Category Vacation Rental Blog

16 Nov

Ask an Expert: What are Vacation Rental Promotions & How Can They Help Property Managers?

Let’s say—in a perfect world—someone invented a special tool that vacation rental property managers could use whenever they wanted to:   > Book more effectively > Improve conversions > Secure long-term success   Would you use that tool? Of course you would!   What if we told you that tool already exists?   Below, VacayHome […]

3 Nov

Ask an Expert: How Do Property Managers Improve Vacation Rental Reviews?

Depending on the data you’re viewing, the number of travelers who read vacation rental reviews before booking a property is anywhere between 75% and 90%. No matter the exact number, the takeaway is simple: reviews are really, really, really important!    Reviews are one of the few universal must-haves across the hospitality industry. Online travel […]

19 Oct

Rank Higher on Expedia: The Top 5 Things Vacation Rental Property Managers Can Do Right Now

Context: Before travelers can book a vacation rental property, they have to see the property on vacation rental listing sites. Roughly 75% of bookings go to the first 15 listings in search results, so yes, where vacation rental properties rank in those results definitely matters! Put simply: when you improve your vacation rental listing placement […]

5 Oct

Who are Private Channel Travelers?

Not all travelers are the same.    That’s an obvious statement at face value, but when you stop to consider all of the Who? What? Where? When? and Why? variables, well, the equation gets a bit complicated.   These days, online travel agencies (OTAs) and all other travel websites are a critical part of that […]

29 Sep

What is Expedia TravelAds for Vacation Rentals?

The vacation-rental marketplace is extremely competitive. No doubt about that.   There are a number of tried-and-true strategies that lodging providers use to set their portfolios apart from the competition. Some utilize promotions for property managers, while others rely on superior content—especially photos and virtual tours—to stand out in the crowded space.    As an […]

21 Sep

Ask an Expert: What are Expedia Collect Packages?

Online travel agencies (OTAs) are their own galaxies. Each one has a unique collection of perks, nuances, and offerings, from promotions for property managers to specialized strategies (like clustering) and everything in between.    Keeping track of all those nuances can be a dizzying task—trust us, we get it. But not keeping track of them can […]

13 Sep

Vacation Rental Industry News: Summer Roundup

As summer fades into the rearview mirror, the travel industry finds itself in a bit of a flux.    On the one hand, things are much better than they were this time last year: travel rebounded in a big way during Spring and Summer, and many of those positive travel trends appear primed to carry […]

2 Sep

Vacation Rental Cleaning Tips

Cleanliness is next to godliness, or so the saying goes. It also happens to be the mark of an excellent vacation rental host.    Research conducted in the last year has shown that roughly 9 in 10 travelers are making accommodation decisions based on cleaning protocols. Of course, that number is slightly inflated due to […]

26 Aug

Become a Superhost on Airbnb

Becoming an elite partner on the channels you list on is one of the best ways to maximize your visibility and revenue.    The major travel websites give high-performing hosts and property managers opportunities to climb the ranks: if you meet or exceed certain criteria on a given channel, chances are, you’ll automatically get promoted […]

20 Aug

Become a Premier Host on Vrbo

There are numerous ways to grow your vacation rental business.  Many property managers aim to maximize exposure and revenue by adding more listing sites to their channel management strategy. Multi-channel distribution is certainly an effective tactic, but so is earning “elite” status on the channels you’re already listed on.  On Vrbo, that means becoming a […]

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