Video: 10 Staples of SEO Every Vacation Rental Website Should Employ

This week we had another amazing webinar with special guests Sam Martin and Steve Blake of LiveRez’s SEO/SEM Team. The webinar was packed with valuable tips on not only SEO, but also general website optimization and online marketing. If you attended, you probably came away with a much better understanding of search engine optimization.

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LiveRez to Hold Inaugural Partner Conference in Boise

Scheduled for Sept. 8-10, the conference will offer hands-on system training, best practices and networking opportunities to the more than 800 companies using the LiveRez software   

Partner-Conference2EAGLE, Id. –– LiveRez.com, the industry leader in cloud-based software for professional vacation rental managers, will hold its inaugural LiveRez Partner Conference Sept. 8-10, 2014 at the newly renovated Owyhee Conference Center, a historic landmark set in the heart of downtown Boise, ID.

The conference will include hands-on training of the LiveRez software, workshops about vacation rental management and software best practices, broad networking opportunities, and a vast array of entertainment options to enjoy in the conference after hours.

Key among the topics discussed will be business strategies to help professional managers decrease their dependence on listing sites, like HomeAway, VRBO and others.

“This conference is all about helping our partners grow their businesses, their profitability and become more financially independent,” said Tracy Lotz, CEO of LiveRez.com. “One of the biggest concerns that managers have today centers both on their dependence on their listing sites for bookings and how their guest and owner data can be used.”

“During this year’s conference, we’ll unveil multiple tactics to help our property manager partners move away from listing sites, take control of their marketing efforts and become independently successful. And, our new iVacationRental.com initiative will be a big part of that effort.”

The conference is spearheaded by eLearning expert Doug Covey, a former Blueprint Education CEO who recently joined LiveRez as its Vice President of Partner Education.

“In planning this conference, our goal is to provide our property manager partners with actionable training and advice that they can immediately incorporate into their operations,” Covey said. “As a result, this conference will empower our partners to become more successful and at the same time allow us to learn more about how we can help them accomplish that.”

The three-day conference will feature a full docket of hands-on training classes, keynote speakers, networking events and the opportunity to tour the LiveRez headquarters and meet its staff. In the days before and after the conference, and during the evening hours, attendees will have the freedom to experience Idaho’s legendary outdoor recreational activities, as well as enjoy Boise’s vibrant downtown.

“As much as this conference is about business strategy, it’s also about relationships,” Lotz said. “And getting out and enjoying all that Idaho offers is a perfect opportunity for team building and strengthening relationships among our network of partners. We want attendees to know that they’re not just one-to-one business partners, but crucial members of the larger LiveRez family.”

Full conference details can be found at LiveRez.com/conference. For more information on the 2014 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).

Video: 5 Owner Acquisition & Retention Secrets to Multiply Your Inventory (with Steve Trover)

This week we had an amazing webinar with special guest Steve Trover (All Star Vacation Homes CEO, LiveRez Chief Strategy Officer, and former VRMA President). The webinar was packed with actionable tips on how to grow and maintain your inventory. If you attended, you probably came away with multiple ideas you could implement right away.

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LiveRez Hosts Two Educational Seminars in Hawaii

LiveRez's Brian Sevy talks about some of the new technology LiveRez is developing.

LiveRez’s Brian Sevy talks about some of the new technology LiveRez is developing.

LiveRez representatives are visiting Hawaii this week for their ongoing Summit Series. On Tuesday, the LiveRez crew visited Maui and today they’re in Kauai.

New technology, Hawaii specific trends and CRM tips are just some of the topics being addressed in Maui and Kauai.

On Tuesday, managers came from all over Maui to attend the event, which featured free hot breakfast and opportunities for learning and networking. The evening prior, LiveRez also held a dinner reception for area managers.

Last night, LiveRez held an evening reception in Kauai, and this morning they’re hosting a second Hawaii seminar in Kauai.

The events are part of LiveRez’s ongoing Summit Series, an initiative that has the company hosting educational seminars all over the United States to meet with its partners and other professional managers. Next month, LiveRez will continue the series with a breakfast seminar in Park City, UT.

Check out the slideshow below to see pictures from Tuesday’s seminar. We’ll add Kauai photos later this week.

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10 Reasons Why LiveRez Has the Best Support in the Vacation Rental Industry

tech_supportWhat good is having the best technology, if you don’t have the support and services to back it up? At LiveRez, we understand the value of world class support. Check out the list below to learn how we achieve it.

1. Partnership – The way LiveRez approaches its relationship with its users is fundamentally different than any of our competitors. At LiveRez, the professional property managers using our software and services are not our customers, they’re our partners. Other companies can talk about partnership, but at LiveRez we deliver it. It’s not lip service, either; it’s engrained in our DNA. And, it’s the basis of the financial and philosophical model that has driven our dramatic growth and propelled us to become the industry’s most-used software platform.

2. Dedicated Implementation Manager – When you make the switch to LiveRez, we assign you a designated implementation manager to guide you through the set-up and training process.

3. Support That Answers the Phone – With LiveRez, we understand that when you have questions or concerns, you don’t want to wait to talk with a live person. Our No. 1 goal is to answer your call the second you call in. And if for some reason you have to leave a message, you’ll get a call back right away.

4. LiveRez Training – LiveRez has regular live trainings on all aspects of the system. You’ll get the opportunity to get in-depth training on the system and get your questions answered live.

5. On-Demand Training – LiveRez has hours upon hours of recorded training videos that you can watch 24/7 online, whenever it’s most convenient for you.

6. Documentation – LiveRez has hundreds of pages of in-depth documentation that you can access online 24/7.

7. FAQ System – LiveRez has a vast knowledge base, with answers to hundreds of the most commonly asked questions about the system. With LiveRez, you can find answers to your questions quickly online, 24/7.

