I've embarked on a journey of managing a few AirBnB's since the 'sharing economy' is part of digital that I'm involved with on a day to day basis.
AirBnB's enjoyed a huge run the past 5 years, but I fear Booking.com is coming back with a vengeance.
Booking.com is outperforming AirBnB on most of the properties we have dual listings on.
I believe this is due to how much weight AirBnB gives to reviews in their algorithms.
Somehow slightly negative reviews don't impact hosts as much on Booking.com as on
The alternative explanation is that the sheer volume of traffic on Booking.com is just much higher as they have been around much longer.
AirBnB after hosting a guest that was simply impossible to please, one of our listings tanked completely and haven't been able to come back on the booking front. On Booking.com
however it's soaring.
I guess it's a matter of not putting all of your eggs 'inn' one basket. Forgive me, it's Easter break and the puns are running wild…
Hit me up with your thoughts…
When should you convince your clients to adopt a new channel / technology?
At the moment blab.im has come up on my radar as the next big thing in video content. What’s interesting is that they compete somewhat with Periscope & Meerkat, but they enable a group video chat, so it’s more of a discussion / collaboration than one to many platform and it’s just easier to use (than especially Meerkat).
This is a power tool for creating video/audio content, because they allow you to download the video & audio (separately) and share to YouTube. This enables you to create audio based content (podcasts) separately if you feel like it, all from the original video that you made. They are not trying to ‘wall up the garden’ in terms of where you can access the content and that’s great.
You can also decide if you want to be ‘on the record’ (recording) or ‘off the record’ (just live video without recording) and it will automatically combine sections that you were ‘on the record’ into the final downloads.
So to come back to the question, when should you convince your clients to adopt a new technology?
I would recommend adopting it when it enables you to create content for multiple channels in an easier fashion. This doesn’t mean it’s a simple jump from nothing to doing video content. Video stays video, so you need proper recording equipment to do something professional.
Existing producers of video content should be very happy with this.
Blab.im gets my vote, until the next big thing…
I’m not a purist photographer. I’m a hobbyist and in my opinion my shots are sometimes ‘nie te kak nie’. I understand where professional photographers come from though. For print it’s a completely different story and many hours are required to get the perfect shot, never mind all the post production that’s required.
Guys like Robert Miller and Desmond Louw really impress me with their skills. If you’re ever in need of a Cape Town based photographer hit them up. I’m in awe, but it’s not what my flow is about so I’m happy to refer and still snap the odd good frame on my iPhone.
I made the photo above on Lion’s Head as I saw a couple looking out over the city, pondering all the happenings below. I like catching a moment. It’s perhaps why I’m into surf photography too. More of that later…
I’ll tell you this: Good photographs move me. If you’d like to mention more in the comments, feel free to do so. No this is not the place to advertise your photography services, then you’re missing the point…
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