More Than 100 Managers Attend LiveRez Training Bootcamp in Destin

Partners Beef Up Their Teams’ Skills with Hands-On Training from LiveRez Coaches

Partners came away from LiveRez's Training Bootcamp in Destin, FL with stronger employees and healthier businesses. More than 100 professional vacation rental managers came from all over the southeast — one partner even flew in from France — to attend Tuesday’s LiveRez training bootcamp in Destin, FL.

There were so many partners in attendance, we had them to break them up into three groups, for the many classes offered. These classes covered everything from LiveRez’s new accounting system to lead management to optimizing property listings to pricing and options, and more!

Throughout the day, there was plenty of time for networking, including a full hour of round table discussions at the end of the day.

But, the training didn’t end at the bootcamp. Throughout the week, the LiveRez team visited local partners at their offices to provide on-site training.

It’s all part of a big focus this year for LiveRez: Improving the health of our partners’ businesses by getting them more and better system training, and sharing best practices throughout the LiveRez network. We know that when our partners are more successful, LiveRez is more successful.

Check out the photos below to see all the fun we had in Destin this week (more photos to come).

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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LiveRez Workshop Focuses on Bottom Line Growth, Brings in Partners and Industry Experts from Across the Country

GroupPhotoMayWorkshopsLast week, LiveRez University held its most recent training workshop at its corporate headquarters in Eagle, ID.

The theme of this workshop was bottom line growth, with classes focusing on how to use the LiveRez system to get more bookings, add additional streams of revenue and increase your operational efficiency across the board.

The event saw managers come from as far away as Florida, North Georgia, Michigan and Colorado – many of whom had never had the opportunity to visit the beautiful state of Idaho.

In addition to many partners, the event also attracted many industry experts from across multiple sectors, including major booking portals, vacation rental marketing, payment processing, travel insurance, smart home automation and branded products. These special guests included:

In addition to classes designed for interactive learning, partners also were treated to presentations from many of these industry experts, as well as two sessions of roundtable discussions and exclusive sneak peeks of some of the exciting new technology LiveRez is developing.

Check out the gallery below to see pictures from the event.

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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LiveRez to Hold 2015 Partner Conference in Sun Valley

The company’s second annual gathering of its property manager partners will run October 19-23 at the world renowned Sun Valley Lodge

EAGLE, Id. –– LiveRez.com – the most widely used cloud-based software platform for professional vacation rental managers – today announced that its second annual Partner Conference will run Oct. 19-23 at the world renowned Sun Valley Lodge in Sun Valley, Id.

Already known as one of the most iconic resorts in the country, the historic Sun Valley Lodge is currently undergoing a $51 million renovation that includes enlarging and upgrading guest rooms, updating the lobby, restaurant and other guest amenities, and building a new 20,000 square foot full-service spa.

“The Sun Valley Resort is the ultimate destination for a conference of this caliber,” said LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz. “Our mission is to make this annual event the premiere conference in the vacation rental industry.”

2015 LiveRez Partner Conference - Sun Valley, ID

The 2015 LiveRez Partner Conference will run Oct. 19-23 at the iconic Sun Valley Lodge in Sun Valley, Id.

The company’s inaugural Partner Conference in 2014, held in Boise, drew more than 220 LiveRez partners (software users) from across the United States and as far away as Australia. In a post-conference survey, these professional managers had nothing but positive comments about their experience:

  • 100 percent of respondents said the conference was as good or better than other industry conferences
  • 95 percent said they would attend again
  • 93 percent said they would recommend it to a colleague

One month after announcing the dates of the 2015 Partner Conference, registration is brisk and LiveRez expects the event to sell out.

“We are thrilled to see such a strong early interest in this year’s conference,” Lotz said. “With six months left before the conference, we expect the turnout to approach 500 attendees.”

The 2015 edition of the conference will feature a full docket of hands-on training sessions, keynote speakers, networking events and two days of specialized workshops for interactive learning. At the five-day event, attendees will also get a first look at the new technology LiveRez is developing.

The location of this year’s conference also marks a homecoming of sorts for the company, which was founded in nearby Hailey, Id.

Full conference details can be found at Conference.LiveRez.com. For more information on the 2015 LiveRez Partner Conference, please call (800) 343-2891 or email Conference@LiveRez.com.

About LiveRez.com
LiveRez.com is a complete, online, vacation rental property management solution, focused on making vacation rental property managers fully operational online and thereby increasing bookings. LiveRez.com offers an all-in-one cloud-based platform, featuring best-in-class websites optimized for online bookings, a full-featured reservation and property management system, a robust CRM system, an exclusive connection to QuickBooks for trust accounting, and a unique “Pay-for-Performance” approach, which provides a mutually beneficial partnership between LiveRez.com and its vacation rental manager partners. The company’s largest competitor is HomeAway Software for Professionals.

To learn more about LiveRez.com, please call 800-343-2891 or visit LiveRez.com. And, to receive timely updates from the company, follow LiveRez.com on Facebook, Twitter (@LiveRez) and Google+, or visit the company’s vacation rental software blog. LiveRez.com is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

Leadership Students from Boise High School Visit LiveRez, Learn About Careers in Technology

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LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz and LiveRez VP of Development Casey Riley speak to a group of leadership students from Boise High School.

