Airbnbust: Is It All Over? (Episode 307)

Marilynn Taylor of HGTV Shares Her Secrets to Vacation Rental Success

Today’s expert guest is Marilynn Taylor. Marilynn feels like an old friend but we met this year, as she flew all the way from California to grace that stage at TFVcon to educate our audience on building sustainable, heart-centered hospitality businesses.

She’s been a short-term rental host since before 2004 (yes, that’s pre-Airbnb), is a fellow HGTV alum, and now, as an Airbnb ambassador, dedicates her time and energy to helping hosts like you reach your potential in the space. 

We hear all about how she went from dancer and makeup artist to STR OG, get her informed POV on how online booking has changed over the years, learn how to build your own security blanket with direct booking, and determine once and for all, the fate of Airbnbust.

(00:03:30) #STRShareSunday: @theblakshak

(00:07:25) Marilynn Taylor’s Background in Hosting

(00:16:59) Online Bookings: Then vs. Now

(00:19:27) How Marilynn Got Kicked Removed From Airbnb

(00:23:26) Working Without the Security Blanket of Airbnb 

(00:29:27) What To Watch for Dealing With Potential Guests

(00:32:23) Why to Stage Vintage Furniture in Your Listings 

(00:41:12) Tips for Selling Your Vacation Rental Property

(00:47:22) Airbnbust: Is It All Over?

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Today we’re putting the spotlight on The Blak Shak in Queensland, Australia – a cozy, modern treehouse that looks like the stuff of a childhood dream come to life. The aesthetics here are just spot on, with an amazing outdoor space. One thing we really love is how they’ve incorporated their oldschool paper guest book into Instagram highlights. This is a great way to show off positive reviews while retaining some of that valuable nostalgia. Check out the good work they’re doing on social media – including actionable CTAs.

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

Together, Annette & Sarah are the dynamic duo behind the wildly popular podcast Thanks For Visiting, co-creators of the Hosting Business Mastery Method, & seasoned short-term-rental hosts.

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