To  our valued community,

Let’s get right to the point: today, we’re asking for your help. Please join our team of investors by participating in our Wefunder crowdfunding campaign (minimum investment: $100, approximately €85). The funds raised ( $140K+ to date, a heartfelt thank you to the 300+ participants!) will help misterb&b pass  this very difficult period, and vigorously bounce back as soon as travel resumes.

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis hit us right when our growth was exceeding 20% per month, thanks to the addition of a large catalogue of LGBTQ-friendly hotels on our platform last December. Travel restrictions abruptly halted this growth, preventing us from reaching the break-even point and becoming profitable for the first time. For seven months now, misterb&b has been in hibernation mode with dramatic cost reductions, a hiring freeze, temporary unemployment, pay cuts, and the aid  of governmental and private relief funds.

Despite these efforts, and the partial return of our activity between June and September, we must admit that the months ahead are going to be extremely difficult. In our hearts, we do not believe that travel will resume for real before the summer of 2021. That’s nine  more months to go!

We hate to interrupt your day with this message, as we can imagine you have other things to read or do. But there you have it. If every person who opened this email, and could  afford it, joined our team of investors on WeFunder (minimum investment is $100, around €85), misterb&b could continue to thrive for years to come, and offer the entire LGBTQ travel community the opportunity to experience  a more welcoming world.

When we created misterb&b, many told us that it would never work, claiming  the “market” was too small. Yet, six years on misterb&b has grown to become the world’s largest LGBTQ-friendly accommodation booking site. Our teams (around twenty people currently) work tirelessly on a daily basis to offer you the best possible experience. By becoming an investor, you will show them how much their work means to you.

We imagine that most recipients will ignore this message. We just hope you take a minute to  think about the importance of a platform like ours in your life as an LGBTQ traveler. Imagine the next time you search for a LGBTQ-friendly stay, you realize that misterb&b no longer exists? This is not what we want, and we can imagine it’s not what you want either. We thank you all for your time and attention.

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7 smart ways to boost your listing on misterb&b

May 22 2018
by Calvin

7 smart ways to boost your listing on misterb&b


Having your accommodation listing show up at the top of the misterb&b search results can feel like getting that elusive first-page result in Google. Success! Reliability and trust are key traits of misterb&b’s most successful hosts, but there’s also a science behind our search algorithms. Follow our seven smart ways to boost your ranking on misterb&b to ensure your listings attract more views and get you more bookings!


1) Fill out all the listing details


Put yourself in a potential guest’s perspective when creating your listing: would you book a place if the listing didn’t have pictures or had a half-complete description? No, neither would we! If your listing is incomplete, it won’t be seen by many people. Be sure to include high-quality images, a description, the list of amenities, conditions, etc.

 If you have an incredible bathroom that's likely to leave your guests wanting to shower for hours, mention it! Detail is key - remember you want to paint the accommodation experience for future guests.

 

2) Get snap happy

Make sure your pictures show off your space in the best light (literally!). While great pics won’t improve your search ranking directly, a gleaming selection will help. That’s because your images will give people the first impression of your place and determine whether they click on your listing. And even if they don't, they may still save it as a favorite for future reference. Increased clicks and saves as favorites will help to boost your ranking: try to include at least ten pictures of your home, and remember to have variety. 

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3) Don’t reject reservations

The more reservations you accept, the better your ranking will be. Of course, you have the right to accept/decline guests, with factors such as length of stay, potential compatibility and calendar clashes influencing whether you accept a reservation or not. However, in misterb&b’s spirit to build a welcoming community, if you continually decline or ignore requests, you’ll suffer in the listing rankings - and even worse, miss out on hosting some amazing guests. 

 

4) Never cancel bookings

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If you’ve already accepted a booking with a guest and then later cancel it, aside from the possible financial penalties you could face, it could harm your rankings in search results. Cancellations – especially last-minute ones – cause stress and extra work for guests and they won’t reflect well on you as a reliable host. What's more, you will likely receive a negative review from the guest, which will affect your ranking. So, if you accept a booking, stick to it, unless it’s an emergency situation.

 

5) Respond to messages: fast!

Don’t leave guests’ messages/requests unanswered: if you do, it makes life harder for them and it will also affect you too. The faster you reply to a message, the better: never leave it more than 24 hours. misterb&b values the effort of hosts who quickly reply and keep their calendars updated. Active and reliable members are naturally ranked higher, so keep track of everything! ;)

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6) Ask for reviews


Positive reviews are a key factor in helping you achieve a stellar listing. The more reviews you can gather – and the better they are – the more it will boost you ranking in misterb&b’s magical search engine. Encourage guests to leave a review. Be supportive during their stay and try to accommodate any additional requests, and they will be happy to spare a few minutes to sing your praises.

 

7) Be new... and offer a discount!

With more and more people joining the misterb&b community every week, we aim to showcase some of our brand new listings at the top of our search results. If you’ve newly created a listing, you have the choice to offer a 15% discount on your place in order to gain some more attention. This will hopefully result in a first booking for you, and guide you on the path to many more ahead! Happy hosting! ●

 

Liked this? Then check out 8 ways to spring clean your misterb&b listing and 7 ways to be an awesome misterb&b guest!

  

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Wherever you're headed, don't forget to add us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and share your travel pictures using the hashtag #ExperienceYourPride. We'll share the best pics with our global LGBTQ 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 email us at stories@misterbandb.com and we'll get back to you.

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