Advancements in technology continue to accelerate the entire process of identifying and booking a vacation home, lickety-split. To prevent delays and to avoid having to check your email frequently, enable text message alerts on your listing. That way, every time you receive an email inquiry, you will also receive a text message alerting you that you have received a vacationer inquiry.
Success in converting an inquiry into a booking starts with your responding to the inquiry just as quickly as possible. To be frank, vacationers are impatient and expect instant responses. Text messaging can facilitate a fast and easy booking process. And documents and funds can be sent electronically to seal the deal in a matter of days, if not hours!
Most of us homeowners, too, are anxious to fill any last-minute vacancies and are therefore pretty good about responding promptly when we check our email and see the inquiry. But the text alerts enable us to respond that much more quickly.
A text message alert contains a link enabling you to directly access your listing. This way, you can read the full inquiry (in the “Email inquiry history” link in your Homeowner Center) and also double check your calendar to confirm your pricing and availability before responding.
To enable your WeNeedaVacation.com listing to receive text alerts, go to the “Contact Info” tab near the top of your Homeowner Center, and scroll down to the “Phone” section.
Keep in mind that you undoubtedly have a lot of competition and the vacationer has probably inquired about other homes in addition to yours. A swift response can make or break the deal!