Apartment Marketing & Management: Recap

Make Your Community a Stop on the Tour Route

“If you’re marketing to families, why not host field trips to your community from the local schools. This can be an educational opportunity for children to see how a community runs. Have your head service technician explain maintenance. Let the grounds people show off their work and explain their positions. Your office staff can talk about job skills and career opportunities .

A Tiny Apartment Transforms Into 24 Rooms

“Our good friend and top Brainstorming Facilitator, Tina Cavaco, sent us this AMAZING link! In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the ‘Domestic Transformer.” … Watch The Video Here

Social Media Success for Apartment Communities

“I have a few thoughts to share on the topic of social media today, and I should tell you upfront that I intend this post to provoke conversation, and I hope you’ll participate! You all know how passionate I am about the need to begin using social media now because I truly do believe it will play a major role in not only our relationship/retention efforts but also our marketing strategies. I also happen to believe that its value…” Read More

The Power of Place

“If you’ve had doubts location-based social networking services were going to really catch on, you should know that Foursquare whizzed past the one-million member mark back in April and just passed 1.8 million; and raked in $20 million in venture funding just a couple of weeks ago. That buzzing sound you hear is the Power of Place, about to go mainstream.” Read More

Build the Model Organization of the Future

“Before you invest time and money in traditional strategic planning consider this – only 5-10% of strategic plans are ever implemented. The reason most organizations engage in strategic planning is to reduce anxiety. It’s like taking a couple of aspirin for a headache. In this case, the headache is the future. The aspirin is a couple of days locked in a room putting checkmarks in the appropriate boxes.”

Partnerships That Work

“I created and facilitated a one-day workshop called ‘Partnerships That Work.’ This class was designed for Apartment Community Managers and their Assistants and focused on synergy, teamwork, and delegation. Our challenge and reason for needing such a workshop was that Assistants either felt as though they were not being trusted with enough to do while other felt as though the Manager was dumping …” Read More

Better Training Through Skill Gap Analysis

“One of the best things you can do to improve your team’s training plan is to add Skill Gap Analysis. This step helps the trainer to identify gaps in performance and areas for added training and development.The first step in conducting a thorough Skill Gap Analysis is to create a picture of what ideal performance looks like. This step-called Competency Profiling-takes a look at the attitudes …” Read More

Five Multifamily Training Ideas

“The Idea – As part of our new manager training we have implemented a Manager Mentor Program. After each new manager comes in for a day of training on company policy and procedures, we select a Resident Manager from the Property Manager’s portfolio to provide another eight hours of training at their community or at the new managers community. Both managers are provided with an Agenda.