NEW ORLEANS, LA - 365 Connect announced today a new bundling of services from apartment-search giant Rent Jungle with the 365 Connect Technology Platform. This new integration expands the reach of the services-laden platform, further exhibiting 365 Connect’s role as the dominant architect of online solutions for multifamily marketing, social media, leasing and resident retention.
The new collaboration delivers the powerful combination of Rent Jungle’s high penetration Featured Listings for online apartment rental marketing with the 365 Connect Marketing Syndication Platform, a fully managed Social Media Platform, 365 Online Leasing Center and the 365 Resident Services Portal. This powerful and timely addition to the already robust platform array fills a critical gap between on-site property management personnel and the millions of renters looking for a new home at any given moment on the Internet.
The 365 Connect Technology Platform is not only accessible by desktop computers, but also by mobile devices across the major Smartphone networks including Apple iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm Pre and Windows Mobile. Taking social networking in the multifamily industry to the next level, the Smartphone Platform component delivers interactive links to each apartment property’s mobile version of its Facebook and Twitter pages. It is also built to interact with YouTube for Mobile, the top mobile device video channel in the world, enabling community videos to be delivered to mobile devices as well.
Rent Jungle has emerged as the leader in rental housing search across the multifamily marketplace with the largest housing search engine on the Internet. Its Community Elf social media management system manages Facebook and Twitter pages for some of the biggest owners and operators in the multifamily industry. Through the 365 Connect/Rent Jungle team, apartment professionals are now afforded powerful Internet marketing, social media management, leasing platforms and resident services under one roof.
Kerry W. Kirby, CEO of 365 Connect stated, “365 Connect first launched its live data feed through its Marketing Syndication Platform to Rent Jungle’s housing search engine in August 2010. With that infrastructure in place, 365 Connect and Rent Jungle then incorporated a switch inside the “Manager’s Admin Panel” in the 365 Online Leasing Center enabling property managers to upgrade their current listings to a Rent Jungle Featured Listing.”
In January of this year, Mr. Kirby explained, “365 Connect launched an application that automatically posts content from its 365 Online Leasing Center and 365 Resident Services Portal to Twitter and Facebook in real time. With Rent Jungle launching their Community Elf social media management system, it made sense for us the take our integrations to the next level and deliver a much better solution. This integration with Rent Jungle proves that innovation is alive and well in the multifamily industry.”
Jon Pastor, CEO of Rent Jungle added, “The Rent Jungle housing search engine has grown tremendously over the last year and we now have the largest inventory of apartment and rental housing listings in the United States.” In looking for other voids to fill in the industry, we saw communities struggling with how to manage their social media, so we launched our Community Elf Platform to assist in deploying this critical tool. With the latest statistics’ showing that 54% of the estimated 200+ million Twitter users and 50% of Facebook’s 500+ million users are accessing these services from a mobile device, it made sense for us to further our partnership with 365 Connect and integrate their powerful Smartphone Platform and social media applications with our social media management platform. Our integration creates one of the most comprehensive marketing solutions in the multifamily industry.”
In today’s ever-expanding Internet marketplace, in which 90% of all housing searches start on the Internet and social networking has become critical to connecting with prospects and residents, it is vital for multifamily owners and operators to maintain a total online presence. The Rent Jungle + 365 Connect Platform places the duo’s apartment community clientele in as many online destinations as possible with automatic, real-time updates and social media management in a seamless environment that property managers never have to touch, see or update.
Mr. Kirby closed in saying that “365 Connect is proud to make the Rent Jungle bundling an integral part of the 365 Connect Technology Platform, further meeting our goal to deliver the most creative, leading edge, Web-based technology solutions for the multifamily industry.”
About 365 Connect, LLC: Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, 365 Connect was founded in 2003 by a team of multifamily housing professionals with wide-ranging expertise in real estate development, management and technology. 365 Connect provides web-based technology solutions to the multifamily industry, with a focus on resident and management interaction and doing business in the digital world. Today, 365 Connect is the leader designing and delivering web-based multifamily technology platforms with an array of products ranging from online leasing centers and interactive resident platforms to MultifamilyBiz.com, a powerful and robust B2B industry portal. More information on 365 Connect businesses and services is available on the Web at: www.365connect.com
About Rent Jungle: Rent Jungle is the most comprehensive rental listing site on the web. It works much like other search engines in that it scours the Internet to amass apartment listings from a variety of sites. Rent Jungle employs innovative aggregating technology that can detect both when new rentals come on the market and when rents for a particular property change. All of this data is analyzed and stored in order to keep users abreast of the latest happenings in the rental market. Trends can be tracked by city and by neighborhood, furthering the site’s value to users. Users can see searches on an easy, interactive map that links to satellite street views. For more information visit: www.RentJungle.com