I am Lucas Haldeman, the founder of ApartmentGrade.I am also an owner of a small multifamily portfolio in iowa, and before that I was with Move.com for 10 years; when I started we were called AllApartments, if you any of you out there remember those days.I started Apartment Grade 14 months ago and We are headquartered in Coralville, iowa
YOU CAN GET CREDIBLE, NON-BIASED REVIEWS AND RANKINGS OF THESE:
But there was NOT ONE SINGLE SITE with objective apartment reviews.I can find better information on a can of beer than I can on an apartment that is costing me half my paycheck.
So, what is ApartmentGrade?We are a new kind of apartment rating site; A different kind of apartment rating site.We start with the premise that a review should first and foremost strive to be accurate.ApartmentGrade is different from other review sites in two key waysWe only post a review if a comprehensive survey of ALL the residents has been completed; instead of passively waiting for anonymous review to pour in, we proactively go out and ask the current residents for their opinions.We only feature those apartments that make the grade, that is those apartments whose overall resident approval rating is better than 3.5 stars out of 5And once your community is on ApartmentGrade you have a powerful new marketing tool to go out and combat against the other rating sites and protect your reputation
Ok, I am going to back up a little bit and go through why we think this site is so important for consumers, and go through in a little bit more detail how it works for an onwer or manager.For most renters, choosing where they are going to live is the most important economic decision they will make. In Fact, for many it will cost them half of their total income.
What is out there for residents right now?Basically, what is out there is confusion. It’s what I call the renter’s paradox.On the one hand you have owner supplied marketing copy and on the other hand you have anonymous rants many of which border on delusional.Who should the renter trust?
The answer of course is ApartmentGrade, the first non-biased, objective review site for apartments.
So we’ve gone through how it works for the prospective renter, I would like to take a moment to go through how the site works for the owners and managers.For owner’s and managers, apartmentgrade offers you a way to fight back against slanderous anonymous reviews. It gives owner’s a a It is a quite simple, two step process.
Step 1: we survey your residents. For Free.Or, if you already have a resident survey done by satisfacts or CEL & Associates, all you have to do is let them know you want to be a part of ApartmentGrade, and you do not have to complete an additional survey.After the survey is done, we share with you the scores and any qualifying property is placed on ApartmentGrade.
The second step is simply deciding where you want your traffic sent.For a nominal fee, we will send it directly to your web site.Or, if you would prefer and you work with an ILS, we will send the traffic directly to your brochure page on the ILS web site.
As I touched on briefly before, we are pleased to be partnered with Satisfacts and CEL & Associates; giving you the opportunity to utilize the survey you already do in a new way.
Some of the current owner’s and managers who have properties live on ApartmentGrade.
And finally, a little bit about the metrics we use to track our success.We have seen a strong correlation between adding properties and driving traffic. Because we derive the bulk of our traffic organically, I think this makes sense. So the key metric we are pushing is simply property growth. To date we have 307 rated properties online, we have about three times that number in our short term pipeline. In the last six months we have been very pleased with how property growth has started quickly accelerating, as more and more owners hear about what we are doing we feel the excitement building that there is finally a fair and objective rating site for apartments.Thank you very much for your time, I think we might have few minutes for questions.
Gerry Wiatrowski, Co-FounderLeadership is comprised of former senior executives from a publicly traded REITCombined 90 years of experience in marketing, property & asset management, accounting and technologyHeadquartered in Chicago with Denver-based operations Company employs 4 core executives & utilizes a support staff of 12Founded in 2009, platform launched January 2011
Builds loyalty, boosts retention & encourages renewals and referrals – ancillary talking point to BULLET 3
Often times residents are attracted to the idea of free rent but what do they actually do with the money they save? Gets lost in the bank account, never anything to show for it.
Retailer partnerships continue to grow as ResidentGifts expands
Saves time and administrative burden for on-site staffReduces turnover expenses by increasing retention
Engaged residentsProperties increased email capture by nearly 60%More than 65% of residents who opted-in opened the email compared to the industry average of 15%80% of active residents opted-in to the e-newsletterMarketing AdvantageIncreased traffic to resident portalOngoing “feel good” connection with residentsGreater impact than one-time, free rent incentivesComprehensive Marketing Communications ChannelSocial media, resident portal, branding opportunitiesEmployee RelationsPlatform can be used for employee rewards such as leasing incentives, positive shopping reports, obtaining financial goals, work order completion, etc.
