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Spike Living: Iliad Homes

Iliad teams up with Spike Global to create state-of-the-art Resident App for residents of new housing development 

Iliad Homes, a subsidiary of Liverpool-based property developer Iliad, has signed to launch a Spike Living resident platform, exclusively for residents of their forthcoming build-to-rent residential development, The Eight. 

The app allows residents in the 120 apartment complex to communicate directly with the management team, it includes neighbourhood watch style information bulletin, details on community and social events organised by Iliad Homes teams or in the wider local area, and easy-to-use reporting and support services. 

Billed as the future in build-to-rent residential developments, The Eight’s connectivity app will provide its users with a forum to report defects or maintenance, have access to amenities and stay up-to-date with exclusive residents promotions.

The Eight is a contemporary new residential complex which is due to open in July. The development has so far seen incredible uptake with a third of the building pre-let just six weeks after its launch. 

James Chan, General Manager at Iliad Homes, said:

“We are all tremendously excited to launch the smartphone app which will be pioneering for a residential development in Liverpool.

“We believe that it adds extra value to the development and will help build a thriving community and allow a seamless relationship between residents and building managers.

“The introduction of this technology to the day-to-day management of The Eight will significantly improve efficiency and increase the services we are able to offer to our residents, creating a much more enjoyable living experience.”

Jeremy Heath-Smith, CEO of Spike Living adds

“We’re delighted to have Iliad Homes on-board as a customer. Connectivity has never been more important and we look forward to seeing The Eights’ community go from strength to strength.”

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Spike Global partners with Flatfair to enhance BTR Resident Experience

Spike Global are excited to announce that we have partnered with rental payments technology firm, flatfair, to further streamline the rental experience of residents. The integrated solution has been launched at EcoWorld’s Build to Rent scheme Barking Wharf Square, which is managed by Apo.

Spike’s CEO, Jeremy Heath-Smith comments:

“Here at Spike, we are committed to improving the community and overall rental experience. During lockdown, meaningful technology has never been more important in keeping people connected.”

“We have worked closely with flatfair to deliver a bespoke platform designed to make the Apo tenancy journey simple from start to finish, making residents’ daily lives easier and connecting them to amenities, services and community support at the touch of a button.”

Spike Global’s reservations and lettings software manages a resident’s journey from reservation to enquiry and through to move in. Its residents’ portal, Spike Living, then manages a range of functions that enhance the resident experience once a resident has moved in. Residents can access concierge services, get to know neighbours through social clubs and forums, browse blogs and articles and keep up to date with the latest community updates. Management staff also use the system for process and building management functions.

The new partnership will see flatfair assist with the resident onboarding process, adding referencing services to the list of available Spike Global products. It will also enable Apo residents to sign up for flatfair’s No Deposit solution, which allows them to pay a one-off membership fee equal to one week’s rent (+VAT) at the start of their tenancy, authorise their debit card and settle bills at the end – similar to hotel’s check in and out.

The firm says doing away with upfront deposits – which on average cost renters in London more than £1,500 – means they can move into their new homes quicker. Once they move out, charges are settled quickly on a pay-as-you-leave basis. 

Franz Doerr, CEO at flatfair adds:

“Both flatfair and Spike share the common goal – to streamline the rental experience for everyone, making it fairer and more transparent for all parties.”

“Working together, we hope to set a new benchmark for tenants in the Build to Rent sector, ensuring the onboarding process is as simple, straightforward and efficient as possible for Apo residents. 

“We are also thrilled to be able to offer Apo residents access to our No Deposit solution, which has already saved thousands of renters across Britain more than £10m in up-front costs.”

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Spike Workplace Launch: Portico

Portico, a leading guest relations and concierge company with more than 800 staff members dotted across 120 locations throughout the UK and Ireland, have launched a Spike Workplace app. The firm wanted to launch an engagement platform linked to its own systems that connected its entire workforce. The portal acts as a platform for communicating company updates, events and initiatives. 

Portico Spike Global App

Amanda Baber, Director, Business Development at Portico, said: We had already planned to launch our engagement app in 2020 prior to the pandemic, which made it even more important for us to connect with our people, who were working at home, in the office or furloughed. In a short space of time, we are already receiving hugely positive feedback from our staff members and real engagement in the forums and social groups, which we have created on the platform. We plan to add additional functionality to our app to further embed a culture that empowers our people.”

