Marketing a vacation rental takes time and energy, and it’s definitely not one-size-fits-all; what makes one property shine can fall flat in another corner of the world.
That’s why, if you subscribe to our newsletter, you get great information and advice not just from those of us at MyVR, but also from other owners and experts; there is a lot we can learn from each other, and we try to share the best with you.
To expand your understanding of vacation rental marketing, as well as the highs and lows of being an owner, go right to the source with five of our favorite vacation rental blogs.
Find him on Twitter: @bookmorenights
Matt Landau’s straightforward writing style and hands-on approach to vacation rental marketing have made him an industry expert and guest blog contributor to popular sites like HomeAway and FlipKey. He’s owned and operated vacation properties in Panama for six years, and isn’t afraid to share what’s worked for him — or what flopped. Recently he wrote about the story of an owner who created a name and logo for their vacation rental.
Find her on Twitter: @cottageguru
Heather Bayer knows the ins and outs of running a successful vacation rental. She’s managed properties from afar, and at one point owned and rented five cottages; now she has her own rental management agency in addition to renting a cottage. She shares everything from lessons learned during her own travels, to technology and security considerations. She’s also just launched the Vacation Rental Success podcast.
Find them on Twitter: @flipkey
FlipKey is one of the leading vacation rental listing sites, and they also share excellent information on their blog. Guidance that’s tailored to owners and managers isn’t published frequently, but what they offer is always solid. Recently they considered vacation rental trends for 2013.
Find them on Twitter: @rentmoreweeks
The folks behind the do-it-yourself “Marketing Makeover Guide” and follow-up “Creating a Portfolio” Guide also publish a blog that’s a helpful information resource. Main writer Alan Egan regularly delivers advice that’s straightforward, to the point, and offers clear takeaways to help you improve your marketing efforts. Recently he offered ideas for attracting more bookings on short notice.
Find them on Twitter: @vrregulations
Rules can be confusing when it comes to vacation rentals. Writer Doug Coates makes it easier to figure out what’s going on. Coates owns a small vacation rental business in Oregon and has been actively involved with governments and other organizations since regulatory issues started increasing around 2003. Earlier this month, he blogged about increased competition for owner-run vacation rentals from Wyndham Hotel Chain.
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