Thanksgiving Week Phone Calls?

Thanksgiving Week Phone Calls?

Senior Living DinnerThis is the best time of year to make your database calls.  Seniors open up about whether their family really visits with them or not.  Call your prospective residents this week (not on Thanksgiving) and simply wish them a Happy Thanksgiving!  Then you casually ask if they have any plans for Thanksgiving.  The truth pours out of the senior.  If they have nothing happening, invite them to your community for a wonderful dining experience in the next week.  Most of them say, “Yes!”

Please share any tips that have worked for you!

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Diane Twohy Masson is the author of “Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full.” It is rated by Amazon Editors as one of the best books of 2014 and readers have given it a 5-star rating on Amazon.com.  This award winning book is required reading at George Mason University as a part of its marketing curriculum.  Within this book, the author developed a sales & marketing method with 12 keys to help senior living providers increase their occupancy.   Masson developed this expertise as a marketing consultant, sought-after blogger for senior housing and a regional marketing director of continuing care retirement communities in several markets.  She has also been a corporate director of sales and a mystery shopper for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care nursing communities in multiple states.  Currently, Masson is setting move-in records as the regional marketing director of two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California.  Interestingly, this career started when she was looking for a place for her own mom and helped her loved one transition through three levels of care.

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Scrooge or Sales with Holiday Calls??!!??

Scrooge or Sales with Holiday Calls??!!??

Don't Be a Scrooge in Senior Living Sales

Don’t Be a Scrooge in Senior Living Sales

All you have is the present to increase your occupancy.  Resident holiday parties, festivities, live entertainment and decorating the retirement community can distract senior living sales from the purpose of filling the building.  It’s easy to get stinking thinking and decide that no one wants to move right now and every senior is busy preparing for Christmas.  Wrong!!!

If you are reading this blog today, it is not too late to get humming again.  Let me give you some current examples from two successful Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) in Southern California:

  • 11 CCRC move-ins scheduled during December at one CCRC and another has six move-ins set.
  • A $5000 deposit was collected yesterday for a December CCRC move-in.
  • One senior living sales person, who had 139 calls for the week said, “This is the best time of year to make calls and learn vital information about prospective seniors families.”
  • When a senior came in for a holiday event, they shared that it was their holiday meal, because they had sat at home eating a “Lean Cuisine” on Thanksgiving.
  • Another senior shared that this was her last year to host Christmas for the entire family.  She was exhausted and said she was ready to sell her home and move in early 2014.
  • Many calls said, “I am not ready, let me get through the holidays and let’s talk the first week in January.”  (Whom will this senior be talking about with his or her adult children over the holidays?  The family will most likely come in to tour around Christmas.)

You can learn so much if you make calls this time of year.  Don’t be a scrooge and not believe.  Be Tiny Tim and make a lonely seniors day by reaching out with a holiday phone call.  Create an emotional connection with a senior now and watch how quickly they move into your senior living community in 2014.

Please share your successes, failures or comment below to join the conversation and interact with other senior living professionals on what is currently being effective to increase occupancy on a nationwide basis.

Diane Twohy Masson is the author of “Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full,” available at Amazon.com with a 5-star rating.  The book is required reading at George Mason University as a part of its marketing curriculum.  Within this book, the author developed a sales & marketing method with 12 keys to help senior living providers increase their occupancy.   Masson developed this expertise as a marketing consultant, sought-after blogger for senior housing and a regional marketing director of continuing care retirement communities in several markets.  She has also been a corporate director of sales and a mystery shopper for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care nursing communities in multiple states.  Most recently Masson was recruited to consult for two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California.  Interestingly, this career started when she was looking for a place for her own mom and helped her loved one transition through three levels of care.

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How Many Calls Does Your Senior Living Team Make Per Month (part 2)?

How Many Calls Does Your Senior Living Team Make Per Month (part 2)?

How Many Calls Does Your Senior Living Team Make Per Month (part 2)?There were such a variety of responses to “How Many Calls Does Your Senior Living Team Make Per Month,” I am choosing to expound with a more in-depth part 2.  Senior living sale professionals responded with call requirements from 20 calls an hour to 40 completed calls per week.  Someone else’s retirement community had mandated 53 connected calls per month.