This week a number of leadership students from Boise High School visited the LiveRez headquarters to learn more about careers in computer science and web technology.

The group of more than 25 students toured the LiveRez headquarters and learned how each department contributes to growing LiveRez and helping our property manager partners. After the tour, the LiveRez development team gave presentations on the different types of roles employees play on the web development and design teams. The group even got a sneak peek at some of the new technology LiveRez is working on.

This is the second group of local high school students to visit the LiveRez headquarters in the last month. In April, a computer class from Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School were treated to a similar tour and presentations.

Check out our slideshow of photos from their visit.

Local Computer Class Visits LiveRez, Learns About Careers in Technology

On Monday, LiveRez played host to a special group of local students. Tom Holdridge’s computer class from Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School took a field trip to LiveRez to learn more about what a career in technology is like.

The group toured the LiveRez headquarters, getting to see every department within the company. Then, they were treated to a presentation from the LiveRez development team. Spearheaded by LiveRez VP of Development Casey Riley and his team, the presentation covered different technology career options and gave the students insight into what different LiveRez developers do on a daily basis, as well as the types of technology they use.

This is one of many classes Holdridge has brought to LiveRez over the years. In fact, in the past LiveRez has even hired some of his former students as summer interns.

Check out our slideshow of photos from their visit.

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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LiveRez Workshops Attract Vacation Rental Managers from All over the Country

Workshop-0198Last week multiple LiveRez partners made the trip to Boise, ID for the first workshop of the year – some traveling from as far away as Michigan.

Over the course of two days, these managers received a complete docket of system training from basic reservations to accounting to CRM to marketing and much more.

In the afternoon hours, many received one-on-one training from LiveRez employees. Whether it was helping them understand the CRM system to aiding them in setting up their email marketing to one-on-one accounting assistance, the LiveRez team was ready and willing to help.

Every afternoon, the group was also treated to a sneak peak of upcoming LiveRez technology. Included in the demonstrations were innovations designed to simplify the reservation process and take property care and operations to a new level.

But the workshops weren’t all about learning. There was some fun to be had, as well.  On Wednesday and Thursday nights, partners were treated to dinner receptions, where they could get to know the LiveRez team better and network with fellow managers.

And when it was time to leave, the partners didn’t just return home with new ideas and a better understanding of the LiveRez system, they also brought home custom-made partner medallions.

While it was hard to see them go, we were thrilled to have so many amazing partners make the trip to Boise for our workshops. And, we look forward to seeing many more as we release the dates for upcoming workshops.

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Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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Video: 7 Elements of Stunning Property Listings

1PNGLast week, we had another amazing webinar with LiveRez Director of Sales and Marketing Tyler Hurst. In the webinar, Hurst discussed seven key elements of property listings that help you increase conversion and get more bookings.

If you were unable to attend, don’t sweat. You can watch the entire webinar embedded below. And, don’t forget to like and share.

Also, don’t forget to register for one of our upcoming industry webinars. Once again, this year we’ll be offering a new addition to our vacation rental webinar series every month. You can find and register for our upcoming webinars (and watch recorded ones) at LiveRez.com/webinars.

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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Sign up for October’s Vacation Rental Webinar: 5 Proven Fundamentals for Closing Bookings over the Phone

5 Proven Fundamentals for Closing Bookings over the Phone

October 15 at 2 p.m. ET

The next installment of LiveRez’s vacation rental webinar series is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. ET.

The webinar is titled: “5 Mobile Trends That Can Make (or break) Your Bank in 2014.” Here’s a brief description to whet your appetite:

When a guest calls you up and inquires about your properties, how good are your reservationists at turning that interest into a booking? Don’t leave valuable bookings on the table. Join us for this 45-minute webinar, where we’ll show you 5 proven fundamentals that are key to closing bookings over the phone.

The webinar is free, and all professional vacation rental managers and their staff are invited to attend. To register, click here.

And for a list of upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars, check out our webinars page.

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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“The Best Conference I Ever Attended” – What People Are Saying About the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference

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LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz connecting with partners during the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference.

As the first ever LiveRez Partner Conference is coming to a close, let’s take a look at what the people who attended are saying about the event.

Kelly Hill of DoneRight Management

“The conference was a HUGE success. It is the best conference I have ever attended!”

Rebecca Alexander of Casas de Santa Fe

“I thought it was amazing! It was very informative and invaluable for my team to be here.”

Nancy Kramer of Nancy’s Vacation Rentals

“I think this partner conference has been awesome! And I think it really has a lot of potential. I can see next year the size doubling once the word gets around to how great it was and what great hosts the LiveRez family was.”

Pattie Freeman of Hawaii Vacation Rentals

“What incredible software we have to run Hawaii Vacation Rentals! Not only has LiveRez Vacation Rental Software created an incredible system for our business, they run it with a partnership and it just keeps getting better. Last night (Monday night) each partner was given an individualized copper plate honoring each company that came to the conference. I have never attended a business conference that was so heartfelt.”

