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Unlocked is a podcast series that invites you to be a fly-on-the-wall as VRMB founder Matt Landau interviews some of the world’s most innovative vacation rental professionals. The goal of this podcast series is to share best practices and to remind vacation rental professionals that we have everything we need inside of us to succeed.

Unlocked by Matt Landau Matt Landau: Vacation Rental Marketer & Podcaster

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    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

Unlocked is a podcast series that invites you to be a fly-on-the-wall as VRMB founder Matt Landau interviews some of the world’s most innovative vacation rental professionals. The goal of this podcast series is to share best practices and to remind vacation rental professionals that we have everything we need inside of us to succeed.

    How Airbnb Changed My Life: And Then The World

    How Airbnb Changed My Life: And Then The World

    Evelyn Badia is a New York City based, five-star, Airbnb superhost.  Through her online community and podcast she helps people become better hosts and use those hosting skills to build better financial futures.  
    Evelyn and Matt have a history of banter when it comes to professionalism and the vacation rental industry and in this final episode of season 7, they dive into a less dependent future and explore the motivations and realities of becoming a property manager.
     
    The Hosting Journey Podcast The Hosting Journey Newsletter and Courses Eveyln's Airbnb Courses Airbnb VRMB Communities This episode is brought you by Point Central, the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, the best in class property care and automations platform.
    Additional show notes can be found at www.vrmb.com/124/

    • 1 hr
    The Long Game with Ryan Bailey, CEO of Track Hospitality Software

    The Long Game with Ryan Bailey, CEO of Track Hospitality Software

    Travelnet Solutions Co-founder and CEO Ryan Bailey has been working since the early days of the internet to provide technology solutions for the hospitality industry.  Their property management software Track has twice been named the software of the future by the VRMB Keystone awards.  
    In this episode, Matt sits down with Ryan to talk about building enterprise platforms, the rollups shaking the industry, and how technology powered hospitality can be harnessed for a better human experience.  
     
    Travelnet Solutions Track Hospitality Software Jim Collins Good to Great 2021 Keystone Software Awards VRMB Communities This episode is brought you by Point Central, the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, the best in class property care and automations platform.
    Additional show notes can be found at www.vrmb.com/123/

    • 54 min
    I Sued the City and Won

    I Sued the City and Won

    Theo Kracke is a true vacation rental advocacy avenger.  Fed up with unfair regulations in his home town of Santa Barbara, he sued the city and spent a great deal of his time and money to create precedent setting law that benefits owners and managers up and down the California coast.  In Phoenix at the recent Streamline conference, Matt sat down with Theo to get his story.
    VRMB Communities STRSantaBarbara.org May the 4th be with Theo Cracke How to Save your Vacation Rental Business Podcast Paradise Retreats This episode is brought you by Point Central, the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, the best in class property care and automations platform.
    Additional show notes can be found at www.vrmb.com/122

    • 47 min
    How Vacation Rental Hospitality Made My World Larger

    How Vacation Rental Hospitality Made My World Larger

    Sallie Mitchell, formerly of Casa Mar Azul vacation rental in San Pancho, Mexico knows what it's like to plan for a dream, live with the realities of that dream, and ultimately exit the dream in a positive fashion. Onwards to the next chapter.  
    In this episode Sallie and Matt explore the idea of finding your guest type and catering to them, action items to build an exit strategy and dip into Sallie's fears of an arms race in guest expectations.
    We have come to think of Sallie's business savvy as the quintessential rent by owner. With the scope of responsibilities and demands of the job greater today than it’s ever been, listen carefully for both the compass that Sallie used to make hard decisions and the framing or presentation of her choice that landed clearly and comfortably in the hands of her guests, employees, and even friends.
    More than anything, Sallie champions the idea that if vacation rentals FEELS like something you want to do, would be good at, would mean something…that you should take that leap even though it may seem terrifying. At least in Sallie’s case, hospitality has made her world larger, her life richer, and her stories hilarious to boot! 
    VRMB Communities Are We Starting An Arms Race To Create Impossibly Spoiled Guests? Casa Mar Azul  Sayulita Episode of the Vacation Rental Show This episode is brought you by Point Central, the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, the best in class property care and automations platform.
    Additional show notes can be found at www.vrmb.com/121

    • 51 min
    Matt Roberts, CEO of Vacasa

    Matt Roberts, CEO of Vacasa

    Matt Roberts is the CEO of Vacasa, one of the largest vacation rental companies in the world. Matt was previously the CEO at Open Table -- the app that allows you to reserve tables at your favorite restaurants -- but he’s not entirely new to vacation rentals as he was previously on Vacasa’s board: granted a very different vantage point than being CEO. 
    But as a disclaimer and a testament to the theme of this season “unglamorous” we’ve chosen to include Matt because Vacasa, whether you like them or not, is a huge player in the vacation rental eco-system and knowing what their CEO is thinking can be simultaneously awkward and useful. You won’t hear a Bob Woodward style inquisition because Matt (Landau) is not an investigative journalist. What you will hear are questions that other managers are wondering and call-outs that we believe can strengthen our positioning. Plus references to new terms like "share shift," "Domain expertise," and black silk sheets. 
    Theory of Limited Edition Homerunners Docuseries Turnkey Vacation Rentals OpenTable This episode is brought you by Point Central, the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, the best in class property care and automations platform. Both companies' leadership are featured in the middle of the episode talking about the other fondly. 
    Additional show notes can be found at www.vrmb.com/120

    • 55 min
    How Closing Communication Gaps Produce Happier Guests & Homeowners

    How Closing Communication Gaps Produce Happier Guests & Homeowners

    Ashley Kubiszyn is taking River Ridge Rentals to new heights with technological advancements, especially in communications, that compliment the company's already market-leading specialization, localization and community involvement. 

    This episode is brought you by Point Central, the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway, the best in class property care and automations platform. 

    Additional show notes can be found at www.vrmb.com/119

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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72 Ratings

72 Ratings

jbiddle1 ,

Inspirational

Matt and his guests have been a big part of our family’s journey into the vacation rental community. This is THE place for both knowledge and inspiration.

clbhappy ,

Information, insight, and actionable ideas

Thank you Matt for having such a heart for our industry. I look forward to all the episodes and enjoy hearing other industry professionals speak about their challenges and solutions, be transparent about their businesses, and provide guideposts for our combined futures.

Slider1765 ,

Matt - My Little Hero

What great info and thanks for sharing wealth with others. Your insights create a raise for me and my company. I appreciate all the time you invest into this and it helps us in a great way. Your friendship is awesome and your constant search for knowledge to share is unparalleled. Keep up the good work!!

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