Vacation Rental 2.0

The “Key” to Vacation Rental Safety? Give Keys to Everyone

Vacation rental safety keys

Yes, that headline might seem crazy. But that is what many VRMs are doing, albeit unintentionally. Let me explain how this is happening. Tech and PMS Systems Are Great for Guests and Property Owners With the explosion of private accommodations in recent years, comfort, convenience and safety are now part of guests’ standard expectation. Technology, such as modern PMS systems…

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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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VRM Emergency Preparation: Save Valuable Time & Resources with Smart Home Control

Emergency preparation is never easy. Tensions are high, and resources are low. Time is short, and the to-do list is long. Whether it’s flooding out west, snow in the mountains, or hurricanes on the east coast, we can all relate to the threats Mother Nature can send our way. Emergency prep takes center stage. Securing your home and making sure…

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The Smart Home Advantage: Keep Your Vacation Rental Homes with Smart Home Control

I worked in the vacation rental trenches for almost five years. During my VRM tenure, my focus was marketing. As every VRM knows, marketing means guests AND the elusive homeowners. The marketing strategy for guests can be relatively straight-forward – blog, ads, Google adWords, etc. The marketing strategy for homeowners is a completely different ball game. How do you reach…

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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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Anatomy of a Vacation Rental Smart Home: Automate Operations & Status Updates

I’ve chatted about the great benefits of enterprise smart home control for vacation rental operations a number of times. You can peruse a selection of posts below. However, I understand some of y’all may be more visual. So rather than my eloquent prose, let’s take a look at a 1 minute video that sums up the tremendous operational value smart…

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Professional VS. Consumer Grade Smart Home Control: System Architecture

The Eastern and Western VRMA Conferences were held a few weeks ago. If it’s been a while since you attended, I highly recommend the events. I’ve attended 10+ VRMA events over the years, and at this year’s “Regionals,” I witnessed a rare occurrence – standing-room only for a presentation. As the Chairperson of the VRMA Communications Committee, I’m excited to see…

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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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The Smart Home Hits the Mainstream | Your Business will Never be the Same

I’ve been chatting about the smart home and the impact on business for quite a while. When I made my first Internet of Things (IoT) post waaaay back in October 2012, the interwebs were pretty quiet on the topic. My how times have changed. I now see an endless stream of IoT related articles on a daily basis. The most recent…

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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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