176 episodes

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

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 75 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.

    What’s Your Story with Maria Schuh

    What’s Your Story with Maria Schuh

    Today's episode features Maria Schuh, owner of Mistiso's Place in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. In this episode, Maria talks about ways that effectively allow her to navigate the threats that seem to hold a lot of VR owners back and how dancing influences the way she goes about life.
    This episode is brought to you in partnership with OwnerRez, www.ownerrez.com, a property management software that covers small homeowners and large PMs alike. 
    If you would like to join Matt, and over 1200 of the most creative Vacation Rental operators in the world, head over to community.vrmb.com. 

    • 12 min
    Here Goes Nothin’ with Steve Hafner

    Here Goes Nothin’ with Steve Hafner

    Today's episode features Steve Hafner, the co-founder and CEO of Kayak. Kayak is a search engine for travel services, including airline flights, hotels, rental cars, and vacation packages.
    In this episode, Steve and Matt talk about what it means to be a visionary, and how to be creative and bring ideas. Steve and Matt dive into the importance of storytelling, and Steve talks about how clarity helps to become more authentic.
    This episode is brought to you in partnership with OwnerRez, www.ownerrez.com, a property management software that covers small homeowners and large PMs alike. 
    If you would like to join Matt, and over 1200 of the most creative Vacation Rental operators in the world, make sure to head over to community.vrmb.com. 

    • 58 min
    Authentic Innovation with Barry Shimelfarb

    Authentic Innovation with Barry Shimelfarb

    Today's episode features Barry Shimelfarb, who is a short-term rental operator, an executive coach to tech leaders in Silicon Valley, and a father of two.
    In this episode, Barry opens up about one of the most difficult times in his life and how this has shaped his guest philosophy, the way he manages his businesses, and the way he tries to make the best use of every single day.
    In addition, Barry shares how he used his years of hosting experience to create Super Host Bootcamp, www.superhostbootcamp.com, in which he shares his best secrets about how to boost bookings and increase profits in fewer hours.
    This episode is brought to you in partnership with OwnerRez, www.ownerrez.com, a property management software that covers small homeowners and large PMs alike. 
    If you would like to join Barry, Matt, and over 1200 of the most creative Vacation Rental operators in the world, make sure to head over to community.vrmb.com. 

    • 41 min
    Leading With Love with Antonio Bortolotti

    Leading With Love with Antonio Bortolotti

    Today's episode features Antonio Bortolotti, who runs the vacation Rental World Summit with his wife, Christina. It's become the preeminent event in Europe and the Middle East for vacation rental professionals.

    In this episode, Antonio and I recount this most extraordinary moment on stage at the end of the Vacation Rental World Summit in Barcelona just a couple weeks ago. We go through some of the sequences that neither of us could have fathomed, along with the consequences of what happened on stage and these shifts in priorities that myself and Antonio and I'm guessing a lot of you are going through in life as we evolve.
    This episode is brought to you by Breezeway, https://www.breezeway.io/vrmb the best-in-class property care and operations platform, and bnbfinder, https://www.bnbfinder.com/list, a book direct marketplace with a 20-year history connecting travelers with unique places to stay. No commissions, no processing fees, no service fees. Plain and simple.

    • 34 min
    Being Safe with Justin Ford

    Being Safe with Justin Ford

    This episode features a conversation between Justin Ford and Matt Landau. Justin is a longtime industry advocate, having introduced professional safety protocols to the emerging industry of vacation rentals. In this episode, Matt and Justin talk about leadership and fear, and how certain experiences impact the way we think about, and handle, risk. The episode concludes with a conversation about safety in the vacation rental industry. 
    This episode is brought to you by Breezeway, https://www.breezeway.io/vrmb the best-in-class property care and operations platform, and bnbfinder, https://www.bnbfinder.com/list, a book direct marketplace with a 20-year history connecting travelers with unique places to stay. No commissions, no processing fees, no service fees. Plain and simple.

    • 29 min
    I Got Stuck ... with Steve Schwab

    I Got Stuck ... with Steve Schwab

    I GOT STUCK is my story but it could also likely be yours. As burnout started to rear its ugly head my relationships and projects started to wobble. I was forced to accept that I was lacking a clear vision for my future: I was without a firm foundation to create from. How does one become visionary? What does it feel like to grow in new ways? How do we adapt and unstuck ourselves as we enter an era of unprecedented change? 
    I’m particularly grateful to my business partner Steve Schwab, for his courage and patience and willingness to build our retreats company together in creative and curious new ways.
    This episode is brought to you by Breezeway, https://www.breezeway.io/vrmb the best-in-class property care and operations platform, and bnbfinder, https://www.bnbfinder.com/list, a book direct marketplace with a 20-year history connecting travelers with unique places to stay. No commissions, no processing fees, no service fees. Plain and simple.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

goodwinfamily7 ,

Bringing meaning to our work

Matt Landau delivers not only practical tips on vacation rentals, he ushers listeners into a deeper conversation that reveals meaning behind our work. I continue to enjoy and benefit from Matt’s conversational approach and brilliant insights that go far beyond a list of top ten ideas. Matt has a unique pulse on this industry and how we must capture the opportunities we have to add value to our guests, employees, owners and community.

Viaggiatrice23 ,

Yes: worth your time

I love podcasts BUT only if they are worth my precious time: Unlocked makes the cut. Matt is professional, asks insightful questions and it is enjoyable to feel like a part of the conversation. I love that the episodes focus on ONE thing and it is tightly edited to fit in 20 minutes. If you are involved in any aspect of the vacation rental business and want to learn and improve, this is the podcast for you.

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.

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