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Google Vacation Rentals Connectivity Partner

Status: Requested 89 Votes
Ken T
Mar 1, 2022 4:49 PM
OR Team Member Joined Aug, 2019 743 posts

We've had discussions with Google. but at present they are oriented towards large operations bringing hundreds of properties in each account, rather than a large number of smaller operators with a handful of properties as is more typical of OwnerRez.  They plan to move in that direction, at which point we'll integrate with them.  But right now our large number of clients would swamp their onboarding, and they're not scaled for that.

Scott J
Jan 31, 2022 7:33 PM
Joined Mar, 2019 53 posts

Please become a Google Vacation Rentals Connectivity Partner.

I get direct bookings via Google search, and I believe I'd get significantly more if found via Google Vacation Rentals. Unfortunately the only way to do that is via a connectivity partner. Right now other channel managers are serving as such. Would you take another look at this and seriously consider it?

I don't know about others, but I have gotten more direct bookings via Google search than bookings via Booking.com, and total zilch via Houfy, Find Rentals, and Home2Go -- all of which OR has set up with API.

Alex G
Feb 23, 2022 12:20 AM
Joined Feb, 2021 3 posts

I agree 100% we have seen more traffic via Google Search and Vikings directly with our company via Google than any other sites and would love to see the direct connect API through OwnerRez! 
Hoping this is in the near future for OwnerRez! 

Dewey Getaway
Mar 1, 2022 12:11 AM
Joined Feb, 2020 49 posts

100% agree. Actually thinking of ditching owner Rez if this doesn’t happen very soon

Ken T
Mar 1, 2022 4:49 PM
OR Team Member Joined Aug, 2019 743 posts

We've had discussions with Google. but at present they are oriented towards large operations bringing hundreds of properties in each account, rather than a large number of smaller operators with a handful of properties as is more typical of OwnerRez.  They plan to move in that direction, at which point we'll integrate with them.  But right now our large number of clients would swamp their onboarding, and they're not scaled for that.

JShteren
Mar 1, 2022 10:42 PM
Joined Jun, 2020 3 posts

Have been researching this opportunity and would also like to see integration with Google. It would definitely provide further independence from big OTAs. 

BlueMtnCabins
Mar 25, 2022 3:02 PM
Joined Jun, 2016 991 posts

Trade dependence on OTA for dependence on Goog. 

Jodi & Steve C
Mar 25, 2022 6:41 PM
Joined Dec, 2020 2 posts

Not trading one for the other. This would be an additional venue for guests to find our OwnerRez STR’s. Another arrow in the quiver 😄

Trade dependence on OTA for dependence on Goog. 

 

Laura M
Mar 26, 2022 8:07 PM
Joined Jan, 2022 1 post

Agreed- this would be fantastic

Jeremy and Caitlyn J
Mar 26, 2022 9:19 PM
Joined Feb, 2019 5 posts

I’m honestly not sure how I added myself to this thread, but I’m glad I did since we have found that many of our direct bookings have come from Google searches. I have a very dumb question, somebody above stated “Google Vacation Rentals”. What does that mean? Is there a Google search function just for rentals with API integration? He also mentioned “Right now other channel managers are serving as such”. Like Lodgify? I love OR but would love it more if we were able to speak directly with Google searches. 

PS off topic, but does anybody know how to make your Google pin into the purple bed icon. My 3 rentals show up on Google with pins, but just generic grey icons. And yes I have added descriptive ‘services’ to my profile.

here’s one:

Door County Cabin Collective (Porte Haven)
(414) 614-3322
https://goo.gl/maps/zg4FvFR2dMVeQrR9A

 

tdblanchard
Mar 27, 2022 8:05 AM
Joined Oct, 2020 9 posts

Anytime I hear about a Google product not “ready to scale”, I gotta wonder. I mean, for real??

I absolutely love OwnerRez and can’t find another platform that comes close to offering the level of support and features that you offer BUT

I’m  wondering if maybe there’s a platform we can use for just this purpose while staying on OR.

Being directly integrated into Google Search is of paramount importance when trying to build direct bookings…

Sherene M
Mar 27, 2022 10:28 AM
Joined Jan, 2018 26 posts

I too would love to find a way to make this connection sooner rather than later......

Is there any kind of work around?

Great Smoky Vaca
Apr 17, 2022 7:04 AM
Joined Sep, 2020 2 posts

Is there a work around?
I used to be on Fantastic stay.  They were absolutely horrible.  But they are on the list.
I don't like the restrictions on Lodgify with the messaging.
I love the OwnerRez Facebook group.
How are these other companies getting on the Google Vacation Partners?
Mary Beth Schaefer

Scott J
Apr 17, 2022 10:47 PM
Joined Mar, 2019 53 posts

"How are these other companies getting on the Google Vacation Partners?"

- This is a good question.

Can someone from OwnerRez provide an answer to this?

Ken T
Apr 18, 2022 12:17 PM
OR Team Member Joined Aug, 2019 743 posts

We're investigating that - have a few theories, but don't want to guess publicly.

Ken T
Apr 18, 2022 4:19 PM
OR Team Member Joined Aug, 2019 743 posts

At the moment, there are a number of nonobvious limitations in the GVR system.  In particular, their onboarding process is largely manual, requiring a good bit of manual effort by Google, the client (you), and the CM (OwnerRez).  You can think of it as somewhat similar to connecting up the Vrbo API which takes time and a Vrbo rep, compared to the Airbnb API which is basically automatic and "just works" in most cases once you turn it on.

Google is planning on adding a much more automated API system in the fall, and we're anticipating that, at that point, it would make sense to integrate without swamping the support systems.

We are very interested in the experiences of those who have used GVR - are you, in fact, getting many/any bookings?

 

Ryan H
Apr 18, 2022 4:41 PM
Joined Mar, 2022 22 posts

I applied manually some weeks ago.  Very intensive process and I have zero visibility into if I'll be approved or even if the form has been reviewed.  Since I'm a small operator, I'm not holding my breath.  For now they pull from some of the otas and that's been good enough for me... For now.  Just wish the OTA they pull from was integrated with OR.  Right now, they aren't integrating with anyone new.