LiveRez Workshop Focuses on Bottom Line Growth, Brings in Partners and Industry Experts from Across the County

GroupPhotoMayWorkshopsLast week, LiveRez University held its most recent training workshop at its corporate headquarters in Eagle, ID.

The theme of this workshop was bottom line growth, with classes focusing on how to use the LiveRez system to get more bookings, add additional streams of revenue and increase your operational efficiency across the board.

The event saw managers come from as far away as Florida, North Georgia, Michigan and Colorado – many of whom had never had the opportunity to visit the beautiful state of Idaho.

In addition to many partners, the event also attracted many industry experts from across multiple sectors, including major booking portals, vacation rental marketing, payment processing, travel insurance, smart home automation and branded products. These special guests included:

In addition to classes designed for interactive learning, partners also were treated to presentations from many of these industry experts, as well as two sessions of roundtable discussions and exclusive sneak peeks of some of the exciting new technology LiveRez is developing.

Check out the gallery below to see pictures from the event.

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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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LiveRez Wins Boise Chamber’s Travel Industry Excellence Award

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz accepts the Boise Chamber's 2015 Travel Industry Excellence Award.

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz accepts the Boise Chamber’s 2015 Travel Industry Excellence Award.

Today LiveRez won the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce‘s 2015 Travel Industry Excellence Award.

This is the second year in a row the company has been a finalist for the award, which is given to a chamber member company that “has made significant contributions in enhancing Idaho’s travel industry through recreational opportunities, transportation, lodging options, tourism, or other means.”

Other finalists this year were AAA of Idaho and Enterprise Holdings (the parent of Enterprise and National rental car companies).

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz accepted the award and gave a rousing speech, explaining how the company has grown over the years and at one point calling LiveRez the “honey badger” of the vacation rental industry. You can watch his speech below.

Here are a few photos from the event.

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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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LiveRez to Hold 2015 Partner Conference in Sun Valley

The company’s second annual gathering of its property manager partners will run October 19-23 at the world renowned Sun Valley Lodge

EAGLE, Id. –– LiveRez.com – the most widely used cloud-based software platform for professional vacation rental managers – today announced that its second annual Partner Conference will run Oct. 19-23 at the world renowned Sun Valley Lodge in Sun Valley, Id.

Already known as one of the most iconic resorts in the country, the historic Sun Valley Lodge is currently undergoing a $51 million renovation that includes enlarging and upgrading guest rooms, updating the lobby, restaurant and other guest amenities, and building a new 20,000 square foot full-service spa.

“The Sun Valley Resort is the ultimate destination for a conference of this caliber,” said LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz. “Our mission is to make this annual event the premiere conference in the vacation rental industry.”

2015 LiveRez Partner Conference - Sun Valley, ID

The 2015 LiveRez Partner Conference will run Oct. 19-23 at the iconic Sun Valley Lodge in Sun Valley, Id.

The company’s inaugural Partner Conference in 2014, held in Boise, drew more than 220 LiveRez partners (software users) from across the United States and as far away as Australia. In a post-conference survey, these professional managers had nothing but positive comments about their experience:

  • 100 percent of respondents said the conference was as good or better than other industry conferences
  • 95 percent said they would attend again
  • 93 percent said they would recommend it to a colleague

One month after announcing the dates of the 2015 Partner Conference, registration is brisk and LiveRez expects the event to sell out.

“We are thrilled to see such a strong early interest in this year’s conference,” Lotz said. “With six months left before the conference, we expect the turnout to approach 500 attendees.”

The 2015 edition of the conference will feature a full docket of hands-on training sessions, keynote speakers, networking events and two days of specialized workshops for interactive learning. At the five-day event, attendees will also get a first look at the new technology LiveRez is developing.

The location of this year’s conference also marks a homecoming of sorts for the company, which was founded in nearby Hailey, Id.

Full conference details can be found at Conference.LiveRez.com. For more information on the 2015 LiveRez Partner Conference, please call (800) 343-2891 or email Conference@LiveRez.com.

About LiveRez.com
LiveRez.com is a complete, online, vacation rental property management solution, focused on making vacation rental property managers fully operational online and thereby increasing bookings. LiveRez.com offers an all-in-one cloud-based platform, featuring best-in-class websites optimized for online bookings, a full-featured reservation and property management system, a robust CRM system, an exclusive connection to QuickBooks for trust accounting, and a unique “Pay-for-Performance” approach, which provides a mutually beneficial partnership between LiveRez.com and its vacation rental manager partners. The company’s largest competitor is HomeAway Software for Professionals.

To learn more about LiveRez.com, please call 800-343-2891 or visit LiveRez.com. And, to receive timely updates from the company, follow LiveRez.com on Facebook, Twitter (@LiveRez) and Google+, or visit the company’s vacation rental software blog. LiveRez.com is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

Leadership Students from Boise High School Visit LiveRez, Learn About Careers in Technology

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LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz and LiveRez VP of Development Casey Riley speak to a group of leadership students from Boise High School.

This week a number of leadership students from Boise High School visited the LiveRez headquarters to learn more about careers in computer science and web technology.

The group of more than 25 students toured the LiveRez headquarters and learned how each department contributes to growing LiveRez and helping our property manager partners. After the tour, the LiveRez development team gave presentations on the different types of roles employees play on the web development and design teams. The group even got a sneak peek at some of the new technology LiveRez is working on.

This is the second group of local high school students to visit the LiveRez headquarters in the last month. In April, a computer class from Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School were treated to a similar tour and presentations.

Check out our slideshow of photos from their visit.

LiveRez Donates $5,000 to Fight Vacation Rental Regulations in San Diego

LiveRez's Brittany Funk speaks at a civic meeting in San Diego on the topic of vacation rental regulations.

LiveRez’s Brittany Funk speaks at a civic meeting in San Diego on the topic of vacation rental regulations.

LiveRez is all in with its partners, fighting for fair vacation rental regulations in San Diego. The company recently donated $5,000 to the San Diego Vacation Rental Managers Alliance to help protect its partners against proposed regulations.

Additionally, LiveRez’s own Brittany Funk has been active in the fight locally, attending all of the civic meetings where regulations have been discussed. LiveRez is committed to winning this fight and will continue to stand by its partners until these proposed regulations are struck down!

Short-term rentals have come under fire recently across the United States, but the battles in San Diego have been especially fierce. One such proposal would essentially outlaw short-term rental by limiting rental stays to more than 30 days. Another proposal being pitched would only allow home sharing, meaning that owners could only rent out homes that are their primary residences, many times just an extra bedroom. Either one of these proposals could put many professional management companies out of business.

You can learn more about these issues — and how you can help — at SDVRMA.org.

LiveRez's Brittany Funk (center - front row) sits alongside LiveRez partner Maurice Maio of King of the Beach, at a Pacific Beach  Planning Group meeting in March.  Many of LiveRez's partners in San Diego have been working tirelessly to oppose unfair rental regulations in the city.

LiveRez’s Brittany Funk (center – front row) sits alongside LiveRez partner Maurice Maio of King of the Beach at a Pacific Beach Planning Group meeting in March. LiveRez has been working hand-in-hand with its partners in San Diego to oppose unfair rental regulations in the city.

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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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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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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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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.

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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