An STR Industry-First:
Boostly and Rentals United Partner-Up to Offer Seamless WordPress Websites Powered-by a Live Booking Engine.
Is this the groundbreaking step in the right direction the short-term rental industry has desperately needed over the last 18 months?
It certainly seems to be so.
The partnership – now recognised as one of the first of its kind – will smartly connect Rentals United’s live booking engine with Boostly’s renowned WordPress websites. The end benefit will not only be a smooth booking process for guests but also more money in the host’s or property owner’s pockets.
API (application programming interface) allows two applications to communicate with one another, to access data. From a user’s perspective, APIs allow people to complete certain actions, without leaving the website they’re originally on. Apply this to the partnership between Rentals United and Boostly; and it means guests will now enjoy an undisturbed booking experience on a WordPress website, without needing to visit a third-party platform or OTA (online travel agency).
Aside from the immediate benefits, the collaboration between Rentals United and Boostly drives real long-term change for the STR industry.
The Book Direct Revolution is being placed at the heart of booking processes – this alone is worthy of huge celebration.
As Boostly offers a WordPress solution (powering 34% of all websites on the internet) alongside Rentals United’s booking engine – it will sync live booking rates, live booking availability, as well as live property information onto just one, direct platform.
Ultimately, these websites will serve as a competitive replacement for ‘traditional’ booking websites, for a fraction of the cost and with the presence of 100% control.
To make things even more exciting, it should be noted this is the first time the full functionality of WordPress, as well as Boostly’s marketing expertise, will come to fruition, in this partnership.
On-board with Boostly’s mantra of turning ‘more lookers into bookers’, Rentals United is delighted to offer their members such an intelligent and profitable solution. The company’s award-winning vacation rental software is used by successful property managers all over the world, via a simple (and smart) process.
Having perfected their channel management, guest communication, and guest data solutions, Rentals United has been keen to add something to their growing marketplace that will boost more direct bookings – directly via an STR operator’s website.
With our extensive experience in distribution, we highly advocate for property managers to diversify their marketing strategies. This means on top of being placed on top OTAs and niche channels, it is critical for companies to offer direct booking options. Our new partnership with Boostly is revolutionary in making it simple and seamless for property managers to do so.– Vanessa de Souza Lage, Co-Founder and CMO of Rentals United
Till now, hosts had only been able to list properties on third-party platforms such as Airbnb, Vrbo, the Booking Holidays group, or use plugins (a software add-on). These solutions are neither smooth nor efficient for website hosts, and provide a laboured booking experience for guests
But with credit to Boostly, WordPress websites can now be powered by live booking engines – marking this partnership as revolutionary for the STR industry.
Efficiency, profitability, and ethical business.
The goal has always been to turn more lookers into bookers – and this is exactly what we’re doing (successfully) by partnering with Rentals United. The company already boasts seamless software and epic booking engines; however by integrating with Boostly’s WordPress websites, Rentals United will provide a bonafide solution for all their members.
Not only will these websites guarantee more direct bookings, it’ll make the booking process much simpler – which is exactly what we collectively want for the industry, as well as VISIBILITY for smaller STR business owners, in a noisy world, dominated by OTAs.
Here’s to more efficiency, profitability, and ethical business – what could be more exciting?– Mark Simpson, Founder and CEO of Boostly believes this strengthens the ‘Book Direct’ movement.
To date, Boostly has built over 600 WordPress websites and helped over 1000 property owners generate more direct bookings, as the only accredited training company in the short-term rental industry. By joining forces with Simpson’s team, Rentals United expects to present a website offering so compelling it will draw in all its members, all keen to gain more control, as well as greater (and well-earned) profits.
Following what’s been an uncertain few months for the industry, the news of this pioneering partnership could not come at a more befitting time to take the STR scene by storm.