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  Topic: Success with subscription on homeaway sites?
Stewart

Replies: 5
Views: 592

PostForum: 
Rental listing sites
   Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:59 am   Subject: Success with subscription on homeaway sites?
We never had success with this company either as subscribers or via commission only. In our case I noticed that they had placed the cottage in the wrong geographical area (maybe 20 km error) and their ...
  Topic: Scotland Coronavirus Grant Applications
Stewart

Replies: 8
Views: 1894

PostForum: UK & Ireland   Posted: Wed May 06, 2020 4:20 pm   Subject: Fife Council may have problems paying out
Contrary to my earlier post about a three week turnaround time for the application I haven't actually received payment.

Application submitted 7th April. Confirmation that the cottage qualified was ...
  Topic: Scotland Coronavirus Grant Applications
Stewart

Replies: 8
Views: 1894

PostForum: UK & Ireland   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:15 am   Subject: Scotland Coronavirus Grant Applications
Fife Council made a payment to me after a three week processing time.
  Topic: FudgePilot
Stewart

Replies: 2
Views: 793

PostForum: Bookings   Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:38 am   Subject: FudgePilot
I have just used a Web tool to analyse the latest 1000 5* and 1000 1* Sykes reviews on Trustpilot. I'm not boasting perfect arithmetic here but the general picture appears to be this.

1) The latest ...
  Topic: Official. Sykes is a Great Company
Stewart

Replies: 4
Views: 1064

PostForum: Bookings   Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:12 pm   Subject: Official. Sykes is a Great Company
Or maybe call centre staff creating "verified" ratings instead of answering the phones. The world may run out of hotmail and gmail addresses!
  Topic: Official. Sykes is a Great Company
Stewart

Replies: 4
Views: 1064

PostForum: Bookings   Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:27 pm   Subject: Official. Sykes is a Great Company
There is something very odd going on at Trustpilot where the volume of very recent 5 star reviews for cuddly old Mrs Sykes is frankly amazing.

Are ordinary folks doling out five star gratitude bec ...
  Topic: Homeaway
Stewart

Replies: 15
Views: 3589

PostForum: 
Rental listing sites
   Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:21 pm   Subject: Not Great in Fife, Scotland.
Square root of bugger all. Used them for three years from 2014 on subscription. 3 bookings certainly not more. Their location map wasn't accurate (20 miles out) and they couldn't give a rubber duck. ...
  Topic: ABNB
Stewart

Replies: 3
Views: 2519

PostForum: Bookings   Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:13 pm   Subject: Forget anything more than "min 2 nights"
Apart from the odd outlier booking, ABB are only good at one and two nights only (at least for us). The longer gigs come from our own website. So they are a useful channel to market albeit with these ...
  Topic: Energy Performance Certificates - Anonymous Poll
Stewart

Replies: 3
Views: 1095

PostForum: 
Managing your property
   Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:57 am   Subject: Energy Performance Certificates - Anonymous Poll
What's the uptake on this? Please complete the poll.

I know this was raised a year or so ago but was wondering if many people had "invested" in one of these or were getting harassed by "the authori ...
  Topic: Is this channel to market completely sewn up by big players?
Stewart

Replies: 22
Views: 5500

PostForum: 
Rental listing sites
   Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:28 pm   Subject: Is this channel to market completely sewn up by big players?
Thanks Zebedee and thanks to all who posted.

As a footnote, I was completing my year end today and was pleased to see ABB are doing the majority of of one and two nights and at an average of 122/ ...
  Topic: What would You like
Stewart

Replies: 16
Views: 3162

PostForum: 
Rental listing sites
   Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:56 pm   Subject: What would You like
Sounds like a precursor to a groovy new OTA with magical ways to beat the market. I'm intrigued.
  Topic: Is this channel to market completely sewn up by big players?
Stewart

Replies: 22
Views: 5500

PostForum: 
Rental listing sites
   Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:38 am   Subject: Is this channel to market completely sewn up by big players?
Thanks SPJ. A considered, detailed and interesting response. I guess my frustration is that the big OTA's are an extant threat to owners' margin and cash flow. I thought that would be "discussion-wor ...
  Topic: Is this channel to market completely sewn up by big players?
Stewart

Replies: 22
Views: 5500

PostForum: 
Rental listing sites
   Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:15 pm   Subject: Is this channel to market completely sewn up by big players?
Nearly 2000 views and only a handful of replies. Frankly a bit crap. What has happened to this community?
  Topic: Christmas tips for decorations etc
Stewart

Replies: 31
Views: 4066

PostForum: 
Managing your property
   Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:37 am   Subject: Christmas tips for decorations etc
We stick to nice lights and secular symbols such as a tree and holly.
Seems to work and we don't bring in food or drink now as it was never really commented upon or appreciated when we did. Keep it m ...
  Topic: Is this channel to market completely sewn up by big players?
Stewart

Replies: 22
Views: 5500

PostForum: 
Rental listing sites
   Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:29 am   Subject: Maybe a final observation
Looking again at the past few years ABB is worth between 10 and 15% (we do not use any other OTA's). In that time I have found that in our area anyway,

1) price trumps everything else (including o ...
 
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