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Social Media, and Other Drugs

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Sep 25, 2018 11:35:29 AM

Earlier this morning, NPR broadcasted a story about recent scientific findings that a dose of ecstasy (MDMA) actually makes octopuses, otherwise notoriously asocial animals, display a greater degree of sociality and maybe even affection(?)1. Social media seems to be the most prevalent drug in today’s culture. It connects us in ways we couldn’t have imagined even ten years ago and provides us with instant access to news, personalized content, opinions, rantings, reviews, and photos of our friends, family, politicians, and cultural influencers. We carry the internet in our pockets, but does all this instant information gratification through social media actually make us more social or more affectionate? I’m not saying a drug of any kind, if it can be defined as such, is justified because it makes us somehow nicer to each other. This post is intended simply to explore social media in terms of its potentially addictive nature, consider some social media pitfalls related to how members of your community interact, and advocate for the need of a more formalized web presence for any community association.

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Social Media for HOA's and Property Management - Part II

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Sep 12, 2018 10:56:00 AM

 
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Topics: Property Management, HOA

Social Media for HOA's and Property Management - Part I

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Sep 5, 2018 12:11:11 PM

Cha nces are, in addition to a  website, your HOA or Property Management Company uses and/or  participates in some form of social networking. Whether it is Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, social media is a great way to share information as well as build an active online community. Social media can be used to remind members about upcoming board meetings and other community events, open discussion forums for planned maintenance projects, or gather feedback from residents regarding community topics.  The next three week will dive into Social Media aspects for HOAs and Property Management.  
  
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Topics: Property Management, HOA, social media

RFP's via uManage...Give Me A Bid!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Aug 29, 2018 10:02:19 AM


As the summer starts to wind down and the weather cools off, it’s probably time to close down the poolr and prepare for fall leaves and winter snow removal (outside of Phoenix of course). These and other projects that fall under the purview of board members and association managers require due diligence in vetting vendors. Management companies typically work with a list of preferred vendors, but numerous bids are should be sought to get the best vendor, price, and final result for a project.

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Topics: RFP, uManage

New uManage Vendor Portal!

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Aug 22, 2018 11:06:07 AM

Vendor management means keeping track of a lot of moving parts, especially for larger management companies, who might work with a thousand or more vendors across hundreds of associations. The Work Order system and vendor database built into uManage have helped many management companies maintain vendor information and streamlined vendor interactions, but we’ve taken things a step further with a new dedicated uManage Vendor Portal. This is a space just for vendors and includes these valuable tools:

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Topics: uManage, vendor portal

Software in the Cloud, Keeps Money in the Bank

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Aug 8, 2018 2:24:13 PM

When it comes to technology and selecting software providers, it is extremely important to consider the cost of software. Equally important is assessing the true IT costs of your operation. Shopping for software comes with some degree of sticker shock, but if software can offset other IT costs, it might be well worth updating your budget and maybe earning a few extra rewards points/miles on your credit card. Let’s consider one key “must-have” when it comes to choosing software and ensuring a quicker return on investment: Cloud-computing. Below is a quick rundown on what it means to be “in the cloud” and why it is so critical in terms of cost-savings, and adding true value to your business.

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Topics: cloud, Software

Mobile Inspections, Uninterrupted

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Aug 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The growing ubiquity of cloud-computing is built on the assumption of stable and secure remote access. For association managers, this has meant the transition from pen and paper to mobile account lookup, and violation and work order capture on smart phones and tablets. When your work depends on a data connection, what happens when the signal is weak or lost? This issue has been a major challenge and frustration to managers all over the country as management companies have adopted cloud-based systems. From the very first version of our mobile app for compliance, over 5 years ago, eUnify has addressed these concerns. Offline access continues to set our mobile app apart from others. These are the key features of the uManage mobile app keep your mobile inspections uninterrupted:

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Topics: mobile, uManage

eUnify, On The Road

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jul 25, 2018 12:17:17 PM

We have our summer and fall schedule, and we're ready to go! Tradeshows, Conferences and Luncheons.  Stop by and visit our booth or tabletop at an event near you!

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Topics: eUnify, tradeshows

Have a Happy + Safe 4th of July from eUnify

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Jul 4, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Let's keep our HOA's and communities safe!

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Topics: Holidays

Xeriscape Your Community and Home

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jun 27, 2018 8:06:00 AM

As I type, with the blinds closed, lights off, and A/C blasting, a deadly heatwave is baking the paint off my car in the parking lot. With record heat and prolonged drought as a backdrop, I determined xeriscaping to be a good topic for this blog post. Whether you live in the desert or in greener parts, much of the US is experiencing drought conditions. Xeriscaping is a great way to conserve water, save time, and update the appearance of your home. Let’s take a closer look at what xeriscaping is, what the benefits are, and some things to keep in mind when it comes to your HOA.

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Topics: HOA Landscaping