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When’s the last time you watched a video online? Did you watch a quick tutorial on YouTube? Or maybe someone sent you a video of a cat doing whatever it is cats do.

But did you know that, a single cat video can get an average of 12,000 views?  Now imagine those numbers for your senior living video testimonial and how much traction it could get for your community.

Video testimonials are a perfect way to entice people to learn more about your community and increase engagement. But there’s more that goes into it than just setting up a camera, having someone share their experience and then posting it online and hoping for it to go viral.

I’ll be sharing four tips for creating testimonial videos that make prospective residents say “wow!”

While there’s still a third of the year let to unfold, many of 2019’s senior housing trends have begun to take shape and could have an impact on how industry pros market and sell to prospects in the coming years.

This month, we look back at some of the most notable industry trends we’ve covered this year, as well as the implications they’re expected to have on your business.

Older couple getting keys to new home

The senior living industry is in a state of transition. A decline in insurance reimbursements, rising operational costs, shorter lengths of stay for higher acuity residents and prospective residents exploring alternative forms of care have caused communities to focus on attracting more private pay independent living and assisted living residents in order to maintain a healthy bottom line.

This move to reposition will be a hot topic among industry leaders and influencers for the foreseeable future. And there are sales and marketing implications of repositioning that senior living communities should consider early on to ensure the process is successful.  I’ll be discussing these implications in detail at this year’s LeadingAge FL Convention & Exposition.

Baby Boomers are unlike any generation that preceded them when it comes to how and where they want to live their retirement. Thankfully, our friends at RentCafe have put the finishing touches on extensive research into renting trends affecting this cohort and shared their findings.

In this post, we look at some key insights from RentCafe’s research and why they are important to senior living industry professionals and 55+ community developers.

As the weather continues to warm up, the Creating Results team to is excited to hit the road for various conferences and shows in the coming months. Up next, we’ll be in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for a keynote address about social media marketing by yours truly at the Coordinated Services Management (CSM) Seminar which will be held April 17-18.

During this keynote, titled Social Silver Surfers: Their Digital Preferences & How to Effectively Engage with Them on Social Media, I’ll be sharing with team members from all of CSM’s communities how senior living industry providers can leverage social media to engage prospects and tell their brands’ stories. Here are a few tips for social media marketing that I’ll be sharing during my presentation.

Event Planning Checklist

Planning events can be daunting. In fact, we find many of our clients avoided doing so before enlisting our expertise in the matter. From determining who to invite and how to promote the event, to hammering down the logistics, seeing an event through from start to finish is no small feat.

Despite some of the bumps that may be encountered along the way, we always recommend that our clients have an event strategy in place. Events are a great way to connect with prospects face-to-face and for them to sample your community’s offerings. We’ve heard countless stories of prospects who were convinced to deposit after attending a community event.

Join Us at leadingAge Rhode Island

Melissa Caravella, Creating Results Vice President of Client Services, and I are taking our journey mapping session on the road to the 2019 LeadingAge Rhode Island Annual Conference and Trade Show. Though it takes place in the smallest state in the union, this conference will be jam-packed with information and discussions around all aspects of aging.

The theme for this year’s conference is “What IF…” and it has Melissa and me thinking: “What IF you could boost your census by enhancing your customer experience?”