Now Homeaway Want To Use YOUR Personal Facebook Posts

By Alan Egan   Oh my word. Homeaway now want access to YOUR Facebook posts (and in fact any social media posts on any platform) – and they want the right to use those posts in any way that they see fit! While looking through Homeaway’s new terms and conditions I came across a section entitled “Social Media or Third-Party Websites.” (see section 10 of https://www.homeaway.com/info/about-us/legal/terms-conditions If the Site offers a...
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Homeaway – A Look At The New Changes

By Alan Egan   As of yesterday Homeaway announced new changes regarding their subscription charges. In summary they will do away with tiered listings as of the 11th of July and replace them with just two subscription packages. Confusingly they call these two options “One annual subscription” Here’s what they have to say… “The new annual subscription will be offered at a flat rate of $349 for subscriptions with online booking...
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Homeaway – Owners and Managers MUST Use Online Booking And HA Payments

By Alan Egan   The New HomeAway Terms and Conditions State that All Listings Created or Renewed After May 1, 2016 Must Use Online Booking and Must Use the HomeAway Checkout to Finalize Bookings Take a look at the HomeAway Terms and Conditions in effect on April 28, 2016 –   “23.    Member Eligibility; Accuracy of Information; Listing Practice Requirements.   Our services may only be used by members who...
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Homeaway Drop Tiered Subscriptions

By Alan Egan   Today Homeaway announced that it will be dropping tiered subscriptions from the 11th of July this year. Here’s the official announcement They went on to say, In a section marked “How does this affect me?” (meaning owners and managers) they said this, So, how does it work? They had this to say about Pay per bookings, The traveller “service” fee remains unchanged, as does best match....
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Vacation Rental Management – Perfect Bathrooms

By Alanna Shroeder Here’s another of an exclusive series of videos made by Alanna Shroeder of The Distinguished Guest for Rent More Weeks. In this short video Alanna shows you how to add some lovely touches to your bathrooms. Many owners and managers think that they already do this perfectly well but by introducing a few extra details you can raise the bar and hit hotel standards and beyond. After all, guests...
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Why Guest Experience is Your First Concern

By Alan Egan       Why Guest Experience is Your First Concern The Secret to Getting Guests to Return If you speak to other property managers about what makes a guest come back to your business, you’ll get a range of different answers. Some will tell you it’s all about the property, some will say it’s the service, or perhaps it’s the price? All of these sound perfectly plausible....
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3 Great Questions To Ask On Your Facebook Page To Get Engagement

  By vacation rental marketing expert, Karen Spencer Holiday Rental Business Holiday Rental Business Facebook Questions Here are 3 great questions to ask on your Facebook page to get engagement: “What would you do if…. ” ie you’re asking for advice. People love to give advice and to help others “What have you achieved this week? Share your good news” Give your page likers a chance to talk about themselves...
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Homeaway – Walled Gardens – And So It Begins

By Alan Egan   An unhappy vacation rental owner from Australia wrote to me at the weekend regarding changes being implemented by Stayz.com.au – The Australian arm of Homeaway. The company (Stayz) have issued the following statement to owners using the platform… The key points are, Here’s what they sent out… Now this may not be a full “Donald Trump style” wall just yet but from where I”m sitting it...
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How To Get Your Money Back From Homeaway And VRBO

By Alan Egan   As everyone knows, Homeaway and VRBO bookings have dropped off a cliff in recent months and owners and managers across the globe are up in arms about what’s been going on in Austin. Many, many owners feel that they have been ripped off as lots have paid for very expensive tiered subscription packages only to have seen their listing disappear down into the depths of page...
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7 Tips To Use Content Marketing And Improve SEO Ranking in 2016

Shared By Alan Egan Given the fact that 62% content marketing professionals take website traffic as a measure of their success and 39% hold the opinion that SEO ranking of their content marketing is crucial, will you still take content marketing lightly? If the above facts have prompted you to take some action to market your content seriously, then the first step to take is to master the technique of...
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