It may not feel like it, but spring has officially sprung! It's a traditional time to have a clear out and freshen up at home – good news for your guests if you’re a host. But you can also do the same in your virtual 'home'. Follow our eight top tips to spring clean your misterb&b profile to boost your listing, attract more views and maximize bookings!
1) Take some awesome, up-to-date pics of your space…
First impressions count: you only have a few seconds to impress new people. The same is true with your listing: if a potential guest isn’t instantly drawn-in by your main image, they might scroll on by. If your pictures are dark, pixelated or just lacking inspiration, reshoot in natural light. Also, if you’ve added new furniture, accessories or rearranged your apartment since listing, ensure your photos reflect the new layout.
Listings with 10 or more images get more inquiries than those without. If you’re stuck for inspiration, add some close-ups of any special details/features in your home, the façade of your building, and any cool nearby venues. Remember: you can add up to 20 pictures. And if you’ve been snap-happy on some great nights out with your guests, share these pics on your listing, too. You’ll come across as likable, trustworthy and a fun host.
Similarly, it’s a fact that if you fill out the ‘About me’ section you'll get far more attention than host who leave it blank. That’s because this is your chance to sell yourself as person and to explain why you’d be a great host.
It also helps to build trust and a connection with someone you’ve never met before. Add a nice and welcoming description, including things like your career, hobbies and interests, and what you love doing in your city/town.
Everybody loves a bargain. That’s why competitive pricing is essential on misterb&b. Cost is a major factor for guests when comparing listings, so make sure your place is affordable: check out what other people are charging for similar places nearby and ensure you’re not asking over the odds.
If you haven’t had stacks of bookings to date, consider lowering your price temporarily until you build some positive reviews. Then you can think about charging more when you’ve got some five-star reviews to your name!
This is your chance to make the booking experience as easy as possible for both you and the host. If you’ve been happy with your guests so far, you might want to consider switching on Instant Booking which – as the name makes clear – lets guests confirm their stay right away. When searching for accommodation, many guests like to choose these option as it saves them time. If you’re flexible with who’s coming to stay with you, it can boost your booking potential.
When it comes to the main listing description, the more precise you are, the better. But as well as talking about your place and the facilities, make sure you include other useful info which may make your listing more appealing. For example, is it easily accessible from the airport or main train station? Is there a metro nearby? Is it close to the local LGBT scene? Are you flexible with check-in/out times?
If your profile doesn’t include a clear picture of you, you’ll definitely be at a disadvantage: listings without host images are not booked as often. Again, it’s a question of trust: adding a snapshot of yourself lets guests see who they’ll be staying with. Oh, and smiling in the picture really does makes a big difference!
OK, so now that you’ve spring cleaned your misterb&b profile to the max, here’s a cool way to promote it. If you’re on Instagram (who isn’t?) add your listing link to your bio. People can click directly through to your listing and book. And remember: Instagram is a smart way to showcase your place. Share great images of your accommodation, your city and yourselves hanging with guests and tag us with #DiscoverYourPride. We’ll repost the best on our feed! ●
Like this? Then check out 12 top tips to become the perfect misterb&b host and 7 ways to be an awesome misterb&b guest!
Add us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and share your travel pictures using the hashtag #DiscoverYourPride We'll share the best pics with our global LGBT travel community! Share your host story or Local Tips about what to do in your city, and make a video to promote your listing. Interested? Then just mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you.