Here is one response:

“Diane, I have enjoyed reading your blogs on seniors, which are informative with best practices.  This one on “How Many Calls A Month” made us gasp with the large number of calls a sales team is expected to make nowadays.  500 to 1,000+ calls a month must be only cold calling behind a closed door and doing nothing else like sales events, tours, refurbishment oversight, building relationships with future residents, community and church relations, follow up on leads and inquiries, application process, and administrative team projects.”  Nancy

My response: These calls were not cold calls, so here is a more detailed explanation.

My example in part one had a marketing director with 469 calls and her two team mates with 340 and 315 calls respectively.  These sales calls included: call-ins, voice-to-voice call-outs and left messages.  I believe if someone leaves a great message, seniors will call back.  Our requirement is 75 calls a week or 300 per month.  This is not one isolated goal.  Another goal is 20 initial or repeat tours per month.  This tour goal does not include post-closing appointments after a deposit has been taken.

Yes, these senior living sales people have other responsibilities including three events per month (all day), responding to Internet inquiries, weekly strategy meetings, book reviews, overseeing apartment renovations for their clients, and managing his or her move-ins (paperwork, relationship building, setting up health assessments, family tours and etc.).

If you don’t have sales and occupancy goals, then no one has a pinnacle to reach.  This team produced five Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) sales in the last eight days.  They have hit the quarterly move-in goals this year and are currently close to hitting the fourth quarter goal and going to Disneyland.  This year, they have produced the most CCRC move-ins at their retirement community since 2005.

Please share your call, tour and move-in quotas to converse with other senior living sales professionals.  Let’s hear about the variety of quotas out there.  It will also be interesting to know if you are hitting your move-in goals based on your calling goals.

Please share your success, failures or comment below to join the conversation and interact with other senior living professionals on what is currently being effective to increase occupancy on a nationwide basis.

Diane Twohy Masson is the author of “Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full,” available at Amazon.com with a 5-star rating.  The book is required reading at George Mason University as a part of its marketing curriculum.  Within this book, the author developed a sales & marketing method with 12 keys to help senior living providers increase their occupancy.   Masson developed this expertise as a marketing consultant, sought-after blogger for senior housing and a regional marketing director of continuing care retirement communities in several markets.  She has also been a corporate director of sales and a mystery shopper for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care nursing communities in multiple states.  Most recently Masson was recruited to consult for two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California.  Interestingly, this career started when she was looking for a place for her own mom and helped her loved one transition through three levels of care.

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How Many Calls Does Your Senior Living Sales Team Make Per Month?

How Many Calls Does Your Senior Living Sales Team Make Per Month?

Senior Living CallsRecently, I received an email from retirement counselor at a four-year-old Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in California.  He talked about being busy making 500 calls per month.  I asked if that was 500 calls for just himself or was it 500 calls for the team of three senior living sales people?  The answer was 500 calls for the entire team.

Just an FYI for administrators and senior living sale people – 500 calls for a senior living sales team of three is not great.  Each retirement counselor should be personally generating 300 calls or more in order to increase the occupancy.

We track database calls with all my senior living sales teams.  For the month of October, one of my CCRC marketing directors rocked with 469 calls.  Even with all her responsibility, she set the pace.  One of the retirement counselors generated 340 calls and another made 315 calls.  These three team members produced 1,124 calls in one month!  This included inbound and outbound calls.  This CCRC team is one of the hardest working teams that I have ever encountered.

What is the result?  Tours, tours and tours!  What comes from tours?  Move-ins!  Move-ins increase your occupancy and generate revenue.  How many calls are you and your teams creating per month?  Do you track it?  You should!

Please share your success, failures or comment below to join the conversation and interact with other senior living professionals on what is currently being effective to increase occupancy on a nationwide basis.

Diane Twohy Masson is the author of “Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full,” available at Amazon.com with a 5-star rating.  The book is required reading at George Mason University as a part of its marketing curriculum.  Within this book, the author developed a sales & marketing method with 12 keys to help senior living providers increase their occupancy.   Masson developed this expertise as a marketing consultant, sought-after blogger for senior housing and a regional marketing director of continuing care retirement communities in several markets.  She has also been a corporate director of sales and a mystery shopper for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care nursing communities in multiple states.  Most recently Masson was recruited to consult for two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California.  Interestingly, this career started when she was looking for a place for her own mom and helped her loved one transition through three levels of care.

