My favorite entrance monument photos

I always encourage customers to upload a photo of their neighborhood entrance monument to their eNeighbors website. Over time, we’ve collected a lot of great photos. Here’s my top 10 favorite neighborhood entrance monument photos of 2010, starting with #10.

10. WhiteHorse

9. Parkhill Manor

8. Highlands Ranch

7. Nottingham by the Green / Knightsbrooke

6. Forest View

5. Arlington Park

4. Nottingham Forest South

3. LionsGate

2. Western Auto Lofts (This one is sitting on top of a building)

1. Coffee Creek Crossing

Are paper directories going away?

As we embark on the new year I’ve noticed that a lot of HOAs are looking for ways to save money. As I’ve mentioned before, the number one way that we save HOAs money is by replacing their paper newsletter, but more recently, it seems that HOAs are reconsidering their paper directory too.

Most paper directories are actually distributed free of charge in exchange for the right to sell advertising. However, advertising is shrinking for many companies in the “paper medium” and it seems that neighborhood directories are also feeling the squeeze, so they are scrambling to change their business model from free to subscription. To avoid this new fee, many HOAs are simply relying on their online resident directory with eNeighbors.

What is your neighborhood doing? Do you have a paper directory? Are you keeping it? Please comment below.

Here’s an example from one community:

How to post a news article

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to post  a news article. News articles posted to your neighborhood website are immediately published (unless content moderation is on) and sent out in the email newsletter, which is sent on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the resident’s preferences.

  1. Sign in
  2. Click “Add a News Article”
  3. Enter a title
  4. Enter some content
  5. Add a photo and/or document
  6. Click “Preview Article”
  7. Click “Publish Article”

Click “Add a News Article”.

Enter a title, some content and add a photo and/or document. Click “Preview Article”.

Click “Publish Article”.

Article is published.

Here are some examples of News articles posted from other neighborhoods:

How to post a bulletin

Step-by-step instructions (with screenshots) on how to post a bulletin are below. Bulletins are a powerful feature that allow you to instantly communicate with your neighborhood.

  1. Sign in to your account at http://www.eneighbors.com/
  2. Click “Go To Admin Tool”
  3. Click the “Bulletins” tab
  4. Enter a subject, enter a message and click “Preview Bulletin”
  5. Click “Publish Bulletin” (NOTE: DO NOT CLICK MORE THAN ONCE. IT CAN TAKE SOME TIME AS YOU ARE SENDING A LOT OF EMAILS.)

Your bulletin will be published to the website under the bulletins section and an email will be sent to every resident that is registered on the website.

Screenshots for the above steps are below.

Enter your email address and password at eNeighbors.com to sign in.

Click the “Go To Admin Tool”. This is only available for Board Members, Property Managers, and other Administrative users.

Click the “Bulletins” tab.

Enter a subject, message and click “Preview Bulletin”.

Click “Publish Bulletin”.

Confirmation Screen.

Bulletin is posted to the website.

Bulletin is sent immediately via email.

Cedar Creek to save $18k per year

I was really pleased to find out today that the Cedar Creek Homeowners Association in Olathe, KS is beginning the process of phasing out their paper newsletter to save money. The savings to the HOA are substantial and could exceed $18,000 per year.

One of the greatest benefits of eNeighbors is that you can save money by serving your communication needs online. You no longer have to bear the cost of postage, paper, printing, editing, and so forth.

According to Steve Maerz, a Cedar Creek Board Member who manages the website, the association currently budgets $1,500 per month to send 1000 newsletters, or $18,000 per year.

The savings won’t be realized immediately though as they are phasing out the monthly newsletter by printing newsletters every other month. Steve explained in an email to me that “we are telling folks that we will only mail every other month with the month that it isn’t mailed being on eNeighbors.”

The idea of sending paper newsletters every other month was not something that I’ve seen done before but I think it’s a great way to ease the community into a new process.