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That's a good question. While we are working on many things to drive inquiries for our customers and help you market and manage your properties, we can't publicly talk about the particulars of what might be happening when. I understand that's not terrifically helpful for your specific question.
Have you used the VacationRentals.com FB feature? If so, was it useful? If you haven't used it, I'm curious how you would use it to drive inquiries or awareness of your property.
I personally am not subscribed to vacationrentals but I probably will next year. I just recently saw the "rent my home" tab on another owner's FB page and seems like a nice clean add on. With the growth and power of FB, it just makes sense for owners to have a presence there. It's just going to keep growing and the more you can put your property in front of people, the greater likelihood of success. So I'm getting on board now!
Without having seen your Facebook page, I can't give you a conclusive answer on whether VRBO will link to it. But in general VRBO will link to a Facebook page if its purpose is to promote your vacation rental. There are some other qualifications, so please read the FAQ linked below.
I hope that helps!
Thanks! I was able to add my Facebook page as a link. I also plan to create a video for use on YouTube. All these features are very helpful in marketing one's vacation rental!
That's great. I hope it's helpful. This may be a subject for a different thread, but I'd be curious whether people find that Facebook generates substantial and qualified inquiries.
Even though there are a lot of people using it, they may be operating in a different frame of mind than when they are searching Google specifically for vacation rentals.
As a side note, you can also add a link to your VRBO listing in your profile on this site. Just go to the edit profile page and you should see a spot to enter it in. That will make it easiers for members of the community to see your listing and either learn from your best practices or give you pointers - or book it!
Thanks for the suggestion!
I've edited my profile and added my VRBO and Facebook links.
I think folks are just beginning to use Facebook as a search engine for rentals, but I'm there anyway! At least it helps from the SEO standpoint.
I've learned that YouTube is now the second biggest search site so I'm getting a YouTube video together. If used to greatest advantage, all these electronic marketing
techniques are pretty useful!
2770 Pine Ridge Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 383-3970 (home)
(850) 528-6803 (cell)
Misty Laurel Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Misty-Laurel-Chalet/150484775008894
Oops! I wasn't able to add my Facebook page URL on my profile after all! When I checked back, it didn't accept it for some reason. Here it is if anyone is interested - maybe you can tell me why I couldn't add it to my profile along with my VRBO and independent website links? http://http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Misty-Laurel-Chalet/150484775008894
Also, a DUMB question: what are "tags" (there's a place for these on the profile too).
I will look into the Facebook linking issue and provide an update here when I have an answer (unlikely this evening).
In the meantime, your question about tags is a good one. Tags feed into the search functionality on this site. The tags can also be used for a tag cloud feature as an alternate method of browsing the content on the site.
We released a fix today to resolve the problem you were seeing where you couldn't add your Facebook link to your profile. I tested it on my own profile and it apears to be working now.
If you are still interested in adding that link to your profile, please give it a try when you have a chance. I noticed that the URL you are using ( http://http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Misty-Laurel-Chalet/150484775008894 ) has an extra http:// at the beginning of it. Please remove it or use this version of your URL:
If you have any problems with it, feel free to post back here or send me a private message.
Tom, please see my reply to your direct email for what I did to add the "Like" feature to my VRBO listing.
I tried to also send it to Jeff, but the email address I have for him (firstname.lastname@example.org) isn't functional for receipt of emails and it was returned as undeliverable.
Hope you're successful!
P.S. A friend is becoming a Social Networking / Electronic Marketing consultant and he'll be offering his services soon. Altogether, there's a big learning curve involved, between creating a good website, SEO'ing it, and then adding a lot of links to the other sites that can help us, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Flickr. Let me know if you'd like his help, ok?
I need some help. After spending my entire day trying to figure out two things, I hope someone can guide me. I've been reading over and over everyone's information but have not been able to figure this stuff out (maybe I'm getting too old for this)
1) how do I put a Facebook "like" button on my VRBO site?
2) how do I get new tabs on the left side of my Facebook page? I'd like to have a "reviews" tab and also "links" tab.
Hi Patti, unfortunately I can't help you out with this...I just wanted to add a comment.
I am also having issues with Facebook...trying to set up a business page etc. I can't seem to find any answers regarding the issues that I am having and no way to contact cusotmer support. I have spent days trying to figure out how to add or change things on my FB vacation rental page. It is very frustrating.
Good luck...I hope someone will post an answer that will help you out (and me also).
I believe you add the like button to your vrbo page by going under the administration tab in vrbo, you will see under each property on the left side under the heading that says widgets for your listing. Click on that and see if the like button is an option. It was so long ago when I added mine.
As for a facebook page, it depends on what kind of page you have setup, places, company, personal. Send me a link to your facebook page and Il have a look. I think the answer to your question is that you can personalize the links on the left side of facebook by adding an app called "html+iframe". Its pretty easy to install and setup. You can then customize some tabs within the link etc. Hope this helps!
My facebook vr page is
Just add the Facebook "like" image and link it to your Facebook page. If you build that in word or dreamweaver, I would assume you can copy it into your profile in HTML mode. Thanks
Ga Cabin Rentals
I just added Reviews app to our page last night.
Select Edit Page icon
Then you will see a list of choices and select Apps
At the bottom of the list, select browse more applications.
Then you need to select apps for Pages
then toggle through the list to find Reviews. For me it was on page 17.
Hope this helps. Probably would be easier with screen shots.
Here is a Facebook Rental Search tab that is for property managers... it pulls ALL of your rentals and makes them searchable in a Facebook Tab. It costs about $500 to setup. Send me a message if you want to see more.