PODCAST: Breaking Down The Latest HomeAway Changes With Our Friend Amy Hinote of VRM Intel


It’s been a week since HomeAway announced some major updates to their channel causing a pretty emotional reaction among LiveRez partners. (ICYMI: See their latest online booking and guest communication updates.)

So, what’s really happening here? And, what does it mean for the future of the industry? We reached outside the LiveRez network to help connect the dots.

In our latest podcast, Amy Hinote, founder and editor of VRM Intel, joins us to talk misconceptions about listings sites, what you can expect to see next and how there might just be a silver lining in all of this.

Next Steps

As promised in the podcast, stay tuned for more tips, tricks and resources for talking to your owners about the role that listing sites play in your marketing strategy.

But, before you talk to your owners, take a good hard look at where exactly your bookings are coming from. What will it take for you to step up your game, build your brand and increase your direct bookings? These resources will help you get started:

Asked and Answered: Am I Too Dependant on Listing Sites? – VRM Intel
9 Simple Hacks to Get More Direct Bookings – LiveRez Blog
Listing Site Independence – Matt Landau, Vacation Rental Marketing Blog

What do you think?

Is there a misconception about the dominance of listing sites? Or, are they really going to be the most prevalent channel for booking vacation rentals in the future? Weigh in below!

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At LiveRez, we take our partnership with each and every one of our property managers seriously. We believe in the power of community and teamwork, and, together with our partners, we win as a team.

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One thought on “PODCAST: Breaking Down The Latest HomeAway Changes With Our Friend Amy Hinote of VRM Intel

  1. I was thinking the same thing about the Homeaway changes possibly bringing more business to professional managers. It is going to be too confusing for many individual owners to continue to manage their properties on their own. We are still way to dependent on OTA’s but working on changing that every day. VRBO still brings us a large amount of business as does Airbnb. The new changes to VRBO don’t affect us too much because we are used to the Airbnb model but by not benefiting from all leads being marketable, we need to spend more time on the marketable leads that we do have as well as our repeat guests.

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