Facebook App Project Update

We are getting close to taking the wraps off our new Lodgix Facebook App integration.   It’s not really a vacation rental game changer by any stretch of the imagination, but it will make it significantly easier for viewers of your Facebook page to surf your vacation rental inventory and book online right from within Facebook!

We’ve coded this from scratch, while porting over the general look and feel of the property listing and sort pages from our WordPress plugin.

Overall, it always makes sense to take advantage of additional exposure, especially when it’s free.  In my own experience, I find myself surfing a property managers Facebook page, but I don’t often click through to view their website.  However if there was a tab right in my face within Facebook, highlighting the properties for rent, I would click on that.  It’s just easier, it doesn’t interrupt my Facebook “flow”.  Thus, it seems like a good idea to connect Lodgix with Facebook, what do you think?

Here are some screenshots from our test integration so far!

Image #1: Custom tab for guests to view inventory.

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Image #2: Property display
(note image gallery, jQuery Tabs, etc.)

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Really all that is left is some additional cleanup and testing!

Lodgix Has Integrated to Stripe.com

Lodgix has completed their integration to Stripe.com!  Stripe makes it easy to accept credit cards in your currency and offers simple, easy to read statements, as well as a low flat rate for processing credit cards.

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Integration instructions for Lodgix can be found here:

http://docs.lodgix.com/m/5502/l/290090-how-do-i-setup-stripe-com-to-integrate-with-lodgix-com

Signup at http://www.Stripe.com

FlipKey is Rolling Out a New DashBoard

FlipKey / TripAdvisor is slowly rolling out a new dashboard.  Once your accounts gets switched over, you will note there are “to do” items to continue to parse inquiries from FlipKey / TripAdvisor.

  1. FlipKey property IDS change.  You will need to remap those IDS to properties within Lodgix.
  2. The new parser will be be able to differentiate inquiries from FlipKey & TripAdvisor.
  3. Your property listings will now appear both on FlipKey And TripAdvisor.

Read more here:

http://docs.lodgix.com/m/5502/l/70950-setting-up-flipkey-tripadvisor-inquiries-to-work-with-lodgix-inquiry-management

Image of New Dashboard

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Limited HTML Now Allowed Within WordPress Plug-in

We added a new field within the property setup for each property and called it “Additional Info”.  This field allows HTML and will appear immediately after the property description within the WordPress plug-in output.

The field can be found within the Details tab of property setup. The contents of this field will ONLY appear within the WordPress plug-in output.  Most integration feeds do not allow HTML, so that’s why the contents of this field will not appear on your HomeAway or FlipKey listings if you are participating in those integrations.

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Some stuff we are working on…

The last several months have largely been spent navigating the summer holidays, while also working hard with our new development team to familiarize them with Lodgix.   Initially, we’ve been working on moving much of our static data on the Amazon cloud platform, while simultaneously working to device a new internal page rendering scheme which will allow us to update Lodgix incrementally to take advantage of the latest and greatest design and development methodologies.  It’s a big undertaking, but progress is being made.

We continue to roll out, small improvements in the short term, like the one we did today, which allows subscriber / employee blocks to be designated as owner blocks which will show up in the calendar tape, as well as in the housekeeping and arrival reports.   A small change, but useful for many PMs.

1424856596.6329_3_oWe also inked a partnership agreement with NextPax.com.  They are busy integrating our API into their systems which allow Lodgix subscribers to distribute inventory to 50+ new channels including booking.com and many others.

NextPax increases vacation rentals visibility and bookings worldwide by connecting property managers and owners to online travel websites, travel agencies and real estate websites. Property Managers automatically publish and update their listings through API-based integrations with their Property Management System (PMS), while those without a PMS can login to NextPax to add their vacation rental. All listings become immediately available for booking through a global network of online travel websites, travel agencies and real estate websites. 

We will have more information at the time the integration is complete and distribution is live, perhaps in middle of September?

Update: July 10, 2015, still working on this.  Turns out we had to drop our partnership with bookingpal and use NextPax instead.   After solving several obstacles we are no moving forward at full steam.

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Glad to Have You is a mobile app provider that some Lodgix customers may find of value.   It’s not one of our personal favorites, but enough PMs use it that it makes sense to code a feed to it for those that have been using it with other systems.

We do have plans for our own mobile app for guests, however this is still in the planning phases, as in our opinion putting out an app like Glad To Have You offers little value add to the guests.   As such we are working on a mobile app that offers a true value proposition to both the guest and the PM.  As a vacation rental guest myself, I do not want to clutter up my precious iPhone space with another worthless app delivering me regurgitated content that could just have easily been emailed to me.    Apps are nice and all, but the utility of many of them is negligible and the actual usage statistics for most are very poor.  We’ll see if we can do better!

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Intuit recently made some functionality available via their QuickBooks Online API.  We’ve got quite a few new features and enhancements in the queue for the QuickBooks Online Sync, however we’ve been waiting on Intuit to release the documentation for their new functionality.  Now that they’ve done that, we’ll start work on putting out some much needed new functionality soon!

Thanks for your patience!  I expect our development pace to pick up as the new team becomes more accustomed to our code and culture and as we slingshot out of summer and settle into the routine of fall / winter!