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How To Master Do-It-Yourself Professional Housekeeping Skills

Master DIY cleaning services Long BeachOur household is a reflection of who we are. An impeccably clean household is not unattainable, although some help is always appreciated. Like cleaning services Long Beach will tell you – a no mess home requires a no-nonsense approach!

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Should You Hire A House Cleaner Or A Housekeeper in Los Angeles?

Need a house cleaner or housekeeper Los AngelesWhether you need cleaning for a special occasion, after a major home improvement or just for regular maintenance, you sure would appreciate some help cleaning the house.  All myths aside, if cleaning your home is an ordeal too overwhelming for you to cope with on your own, you’ll need a helping hand – that of a professional. So should this professional be a house cleaner or a housekeeper Los Angeles depends on?

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Instagram for Airbnb: Market Your Vacation Rental Like a Pro

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Social media is a great tool for businesses. If you don’t believe us, you might be living under a rock.

One of the most beautiful things about social media is that it works for businesses of every size. Just because one company is smaller than another doesn’t mean their reach or potential is limited; it’s all in how you run your strategy (and make no mistake, there is some planning and strategy involved if you want to be successful) and how well you use the tools at your disposal.

As a vacation rental host, you may not have considered how maintaining social media accounts can help your occupancy rates. While not all platforms are created equal and aren’t always right for every situation, for vacation rental hosts, Instagram is always a smart choice.

Why?

Because it uses tools you’re already using in hopes of increasing your occupancy rates on your listing platform, like Airbnb or HomeAway.

You don’t have to be a social media wizard to get some traction out of using Instagram for your vacation rental business. On the contrary, the work is easy and can be fun.

Here’s how to set up and start a killer Instagram account for your vacation rental business.

1. Do some homework.

Yes, you will have to do a little work on the backend to get the most out of your vacation rental Instagram account. However, unlike your math or science homework, this should be pretty easy.

Start by perusing other Instagram accounts from your local area – business accounts you like to frequent or that are in your neighborhood, places you recommend to your guests, and so on. Look at hotel and resort accounts that are local and at some that aren’t. (Pro Tip: You may even want to Google to find some fancy boutique hotels or specialty resorts from around the globe. These can be interesting and helpful, too.)

What are you gaining from this? Well, a lot, actually. Here are the things to look for:

  • How many followers to each of these pages have?
  • What kind of things are they writing in their descriptions?
  • What kind of hashtags are they using and what hashtags are you seeing over and over – not just in a single account’s posts, but from account to account? Are they using any of the same hashtags?
  • Which images are getting the most comments and engagement? What do those posts say?
  • How does the account manager (the person who posts the images and writes the text) respond to comments, if at all?

There’s a wealth of knowledge in these things that you’ll want to use to your advantage. We recommend taking notes!

2. Set up a new account.

You don’t want to be running your vacation rental account from your personal account, though it’s okay to add things from your business account to your personal account every now and then.

The key is to keep them separate and keep your vacation rental account focused on your rental, not on you. It’s best to have separate accounts and to choose a handle (name) for your biz account that describes your place.

Instagram’s app will usually let you toggle between multiple accounts so you shouldn’t have to log out and back in very often, if at all.

3. Begin with what you already have.

Once you have an idea about what is bringing more and more followers to your bigger competitors’ pages, you can start to replicate what they’re doing. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, no?

Start by using the professional photos you have of your home. You can add these to your Instagram account – we recommend individually and not in a “carousel” so you have more to share for later down the line – and include relevant hashtags.

Here’s how to get those photos from your computer to your phone efficiently:

  • Start by resizing the images as the original files are probably huge.
    • Go to the free online image editor Be Funky, click the blue “Get Started” button, and upload your image via the button at the top of the screen labeled “Upload.”
    • From the left, choose “Resize.” We recommend going with something no wider than 1,000 pixels. If you type this into the first width box and click out, the height will automatically adjust for you based on the original ratio of the image.
    • Save this to your computer.
  • Download a cloud storage app like Google Drive, Dropbox, Apple iCloud, or similar system to your smartphone where you already have an active account.
  • Make a new folder in your cloud storage for your Instagram photos and load all your newly resized files there from your computer. Wait a few minutes; depending on your internet speed, this could take a while.
  • Voila! Now your photos are accessible via your computer internet connection and your smartphone app of the same name.
    • NOTE: Depending on your phone model, Instagram may not be willing to take image files from your cloud sharing application. If that’s the case, simply save them to your phone image folders as needed where Instagram can access them.

