The Power of Self-Guided Tours and the Importance of Letting Prospects "Trade in Their Own Currency"

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The Power of Self-Guided Tours and the Importance of Letting Prospects "Trade in Their Own Currency"

Self-guided tours were inching their way towards the multifamily mainstream before the coronavirus hit. 
Now, with the need for social distancing still here, they’re much more common across the apartment industry. And when you see the impact they have on leasing, I think you’ll realize this is a solution that is here to stay. 
Consider the case of an apartment operator that implemented SGTs early in Q2 of this year. During that quarter – granted, this is only three months of data – the management company experienced some pretty staggering results: 

Prospects who completed a self-guided tour at any point in the leasing process had a 54% higher conversion rate compared to those who only took an agent-led tour.
One out of every four prospects who used an SGT leased.
 67% of prospects who leased after self-touring completed an SGT as their first tour.
33% of prospects who leased after self-touring completed an SGT as a subsequent tour. 
The average prospect completed 1.5 tours. 

The Big Picture
Clearly, SGTs can have a tremendously beneficial impact on a community’s leasing efforts. But while some prospects prefer to self-tour, some still want to go the traditional, agent-led route.
Prospects need to be able to “trade in their own currency,” by which I mean an operator has to enable a lead to interact with a community in the way the prospect wants to. 
Think Baskin-Robbins: they have 31 flavors because different people want different stuff! Another company to consider is Zappos – anyone who’s ever do……