OpenTech Completes Purchase of TXT Collector
PHOENIX, Arizona – September 9th, 2014 – Today at the SSA Tradeshow in Las Vegas, OpenTech Alliance, Inc. today announced the completed acquisition of TXT Collector and simultaneous launch of XpressCollect, a new Text Messaging (SMS) Self Storage Cloud service that automates the collection process for self-storage owners. SMS is the latest in technology when sending payment reminders and past due lease notices because most tenants always have their mobile device in hand. At a fraction of the cost of robotic calls or do-it-yourself collections, the solution is already producing a significant lift in call-backs and a dramatic increase in interactive responses for tenant communications.
Jim Mooney, Director of Operations at Devon Self Storage said, “We use XpressCollect because the automation allows us to reach a large number of customers at one time.” Mooney added that texting is also far more considerate to his customers, “Tenants are not always in a place where they can talk by phone, especially during the awkward setting of a collection call. The service lets the tenant control directly how and when the message interaction occurs without feeling hassled or judged during the process.” Tenants make their payment immediately thru the service on their phone or click to call the office to pay. “Managers love it, because they don’t have to waste hours doing something they hate.”
The effect of XpressCollect has been demonstrated to be immediate and easy to measure. Mooney said, “With facilities that span over 15 states, once our managers focused on getting our tenants mobile numbers into SiteLink correctly our conversion rates on collections grew exponentially on a month to month basis and our collection dollars have nearly doubled.” As more managers and owners look for easier solutions to streamline collections, automating accounts payable enables staff to offload manual collection tasks; resulting in improved cash flow at much lower costs than doing it manually.
Robert Chiti, President and CEO at OpenTech said, “Nobody likes making collection calls and now managers don’t have to. Our plan over the next few months is to invest heavily in development resources to integrate the texting technology into our Self Storage Cloud platform and create several new features that will deliver even more value to self storage managers. Our products have not always made us a manger favorite, kiosk specifically, but we are hoping XpressCollect will reinforce our mission of helping them to be more productive and not trying to take their job.”
OpenTech is offering current customers a FREE trial of XpressCollect until 2015. Starting in 2015 the monthly fee for the service will be $39 for operators that use another OpenTech product or service and $49 for the stand alone service. Visit our website today for details about the service or call 800.481.7459 to get started using XpressCollect so you managers never have to make another collections call!
About OpenTech Alliance, Inc: Celebrating over a Decade of Service to Self-Storage, OpenTech provides solutions that connect storage owners with tenants. Through the development of a complete line of automated Kiosks and Call Center services, the INSOMNIAC brand has become synonymous with self-storage. The company offers a wide-range of self-storage rental solutions that increase revenues and improve customer convenience, while decreasing operating costs and workload. A place to find reliable, around-the-clock support is what OpenTech has come to be for thousands of self-storage owners world-wide. For additional information, please click: OpenTechAlliance.com or call an OpenTech Business Development Manager at (602) 749-9370.
Mike Sawyer, Director of Marketing
OpenTech Alliance, Inc.
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