3 Tips on Using Social Media to Your Advantage
As a property manager, you’re responsible for many things behind the scenes at your property. To get the greatest return on all your hard work, sometimes the smartest thing you can do is to go public with it—and social media makes doing so easier than ever.
Publicize your renovations and property turns
By now, you’ve already learned that investing in renovations and property turns can have a multitude of benefits. These investments keep your properties competitive, lower maintenance needs and costs, improve resident satisfaction and retention, increases your property’s net operating income and raise the asset’s value. But, if you’re not putting in that “last-mile” effort to publicize your newly renovated units, then you’re immediately missing out on many of these—and other—benefits.
Document the journey of your property turns proudly and share them on social media. Your current and prospective residents want to see what you’re doing to up their quality of living at their current home, as well as what you’re doing to attract additional, quality residents.
As you’re renovating and updating multifamily units, use a property turns guide to make project planning and execution go as smoothly as possible.
Use social media to manage your reputation and generate leads
Residents today are regularly basing their rental decisions on a property’s social media presence, often using these social platforms to find the honest, “behind-the-scenes” glimpse into what life is like at your property. Often times getting the impression if they can see themselves calling it their new home or not. When used and managed effectively, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram give you numerous opportunities to market your property to prospective residents. You’re able to generate leads at relatively no cost – because they’re naturally visiting your page already.
To attract potential residents’ interest even more, experts recommend creating a fun, virtual tour of your community and sharing it with your followers. Get your current residents in on the action and offer them a referral bonus to help pre-fill any forthcoming vacancies.
Be sure to note this, though—social media is also the place where any disgruntled residents may go to vent their annoyance about your property. Even if it’s about something that’s not within your control. The best way to handle these public complaints is to address them kindly on the site and then ask the residents to get in touch with you privately. Assuming that the issue is handled well and quickly, the resident will often be inclined to update his or her complaint on the social media site, which exhibits another positive side of your property and how it’s managed.
Given the prevalence of online and mobile activity today, digital reputation management has become a vital piece of the sales and service puzzle. There’s simply no excuse for losing leads to a poorly managed reputation, make sure you address issues immediately.
Show an active and engaged community at your property
Property managers can take further advantage of social media to showcase the lifestyle of current residents at their communities. Post pictures, videos, infographics, surveys and polls on various social media sites. Share reviews of nearby attractions and local restaurants. Host onsite events to casually show off your property to potentially interested folks and then create buzz around those events on your social pages.
Be sure to remain active on the sites and to keep the conversation going; interact with residents—where they naturally are—though messages and comments. Constantly listen to your residents and continue to evolve your engagement plans and property offerings based upon the feedback they provide.
As you’re getting your property on this digital real estate, you may find it helpful to create a social media plan for your multifamily property. In order for any social media strategy to work, you must consistently and effectively monitor the results of your tactics to see what’s working and what isn’t—and then adjust as needed. Every multifamily community is different, and what will land on social media with your particular residents is likely just as unique.