Barefoot Technologies Blog- Vacation Rental Industry News

How to Stay For Profit When Responding to Non-Profits in Rentals

Posted by Adam Zippin on Jul 30, 2013 4:30:00 PM

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Tags: Vacation Rental Industry, Barefoot, Vacation Rental, Rentals, Vacation Rental Software, Software, Rental, Property Management, Second Home, Property Management Software, Management Software, Vacation Home, Vacation

Must Read on Assessing your Marketing Investments

Posted by Adam Zippin on Jun 11, 2013 2:22:00 PM

 I have been in numerous meetings recently at the VRMA conventions where discussions regarding ROI have been addressed, and I believe the ideas put forth can be very useful to those that really want to be able to quantify their marketing investment returns.     

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Barefoot, Vacation Rental Software, Software, Rental Management, Property Management Software, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, Rental Software, Break Even, Golden Number

The Top Ten Reasons You Need To Move Away From FRS

Posted by Adam Zippin on Jun 4, 2013 3:56:00 PM

     Over the past few years, there have been some great advances in the software that vacation rental management companies are using.  At the same time, there are still people using outdated vacation rental software.  All this begs the question of, why are people using Dos based systems still? With all the current trends in software, apps, smartphones, tablets, Wi-Fi, 4g, and all the other technical terms that are no longer limited to an IT department, a business would do just about anything to tap into some of these resources.  But there is more to it than simply being able to tap into the internet to run your business.  Browser based systems offer regular updates, most free; Barefoot updates its system every month.  This means that once you purchase the system, the updates allow you to maintain the best system available without additional cost.  A Dos based system is only as advanced as it was the day you bought it, or that you pay to upgrade to.  It may make you nervous to consider what else you still use every day that is from the same time frame.  Without further ado, here are the top ten reasons that Agent 3.0c is better than your current FRS system.

 

1. CRM Tools- The ability to send quickly and easily email correspondence toprospective owners, prospective and returning customers, and vendors from the software without the need to recreate that database in a third-party provider and send reservation data as an attachment.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Industry, Barefoot, Vacation Rental, Software, Property Management, Property Management Software, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, Rental Scam, Rental Software, CRM

Change Your View: Vacation Rental Property Vs. Asset Manager

Posted by Adam Zippin on May 21, 2013 4:55:00 PM

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Vacation Rental Industry, Barefoot, Vacation Rental, Software, Rental Management, Property Management, Second Home, Property Manager, Vacation Advice, Management Software, Rental Software, Vacation Rentals, Rental Management CRM, Golden Number

Barefoot Hits Vacation Rental Tradeshows

Posted by Adam Zippin on May 15, 2013 4:52:00 PM

Most of our blogs have been about some news, trends, or business moves that we learn about.  This one is a bit more generalized but I wanted to take the time to write it out.  Barefoot Technologies actively uses social media, our website, e-mail campaigns, and calls to speak with our clients, both current and future.  However, we also travel to industry tradeshows to meet you, first hand.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Industry, Barefoot, Vacation Rental, Rentals, Rental Market, Scams, Software, Rental, Rental Management, Property Management, Second Home, Property Manager, Property Management Software, Vacation Advice, Management Software, Rental Scam

4 Industry Leading Ways To Create Efficient Work

Posted by Adam Zippin on May 7, 2013 3:50:00 PM

Today, through our webpage, a contact us form was filled out and submitted to us.  The main resonating message of this e-mail was simple, I am looking to grow but simply cannot do any more work!  As I spoke to this prospect, her issues resonated with me as mere wants of other prospects and clients.  Things that were "nice" and "neat" or that "Jane from reservations would love" seem to get looked over all too often by those not aware of what a few process could do for their business.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Vacation Rental Industry, Barefoot, Vacation Rental, Client Expectations, Rentals, Software, Rental, Rental Management, Property Management, Second Home, Property Manager, Property Management Software, Vacation Advice, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, Rental Software, Vacation Home, Offerings, Rental Management CRM, CRM, CRM Tips

The Vacation Rental Scam Game Is Hitting a Wall

Posted by Adam Zippin on May 2, 2013 4:35:00 PM

     Rental scams have been a part of this industry for years.  Sadly, it seems that as long as someone has been kind enough to open their home, there is someone lowly enough to take advantage of that. We have tried to stay on top of scam trends, reporting on new scam styles and even providing tips on how to avoid scams all together.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Industry, Barefoot, Vacation Rental, Rentals, Rental Market, Scams, Software, Rental, Rental Management, Property Management, Second Home, Property Manager, Property Management Software, Vacation Advice, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, Rental Scam

7 Proven Strategies to Maximize Efficiency in Client Communication

Posted by Adam Zippin on Mar 6, 2013 7:38:00 AM

Communication is becoming more and more key in today‚Äôs vacation rental marketplace.  Companies like Glad to Have You and others provide tools for the traveler to make their experience as easy as possible.   The vacation experience is one of information regarding the reservation, areas of interest, restaurants, activities, etc. and there is more and more competition than ever.  Companies like Home Away are making it easier and easier for the owner of a property or condo to utilize a complete vacation rental system with online booking, credit cards, travel insurance, and they are moving towards providing these  owners with names of people that can clean and maintain their home.  Timeshare units are beginning to get into this mix also, with Home Away recently signing an agreement to work with a timeshare resort in Orlando that will bring over 9,000 time share properties into their inventory.  For the professional property manager, that means lower income, and higher vacancy.     

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