Barefoot Technologies Blog- Vacation Rental Industry News

Ecotourism and The Vacation Rental Industry

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 7, 2018 9:52:17 AM

To many, the idea of a perfect getaway involves indulging in nature. Ecotourism, another disruptor to the vacation rental market, is defined as “tourism directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.”  Essentially, it is a unique opportunity to relax while exploring and appreciating exotic wildlife. Places like Costa Rica is not only a popular country to vacation, but it is recognized as one of the world leaders in ecotourism.

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Round up of the Vacation Rental Mountain Markets

Posted by Guest Author on Feb 2, 2018 10:25:21 AM


Winter and its weather is critical for the vacation rental and resort mountain markets. Skiers and snowboarders watch the weather the way the surfers watch for hurricanes and a big snow storm encourages them to rush to the slopes at their favorite mountain resort. With colder temperatures the ability to produce snow lengthens the season for the mountain markets which is a close second for many ski resorts. Here we take a look at current trends in the vacation rental and resort mountain markets involving weather and other factors.

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Ed Ulmer's Thoughts About 2018

Posted by Ed Ulmer on Jan 17, 2018 1:33:06 PM

I have been reading a lot of articles on the changes that will occur in 2018 to the vacation rental market. Most of this year’s trends seem to follow what I listed as my expectations for 2017. So, my 2018 trends will include much of what I suggested in 2017 with some additions and more detail.

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Barefoot Statement on Data Ownership

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Dec 18, 2017 10:50:24 AM

Barefoot clients own their data. It is started very clearly in the subscription license between Barefoot and its clients:

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Building Your Vacation Rental Management Value Proposition

Posted by Ed Ulmer on Dec 14, 2017 2:51:26 PM

As a vacation management company trying to get a new owner to come to your program, I am sure you have a page that outlines your value proposition. This of course must be more than a discussion about price. Here are a few items to consider when crafting your owner onboarding value proposition:

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Automate Your Energy Management

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 29, 2017 11:11:29 AM

Barefoot Partner PointCentral, offers some thoughts on automating energy management for vacation rental management companies and homeowners.

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Ed Ulmer Interviewed by DojoLive about Barefoot's Place in the Industry

Posted by Ed Ulmer on Nov 27, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Ed Ulmer took some time to speak with DojoLive on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. In this interview, Ed further discusses how to use technology to dominate the vacation rental market and compete against the larger portals.

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Barefoot Thought Leadership for Vacation Rental Managers

Posted by Ed Ulmer on Nov 14, 2017 8:57:20 PM

At the most recent National VRMA, Orlando, October 16-18, 2017, I coordinated a presentation on Owner Growth, Retention and Competing Against RBO with three clients, Mike Connolly (Triumph Mountain Properties in Vail CO), Kelley Cotton (Young’s SunCoast in Orange Beach, AL) and June Buttner (Killington Group in Killington VT).  The topic resonated for the attendees, attested to by the fact that we had attendees stay 20 minutes after the scheduled session end.

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Shakeups and New Offerings for Revenue Management in Vacation Rental Software

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Sep 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A deep dive from VRM Intel into the new pricing tools from Airbnb and HomeAway. Do you want to share your data? 

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The Smart Way to Reduce Operating Costs in Vacation Rental Management

Posted by Guest Author on Sep 13, 2017 5:56:25 PM

From time to time we have guest contributors on our Blog. In this instance, it is Jamey King of Point Central. 

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