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Some of our best customers are the ones who tried this first and failed
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AIM 2011 Startup Competition<br />
Goals of Competition<br />Uncover the best new tools<br />Understand how they work<br />Encourage industry investment in resident-facing technology<br />
Startups Giving Back<br />Each startup donated $2,000 to the non-profit Housing Industry Foundation of NorCal<br />HIF provides emergency housing assistance to keep residents in their homes – or gets them into homes. HIFINFO.ORG<br />
Mixed Voting Format<br />Audience text voting 60% weight<br />One vote per cell phone<br />Voting from 4-7PM Monday only<br />Judges combined – 40% weight<br />
Distinguished Judges<br />Chris Brown<br />Vice President of Product Development, Apartments.com<br />John SteuartGeneral Partner, Claremont Creek Ventures<br />Dirk WakehamPresident, RealPage<br />
Order of Presentation<br />RentPing.com – David Watson<br />ApartmentGrade.com– Lucas Haldeman<br />ResidentGifts– Gerry Wiatrowski<br />RentMineOnline.com– Ed Spiegel<br />EBT Systems, Inc. – Jeff Smedley<br />
Featuring only those apartments that make the grade™<br />
ApartmentGrade.com - Introduction<br />Presenter: Lucas Haldeman, Founder<br />Background: Apartment Owner and Former Homestore.com Executive<br />18th Employee of AllApartments, run by Mike Mueller and John Helm<br />Company Location: Coralville, Iowa<br /># of Employees: 4<br />Years in Business: 14 Months<br />
BUT NOT FOR AN APARTMENT COMMUNITY WHERE A RESIDENT CAN EASILY SPEND 50% OF THEIR YEARLY INCOME!<br />
ApartmentGrade.com<br />First web site dedicated to providing prospective renters with credible, objective, and accurate ratings of an apartment community based solely on the apartment community's current resident’s feedback.<br /><ul><li>We are taking on the anonymous gripe sites that currently dominate the apartment ratings space giving:</li></ul>Renters a USEFUL site to help them find a great place to live<br />Owner’s a tool to fight back against anonymous slander<br />
Economic Decisions<br />For the renter, choosing an apartment is the MOST IMPORTANT economic decision they will make EVERY year.<br />1 in 4 renters spends more than 50% of their total income on housing according to a recent study just released by the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. http://bit.ly/gkcYMJ<br />
The Renter’s Paradox<br />“Who Should I Believe?”<br />Proprietary and Confidential<br />Owner/Marketer<br />Upset Resident<br /> In The Heart of Buckhead<br /> Surrounded by 30 acres of elegantly landscaped rolling terrain, The Paces Apartment Homes defines living well in the heart of Buckhead. Discover gardens of oaks, azaleas, dogwoods and laurels as well as the world class amenities that only a community the calibre of The Paces can provide. Adjacent to the Atlanta History Center and the Swan House & Gardens, you will enjoy the convenience of having the finest restaurants, shopping and entertainment Atlanta has to offer, minutes from your front door. The Paces generously provides its residents with welcomed services usually only found in private homes and more. Private, elegant, spacious and complimenting the best in Buckhead. Welcome to The Paces.<br /> Training ground for slumlords <br /> From: -Anonymous-<br /> O.K. now, I hope someone who gives a s--- will read this and do something. These apartment people in the office are so rude and swful that they are scary. If I was their boss they would not be working here or anywhere. They are like the apartment mafia, and people are afraid to say what is going on for fear of retribution. The women are low class, the head woman is a pit bull in disguise and does not have any manners. when i moved in it was really different and good but now it is terrible and I cannot move because of my job. I just want it to get better and for those woemn to be put in a dog fighting ring where they can really have fun. Michaaaellllll V ick miss out on these dogs. <br />Actual reviews from ApartmentFinder.com and ApartmentRatings.com of a community in Atlanta, GA<br />
Step 1: We Survey Your Residents<br />We email your current residents a short (seven question) survey<br />If you are currently a Satisfacts or CEL & Associates customer, there is no need to do an additional survey<br />Based on the survey results, ApartmentGrade will assign an overall rating (1 to 5 stars) to each property<br />Any property scoring 3.5 stars or better, will be included an ApartmentGrade<br />
Step 2: Receive Leads<br />An ApartmentGrade user “clicks” on a listing then are taken to:<br /><ul><li>An ILS. ApartmentGrade is paid a cost per click transfer fee from a partner ILS
The community website. ApartmentGrade is paid an annual fee</li></ul>Participating ILS<br />Property Web Site<br />
Key Partner Relationships<br />If you work with these companies, you can participate without doing another survey<br />
Properties and Traffic<br />307 of the top apartments currently online<br />Traffic and property growth accelerating<br />
Where are we going?<br />At least 5 rated in properties in all 366 major metro areas or 1,830 rated communities bye the end of next year<br />We will do this by:<br />Expanding into paid search and business development<br />Adding high level sales staff<br />Continuing to enhance consumer search by adding new products and tools<br />
Free Rent Fails to Deliver<br />Incentives like free rent and gift merchandise are financial losses to the community<br />Residents quickly forget<br />Lacks resident loyalty<br />Does not enhance resident experience<br />
The End of Free Rent<br />ResidentGifts utilizes a points-based rewards platform to incentivize positive resident behaviors<br />Only platform providing savings to a community while increasing perceived value to residents<br />Enhances the resident experience throughout lease term<br />
