Barefoot Technologies Blog- Vacation Rental Industry News

8 steps to decide on a vacation destination

Posted by Aj Mudford on Feb 19, 2014 12:21:00 PM

There are a few important factors that need to be considered when deciding on where to go on vacation. Quite often there is an event or someone you’d like to visit that plays a part in your decision making process. Beyond that the choice between a warmer location to escape the winter or the opposite and embracing the winter and all it brings.

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Tags: Client Expectations, Vacation, Vacation Advice, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, Vacation Rental Software

Avoid The Pitfalls Of Vacation Rental Scams

Posted by Adam Zippin on Feb 6, 2014 4:34:00 PM

With the season interim rolling through and companies switching their bookings, images, and all that comes with new season of renters, scammers can creep in unexpectedly.  We preach the awareness of rental scams and how to educate your potential guests as how to best avoid a scam but seldom do we as an industry take a proactive approach to scams.  Often, we will respond to an attempted scam but many times, the damage is already done.

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Tags: Rental Management, Client Expectations, Scams, rental marketing, Vacation Rental Software, rental indusrty competition

Seven Useful Tools For Shoulder Season Vacation Rentals

Posted by Adam Zippin on Jan 16, 2014 5:52:00 PM

As winter begins to fade it becomes more important than ever to capitalize on your winter season guests.  These guests can vary dramatically based on your market but one thing is the same, the main season is ending and your guest are beginning to shift from those coming to stay for the peak season to those who are looking for a shoulder season getaway.

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Tags: CRM Tips, Property Management, Client Expectations, Property Management Software, Competitive Advantage, Offerings, Vacation Rental Software, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, rental indusrty competition, Browser Based Software, Barefoot Technologies, Marketing

New Year, Old Scams: More Vacation Rental Scams

Posted by Adam Zippin on Dec 31, 2013 2:44:00 PM

Happy Holidays to everyone and we hope this holiday season treated you well.  Sadly with the ringing in of this New Year, my first post-holiday blog comes with some bad news.  Another market is being targeted by vacation rental scams, Lake Placid and the Olympic village has reported dozens of rental scams this holiday season.

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Tags: Barefoot, Vacation Rental, Vacation Rental Management, Client Expectations, Rentals, Rental Market, VRBO, Vacation Rental, Scams, Vacation Rental Software, HomeAway, VRBO Portal, rental industry competition, vacation rental scam, RBO, Security, HomeAway.com, rental industry

A Fresh View On The Vacation Rental Managers Association Conference

Posted by Adam Zippin on Nov 1, 2013 3:41:00 PM

Barefoot newcomer, Claiborne Yarbrough, attended the VRMA Conference with the team in Nashville this month.  With less than a month under her belt and being stuck in a booth with 3 annoying gents, this would be quite a task for the new member of our vacation rental software team.  Read on to see how she handled it, her key takeaways, and an overall introduction to the newest member of our sales team!

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Tags: Barefoot, Rental Management CRM, Rental, Rental Management, Property Management, Client Expectations, Property Management Software, Management Software, How to market vacation rentals, Vacation Rental Software, rental management business, Airbnb.com, VRMA, VRental management Software

Will Your Website Ruin Your Business?

Posted by Adam Zippin on Oct 30, 2013 5:11:00 PM

In short, yes, but let me elaborate.  Last week the Barefoot team travelled to the VRMA conference in Nashville TN.  Aside from some great music, awesome food, and southern charm, there were some great things to be learned at the conference.  Douglas Quinby, the VP of research at PhoCusWright gave an eye opening speech at the close of the show.  If you left early you missed out but I will do my best to shed some light here as to why your website may ruin your business.

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Tags: Barefoot, Vacation Rentals, CRM Tips, Rental Management CRM, Vacation Rental Management, Client Expectations, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, VRBO, Vacation Rental, Vacation Rental Software, rental marketing, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, rental management business, future of vacation rentals, rental industry competition

Airbnb.com Bounces Back: And In Impressive Fashion!

Posted by Adam Zippin on Oct 15, 2013 1:12:00 PM

My last blog got some mixed reviews after I wrote about the subpoena that Airbnb.com received.  Some people liked it and we got a tweet out there, others were not so impressed with my views.  So this week, I am glad to report that Airbnb.com has partnered with Pepsi Next to anchor its newest promotion.

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Tags: Barefoot, Property Management, Second Home, Client Expectations, Property Manager, Vacation Rental Industry, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, Vacation Rental Software, HomeAway, rental marketing, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, professional management, rental indusrty competition, rental industry competition, Airbnb.com

Blog Update: Why Airbnb Has A Tough Road Ahead 2.0

Posted by Adam Zippin on Oct 8, 2013 5:35:00 PM

 Back in May I ran a blog about Neil Warren who had rented his room through the popular site Airbnb.com.  This site has made news headlines a few times for its rental policies and the people who are avoiding laws and legislation while using the site.  One member found renting a room was violating her condominium complex’s policies.  Mr. Warren was in violation of several leasing laws for the city of New York.  He however, decided it was best to continue renting his apartment to quests.

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Tags: Barefoot, Vacation Rentals, Property Management, Client Expectations, Property Manager, Vacation Rental Industry, Management Software, VRBO, Property manager marketing, How to market vacation rentals, VRBO Portal, Vacation Rental Software, rental management business, professional management, rental indusrty competition, rental industry competition, vacation rental scam, Airbnb.com

A Successful Year For Vacation Rentals: Beating Hotel Occupancy Rates

Posted by Adam Zippin on Sep 26, 2013 5:06:00 PM

Congratulations are in order to the industry as a whole for a solid summer season.  According to an article by RIS Media, the average rental per week rose 19% over the same time last year.  In this numbers thick report, the stats are in and it was another banner year!  While we are always happy to see your success, we can't help but feel a bit of deja vu.  To add some juice, here are a few of our favorite numbers.

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Tags: Vacation Rental, Client Expectations, Property Manager, Vacation Rental Industry, Competitive Advantage, Vacation Rental Software, How to market vacation rentals, rental management business, professional management, future of vacation rentals, rental indusrty competition

10 Things to Look for in Vacation Rentals When Traveling with Kids

Posted by Adam Zippin on Jul 10, 2013 3:53:00 PM

In the constant attempt to bring you new and relevant information, today's blog is coming not from me but from HouseSittingjobs.com.  This article is about what to look for in vacation rentals when children are part of the equation.  One massive perk our industry offers is the ability to tailor better to a family than a hotel room ever can.  We read the article and found it well written enough to reccomend it to you, our readers.  Without much more babble, here is the 10 things to look for in a Vacation Rental when travelling with kids.

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Tags: Vacation Rentals, Vacation Rental, Vacation Rental Management, Property Management, Vacation Home, Client Expectations, Rentals, Vacation Rental Industry, Vacation, Rental Market, Vacation Advice, Offerings, VRBO, Vacation Rental