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CGI of So Resi Twickenham. Call 0208 607 0550.

Shared ownership makes it possible to buy your new home at So Resi Twickenham

So Resi has launched a contemporary collection of one and two-bedroom, shared ownership apartments in Twickenham – with local residents and those working in the area being given the first opportunity to reserve a property. The shared ownership scheme means that homebuyers at So Resi Twickenham can buy a 25 per cent share (£101,250) of the full price of the home (£405,000), requiring just a 10 per cent deposit of £10,125 and paying a monthly So Resi payment on the share they don’t buy.

Originally built in the 1960s, So Resi has fully renovated the original building to create a collection of high-quality, modern homes.

Each home features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow an abundance of natural light to fill the main living areas, while integrated kitchen appliances and stylish fittings create a contemporary finish. Many residents on the higher floors will benefit from views towards Richmond Hill and Richmond Park as well as Twickenham Stadium, the River Thames and beyond. The development will also include a contemporary rooftop terrace, landscaped with plenty of seating for residents to relax outdoors.

The leafy town of Twickenham, the home of English rugby, has a range of shops, bars and restaurants. The high street is less than half a mile from So Resi Twickenham, while Twickenham Station is just five minutes’ walk away. From here, trains reach Richmond in five minutes, London Waterloo in 23 minutes and the City in 37 minutes.

To register your interest in So Resi Twickenham and to find out how So Resi can make it possible to buy your new home, call 0208 607 0550 or visit www.soresi.co.uk 

GDPR presents a real opportunity to harness the power of PR, and here’s why…

– By Nikki Ackerley, managing director of Property House Marketing

 

Are you a marketer? If so, you might have found yourself sifting through dozens of GDPR-related, panic-inducing emails from legal advisers and – as you attempt to understand exactly what is required of you – wondering what impact this new regulation will have on your marketing strategy come 25th May.

The rules

You’ll know by now that GDPR will bring in tighter rules for how businesses handle and store personal data – and how this processing is communicated – and you’ll definitely know that the financial penalties for non-compliance are severe. Key changes include the way that we market directly to consumers (generally, they will need to give us their permission before we contact them for marketing purposes – opting in, not out) and it needs to be really easy for people to request that their information is deleted.

However, while working out what is required might seem a little bit like wading through treacle, we don’t think you need to tear up your marketing plans and go back to the drawing board necessarily. We think that the regulations can present a real opportunity to harness the consumer data-free power of public relations.

Where does PR fit?

The clue is even in the name of the regulation – PR. The rules for contacting consumers will change the way you talk directly to your customers, but what if you were to contact them via a third party? Say, a journalist?

Business-to-business data regulation differs slightly. While processes must still be made clear and communicated simply, and the option to be forgotten made very easy, a ‘legitimate interest’ means that we can connect with our business contacts if what we’re sharing is reasonably believed to be something they want to see. This means we can continue to provide journalists with your content, resulting in media coverage read by your customers, without the need for consumer data.

Using social media achieves a similar outcome. As the broadcaster, you don’t need access to personal data to target your demographic and reach your audiences (although if personal information is exchanged, consent must be granted for marketing purposes). The rules around paid-for content are still undergoing some fine-tuning, but in the meantime, sharing content on a public platform is a great way to connect on a wide scale.

So, while GDPR will affect your marketing plans, we think it provides a great opportunity to think a little differently. PHM delivers PR and social media services to companies of all shapes and sizes; get in touch if you’d like to find out more. In the spirit of data regulation, you can also let us know if you’d like to be kept updated with all of PHM’s news by opting in to our mailing list.

This blog does not intend to provide, nor should it be taken as, legal advice.

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PHM’s clients scoop 11 prizes at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards

The Evening Standard New Homes Awards is always a highly-anticipated date in the property calendar and Friday’s celebrations did not disappoint, with it being one of our most successful competitions to date.

11 of the 23 entries we prepared on behalf of our clients scooped a prize at this year’s ceremony, which took place at the Dorchester Hotel, London. A whopping seven of our clients’ developments took home the winning prize, while four were highly commended in their category.

