The Great Vacation Rental Website Giveaway

The Great Vacation Rental Website Giveaway Hi everyone, I’m giving away completed WordPress based vacation rental websites to any owner that wants one – Right through September. I’m challenging all owners who don’t have their own VR website to jump in with me and get on board for my 30 day challenge. It’s entirely free. Just follow the screencast videos that I’ve made and you too can have a VR...
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Expedia Exgreedia Brexpedia

Expedia Exgreedia Brexpedia I came across this “review” concerning Owners Direct on Trust Pilot and thought that I would share it here as it seems to sum up a lot of the feelings toward Expedia, Homeaway, VRBO, Stayz, etc. I should also mention that Owners Direct now has a 0.3 out of 10 rating on Trust Pilot (the actual wording is that the company have a Trust Score of 0.3 out of...
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VR Business – Competition. What Competition?

  By vacation rental marketing expert, Karen Spencer Holiday Rental Business Competition. What Competition? Constantly spending time and energy comparing yourself to the “competition” serves no purpose. In fact it can have a negative effect on your holiday rental business. We’ve all experienced it – that familiar sinking feeling that drains you of energy and side tracks you, wasting valuable business building time. So stop comparing yourself right now! Instead...
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Homeaway, I know You Read This , I need Your Help

Homeaway, I know You Read This , I need Your Help Dear Mr Sharples, or anyone else at Homeaway that is prepared to listen. Please help. An owner has asked if I could help her sort out a very serious problem regarding Best Match and she isn’t the only one experiencing this knock on effect caused by your software changes. As you will see, she has tried to sort this problem...
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How To Get More Followers On Pinterest With 21+ Tactics That Will Grow Your Following

How To Get More Followers On Pinterest With 21+ Tactics That Will Grow Your Following I came across the massively awesome, awesomely massive, post from co-schedule and wanted to share it as it has some really great information regarding Pinterest. Bear in mind that the people that use Pinterest fit the exact demographic as those that book vacation rentals… So you want to learn how to get more followers on Pinterest....
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VR Business – 5 Tips For Excellent Customer Service

  By vacation rental marketing expert, Karen Spencer Holiday Rental Business 5 Tips for excellent customer service Always get back to guests. Even if you can’t help them and your holiday rental is full for those dates, always respond. You never know when they may want to come to your area again. Personalise it – Use their first name if you know it and reference any personal details, for example...
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Airbnb Starts Innovation Lab to Make Sure It Stays Relevant for a Long, Long Time

Airbnb‘s core service–which lets travelers find and book rooms in other people’s homes–has turned the company into the biggest lodging provider in the world. But nothing lasts forever. That’s why the company, which is right now reportedly raising money at a $30 billion valuation, is branching out. Airbnb announced Tuesday that it has created an in-house innovation and design studio–dubbed “Samara“–to work on finding the ideas that will move it beyond the home and...
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Vacation Rental Styling – Yes, Kitchenettes Matter

      By Mercedes Brennan  I think kitchenettes need to pack a huge punch. Why? Because kitchenettes are mistakenly viewed as the ugly step-sisters to their proper kitchen sisters. You typically find them in mini vacation rentals or in the rented-out portion of an otherwise owner-occupied home (think Airbnb). And often such spaces are designed as afterthoughts. Or worse, on the fly. This is a lost opportunity. Why? Because...
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VR Business – Who Wants A Full Booking Calendar?

  By vacation rental marketing expert, Karen Spencer Holiday Rental Business Who wants a full booking calendar? Me, me, me I hear you shout. But do you really? Surely what you really mean is that you want is to earn more from your holiday rental? Having a full calendar, if it’s full of low value bookings isn’t the way to do this. We can all achieve 100% occupancy and a...
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How to Make Your Airbnb Photos Stand Out

How to Make Your Airbnb Photos Stand Out By Snezana Krdzic of Short Term Stays Is your Airbnb selfie worthy? And by that we mean, is it ready to take professional shots that will be posted for everyone to see? And if not, how do you even go about preparing your rental property for the arrival of a photographer? It’s a no-brainer that professional photos are a must nowadays, that...
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