- By Katie Higgins
- August 17, 2018
The mindset and expectations of the modern tenant have completely changed thanks to the rise of co-working and flexible space offerings, the influx of millennials entering the workforce and an increased reliance on technology. To attract and retain this next generations of tenants, landlords are adopting a tenant-centric mindset and creating sought-after experiences in their buildings.
A new group of tenant-focused companies has quickly emerged to meet this need. If you're not working with one or a combination of them today to enhance the experience you offer your tenants, you can bet your competition is. Here’s our list of the top 12 companies (in alphabetical order) you need to know about:
#1. Better Spaces
Better Spaces helps landlords understand what attracts and retains tenants. The company offers a platform that enables building owners to capture data about their tenants’ preferences and discover what makes them tick. It then helps them deliver on those interests through engaging programming and amenities spaces. Check out their Instagram for a look at their beautifully curated environments, including surfing classes and peaceful library spaces.
Convene, a “workplace as a service” platform is on a mission to help landlords reinvent the human experience by running office buildings and workspaces more like lifestyle hotels. The company, which recently announced a Series D funding round, partners with landlords to provide tenants with highly amenitized, flexible-term meeting and workspace solutions. Learn more about how Convene is disrupting the tenant experience in our Q&A with Convene CEO Ryan Simonetti here.
In its own words, Equiem is “property management that puts people first.” Hailing from Australia, the firm offers landlords a fully-integrated solution (technology, people, and services) to deliver tailored, building-specific, online, offline and onsite customer experiences. This includes a tenant communications portal, dedicated concierge services and onsite experiences, all aimed at keeping tenants engaged and driving retention.
#4. ESI Design
The power of digital media to completely transform a tenants’ experience in a building is immense. That’s where the non-traditional digital displays created by ESI Design come in. ESI works with leading landlords such as Beacon Capital Partners to transform buildings into experiences. For an example of their work, look no further than the large-scale reactive media on the lobby walls and corridor at Beacon’s historic Terrell Place in Washington D.C. This installation created an immersive experience for tenants and visitors, and instilled a sense of connection across the building’s common areas.
Sometimes, the fastest way to your tenants’ hearts is through their stomachs! Fooda connects clients that are looking for high-quality in-house meal services with local restaurants to create onsite dining programs. Job candidates increasingly expect healthy, good food options at work, and with talent attraction and retention so high on company’s lists of priorities these days, this is a way landlords can alleviate the burden and increase the overall satisfaction of their tenants.
With many highly successful people touting meditation and yoga as maintaining their sanity, it’s no wonder many landlords are turning to hOM. hOM is a tech-enabled amenity provider that partners with office and residential landlords to develop communities by providing onsite fitness programming and unique events for tenants. The firm’s mission is pretty simple – it wants to bring meditation, yoga and fitness practices into the mainstream by making them more accessible and convenient.
“Co-working redefined” is the tagline on the Industrious website and that’s exactly what the company is doing. The brand partners with leading landlords to provide tenants with flexible and collaborative co-working spaces that are as comfortable for older professionals as younger ones. This is achieved through offering amenities including nursing rooms, fitness centers, and concierge services.
#8. Refresh Body
Refresh Body is a health and wellness concierge, allowing landlords to create complete wellness programs that can be offered to tenants. Offerings include nutritional coaching, lunch and learns, kickboxing, yoga, interactive videos and everything in between.
#9. The Sill
The benefits of plant life are well known and pretty powerful– they improve air quality, boost moods, reduce stress, and increase productivity. Why shouldn’t landlords provide these benefits to their tenants as well? Look no further than The Sill, which aims to “bridge the gap between plants and people” by offering products and services that meet specific needs.
The team at Visit.org offers a platform for social impact travel experiences, allowing companies to engage with their employees in authentic, meaningful activities powered by local non-profits. Landlords can work with Visit.org to build community and culture at the building-level.
#11. VTS TRM
The tenant experience involves not just what goes on in a building, but also all of the interpersonal interactions between tenants and landlords. When well-managed, these interactions can provide a landlord with valuable insights into a tenants' wants and needs, and allow the landlord to proactively respond and provide value. That's why VTS built our TRM (Tenant Relationship Management) module. By giving asset managers, leasing teams, and property managers one place to aggregate every touchpoint they have with their tenants, teams can collaborate across the board to make sure they're providing the best possible experience and strengthen their tenant relationships.
Workwell gives landlords the ability to create a digital platform for their buildings by integrating all of a building’s systems, including service requests, room control, cafeteria, infrastructure and building access, into one app. Tenants can access all of these services via a single login removing the need to sign in to multiple sites for simple requests. Tenants can also add their own internal or third-party experiences to the app, including meeting room bookings, floor plans, and company news, to create their own tailored experience.