February 25, 2018
Hi, I'm Dave Borden, with PMW. Today's topic is great technology equals great marketing. Yesterday, I heard about a conversation that one of my business partners had with one of our customers. And the gist of the conversation was that PMW is known as a tech-savvy, technology first product, with a great team that has great customer service, but we're not really known as a marketer. Now, that was a little bit disconcerting as a leader of the business, but it's also just not true. I'm here to tell you that great tech equals great marketing.
Years ago, when we first came back NARPM, we brought many basic things to the industry for websites. Most of the searches that were being found out there when someone would type in a search term for a property manager, people would find mobile home parks, office buildings, LLCs, other completely irrelevant results. Now, most property management searches show property managers, and overwhelmingly, they show our customers. So when people are searching for property management companies on the internet now, most of the time they're finding our customers.
We brought very simple things to the industry eight, 10 years ago like correct meta tagging, URL construction. Naming your URL a search term, rather than owners. We taught you how to tag your images. We taught you how to set up your home page as a traffic cop that got the right customer to the right portion of the business, where they would spend the most time and your stats would be the highest. We taught you how to build landing pages for specific markets, not only the big markets, but the smaller markets. We taught you where to put the lead form so that more people would contact you. We showed you where to put phone numbers so that more people would call you.
We even took our listing page, which wasn't really a big problem and still isn't a big problem, and we've set it up in a way that it would maximize the usage data and time on your website instead of ours, like many of our competitors do. We're always thinking of our customers first. Our websites load extremely fast. Good tech is part of the Google search algorithm for being found in search. All of our websites have a humans first and search second approach, and anywhere that those can cross over, we take full advantage of it.
In 2014, Google wanted every single site to be mobile. So instead of complaining about it, we contact every one of our customers, and we told them that mobile was coming down the pipe. And when they started looking more heavily into mobile search, our customers were ready. Now, Google Mobile First is coming down the road, and anybody that's built a PMW site in the last three years is good to go. Google is going to start taking a much heavier approach to sites that are more optimized for mobile because most of their searches are coming in from mobile devices now. Our customers are good to go. They don't have to worry about that. Great technology equals great marketing.
At the PM gross summit this years, Marcus Sheridan, the keynote speaker at one of our competitors conferences, said that one of our customers had the best website he had seen in any industry. The best website in any industry. Now, I'll take that as a great compliment that we know how to market.
If you ever hear any information that doesn't sound right about property management marketing, please feel free to ask us. We'll give you a straight answer every time. And if we don't know, we'll find out. Great technology is the key, the foundation, for great marketing.
If you have any questions, my name is Dave Borden. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit our website, www.propertymanagerwebsites.com. Thanks, have a great day.