Staffing has been one of the biggest struggles for leasing teams over the past couple of years. With more and more millennials and gen Zers desiring a work-from-home atmosphere, leasing offices have been sparse. However, there are many ways digital leasing agent (bot) technology can interject and assist when leasing teams are shorthanded, including:
- Information Sharing
- Lead Nurturing
Information Sharing for Short-Staffed Leasing Teams
Sure, all your property information is located on your website; however, renters want to find what they need as quickly as possible. Bot technology can help them get the answer they’re looking for. Not to mention, 62% of traffic happens after office hours. Therefore, having a solution that can manage traffic during those times is critical. When sharing information, you want to ensure that prospects are as engaged as possible with the platform. For instance, you wouldn’t want a prospective renter leaving your site because the chances that they will come back start to decline. You want a digital leasing solution that has everything in one place so that their experience is seamless.
Pre-qualifying is vital for all property types and for different reasons. For instance, active adult communities may need to prequalify age constraints. Affordable and conventional communities may need to prequalify for income restrictions. Many properties experience an influx in unqualified traffic, which is why it’s so important to put the proper guidelines in place ahead of time. Having a digital leasing solution saves teams valuable time that could be used for more complex tasks.
Follow-up is something that leasing teams often dread. It can be very time-consuming, especially when it comes to nurturing leads that may not be serious. Short-staffed teams should look for a bot/automation solution that offers lead nurturing capabilities to take some of the burdens of the site team. By utilizing lead nurturing and bot technology simultaneously, properties typically see an average time savings of 100 hours per property each month.
At the end of the day, there are endless lists of things that on-site teams have to tend to. That’s why it’s important to help prioritize what’s most important. Taking menial tasks away from the leasing teams allows them to focus on what’s most important — being human. Bots were never meant to replace humans but to help them. That’s why leveraging technology where it matters most can change how your communities do business.