#STRShareSunday: Lucky Bend Lookout

strsharesunday Apr 18, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Lucky Bend Lookout.

Shoutout to Sarah! No, not our Sarah. This is a different Sarah! She's been hosting since 2013 and here's what we LOVE about what she's doing with her space.

When you go to her direct booking site, she has a chat capability on the site. Her face pops up and you can chat with her, so if you have a question, it's SO easy to ask it! She also has a popup on her website that asks if you've gotten your free gift yet. What's her free gift? It's a free map with 20 of the best Sonoma County wineries for families!

Sarah and her family are Sonoma area bloggers, and their blog is specifically catered to families. What a great way to tie her property to her blog and giving free value to her guests before they even book.

We can tell immediately that Sarah puts her guests first and that anyone she hosts will have an amazing stay there! Well done Sarah!

Lucky Bend Lookout on Instagram

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159. Back to Basics: Fire Alarm 101 with Justin Ford

Uncategorized Apr 14, 2022

It’s been far too long since Justin Ford has been on the show, but don’t worry, he’s going to make up for it. He’s been steeped in the short-term rental industry since his last appearance, and he’s going to share with us all of the trends and themes he’s noticed when it comes to safety. One issue in particular that he keeps seeing is that people still don’t have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes, and there’s no excuse for that. In this episode, he shares why fire alarms and CO detectors are so important and what you need to know about them to keep your guests safe.



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#STRShareSunday: Carolina Wildwood

strsharesunday Apr 11, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Carolina Wildwood!

Who's up for an adventure?

The first thing we love is that their link in bio is their website. We believe that digital real estate can not only coincide with your physical real estate, but enhance it. We highly highly highly recommend a branded website for your space!

This space is in the wilderness and they've really catered to the outdoorsy folk that may want to book with them. They have a bike rack for their guests to store their bikes. Also, you know we just *love* hooks all over a STR, but get this, they take it a step further by hanging backpacks on them for their guests to utilize when they go on a hike! They also have a special shelf called their "Adventure Wall" which has all the local trail maps where their guests can hike in the area.

Thematically, they are really catering to guests who want to come and enjoy the great outdoors and have designed some simple but meaningful touches to really...

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158. Building Successful Digital Marketing Campaigns with Emily Miethner

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2022

Emily Miethner, like many of you, is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on social media, community building, and digital marketing. She’s an award-winning speaker and adjunct professor with over 12 years of experience delivering engaging talks both online and off.

Not only does she specialize in social media, but she’s decoded how it works with short-term rentals as well. In 2021, she opened her first rental property, Kin House, and launched a Catskills / Hudson Valley brand, Getaway Upstate. She’s also the co-founder of Travel Cat, a global seven-figure e-commerce brand.

We talk about how to get started with digital marketing, the best platforms to be on, the campaigns Emily used to see results, and turning one-time guests into repeat customers.




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#STRShareSunday: The Trendy Tudor

strsharesunday Apr 04, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing The Trendy Tudor!

This Oklahoma City rental just opened up recently and the have the most beautiful design and aesthetic. Seriously... we want to come chill here!

But there's something that they did that we really love. As hosts, we want you to know how much impact you can have, not just on your guests, but in your local community. As they opened, they did a series of giveaways: they gave away gift cards to local businesses close to the home. What a great way to introduce yourself to those businesses and to the neighborhood, and to give back before you even really get started.

How do YOU give back to your community?

The Trendy Tudor on Instagram

The Trendy Tudor on AirBnB

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

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157. Learn How Your STR Can Make Dreams Come True with Kisa Heyer

Uncategorized Mar 31, 2022

Do you realize how important you are to your guests, to your community, to your family – and to people you don’t even know? Kisa Heyer, CEO of The Dream Foundation, joins us to talk about the organization's special relationship with Airbnb hosts across the country. In-kind donations and discounts of homes allows the organization to send its Dream Recipients on end-of-life trips where they can spend meaningful time with loved ones.

We talk about the very important role business owners and hosts can play in making dreams come true and how you can take part in the magic.


#STRShareSunday: @thetrendytudor

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#STRShareSunday: A-Frame Lake Ozark

strsharesunday Mar 27, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing A-Frame Lake Ozark!

If you can guess by the name, this is a gorgeous little A-frame located in the Ozarks.

Here are a couple things we want to highlight about this property:

1. They went SUPER bold with the yellow door which creates a huge contrast to the dark exterior. This makes it really easy for guests to find, and the check-in experience can be really nerve wracking for guests. If you can help ease that in any way for your guests, do it!

2. We don't see this too often: they have a "drop zone" in the house and a secondary refrigerator, which is *super* convenient for a lake house that can sleep up to 8 people. This is something you may not initially think of! Some beach houses have this too. A lot of guests check in early and have their groceries with them, so having a space for guests to put their fresh groceries so they can enjoy the beach or the lake is such a great idea.

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156. Scaling Your Business with Investor Capital with Jeff Brown

Uncategorized Mar 24, 2022

We’re piggybacking off of a previous show, Episode 62. Creating an Unforgettable Airbnb Experience: Star Wars Edition with Bryndee Barton, which was all about creating thematic vacation rentals.

Jeff Brown is here to teach us how to dream big and scale our businesses with investor capital. He’s the co-founder of Loma Homes, a vacation rental brand that specializes in unique themed experiences.

Jeff started his career at Target corporate headquarters as an analyst and gradually worked his way into ecommerce companies like Overstock and 1800 Contacts until he was approached by a startup called One Click Retail. There, he became the Director of Operations and helped the company grow to over 100+ employees and achieve 70% profit margins.

After 6 years at One Click Retail and 10 years in managing business, Jeff has left to pursue his passions in entrepreneurship and real estate. If he’s not busy doing more with less, you’ll usually find him swimming through Excel...

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#STRShareSunday: MI Home Away

strsharesunday Mar 20, 2022

It's time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing MI Home Away!

Eric and Liz are new to hosting, but they are already crushing it! (Have you been listening to the pod for awhile, Eric and Liz)?

We feel so drawn to this all-seasons cottage, located on a 10 acre plot of land in Michigan. We love what they've done with their instagram: they have taken you through the renovation of the space, they have their reviews, they have great shots of their rental, and what is available around town to do or to eat.

We love that they've woven in who they are as hosts, the town they are located in, and they have incorporated color beautifully in their design. Just by looking at the first 5 photos on their listing, we're sold. We're ready to come visit, and I bet you will be too!

Oh, and it's pet friendly too! We love to see the pups!

MI Home Away on Instagram

MI Home Away on AirBnb

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

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155. Taking Your Short-Term Rental from Job to Business with Kylan Pimley

Uncategorized Mar 17, 2022

One thing nobody tells you when you start your hosting journey is that you’re going to have to get really, really good at revenue management. Well, scratch that, because we’re going to tell you now – with a little help from a member of our Hosting Business Mastery group, Kylan Pimley!

Kylan Pimley began her property management career in 2006 after she and her husband bought their first investment property, a duplex. It wasn't until 2018, after adding and remodeling eight more long-term rental properties, that Kylan started including short-term rental properties into their portfolio, using her family's second home as the experiment. She wanted visitors to have access to everything special about The Gorge that she enjoyed growing up. 

Kylan created Go Gorge Getaways, which now offers two short-term rental properties in the Columbia River Gorge. Along with growing Go Gorge Getaways, she also oversees their long-term rental properties and manages marketing for...

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