Our clients won the following prizes at the ceremony:

Winners

Highly commended

  • Kidbrooke Village by Berkeley East Thames was highly commended in the Best Regeneration Project category
  • Victory Pier by Berkeley West London was highly commended in the Best First Time Buyer Home category
  • Streatham Hill by London Square was highly commended in the Best Large Development category
  • Star and Garter by London Square was highly commended in the Best Conversion category

Awards are a brilliant tool for marketing and promotion, offering a respected third-party endorsement as well as the prestige of industry recognition. If you’re considering entering awards for a development or project of which you’re particularly proud but not sure where to start, speak to the PHM team today on 01483 561119.

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Spring clean your social media

Warmer temperatures and longer days mean it’s time to blow away the cobwebs. Here are our tips for getting your social media channels spick and span for a summer of success.

Digital marketing plays a vital role in supporting many of our clients’ communications objectives, making social media an integrated part of PR and our everyday lives at PHM.

To truly get the best out of social media, it’s incredibly important to understand that time, commitment and consistency is key – this will build your following and increase audience engagement. However, there’s a whole range of tools which can help with the time-costly day to day tasks and keep channels alive and thriving.

Here come our four top tips on how to do just that:

  1. Scheduling platform

If like us you manage more than one social media channel, it’s probably worth investing in a scheduling platform where you can manage multiple accounts from one, secure place. These platforms can help with optimising posts for engagement, reporting and publishing, and doing so consistently and efficiently.

  1. Canva

Canva is very user-friendly – we can safely say it’s become one of our most-used tools for creating visual, interesting content for social media. The website is home to thousands of social media graphics and layouts suited to every kind of platform, which you can design and personalise to integrate into your strategy. As social media is a place where visually led-content thrives, this is a great way to mix up how you present your message.

  1. Link shorteners

We use link-shortening services, such as Bitly, in almost everything we publish online. This not only makes the most of your content on platforms like Twitter, where you’re limited to 280 characters, but creates a slick and professional aesthetic for your posts – when links stretch over two or three lines it can look untidy and dare we say, un-clickworthy.

  1. Unsplash

We cannot stress enough how important visuals are when it comes to online content. We always make the most of sites such as Unsplash, which enable you to browse and download images for free. This really helps in implementing fresh and exciting content without becoming too repetitive in your use of imagery.

If you’d like to talk to PHM about how we can freshen up you social media channels – and take on the time commitments you can’t fit into your calendar –  call us on 01483 561119 or email info@housegroup.co.uk.

 

 

Lent: three bad habits to give up when writing copy

Three bad habits to give up this Lent when writing copy

Today marks the beginning of Lent and rather than giving up chocolate, here at PHM we’ve decided to look at the bad habits worth banishing when writing copy, from press releases to social media posts.

Here are three ways to ensure your written content is second to none:

  1. Cut the waffle

It’s important to keep your content concise without compromising on quality. It’s tempting to provide as much information as possible, but in a time-poor day and age, journalists and followers alike are keen to get to the heart of a story quickly.

  1. Don’t be lazy

It’s easy to repeatedly churn out the same content, and although consistent messaging and brand recognition is important, it’s also vital to keep things current and fresh. Your level of engagement is more likely to increase if you tailor copy to your audience and have something new to say.

  1. An eye for errors

Checking for spelling and grammatical mistakes may seem an obvious part of writing formal copy, but this is just as important when it comes to social media which provides another opportunity to promote your brand. Colloquial language is common across platforms such as Twitter, however there is no excuse for poorly structured content; attention to detail and errorless posts make for a more credible company.

If you’d like to talk to PHM about a bespoke approach to your PR requirements, call us on 01483 561119 or email info@housegroup.co.uk.

Interior of The Elm showhome at Wexham Green. Call 01753 46878

The best of town and country living as new homes go on sale at Wexham Green

Following the release of the first phase of homes, a new collection of two, three and four-bedroom houses is being released for sale at Wexham Green, a new housing development in an attractive semi-rural location close to Stoke Poges in Berkshire. Thirteen homes are now finished and the first residents have moved in, marking an exciting milestone for this flourishing neighbourhood.