Spike looks forward to working with Portico to continue this success. 

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Spike Workplace Launch: Portico

Portico, a leading guest relations and concierge company with more than 800 staff members dotted across 120 locations throughout the UK and Ireland, have launched a Spike Workplace app. The firm wanted to launch an engagement platform linked to its own systems that connected its entire workforce. The portal acts as a platform for communicating company updates, events and initiatives. 

Portico Spike Global App

Amanda Baber, Director, Business Development at Portico, said: We had already planned to launch our engagement app in 2020 prior to the pandemic, which made it even more important for us to connect with our people, who were working at home, in the office or furloughed. In a short space of time, we are already receiving hugely positive feedback from our staff members and real engagement in the forums and social groups, which we have created on the platform. We plan to add additional functionality to our app to further embed a culture that empowers our people.”

Spike looks forward to working with Portico to continue this success. 

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Resident portal touch-less solution: Pocket Living

Pocket Living, a London-based property developer that offers well-designed and affordable homes to local first-time buyers, uses Spike Global’s app-based software, Spike Living, to provide residents at its developments with a touch-less property management service. Pocket Living also use the resident portal to connect their residents to one another, using the software to build community and encourage social interaction within their developments. 

A TOUCH-LESS SOLUTION

 

Without the need for on-site staff, the experience is completely digital and Covid-safe. Residents are able to submit general enquiries via the app. This could be anything from advice about a local service to an issue in their home. 

Requests are directed straight through to the back-office management system where the query is logged and categorised. Staff can then reply to the query, copy in a contractor, mark as resolved or ask for more information. All communication happens through the system and goes directly to the resident app. The sophisticated system means all queries generated can be tracked, logged and analysed depending on the need of the building operator.

The software increases efficiencies and optimises workflows, empowering Pocket Living to deliver a premium customer service to their residents.

“Keeping our residents connected via the app has proved invaluable during recent times. The app has enabled us to continue to build successful communities whilst providing a simple, digital solution to raise any queries that residents may have about their home.” 

Lorna Evans, Head of Customer Experience at Pocket Living.  

Creating a buzzing community 

Alongside the practical elements of a touch-less solution, the portal also keeps Pocket residents connected to each other. Pocket’s portal supports social interaction and community building through clubs and forums. Residents can find like-minded residents and chat with neighbours, or reach out for support, from the palm of their hands. 

To find out more about how Spike could help your business, simply submit the form below and a member of the team will be in touch shortly.

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Resident portal touch-less solution: Pocket Living

Pocket Living, a London-based property developer that offers well-designed and affordable homes to local first-time buyers, uses Spike Global’s app-based software, Spike Living, to provide residents at its developments with a touch-less property management service. Pocket Living also use the resident portal to connect their residents to one another, using the software to build community and encourage social interaction within their developments. 

A TOUCH-LESS SOLUTION

 

Without the need for on-site staff, the experience is completely digital and Covid-safe. Residents are able to submit general enquiries via the app. This could be anything from advice about a local service to an issue in their home. 

Requests are directed straight through to the back-office management system where the query is logged and categorised. Staff can then reply to the query, copy in a contractor, mark as resolved or ask for more information. All communication happens through the system and goes directly to the resident app. The sophisticated system means all queries generated can be tracked, logged and analysed depending on the need of the building operator.

The software increases efficiencies and optimises workflows, empowering Pocket Living to deliver a premium customer service to their residents.

“Keeping our residents connected via the app has proved invaluable during recent times. The app has enabled us to continue to build successful communities whilst providing a simple, digital solution to raise any queries that residents may have about their home.” 

Lorna Evans, Head of Customer Experience at Pocket Living.  

Creating a buzzing community 

Alongside the practical elements of a touch-less solution, the portal also keeps Pocket residents connected to each other. Pocket’s portal supports social interaction and community building through clubs and forums. Residents can find like-minded residents and chat with neighbours, or reach out for support, from the palm of their hands. 

To find out more about how Spike could help your business, simply submit the form below and a member of the team will be in touch shortly.

