It’s entirely possible that you’re reading this on a 15-pound CRT monitor while connected to the Internet via a dial-up modem, but we’re betting that’s not the case. Neither do we suspect that a flip phone dangles from your hip with its monochromatic screen and inconvenient inability to connect to the world wide web. It's also quite doubtful you derive the entirety of your musical listening pleasure from vinyl discs, cassette tapes, and terrestrial radio stations, or all of your movie watching pleasure from local television stations, VHS tapes and DVDs. But all of this certainly could be true, right? These individual products and services worked exceedingly well for decades. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, right?
Except that they did get fixed. Hardware became software. Analog signals became digital signals that got tossed into the cloud. Most of the aforementioned bulky, physical components were combined into a single, lightweight mobile device—your cell phone. We had no idea how broken it actually was until it was fixed, and we couldn't be happier about it now. Let's examine just a few of these recent fixes.
Apple capitalized on the Internet to reform our music enjoyment through iTunes and Apple Music. Click the "buy now" button on any music track, and ninety nine cents later you are instantly authorized to permanently download your music selection onto as many as five devices at once, further reducing its cost to less than twenty cents. Or, for less than ten dollars a month, Apple Music let's you stream unlimited music from your device. No more wasting time driving to a record store (not that there are any left). Just search, click, and enjoy.
Netflix flipped the movie rental industry on it's back by hosting thousands upon thousands of movies and TV shows in the cloud—all awaiting us to merely hit PLAY on almost any device to watch them in their entirety. No longer must we drive to our nearest Blockbuster; instead, we need only lift a finger to tap the encircled triangle.
But what about tangible products that can't be digitized? Enter Amazon.com. Residing solely on the Internet, Amazon completely revolutionized the customer purchase experience
by offering to deliver, within 48 hours, virtually anything we could ever want. Food, toiletries, software, furniture—even custom-made fine art—can be found, bought, and received at our doorsteps directly through Amazon's online portal. A web connection is all we need. We don't even have to step outside our homes until the delivery man rings the doorbell.
By hoisting their operations off of the ground and into the cloud, these three Herculean companies quickly and effectively satisfied the wants and needs of their customers. Not only did these 'fixes' give us instant access to products we want, but the process of actually receiving and enjoying them requires less hardware. Faster access. No hassle. What more could we possibly want?
With Gearco’s cloud-based property management systems, owners and managers experience the exact same technological win.
For one thing, you can finally ditch those old, bulky, outdated computer systems, and instead, enjoy a slimline solution that not only frees up more space at your front desks and in your offices, but will host the very latest in cloud-based technology. And we won't force you to pay for upgrades; rather, you'll receive all your software updates for free. And there's nothing for you to install either; we handle it all behind the scenes—out of your way—so you can continue to run your business, uninterrupted.
Not only that, you'll take advantage of a whole slew of services unavailable with other property management systems such as live chatting, cloud texting, cloud printing, digital signature capturing, mobile device apps for housekeeping, maintenance, and security, and lastly, our brand new cloud assistant (ask it questions and it'll give real-time stats and metrics about your property, run and print reports, and so much more!)
And if you're concerned about having to learn a new platform, fear not. With Gearco's training courses, we'll ensure all your employees are following proper procedures and best practices while you maximize your profits. We'll tailor the learning process to fit your demanding schedule, too: Learn by working one-on-one with members of our support team, onsite at your location, or if it's more convenient, we can walk you through the features of your Gearco property management system online via webinar. Topics include check in and check out, renewals, payments, reservations, reports, closeouts, alert points, room and guest search, account search, transaction or task search, and so much more!
Why not give us a test drive today? Our introductory 1st gear platform is free for life and includes basic property management apps with limited support—plenty enough to feel the power of Gearco!