8. Emergency After Hours Support – Outside of normal business hours, LiveRez has around-the-clock emergency after hours support.

9. Free and Unlimited – LiveRez’s support services are free and unlimited. No quotas for support or training hours. No hidden costs. Just world class support from business partners that truly care about your business.

10. Ongoing Development – LiveRez has built and will continue to build its platform based on the needs and suggestions of its property manager partners. We are relentless in building technology that helps our partners succeed. And, who better to guide the direction of our development than the collective needs of our partners.

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LiveRez Announces Park City Vacation Rental Seminar

Park-City-Summit-LogoToday, LiveRez released dates and registration for its upcoming Summit Series seminar in Park City, UT.

The breakfast seminar will run from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22 in an incredible 8,000 square foot luxury estate in Park City, managed by our partners at Utopian Luxury Vacation Homes.

The seminar itself will feature time for networking and round table discussions, as well as presentations on:

  • Utah-Specific Industry Trends
  • Vacation Rental Best Practices
  • New LiveRez Technology
  • And much more!

The event is free and open to all vacation rental managers and their staff.

Park City LiveRez Summit

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Vacation Rental Technology Leaders LiveRez and PointCentral Introduce the Next Big Innovation in the Management of Vacation Rentals

The partnership will bring cellular-powered smart home control to the vacation rental industry’s most-used cloud-based software platform

PointCentral Keyless Entry

PointCentral provides managers with cellular-powered smart home control, which covers keyless entry, energy management and self-monitored security.

EAGLE, IDLiveRez.com, the leader in cloud-based software for professional vacation rental managers, has partnered with PointCentral to optimize and simplify the management of vacation rentals through the introduction of cellular-powered smart home control.

Just as LiveRez revolutionized the industry by bringing bookings online, this integration brings the property online, offering unprecedented levels of control and efficiency to the more than 800 property management companies using the LiveRez software.

The PointCentral technology will enable these managers to lock and unlock doors, control house and pool temperature, monitor security and much more – directly from their LiveRez software. The technology also will empower these managers to track the execution of their vacation rental operations in real time.

“Without a doubt, smart home control is the next big innovation in the vacation rental industry,” said LiveRez Founder and CEO Tracy Lotz, a 20-year veteran of the vacation rental industry. “Our partnership with PointCentral will position our partners at the forefront of this new revolution and give them a significant competitive advantage in their respective markets.”

The partnership makes LiveRez the first and only vacation rental software provider to integrate this level of smart home control directly into their system. PointCentral will continue to offer a reservation system interface for those organizations not using LiveRez, but its high-level vacation rental software integration will remain exclusive to LiveRez.

Cindy Murdoch of Seabrook Cottage Rentals was an early adopter of the PointCentral integration. She said the PointCentral technology is expected to have a significant impact on their bottom line.

“This integration will completely streamline our operations,” Murdoch said. “With LiveRez and PointCentral, I will know – to the second – when one of my houses is being cleaned or inspected and when my guests check in or check out. I could be on vacation a thousand miles away and unlock the front door for a guest. This technology is a real game changer.”

The enhanced real-time control and awareness offered by the PointCentral integration has the ability to fundamentally transform the way professional managers do business. Management companies adopting the PointCentral technology will reap a number of benefits that should directly affect their bottom line:

  • Dramatically improve operational efficiency
  • Significantly reduce travel expenses and energy costs
  • Enhance home security and reduce liabilities
  • Expand business intelligence and real-time awareness
  • Allow for faster growth and increased scalability
  • And, fundamentally improve the guest experience

Steve Trover – who plays a dual role as Chief Strategy Officer for LiveRez and CEO of All Star Vacation Homes – was an early proponent of the integration, being one of PointCentral’s first customers.

Trover, who manages more than 300 luxury homes across three states, said that the PointCentral technology has had a huge impact on his operations.

“This technology will completely change the vacation rental industry,” said Trover, a past president of the Vacation Rental Managers Association. “From the moment I first saw this technology, I knew we needed to integrate it into the LiveRez software.”

In the past 20 years, more and more of the vacation rental industry has been moved online. Lotz and Trover have been behind a number of these disruptive advances, from pioneering the online advertising of vacation rentals to empowering managers to take online bookings to putting their management software on the cloud.

PointCentral and its President Greg Burge have pioneered the industry’s only cellular-powered smart home control system.

Together, these companies are taking yet another aspect of the industry online.

Lotz said the fact that PointCentral is cellular powered made a big impact on his decision to integrate, as cellular connectivity ensures a level of reliability not provided by broadband / Wi-Fi offerings.

“There were other solutions in the marketplace, but none of them offered our partners a proven and reliable connection to the home,” Lotz said. “PointCentral’s cellular technology and unique offering led to our exclusive relationship.”

Burge, a pioneer in commercial home security and automation, is confident that introducing the PointCentral technology to LiveRez’s vast network of managers will speed the industry’s adoption of smart home control.

“In the vacation rental industry, mechanical keys will soon go the way of the horse and buggy,” Burge said. “Five years from now, vacation rental managers will look back and ask themselves: ‘Did we really do business that way?’”

To learn more about LiveRez’s integration with PointCentral, visit LiveRez.com/PointCentral.

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, 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).

About PointCentral

PointCentral is the vacation rental industry’s leading provider of cellular-powered smart home control solutions. The PointCentral technology takes vacation homes online by offering professional vacation rental managers unprecedented levels of control and tracking for door locks, energy management, pool and hot tub temperatures, home security and more. PointCentral and its parent company Alarm.com have 1.8 million cellular property gateways installed in homes across the US and Canada and have processed more than 8 billion transactions.

To learn more about PointCentral, call (877) 207-2891 or visit PointCentral.com.

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