Hey @everyone, if you haven't already, please introduce yourself!

I probably should have added this option earlier but better late than never!

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Andrei TerentyevAndrei Terentyev
20 days ago

Hi @everyone,

My name is Andrei, I work in travel tech. Ex-COO of Hotelscan.com. I run a web development company - I2M Development - focusing on online travel, specifically hotels and VRs industry.

Also, I enjoy being Airbnb host for many years, and teach swing dance as my hobby.

Based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

dannydanny
16 days ago

Welcome Andrei!

YourPorter.comYourPorter.com
2 months ago

My name is Erinc and I'm hosting on Airbnb since 2012. I have hosted 1500+ guests with 750 reviews until now.

After managing 11 listings in my hometown, started to develop a mobile tool Your Porter App for Airbnb hosts with multiple listings like me.

Syncing calendars, automating Airbnb/Email/SMS messages, coordinating teammates are some of the useful features of Your Porter App.

I like to learn new things about how tech can help us creating a better guest experience and what other hosts from all over the world offers amazing places to stay.

I like to travel with Airbnb as well and and attended 2 Airbnb Open in Paris and Los Angeles so far.

dannydanny
2 months ago

Hi Erinc,

Welcome! Great idea & beautiful app. How are you getting the booking information from Airbnb - do you have a partnership/connection with Airbnb? πŸ˜€

YourPorter.comYourPorter.com
2 months ago

Hosts can either sync their iCAL links with Your Porter App or give API access with their username and passwords.

For some features like automating Airbnb messages and viewing messaging history, Airbnb credentials are required, though.

We are not affiliated with Airbnb as Your Porter App.

davidjacobydavidjacoby
2 months ago

Hi @Danny and Everyone Else,

David Jacoby from Hostfully here. I'm an Airbnb Superhost in San Francisco for over 2 years in a row, and have spoken at the past two Airbnb Open conferences. I also have a "Pioneer Badge" on Couchsurfing.org and have used that extensively as both a host and guest.

I'm Co-founder and President of Hostfully, a platform to help hosts be better hosts, including making it easy to create beautiful digital (and print) guidebooks for your guests.

Looking forward to being a part of this community.

Hostfully Yours, David

dannydanny
7 months ago

My names @Danny.

I’ve worked in the vacation rental space for over two years, building technology to help owners and managers take control of their hospitality business. I'm a marketing guy at heart with some development experience.

I am also the founder of smarthosts.org πŸ€“

If you don't find me hanging around smarthosts.org, you can find me on chess.com.

Hi all,

I work in marketing/editing for Guest Hook, which offers pro copy and content for vacation rentals. Happy to join!

dannydanny
6 months ago

Welcome @amandam! I enjoyed Guest Hook's presentation at the VRWS. I read your content regularly & look forward to seeing it on Smarthosts!

DebiDebi
4 months ago

Hi everyone, I'm Debi. I own and manage 4 vacation rentals in Oregon (oregonshearwater.com) and am very active in our host community in Portland. Our podcast Hosting Your Home, stories of Airbnb hosts (http://hostingyourhome.com), can be heard from whatever podcast listening platform you use. It's been my pleasure to organize and administer our local monthly host meetups and provide a platform for host communications via meetup.com and Facebook. It has been an honor to initiate the very first H2H conference (host-to-host) in the Pacific Northwest, which will be announced very soon. I'm passionate about the sharing economy and how we can all help each other, in sharing our wisdom and experiences to build better communities, enhance connections and be ambassadors for our parts of the world.

dannydanny
4 months ago

Hi Debi, That's awesome... your podcasts and input are very welcome. I'm glad to see you're taking such an active role in sharing information. Keep it up!

