Ratings, Reviews & Responses on Apartments.com

Ratings, Reviews & Responses on Apartments.com

Date: August 27, 2015
Time: Noon EDT
Presenter: Heidi Williams, Vice President, Apartments.com

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As a result of the recent Apartments.com Rent For Life campaign, there has been a massive influx of overwhelmingly positive reviews and ratings. During this webinar, we will discuss:

  • Ratings and reviews – insights since the launch of the “Rent For Life” campaign
  • Apartments.com moderation process
  • How customers can respond – A review of the Apartments.com dashboard and other reputation management solutions

Heidi Williams

Presenter Bio:

Heidi Williams, Vice President of Product Management for Apartments.com, joined CoStar Group in 2014. She leads the product team that is responsible for the design and requirements for Apartments.com website, mobile applications, advertising tools and reports. Previously, Ms. Williams served in a variety of product and technology leadership roles, building innovative solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

Reputation Management

Reputation Management

Date: July 16, 2015
Time: Noon EDT
Presenter: Sara Scarborough Graham: Director of Marketing, The Dolben Company, Inc.

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People are talking about you. Now what? Understanding how to manage your reputation online is critical. Having a process in place will help the team respond appropriately.

Join us for our July edition of Training Series Live!, when Sara Scarborough Graham, Director of Marketing at The Dolben Company shares tips for managing your property’s reputation online. She’ll discuss the following topics:

  • Why is online reputation management (ORM) important?
  • Think offline, when responding online
  • Open the floodgates
  • Best practices

Sara Scarborough Graham

Presenter Bio:

Sara Scarborough Graham is the Director of Marketing at The Dolben Company, Inc. With more than 15 years of industry experience, she oversees both corporate and site-level marketing efforts for more than 55 communities throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Her responsibilities include brand management, evaluating and implementing marketing technologies, and overseeing property enhancements.

Making the Most of Internet Leads

How to Effectively Follow Up With Renters Online

Date: June 11, 2015
Time: Noon CST
Presenter: Steve Wunch: Vice President of Learning & Development, Landmark Apartment Trust

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In the past, renters searching for their next apartment would pick up the newspaper classifieds. Today, most prospective residents are finding out about your community – and expressing interest in learning more – on the internet. How can you more effectively follow up with these online leads?

Steve Wunch, Vice President of Learning & Development at Landmark Apartment Trust, joined us for our June edition of Training Series Live! to share tips for making the most of internet leads. He discussed:

  • How relationship building is just as important in the virtual world as in the “real” world
  • The importance of responding quickly to internet leads
  • How “chunking” information can keep the conversation going
  • And more!

Steve Wunch

Presenter Bio:

Steve Wunch, Vice President of Learning & Development, is responsible for managing and ensuring the delivery of high-impact, targeted learning experiences to over 600 team members in Landmark Apartment Trust’s entire portfolio. Supporting approximately 22,000 units in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North & South Carolina, and Virginia, and leading a team of four learning professionals, Steve knows the importance of making learning “stick”. Steve began his career in multi-family as a Leasing Consultant, then Assistant Manager, Community Manager, and has been in several training and support roles, working his way into a Learning & Development role that has no equal. A true ENFP, Steve embraces his “N” – knowing that intuition plays a key role in providing the right support at the right time.

Recruitment Best Practices

How to Improve Your Interview Process to Attract and Hire All Star Players

Presenter: Tara Carter: Owner & Managing Member, Luxe Residential

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Your employees play a crucial role in the success of your community. How can you make sure you’re hiring the right people?

In this edition of Training Series Live!, Tara Carter, Owner & Managing Member at Luxe Residential, shared tips and strategies to help hiring managers increase the pool of qualified candidates and improve the quality of the interview process. She covered:

  • How to attract all stars in the industry
  • Prescreening tips for a successful in-person interview
  • Tips for phone interviews
  • And more!

Tara Carter

Presenter Bio:

Tara Carter began her career in property management at the age of 18, working as a leasing professional in Austin, Texas. Tara has worked in numerous onsite and corporate office roles throughout her more than 15 year career, including Property Manager, District Manager, Regional Vice President, Asset Manager, and Director of Operations for Plus Management in Richmond, VA. Tara has worked for third party management companies and REITS including Riverstone Residential Group and Colonial Properties Trust. She brings a unique perspective of financial management through her experience as Asset Manager for Trammel Crow Residential. Tara founded Luxe Residential, LLC, a full service asset management and consulting company. Luxe Residential also offers leadership and career development coaching for property management professionals.

