LiveRez Partner Conference Preview: QuickBooks Integration Training

Education---QuickBooks-ConferenceThe 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference runs Sept. 7-12 in Boise, ID. Like many conferences, education is a key proponent.  And, to highlight the educational opportunities available at this year’s conference we’ll be running a series of blog posts highlighting different sessions and workshops.

Today, we’ll focus on educational opportunities related to accounting in LiveRez, which is driven through LiveRez’s integration with QuickBooks. The opportunities listed below are focused primarily on accountants and bookkeepers attending this year’s conference.

Educational Session: The QuickBooks Connector Crash Course – A Simple Guide to Making QuickBooks Work for You

Presenters: Rich Cook and Stephanie Rodriguez

LiveRez QuickBooks experts Rich Cook and Stephanie Rodriguez will provide a comprehensive overview of the LiveRez QuickBooks Connector. The presentation will cover an overview on initial set up, best practices for using the QuickBooks Connector on a daily basis, troubleshooting common issues and more. If you struggle at all with your accounting, this session is a can’t-miss event. Don’t forget to bring your accountant.

Educational Session: Easy Owner Statements – See Why That’s Not an Oxymoron at LiveRez

Presenters: Tyler Hurst and Tina Upson

Find out how to simplify your monthly routine of creating and publishing owner statements. Learn how to quickly and easily create your owner statements. We’ll cover the basics of creating an owner statement, adding recurring and one-time charges, including work order expenses, publishing statements and notifying your owners. We’ll also go into more advanced material like mark-ups, rental rate deduction, owner reserves and more. This is a great starter course for bookkeepers who plan on attending our QuickBooks training session on Day 2.

Workshops

In addition to the educational sessions focused on owner statements and accounting, LiveRez is also hosting workshops from Wednesday, Sept. 10 through Friday, Sept. 12. These workshops will provide partners with personalized training on the topics that matter most to them. QuickBooks and Owner Statements are already some of the more popular topics being requested by partners that have registered for these workshops. LiveRez partners attending the conference can schedule one or more workshops by emailing [email protected].

More Information / Registration

For more information on the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference, check our conference page at LiveRez.com/Conference. And, don’t forget to stay tuned for more blog posts previewing the conference.

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4 Ways LiveRez Makes Tax Season Less Painful

If you just finished your taxes for the year, we don’t have to tell you how painful it was. Vacation rental accounting in general can be a huge challenge for many businesses. And, tax season only increases the levels of stress and anxiety in most accounting departments.

The good news is that LiveRez can help mitigate a lot of these issues for vacation rental managers. Check out our list below to learn more about how we can relieve some of the pain of tax season.

1. QuickBooks Integration – LiveRez’s integration with QuickBooks makes it easy to quickly and accurately transfer your accounting data from your LiveRez software to QuickBooks. After an initial mapping process, you can just start up QuickBooks and turn on the QuickBooks Connector. Your data will flow seamlessly from your reservation system to the right spots in QuickBooks.

  • Significantly reduce manual labor
  • Eliminate double data entry
  • No complicated import/export process

2. Trust Accounting + Operations Accounting – Now that your data is in QuickBooks, you can use QuickBooks for both your trust accounting and your operations accounting. No longer will you need to enter data into two different pieces of accounting software. No longer will you need to pull reports from two different places.

3. Creating 1099s from QuickBooks – Now that your accounting data has been moved into QuickBooks, producing 1099s for your owners just got simplified. Whether you’re reporting gross income or net income, QuickBooks can save you time and effort. In fact, the 1099 Wizard in the newer versions of QuickBooks Pro can help you print and/or e-file both your owners’ 1099 forms and your 1096 form in as quickly as just minutes.

4. Easy Reporting – Both LiveRez and QuickBooks have tons of great reports on accounting. You’ll be able to get the important data you need in just seconds.

