Tips & Tricks

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The vacation rental events you can’t afford to miss in 2016

At Rentals United we love events! Every time we come back with new ideas, new contacts and a real boost in energy… no, nothing beats meeting people face-to-face! So here’s a list of the most important conferences for Vacation Rental Professionals. Some are just travel orientated but every time we go we meet familiar people from the industry. Find out which ones interest you most and… we see you there!

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How to make instagram work for your Vacation Rentals

This is the story of how a vacation rental owner grew the biggest instagram following on his island. When Thibault Masson started his vacation rental business in St Barts 1 year ago, he knew a thing or two about Twitter and Facebook. But when he got into Instagram, bookings started really coming in and in 1 year he grew his portfolio from 2 villas to 4 villas. Here are his tips on making Instragam work for you in your region.

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Running a vacation rental business: most shared articles of 2015

2015 has been packed with events, new trending topics, new tech, new apps… and a great year for the Rentals United Blog. At the beginning of 2015 we revamped it and have ben packing it with information about running a vacation rental business ever since! Today we had a look back & it was emotional… 🙂 So which vacation rental tips and hacks were most appreciated buy our readers? There’s a bit of everything: stats, infographics, interviews and a video… You’ll laugh at some and reflect on others. Thank you for being our faithful subscriber & bring on 2016! We’re ready!!

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Branding your Vacation Rental Business – Practical Tips

Whether you manage 2 or 100 vacation rentals, a consistent brand experience across your properties, and from the enquiry to the check-out, is one way to increase referrals and repeat visitors. As our industry matures so must our standards, and branding is part of us growing up. It all starts with designing a logo that communicates what people really enjoy about our rentals and we have some tips on how to create one without breaking the bank. Yet we’re not going to leave it at that because a brand is not just a logo, so read on for practical tips on how to brand your vacation rental business.

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Getting your guests to behave!

The success we had with the “Vacation Rental Owner Manifesto” prompted us to do something similar for guests. So we created a manifesto aimed at reminding guests to remind them to take care of our properties, our cherished homes and at times… problematic neighbours :). The “Vacation Rental Guest Manifesto” was then printed on fridge magnets, and we gave thousands away to owners and property managers at the VRMA conference in New Orleans. The feedback was unexpected: We had people running after us asking for more “I have 50 properties, can you give me.. huh… 49 more?!” “These are incredible! Do you sell them?” No, in fact we don’t sell them, they were meant as a gift. So today, we’d like to give everyone the opportunity to print the manifesto for their rentals in a big poster size (A1). Just download it from the article post and give us a thumbs up by sharing!

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Attracting Business Travelers to your Vacation Rentals

Business travelers are the type of customer that everyone in the hospitality industry wants to attract. They tend to be wealthier so they spend more money and bring business to the surrounding area, but most importantly: they are often repeat guests! For decades it was a given that business travelers would stay in hotels, but the fact that Airbnb has recently launched a business travel program signals that times have changed. Here are some tips to help property managers capitalize on this excellent and still mostly untapped opportunity.

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The VRMA 2015 in Pictures

The VRMA 2015 conference is the number 1 event for Vacation Rental Professionals around the world. It took place in

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The History of Vacation Rentals – Infographic

The story of how a new type of getaway became the best way to getaway. In our fast and innovative industry of vacation rentals, here’s a free ride in our time machine that will take you all the way back to the beginning of the history of vacation rentals.  Find out how the first vacation homes evolved into hundreds and thousands of online rentals ready for bookings! And… it’s all in a very easy-to-read infographic for you (nearly as good as a FREE ride, right?!) Bon voyage!

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How to turn your vacation rental into a sales machine

Leonardo da Vinci was able to write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time; let’s hope your skills of managing properties are as impressive. In case they aren’t – hum hum – then the following article with tips of what you can do yourself to improve efficiency and list of companies that you could delegate important work to, is for you. From useful photography ebooks to smart pricing tools & availability management over why you need professional translation, here are essential tips to turn your vacation rental into a sales machine!

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5 Killer Interior Design Tips for your Vacation Rentals

Interior designing a vacation rental can be a difficult task. Knowing the tastes of all the different types of people that will be staying there is frankly, impossible. Having the time to do it, when we barely have time to eat breakfast on most days, is potentially an even greater challenge. But unfortunately there isn’t an app for growing money (yet?!) so investing in your vacation rental is the next best thing. Read on for some killer creative and simple design ideas that will not only turn your rental into something straight out of a magazine but will also put you on track to get more bookings than Copacabana on New Year’s Eve!