Archive for the ‘Industry News’ Category

Merging Blogs

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

We are in the process of merging this blog with our Traveler’s Blog.  Please visit our Travelers Blog to read the latest news on about Rentalo.com.

Newly Revised Listing Options

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Below are our newly revised listing options:

PAY per LISTING … Our MOST POPULAR listing subscription

1000% ROI Guarantee – Owners are guaranteed to receive 1000% returns on their investments, eliminating the risks involved in paying an upfront fee.
Highest Return Potential – Pay a flat fee, saving on per booking fees, and increasing your profits.
Unlimited Communication with Potential Guests – Retain total control of the pre-screening process in order to make sure bookings go as smooth as possible. Contact travelers directly via phone, email, or via Rentalo’s messaging tool.
Powerful Marketing Tools – Reach 1.3 million opted-in travelers via our weekly newsletters, take advantage of proactive marketing tools to reach more travelers, improve listing’s placement in the search results, and many more! Learn More

PAY per BOOKING … Our NEWEST listing option

No Upfront Costs – This option is ideal for owners starting their vacation rentals or hospitality business.
No Risk – Pay just 2.9% fee when you receive a booking — this is the LOWEST booking fee in the industry!
Free Messaging Tool – Send and receive unlimited messages to travelers via Rentalo’s messaging tool (no direct contact allowed). Learn More

PAY per LEAD … Great option for businesses with large inventory

High Volume – This option is ideal for vacation rental businesses with large inventories who can handle a large number of referrals.
Top Quality Phone & Email Referrals – All our email leads are email-verified and/or phone validated — best conversion ratios in the industry!
XML Feeds Available – Take advantage of Rentalo’s XML import facilities to import your inventory. Learn More

FULL SERVICE … Hire a Professional to help you with your business online logistics

Get help creating professional online ads, updating seasonal rates & availability calendars, answering inquiries, managing bookings & cancellations, and much more! Learn more

RENTalo.com Announces a New Turn-Key Solution for Travel Sites to Facilitate the Integration of Rentalo’s XML Feed

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Exciting news!  Rentalo is announcing the availability of a new turn-key solution to Travel affiliates to facilitate the integration of Rentalo’s XML feed.

Rentalo’s XML feed consist of thousands of listings (ranging from 4,000 to 10,000 listings), mostly from vacation rentals, hotels and bed and breakfasts. Travel sites can now take advantage of Rentalo’s XML feed to expand their online content with top quality lodging inventory.  Rentalo’s XML fee contains real-time rates and availability information, and it is available at no cost to qualified travel sites or travel related sites.  Learn more

vacation rentals by owner

Friday, June 28th, 2013

vacation rentals by owner

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The above video has some reviews and comments by both; property managers and travelers. We hope you find this helpful in your decision to become our client and advertise your property with us.

Have a vacation rental property ready to accept guests? Advertise your Vacation Rental and start answering inquiries from prospect renters today!

Vacation rentals by owner (vrbo) is a booming business!  Visit Wikipedia to learn more about the vacation rental by owner business.

VRBO

Friday, June 28th, 2013

vrbo

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The above video has a review testimonial  from a property owner who has been our client for more than 6 years now!. We hope you find this helpful in your decision to become our client and advertise your property with us.

Have a vacation rental property ready for guests? Advertise your Vacation Rental and start answering inquiries from prospect renters today!

Have an endless supply of vacation rental leads. Great service and support from vacation rental pros.

Visit Wikipedia to learn more about the vacation rental by owner business.

Why Vacation Rental Property Management is Worth it?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Vacation Rental Property Management

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We found this video recently in YouTube and thought you may be inspired to join the vacation rental marketplace.  Weather you live in a big city (like Washington DC) or in an island, there are plenty of furnished second homes you can manage and build a very prosperous business. We look forward to working with you to help you rent!

Have a Vacation Rental Ready to Go? Advertise your Vacation Rental and start answering inquiries from prospect renters today!

Learn more about the vacation rental business, visit Wikipedia

RENTalo.com Announces New Partnership with HomeAway Software

Monday, December 17th, 2012



RENTalo.com today announced a partnership with HomeAway Software®, provider of technology solutions for the vacation rental management industry. Vacation rental property managers using HomeAway Software solutions ISILink® and EscapiaNET℠ can now advertise their properties on RENTalo.com to gain access to a broader network of travelers searching for vacation rentals.

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Rentalo Publishes New Owner Verified Seal on Property Listings

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012



As part of Rentalo's commitment to ensure that transactions among travelers and property managers go as smooth as possible, we recently published a new Owner Verified seal.



