As the short-term rental (STR) space gets more and more competitive, hosts are looking to promote their listings beyond Airbnb. Joshua Hittinger leverages Instagram to generate buzz around his vacation rental and engage with potential guests. So, how can YOU use social media and vacation rental marketing to market your listing?
Joshua is a new Airbnb host in northwest Arkansas. He and his wife relocated to the area near the Ozark Mountains 14 months ago and purchased an A-frame cabin with the intention of listing on Airbnb. After a year spent renovating the space and documenting the journey on Instagram, they are enjoying 85-90% occupancy just two months into their hosting career—in the off season!
On this episode of Get Paid for Your Pad, Joshua joins me to explain how he is using Instagram to promote his listing, turning followers into guests and growing his audience organically. He walks us through the process of finding and renovating the cabin and documenting the journey on social media. Listen in for insight around telling the story of your listing in the first five photos and learn how you might promote your vacation rental outside the Airbnb platform.
The story behind The Lost Haus
How Instagram has helped Joshua’s listing
The process Joshua followed to host on Airbnb
How Joshua made interior design choices for the listing
How often Joshua posts on Instagram
How guests help grow Joshua’s following on Instagram
How hosting on Airbnb has changed over time
What Joshua might do to improve his listing