A three-bedroom showhome and four-bedroom showhome are open for viewing and showcase the high quality of the homes, which start from just £385,000 for a two-bedroom house. Help to Buy makes these homes even more accessible to homebuyers who pay a five per cent deposit (£19,250) and benefit from a 20 per cent government loan, which is interest free for five years. For buyers with an existing property to sell, an Assisted Move scheme where liaison with estate agents and solicitors is handled on the homebuyers’ behalf is available and can be combined with the Help to Buy scheme.

Julie Crawford, field sales manager, comments: “Wexham Green is sited in a peaceful area with a village atmosphere, surrounded by beautiful countryside, but close to excellent amenities in nearby towns and with great transport links. All this, and the potential of this increasingly popular area, makes the homes a very attractive proposition for young professionals and families.”

The homes at Wexham Green are beautifully presented and blend traditional exterior features with comfortable high-quality interiors.

Inside, these high-specification homes are designed for comfortable, modern lifestyles with something for everyone including fully-fitted Symphony kitchens with smart integrated appliances that are practical and stylish. Each home has a rear garden and patio, and some have their own garage; typical of the attention to detail is the electric car charging point in each garage, an eco-friendly addition that is rarely found in new homes.

Day-to-day living at Wexham Green is very convenient. The homes are close to a wide choice of shops, restaurants and entertainment in Windsor, Gerrards Cross and Reading, and there are also very good facilities on the doorstep in nearby Slough centre, just a mile and a half away. For leisurely days out, there is plenty to do in the area. The historic Grade II-listed parkland of the Langley Park Estate is only 2.6 miles from Wexham Green and The Chilterns, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is just 20 miles away.

Families will appreciate the wide choice of excellent nursery, primary and secondary schools. Nearby schools rated Outstanding by Ofsted include Khalsa Primary School and Baylis Court School, for girls aged 11-18 years. St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School also achieves excellent results. Wexham School, a designated Sports College, continues to receive a Good rating and is part of Slough Borough Council’s ambitious school places programme – a multi-million pound investment in primary and secondary school buildings.

Getting around from Wexham Green is very easy. It is close to the M4 corridor, which leads directly to Reading, Heathrow and the wider motorway network. From Slough mainline station it is just 16 minutes to Paddington and in 2019, the arrival of Crossrail 2 – the new high-frequency, high-capacity railway for London and the South East – will provide more direct routes into the capital and cut travel times. Enhanced transport links and the wider ongoing investment in the area mean that Wexham is Green is an exciting potential investment for new homebuyers.

Wexham Green, a collection of 104 two, three and four-bedroom homes, is being delivered by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments. The partnership is investing in Slough to create, in addition to new housing developments, new schools, restaurants, hotels and leisure facilities.

For more information about Wexham Green, please call the marketing suite on 01753 468578.

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PHM welcomes a new press assistant to the team

We’re delighted to introduce our new press assistant, Isabelle Gray, who joined the Property House Marketing (PHM) team this month.

Izzy arrives at PHM following three years in the hospitality industry working for a boutique hotel in Cornwall, experience which has taught her how to manage high-pressure environments and a busy schedule. After time spent travelling in Australia and South East Asia, Izzy is looking forward to embracing all things Property and PR.

Her dream house would be a modern Scandinavian style house in the woods with large windows to allow plenty of natural light in to highlight the rich wooden interiors. A log burner is essential to give a real sense of ‘hygge’!

While you’re here, why not meet the rest of the PHM team.

External CGI of Trinity Walk, Woolwich by Lovell Homes

Across town with the costs down!

News hit last week that millions of rail users in the UK will see the price of regulated rail fares rise by up to 3.6% this month. With commuters said to be the worst-hit by the increase, which is the highest since January 2013, we’ve taken a look at homes ideally located near alternative modes of transport which provide more beneficial routes in to work both financially and in terms of health.

Trinity Walk by Lovell Homes is situated in Woolwich, South East London meaning you can fly to work via the Emirates Air Line, which provides a cable car link across the River Thames between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Victoria Docks. This quirky mode of transport is operated by Transport for London and the duration of a single crossing is reduced to just five minutes in rush hour. Prices start at £3.50 per ticket each way, which equates to just £161 per calendar month if there is the maximum of 23 working days in the month. If you’re afraid of heights, why not take the River Bus Express, which operates from 20 piers between Putney and Woolwich. Your journey is made even easier now you can use contactless or Oyster cards to pay.

