Property Management Going Mobile: Mobile Websites and Apps “Must-Haves” Now?

I was out to dinner the other night in Uptown Charlotte and saw the typical 21st century young, urban couple. They were dressed stylishly, moved with grace, were good-looking, and barely talked or looked at each other the entire time I saw them at the restaurant. Were they:

A. In a fight?
B. Shy mutes?
C. Engrossed with their mobile phones?

Of course, and sadly, the most probable answer in today’s world is C. I have a difficult time with this! I want to say, “Buddy, wake up! You’re with a good-looking woman; I can’t believe I have to tell you to look up and talk to her, instead of texting your friend, Chuck! What’s wrong with you?”

So, being a grown man, I had to decide whether to cry about this newer phenomenon or accept it. After some internal wrangling, I’m happy to report that my righteous indignation has passed and I’ve accepted this digitally-inspired apathy towards fellow humans as the “new normal”. So what does this consumer love affair with mobile phones mean to property managers?

It means we better get in the game in the mobile realm. Regular websites have worked really well for a while, but change has come again. New renters are going to want to use their smart phones to search for rentals near them (aided by GPS), fill out rental applications, pay application fees, and put down deposits. They want the whole rental process available from their mobile phones.

What specifically does this mean? It means we better have mobile websites that allow them to do this; the mobile websites need to include only succinct information potential renters would want when on the go. It also means we need a mobile application (a custom company “app”) that customers can put on their devices so we own some real estate on their phones. Trends show that home internet connections are on the way of landline phones; the new battleground is the mobile phone. We need to be on as many as possible.

A mobile website is critical when consumers search for property management companies from their smart phones. Will yours come up? If it does, can consumers easily find rental homes, contact you (even text you!), and do everything you want them to do (like they can when you see them in your office or when they are in front of their home computer?)

An app is critical to sealing the relationship with customers. How can they remember you when they are on their mobile phones? Your app (with your company logo) sitting with the rest of the apps they use everyday is a good start. This is a good way to build mindshare and also to make it easy for your customers to contact you and refer you to their friends. Not an apps believer? Apps are set to be a $36B business by 2015- a lot of people use them and will be using them!

Change is hard, but the mobile revolution is not going away. If making a property management company last long term is the goal, mobile websites and apps are now “must-haves”!

Play it Safe – Online Games For Kids

Are your kids interested in online games? Are you interested in them playing online games in order to improve their computer skills? There are many free, high-quality websites for online games. This article explains ways of finding websites that provide free games for children.

First up, consider the standard of the games you would let children play. Are guns, violence, profanity, sexual innuendos, references to drugs, alcohol things you wouldn’t mind your kid being exposed to through online games? You must be clear on what criteria to use to ensure age-appropriate references in online games. This is the primary and most important step towards finding and finalising an online game for your kid.

What you are required to do is use a search engine to find a list of websites and then manually go through them to find a perfect match. There is no easy way around this process as only you know what your customised criteria are. Make sure that you search the site and look for inappropriate references or possibly adulterous content.

Most sites online with games for kids also have alongside games for adults. These are viewable to all site visitors which could be cause for concern. You can limit the responses you receive on search engines by controlling the keywords and manipulating them. This initial weeding out process could help you to limit the number of total search results and also help you to get better quality content.

Like mentioned earlier, this is a rigorous and labour intensive approach to finding quality games online as only you can ascertain the standards you would like to set for you kids. Even after you choose sites for you kids, internet being a free and open medium and children being impressionable and curious, they should not be left alone without parental supervision when surfing the net.

Shooting Games Are Wonderful Online Games for Kids

There are many types of games available for computers and although the stand-alone ones have the best graphics and game play, we can’t deny the fact that online games are one of the most popular types of these. You can get access to online games through various websites and find thousands of different games which come in all kinds of types and genres. However online games are mostly preferred by kids and due to that there are mostly sites which offer online games for kids. Although there is a big variation of online games for kids, the most preferred once are the shooting and toy story games. There are the easiest and most interesting to children.

However don’t expect that the shooting games which are meant for kids are the same as the once you usually play on your computer. The first thing in shooting video games for kids which you will notice is the lack of blood and core. The shooting games are meant to be simple and easy for the children to play. This ensures the interest in the game. Although most of the games are like that, there are some cases in which the games can be a bit more violent, but still playable by children. However if you are worried, you can easily limit the access of your child to such games.

Of course you think that shooting games will provide children with maximum entertainment, but you are kind of wrong. Toy story games are the games which are meant to be the most attractive to the young people. Unlike the shooters there may be more complicated, but surely have a more arcade game play and there aren’t that hard and most of the time the purpose in such games is to run, jump and hit. Of course there are also some which are more difficult, but won’t be a problem for your kid to play.

The biggest advantage which online games have over the usual games which we are used to seeing is the fact that they don’t need to be downloaded or bought. Instead of having to spend hours in downloading, buying and installation all you will have to do is open a website and find the games which you like. Of course if you want to train the logical thinking of your child, you can also turn to puzzle games which will surely make him wonder how to solve different questions, puzzles and mysteries.

Although it is true that stand-alone ones are much more played than online games, it is a fact that they constantly get upgraded and receive better graphics and functionality. And sooner or later this will make them the best games on the market. The best thing is that they can be played by all kinds of people and for now are completely free. And as you can see their developers are very enthusiastic, because they make games which aren’t sold, but still frequently improve and upgrade them to make them even better.