How to Make Your Residents Work for You

Resident Referral Ideas That Work

Presenter: Stephanie Graves: Trainer, Motivator and “Crazy Marketing Gal”

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When it comes to increasing occupancy, your current, happy residents can be one of your most powerful resources. After all, if your residents love living in your community, they’re probably not afraid to tell their family and friends!

In this edition of Training Series Live!, Stephanie Graves discussed how a great resident referral program can help you keep your apartments full. She covered:

  • Successful resident referral programs that utilize different methods of recognition rather than just free rent
  • Methods to get your residents to perform outreach marketing and get you leases
  • How you can successfully use resident testimonials to increase occupancy
  • And more!

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Stephanie Graves

Presenter Bio:

Stephanie Graves is a dynamic speaker that has been entrenched in the multifamily industry for years. She has tackled all levels of assets from new construction to property-based section 8 to properties that many would think twice about operating. She offers her expertise in property marketing and operations and offers a wide spectrum of insight into the multifamily world. Stephanie has a Bachelors in Communication, holds the CAPS and CAM designations and has completed Advanced Instructor Training for the National Apartment Association; making her NAA Education Faculty. She has held titles from Operations Specialist to Senior Vice President of Operations but prefers the title Trainer, Motivator & Crazy Marketing Gal.

Living Social: A Digital Footprint in Marketing

Living Social: A Digital Footprint in Marketing

Presenter: Ryan Perez, Vice President of Marketing, Landmark Apartment Trust

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By now, you’ve probably heard dozens of facts and stats about why you should be on social media. You’ve probably even set up a profile on a social media network or two. What now?

In this edition of Training Series Live!, Ryan Perez, Vice President of Marketing at Landmark Apartment Trust, discusses how putting together a thoughtful and deliberate social media strategy is one of the best marketing tools you can have. She covers:

  • Creating your social footprint
  • Strategically engaging and retaining your customers
  • Marketing in your social space
  • And more!

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Ryan Perez

Presenter Bio:

Ryan Perez is the Vice President of Marketing for Landmark Apartment Trust. The Tampa based firm consists of approximately 33,000 units with 106 communities. Perez is responsible for all advertising, marketing, social media, online reputation management and the operational based growth of each asset as it correlates to overall visibility and exposure. In addition to overseeing all marketing platforms, Ryan works closely with the operations analytics department to maximize property performance by monitoring, tracking and analyzing performance data portfolio wide.

Think Like a Technologist

Breaking Down Organizational Silos to Create A Better Marketing Strategy

Presenter: Lauren Curley, Marketing Director, Landmark Property Services, Inc.

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Years ago, technology was under the purview of our back-end business processes, more focused on enterprise needs than those of the consumer. Marketing served as the creative force that shaped and controlled the brand conversation.

Today, technology allows consumers to be a conscious force in their own brand experience and drives consumers to a real-time, social, mobile world. Marketing is no longer a one-way distribution channel for a highly cultivated advertising message. Technology has empowered the consumer and amplified the customer voice.

Thus, if marketers wish to remain at the intersection point between their customers and their brand, the convergence between marketing and technology is inevitable. In this edition of Training Series Live!, Lauren Curley, Marketing Director for Landmark Property Services, discussed how marketers today need to start thinking like technologists in order to build more effective marketing strategies.

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Lauren Curley

Presenter Bio:

Lauren Curley is the Marketing Director for Landmark Property Services, Inc. where she leads all strategic marketing efforts for Landmark’s portfolio. Lauren brings over ten years of experience in strategic brand development, digital marketing, market analysis, performance benchmarking and training. She is committed to merging the gap between the pace of technological growth and the pace of adoption and implementation in multifamily housing. Lauren is the 2014 Vice Chair of the Central Virginia Apartment Association and sits on the Virginia Apartment Management Association Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Conflict Resolution: What Not to Do

Conflict Resolution: What Not to Do

Presenter: Brandon Mathis, Director of Sales & Marketing and Conflict Resolution Specialist, Phillips Management Group

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Let’s face it. People don’t always see eye to eye. At one point or another, there will probably be some type of conflict at your property – whether it’s among your residents or your staff. So, what’s a multifamily professional to do?