All listings showing this seal have been verified by our anti-fraud department.  As part of our verification procedures, we require new clients to provide Rentalo with solid evidence regarding the authenticity of the ownership of the property as well as the person responsible for the posting of the listing online.



During this process, we reserve the right to collect information from the new owners such as property deeds, utility bills showing actual address of the property, name of other online directories listing their properties, and specific geographical information about the property's location.



All inventory displaying this seal is covered by our Worry-Free Lodging Guarantee with up to $5,000 anti-fraud protection.  For more information about how our guarantee works, please click here.

For FAQs from travelers regarding this seal, click here.

Comparing Free Listings & Paid Listings

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

At RENTalo, we make it easy for travelers to find the perfect place to stay when  looking to book a place for their vacation or business trips.

Our  destination-based inquiry service (also known as wanted ads) allow travelers to  quickly and efficiently broadcast inquiries to multiple property listings and  receive offers directly from owners that can meet their specific lodging  needs.
We also make it easy for property owners to communicate with  potential guests via our new messaging system; a multi-lingual, chat-based  messaging tool.  This friendly interface allows owners to send and receive messages and offers to  travelers who are inquiring on their property or destination.
We also created the free listing subscription to allow new prospect clients to  communicate with our travelers and assess the quality of Rentalo's leads prior  to paying for a subscription. Via Rentalo's new messaging platform, free listing  owners can send unlimited offers and messages, and get replies and booking  requests from travelers.
Below is a table explaining the differences between free  listings and paid listings.
FREE LISTINGS
PAID LISTINGS

PARTIAL INQUIRIES

Owners can receive inquiry alerts from travelers.  Lead alerts contain partial information (no contact info such as email or telephone is provided).

Owners can only reply directly via RENTalo’s messaging platform.



FULL INQUIRIES

Owners can receive inquiry alerts from travelers with full contact information including reply to emails and phone numbers.

Owners can reply directly via email, phone or via RENTalo’s messaging platform.



RESTRICTED MESSAGES

Owners can REPLY to inquiry alerts via RENTalo’s messaging service to travelers inquiring on your property or destination. No direct contact information is allowed.

Travelers can reply to messages send by owners, however, they cannot provide any direct contact information to owners via RENTalo.



UNRESTRICTED MESSAGES

Owners can send unrestricted messages and offers to travelers inquiring on a property listing or destination.

Travelers can provide direct contact information to owners.



RESTRICTED OFFERS

Owners can send restricted offers to travelers inquiring on your property or destination (no direct contact information is allowed).

Travelers can only click on “Request Booking” when receiving offers from owner.



UNRESTRICTED OFFERS

Owners can send unrestricted offers and offers to travelers inquiring on your property or destination.

Travelers can provide direct contact information to owners any time after submitting their inquires.



NO OWNER CONTACT INFORMATION ON LISTING

Listing only shows contact form.  It does not show your telephone or website.



FULL OWNER CONTACT INFORMATION ON LISTING

Listing shows contact form, telephone(s), and website (if provided).



LIMITED MARKETING

Your free listing is only visible in Rentalo. No marketing is done outside of Rentalo.



FULL MARKETING

Your paid listing is visible in Rentalo as well as on Rentalo partner sites.


Please click here to learn more about how free listings work. 
To learn more about paid listing options, click here.

Email Marketing Boost for Sponsor Listings

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012


RENTalo has teamed up with Campaigner, a leading email service provider, in order to optimize its email marketing practices and ensure the best possible open and click rates on its opted-in database of travelers, currently at 1.3 million email addresses.



In March 9th of 2012, we launched our latest newsletter publication series called Special Offers -- See example.



As part of one of the exclusive Sponsor benefits referred as 'Marketing Boost', our new Special Offers newsletter series will feature special offers from our Sponsor listings exclusively.  We plan to send Special Offers newsletters to various segments of our opted-in database in order to ensure the best possible open and click rates. The smallest segment that any of our Special Offers newsletter publications will reach a minimum of 100,000 highly targeted, opted-in emails.



One significant difference is the size of the distribution and the exposure.  The smallest segment for our new Special Offers newsletters will reach at least 5 times more travelers than the old newsletters (referred as "Best Value Accommodations").  For example, Sponsor listings in Orlando reached approximately 18,000 opted-in travelers via the old newsletters.  The new Special Offers newsletters reach at least 100,000 travelers, which represents 500% more value!



Based on a recent market analysis conducted internally, we estimated a fair market value of an ad in RENTalo's new Special Offers newsletter at $750 for reaching 100,000 highly targeted, opted-in emails.



Related reading:  Newsletter Guidelines