Vacation Rental Desk Blog

At VacationRentalDesk.com we're continually working to add exciting new features and capabilities to our easy to use, all-in-one online booking solution for vacation rental owners and managers. Here's what's new:

Listing websites such as HomeAway/VRBO and AirBnB are imposing higher and higher guest service fees, of upwards of 12% of the reservation total, resulting in fewer reservations, and squeezed profit margins from having to reduce nightly rates to maintain the same occupancy. If these listing sites are making you feel like you are losing control of your business, what can you do?

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Vacation rental owners and managers with budding portfolios can often find themselves overwhelmed when it comes to checking availability. Here's how to use our master calendar feature to stay informed.

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Want to know how many people are visiting your site, how long they stay there, and where they come from? Setup Google Analytics for your website in just minutes and you'll have access to all this data and more.

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Your vacation rental website is the most important aspect of your business and your brand, but if you’re using a messy or ineffective domain name—or none at all—you could be missing out on a huge amount of business.

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Are you losing business due to your rental photos? Stop losing guests' interest, missing potential bookings, and having guests leave your site immediately after arriving with these crucial tips.

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Released today, our new Gen2S websites feature an all-new design that compliments your existing website, adding features that improve your guests' experience to help you generate more bookings.

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Credit card processing and electronic check payments are now standard features with our vacation rental software solution, starting at just $49/month.

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If online advertising is the next step for your vacation rental business, you'll want to be able to track that investment directly on your website. We make it easy by giving you a one-step integration process so you can track how people are using your website.

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Streamline your payment process and give guests more payment options by accepting electronic checks for your vacation rental, while eliminating the need for paper checks.

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Keep track of calendar availability from VRBO, Airbnb, FlipKey & more in one easy-to-use calendar.

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The vacation rental industry is changing rapidly, due in part to a controversial booking fee added to bookings this February by industry listing leader VRBO, a component of HomeAway. The booking fee, which charges guests up to 9% of the rental amount, has caused outrage among owners and guests, many of whom are already noting a significant decrease in bookings.

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All the information you could ever need to start posting about you rental you already have. Just by owning or managing a vacation rental in a specific location provides you with insight into what types of events, holidays, seasons, and more draw in guests to the area via social networks.

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There are many platforms for sharing content on social networks. The major players are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. The key to successful social media marketing is to honor the differences of each channel and maximize your reach across channels.

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How one vacation rental business went from no reservations to every weekend in that month booked by using the blog feature on their website.

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Integrating social media with your vacation rental business has the potential to increase bookings and generate awareness for your business.

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Vacation Rental Desk's professional websites come with a guestbook so you can share positive guest reviews and past experiences directly on your site. After a stay at your vacation rental, guests have the opportunity to write a review about their experience.

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With our booking calendar software, you can completely customize your rates and fees to generate more rental income.

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Online Booking Coupons are a great way to attract new guests, encourage repeat guests, increase referrals, and fill up slow seasonal periods.

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Increase bookings and improve your cash flow by taking credit cards for your vacation rental business.

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Our newly-updated next generation websites for vacation rentals include an intuitive, user-friendly booking calendar for screening and taking reservations online. Setup takes just minutes.

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Our next generation of vacation rental websites are now live! Featuring 100% mobile friendly design, enhanced layouts, and improved search engine optimization.

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We now support Google Analytics to help you track all vistor and web traffic on your website.

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Keyless entry eases the burden of managing your vacation rental by allowing you, the rental manager, to give guests temporary access codes that activate at check-in and expire at check-out.

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We've just completed a visual makeover of the Reservation Management Member's Area.

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We're now able to provide all of our vacation rental owners and managers with lower merchant processing rates.

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How can you make your vacation rental appeal to business travellers in a few simple steps?

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Considering that millions of potential customers go online daily, and are familiar with many social media platforms, marketing your property on social media can be a crucial step.

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This new calendar is 100% mobile friendly, showing availability and taking reservations on all Internet capable devices including tablets and smart phones.

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Our reservation management online software has been enhanced and is now touch-screen compatible.

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We've updated our Craiglist Ad Tool to ensure compatbility with Craiglist so you can keep advertising on this valuable free service.

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VacationRentalDesk.com is proud to announce that one of our outstanding clients, Joel Rasmussen, President of the Austin Vacation Rental Alliance, has authored a new book for vacation rental homes owners!

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Ease the burden of managing your vacation rental with keyless entry.

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We've added several new features to make the day to day operations of managing your vacation rental home easier than ever before.

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Now you can add guest reviews to your vacation rental website! This feature comes to you directly by popular demand.

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Learn about the free new features included with all VacationRentalDesk.com accounts.

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Now you can create sleek-looking craigslist ads for your rental! Advertising on Craigslist is easy to do, and best of all its free!

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