March 22, 2022

7 Profitable Ways To Grow Your Direct Booking Website

Author: Keiran Griffiths | CMO Lifty Life Vacation Rentals Many short term rental operators are looking to improve their online visibility, rely less on the large […]
March 20, 2022

Wheelhouse v. Beyond Pricing v. Pricelabs: Comparing Popular Airbnb Pricing Tools

As an Airbnb host, you know how important it is to set the right price for your short-term rental.But, there’s a lot of work that goes […]
March 20, 2022

Airbnb Demand Drivers Every Host Should Know in 2021

Beyond's Dynamic Pricing Tool as a way to price for seasonality, day of the week, and local events/holidaysKeep the same price on your short-term rental every […]
March 20, 2022

Investing in Short Term Rentals : Lessons From a Legend

I’ve been getting a ton of questions from you guys about investing in short term rentals,  and how to start growing your business.  So,  this month I […]
March 20, 2022

9 Lessons To Help You Grow Your Airbnb Business in 2021

Add Beyond's Dynamic Pricing Tool as a way to grow Airbnb Business 2020 was a roller coaster ride for short-term rental hosts.  So, what did Airbnb hosts […]
February 5, 2022

Pet-Friendly Airbnb Marketing Tips

*This is a guest post by Hostaway, a Property Management System (PMS) that comes integrated with its very own channel manager. Reach out to the Hostaway […]
August 19, 2021

Ultimate Guide to Providing Broadband Internet in Your Airbnb Property

Airbnb has been a revolution for the hospitality industry. With regular homeowners able to list properties for temporary lets, the platform has been a boom with modern […]
August 4, 2021

From Hectic Host to Millionaire Manager

Airbnb hosts pay attention...there's a brand new online event coming up called From Hectic Host to Millionaire Manager. This FREE event will take place on Thursday August […]
February 3, 2021

Work in Paradise: Airbnb Trends Towards Remote Workers in 2021

It's no secret that remote work has increased dramatically this year. This has caused one of the biggest Airbnb trends of the year – catering to […]
January 27, 2021

How To Setup Your Digital Airbnb Guidebook In 2021

Guests have more questions now than ever.  If you've traveled recently, you've probably had a few questions yourself. You're wondering if the Google hours at the […]
January 6, 2021

Prevent House Parties at Your Airbnb: Tips for 2021

With all the social restrictions in place right now, people are itching for ways to let go.   If you’re an Airbnb host, a house full […]
December 30, 2020

How to Make Your Airbnb Pet Friendly and Increase Revenue up to 25%

Have you considered making your Airbnb pet friendly? Many people are traveling closer to home with new restrictions. This means they are bringing the whole family, […]

So, you’re an Airbnb host in a saturated market. The investment blogs said it would be easy to build a thriving short-term rental business in your area, but you've got a lot of competition.

How do you stand out? Can you use design to create a guest experience that sets you apart?

Kate Shaw and Betsy Moyer are the cofounders of Retreat Experiential Design, an all-in-one Airbnb experiential design firm that transforms Airbnb properties into true retreats. Betsy is also the creator of the home décor and interior design brand, The Estate of Things, and Kate is an Airbnb Superhost with a portfolio of 10 units near Joshua Tree National Park.

On this episode of Get Paid for Your Pad, Kate and Betsy join me to share the fundamentals of experiential design, explaining how they identify the unique value proposition of a new property and design with the with guest in mind.

They discuss how to succeed in a saturated market like Joshua Tree and offer advice on creating a win-win between Airbnb hosts and the local community.

Listen in for insight on creating a unique guest experience on a budget and learn to leverage experiential design to stand out on Airbnb!

Topics Covered

How Kate & Betsy define experiential design

  • Design as if hosting in own home
  • Utilize every inch of property

How Kate & Betsy approach a new property

  • Identify unique value prop of space
  • Consider guest trying to attract

How to save money on experiential design

  • Leverage local artisans and artists
  • Use thrift store + Craigslist finds

How to succeed in a saturated market

  • Create unique experience
  • Consider visitor demographics

How to create a win-win with the local community

  • Provide jobs to locals, pay living wage
  • Encourage investors to build vs. buy

Kate’s top tips for aspiring Airbnb hosts

  • Focus on guest experience/happiness
  • Act as if hosting friends and family

Connect with Kate & Betsy

Retreat Experiential Design

Retreat Design on Instagram

Desert Barn House on Instagram


Joshua Tree National Park

‘Odd Job: What’s It Like to Own the Most-Visited Airbnb in the World’ in Vox

Kate on Airbnb

Kate on Instagram

The Estate of Things

The Estate of Things on Instagram

Legends X 90-Day STR Accelerator

Get Paid for Your Pad on YouTube



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August 30, 2021

How to Leverage Experiential Design to Stand Out on Airbnb—with Kate Shaw & Betsy Moyer (Ep403)

So, you’re an Airbnb host in a saturated market. The investment blogs said it would be easy to build a thriving short-term rental business in your […]
April 11, 2020

How to Write a Recession-Proof Vacation Rental Business Plan

Running a vacation rental has been around for years. Airbnb may have taken up the urban market – and is now in deep water with the coronavirus […]
August 20, 2019
co-hosting business model

Overcoming Strict Airbnb Regulations with the Co-Hosting Business Model

If you’re hosting on Airbnb, it’s important that you stay up-to-date on all the latest rules and regulations, especially since these laws vary on a city-to-city […]
July 18, 2019
Grow Your Short-Term Rental Business with Smartbnb

Grow Your Short-Term Rental Business with Hospitable (Ep 287)

What’s the biggest obstacle hosts and property managers face in growing a short-term rental business? For most, the frustration comes from the sheer volume of communication […]
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