At Rentals United our speciality is helping you making more bookings while saving your time. 2016 was a very successful year for us: we now distribute more than 250,000 rentals and thousands of property managers and owners trust us worldwide. Why are we the BFF of so many? Because we give you 54 ways to advertise vacation rentals… and recently we added 1 more.
It would hardly be news to state that our vacation rental industry is booming and attracting many new players every year. What hasn’t been attempted until now however is to produce a map of how all the old and new services available to property managers and owners fit together. After spending a year researching service companies in the vacation rental industry and producing the very popular “Who’s Who of the vacation Rental World” we can confidently say that we came up with such a map. We hope you will find it useful in trying out new services to help you with both the management of vacation rentals and the guest experience.
At Rentals United we strongly believe that in order to be a high performer in the Vacation Rental Industry, it’s not enough to occasionally read articles or try new softwares at random… In an increasingly competitive industry, to be at the top of your game you need to attend events and network with industry peers. So without further ado, here’s the list of the most important vacation rental industry events in 2017 you can’t afford to miss – we see you there!
An incredible 44% of leisure travellers and 56% of business traveler in the USA book last minute. Moreover, 72% of mobile bookings on OTA sites or apps were made within one day of the stay. This trend will likely continue and is a great opportunity for hosts to bring in more additional bookings, especially in off-season. What is is that you should do in order to get the last-minute bookings and how can you make sure that you’re ready to receive guests at the last moment? Read on.
Are you using a welcome app for your vacation rentals yet? Today they’re used both for self-check-in guests and when you do physical check-ins… why? Because they can earn you extra cash on tours and services & (more importantly!) because guests love the convenience of them: Welcome Apps provides them with all the property’ instructions, plus area guides and access to tours & services. Read-on for some of the best vacation rental welcome apps out there.
Are you using social media to promote your rentals? If not it’s something you ought to try: while it may or may not give you direct bookings, what a good social media strategy does for sure is give your brand extra credibility. Avoid auto-pilot posts at all costs and instead go for a mix of of useful, personal and fun. The brands we have selected in this article do a great job on a variety of social networks – check them out and get some inspiration.
Running a vacation rental business means doing a lot of work on-the-go. The name of the business says it all. It is nearly impossible, and highly inefficient, to rely solely on your desktop to get things done. Luckily for us, app developers have been working hard the past few years and have created some amazing applications that are often times more helpful and useful than anything we can do on our PC’s. If you are trying to get your business off the ground, grow it, perfect it, or want to improve it in any way, the following apps offer a variety of aides to turn it into the successful and lasting enterprise that you know it can be.
We humbly realise that we cannot be the only good resource for your vacation rental industry news : ) so here’s an article packed with online resources where you can find influencers and keep-up with industry news. From social groups, hashtags and exciting new-comers, these are the resources you ought to follow today!
Running a vacation rental isn’t easy, it takes lots of time and energy. But the complications are lesser if your rentals are local, you’re at hand to deal with your clients and eventual problems. Not located in a tourist destination? Looking to invest in a property abroad? The task to manage a vacation rental from abroad is not impossible, you basically have 2 ways: do the marketing and sales yourself and outsource operations, or get someone to do everything for you. This article is packed with tips on how to set up both options. Now all you need is that dream villa abroad!
Do you actually have the stats on the types of guests you’ve welcomed this year? Like most vacation rental owners you’re probably attracting one to three types, and you do so by default, not because you actively targeted them. Learn from hotels, segment your guests and start marketing to your target audience. Here are the 5 types of vacation rental guests you could be attracting today.