Lodgix subscribers now have the option of offering a guest the ability to “Instant Book” on all Lodgix properties participating in the HomeAway integration. Guests prefer a property that’s instantly bookable, and properties that offer Instant Booking typically enjoy higher conversion numbers. On HomeAway, higher conversions = higher sort order = more bookings.
Previously HomeAway only offered the option to Book it Now, which allowed the property manager 24 hours to approve or reject the booking. Instant Booking is really not that different, except that Lodgix will immediately communicate to HomeAway that the booking has been confirmed without any action on behalf of the property manager.
Within Lodgix, there is really no difference between the two options as all the processes typically required to confirm an invoice (reservation deposit payment, signed rental agreement, etc..) would still have to be completed after the booking has been confirmed. Instant Bookings can still be cancelled, however HomeAway requires that Instant Booking participants understand that too many cancellations of Instant Booking reservations will negatively impact that property’s sort order on HomeAway.
Instant bookings are a filterable item on HomeAway.
So the combination of a separate filter for Instant Book listings and the fact that Instant Book listings have higher conversions, is a pretty compelling reason to enable it for all of your listings. The end result will be even more bookings from HomeAway as your property sort order will continue to improve versus other listings that aren’t offering Instant Book.
Participation in the HomeAway Instant Book program does require approval from your HomeAway account manager. They will review our account to determine if your booking conversions are high enough to warrant participation in the program.
We are super excited to launch an exciting new feature which will allow Lodgix properties to be created from existing HomeAway / VRBO listings.
One of the first setup tasks required in Lodgix is the entering of inventory. For many property managers, this is a time consuming task made even more frustrating because most of the data already exists on HomeAway. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to simply pull listings from HomeAway / VRBO and have properties created on Lodgix?
That feature will be launched very soon.
The first step will be allowing Lodgix access to your HomeAway account:
Then a selection list will appear allowing to your choose all or individual properties to import:
The process should be slick and allow Lodgix accounts to be setup quickly and efficiently when establishing a new account. This feature should launch by November 15th, 2016. Thanks!
Thanks to all of the 64 Lodgix subscribers who left us wonderful reviews over the past few weeks. To celebrate such a great response, we’ve entered all 64 reviewers into a drawing for a new iPhone 7 (up to $600 value).
Rather than using a random number generator online, I am going to do it old school. Each entrant has been assigned a number from 1 to 64 based upon the timestamp of your review. I have written each number on a piece of paper:
All will be put into a hat and a number drawn at random.
Stay tuned, the drawing will be done in the next hour or so!!
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.