My Friends RoomMy Friends Room
7 months ago

Hi I am Clare, Founder and CEO of MyFriendsRoom – a new platform where members can rent travel accommodation from their friends and friends of friends. www.myfriendsroom.com

dannydanny
7 months ago

Hey Clare, welcome to the community. Interesting concept, like a peer-to-peer but friend-to-friend platform. I hope the crowdfunding goes well πŸ˜€

My Friends RoomMy Friends Room
7 months ago

Yes absolutely! Thanks

helen62helen62
7 months ago

Welome Clare!

Tyann MarcinkTyann Marcink
4 months ago

Hi! I'm Tyann. :) Alanna just told me about this awesome forum, and I see so many other familiar industry friends here as well!

I have two properties in Branson, Missouri. You can see them at vacationhomeinbranson.com.

I am also a professional photographer with focus on vacation rentals. I have written two ebooks and created a video course on vacation rental photography to teach others how to do it, whether you are an owner, manager, or photographer who wants to create awesome photos of vacation rental properties. tyannmarcink.com.

You might have also come across my articles on vacation rental photography on leading industry sites like HomeAway, GuestHook, Lodgify, RentalsUnited, rented., and more.

I also have free tips on photography, video, marketing, and being an owner over at my blog.

And I create websites for property owners.

P.S. I have my passport and will travel to any of your beautiful properties to shoot them. ;)

LynneLynne
7 months ago

Lynne here, quite like this forum :)

I am a host who's been a very long time happy VRBO user. That is until Expedia bought it. For me, functionality of the site has been going downhill ever since. No worries though, I can easily adapt.

Just working on my own independent site. http://kelownavacationhouse.ca/home. This will give me an opportunity to work directly with my past and returning guests. Then I'll rely on all other channels to top up with new prospects every year. My goal is to book up to 90% on my own.

I'm also the owner/founder of http://vrsupplies.ca/ a fun, super easy to use, online store that bridges the gap between importers/manufacturers of commercial hotel grade products and VR property owners.

dannydanny
7 months ago

Howdy Lynne, thanks for joining. I love the look of your vrsupplies website. Plus you've got some really interesting blog posts which would be awesome for smarthosts!

jpoljpol
7 months ago

Welcome Lynne!

I'm glad to hear you're adapting. A 90% direct occupancy rate is a great goal to work toward - Let us know how it goes!

TripelliTripelli
4 months ago

Hi, I'm Stephen and I'm a vacation rental Home owner in Florida. I'm also one of the four founding members of link. Tripelli.com is a brand new listing site intended to right some of the injustices which have recently been heaped upon us by Expedia through their Homeaway/VRBO/Owners Direct brands. We're passionate about trying to do something about this situation, and to take action before our businesses are reduced to being nothing more than a memory.

It's also good to see that Smarthosts are a voice against the corporate takeover of the holiday/vacation rental market.

Rod FittsRod Fitts
6 months ago

Hi everyone I am Rod Fitts, President of the Association of Vacation rental Operators and Affiliates (AVROA). It’s great to be part of this group. The Internet changed everything for the VR Industry and what we are all experiencing right now is our market trying to catch up with technology. That is why discussion groups like this and trade associations like AVROA is so important. Thanks to everyone at Smarthosts for spending the time and money to support this forum:) rod

dannydanny
6 months ago

Welcome rod :)

Hello, my name is Robin Morris and I am the co-founder of Bookster which is a platform for vacation rental promotion websites, taking/organising bookings & payments.

We are based in Edinburgh, Scotland and have been on the go since 2007.

If you are in Edinburgh, we hold regular Meet ups in Edinburgh with holiday rental professionals so come and have a chat!

dannydanny
6 months ago

Welcome Robin! Meet ups, what a great idea and Edinburgh's a lovely place.

Plus it's always nice to see more software helping owners take direct bookings.

I look forward to your contributions :)

mike3770mike3770
4 months ago

Hello Everyone, I am Mike. I reside in Denver, CO but have (2) VR's in Scottsdale, AZ and looking to expand this portfolio. I recently sold my IT services business of 25 years and this is my next chapter. I've launched a website http://www.thejetsethost.com with the goal of creating a shared platform for VR owners in Arizona that are top notch and serious about growing their own independent businesses. I look forward to reading everyone's posts and contributions. My strengths are in financial modeling and technology, but lacking in the marketing arena (probably a generational thing) so I'm looking for marketing help/direction and happy to share any insight so feel free to fire me comments and questions. Cheers!

