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Free Social Media Tool Drives Traffic To Vacation Rental Sites

Vacation Rental Traffic From Social Media

If you’re not using social media to help market your vacation rental, you’re losing out. Social media networks are a free way of marketing a rental property. So, why wouldn’t you use social media as part of your vacation rental marketing strategy? Are you not using social media to market your vacation rental? Tell us why.

In today’s post, I’m going to share a free social marketing tool with you. I’ll also teach you how I use it to drive traffic to my vacation rental websites and how you can use it, too. If you’ve ever wondered how to get visitors to your property website, check out the video in this blog, I’ll demonstrate one way!

I’ve been trying out this new social marketing tool and I wanted to share it with you. Tell me what you think of it.

Hey V.R. Community, Ever hear of a URL shorten-er?

But first, do you know what a URL shorten-er is? It is what it sounds like: it makes a website link shorter than it really is.

But why do you need to shorten a URL? You may want to share a blog, article, picture or post to Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus but sometimes the URL is super long, which makes a post look messy.

Here is an example of a long URL:

http://isbeingbuilt.com/villamarketersold/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Teachers-Quote-Chinese-Proverb.jpg

Same URL Shortened

http://bit.ly/1x4Umkb

Which looks neater?

But that isn’t the only reason for using a URL shortener! Some URL shorteners actually enable you to increase your web traffic. Let’s talk about a few free social media tools you can use today in your rental marketing.

Vacation Rental Helper:  Google URL Shortener

I’ve used two URL shorteners in the past, one of which is Google’s link shortener, found here https://goo.gl/ Google’s URL shortner is free and can track how many people have clicked on the links you share. This feature helps you to understand the level of engagement your social messages are getting.

It helps you to discover which types of posts are most popular in your social setting/network and sheds light on what type of content you should be sharing.

 

Vacation Rental Helper:  Bit.ly URL Shortener

Next up is Bit.ly.com. Bitly works a lot like Google’s URL shortener.

I’ve used both of these free social media tools and the two are great, but there is a new shiny tool that has caught my eye.

 

Vacation Rental Helper:  Snip.ly URL Shortener

Let me introduce to you Sniply http://snip.ly/Ydmg

Snip.ly offers a couple of HUGE advantages that the other free social media tools just don’t have. (But you’ll have to keep reading to find out!)

 

Vacation Rental Community:  Why share content?

So, why should you use this social marketing tool? There are a couple of reasons. First, if you’re going to be successful on the social marketing scene, you’ll need to share other people’s content. Why?

If you want people to share your marketing and content, you’ll have to share theirs. You just won’t be as successful as you could be with social marketing if you ‘re only sharing your content. I mean, think about that for a moment… What would you think of someone who only talked about themselves?

That’s sorta the same thing when you only share information about yourself. Social marketing is about being social… and sharing is an important part of the social world. A smart marketer is one that shares other people’s content. It’s sort of like “vacation rental marketing Karma,” and Sniply encourages that behavior. What comes around goes around!

Not only will this social sharing tool help your marketing Karma, it helps you to keep your followers and friends engaged with your posts by sharing great content regularly. Using Sniply to share other people’s content with your own social networks will help you to share great content you find online, while leveraging it to drive traffic to your own vacation rental website.

Never share content that isn’t relevant or appropriate for your followers, just for the sake of sharing someone else’s content in your network. If you post great content, even if it’s not your own, people will look out for your post and see you/your vacation rental more often, especially using this social sharing tool.

Although people are much more likely to share your content if you share theirs, you wouldn’t get direct traffic by sending people to other sites than your own. That was before Sniply.

This cool social marketing tool lets you share other website links with your audience, with the added benefit of an inclusion of your head shot, logo or avatar with a call to action that encourages people to visit your site.

Vacation Rental Tools:  What about you?

Have you been using social media to market your vacation rental? How’s it going for you? Do you know of any other free social media tools? Please share your thoughts and comments below.

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  • Hi Jay,
    I just created my sniply account and used it for the first time. This is a very cool tool!
    It should definitely provide more traffic to my website from my social media posts.
    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Awesome Darla, isn’t it neat…
      There is also a Chrome browser extension. Sometimes coming up with good blogs/content can be a grueling task for owners, now with this tool you don’t have to have your own content to drive traffic to your website. This is especially great to use in-between your own blog posts . Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Great tip Jay…. I will definitely try this! Love the networking option so other vendors can see who I am and how I am sharing their info.

    • Awesome! Sharing is a big part of marketing these days. It works much like a Karma boomerang!

  • Sniply looks really useful – potentially solves the problem of linking an external site and never getting folks back to your website or blog. Going to enjoy this. Thanks – good post!!

    • Yes its very useful for generating traffic to your website. The one thing I want to mention is, when you have content from your own blog, its best to use your own URL so you can get more “credit” for your own page. However when you are sharing other peoples content this is when you want to use Sniply. I use Sniply to drive traffic to my site with other peoples content. It almost feels unethical… lol just kidding! Let me know, when you’ve given it a test drive.

  • Marie-Louise

    Thanks Jay, this will go into the toolbox!

    • You’re welcome Marie-Louise. I know you use Analytics. You should see sniply come up in your reports as referral traffic. I smiled the first time I saw that 🙂

  • Maria Rekrut

    Jay – I love the idea of Sniply. Thanks for sharing I’m sure to try it out. Great way to share valuable content and get readers to go to my websites. Good work, Maria Rekrut

    • Maria you are a social butterfly so you should get good use out of this tool! Keep me posted about it.

  • Wow I have never heard of Sniply. Jay you are always coming up with super cool stuff and you share it with us which is soooooo generous of you, thank you! With our new website all of what you share is going to be really valuable to us! Happy Sunday everyone!

  • rentmoreweeks

    Really stand up tip Jay, great work.

    • Hey Alan glad you like and approve! I know you’re a social pro 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing Jay, this is a very helpful tool!

  • Hey Alan glad you like and approve! I know you’re a social pro 🙂

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