I’ve recently started hosting in Devon. The prices on the market locally to me are all over the place. I started off well with 4/7 nights booked. Although now things have gone quiet. I still have not managed to get my 5 reviews. Although I have 3x 5 star reviews.
Is there any tips to boost bookings other than dropping my prices? How does one stay on top of rankings? Does anyone in Rural Devon get business guests?
Welcome to CC
Have you looked in CC using related keywords in the Search Box ?
Many of us have been caught out with msgs to lower prices with Smart Pricing , however it's simply a mechanism that's not always benefical, if people are looking they are.
Have you looked at other listings in your area to compare there prices etc with yours & how they are doing?
One must cover one's costs & be happy with the calibre of people one wishes to share one's home with.
All the Best
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Thanks for the reply,
i have done all all of the above. I’m just waiting to see if things pick up after my first 5 reviews. There seems to be 2 that are not showing, yet.
im curious if things get faster once your a super host and in a collection.
I don’t think I can change much, and I’m happy with my pricing until more reviews come up.
What other platforms are you listed on @Gemma187 ?
Have you spoken to your local tourist board about advertising on their platform?
I wouldn't rely on just one marketing channel.
Hosts get an artifical boost when they first list to get those first bookings and after that you are back in the ranks with other listings.
Superhosts supposedly get a boost in the listings.
Have you stayed at Airbnbs? This is a great way to figure what works and what doesn't
Do not lower your prices because airbnb tells you to. Match your competitors pricing
I too am fairly new to Airbnb and am waiting on my first 5 x 5* reviews. My frustration is that I only seem to get bookings for 2 nights at the weekend and after I have paid the cleaner and the laundry company that doesn't leave much profit.
I was advised to offer short stays but I am wondering whether this is stopping other people booking a longer holiday as the weekends are getting snatched up quickly? Should I only offer bookings for 4 nights or more to boost my income or not? What are other peoples experiences of this?
With regards to pricing, I am perhaps a little more expensive on a nightly basis to my competitors but I charge less for a cleaning fee and have a more spacious home. I think you should be competitive but happy with the price you are asking for at the same time.
I am offering 1 night minimum stays and have a cleaning fee although its not high it helps somewhat. I clean the room myself so it covers etc electric and cleaning products used. My bookings are spread over the weekend and weekdays. Most often Friday night. I have had 7 stays so far. One of those being a late night last minute booking as I have recently changed to a lock box and late check in.
I think if your in a known holiday area and very central than its worth having 2 nights or more minimum stay but if your rural like me than its better to be flexible. I have even lowered my prices if the room is empty the next day to encourage people to book so that way It’s not empty.
If you have higher outgoings than me this wont help, and Ive also now got a worry that dropping my price will get me different kinds of last minute guests. The last guest was loud obnoxious and inconsiderate, so I think I will keep my unhooked room at the same price to avoid this possibility. That being said I had another last minute lower rate booking and they were lovely.. so I am undecided.
For some reason my reviews are not showing up either, it says 100% reviewed but there is only 3 reviews not 7. Very frustrating as Iwant my first 5 star reviews.
Have a scan around here in CC, you will find some great tips from other Hosts to help put you a ease.
I tdoesn't matter if a place is booked or not to others generally as there's all manner if reason's why they may not be.
Keep an eye on your Dashboard for your reviews to some through, however not everyone writes reviews for whatever reason.
I changed the Headline (is it?) until I saw a great effect.
First it was: "Nice room", then "Large nice room, central",
and then to "Large cosy room in a quiet cetral area - free WIFI"
That last headline gave me a real boost!
Just try to find an convinient first words to present your dwelling. And of cource nice pictures!
Welcome to the wonderful (and sometimes slightly crazy) world of hosting! It can take time to build up your reputation and bookings, my advice is to keep plugging away. There are a few things you can do to draw interest:
Marketing is key, I have had a massive push on this myself recently and with a bit of hard work, I've managed to increase interest and get more bookings. I now promote via Instagram and social media and have partnered with a couple of local attractions (we promote each other via websites etc).
Anyway, I've been doing my research, here's a couple of things I found useful if you fancy taking a look:
Keep smiling, fingers crossed you will start to get more bookings soon!