In this edition of Training Series Live!, Brandon Mathis, Director of Sales & Marketing and Conflict Resolution Specialist at Phillips Management Group, discussed how these six (more common than we care to admit) behaviors sabotage our efforts to resolve a dispute or manage conflict and what we should do differently.

  • Offering “standard” solutions to unique problems
  • Forgetting manners
  • Mistaking frustration for a personal attack
  • Hiding behind policies
  • Issuing directives to customers
  • Passing the buck

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Brandon Mathis

Presenter Bio:

Brandon Mathis is the Director of Sales & Marketing and Conflict Resolution Specialist for Phillips Management Group, a regional property management company founded in 1959 operating conventional apartment communities in NC, SC, and GA. Complementing nearly twenty years of industry experience, Brandon completed his Master’s Degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution in 2010. His continuing work and research interests include dispute system design and evaluation and the application of conflict management principles in relationship selling.

Email Marketing 101

Using Email to Successfully Reach Renters

Presenter: Liz Ryan, CEO, Relish Tray Media

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Think email is dead? Think again! With all of the communication channels available today, email has held steady as one of the most popular among consumers. In fact, according to ExactTarget, 93% of U.S. consumers have opted in to receive emails from at least one company.
But the average person’s inbox is full of emails. What can you do to break through the clutter and get your message heard? In this edition of Training Series Live!, Liz Ryan, CEO of Relish Tray Media, shared tips for using email marketing to successfully reach renters. She covered:

  • The importance of text, images and the way your emails render in your subscribers’ inboxes
  • Best practices for managing and growing your email list
  • How to analyze the performance of your emails
  • And more!

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Liz Ryan

Presenter Bio:

With over 12 years of digital marketing experience, specializing in email marketing and customer retention, Liz Ryan is an innovative thought leader in the field. She has been published in a number of industry publications, including Mediapost’s Email Insider and eM+C, as well as interviewed for DM News and Hubspot. She is an ExactTarget Partner, Hubspot Inbound Marketing Partner, and Hootsuite Partner as well as Marketing Sherpa certified in B2B Marketing.

Marketing to the Power of ONE

How Smart Brands use 1:1 Digital Marketing Strategies to Fuel Sales and Deliver a Great Customer Experience

Presenter: Joel Book, Principal, Marketing Insights-ExactTarget, a salesforce.com company

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Today’s consumers are more connected, more informed and more demanding than ever. And they are increasingly loyal to brands that deliver a great customer experience by aiding their product evaluation and purchase process and providing personalized service after purchase. Marketing has shifted from highly fragmented one-size-fits-all mass communication to highly relevant one-to-one interaction where offers, information and invitations must be personalized to the needs, interests and location of the individual consumer.

In this edition of Training Series Live!, Joel Book of ExactTarget discussed the major trends that are transforming marketing and customer service, and demonstrated how smart brands are using 1:1 digital marketing strategies – powered by email, mobile, social media, and websites – to attract, onboard, serve and retain customers. Attendees learned:

  • Key MegaTrends that are driving the convergence and transformation of marketing, sales and customer service and what this means for brands.
  • Examples of smart brands that are using data and 1:1 technology to engage “The Connected Consumer” and personalize and optimize the customer experience.
  • Why “Serving” has become the new “Selling” and why Journey Management is the key to building long-term and profitable customer relationships.
  • And more!

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Joel Book

Presenter Bio:

Joel Book is a Principal in the Marketing Insights group at ExactTarget, a salesforce.com company. With nearly four decades of experience in database marketing, Joel Book has become one of the industry’s leading experts on digital marketing and customer experience management. As a founding member of ExactTarget’s Marketing Insights team, Joel teaches companies how to use customer data, digital media and marketing automation technology to deliver offers, information, and service personalized to the customer’s needs, interests and preferences. He is one of the most dynamic and sought-after speakers in his field because his presentations are packed with examples of how innovative brands are successfully using digital marketing strategies and tactics to acquire and retain customers. Book is a 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned his degree in Marketing Communications. He is a member of the Business Marketing Association and the Direct Marketing Association.