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4 Reasons Why You Should Focus on Customer Service to Drive Profitability

Posted by Mitchell Vinnitsky

Your business exists for two main purposes: to fill a customer need and to be profitable. As it turns out, these two goals can be attained collectively by investing into customer experience. Research confirms, time and time again, that organizations that have better customer service are profitable. A study conducted by Temkin Group found a moderate increase in customer experience warranted an average revenue increase of $823 million over 3 years for a company with an average $1 billion annual revenue.

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Topics: Productivity, Property Management, Customer Service, Budgeting, Customer Satisfaction, Profitability

7 Methods for Collecting Payments: What Works Best for Property Managers

Posted by Mitchell Vinnitsky

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.

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Topics: Productivity, Customer Service, Accounting, Rentals, Leasing, Customer Satisfaction

Simple Strategies for Preventing ACH EFT Fraud

Posted by Jennifer McCready

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.

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Topics: Property Management, Customer Service, Economics, Customer Satisfaction, Cybersecurity

3 Strategies for Increasing Customer Referrals

Posted by Mitchell Vinnitsky

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.

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Topics: Property Management, Marketing, Leasing, Customer Satisfaction

How can User Generated Content Boost Your Marketing Strategy?

Posted by Mitchell Vinnitsky

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.

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Topics: Blog, Property Management, Marketing, Branding, Digital, Advice, Customer Satisfaction, Community

5 Tips for Minimizing the Duration of Vacancies

Posted by Jennifer McCready

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.

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Topics: Productivity, Technology, Property Management, Customer Service, Marketing, Branding, Business Growth, Advice, Leasing, Customer Satisfaction, Automation

Would Your Property Management Company Benefit from Mobile CRM?

Posted by Mitchell Vinnitsky

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.

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Topics: Blog, Technology, Property Management, Branding, Communication, Business Growth, Training, Economics, Customer Satisfaction, Community, Automation

What is the Impact of Mobile Apps on Internal Communication?

Posted by Jessica Galeano

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.

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Topics: Property Management, Customer Service, Business Growth, Employee Satisfaction, Engagement, Customer Satisfaction

What is the Impact of Voice of the Customer (VoC) on Customer Relationships?

Posted by Jessica Galeano

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.

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Topics: Property Management, Customer Service, Digital, Customer Satisfaction, Analytics

5 Advantages of CRM for Property Managers

Posted by Jennifer McCready

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.

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Topics: Property Management, Customer Service, Engagement, Digital, Customer Satisfaction

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