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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SerenityAptsSerenityApts
3 days 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
3 days 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˜€

cameroncameron
5 days ago

Hey @everyone,

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

Victoria HastyVictoria Hasty
18 days ago

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

SmarthostsSmarthosts
16 days ago

Weclome Victoria!

amandamamandam
29 days ago

Hi all,

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

dannydanny
28 days ago

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

Robin MorrisRobin Morris
last month

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
last month

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 :)

vcd-andyvcd-andy
2 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
2 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
2 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
last month

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!

Jayne McCawJayne McCaw
2 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
2 months ago

Welcome!

dannydanny
2 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˜€.

Suzanne EvansSuzanne Evans
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

Yeah Sure Danny :)

dannydanny
3 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.

All About AirbnbAll About Airbnb
2 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
2 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‘

My Friends RoomMy Friends Room
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

Yes absolutely! Thanks

helen62helen62
2 months ago

Welome Clare!

LynneLynne
2 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
2 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
2 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!

Rod FittsRod Fitts
last month

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
last month

Welcome rod :)

BonnyBonny
3 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

Thank you so much Danny. Keep in touch!

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
2 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 ;)

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.

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