Victoria Smith of Alpenglow Vacation Rentals

“I was very surprised at all the advanced technology that is coming down the pipe in LiveRez. I was wowed by the presentation. I just didn’t realize what I was going to walk into.”

Brian Olson of PointCentral

“It was one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended.”

Ruth LeDonne of Snowshoe Property Management

“The staff from Snowshoe Properties Management just returned from our conference in Boise, Idaho, and we are so excited and grateful that we participated in the first partners meeting. We just filled our boss in on what is going on and what things we can look forward to in the near future, and she is stoked! Proud to partner with a forward looking, inclusive company that responds to their family of clients’ needs and has our backs in the business of property management! Cannot wait until we do it again!!!!”

Arthur Hopson of Utah Lodging

“It has been a great conference. Thanks so much to LiveRez and their awesome team.”

Ellen Cantrell of Plumas Pines Vacation Rentals

“Ask me if I’ll come again and I’ll say ‘Yes.’ In fact, I’d rather put my dollars into attending this conference – which will help my website, help my company, help everything I do.”

Tina Jennings of Panama City Condo Vacations

“We brought a total of five team members here. I did that because there are so many things to learn, and I didn’t want to miss anything. It’s a big investment, but it’s very much worth it for our company.”

Barb Cool-Olson of Beachcomber Vacation Homes

“I really got a feeling of community, especially concerning the iVacationRental.com piece. It’s a pretty out there idea. I don’t know of another software company that is thinking on that kind of a level. And the fact that they are asking for input from an advisory board to help set the rules before they ever do anything – that is huge.”

Dawn Huff of Miss Kitty’s Fishing Getaways

“The partner conference has been fantastic. It’s so exciting to be a part of everything new that is coming out with LiveRez.”

Learn More About LiveRez
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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2014 LiveRez Partner Conference Focuses on Ongoing Partnerships with Vacation Rental Managers, New Technology Innovations

Inaugural event leaves many attendees calling it the “best conference they’ve ever attended”

Priceline Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller gives keynote address at 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference.

Priceline Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller gives keynote address at the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference.

EAGLE, Id. –– LiveRez.com – the most widely used cloud-based software platform for professional vacation rental managers – announced new technology and showcased a strong commitment to its vacation rental manager partners at its inaugural partner conference, Sept. 7-12 in Boise, ID.

The conference – which drew more than 225 attendees from across the United States and as far away as Australia – left many calling it the best vacation rental industry conference they’ve ever attended.

“The LiveRez Conference exceeded my expectations on every level,” said Carol Smith of JFR Beach Rentals in Panama City Beach, FL. “I have been both a participant and facilitator at several conferences in the past, and I can honestly say that I have never been a part of a conference that was executed so well.”

The week-long event was stacked with big name speakers and major technology announcements.

Keynotes speakers included Priceline Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller and Olympic Gold Medalist Dick Fosbury. The conference also saw a number of special guests, such as Idaho Governor Butch Otter, Boise Mayor David Bieter and Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.

The company also announced a host of new technology innovations, including its landmark project iVacationRental.com, a new industry portal that features only professionally managed inventory that is 100 percent bookable online in real time.

Other technology announcements included: a new mobile housekeeping and maintenance app, which features Google Glass technology; a state-of-the-art interactive reservation grid; responsive infrastructure for partner websites; updates to the company’s QuickBooks integration; search by map functionality for partner websites; and much more!

Additionally, the conference included a broad range of educational and networking opportunities. The first half of the week focused on larger breakout educational sessions and roundtable discussions, and the latter half moved into smaller, more specific workshops at LiveRez headquarters. Key among the topics discussed in the educational sessions was a strategy to decrease partners’ reliance on listing sites like HomeAway/VRBO.

Each night was capped with a spectacular reception, from an epic party and live band at the tiki-bar themed Reef restaurant in downtown Boise to a formal dinner to honor LiveRez partners at the top floor of Idaho’s tallest building. Monday night’s reception was especially heartfelt, as the company gave each partner a copper medallion highlighting their partner number, hand crafted by local artisan Delia Dante.

“From the moment we kicked off the conference with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the last workshop on Friday, I couldn’t have been happier with how the conference turned out,” said Tracy Lotz, LiveRez CEO. “I can’t wait until next year, when it will return even bigger and better.”

To see full coverage of 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference, including quotes from attendees, recaps, photos and videos, visit the LiveRez Blog.

About LiveRez.com

LiveRez.com is a complete vacation rental property management solution, focused on making vacation rental property managers fully operational online and thereby increasing bookings. LiveRez.com offers an all-in-one cloud-based platform, featuring best-in-class websites optimized for online bookings, a full-featured reservation and property management system, a robust CRM system, an exclusive connection to QuickBooks for trust accounting, and a unique “Pay-for-Performance” approach, which provides a mutually beneficial partnership between LiveRez.com and its vacation rental manager partners. The company’s largest competitor is HomeAway Software for Professionals.

To learn more about LiveRez.com, please call (800) 343-2891 or visit LiveRez.com.