Welcome to the holiday rental blog from Rental Tonic, all about niche marketing, running a holiday let & social media for holiday rentals

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What are your biggest holiday rental challenges?

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by a lovely lady asking for some feedback on the website for her property in the South of France. As we got into a deeper discussion about all the challenges she is having to overcome with marketing her holiday let, it got me thinking about the many ways in which Rental Tonic could really help owners with similar problems. Read more

Holiday Villa Marketing Goals for 2013

The 6 Steps to Successful Holiday Rentals

Over the past few weeks I have been running a survey to find out exactly what your biggest challenges are when it comes to running a holiday let business. Read more

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The Secret Sauce to a Thriving Gourmet Holiday Business

Every time I go back to visit friends in England there seems to be a new Gastro Pub or some form of trendy new hangout for foodies, and it seems the Brits are becoming more European when it comes to mixing food with being sociable.  Read more

Christmas Pinterest ideas for holiday rentals

Pinning your way to more bookings

There can be no doubt that Pinterest is taking the world of social media by storm. Now with 10 million unique visitors a month, the image-sharing social media site was only launched in 2010 but has a loyal following which grew faster than Twitter, and may even be enticing users away from Facebook (source: Forbes.com) Read more

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The Self Catering Web Awards 2013

I am honoured to have been invited to be a judge for the 2013 Self Catering Web Awards on behalf of Rental Tonic. I would encourage all UK holiday rental owners and agents to get involved when it next opens for entries. Read more

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Revealed: The Extras Your Holidaymakers Want

Self-catering holidays used to be simple affairs: rudimentary facilities and little opportunity for holidaymakers to find out much about where they were staying before they arrived. That’s all changed with the rise of the internet and social media. Read more

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What Happens When You Aim for A Holiday Niche… And Deliver!

A couple of weeks ago I received a lovely email from one of our villa owners in Spain, with a glowing testimonial from some repeat guests she had staying. The villa is marketed by an agency we work with, family holiday specialists Tots to Travel, with whom the guests had booked their stay. Read more

Should You Advertise Your Holiday Property Address?

Disclosing the exact address of your holiday property is something that causes great debate among the holiday lettings community, and with good reason. Read more

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How To Ensure Your Holiday Property Appeals to The ‘New Middle Class’

A report in The Sunday Times at the weekend stated that 7 out of 10 Britons describe themselves as Middle Class. There were various sub-groups under this banner, but then it went on to name “50 things that make you middle class”. I’ve had a quick scan through and picked out the ones that should ensure your holiday property will appeal to 70% of the British (all written with my tongue very firmly in my cheek I have to point out!). Read more

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5 Easy Ways to Run a More Eco Friendly Rental

I’m writing this weeks blog from Barcelona, on a trip checking out the eco-credentials of hotels using the Travelife system for which I’m a registered auditor. It’s been an interesting week, and on the whole I have been impressed with efforts in Catalunya to promote more sustainable tourism. But as the shift from pre-packaged holiday hotels to independent self catering breaks gathers momentum, I can´t help wondering where holiday rentals fit in to this whole idea of sustainable travel? Can, or indeed should, holiday property owners be doing more to be eco-friendly? Read more