Industry News | Week of October 21

HOT & RELEVANT TOPICS 10 Things About Drone Deliveries to Apartments Drone deliveries are no longer a whimsical concept for apartment communities. In fact, apartment communities could start seeing this happen as soon as 2020 as several logistical obstacles have been cleared and companies are starting to ramp up their air-based commercial delivery efforts. While […]

Here’s A Really Bad Idea: Sue Customers Who Write Negative Reviews About Your Company

Here’s A Really Bad Idea: Sue Customers Who Write Negative Reviews About Your Company

Whether you’re an executive at a large real estate investment trust (REIT), a local community manager or a single owner of a multifamily apartment community, it hurts when a resident goes on a tirade about your community.

The Role of Culture in Crisis Communications

The Role of Culture in Crisis Communications

When we talk about crisis communications, we often think of legal teams, public relations, risk management and operations. What we often miss is human resources and the role of culture. Culture is critical to responding well to a crisis, and it’s easy to err on either of two sides that are greatly impacted by culture […]

Integrated MarCom Every Time

Integrated MarCom Every Time

Whenever I mention running an integrated marketing communications program, everybody in the room nods in agreement, as if to say, “Of course.” Whenever an individual marketing idea or subject comes up, however, everybody seems to jump at getting the task checked off the to-do list without putting a comprehensive, multi-pronged campaign together.

The Pros and Cons of Insourcing Reputation Management

The Pros and Cons of Insourcing Reputation Management

As a communications director at one of the largest public REIT’s at the time, I helped put together one of the first insourced reputation management programs in the industry.

Key Elements of a Rock Star Review Response

Key Elements of a Rock Star Review Response

Responding well to an online review is more involved than you might think at first glance. There’s a lot of customer service and public relations theory working in the background that has to be incorporated into a few short sentences.

Emotional intelligence required in reputation management

Emotional intelligence required in reputation management

That’s what makes multifamily reputation management so difficult to navigate for anybody who works for an organization they love and believe in. The moment you read a negative review from an angry resident, you feel it to your core, whether you were involved in the situation or not. You might feel angry, annoyed, hurt, sad, confused or any other negative emotion for that matter.

The Starts and Stops of Reputation Management During a Crisis

The Starts and Stops of Reputation Management During a Crisis

If you’re not monitoring what they’re talking about, you’re missing an opportunity to gather data that will be critical when you respond to them. Check the social media and review site feeds immediately. But don’t respond just yet. Wait for the facts to become clear.

Collaboration in Reputation Management: The Only Way to Achieve Success

Collaboration in Reputation Management: The Only Way to Achieve Success

Reputation management is a public activity and it requires the same attention that a media response would require. You are, after all, making a public statement and don’t want to harm your reputation while trying to manage it. To do that effectively, you need to collaborate with the experts in your organization for several reasons.

Collaboration for the Win: How collaborative communication produces better results

Collaboration for the Win: How collaborative communication produces better results

It’s easy to make critical mistakes that cost you more than help you when sending out communications in a vacuum. Collaboration is key to sending the right message to the right people no matter the situation, even when that crisis strikes at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.