Multifamily property managers are typically eager to respond to positive feedback in online forums, but conveying an appropriate message becomes complicated when faced with a negative review. Because management teams are directly invested in the community and the living experiences of their residents, it’s understandably difficult to receive negative feedback from a renter without taking […]
Negative online reviews are a thorn in the bicycle tire of every property manager. Everything may be rolling along smoothly until they strike, and they can be completely deflating. The frustration that accompanies negative online feedback, especially when it’s unwarranted or unfounded, can trigger property managers to react defensively. However, countering a damaging review with […]
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.
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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.
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.
More and more apartment operators are taking the proper step of responding to any and all reviews, but many are coming across as insincere. That’s because the most frequent mistake teams are making when responding to reviews is failing to add a signature.
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.
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.