The Internet continues to change and evolve. As such we’ve decided to double down and have committed to hiring two additional developers that will start in late May. We are updating our software development processes and taking everything to the next level.
The first step we need to take is to update our own website. From there we’ll be able to leverage those learnings and technologies to redesign our booking pages and update our calendars to make them more appealing and effective on mobile platforms.
Here is a screenshot of our new website:
Once we get the additional development staff settled in we hope to speed up development (and innovation) and look forward to introducing:
- Significant improvements to housekeeping and adding ability to assign housekeepers, track and report status of cleans, etc.
- Improving the rates / rules setup interfaces, allowing rates and rules to be extended forward with a click of a button. Additionally more tools are planned to make the initial setup of nightly, weekly and monthly rates easier and quicker.
- Addition of Booking.com to our list of channel partners.
- Launching a new changelog allowing all subscribers to quickly see a daily log of new features, changed features, retired features, etc.
- Continued enhancements to our Quickbooks sync module.
- More features and enhancements to the property management module to make the generation of owner statements more intuitive and containing deeper links to guest invoices.
- Continued work on revamping the internal user interfaces to support mobile devices and ease of use.
And there are many user submitted suggestions for improvements that we are constantly monitoring and reviewing for implementation into the application.
Lots of great stuff! We are committed to Lodgix and committed to our clients!
Dashboard Reservation Widget Icons
Lodgix previously had two methods by which bookings were entered into Lodgix, manually (phone) and online (booking calendars). However now that we support two-way syncing with AirBnB and also bookings coming in via (new service soon be announced), it becomes more important for an owner or manager to be able to quickly look at the dashboard and determine where a booking originated.
Thus the dashboard reservation widgets now will show icons depicting where the booking originated: airbnb, homeaway, online or manual.
Calendar Tape Filter for HomeAway & Flipkey Listing IDs
Thanks to a timely suggestion from a long-time subscriber, we recently implemented calendar tape filtering for your HomeAway or Flipkey listing IDs. When you have larger numbers of properties and lots of listings on sites like HomeAway, it’s very common for a prospective guest to call in asking about availability for a particular listing id.
It can be tough to quickly match the listing ID to the corresponding property on Lodgix (especially for someone unfamiliar with your inventory). To make this super easy we implemented a filter on the calendar tape. Now all that is required is to enter the listing ID in the lower left corner of the calendar tape and the calendar will filter the properties to only display the property that matches up to that ID!
This feature only works if the mappings are property setup within either the calendar sync area of Lodgix or within the inquiry configuration area of Lodgix.
Lodgix currently provides iCal feeds which you can cut and paste into your AirBnB listing. This keeps your AirBnB calendar sync’d with Lodgix.
As of 2/24/2014, this is the interface provided by AirBnB to suck up the iCal feed from Lodgix.
Within Lodgix. go here:
Copy / paste the iCal feed URL for the correlating property into AirBNB.
How do I get bookings on AirBnB into Lodgix?
Currently, that’s not possible. AirBnB doesn’t make available a feed to software companies.
However we could develop a parser that would parse the confirmation email you get from AirBnB and extract the guest name, phone number, property ID and check-in and check-out dates. Lodgix could then create an invoice with that data.
However, it would still require the property owner or manager to login to AirBnB and update Lodgix with the guest email address, and also update the invoice to accurately reflect the transaction on AirBnB.
The benefit would be that your calendar on Lodgix would stay updated in real-time.
So I’m looking for some feedback if we should develop this or not, please fill out the short poll below and let me know what you think! Results are displayed after the vote!