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March 2014

Your Vacation Homes are Targets: The New Standard of Care & Security for Vacation Rental Management

I don’t mean to sound like a broken record (see related posts below :)), but some things bear repeating. And I believe the subject of vacation rental security is most definitely deserving of some repetition. I mentioned this story in  my Art of War post the other day, but it was a bit buried in the text. So let’s call some…

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Get to Know PointCentral Smart Business Control: Recorded Webinar & Trade Show Interview

As I mentioned in yesterday’s case study post, smart control technology is growing fast! And the applications for business are pretty amazing… Reduce costs Increase security Improve business intelligence The case study offers very compelling evidence of the benefits of smart business control, but to offer some more background and additional analysis of the benefits of smart business control, I’d…

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[Case Study] Smart Control = Smart Business: Reduce Costs, Increase Security & Improve Business Intelligence

Smart Home = Smart Business? Smart home automation is growing fast! Google recently bought Nest smart thermostats for $3.2 billion! Overall, the “smart home” industry is projected to grow to almost $50B with more than half-a-billion smart devices by 2018. Those are HUGE numbers. But the question that lingers in my mind is, what type of impact will this smart…

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[Case Study] Smart Control = Smart Business: Reduce Costs, Increase Security & Improve Business Intelligence

Smart Home = Smart Business? Smart home automation is growing fast! Google recently bought Nest smart thermostats for $3.2 billion! Overall, the “smart home” industry is projected to grow to almost $50B with more than half-a-billion smart devices by 2018. Those are HUGE numbers. But the question that lingers in my mind is, what type of impact will this smart…

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Control ALL of Your Homes from One Dashboard [Enterprise Smart Home Control for Vacation Rental Management]

In a recent post I discussed how difficult vacation rental management operations are. A busy turn-over day is nothing short of miraculous.  There is no easy way to manage an inventory of unique properties across vast distances. There are countless moving pieces that need to come together to form the orchestra that is your daily operations. Every opportunity you have…

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Vacation Rental Security & the Art of War: Why Its Time to Make Your Homes Safe & Secure

I’ve written about vacation rental security (or the lack thereof) on a number of occasions. I’ll spare you the rehashing of old ideas. Suffice it to say, there’s a big gap in security of vacation rental homes. Keys are the devil, floating codes are just as bad as floating keys, yada, yada, yada. I’ll share some related posts at the…

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9 Factors for Vacation Rental Vendor Success [And the Importance for Your VRM]

A hearty “Congratulations” is in order for the fine folks at Glad to Have You (GTHY). It was announced last week that Glad to Have You was acquired by vacation rental big dog, HomeAway. As Amy Hinote points out on VRMIntel, to many, the acquisition of this 2-year old start-up tech company may seem like a “Cinderella story, but Glad…

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Disney Bets $1 Billion on “Smart” Technology

It’s safe to say Disney is one of the most formidable travel and hospitality companies in the world. A behemoth with parks, hotels, food, merchandise…you name, they offer it. Really, one of the most formidable companies in ANY industry. It’s no surprise that when Mickey tests a new strategy, companies, nay industries, take notice. Disney Makes $1B Bet on Smart…

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Vacation Rental Housekeeping is Insanely Difficult! Smart Home Control Can Help.

Checkout at 10 am. Check-in at 4 pm. 300 homes. 50 miles of territory. Holy moly!! This is a relatively standard perspective of the monster task facing the vacation rental housekeeping staff on busy turn-over days. After spending my time in the trenches with an Outer Banks VRM, I’ve often commented that it is impossible to understand the full magnitude…

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