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LiveRez is the fastest growing vacation rental software provider for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation management, trust accounting and online marketing, with high-ranking, high-conversion dynamic websites and an extensive affiliate marketing program. The company is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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7 Reasons to Upgrade to LiveRez in 2014

2014Thinking about upgrading your vacation rental software in 2014? Here are seven quick reasons why LiveRez should be on your shopping list.

Partnership – LiveRez is unlike any other software provider in the industry, in that it views its relationship with the professional managers using its software not as a client/vendor relationship but as a true partnership. And, it backs this up by hinging its financial success on the success of its partners (it’s built into the pricing model).  Not only that, LiveRez doesn’t charge you more for the things you need to grow your business. That’s why LiveRez gives its partners free and unlimited technical support, free and unlimited property listings, free and unlimited owner logins, and free and unlimited admin users.

Reputation – Having partnered with more than 750 professional vacation rental management companies over the past six years, LiveRez is the most used cloud-based software platform for professional vacation rental managers. Additionally, LiveRez Founder/CEO Tracy Lotz has more than 20 years of experience in the online vacation rental industry, as one of the very first people to create a successful website where managers could advertise their properties online and as one of the first people to enable professional managers to take real-time online bookings. Simply put, LiveRez has the experience, the resources and the track record to help you grow your business, and it’s led by one of the true pioneers of the online vacation rental industry.

Cloud Based – If you’re not already on the cloud, 2014 is the year to make the switch. Cloud computing gives your business 24/7 access to your software online. Your employees can log on virtually anywhere, from any computer and from most mobile devices. They can access your software on virtually any web browser, and the system works on both Macs and PCs. There’s no servers to manage, no networks to maintain, no updates to install. Switching to the cloud can instantly improve the efficiency of your business.

Websites – LiveRez websites are the perfect combination of form and function. They look gorgeous, but, more importantly, they help you get more bookings. LiveRez believes that when you make it easier for a traveler to find your website and search for and book a property, you’ll get more bookings. Not only that, but vacation property owners looking for a management company will notice this, too. And, once you show them our online owner portals, they’ll be begging you to manage their properties.

CRM System – Want to communicate better across the board? Get guests all the information they need right when they need it. Keep your owners informed. And, follow-up with leads faster than ever. That’s what the LiveRez CRM system helps you do. All that, while dramatically reducing your workload through advanced automation technology.

QuickBooks – So many vacation rental managers around the world prefer to use QuickBooks. The problem is that to use QuickBooks they have to get tons of data from their software and move it into QuickBooks. And, most software systems on the market today provide little to no help in the process. LiveRez’s QuickBooks Connector offers a real-time integration with QuickBooks, allowing you to get all of your data to the right spots in QuickBooks, without the hassle of exporting/importing files or doing a bunch of manual entry.

Improving the Vacation Rental Experience – Upgrading to LiveRez will not just help you, but it will help your guests, your owners and your staff. You’ll give your guests the fastest and easiest way to book online. You’ll communicate better with your guests and owners. You’ll give your owners a complete self-service portal online (think that will make them happy?). And, you’ll make life easier on your employees, empowering them to be more effective in doing their jobs and serving your guests and owners.  And, all this will have a big impact on your bottom line.

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Another Benefit of the LiveRez QuickBooks Integration: 1099s

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The LiveRez QuickBooks Connector can connect the LiveRez vacation rental software to your version of QuickBooks.

LiveRez offers a real-time integration with QuickBooks for vacation rental accounting. And, heading into tax season this integration comes in especially handy for our professional property manager partners.

While our QuickBooks integration is a huge help when it comes to taxes in general, it’s also very useful at the beginning of the year when managers are preparing year-end statements and producing 1099s for their owners.

Whether you’re reporting gross income or net income, QuickBooks can save you time and effort. In fact, the 1099 Wizard in the newer versions of QuickBooks Pro can help you print and/or e-file both your owners’ 1099 forms and your 1096 form in as quickly as just minutes.

If you’d like more information on LiveRez and how our QuickBooks integration can simplify your vacation rental accounting, call us today at (800) 343-2891.