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Stop Multitasking and Increase Sales in Senior Living

Stop Multitasking and Increase Sales in Senior Living

Stop Multitasking and Increase Sales in Senior LivingAre you juggling these 10 things all at the same time in your assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care or Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?

  1. The phone is ringing with a new inquiry
  2. There is a new walk-in in the lobby
  3. Scheduled tours are arriving
  4. Going to a meeting requested by your Executive Director or Director of Marketing
  5. Working with maintenance to make sure the apartment is renovated properly
  6. Finishing the paperwork for a new move-in
  7. Calling the doctor to have them send back a medical report for a new move in
  8. Touring a family member of an upcoming move-in
  9. Residents coming in the office to ask questions
  10. Preparing for the next event

What is not on this list? What about calling or following-up with anyone in your database? I know…you don’t have time. But you do have time…

Did you know it takes 25 to 40 percent longer to get a job done when you are multitasking? Yes!! So how do you become more efficient? Work on one task at a time. Shut the door to your office for one hour and just make calls in the morning. If you do this everyday, you can make about 15 calls a day.

Two things will happen if you take the time to increase your calls:

  1. Your sales will increase, because you will be proactively marketing versus reactively waiting for every customer to call you back.
  2. Your occupancy will rise, because the percentage of senior prospects who select an apartment on the first tour are low. The average person touring assisted living needs to see it three times and CCRC sales can take three to six visits.

Focus on one task at a time and become more effective and efficient – EVERYTIME.

Please share your success, failures or comment below to join the conversation and interact with other senior living professionals on what is currently being effective to increase occupancy on a nationwide basis.

Diane Twohy Masson is the best-selling author of “Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full, available at Amazon.com with a 5-star rating.  The book is required reading at George Mason University as a part of its marketing curriculum.  Within this book, the author developed a sales & marketing method with 12 keys to help senior living providers increase their occupancy.   Masson developed this expertise as a marketing consultant, sought-after blogger for senior housing and a regional marketing director of continuing care retirement communities in several markets.  She has also been a corporate director of sales and a mystery shopper for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled care nursing communities in multiple states.  Most recently Masson was recruited to consult for two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California.  Interestingly, this career started when she was looking for a place for her own mom and helped her loved one transition through three levels of care.

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Persistence

Persistence

Persistence in Senior LivingYes, this blog post is about one word for senior living sales people today!  Do you have it or not?

  1. Persistence is 100 phone calls a week, when you don’t have many tours happening.
  2. Persistence is believing a senior will move in eventually, even when they say they are not ready yet.
  3. Persistence is calling back your sale, just to make sure they are okay – when they may be very stressed out about moving to your community.
  4. Persistence is continuing to smile and dial after hearing 15 no’s in a row.
  5. Persistence is calling someone back after they hung up on you a week ago (they were only having a bad day and now they are fine).
  6. Persistence is generating the energy between 3:00 to 5:00 PM to continue calling the database.
  7. Persistence is calling someone the next day after a tour or an event, while the prospect’s emotion is still high.
  8. Persistence is asking a senior what their time frame is for moving in, after they said they are not ready yet.
  9. Team persistence is calling through your retirement community’s database every four months.
  10. Persistence is leaving a message for someone once a month for year and they finally walk in your office, recognize your voice and say they are ready to move in now – yes this happened to me.

This blog post is dedicated to the FBI in Boston, who persistently tracked the bombing suspects.

Please comment to join the conversation and interact with other senior living professionals on what is currently being effective to increase occupancy on a nationwide basis.

Diane Twohy Masson is the author of Senior Housing Marketing – How to Increase Your Occupancy and Stay Full,” available for sale at Amazon.com.  Masson’s book will be required reading at George Mason University in the Fall as part of the marketing curriculum.  She is currently consulting with Seniors For Living and two debt-free Continuing Care Retirement Communities in Southern California – Freedom Village in Lake Forest and The Village in Hemet, California. Connection and partnership opportunities: Email: diane@marketing2seniors.net