4. Start snapping!

Remember all that research you did in the beginning? Now’s the fun part – searching for opportunities to post things that are similar!

Look for what you think guests would be interested in that’s around your place and go to town. Use Instagram’s video function or simply snap pictures. Add hashtags. If you need help, go back to those other accounts you spied on from before and borrow their ideas.

Most importantly, have fun!

5. Stay consistent.

Now that you’ve started an Instagram account, make sure you’re keeping it up. You don’t need to post something every day – that might actually be too much – but you should aim to post something every week at least once. Remember to use other industry accounts for inspiration if you get stuck, but don’t let more than 7 days go by without sharing something.

 

See what we mean? You don’t have to be a rocket scientists to make Instagram work for your business. It does take a bit of elbow grease and consistency, but it just might lead you to more success with your bookings when done right.

 

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Using Social Media for an Airbnb Rental

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Social media is a powerful tool when it comes to marketing. Major brands have gotten it down to a science and thanks to their seemingly endless budget, they can spend a ton to advertise heavily across multiple platforms. Not to mention, they hire people whose sole responsibility is to run their social media accounts. What a job!

As a vacation rental host, you may think there’s not much for you to gain by using social media to market your vacation rental home – but you’d be wrong. Even if you only have a single place and you’d consider it “nothing special,” if you’re not using social media for your listing, you’re missing an opportunity to boost your occupancy.

Here are the top social media platforms to consider and how they can help you drive interest in your vacation rental and, hopefully, lead to more bookings.

Instagram

If you don’t have a special account on Instagram for your vacation rental, you’re behind on the self-marketing game.

Because so much of marketing a vacation rental is about images, Instagram is the #1 platform where you should be building a following and engaging. It’s the perfect place to post photos of your place (remember to use professional pictures), photos of your neighborhood, places you like to frequent or that you specifically recommend to your guests, and so much more.

Thanks to the integration of video, you can now add even more interesting content. Just remember that this isn’t meant to be your personal account, so keep your content to things that would interest someone looking to rent vacation accommodation.

So how do you go about using Instagram effectively?

First, when you set up your account, include a link to your Airbnb listing or website in the bio. Because Instagram doesn’t play nice with links in photo or video descriptions (they don’t actually link so you force people to type in links to the browser, which they’ll never do!), you need to make it easy for them to find you so they can book.

To find interested potential guests, play around with hashtags, look at other accounts using similar hashtags, and start experimenting. It’s possible someone will find your place via hashtags and want to book with you.

Facebook

Ah, Facebook. The biggest social media platform on the planet. Though there are a ton of people on Facebook and it can be a great place to market your business, it can also be a giant black hole.

With Facebook’s recent changes to newsfeeds and a stronger focus on personalized content and relationships, using Facebook to market your business may not be the best path for those with a single vacation rental. The key to making Facebook work for you is to engage actively with people who follow you (or, ideally, a page you’ve set up for your vacation rental – it’s a business, after all!).

There’s a lot of power to Facebook, but for most hosts, we don’t recommend trying to spend too much time there. Instagram is likely a better platform to focus on.

Platforms to Pass

Instagram is, for vacation rental hosts, likely the best place for hosts to spend time and energy marketing their vacation rentals. But what about the other popular platforms out there we haven’t mentioned?

Not all social media networks are created equal and some aren’t likely to bring you much traffic. Here are a few we recommend ignoring:

Twitter

Twitter may have some potential if you’re willing to put in a lot of effort and mostly will come about if you’re lucky with hashtags, but it’s not a place driven by photos like Instagram or helpful when it comes to search results like Google.

If you’re in to sharing endless content and posting multiple times a day, we say go for it. But if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, we recommend skipping Twitter.

Snapchat

Snapchat can be a lot of fun but its users are likely not the type of people you want to be marketing to. Snapchat has users across every age group but it’s most heavily used by young folks between 12-24, with 12-17 being the highest active age group. This audience will be more hit and miss and probably isn’t the best place to invest time.

LinkedIn

Unless you’re making a point to market directly to business guests, LinkedIn is no place for a vacation rental. This is especially true if you’ve only got one place to offer. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t use the platform for yourself as a professional, whether that be as a pro host or for another day job, but it’s likely not the best place to try and drum up a following or business.

 

Social media is fun and can do a lot for your vacation rental business. If you’ve been on the fence, unsure of how best to utilize the platforms, or simply haven’t given it much thought, we recommend jumping online and getting started right away. Your next guests could be just one social post away!

 

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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Airbnb Host in LA
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