Alex & Annie Vacation Rental Podcast
OTAs / Distribution Destination Marketing AirBnB

1st of the Month Bonus Episode: We Are Not Airbnb… So What ARE We?

Feb. 1, 2023

On today’s episode, we’re featuring our recent panel at DESTICON, a virtual conference that brought together tourism and hospitality professionals from the DMO (Destination marketing organization) space. In our session, we d…

Destination Marketing

Leading through Authenticity and Vulnerability, with Alex Zemianek CEO of JZ Vacation Rentals

Jan. 25, 2023

THE KEY TO A GREAT TEAM IS AUTHENTICITY In today’s episode, Alex and Annie welcome Alex Zemianek, the Founder and CEO of JZ Vacation Rentals. He shares how trial after trial left him broke and almost broken. However, whe…

Software

DACK’s Customer Experience Enhancing Solution, with Thomas Schaper

Jan. 18, 2023

IMPROVE YOUR GUEST EXPERIENCE WITH SEAMLESS TECHNOLOGY In today’s episode, Alex and Annie welcome Thomas Schaper, the Head of Product at DACK Inc. Thomas shares his experience in creating DACK as an app that improves the gue…

Marketing Software

CAPTURE IT! The Value of Email Capture as a Vacation Rental Marketing Solution, with Arthur Colker

Jan. 11, 2023

SUCCESS IN THE VACATION RENTAL SPACE ISN’T ALWAYS INTENTIONAL and Arthur Colker is proof of that. Arthur is the CEO and founder of StayFi, and in this episode, discusses how he accidentally fell into the short-term rental an…

Guest: Arthur Colker
Software

The Journey is the Destination, with Luca Zambello, CEO of Jurny

Jan. 4, 2023

Luca Zambello joins us for today's episode to share the journey of creating Jurny, the industry's first MOS (management operating system). With roots in property management, Luca shares how he changed software 5 times - then…

Guest: Luca Zambello
1St Of The Month

Looking Ahead: 2023, We're Coming for You!

Jan. 1, 2023

It's the 1st of the Month! Tune in as we look back on this incredible year and share our top 5 most downloaded episodes. We also share our predictions for 2023, and our Words of the Year :) Alex just returned from attending …

OTAs / Distribution AirBnB

Holiday Bonus, Part 2: Our Favorite Episodes of 2022

Dec. 28, 2022

Tune in for Part 2 of our Holiday Bonus - our two favorite episodes of this past year! Unlocking $4.9 BILLION Dollars in Military Travel to the Vacation Rental Industry, with Anthony Gantt Anthony Gantt, entrepreneur and rec…

Guest: Anthony Gantt

Holiday Bonus, Part 1: Our Favorite Episodes of 2022

Dec. 21, 2022

As we wind down this incredible year, we wanted to share our two favorite episodes from 2022. Narrowing down this list was no easy task! Over the past 12 months, we've had the privilege to interview many of the top leaders i…

OTAs / Distribution Marketing Software

How a Young Entrepreneur is Re-imagining Guest Experience Technology, with Francois Goello

Dec. 14, 2022

Francois Goello who is the founder of Enso Connect joins us today for an interesting tale of how a terrible guest experience led to him founding one of the slickest guest apps on the market. Francois tells us how Enso Connec…

Marketing

Top 6 Tips to Recession Proof Your Marketing, with Pete Dimaio of TravelBoom

Dec. 7, 2022

Pete Dimaio of TravelBoom Marketing is BACK for a three-Pete! This is Pete's 3rd appearance on the show, and today he joins us for a very timely and relevant topic. As we head into 2023 and an economic forecast that is anyth…

Guest: Pete Dimaio
1St Of The Month

Simon Says: The Vacation Rental Industry Needs More Accessible Properties, Plus End of Year Wrap-up

Dec. 1, 2022

It's the 1st of the Month! Tune in as we recap the previous month and look ahead to the next, discussing industry trends, pacing, events and more. Simon Lehmann of AJL Consulting joins us each month for "Simon Says", where …

Guest: Simon Lehmann
OTAs / Distribution Marketing Software

How Strategic Marketing and Technology Paved a Path to Success for Casiola, with Dennis Goedheid

Nov. 30, 2022

Dennis Goedheid has built a budding empire in Orlando, that has recently spawned into Miami and Aruba. His entrepreneurial journey began in Belgium, where he learned the fundamentals of marketing and branding which he has a…

