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Microsoft’s Acquisition of LinkedIn Will Provide Benefits to the Vacation Rental Manager

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Jun 16, 2016 6:07:36 PM

In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, Microsoft has reached an agreement to purchase LinkedIn’s business social network for over $26 billion dollars. This is Microsoft’s most expensive acquisition to date and one of the largest acquisitions in the industry. Hear me out while I suggest that this may have significant benefits for the vacation rental industry.

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Boosting Your Vacation Rental Reservations Using a Referral Agent Portal

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on May 24, 2016 5:27:28 PM

One of the best parts of my job is being able to talk to so many vacation rental companies and their employees, whether they are using Barefoot Vacation Rental Management software or another competing product. This industry is changing so fast for so many of you, with more and more costs, margins that are being squeezed, and the absolute mandate for you to look for additional sources of revenue.

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Barefoot Technologies Announces Two Way Integration with Inbound Marketing Industry Leader Hubspot

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on May 6, 2016 4:36:41 PM


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Opportunity for Vacation Rental Managers in Response to HomeAway's Traveler Fees

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Mar 2, 2016 12:20:42 PM

Last week I posted a blogabout the HomeAway traveler's fee that are now being applied to booking generated through any of HomeAway's US portals. There is an opportunity for the savvy vacation rental manager who looks to their internet marketing expert. This is the first blog in a series of blogs on this topic.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management

HomeAway Adds Travelers Fee to Vacation Rental Management Portal

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Feb 22, 2016 2:38:56 PM

When HomeAway announced that it was being acquired by Expedia in November of 2015, one of the first things that was discussed was the plan to add traveler’s fees to their pricing model for the vacation rental management portal.

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Welcome Mike Todd to the Barefoot Team

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Feb 12, 2016 9:57:03 AM

We are excited to introduce you to our new sales team member, Mike Todd. We asked Mike to tell us a 
little bit about his background below.

Mike Todd joins Barefoot with 15 years of experience as a Consultative Sales Professional in the Hospitality Industry.  He has a well-rounded understanding of the Vacation Rental and Hotel Markets. The first half of Mike's career was based in Colorado with Resort Data Processing (RDP) serving the mountain and western clients in the United States and Canada.  Mike then moved to Florida in 2008 to open a remote office for RDP.  This experience has helped Mike to better understand and help grow revenue for clients in the Southeastern portion of the U.S. He specializes in developing relationships by listening to and understanding a customer's challenges.  Only then will Mike present solutions that will help customers to grow their business. 

Mike recently moved to Asheville, NC, with his wife and two daughters.  When not in the office he and his family are very active in the amazing outdoors around Asheville.   
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Why Make a Change? Trends for 2016 in Vacation Rental Management

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Jan 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

2016 is going to be a year of significant change in the vacation rental industry.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Industry Trends

Sharing Forum for Vacation Rental Management Companies

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Nov 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Recently I sat down with Barefoot client, Greg Hart, President of Folly's Beach Rentals. Greg shared a great idea with me and other Barefoot customers when we were having a social. He would like to establish a new group of innovative vacation rental management company owners to get together and share ideas. To learn more about this concept, read our interview below.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management

Reflections on the Vacation Rental Manager Association Annual Meeting

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Nov 10, 2015 2:43:44 PM

Nancy and Greg Hart of Folly's Best Vacation Rentals

Well, it has taken me over a week to recover from the annual work and fun visit with everyone attending the Vacation Rental Management Association’s conference. As usual, I have some takeaways to share.

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Be a Vacation Experience Company, Not Just a Vacation Rental Company

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Oct 14, 2015 6:26:11 PM

Every vacation I go on, there is one thing that I do that makes the vacation just a bit more special. Before I leave, I will find a book that is placed in or is about the location that I am visiting. Hopefully this will be based on some historical facts about the area. I started this many years ago with James Michener’s Hawaii.  That was an easy selection, but many of the locations I am visit now take a bit of work to find something suitable. Sometimes I miss my mark and get something that just didn’t not work. Without the book, I find that my vacation was not as special. 

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