Local Computer Class Visits LiveRez, Learns About Careers in Technology

On Monday, LiveRez played host to a special group of local students. Tom Holdridge’s computer class from Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School took a field trip to LiveRez to learn more about what a career in technology is like.

The group toured the LiveRez headquarters, getting to see every department within the company. Then, they were treated to a presentation from the LiveRez development team. Spearheaded by LiveRez VP of Development Casey Riley and his team, the presentation covered different technology career options and gave the students insight into what different LiveRez developers do on a daily basis, as well as the types of technology they use.

This is one of many classes Holdridge has brought to LiveRez over the years. In fact, in the past LiveRez has even hired some of his former students as summer interns.

Check out our slideshow of photos from their visit.

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Why Vacation Rental Managers Need a Mobile Website Before April 21

Mobile Websites for Vacation Rental Managers - Infographic

Click on the image above to learn how our mobile websites have helped our vacation rental manager partners.

They’re calling it the mobile apocalypse.

In February, Google, the world’s top search engine and No. 1 trafficked site, announced a ground-breaking update to their search algorithm that will go into effect April 21, 2015. And, if you don’t have a mobile friendly website, you need to pay attention.

Google’s goal is to provide the best experience to its users. When people do a search for something on their mobile phone, they don’t just need the best results, but the best results displayed and accessible in the most convenient way. And, if you’ve ever tried to access a website that isn’t mobile friendly on your smart phone, you know how frustrating it can be.

So, while the first part of Google’s algorithm uses a variety of signals to reward relevant, quality content, the second part of the algorithm is about the presentation of this content. So, if you have great content but people are having a hard time viewing it and interacting with it, you are underserving the user. And if the goal of Google’s algorithm is to connect people to websites offering the best user experience, it makes sense for them to send people to websites that satisfy both of these goals.

This being said, on April 21 Google will start labeling websites as mobile friendly or mobile unfriendly and using this rating as signal for ranking these websites in mobile search results.

The Jist: If you don’t have a mobile friendly website, don’t expect Google to send many mobile searchers to it.

Check out this short video from LiveRez VP of Sales and Marketing Tyler Hurst to learn more.

So What’s the Big Deal?

Right now you might be asking what the fuss is all about. It’s just mobile traffic.

Well, in the last few years mobile traffic has absolutely exploded, and the experts don’t expect it to slow down any time soon. At LiveRez, over the past few years we’ve seen our property manager partners’ mobile traffic increase from as little as 5% to as high as 35 or 40%, and it goes up every year. We’ve also found that partners that have a mobile website are more than 270% more likely to get a booking when someone accesses their site on a mobile device than if they didn’t have a mobile website.

Mobile websites are no long just something nice to have, they’re now expected by your guests. And, as you can tell by its most recent update, Google now expects it too.

What Can I Do?

Well, the first thing you need to do is determine whether or not your website is mobile-friendly in Google’s eyes. And with their mobile friendly testing tool, Google’s made it extremely simple. All you need to do is enter in your URL and hit analyze. Google will let you know within seconds if your website is mobile friendly or not.

Click here to test you website >

The next step would be to implement a mobile website, if you haven’t already. LiveRez partners will have it easier than other managers. While many of our partners have already adopted mobile websites, we can help those that haven’t very quickly. Just give our professional services team a call at (800) 343-2891 Option 4.

If you’re not using LiveRez, your software or website provider might have a solution. Surprisingly, though, we’ve found that many don’t have a solution in place for their users. In that case, give us a call at (800) 343-2891 Option 1 and we’d be happy to talk with you about the benefits of our all-in-one solution. Our implementation team is the fastest and most thorough in the industry, and we can get you up and running in no time at all.

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LiveRez Workshops Attract Vacation Rental Managers from All over the Country

Workshop-0198Last week multiple LiveRez partners made the trip to Boise, ID for the first workshop of the year – some traveling from as far away as Michigan.

Over the course of two days, these managers received a complete docket of system training from basic reservations to accounting to CRM to marketing and much more.

In the afternoon hours, many received one-on-one training from LiveRez employees. Whether it was helping them understand the CRM system to aiding them in setting up their email marketing to one-on-one accounting assistance, the LiveRez team was ready and willing to help.

Every afternoon, the group was also treated to a sneak peak of upcoming LiveRez technology. Included in the demonstrations were innovations designed to simplify the reservation process and take property care and operations to a new level.

But the workshops weren’t all about learning. There was some fun to be had, as well.  On Wednesday and Thursday nights, partners were treated to dinner receptions, where they could get to know the LiveRez team better and network with fellow managers.

And when it was time to leave, the partners didn’t just return home with new ideas and a better understanding of the LiveRez system, they also brought home custom-made partner medallions.

While it was hard to see them go, we were thrilled to have so many amazing partners make the trip to Boise for our workshops. And, we look forward to seeing many more as we release the dates for upcoming workshops.

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Video: 5 Strategies to Thrive in a Niche Market

Last week, we had another amazing webinar with LiveRez Director of Sales and Marketing Tyler Hurst. In the webinar, Hurst discussed five niche marketing strategies that can help you quickly grow your business.

If you were unable to attend, don’t sweat. You can watch the entire webinar embedded below. And, don’t forget to like and share.

Also, don’t forget to register for one of our upcoming industry webinars. Once again, this year we’ll be offering a new addition to our vacation rental webinar series every month. You can find and register for our upcoming webinars (and watch recorded ones) at LiveRez.com/webinars.

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LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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Introducing Whiteboard Wednesday: Weekly Videos Packed with Tips and Tricks for Vacation Rental Managers

For the past few weeks here at LiveRez, we’ve been working on (and testing) a series of short videos packed with powerful marketing tips and tricks for vacation rental managers. Today, we want to highlight that new series on our blog.

Each week we’ll be bringing you a new short (think 3-5 minute) video loaded with tips, tricks and stats on certain aspects of vacation rental marketing. We’ll be posting these videos on our social media (Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter….and, of course, YouTube). So, make sure to tune into these channels every Wednesday for a new video.

Here are a few of the videos we’ve produced so far. Feel free to share these with all your friends in the industry!


Niche Marketing


Long-Tail SEO


Meta Tags


Calls to Action


Guest Reviews


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Judge Rejects HomeAway’s Challenge to San Francisco’s “Airbnb Law”

San FranciscoOn Wednesday a district court dismissed a suit by vacation rental listing website HomeAway seeking to stop new regulations on house rentals in San Francisco.

HomeAway argued that the law gave its San Francisco based competitor Airbnb an unfair advantage and discriminated against second home owners in the city.

To learn more about Wednesday’s ruling, check out the full story at Tnooz.com.

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LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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Video: 7 Elements of Stunning Property Listings

1PNGLast week, we had another amazing webinar with LiveRez Director of Sales and Marketing Tyler Hurst. In the webinar, Hurst discussed seven key elements of property listings that help you increase conversion and get more bookings.

If you were unable to attend, don’t sweat. You can watch the entire webinar embedded below. And, don’t forget to like and share.

Also, don’t forget to register for one of our upcoming industry webinars. Once again, this year we’ll be offering a new addition to our vacation rental webinar series every month. You can find and register for our upcoming webinars (and watch recorded ones) at LiveRez.com/webinars.

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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