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Spike Workplace to support ‘blended working’

A changing approach 

Almost a year into the pandemic, the vast majority of companies have had to adapt to new methods of working. Prior to the first lockdown in the UK, working from home was reserved for freelancers or viewed as a nice occasional perk. According to Property Week’s recent 2020 Power of Proptech survey, just 5.1% of the UK workforce worked primarily from home in 2019, despite improving technology making it a viable possibility. Fast forward twelve months and 82% of office providers and real estate companies are looking to invest in home working and digital meeting tools in the near future, indicating that in a post-pandemic world, a more flexible approach to working may become a reality.

With reports that companies like Microsoft are adopting a ‘hybrid’ working model, and some, such as Twitter, telling employees they can work from home permanently, never has technology been more important in bringing people together, helping to connect communities, families and employees while the world becomes increasingly disjointed. 

Promote a connected culture

In response to the ongoing pandemic, Spike Global has launched its new Spike Workplace application. The software helps companies and landlords promote a connected culture while the majority of office-based employees are working from home. The software will also help companies and landlords adapt to a ‘blended’ way of working moving forward, where we see employees cycle between remote and in-office working.

Spike’s workplace portal builds and manages buzzing, supportive communities where users can form meaningful connections. Companies can nurture the office culture virtually through social clubs, forums and events, keep occupants engaged with up-to-date news and articles and ensure they are as settled and supported as possible by offering health and well-being initiatives and support forums. Long-term social engagement to create a sense of wellbeing and identity is a key element of what the software provides.

Portal success with portico

Clients already include Portico, a leading guest relations and concierge company with more than 800 staff members dotted across 120 locations throughout the UK and Ireland. The firm wanted to launch an engagement platform linked to its own systems that connected its entire workforce and acted as a platform for communicating company updates, events and initiatives. 

Amanda Baber, Director, Business Development at Portico, said: We had already planned to launch our engagement app in 2020 prior to the pandemic, which made it even more important for us to connect with our people, who were working at home, in the office or furloughed. In a short space of time, we are already receiving hugely positive feedback from our staff members and real engagement in the forums and social groups, which we have created on the platform. We plan to add additional functionality to our app to further embed a culture that empowers our people.”

Increase efficiencies 

Spike Workplace is designed to make the workplace more efficient for employees, business owners and landlords, whether staff are currently operating physically or remotely. Company owners or landlords and their employees and tenants can benefit from the flexible, user-centric technology that offers a seamless experience and multiple different functions, designed to connect a ‘blended’ workforce. The platform makes building management, analytics and reporting easy, while residents can book meetings, meeting rooms and hot-desks, check-in their guests, track their deliveries and book additional services. Senior teams or front-of-house staff can keep employees informed and up to date with the latest workplace announcements, including any change in regulations or restrictions.

With an increasing focus on mental health and employee well-being, users can also use the platform to reach out to their colleagues for help and support, making their busy lives easier and increasing welfare. Spike has also partnered with The Health Concierge to offer further health and wellness support, with users being able to access content directly from the app.

Jeremy Heath-Smith, CEO of Spike, comments: “Since the start of the pandemic, companies have had to make significant changes to the way they operate in order to survive and those who have managed to adapt have been the most successful. It’s great to see our software helping during this difficult time, and while our working and personal lives are brought closer together our goal is to create better places for people to work and live, even when these are .” 

Jeremy concludes: “At Spike, flexibility is key to our success. We strive to understand the shift in how employees interact with each other since the pandemic began and what this means for how they’ll interact in the future. Ultimately, our software improves efficiencies in the workplace. For example, we offer specific COVID-19 forums for each of our clients where users can offer or ask for help from their colleagues. We have an information centre posting COVID-19 updates, sourcing only reliable government links and helpful advice. We have a recommended COVID-19 strategy for clients who use Spike, whilst continually adapting that strategy to the changing circumstances we find ourselves in. As and when we move out of lockdown we’ll help clients adapt to a hybrid way of working, as employees cycle between remote and in-office working.”

To find out more about our Workplace portal, complete the enquiry form below and a consultant will be touch shortly.

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Resident Engagement Strategy: 6 things your teams need to consider

Resident engagement and resident satisfaction have never been higher on the priority lists of property developers, operators and managers. Many teams are taking the disruption of the pandemic as an opportunity to re-evaluate their resident engagement strategies, tools and software. To be successful, theses strategies need to have your resident at their core.

Our Customer Success Team have put together 6 questions to consider when thinking about resident engagement.

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR TEAMS TO CONSIDER WHEN THINKING ABOUT RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES 

  1. Are your current tools increasing connections between staff and residents, to increase resident satisfaction?

     

  2. How do your residents want to interact with your staff? Face-to-face? Instant messaging? Email? Which channel gets a better response?

