Tips & Tricks

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How to manage a vacation rental from abroad

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!

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The 5 types of vacation rental guests and how to attract them

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.

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12 Powerful Airbnb tips for Property Managers [Interview]

This is an exclusive interview with James McClure, Airbnb’s General Manager for Northern Europe. In this article James sheds the light on 12 key Airbnb features that were created for property managers in mind. A giant in the vacation rental industry, Airbnb grew from 10 million guests in 2014 to an incredible 100 million in 2016. If that’s not reason enough to advertise your vacation rentals on Airbnb, read on for a further 12 powerful insights James has for you.

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8 vacation rental amenities guests are willing to pay extra for

Whether you’re looking to potentially raise the price of your property or increase those low season bookings, revising your vacation rental amenities is an absolute must. So what is it that guests are looking for when booking a place over another? What are the triggers that make them choose your vacation rental? We found THE 6 amenity types that make heads turn.

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Why you need to attend the Vacation Rental World Summit

For the last 2 years, The Vacation Rental World Summit has purely been an online event… with no less 15,000+ attendees! This year, the founder Antonio Bortolotti, takes it for its first in person event in Barcelona. Expect 2 highly engaging and interactive days of workshops, discussions and help sessions by THE top performing expert in the vacation rental industry – including our very own CMO Vanessa. The catch? Only 100 places available.

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The Distribution Strategy of a Successful Property Manager [Video]

When we ask Jaume’s from Bizflats what his distribution strategy is, the answer was straightforward: trying many websites and making decisions based on data not intuition. He turned to Rentals United Channel Manager to ease the entire process of finding channels, testing them and maximising their revenues. Here’s the very insightful interview no property manager should miss out on.

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18 Seriously Useful Services for your VR Business [Infographic]

We scanned the Vacation Rental market and came up with 18 categories of businesses that help vacation rental property managers and owners streamline their businesses. These can be grouped into 3 top-level categories: Marketing, Guest Management and Business tools. With high season starting for most, are you taking advantage of all the help out there?

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3 Interactive Floor Plans Providers

Proven to increase vacation rental reservations and revenues, interactive floor plans have been a selling tactic for real estate companies for years but the buzz has just started in our industry. Some online marketplaces will allow you to link directly to your interactive floor plans but not all yet! We need to join together and request channels implement this feature! Here are 3 companies that we recently came across that offer interactive and 2D floor plan services.

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8 Things Hotel Websites do to Generate Direct Bookings

The vacation rental industry has a great advantage: it can look at what the hotel industry does right & wrong and learn from it. This is what we’re proposing today: let’s look together at hotel website trends. How are they growing their direct bookings? We’ve discovered 8 definite trends that you could easily implement on your vacation rental website today.

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Vacation Rental Videos: What Works and What Doesn’t

Many of us have attempted to make a vacation rental video but few of us have been happy with the result. Let’s face it: filming a house or an apartment makes for a rather boring movie. Or does it? We’ve analysed 4 Vacation Rental Videos found on youtube and came up with a definite list of Do’s and Don’ts for your next attempt 🙂