The homes at Chiswick Gate, which are available through shared ownership with Thames Valley Housing, are conveniently located to give residents access to a wide number of cycle paths in and around Chiswick. These paths provide residents with an alternative and active route in to work, and is also both economical and environmentally friendly, plus you can ride by Chiswick House and Gardens for a more scenic route.

At PHM we like to keep up with the latest goings-on, so make sure you check out our other blogs to see what we’ve been up to and for some of our top PR tips and opinions!

PHM looks back on 2017

2017: The beginning of the end?

By Lisa Flounders, Account Director, Property House Marketing

2017 could well be the year that the property market started to go into reverse – after years of rising house prices, the lack of affordable housing isn’t just affecting those who are struggling to get onto the property ladder, but also those trying to sell their homes in London and the South East as the pool of possible buyers shrinks.

But what of PR? The past 12 months have seen a real shift in the way businesses communicate. Political leaders have been taking social media matters into their own hands, taking responsibility for their own digital marketing as opposed to hiding behind a slick team of experts. Sometimes it works, as the UK election campaign is anything to go by, and sometimes (no need to mention names), the results are highly controversial. The ethics of communications have also been pushed into the spotlight this year as one of the largest and most well-know PR firms in the world found itself in the center of a scandal, perhaps casting doubt on the reputation of an industry that often exists to protect reputations.

However, the need for consistent, strong and transparent communications remains vital. Efficient and effective PR management and guidance plays a dual role – simultaneously sharing the story and considering the risks. Great PR will see your message distributed to your target audiences cautiously but confidently, ensuring that the perception of your product in the minds of your stakeholders is unshakeably positive.

Times may well be a changin’, but PR remains central to a successful communications strategy and will continue to be so, especially if the waters get choppy.

Its been a busy year, for us and for the property industry; we very much look forward to seeing what 2018 will bring but until then, Merry Christmas!

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PHM’s 3 golden tips for managing social media this Christmas

-By Harriet Bolt, Account Manager

The upcoming holidays is a time of relaxation for many, however an extended period of time out of the workplace can cause a sense of unease for those managing their own or their clients’ social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc). However, this needn’t be the case as we at PHM believe it’s a great opportunity to schedule brand awareness campaigns, double check your customer care protocol and trust the technology available to you to manage social media on the go.

After all, ’tis the season to be jolly, said a famous Christmas carol, and so can be social media over the festive period if you follow these three golden rules for a well-planned digital strategy over the coming weeks.

1.Make a plan

It sounds simple, but without a well-organised content plan, your carefully created messaging will not know when or how it will be delivered to your audience. Help it along by creating a timetable of activity and remember to schedule the posts in using a social media scheduling tool such as Hootsuite or Sprout Social.

2. Be prepared

We promise we haven’t lifted this from a survival guide, but be aware that the holidays provides customers with more access to their social media accounts and potentially the chance to express any negative feedback. Ensure you have a communications protocol in place which can ensure messages are responded to quickly, and escalated to a customer care department swiftly if necessary. Nevertheless, it is also a chance to positively engage with your customers and potentially create an audience of which to target future content to on your return. Embrace the opportunity by introducing some easy but relevant competitions to encourage more interaction and brand loyalty.

3. Embrace change

If you always manage your social media channels using a desktop computer, then using the free tools available to you on the App Store of your smartphone for the first time might seem a little complicated. However, they are a valuable tool and there to help you quickly amend or edit your clients’ advert campaigns or engage/comment directly with customers over various channels. Get these set up before the Christmas break, and should you need to check any live campaigns or channels, you’ll be able to far more easily than opening up a laptop and signing in remotely to any emails or social media management accounts.

If you’d like a hand ensuring your social media strategies run smoothly over Christmas and indeed anytime of the year (the above rules apply to evenings and weekends too) then speak to a member of PHM on 01483 561119.

 

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