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The Vacation Rental Merry Go Round – Are You Onboard?

Posted by Adam Zippin on Jul 2, 2013 4:05:00 PM

 The vacation rental industry is changing, almost daily, as you are well aware.  Home Away, Wyndham, Marriot, Trip Advisor and other large companies are moving us to places we have never been before.   It can be a very challenging environment to work in.   The good news is that these companies all bring awareness to our industry that there hasn’t been here before.   PhoCus Wright, which is a travel research company, recently published a report,  PhoCusWright’s U.S. Vacation Rentals 2009-2014:  A Market Reinvented.   It is a very expensive report, but brings some very valuable information to us.  It was said that only 10-15% of travelers knew or considered vacation rentals.  Well in this report, 20% of the travelers surveyed stayed in a vacation rental in the past two years.  An additional 27% considered a vacation rental, but ultimately chose another option.  Why?  Well, part of it is the misconceptions of our industry, that vacation rentals are only suitable for longer trips and larger groups, as well as vacation rentals not having the “amenities” that hotels offer.  Today, this is not necessarily the case. 

So the good news is that more and more folks are looking at vacation rentals, but the bad news is that still, only 20% of travelers are actually choosing our industry to meet their vacation needs.   How did it get from the 10% that it was 5+ years ago, to the 20%?   And how do we get it from 20% to 30% and more?  Most of us will agree that the national economy hasn’t improved that much.  Unemployment is going back up, and so many people are still out of work.  So why is it that our business is so much better?   I would suggest that the marketing awareness created by these large companies, as well as the internet providing more and more innovation, is finding the average consumer, and we need to take advantage of it.  So some thoughts on how you can get on board:

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It's Not Too Late To Capitalize On National Vacation Rental Month

Posted by Adam Zippin on Jun 28, 2013 12:44:00 PM

So its national Vacation Rental month this July and we hope that you are preparing for the blast of business and overwhelming amount of guests.  What’s that you say, you’re not doing anything to push this news to your potential guests?  Surely there is a mistake here as this is some free publicity.  If you have not been publicizing this then you are falling into the shadows of large companies like Wyndham, who are playing on the national level.  Fear not, here are 5 ways you can still make the most of the free publicity of this month!

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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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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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A Bold Claim From Homeaway CEO

Posted by Adam Zippin on May 29, 2013 4:25:00 PM

An article published over the weekend has shed a promising light on the vacation rental industry.  In an interview with Carl Shepherd, co-founder of Homeaway, said that he and his company believes that vacation rentals are the future of the vacation industry.

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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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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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Homeaway Tightens the VRBO Noose on Property Managers

Posted by Adam Zippin on Apr 30, 2013 3:10:00 PM

Last week I published a blog that boasted 8 things you could do to separate yourself from competitive rentals.  The main goal was to realize that your company offers more than a house to rent, you have the expertise to offer an experience.  This experience is what separates your professionally managed rentals from the VRBO market out there.  However, in the never ending cat and mouse game, homeaway.com is now offering another service to its VRBO clients.  I personally think it is a neat tool but that does not make your life easier.

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8 Things You Can Offer Clients To Separate Your Vacation Rentals

Posted by Adam Zippin on Apr 26, 2013 4:41:00 PM

I feel like every now and then I get carried away with the words and making this blog eloquent.  Well, not today, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have something helpful for your weekend!

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Barefoot Unveils New Automated OTA Letters

Posted by Adam Zippin on Jul 31, 2012 6:29:00 AM

Does your company utilize a portal partnership?  With lead and subscription based portals speed is the name of the game and every second counts.    When an interested party sends an information request about a property through one of these portals, you as an agent must receive the e-mail, check availability, confirm price, and then reply to the prospect.  Auto OTA letters simplifies all of this.

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