By Tim Sheehan, SSKB Director
I rarely get to the movies to see a flick for adults – and I mean “adult flick” in the context of something “not made for children”. Thanks to my kids I do see plenty of Pixar movies, and plenty of action movies with animated princesses, super heroes, robots and spaceships.
One of the few adult movies I have seen at the cinema in the last 2 years is a film called “The Social Network” about the creation of Facebook. It was a very interesting movie and the script was excellent. It is based on a true story.
One aspect of the true story that resonated for me is that the creator of Facebook knew it was a good idea, but he couldn’t really articulate why it was such a fantastic idea, nor was he clear on how people would use the tool in the future. He did very clearly know it would be a great tool and people would find ways for using Facebook which he did not dream about. The rest is history. Facebook is all pervasive and is a business with a massive value. However, the uses for Facebook are still evolving.
Are you a believer in social media and the new technologies like Twitter and Facebook? I am. While Alice was sick, my wife and I used Twitter to keep our friends, family and colleagues updated about her progress. It was such a convenient way for us to stay in touch in a non-intrusive manner. This personal experience has made me confident the new technologies can be utilised by bodies corporate to make a positive difference in the lives of owners of strata titled property. A little like the creator of Facebook, I am not sure exactly how, but at SSKB we are committed to experimenting until we find out.
At SSKB, making a positive difference in the lives of the lot owners is what we are about. We try to make a difference in three ways:
I would like to give you some insight into what our talented team is doing with the new technologies to make a positive difference for our clients:
We are trialling a building by building Twitter feed to keep interested owners informed about their body corporate. Regular updates like “Time to Pay the Levies”, and “Don’t forget to vote” will be tweeted along with other building specific events like “Committee resolves to paint your building”.
Strata Stats is our newest initiative. It is a central repository of costs associated with running a body corporate. It allows for people who wish to test their body corporate expenditure to submit their expenditure statement and see how the categories of expenditure compare with bodies corporate in similar locations, with similar physical characteristics. It is an extremely useful tool to use real data.
Our biggest initiative is “Living In Strata”, which is bringing together lots of ideas, including:
We hope you find these new services useful. Your feedback is always welcome.