Leadership & Personal Branding Marketing AirBnB

Behind the Success of Every Small Business is a Family, with Lauren Madewell

Nov. 23, 2022

Lauren Madewell joins us today to share the story of her family's business, Auntie Belham's Cabin Rentals. The company is ran by Lauren and her sister Mallory, along with their Dad, John Madewell, who fell into vacation rent…

Marketing AirBnB Advocacy & Legislative Issues

Fireside Chat with Airbnb Brand Ambassador, John Hildebrand

Nov. 16, 2022

John Hildebrand of Hilde Homes joins us today for a discussion on all our favorite topics! John's company is based out of Scottsdale, AZ with properties in Arizona and California and has risen to fame as a Brand Ambassador f…

OTAs / Distribution Consolidation & Acquisitions

Growing through Acquisitions & Smart Business Principles, with Scott Bunce, Cabins for You COO

Nov. 9, 2022

Scott Bunce, COO of Cabins for You joins us today for a look behind the curtain of their innovative enterprise that manages properties in the Smoky Mountains and Georgia mountains, with plans to expand into the Florida Panha…

Guest: Scott Bunce
Leadership & Personal Branding

Celebrating One Year Anniversary of Alex & Annie Podcast: Episode 1, The A-HA Moment

Nov. 2, 2022

Flash back! On November 2, 2021, we launched the Alex & Annie Podcast with our 1st episode, The A-HA Moment. As we reflect on the past year and so many incredible memories, we thought it was fitting to revisit this episode. …

Consolidation & Acquisitions Conferences & Events 1St Of The Month

1st of the Month Bonus Episode - Simon Says: Alex & Annie's Careers are a Changin'

Nov. 1, 2022

It's the 1st of the Month! Tune in as we recap the previous month and look ahead to the next, discussing industry trends, pacing, events and more. Simon Lehmann of AJL Consulting joins us each month for "Simon Says", where …

Guest: Simon Lehmann
AirBnB Advocacy & Legislative Issues

The Queen of Guest Experience: Tyann Marcink Hammond, Touch Stay

Oct. 26, 2022

Tune in for a fun look behind the curtain of this amazing gal that is changing the game for small and large vacation rental operators that want to provide an enhanced experience for their guests! Tyann wears two hats - she o…

Revenue Management

Creating Modern Clarity with Stoic Wisdom, with Andrew McConnell

Oct. 19, 2022

Andrew McConnell joins us today for look behind his new book, Get Out of My Head: Creating Modern Clarity with Stoic Wisdom. Known in the vacation rental world for his role as CEO of Rented, Inc., Andrew shares the most expe…

Marketing Software Revenue Management Spotlight On Exceptional Property Managers

The Vacation Rental Power Couple: Lance & Elaine Stitcher of Seaside Vacations & Sales

Oct. 12, 2022

Lance & Elaine Stitcher are owners and co-founders of Seaside Vacations & Sales, a premiere vacation rental management company that represents nearly 300 properties in Chincoteague Island, VA and Ocean City, MD. This power c…

OTAs / Distribution

Building a Start-up in a Grown-up Organization, with Marriott Homes & Villas VP Jennifer Hsieh

Oct. 5, 2022

It was beyond a pleasure to sit down with Jennifer Hsieh, VP of Marriott Homes & Villas , to learn about both the challenges and opportunities Marriott has uncovered by bringing one of the world's largest hospitality brands …

Conferences & Events 1St Of The Month

1st of the Month Bonus Episode - Simon Says: It's Conference Season!

Oct. 1, 2022

Simon Says: It's Conference Season! Tune in to hear Simon's takeaways on the Vacation Rental World Summit and Avantio 2022, and preview thoughts of the upcoming VRMA International Conference being held in Vegas October 23 - …

Guest: Simon Lehmann
Consolidation & Acquisitions Software Spotlight On Exceptional Property Managers

Spotlight on Exceptional Property Managers: Robin Craigen, CEO of Moving Mountains

Sept. 28, 2022

Robin Craigen and his wife Heather had a unique beginning in their hospitality journey that started on the high seas with their luxury yacht charter business. During this time, they developed a formula for creating exception…

Guest: Robin Craigen
Marketing AirBnB

5 Ways to Drive Direct Bookings Before the OTAs Put You Out of Business, with Vanessa Humes

Sept. 21, 2022

Vanessa Humes of ICND joins us today to share the top 5 strategies for building a book-direct vacation rental brand. As we often talk about on the podcast, building your house on someone else's land puts your business in a d…

Guest: Vanessa Humes