Holiday Instagram Etiquette

The holidays are all about sharing, but make sure you get permission before you share holiday party pics!

The holidays are all about sharing, but make sure you get permission before you share holiday party pics!

Ho, ho, hold up!

Before you get crazy with your holiday Instagram snaps, we have a few words of advice.

We know parties are exciting and you want to save and share memories, but not everyone wants to remember how much eggnog they consumed — or who they smooched under the mistletoe!

Being a polite Instagramer is much like being a great party guest. Here are some party (and privacy) tips to follow closely this holiday season.

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Christmas Shopping Apps: Technology to Make Your Christmas Shopping Easier

Santa Claus, perusing the "naughty or nice" app on his cell phone -- indispensable!

Santa Claus, perusing the “Naughty or Nice” app on his smartphone. His review: 5 stars, “indispensable!”

Feeling overwhelmed by all the Christmas shopping you still have left to do?

Why not put your smartphone to work… and relax!

There’s a wealth of fun and convenient shopping apps that will help you get your holiday shopping done faster, easier — and on budget!

Shop smart this season with a few of our favorite apps.

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Use Instagram and Pinterest to Personalize Your Apartment Decor

Frame your memories and fill your apartment walls with your own Instagram pics!

Frame your memories and fill your apartment walls with your own Instagram pics!

Why not fuel your interest in Pinterest and add to its world of hip images with your own Instagram snaps? Better yet, you can create real-world artwork from your own digital images.

You may already use Instagram to snap, filter and share photos, but did you know it’s also a great tool to create personalized apartment decor?

Instagram saves your pics to your smartphone’s camera roll, so it’s easy to download the images for a do-it-yourself art project.

For instant personalized decorating, turn to your Instagram efforts for inspiration (and check out what others are sharing on Pinterest!)

Here are some cool ways to capture the right images and clever methods to frame your memories.

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Ready to Ditch the Landline and Go Cell Phone Only?

Ready to Ditch the Landline and Go Cell Phone Only?

Tired of paying for both a landline and your cell phone?

According to research conducted by the CDC, more than one third of Americans now use only their cell phones at home.

But before you make the leap to get rid of your landline all together, there are a few points to think about. Consider the following ideas before you ditch your apartment landline and use only your cell phone to reach out!

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Top 5 Apps to Help You Move

Preparing for a move? Let these mobile apps do the work for you.

Preparing for a move? These mobile apps can do the work for you.

There’s no doubt about it – moving can be a stressful, time-consuming process.

Find your perfect apartment!

If you aren’t adequately prepared for it, you can end up dealing with a disorganized mess. Luckily, all the help you need is available right at your fingertips. From finding a place to live to decorating in your new apartment, let these five mobile apps do the heavy lifting for you to help keep all steps of the moving process organized and stress-free.

Apartment Guide Mobile
Why: Before you move, scroll through thousands of apartment listings near you, available either in list or interactive map views, using the GPS feature. See full property details, view photos and floor plans and select amenities to help you find the perfect place to live.
Best feature: Save apartments to your favorites list and call or email properties, all from your phone.
For: iPhone and Android
Cost: Free

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Explore Your Local Food Scene Online

Dig in to your city food search with these awesome online culinary guides.

Dig in to your city food search with these awesome online culinary guides.

When your stomach is grumbling, you may not feel inclined to debate dining plans. But if you are new to a city or have found an apartment in a different part of town, you might not know just where to indulge your taste buds.

Why not hop on the Internet and check out the food scene in your town with online guides and apps, like these fabulous foodie finders?

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Primedia Launches HD Image Pack to Power a More Visual Search Experience

High-Definition Photo, Video, Floor Plan and Panoramic Imagery Augment Search; Drive Leads

New high-def images add clarity to apartment search.

ATLANTA (March 27, 2013) — PRIMEDIA, the parent company of Apartment Guide, Rent.com, and Rentals.com today launches the industry’s first HD Image Pack™, providing a more visual and comprehensive search experience.  Powered by premium high-definition media, the HD Image Pack caters to consumers’ desire for visuals and represents a sizeable investment by PRIMEDIA to ensure that its customers’ listings are optimized to engage consumers and drive leads. The introduction of this HD content enhances Apartment Guide, Rent.com and Rentals.com listings and solidifies the brand as the most complete and trusted source of information for prospective renters looking to discover the ideal place to live.

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Use Your Smartphone to Pay the Rent!

You can use your smartphone to pay for all sorts of things ... including your rent.

You can use your smartphone to pay for all sorts of things … including your rent.

You can use your smartphone to pay for all sorts of things: Your morning coffee, your Friday night movie ticket … and your rent?

If your apartment community offers that service, using your smartphone to pay the rent is a great way to avoid bringing out the checkbook on the first of every month.

And while you’re at it, stop stressing over whether you or your roommate pays which apartment bills. You guessed it: there’s an app for that, too.

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PRIMEDIA and Kingsley Associates Launch Industry’s First Free Certified Resident Ratings & Reviews Service

New Online Reputation Management Service Provides Apartment Communities with Reliable Resident Feedback and Enhances the Consumer Search Experience

 

ATLANTA (February 27, 2013) – PRIMEDIA, the parent company of Apartment Guide, Rent.com and Rentals.com, today launches its Certified Resident Ratings & Reviews℠ service for property operators, the first free-of-charge online ratings and reviews service compiled from certified residents. Developed in partnership with Kingsley Associates, a leading real estate research and consulting firm, this new service allows for reliable feedback exclusively from active renters. With the initial introduction of this new online reputation management service on ApartmentGuide.com, PRIMEDIA’s digital platforms are further solidified as the most complete and trusted source of information for prospective renters looking to discover the ideal place to live.

