5 Great Apartment Marketing and Management Tips and Ideas

Hey everyone, after reading several reports provided by the National Apartment Association and the National Multi-Housing Council,  I have extracted some of the most valuable apartment marketing ideas and tips. They are listed in order of importance, and if done correctly will help you get more leads, double or triple applications, and significantly improve leasing success. I hope you enjoy!

1. ALL marketing materials must have your main contact information (This means your online rental application and website address too! – see #2, #3): Let me explain this a bit further. Many people have the misconception that advertising and marketing are the same thing – they are not. It is true that successful marketing will pay huge dividends when advertising, but it is not the same thing. Marketing is the act of creating brand recognition and “buzz” about your company. So, when I say that all of your Marketing Materials must have your main contact information, it means that everything that you produce (news bulletins, surveys, signage, and of course your ads).

2. You must have a strong Apartment Marketing Website: Your community website should be geared to both your current residents, while catering to new prospective residents. Your website should have helpful information for your current residents, such as online rent-pay, resident work order request, community news, and a directory of local schools, services, shopping, recreation, etc. Most importantly your website should have well organized and direct sales information for your prospective residents. Floor plans, apartment amenities, discounts, maps/directions, and MOST essential every single page of your apartment marketing website must have a link to a web based rental application (see #3).

3. A link to your Online Rental Application on every page of your Apartment Marketing Website and every single website advertisement: This point goes along with #1. An Online Rental Application will allow your prospective tenants to “contact” you and thus it is part of your contact information! All ads and other online marketing materials should include a link to your website AND a link to your online rental application. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have your own Online Rental Application, and it is not encrypted, you are liable! You are collecting sensitive renter information, and it is your job to keep that information SAFE!

4. Respond to prospective resident leads and Online Rental Applications within 60 minutes of being received: Think about your potential resident leads and rental applications as milk left out on the counter. You only have so much time before the milk is sour and can not be salvaged. In our personal experience, Online Rental Applications responded to within the hour they are received, close over 50{f0f90fd3e82a96211df869c745b8e3cf072bbb42a0f0dc8deabfe3a234d4f3bd} of the time if they qualify

5. Re-adjust office hours: It is a wonder why apartment leasing offices are open during “regular business hours” – 8am-5pm, it just doesn’t make sense. Why is this? After 3 years of research (over 700 Online Rental Applications, and countless leads) and compiling data, we have found that over 50{f0f90fd3e82a96211df869c745b8e3cf072bbb42a0f0dc8deabfe3a234d4f3bd} of leads and Online Rental Applications are received after 5pm! So this means that all of those leads and rental applications are not being responded to within the 60 minute time frame. Also, many people chose to look for apartments after work, after 5pm, and if your not in your office, you are losing leases. The office hours we suggest are 9am-7pm.

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