Technology

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Amazon Echo for Vacation Rentals

Amazon Echo is a new generation, hands-free speaker which you control with voice. How can such a device enhance the guest experience in your rentals? Let us fill you in on all the possibilities of Amazon Echo for Vacation Rentals.

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Top 6 Vacation Rental Welcome Apps

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.

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10 best apps for running a Vacation Rental Business

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.

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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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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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Cut your vacation rental energy bills with IOT devices

Cutting on your vacation rental energy bills is not an easy task. You’ve probably tried planting posters asking guests to turn the lights and AC off when they leave, or reminding them to save on water consumption when they brush their teeth (irrk!)… ok but do they really follow your instructions? Let’s face it: if you were living in your rental yourself the energy bills would be much lower. So instead of giving you light bulb tips (well…not unless they’re pretty smart!) we’ve turned to the Internet of things (IOT) devices to see how the latest smart home tech can help us, vacation rentals owners and managers, save on bills.

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How to price your vacation rental? Online tools that have the answer

Have you heard of these softwares that have recently entered the vacation rental market and promise to improve your rental rates? Just stick in your AirBnB Id or HomeAway url, et voilà! Sell more nights at the right price.

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Internet of things: Security for your vacation rental in 2015

Said to add $14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030, the Internet of Things or Smart Home devices connected