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8 Must-Have Apps for Multifamily Maintenance Technicians

Aug 14, 2018 1:20:00 PM / by Jamie Wohlschlegel posted in maintenance, multifamily, apartments, mobility, residents, repair, operations, smartphone, technician

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With apartment maintenance and repairs, getting resident service requests completed correctly and in a timely manner is critical to consistently exceeding resident expectations.

Maintenance Operations, done right, can become a valuable component in the marketing of your brand. Conversely, it can be a scourge upon your online property reputation at influential rating sites such as Google Maps and ApartmentRatings.com.

The good news is that your service technicians carry an extremely valuable piece of technology, in the form of their smartphone, that can provide a massive assist in getting requests done fast and right!

But, with almost 4 million apps on Google Play and 2 million on Apple App Store, figuring out which are the most valuable to assist your maintenance technicians in keeping repair-completions moving, can seem overwhelming. That is why we went straight to the source, interviewing dozens of technology-embracing multifamily maintenance technicians to see what apps are critical to them!

Here are your 8 must-have apartment maintenance apps:

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Is the Technology Interface the Next Amenity In Multifamily?

Jul 3, 2018 1:39:05 PM / by Jamie Wohlschlegel posted in technology, multifamily, apartment, communication, smart speakers, amazon alexa, google home, virtual assistants, podcast

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The Smartphone Dilemma in Multifamily Apartment Operations

Jun 27, 2018 12:46:59 PM / by Jamie Wohlschlegel posted in maintenance, technology, multifamily, apartment, operations, smartphone

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In multifamily apartment operations, moving maintenance and other field service jobs away from paper-based, manual business processes and over to mobile, app-based, digital workflows is a major initiative for 2018/19.

Enabling massive productivity boosts for field service staff, significant improvement in asset repair records, and enhancing resident engagement through automated service notifications, field mobility can be a major win for multifamily operators.

Before that can happen, there is one nagging dilemma that senior management has to address:

"Do we provide a smartphone for field service staff or expect them to bring-your-own-device (BYOD)?"

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3 Reasons Why Real-Time Maintenance is Mission Critical

Jun 14, 2018 12:55:00 PM / by Jamie Wohlschlegel posted in maintenance, multifamily, apartments, residents, feedback, communication, documentation, repair

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READ TIME: 3 Minutes

We all know how important a good maintenance team is to the day-to-day operational success of a property.

However, in today's "I need it now" economy, the old ways of manual, paper-driven maintenance processes no longer meet these high expectations. Residents expect event-driven communications/updates, managers can't be everywhere at once, and senior leadership relies on live data to make decisions.

Implementing a real-time maintenance operations platform is not just a nice-to-have, it is actually a necessity. Here are 3 Reasons Why Real-Time Maintenance is "Mission Critical":

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Who is Alexa, and what is she doing in my house?!

Jun 7, 2018 3:51:31 PM / by Mel Bethune posted in maintenance, technology, apartment, apartments, residents, smart speakers, amazon alexa, alexa, google home, virtual assistants

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Read-time: 3 minutes; 5 if you watch the videos

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you already know that Alexa* is Amazon’s virtual personal assistant that is gaining a massive following and importance in the marketplace. With over 30,000 skills, Amazon is aiming to make your life, and how you interact with your home, easier with voice-requested (and response) services. Check out what they're doing with hand-free home entertainment & streaming:

 

 

This is Gonna be HUGE!

Alexa is just one of a suite of smart home technologies that have emerged in the past few years, and the numbers are staggering! Here are a few data points:

  • In 2018, the smart speaker market is expected to be worth $2.68 billion
  • The smart speaker market is expected to grow at 34.4% CAGR until 2023
  • Amazon owns 52% of the smart speaker market share
  • Amazon has sold more than 20 million Alexa enabled devices through Q3 2017

And this isn't just Amazon doing damage - Google is gaining ground quickly with their Home and Home-mini devices.

 

"Smart speakers continue to be the world’s fastest-growing consumer technology segment, with year-on-year growth in Q1 2018 of 210% as shipments reached 9 million units." - Canalys, May 2018

Opportunity for Apartment Operators

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