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.
For what it's worth, my properties are on Google Vacation Rentals search through a VRBO affiliate/aggregator (blue pilllow) and before that through a Trip Advisor affiliate (Holiday Lets).
Thanks for the info Ryan. How does that integration work? Would you mind sharing? Is it pretty simple?
Looks at first glance bluepillow is a channel manager like OR. Are you using both?
How is your take up with Google Vacation rentals, is it worth the aggravation of getting listed?
Colin and Arrive & Thrive,
Before today, I've never heard of Blue Pillow. When I clicked on my listing on Google Maps and went to the link that was on Google Maps (which was blue pillow) it took me to their site where I saw the listing below. The highlighting is mine, showing that they're pulling from VRBO. When I click the listing for details, it sends me to VRBO and my listing there. That's not the correct main photo and the pricing is off too, so their feed pull leaves a LOT to be desired. I can't get the list your home page to load to see what their deal is, but I rather prefer they link to VRBO anyways so things can be managed there, even if the data isn't 100% accurate and the photo sucks. Although maybe this would be an easier integration for OR to tackle if they can consistently get on Google.
HolidayLettings.co.uk was much the same as they are a sub-brand of Trip Advisor (like how HotPads and Trulia are sub-brands of Zillow). I pulled my listings from Trip Advisor this week (since they didn't offer integration), so that's probably why this one is popping up now.
True, nothing is as good as a direct connection and not having to pay fees to VRBO or another OTA. Knowing them they'll want every scrap of info they can get on your business and all your guests... regardless of if they booked with them or not. That's the typical MO for data brokers like Google and Amazon. "If you're not the customer, you're the product." ... but I digress.
Pretty awesome actually. Our properties are on there as well. Blue Pillow has found a killer loophole somehow with what I assume is a kickback from each booking that they send to VRBO via Google Vacation Rentals. Our photos on Blue Pillow are the absolute worst as well. Probably choose images from the bottom of the pile on purpose, so as not to trigger issues.
Either way…. It’s a nice workaround for now. Would obviously prefer it come straight to our OR site, but I’ll take it for now!
Thanks for the tip
My pleasure Haydar.
Agreed Arrive and Thriv, a good workaround for now until we can get something more direct in place.
Good tip. Still very frustrating that OR is not working harder towards this integration.
According to the new pricing post, this is officially in the works for 2023 and contracts signed!
"Channels, channels, channels. Work on channels never stops - every week we are updating some part of a channel integration. In 2023, we have laid plans to integrate with both Hopper and Google Vacation Rentals, both of whom we have met with and signed agreements with. Hopper should be finished first, as it is currently in the process of kicking off, and we anticipate that landing early in the Q1 of 2023. Google will be after that, but we are looking forward to that as well. Airbnb as mentioned above will be getting transactions and payouts very soon, and we are planning to sync content for Booking.com as well. In the background, we have half a dozen smaller first-class channels working on integration as well. These are channels like ECBYO, Whimstay and others."
Thanks for making this happen OR!