This is How We Do It <br />Management customizes the incentive platform including budget, reward values and behavior categories<br />Managers administer entire platform from this single page<br />All platform functions available on dashboard<br />
Encourage Positive Behavior<br />Award points for desired resident activities:<br />Creates a positive living experience limited only by the imagination of community management<br /><ul><li> Move-ins - Lease Renewal
Conflict Resolution - Social Media Activity</li></li></ul><li>Give Them What They Want<br />Residents redeem accumulated points for promotional codes good at national retailers for things they want and need. <br />Every resident gets their own homepage to manage/redeem points<br />
It’s All About Relationships<br /><ul><li>Our partnerships with leading retailers provide residents access to products specific to the “Renter Lifestyle”
Current retail partnerships, offering hundreds of brand names, include:
We provide a quarterly reconciliation with applicable rebates</li></li></ul><li>Show Me the Savings<br />ResidentGifts provides upfront savings to the community through discounted bulk purchasing of promotional codes from national retailers<br />Discounts range from 5%-70% & we split the savings 50/50 with management<br />Industry statistics show 1/3 of all loyalty points are never redeemed by consumers (breakage)<br />We split the breakage rebate 50/50 with management<br />
Communities Reaping the Benefits<br /><ul><li>3 companies are currently piloting the platform at 10 communities, representing 1,864 total units
Experiencing an average of 9.25% savings on the incentive spend
If the 3 piloting companies roll out the platform portfolio wide, the annual projected savings opportunity exceeds $3.5 million </li></li></ul><li>Even More Benefits<br />Engaged Residents<br />Market/Competitive Advantage<br />Comprehensive Marketing Communications<br />Employee Relations<br />
Remember: No More Free Rent<br />ResidentGifts is the only points-based rewards platform<br />Delivering community savings<br />Enhancing the resident experience<br />Engaged, satisfied residents<br />Redeem points, renew and refer – ultimately improving your bottom line<br />
Testimonials and ROI<br />“We were able to connect many of our resident referrals directly to the program.” <br />Melissa RobbinsMarketing AssociateGreystar<br />“Our experience with RentMineOnline has been one that grows over time.”<br />Mark Juleen<br />VP Marketing<br />JC Hart<br />“Our referral rate nearly tripled for participating residents and our investment paid itself back 3 times over.”<br />Peggy Hale<br />Vice President of Sales,<br />Marketing & Training<br />Morgan Properties <br />
The RentMineOnline Team<br />Account Managers / <br />Developers / Designers<br />Jacqueline<br />Julie<br />Matt<br />Chris<br />Max<br />Oscar<br />Industry Advisors<br />Lisa Trosien<br />Industry Professional<br />Extraordinaire<br />Investors<br />Facebook Fund<br />Seedcamp, Alex Hoye, PiE<br />Equity, Lindzon Capital<br />Ed Spiegel<br />Founder, CEO<br />Duke University (Civil Engineering), INSEAD (MBA)<br />Business Development (SoftCoin), Venture Capital Silicon Valley<br />4 years MultiFamily Experience Speaker at NAA, AIM, Brainstorming<br />Kevin Lochner<br />Technology Director<br />Duke University (Computer Science)<br />PHD University of Michigan (Computer Science)<br />Team<br /><ul><li>Ed Spiegel – Founder, CEO
Duke University (Civil Engineering), INSEAD (MBA)
Business Development (SoftCoin), Venture Capital Silicon Valley
4 years MultiFamily Experience Speaker at NAA, AIM, Brainstorming
Industry Professional Extraordinaire</li></ul>Investors<br /><ul><li>Facebook Fund
Seedcamp, Alex Hoye, PiE Equity, Lindzon Capital</li></li></ul><li>Why this is a business<br />Low Price Points, High Technology Investment<br />Your own in-house expert on Social Network Distribution <br />
ROI Matching<br />Management Company provides referral bonus list that is checked against RMO participation<br />RentMineOnline Participating Residents: Data Available 24/7 in Online account<br />
EBT Systems<br />Presented by: Jeff Smedley<br />President/CoFounder<br />Bubo<br />
Bubo-Works<br />Marketing and Sales Optimization<br />We identify, forecast and make projections as to which lead source is the most effective for your specific property<br />True analytics<br />Not easy, we did our research<br />Bubo<br />
How is it done?<br />Bubo<br />Property/Regional data<br />Economic and Geo-demographic changes <br />Industry Factors & Trends<br />Software integration/ Legacy data<br />Bubo DB<br />Contract Data<br />Sales Performance<br />Call Tracking<br />Lead Quality<br />
Customer benefits<br />Complete integration<br />True custom analytics<br />Custom dashboard reporting<br />Simple real time online reporting<br />By site, owner group, region or C level <br />One national marketing person can now effectively manage advertising<br />Buying power<br />Bubo<br />
Why Bubo?<br />Timing is everything<br />Industry is changing<br />Complexity is our strength<br />Forward thinking<br />Bubo<br />
Future<br />Currently working on strategic partnerships with key companies within the MFH industry<br />We project that we will end 2012 with revenue in excess of $1,000,000<br />Project of 400 sites<br />2 to 4 ILS customers<br />Doubling that number in 2013<br />Bubo<br />
Why choose us<br />“…The ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it—that’s going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades”. <br />Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist<br />By looking into the future rather than operating in the past, EBT will change the way decisions are made for innovative companies readying for a Brave New World in the MultiFamily industry<br />Bubo<br />
Evaluation Criteria<br />Is this a valuable tool<br />Did You understand how they work<br />Worthy of Investment<br />
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