     

  3. Are queries being answered quickly enough? Do residents feel heard and supported by your staff? What tools and / or software could be used to support this?

     

  4. Are your current tools increasing connections between residents? How can they get to know their neighbours? How do they want to get to know neighbours? What social activity are your residents looking for?

     

  5. From enquiry, to move-in, to renewal, how are you adjusting your communication to make each resident feel valued? How are you delivering a premium service at each stage?

     

  6. Are you able to get data and feedback about all aspects of your performance to continue to deliver exceptional service? What tools and software could help you with this?

SPIKE LIVING AND RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT 

Spike Global delivers industry-leading software that connects people and properties to create attractive, efficient and engaging places for living, working and playing. Spike Living has all the features and flexibility you need to delight your residents and empower your staff, with a bespoke residential app and a fully operational management dashboard.

Spike Living consistently delivers market-leading results across key metrics including resident engagement and retention. Our software allows you to streamline building management, deliver a thriving community, drive actionable insights and increase the value of your assets.

To find out more about Spike Living download our brochure below.

 

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Employee Engagement needs to be top of Business Leaders’ Priority Lists

As Covid-19 continues to disrupt the landscape of work, business leaders are still searching for ways to adapt to the new normal. A year into the pandemic, most workforces are still separated. Businesses are struggling to keep employee engagement high and workforces happy and healthy.

There is little doubt that the pandemic will have wide reaching and long-lasting consequences on the patterns of work. Consequently, businesses have found practical solutions that keep companies running smoothly outside of the office: Zoom, /Teams, Slack. Moreover, some businesses have even seen this disruption as an opportunity to take a new innovative approach to their digital transformation strategies, and will continue to embrace remote / flexible working once restrictions lift. However, where organisations are falling short is employee engagement, employee support and company culture.

In years past, company culture was largely built in and around the office. It was obvious where and who people could reach out to for help, if employees were struggling. Many organisations took great pride in their company culture, embedding their company values and beliefs into every corner of the office. From wellness rooms, to excellent coffee. From desk drinks on a Friday to free yoga and meditation classes. Many organisations delivered a lifestyle to their employees, not just a job.

This changing landscape left many organisations scrambling to maintain a compelling company culture and positive employee engagement.

Effects of the pandemic and remote work

The unexpected transition to remote work was extremely disruptive to company culture and employee engagement. A year on, theses struggles still exist. Many employees feel disconnected from the organisations they work for, as all their support systems were ingrained into the physical office space and proximity to colleagues. Lifestyle benefits get lost in the remote translation. Include also the added stress employees are under due to the pandemic, and the landscape for employee engagement is certainly a challenging one.

Why is employee engagement important?

Early research into the health implications of the pandemic in relation to mental health specifically, suggest employees were reporting reduced motivation, loss of purpose and motivation, anxiety and isolation. All factors which make employee engagement ever more important, and equally challenging.

According to a study by Gallup, employees who are engaged are 21% more productive. This takes into consideration a number of factors including better employee health, happiness and satisfaction. From an organisation perspective more productivity means lower absenteeism, higher retention and better customer service.

What should organisations be prioritising?

Organisations need to focus their efforts on building a culture of resilience within their workforces. Equipping their staff with the right skills, support systems and infrastructure in order to recover and thrive.

A recent study shows that people with close work friends were 96% more likely to say they felt “extremely satisfied with life”. Marissa King, professor of organisational behaviour at Yale, tells Axios that work friends can even boost our “sense of purpose and our intrinsic sense of motivation”. In a time where face-to-face interactions with colleagues is extremely difficult organisations should focus on digital solutions that connect their workforce socially. Moving forward encouraging employee friendships will be paramount. Research suggests that employees expect work to be a more social environment when offices do start re-opening. Social engagement will be a big reason people to start to return to the office. Therefore, organisations need to be laying down the groundwork for social connections and friends now. 

Alongside Spike’s social forums and clubs, we have seen customers setup peer-to-peer support groups within their Spike Workplace portals, where employees can offer advice and support to one another. Employees have been using this area to reach out for support and engage with peers outside of work. 

