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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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My Word It’s July Already

Where does the time go. No sooner than you look around and here we are half way through the year already. It won’t be long before certain pundits start predicting what’s going to be happening next year. You won’t find that here. I’m here to tell you what’s happening this year. I’m very proud to tell you that I’ve been asked to speak at this years Vacation Rental World Summit....
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Why You Should Have a Blog on Your Website

 By Maria Rekrut – Vacation rental expert The modernized era is the internet era, teens and twenty-year-olds spend quite a bit of time on the internet, as well as websites such as Amazon, EBay and most importantly Google. You even have the use of blogs such as WordPress, which is becoming popular by the second. Remember that our future vacation rental guests will be these very same Millennials who will be...
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Win Free Tickets To Next Weeks Vacation Rental World Summit

Yep, that’s right, we have 3 free tickets, worth $297 each, to give away for next weekends vacation rental event of the year. At this online event (6th, 7th and 8th November) you will be watching keynote sessions covering getting more bookings, streamlining your workflow and maximizing your rental income. GET MORE BOOKINGS By learning how to: Turn your Website into pure inspiration and influence decisions. Build your own stunning...
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Five Key Elements To Successful Real Estate Management for your Vacation Rental

 By Maria Rekrut – Vacation rental expert Good management will make the difference between your real estate vacation  business making a profit or loss. Finding the missing pieces in your employee engagement effort will increase your bottom profit line. It’s not about providing motivation, it’s about providing good management. Vacation rentals aren’t always busy so the money you make in your high season will have to cover your business expenses for...
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Vacation Rental Marketing Tips | Smile Please

By Alan Egan In a world of multi-media and social media it helps to be media savvy and sociable. The big players within the vacation rental listing sites are now offering space to upload more and more images. So, here’s todays tip,  add a smiling photo of yourself / yourselves, preferably outside your holiday home. The two photos above right come from wonderfulland.com one of the best bed and breakfast...
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Vacation Rental Review Tips | Wine And Tapas

There has been a bit of chat on Linkedin this week regarding reviews (see here) so I thought that I would share another tip from our Recipies for 5 star reviews – This time it couldn’t be easier or cheaper for that matter… Here’s a simple welcome pack suitable for two adult guests that will arrive late morning / mid afternoon. It’s a simple wine and tapas pack, consisting of...
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Vacation Rental Photography Tips | Pimp Your Poolside Photos

By Alan Egan Poolside again this week… Someone has to do it. Here is a super easy pro tip that turns your outdoor photos into eye catching, competition killer, bookings winners. Top tips A towel on a lounger here, a couple of drinks there and your images send a much more powerful “VACATION ” message. Micro stage your poolside shots to look as if someone was lounging by the pool and...
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Vacation Rental Photography Tips | Shimmering Pools

By Alan Egan Here is a super easy pro tip that turns your pool  photos into eye catching, competition killer, bookings winners. The photograph shown top right is a common enough shot. House and pool – you see photos like this all over the web. There is nothing particularly wrong with this photo. The camera is tripod mounted, level, low down to accentuate the pool and the sun is overhead...
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Vacation Rental Websites, Business Cards and Google

By Alan Egan Just a quick post today… Here’s another video in our 3 minute marketing series and this time we touch on the importance of creating hyper fresh content. The vast majority of vacation rental owners create a website the showcases their property, upload it and leave it. After all what else is there to do? Well a lot actually, unless you want to be consigned to the dark...
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