Barefoot Technologies Blog- Vacation Rental Industry News

Considerations for the Vacation Rental Industry for 2015 from Barefoot

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Dec 30, 2014 10:50:00 AM

With over twenty years in the vacation rental management industry, Ed Ulmer has a breadth of knowledge and expertise that keep him not only manning the helm at Barefoot Technologies, but often providing thought leadership in the industry.

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Tags: Vacation Rental Industry, Barefoot, future of vacation rentals

Getting the Most Out of Attending Vacation Rental Management Conferences

Posted by Claiborne Yarbrough on Sep 23, 2014 10:11:00 AM

As we prepare for the upcoming Vacation Rental Management Association's Conference (VRMA) at the end of October, it is important to think about how we can get the most of attending it.  After all, conferences can be a major expense to most small businesses especially when it involves travel costs.  Not only do we want to introduce our services to potential customers, we want to gain something from the planned seminars, discussions and activities. Let’s face it -- whether the time spent there is beneficial is dependent on what we put into it.  With that in mind, here are some tips on getting the most out of attending conferences: 

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Tags: Barefoot, VRMA

Cause Marketing and Your Vacation Rental: A how to

Posted by Adam Zippin on Mar 25, 2014 5:16:00 PM

For years we have been preaching the benefits of cause marketing to our prospects but it never appears to take hold as much as we at Barefoot would like.  Today, I was reading a blog posted by Hubspot, can be found here, and thought the translation was perfect for the vacation rental market.

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

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

The Hyperloop and What It May Mean For Vacation Rentals

Posted by Adam Zippin on Aug 12, 2013 3:52:00 PM

With the unveiling of information regarding Elon Musk's latest venture, the Hyperloop, set for 4:30 et today, my mind has been running wild with all the possibilities this could mean for vacation rentals.  It is almost scary to realize how little attention this incredible possibility has garnished in some circles.  If you haven't heard of the Hyperloop, it is a new transportation method that will cut cross country travel to a matter of minutes!

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Tags: Vacation Rental Management, Vacation Rental Industry, Barefoot, Rentals, Vacation Rental Software, Rental Management, Property Management Software, Management Software, Competitive Advantage, Rental Software, Hyperloop, Elon Musk

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, Vacation Rental, Rentals, Vacation Rental Software, Software, Rental, Property Management, Second Home, Property Management Software, Management Software, Vacation Home, Vacation