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Home Automation

The Smart Home Wave & Vacation Rental Management [Risks, Rewards & Action]

Smart Tech Is In The House There is a significant technology trend impacting the vacation rental market – the adoption of Smart Home technologies by homeowners and Vacation Rental Managers (VRMs). This blog tends to focus on nuances of this trend, but let’s step back and take a high-level view of this fast-paced trend; growth in the sector, the benefits and risks…

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Smart Home as Competitive Differentiation for Vacation Rentals [Hobbs Realty Promotes Inventory-Wide Smart Home Installation with New Billboard]

In a previous post, I discussed the value of innovation from the perspective of the Harvard Business Review. Harvard Business Review: Take a Chance on Technology Innovation! It’s Worth the Risk. Here’s a quick reminder… By their nature, businesses tend to avoid risk. Once something “works,” we have a tendency stay the course. We stop looking for those awesome “hacks”…

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The WiFi (Dis)Advantage: Why Managed Connectivity MUST be Priority No. 1 for VRM Smart Home Control

I’ve discussed the great difference between WiFi and cellular smart home control a number of times. You can find a list of my ramblings below. The glaring difference between WiFi and cellular smart home is becoming increasingly evident. Connectivity = Customer Experience As I mentioned a few days ago, Lockitron recently dumped WiFi due to poor performance that directly impacted…

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2015 Smart Resolution: Take Control of ALL Your Homes

2015 is knocking on the proverbial door. Rather than looking back at the year that was (adios 2014!), let’s take this opportunity to tease out the BIG 2015 trend… Smart home control, smart automation, Internet of Things….whatever title you want to prescribe, it’s going to be GIANT. You can stay current on a plethora of articles predicting the (continued) explosion…

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Internet of Things: How To Determine Fact vs. Fiction [The Importance of Due Diligence]

Last week I discussed the value of smart technology and how it is starting to revolutionize business practices: The Internet of Things WILL Change Your Business | Hype vs. Realty I mentioned there are two levels to the discussion of smart technology: Do you see the value smart technology can bring to your business? How will you differentiate vendors and…

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The Internet of Things WILL Change Your Business | Hype vs. Reality

Internet of Things. Smart Home. Smart Control. Home Automation. Smart Business. Business Automation. What the heck are we calling this tsunami of a technology trend? The confusion around “smart” technology starts with the name and extends all the way to vendors, technology capabilities, business applications and best practices. Smart technology is pretty much the wild west of today. A whole…

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Vacation Rental Smart Home Control Testimonial: Sunriver Resort

I’ve chatted about Sunriver Resort in a past post… Sunriver Resort  Improves Vacation Rental Management with Property Automation Sunriver was the very first VRM to leverage the power of smart home control for vacation rental management. Here’s a quick recap of how we got started… Sunriver is like our high school sweetheart. We’ve been “dating” for over a year, and now…

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Vacation Rental Smart Home Control: The Most Strategic Operations Decision You WILL Make

Smart home control is revolutionizing vacation rental management. However, this is an organic revolution that is growing in such a way that you may overlook it on an everyday basis. You see the need everyday… Lack of security across vacation rental home inventories (Who has keys/codes to your homes? Right, who knows?!) Inefficient operations Wasted trips to homes (and homeowner…

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Vacation Rental Smart Home Control Testimonial: Winter Park Lodging Company

I’ve mentioned Winter Park Lodging Company a couple times: Turn-Key Installation in 3 Days Host of Smart Home Control Seminar Winter Park Lodging Company To offer a quick recap, Winter Park Lodging was in a jam last November because a WiFi smart home system they tried to install wasn’t living up to expectations, and their insanely busy Thanksgiving rush was…

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