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I know I have. A[...] Articles Why I Love Working at Bokka: Our Passion for Customer Experience When someone asks me "what do you love most about working at the Bokka Group?" my answer is always, "our passion and commitment to customer[...] Articles Death of a Salesman: The Future of New Home Sales Just look around and it's easy to see how obsessed the world has become with speed, convenience and "buy it now" attitudes. Zappos, Amazon and[...] Articles What is a CMS? A Builder's Guide to CMS Software If you’ve spent any time working with a marketing team on a website you’ve probably heard the acronym “CMS” thrown around, short for Content[...] Articles How Important is Communication During Construction? It's not easy being a home builder in this day and age. But you're a fighter. You've done your due diligence. Your vision is on point, and the future[...] Articles Tips to Improve Your Home Builder Referral Program For most industries, referrals are an important part of the business. 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The job[...] Articles 13 Tips for Builders to Improve Customer Experience While almost everyone understands the benefits technology can bring, deciding which tools to integrate into your customer experience strategy can be[...] Articles The New Home Sales Guide to Online Sales Counseling Many times, the first impression a home shopper has of your home building company is with your Online Sales Counselor (often called an OSC). This job[...] Articles Lead Intelligence for Home Builders: Enhance Customer Experiences As technology in marketing continues to grow and develop, you may have heard the term “lead intelligence” come up. But what exactly is lead[...] Articles How to Maintain a Strong Culture in Today's Distributed Workplace With "office-optional" - culture is more important than ever. Here at the Bokka Group, we believe great customer experiences come from a culture[...] Articles How home builders can find leads within the CRM “More leads? Heck yeah, bring em on! 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