/EFT fraud is that the large value of payments and the potential breach of sensitive customer data which can hurt a company’s customer relationships as well as their public reputation.
Referrals, recommendations, and reviews are often not regarded marketing in the traditional sense, but they can deliver high value to companies trying to capture new leads. Forbes confirms that out of a variety of marketing strategies including email campaigns, inbound marketing, and pay per click advertisement, referrals have the highest return on investment because they require minimal capital investments but bring in valuable leads. In Nielsen’s Harris Poll, 82% of people indicated that they would seek out recommendations from their network before making a purchase.
User-generated content (UGC) is content that promotes a brand that is created independently by customers not commissioned by a company itself. UGC is created by consumers and customers who genuinely believe in a product or service. The type of content created can range anywhere from websites, blogs, photos, videos, testimonials, or social media posts.
Having vacancies for too long can be bad for business, they can reduce cashflow, customer satisfaction, and employee morale. No matter how well you advertise or how well you maintain your customer relationships there will be turnover and vacancies. While it’s less than ideal, it’s not an impossible situation, here are 5 strategies to reduce the time units spend vacant.
Mobile CRM (customer relationship management) technology is a platform that enables frontline staff to conveniently access CRM software and functionality from any internet-enabled mobile device from smartphones to tablets. The CRM market has experienced unprecedent growth globally, by 2023 Satista projects the CRM software market to grow $40.26 billion USD. Mobile CRM allows remote workers to interact with customer and prospect data to execute from marketing and sales to customer support.
Communication is crucial to seamless and productive operations in any organization, but as businesses grow, maintaining strong communication can become increasingly difficult. According to a 2018 Gallagher study, 60% of companies do not have a long-term communication strategy, yet around 50% of those companies said that they wanted to prioritize improving leadership and communication. Organizations that seek to improve the effectiveness of communication can integrate mobile apps into their strategy to extend the reach of communication and as a result improve employee engagement.
There is no question that customer relationships are crucial in the property management industry. The role of the customer has become increasingly significant, what once could be boiled down to the simple ubiquitous adage “the customer’s always right,” is now a customer-centric business model. For property managers to improve customer relations they must tailor service to suit customers’ the specific needs. To do this companies are using a concept called “Voice of the Customer (VoC)” which helps businesses determine how they can provide value to customers.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is an essential element in the service industry. According to Gartner, the global CRM market was estimated to have grown to $48.2 million in 2018, the prominence of the CRM platform represents a shift in business emphasizing the focus on customer relations and customer-perceived value. CRM software is used to facilitate how companies interact with customers and prospects ensuring they follow that organization’s specific “principles, practices, and guidelines.” CRM is used to track interactions with customers, behavior, and trends to help businesses improve their customer service and customer appeal.
A strategic approach to successful customer service is an essential factor for success. According to Gartner approximately two-thirds of companies compete primarily on the basis of customer service. Walker studies suggests that, as of 2020 customers will regard customer service as the most important differentiator when choosing which company in which they will do business. Omnichannel strategies can help businesses meet rising customer service expectations, research from Google found that 98% of Americans switch between devices in just one day, an omnichannel approach tailors customer service conveniently to that device and internet centric lifestyle.