Another important aspect to consider is health and wellness. A recent JLL study finds employees now prioritise work-life balance over a comfortable salary, and three out of four expect their employer to support their health, wellbeing and even nutrition. Organisations should be evaluating how they create a better work-life balance and looking into tools and services which can help.

Furthermore, organisations should be using their company vision and mission as a guide to get employees through these challenging times. Employees need to be reassured that their organisations are making the right decisions at the right time. Forbes notes that employees will be more engaged and feel more connected and motivated knowing that their leaders have a proactive plan to keep the company on track. Consistent, cohesive communication is key and organisations will need to find effective communication channels. 

SPIKE WORKPLACE AND THE NEW WAY OF WORKING

In response to the ongoing pandemic, Spike Global has just launched its new Spike Workplace application. The software helps companies and landlords promote a connected culture while the majority of office-based employees are working from home. The software will help companies and landlords adapt to a ‘blended’ way of working moving forward. Where we see employees cycle between remote and in-office working.

Spike’s workplace portal builds and manages buzzing, supportive communities where users can form meaningful connections. Companies can nurture the office culture virtually through social clubs, forums and events, keep occupants engaged with up-to-date news and articles. Importantly, employers can ensure staff are as settled and supported as possible by offering preventative health and well-being initiatives and support forums. Spike have also partnered with well-being provider Antidote, to offer further well-being services directly from their portal. 

Long-term social engagement to create a sense of wellbeing and identity is a key element of what the software provides.

To find out more about our Workplace portal, complete the enquiry form below and a consultant will be touch shortly.

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Resident Engagement Series: Transparency & feedback

Best Practice Resident Engagement

To engage with residents, property operators must focus on connecting their communities – connecting residents to staff, connecting residents to one another, connecting residents to the wider local community, and connecting residents to their buildings. However, the key to successful, long-term resident engagement is understanding your residents’ needs, and pain-points and acting proactively.  

Pro-active resident engagement 

To optimise your resident engagement success you’ll need to find ways for your teams to listen to residents. With this information, you’ll want to personalise your approach by predicting initiatives that will be most effective, for example: events, additional services, promotions etc. Data is key here, as research indicates that 80% of CEOs believe they deliver a superior customer experience, yet only 8% of their customers agree. Indicating a gap between what companies think their customers want, and what they want in reality. 

Feedback is part of our everyday lives. Reviews will have influenced your residents’ decision in where to live. They influence your resident’s decision on whether to renew. So to build a compelling resident engagement strategy, it’s fundamental to understand where you stand with your residents at all times. Once you have the data you can identify areas that need improvement, or areas that are working well. Once these areas are identified you can act before they become problematic. This will boost your resident loyalty and improve your relationship with residents. 

Transparency 

In our opinion all feedback, is good feedback. In order to keep on top of resident satisfaction you’ll need to hear the negative feedback too. Some of our customers have chosen to host ‘I’m happy’ and ‘I’m not happy’ forums on their Spike resident portals. This gives residents a clearly defined forum to voice their opinion, and gives property operators an area to reply and demonstrate changes they are making. 

Even the most proactive operator will have problems and complaints, however it is vital residents have an area to voice concerns and feel they are heard and are being listened to. By asking for honest feedback, your residents will feel they have a voice within your community. An engaged, loyal group of residents are likely to be more forgiving and understanding if mistakes do happen, and decreases the likelihood of these mistakes affecting retention levels.

Increase the success of your marketing 

The benefits of listening to your residents go beyond resident satisfaction and retention. Once you truly understand what’s important to residents you can use these insights in future marketing campaigns to attract new residents, increasing revenue and maximising marketing budget. For example, if you know that the dog walking club within your development is extremely popular, you’d be sure to include this perk in your monthly marketing newsletter or run a marketing campaign focussing on the best dog friendly developments. Research by McKinsey has found that personalising your marketing can deliver 5 – 8 x more ROI on marketing spend.

Spike Living and Resident Engagement 

Spike Global delivers industry-leading software that connects people and properties to create attractive, efficient and
engaging places for living, working and playing. Spike Living has all the features and flexibility you need to delight your residents and empower your staff, with a bespoke residential app and a fully operational management dashboard.

Spike Living consistently delivers market-leading results across key metrics including resident engagement and retention. Our software allows you to streamline building management, deliver a thriving community, drive actionable insights and increase the value of your assets.

To find out more about how Spike could help your business, simply submit the form below and a member of the team will be in touch shortly.