BonnyBonny
7 months ago

Hi All, This is Bonny Chacko from Kochi, India. I started working with the global vacation rental industry from the last quarter of 2013. I really came to know about the VR industry since I started working with a technology company in the VR space. I have been exploring this industry since then and got obsessed with it :) About Nibodha, It's an IT services company focusing on technology development exclusively for the vacation rental companies/Property Managers/Owners. Being in this industry for a while, I think am too late to register in the SmartHost Platform. Very happy to be with all of the industry experts here. I expect to build new connections and to get informed about the industry updates as well. If you would like to get connected or would like to discuss anything on the technology side of the vacation rental industry. Please reach out to me on LinkedIn or sent a mail to [email protected]

Cheers! Bonny Chacko

al.AvaiBookal.AvaiBook
7 months ago

Hi everyone, my name is Alberto, marketing manager in http://www.avaibook.com/en/

We are a Vacation rental Software which links property managers with travellers.

We are a group of people crazy about the vacation rental industry.

Can't wait to contribute here with our knowledge about it. You can connect with us here: https://twitter.com/avaibook_europe

Best regards!

dannydanny
7 months ago

Welcome Alberto! Awesome, I've followed you on twitter πŸ˜‰. I'm excited to read your posts & comments! Let me know if you need anything.

al.AvaiBookal.AvaiBook
7 months ago

Thank you so much Danny. Keep in touch!

Hi Danny and Community,

I have two vacation rentals. One of my rentals is in Lake Tahoe, California (but I recently transitioned to a long term rental) and the other one is in Kauai, Hawaii.

I am a committed and dedicated hostess and I found that I was so fond of the business that I started a small business The Distinguished Guest, where I help owners stock their rental with commercial linens, amenities and more. I also share my own experiences as a vacation rental owner and hostess on my distinguished guest blog.

Kauai Vacation Rental Website - http://princevillevacationrental.com The Distinguished Guest Website - https://www.thedistinguishedguest.com

Thanks for having me in the group Danny!

Alanna

dannydanny
5 months ago

You're welcome! I prefer not to think of this community as mine! I only built the infrastructure - It belongs to anyone who contributes!

Love the blog & look forward to your posts!

Hello all !

I'm Romain Giacalone, live in south of France, in Provence. I'm life, sun, beach and wine lover.

Like @Danny I'm a marketing guy, with SEO background, I was Head of SEO at RueDuCommerce, a french leading e-commerce company for 6 years, initiating SEO and Social Media strategy for the company.

Since 2013, I'm freelance consultant and launched my company Docteur Folimage, for marketing and digital tourism consultancy. I worked for great companies like Airbnb, Tourism Authority of Thailand, French District, Toocamp (Webedia)

Since april 2016 I joined BookingSync as Marketing and User Happiness Strategist, working on many subjects as social media, UX, product improvements.

I'm also Airbnb Superhost since almost 5 years, nominated Airbnb France Top Host in 2014 , invited at Airbnb Open San Francisco and on stage at Superhost Panel at Airbnb Open Paris last year.

This year I published a book Les conseils d'un Top Host Airbnb pour mieux louer you can download a free excerpt (in french only) on LivreAirbnb.com

I'm passionate about Hospitality and guest experience, this year I also launched a Property Management service in Aix en Provence's area.

Happy to join you and share tips & thoughts with you

Romain

dannydanny
7 months ago

Welcome Romain! Gosh, you've done it all! Your experience will be really useful around here, thanks for being involved πŸ’ͺ🏾

Thanks ;)

Aaron RansomAaron Ransom
3 months ago

Hey everyone! Reading through the site so far, I'm glad to have found you guys. πŸ˜„

I've been renting my cabin for the past 3 years now. I'm always learning what to and what not to do with every guest and try to make the next stay better. By the looks of it, I'm in the same mindset as some other hosts when it comes to having our properties treated more like hotels than homes with the big guys.

