With the 2015 ACMO/CCI Condo Conference behind us, now is the time to reflect on the takeaways! The DigiNotice Booth was rocking busy – we had a great show and fabulous interactions with board directors and property managers alike.
So… how can digital notice boards help you to boost communication in your condo?
- They make notices look great. – Text-heavy content doesn’t attract attention and you don’t really need an entire page of text to let people know the date that the heat comes on. Pare it down. Still using cork bulletin boards? Digital notice boards in condos look great, keep residents informed about all aspects of condo life and provide a sleek alternative to paper.
- You can get some help. – It’s not just a cliche – saving time actually does save you money. Property managers have time to let residents know about fan coil maintenance, window washing and fire alarms. They don’t have time to run an AGM campaign to ensure you meet quorum, educate residents about the Top 10 Things Not to Throw Down the Garbage Chute, or let them know the maintenance or upgrade schedules decided upon by the board. Yet these are precisely the items that residents need and want to know (eg. what’s going on around here?). Get some help with this communication and the promotion of a responsible lifestyle will save your property thousands of dollars per year.
- Engage your residents. – I used to call it the Jumbotron effect – you know, the camera at the ball game would rest on an individual who looked wildly around to get a peek at themselves on the big screen. Nowadays, the internet in general and social media in particular are constant proof of our desire to engage with others by sharing ourselves and our opinions. Website forums or comment boxes can provide an outlet; in our digital notice board world we have an online form (moderated of course) for residents to post items for sale, fun pics of favourite local spots or even a cool picture from their balcony.
- Feed the beast. – Just like social media, the information flow to your residents should be timed to reach them at key intervals. You don’t want to overwhelm residents but you can’t assume that everyone is going to see your email, let alone read it. If you have digital notice boards, you can (and should!) change up the content as often as possible so residents see the changes and stay interested! Digital notice boards make it easy to schedule notices and run important items more often.
For more ideas on how digital notice boards can help you save your condo money, contact Sue Langlois at 416-738-5837.