Customers increasingly want control over managing themselves and their business relationships especially when it comes to their finances. Online payments offer owners and tenants self-service capabilities that are customers want at an increasing rate. Mobile payments alone have grown in popularity as younger generations get older and have more spending power – studies show that 33% of millennials use cash while only 18% of Generation Z relies on cash. The ever-evolving industry can be difficult to keep up with but stay in-sync with trends can offer benefits to customers and property managers, here’s what you need to know about online payments for your owners and tenants.
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.
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.
There has been an unprecedented growth of cloud-based software and SaaS platforms, Gartner estimated that cloud services would grow 17.5% in 2019 and continue to grow exponentially by 28% in 2022. The monumental movement to cloud-based software may have some property management companies weighing out whether or not there is enough reason to transition from self-hosted physical servers to a cloud-based SaaS platform.
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.
Innovation is happening all around us at an exponential rate. One the trendiest technologies right now is Artificial Intelligence. AI has been an element of science fiction for many years, but it has now become a reality. Artificial Intelligence (AI) commonly comes across as a scary force but in reality, it’s a tool that has a place in businesses and everyday life. As technology gets more complicated it can become difficult to understand the practicality of some developments. Harnessing the potential of AI can be incredibly beneficial to property management companies as well.
An electronic document management system (EDMS), is software used to manage the creation, control, storage, and distribution of documents. Typically, an EDMS is a centralized system that streamlines document management. Electronic Document Management Systems usually includes an electronic signature function, which gives users the ability to digitally sign/authorize documents replacing manual “wet ink” signatures.
According to researcher, Osmo Wiio, “if communication can fail, it will fail.” Being prepared for potential miscommunications is the best way to ensure successful interactions. Property managers need to be able to communicate clearly to efficiently manage their community. They must also do their best to understand what owners, tenants, and residents need.
Email marketing is one of the most effective forms of direct engagement, it’s more than twice as effective as social media marketing. With over 246 billion emails being sent every day, 79% of Americans want marketing emails to be more tailored to their interests. By implementing a segmentation strategy, the ROI of email marketing can grow up to 77%.
Establishing strong online marketing strategies gives property management companies steady access to leads. Online marketing is ideal for lead generation because it’s low maintenance and effective across all demographics. Studies continue to show that there is no age where web-based marketing ceases to be impactful.