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LiveRez is the fastest growing vacation rental software provider for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation management, trust accounting and online marketing, with high-ranking, high-conversion dynamic websites and an extensive affiliate marketing program. The company is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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Top 5 Reasons to Use the LiveRez QuickBooks Connector

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The LiveRez QuickBooks Connector can connect the LiveRez vacation rental software to your version of QuickBooks.

LiveRez offers an exclusive real-time integration with QuickBooks, called the LiveRez QuickBooks Connector. This part of the LiveRez platform allows professional vacation rental managers to connect the information in their LiveRez vacation rental software to their copy of QuickBooks.

Here are the top 5 reasons why this functionality is so important to LiveRez partners:

1. The Popularity of QuickBooks – With 3.7 millions users worldwide, QuickBooks is the most popular accounting software. According to Intuit, QuickBooks has a 95% share of the Business Accounting Category. A 2010 VRMA survey showed that QuickBooks is the most popular accounting software among vacation rental managers, being 8 times more popular than the next system. And, with the popularity of QuickBooks, more accountants and bookkeepers are familiar with it than any other system.

2. Real Time Connection – The LiveRez QuickBooks Connector offers a real-time connection between the LiveRez vacation rental software and QuickBooks. In fact, you can set up the QuickBooks sync to access your LiveRez system as frequently as once a minute. Other vacation rental software companies will advertise a QuickBooks integration, but many times that means they can provide you with a file format (like a CSV file) that can be uploaded to QuickBooks. With the LiveRez QuickBooks Connector, there is no manual downloading or uploading of files.

3. Trust Accounting + Operations Accounting – This real-time connection to QuickBooks allows managers to easily house both their trust accounting (owner accounting) and their operations accounting (business accounting) in one software system.

4. Reduce Double Entry – Because the QuickBooks Connector offers a real-time connection and has the ability to handle both your trust accounting and operations accounting, managers can avoid double entry. This means they don’t have to enter information into two accounting systems, rather than just one.

5. Accuracy – A real-time connection significantly reduces additional work like double entry, downloading and uploading files, copying and pasting information, and manual entry of accounting info. All these processes bring human error into play, which can affect the accuracy of your books.

To learn more about the LiveRez QuickBooks Connector, please visit LiveRez.com/quickbooks or call (800) 343-2891.

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Blogging for Keywords: A Quick Way for Vacation Rental Managers to Rank High for Long-Tail Search Terms

Many vacation rental managers think they need to rank high for major search terms for it to have a significant impact on their businesses. But, with the high traffic brought in by major search terms also comes high competition.  While ranking high for major search terms is doable, it takes a lot of work.

An easier, alternative strategy is to focus on long-tail search terms. For those that don’t know, long-tail search terms are generally longer and more specific queries that generally get less traffic. However, these search terms also have less competition and are easier to rank for.

It may take ranking on page 1 for 10 long-tail search terms to get as much traffic as ranking on page 1 for one major search term, but sometimes it’s easier (and faster) to rank for the long-tail terms. And, because you’re ranking for a more specific query, your chances for converting that traffic (getting a booking) are much higher.

But how do you rank for these long-tail terms?

One quick way to is publish blog posts targeting the long-tail terms. Writing a blog generally involves far less effort than creating a new landing page on your website, and blogging platforms like WordPress.com are generally SEO friendly.

In the rest of this blog, we’ll lay out a quick guide for how to do this step by step.

Step 1: Identify Your Long-Tail Terms

A great tool to identify long-tail terms is the Google Keyword tool. It will let you enter a general search term, and then give you suggestions for related search terms, with estimates of how much traffic those terms get (giving you an idea of how stiff the competition is for them). Here’s an example:

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Step 2: Research Your Terms

Now that you have an idea of some terms you might want to rank for, head over to Google and see what your competition is like. A quick search for the long-tail term “pet friendly vacation rentals Oregon coast” shows that only the top four listings in the organic results are really geared completely to this search term. The remaining results just mention the word “pet friendly” somewhere on a page about Oregon coast rentals.