“We are excited to launch PRIMEDIA’s new Certified Resident Ratings & Reviews service along with Kingsley Associates, as we recognize the importance that property operators place on renter feedback to improve the apartment living experience,” said Arlene Mayfield, senior vice president, PRIMEDIA and president, Apartment Guide, Rentals and Homes divisions. “The rental industry has evolved over the past few years and the importance placed on understanding a two-way dialogue between properties and their renters has never been more essential. Now, property operators can use content from ratings and reviews to prioritize the feedback and make ongoing improvements to customer service.”

Industry research shows that property owners and operators desire balanced, trustworthy reviews and today’s consumer trusts online reviews just as much as personal recommendations. In addition, Steve Lefkovits, President of Joshua Tree Consulting and Executive Producer of the Apartment Internet Marketing (AIM) Conference added, “Ratings and reviews represent the democratization of consumer purchasing. Residents gain confidence from reviews supporting the rental process, making it easier to find a home that fits.”

The Certified Resident Ratings & Reviews service not only helps property operators manage online reputations efficiently, but ensures authenticity of the feedback:

  • Collection of Reviews: Apartment Guide’s more than 20,000 multi-family customers (more than 5 million apartment units) will be able to opt-in to generate free market research about active residents
  • Rating Scale: Certified residents will rate properties on various attributes focused on creating a summary rating based on a 5-point scale
  • Certification Process: Reviews will be certified to ensure the resident is active and that content is not inappropriate or offensive
  • Authenticity of Certification: Posted reviews will include a badge certifying that feedback is from a current resident

The potential value of Apartment Guide’s Certified Resident Ratings & Reviews℠ service is recognized by a number of leading apartment operators across the nation, including AvalonBay Communities, Inc., Holland Residential, Pegasus Residential, ZRS Management, LLC., and Home Properties, Inc.

“I’m pleased to see that Apartment Guide and Kingsley Associates have developed this service; it’s clear that a great deal of thought has been put into the Certified Resident Ratings & Reviews program,” stated Rosemarie Cook-Manley, Vice President of Marketing with Home Properties. In addition, Holland Residential’s Director of Marketing, Josh McDonald, commented on the multifamily industry’s trend towards embracing ratings and reviews, stating, “It won’t be long before every prospect has read a rating or review prior to making a renting decision.” And Jeremy Brown, Vice President of Marketing with ZRS Management added, “ZRS embraces consumer ratings and reviews, and is delighted that Apartment Guide is adding this to their consumer experience in such a relevant and meaningful way; we look forward to the positive benefits this content will undoubtedly drive to our participating communities.”

Once ratings and reviews are collected from certified residents (by Kingsley Associates), renters will be able to search for an apartment on Apartment Guide, Rent.com and Rentals.com, based on individual preferences and robust search capabilities including relevancy, rating, and timeliness.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with PRIMEDIA as it benefits the apartment industry at large,” states Steve Kingsley, founder, Kingsley Associates. “Over the past two years, our clients have become increasingly concerned with how to best manage their online reputation and this partnership provides owners and managers with the best opportunity to engage with customers in an un-biased, solutions-oriented manner.”

The service will also include a free dashboard, allowing property operators to manage their reputation on an ongoing basis and respond to reviews. To increase efficiencies, owners and operators can optimize renter responses and property performance by viewing individual statistics, metrics and company-wide trending information, all of which can promote meaningful community reviews.

For more information about PRIMEDIA, please visit www.primedia.com. For more information about Kingsley Associates, please visit www.KingsleyAssociates.com.

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About PRIMEDIA
PRIMEDIA helps millions of consumers nationwide find apartments, houses for rent or new homes for sale through its category-leading websites and mobile applications, including ApartmentGuide.com, Rent.com, Rentals.com, RentalHouses.com and NewHomeGuide.com. PRIMEDIA continues to simplify the consumer home search and drive leads that result in occupancies for property management companies, landlords, new home builders and real estate professionals. For more information, visit www.primedia.com.

About Kingsley Associates
The most successful firms in real estate rely on Kingsley Associates for cutting-edge business intelligence solutions. Kingsley Associates’ services include annual resident satisfaction assessments as well as event-driven surveys focused on specific life cycle interactions (prospect, move in, renewal, work order and move out). In 2012, Kingsley Associates surveyed in excess of 1.5 million current and prospective renters on behalf of its clients and is home to the deepest and most sophisticated benchmarking tool, the Kingsley Index. Kingsley Associates also provides: client perception studies, strategic consulting and operations benchmarking services. To learn more, please visit our Website www.KingsleyAssociates.com or our blog www.kingsleyinsight.com.

Try These Tech Etiquette Tips

tech etiquette tips

The dinner table is not the place to bring out your smartphone. Put it away and have some good face-to-face conversation instead.

Does your apartment roommate interrupt a conversation to tweet the latest thought that popped into her head? Do you ever feel your best friend would rather bond with his phone than focus on you?

If these situations have happened to you, then you have been the unfortunate victim of poor technology etiquette. Maybe you’re even guilty of a few tech faux pas yourself.

Remember that good etiquette isn’t just for weddings and high tea. Having good manners regarding your personal technology can be just as important as in any social circle.

Here are some tech etiquette tips to try whenever you are in the presence of other people and feel the urge to reach for your phone or other device, no matter where you are.

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