While I love the bookings I get from places like Airbnb and Homeaway, I think the shift toward less control hasn't been right for us as owners so I started my own rental site. While I'd love for everyone here to list their property, more than that, feedback would be amazing. If anyone has a few minutes, you can create an account and use the code FIRST100 to get 6 months free (and cancel if you're just giving feedback). Site is VacayHere.

And, with a background in web and marketing, I'm looking forward to contributing in any way possible here. Happy 2017!

Great idea.

My name is Jan and I've been renting holiday apartments and rooms since more than 5 years, using a variety of sites such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Booking, Roomorama and many more. I'm a dedicated host always trying to do my best to make my guests feel as comfortable as possible. I'm also a professional SEO expert, online marketer and web analyst.

I love to connect and share tips and experiences with other dedicated hosts and vacation rental owners and I have a blog where I'm sharing my own experiences from hosting, the Airbnb tips blog: http://the-airbnb-tips-blog.webnode.com

Connect with me on twitter: https://twitter.com/jan_jord

The smarthosts.org site looks like a great concept and I'm exited to see the further development and progress of this website.

SerenityAptsSerenityApts
5 months ago

Hey @everyone, I'm Michael.

I've been in STR since 2001, Initially in Cardiff, UK...as a software company and booking engine, covering VR and Serviced Apartments globally.

In 2004 I moved into being an owner / host / Operator of STR properties. After reaching 200 properties across London, Bristol and Cardiff in 2008, I sold that business and the portfolio.

I took a career break for a few years, until deciding to set up again as an owner / host. However, this time in Orange County, California, where I have been since 2013. I currently have a small portfolio of STR properties and love living near the beach!!

It's truly remarkable how this industry has changed and evolved over the last 16 years....I very much look forward to being part of this group and see how things change over the next 16 years.

I can be found at: https://twitter.com/SerenityStays

dannydanny
5 months ago

Hey Michael, welcome!

Thanks for the introduction and what a journey to owning a small portfolio in California! I've only been in the industry for a few years and it's already changed so much! I built this website because it's more important than ever to learn and share ideas.

We become better when we work together.

I look forward to your contributions πŸ˜€

vcd-andyvcd-andy
7 months ago

Hi, I'm Andy. My wife and I run our accessible holiday villa in the Eastern Mediterranean on the island of Cyprus. Our customers are the focus of what we do. We monitor the changes in the vacation rental industry and are continually adapting our business model to ensure we can be found by those who want a great accessible vacation experience on the island of Aphrodite. We can be found at https://www.villacarpediem.co.uk Connect with us on twitter: https://twitter.com/villacarpediem Thanks for creating this welcoming space @Danny Best, Andy

dannydanny
7 months ago

Welcome @vcd-andy, it's great to have you on board! It's awesome your holiday villa is completely accessible... It's something you don't see often and a great focus.. from a marketing perspective too!

I look forward to reading your future posts & comments πŸ˜€

Nigel GoodwinNigel Goodwin
6 months ago

Hi,

I am Nigel, owner of four holiday properties in Newquay. Recently released a new listing site ownerholidays.com, which is collaborative and cooperative. Member of LayMyHat for many years, I have only just come across this site.

p.s. I am trying to find a bit about this forum, but struggling. How long has it been going, which geographic area is covered (mainly USA owners?). Who is it aimed at? What are the rules of the site? I am a member of LayMyHat, which is a similar forum but mainly for UK owners.

dannydanny
6 months ago

Hey Nigel, welcome to the community! ownerholidays.com is a good idea - one that's getting more popular by the day.

I built Smarthosts.org off the back of a popular newsletter we run called "VR Weekly". It's about 3-4 months old now and doesn't have a big search engine presence yet.