Scanning the competition here, it looks like there might be an opportunity for someone else to compete for this result with a blog or landing page geared to this specific term.

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Step 3: Write the Blog

Now that you have a term you’d like to target, it’s time to blog about it. You’re No. 1 purpose any time you write a blog should be to provide valuable content that will help your readers. So, keep that at the forefront of your mind when writing. Try to put yourself in the searcher’s shoes. What will they want to know?

You’ll also want to position your keywords in the right places.

  • Make sure your keywords are in your headline. The headline will likely show up as the H1 heading on your page, and blogging platforms like WordPress.com will also include those words in the URL structure.
  • Make sure your keywords are in the text of the blog, but don’t over-stuff your copy with them (just write naturally).
  • Make sure your keywords are in your photo captions and in your alt tags.
  • Make sure you use the keyword in your tags (and even potentially in your categories).

Step 4: Don’t Forget a Call to Action

The whole purpose of getting people to this blog is to convert them into guests. In order to do that, you’ll need to provide them with an avenue to make a booking. So, make sure you have links from this blog pointing back to your website. Using the example above, make sure that some of these links are links to pet friendly homes within your inventory. Also include a phone number or email address, as that may be a preferred method of contact for some guests.

Step 5: Promote Your Post

Make sure you share your post on your social media channels and link back to it any time you get a chance. Social signals are beginning to affect search results and the more links you have pointing back to your article, the more likely Google and other search engines will find it important.

Step 6: Rinse and Repeat

In certain circumstances, you may want to write multiple blogs targeting the long-tail term to really showcase your expertise. In fact, doing this you may even be able to rank multiple times on the front page.

Check out how LiveRez has used this strategy for one of its targeted long-tail terms (vacation rental software QuickBooks). You’ll notice that the top 4 organic search terms are all content from LiveRez, and three of them are from the LiveRez blog. That’s not bad for a non-branded search term.

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Don’t get discouraged if you don’t rank on the first page right away. Creating content is like planting seeds. What you create and post will have a long life online. And, as more people come across it, it’ll get more traffic, more links to it and higher placements in search rankings. Do it right, and you’ll be reaping the fruits of your labor for years to come!

If you’re interested in learning more about LiveRez, check us out at LiveRez.com. We also offer our partners a professional SEO program for vacation rentals, which helps them further optimize the industry’s most SEO-friendly websites.

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LiveRez is the fastest growing vacation rental software provider for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation management, trust accounting and online marketing, with high-ranking, high-conversion dynamic websites and an extensive affiliate marketing program. The company is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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How LiveRez Saves You Time on Owner Statements

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Vacation rental managers can save valuable time each month on their owner statements by using LiveRez.

Owner statements are a vital part of your property management business, but – especially if you manage a lot of properties – putting them all together at the first of the month can be a huge time suck.

But, if you’ve chosen LiveRez as your vacation rental software, this doesn’t have to be the case. LiveRez has instituted a number of time-saving features to take the hassle out of owner statements.

  • With LiveRez, all of your properties are attached to one or more owners, and the commission splits are automatically figured.
  • All your reservations rates, your taxes, your fees and other pertinent information from your reservations are automatically carried over to your respective owners.
  • Any maintenance tasks or recurring costs logged in the work order system are also carried over.
  • We also give you the option of handling your owner statements in bulk:
    • You can process your owner statements in bulk
    • You can bulk publish your owner statements to their respective owners’ online owner portals
    • You can send notification emails to all of your owners, letting them know their statements are ready to view online
    • And, you can send all of your owner statement information to QuickBooks through our real-time integration.

So, if you’re grueling over your owner statements at the beginning of next month, don’t get mad. Get LiveRez.

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LiveRez is the fastest growing vacation rental software provider for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation management, trust accounting and online marketing, with high-ranking, high-conversion dynamic websites and an extensive affiliate marketing program. The company is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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