I'm new to the community and have a question, but first of all let me say that I love vacation rentals! I was introduced to this wonderful alternative by one of my co-workers two years ago and I will never stay in a hotel again.
My goal now is to spread the word!! I've done so informally for the past two years but I recently officially launched a website through which I provide a vacation rental search service to a subscriber base mostly made up of busy professionals looking for a place to stay but who don't have the time to search for themselves. So what they do is provide me with information such as arrival and departure dates, type of property, number of bedrooms, budget, etc and I do the searching for them as well as send out inquiries to see if the property is available for their requested dates, and send them emails with properties that are an exact or really close match to what they're looking for. That way, when they do contact these property owners, they will be contacting them to book, the inquiry will have already been taken care of by me.
The problem is, I think that VRBO/HomeAway has started to block my inquiries. Either that, or my email is showing up in the SPAM folders of owners and not being read. I say this because for the last two days I've sent out about 55 inquiries and I've only gotten on response, and that response was to the very first inquiry I sent within those two days. I know that you guys see lots of spam and have to be on the lookout for fraudulent inquiries so would an inquiry from a third party be viewed with suspicion?
Here is the wording of the inquiry I'm sending out:
I'd like to refer your listing to someone who may be interested in renting your condo from 09/01 - 09/06.
I own a website called DealScouters which provides a vacation rental search service to a subscriber base of busy professionals who need a place to stay but don't have time to search for themselves.
Please let me know if the condo is available and if there are any additional discounts being offered for that time.
One of the goals of my company is to raise consumer awareness of vacation rentals as an affordable acommodation alternative to hotels. The service I'm offering is free and I have gotten quite a few subscribers since I've started. so the fact that no one is responding to these inquiries is a bit disheartening. Would really appreciate any thoughts on this.