I used to curate content each week for our subscribers - now Smarthosts is live, the community curates the best content throughout the week.

Smarthosts is aimed at savvy hosts/managers & content providers.

Last months demographics were as follows:

I look forward to your contributions!

GuestbookGuestbook
5 months ago

Hi I am Brian property manager in the Orlando, Fl market since 2008, I am also the founder of MyGuestbook.com a platform which brings a 5* hotel concierge system to the vacation rental industry. I am passionate about improving our manager and hosts day to day running of their vacation homes but more importantly I am driven to improve the Guest Experience in the Vacation home industry. Our platform is free for managers and owners to use and gives guests access to everything they need about where they are staying, the ability to communicate easily with their manager and access to a trip planning tool which they can use to plan their entire trip with family and friends traveling with them. Guests have over 150,000 activities, attractions and Golf to purchase from world wide and the list is growing.

I look forward contributing and hearing from fellow managers and owners on Smarhost.org and seeing how we can help improve our industry.

dannydanny
5 months ago

Hi Brian, welcome to Smarthosts!

Love the idea behind Guestbook, from watching the video, it looks like a cross between Pinterest boards, Trello & Airbnb Trips!

I'd be interested to see how it involves as you move into new locations.

I look forward to your posts!

Jayne McCawJayne McCaw
7 months ago

Hi I am Jayne.

I started renting my cottage in Muskoka, Canada in 2012 and realized that this could be a viable business of renting out luxury cottages in the region.

Enjoy travelling and meeting people and being very entrepreneurial I thought I could market a brand that met the luxury traveller's needs in Muskoka. Now 2 years later I have over 100 luxury cottages and also a full range of concierge services, such a boat rentals, private chefs and massage therapists.

http://www.jaynescottages.com

My background is marketing and sales (brand management at Kraft for7 years) as well as software sales (15 years in technology sales).

The industry has taken a monumental shift since I started this business and we all need to be proactive and aware of the shifting tides. I rely on this group for help in navigating these waters and learning from the experts in this group.

helen62helen62
7 months ago

Welcome!

dannydanny
7 months ago

Hey Jayne, welcome! I'm glad Smarthosts has been helpful in navigating these fresh waters. You've achieved a lot in just 2 years! I look forward to your future posts and insights πŸ˜€.

Victoria HastyVictoria Hasty
5 months ago

Victoria, owner of log homes in the Smoky Mountains Tennessee www.smoky-mountains-cabin.com

SmarthostsSmarthosts
5 months ago

Weclome Victoria!

Suzanne EvansSuzanne Evans
7 months ago

Hello everyone out there, My name is Suzanne Evans, Tourism Consultant Manager/Marketing Manager working for http://www.vacationcluster.com/, a website which connects property managers and home owners with travelers who seek space, value and amenities of vacation rental homes as an alternative to hotels.

Yesterday I came across this website and I am just amazed to see such awesome website for vacation rental industry. Great platform to learn new things from everyone over here. Thanks.

dannydanny
7 months ago

Hey Suzanne, welcome to the forum! I'm glad you like the website, it's still super new so if you have any feature requests, feedback or anything else you'd like, please let us know πŸ‘πŸ½

Suzanne EvansSuzanne Evans
7 months ago

Yeah Sure Danny :)

All About AirbnbAll About Airbnb
7 months ago

Hey, Matteo here (https://twitter.com/sliver86).

I am a long time guest and host, and as a side project I run http://all-about-airbnb.com, where I share news, insights & analyses about Airbnb (that usually haven't been announced elsewhere).

If you have any interesting tips, send them over at [email protected] :)

dannydanny
7 months ago

Nice to e-meet you Matteo, welcome to Smarthosts! Love your website, just seen an intro email as I'm typing... will reply πŸ‘

cameroncameron
5 months ago

Hey @everyone,

My names Cameron and I own 2 holiday homes in South Africa.

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