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Unlocked by Matt Landau

Matt Landau, Matt Landau: Vacation Rental Marketer & Podcaster
100 episodes
Unlocked is a podcast series that invites you to be a fly-on-the-wall as VRMB founder Matt Landau interviews some of the world’s most innovative vacation rental professionals. The goal of this podcast series is to share best practices and to remind vacation rental professionals that we have everything we need inside of us to succeed.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

EP102: THE Masterplan for Vacation Rental Management

This week Matt and Jed Stevens of Koloa Kai   detail a six step program for building a sustainable and profitable vacation rental business and soft-launch the VRMB Accelerator Program. This episode is brought to you by Point Central , the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway , the b…
1h 16min

EP101: 7 Epiphanies from a Vacation Rental Startup Ceo

In this episode Matt sits down with Andrew McConnell of Rented.com   for some must-listen industry analysis and...a few 'twerks'. This episode is brought to you by Point Central , the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway , the best in class property care and automations platform.
1h 4min

EP100: On Point with Finca Victoria

This is a Quick Tips episode of Unlocked, where Matt shares actionable wisdom from VRMB Communities. Have you ever come across a product whose presentation is so on point in that it subliminally sucked you in and persuaded you to buy?  Finca Victoria is a farmhouse style B&B on the small island …
8min

EP99: How 17 Years of Vacation Rental Housekeeping Discoveries Form a Checklist for the Future

This week Matt speaks with Eddie Gray, the housekeeping and laundry manager for Newman-Dailey Resort Properties.  With 17 years in the business, Eddie has amassed wisdom that can benefit every vacation rental business.  Best practices, checklists, delegating, software, employees, covid...Eddie cove…
55min

EP98: How To Create Moments of Engagement with Guests

This is a Quick Tips episode of Unlocked, where Matt shares actionable wisdom from VRMB Communities. "Moments of engagement” is one way of thinking about those special interactions in which you win over guests, turning them from stranger to friend (and reviewer/repeat/referral booker). Moments o…
10min

EP97: Niches Are The Next Wave in Vacation Rentals

This week Matt sits down with Anthony Gantt of At Ease  which was created to solve challenges with vacation rentals for military personnel and their families.  Anthony's story of discovering and executing in his niche is must-listen content for anyone looking to level up with the biggest current o…
41min

EP96: The Landmark Feature to Command Travelers' Attention

This is a Quick Tips episode of Unlocked, where Matt shares actionable wisdom from VRMB Communities . Any vacation rental property can be made more “limited edition” with the introduction of a landmark feature: a structural, decorative, or recreational aspect of the home’s offering that is un…
7min

EP95: How to Uncover Hidden Bookings Left on the Table

This week Matt sits down with Amber Carpenter of DemandIQ to talk about a significant source of revenue we've all been missing.  What started as a capstone project for Amber's master's degree has become must-use tech for the entire vacation rental industry.   This episode is brought to you by Po…
1h 2min

EP94: 8 Deep Adjustments To Your Airbnb & Vrbo Listings

This is a Quick Tips episode of Unlocked, where Matt shares actionable wisdom from VRMB Communities . Not all listings are created equally.  This week, the community discusses 8 deep adjustments that are designed to maximize bookings in a crowded listing site landscape. Read the full thread, h…
11min

EP93: The Ultimate Recipe for Building a Vacation Rental Lifestyle Brand

Bob Garner and his husband, Ian, have built their Casal dei Fichi into a powerhouse of repeat bookings, positive environmental action and the profitability needed to achieve a fun, balanced lifestyle.  In this episode Matt and Bob dig into the how's and why's, and explore a 'two loops model' for va…
1h 11min

EP92: How Vacation Rentals Helped Me Buy My Dream Family Home

This week Sibylle Kim gives us a masterclass in the single property lifestyle business.  She bought her dream vacation home in Waterbury, Vermont, and turned it into Villa Ausblick , a profitable, family-friendly short-term rental sanctuary, where she created years of memories for her family and h…
1h 10min

EP91: Carl Shepherd (Part 2) from HomeAway on Vacation Rentals' Past, Present, and Future

Part 2 of Matt's sit down with Carl Shepherd, co-founder of HomeAway. This week we get into the fun stuff. Where's the opportunity? How to build brand? What deep trends should you be keeping an eye on as they evolve? This episode is brought to you by Point Central , the leaders in smart home aut…
48min

EP90: Carl Shepherd from HomeAway on Vacation Rentals' Past, Present, and Future (Part 1)

In this episode, Matt sits down with Carl Shepherd, co-founder of HomeAway, for an oral history of some of the vacation rental industry's formative moments and a visionary look at its future. This episode is brought to you by Point Central , the leaders in smart home automation, and Breezeway ,…
49min

EP89: Growth Secrets for 100+ Properties (Exit Strategy Included)

In this episode Matt sits down with Kirsten King of Big Sky Vacation Rentals for some big takeaways on building and ultimately selling a supremely profitable and sustainable vacation rental business.  This episode is brought to you by Point Central , the leaders in smart home automation, and Br…
1h 6min

EP88: Sheron Scurlock of Scurlock Farms

In this episode Matt talks finding your niche and your balance with Sheron of Scurlock Farms.  Sheron mixes a working farm, famous art, pet friendliness and a friendly family to create the ultimate limited edition vacation rental business.   This episode is brought to you by Point Central , the …
1h 3min

EP87: Kyle Finley of Legalbnb.org

In this episode, Matt sits down with Kyle Finley of Legalbnb and Briefhomes to talk about how Kyle went from the wild west of vacation rentals to helping other hosts legalize their businesses.  They also cover tools and operations, finding work life balance, and recovering from Coronavirus.  This…
1h 7min

EP86: Stephanie Farr of Maya Luxe

It's the the season premiere of Unlocked Magic Zones! In this episode, Steph Farr of Maya Luxe walks us through every aspect of her vacation rental business.  From owner relations, giving back to the community and thriving during a global pandemic, Steph is one of the most limited edition vacation …
1h 17min

Introducing Magic Zones with Matt Landau

VRMB is thrilled to announce Season 6 of Unlocked by Matt Landau, a podcast that invites you to be a fly-on-the-wall with some of the most creative vacation rental professionals in the world.  The first episode premieres Wednesday February 17th, 2021.
4min

EP84: The VRMB Keystone Awards with Terry Whyte

In this special episode, Terry and Matt announce the winners of the 2021 VRMB Keystone Awards!  The theme of this year's awards is agility and they cover property management software for any size vacation rental business as well as several categories of third party software.   Thank you to Vintor…
1h 1min

EP83: Eric Thibodeaux of Current Tides

As we prepare to launch a new season of Unlocked, Matt sits down with Eric Thibodeaux of Current Tides and Safer VR's for a very detailed discussion of growing and running a vacation rental business, the technology used for operations, incorporating long-term rentals into your portfolio and the upc…
1h 9min

EP82: Our Wakeup Call with Dana Lubner

In this special edition of Unlocked , we're airing the first episode of the How to Save Your Vacation Rental Business podcast and kicking it off with an exclusive intro from Matt and Dana.  This new podcast is produced by VRMB Communities, hosted by Dana and something Matt's been passionate abou…
59min

EP81: Dr. Louis Rosenberg of Unanimous AI

Dr. Louis Rosenberg founded Unanimous AI to pursue a crazy idea – that we can amplify the intelligence of human groups by developing a new form of AI based on the biological principles of Swarm Intelligence .  The idea panned out, resulting in Swarm AI technology, a powerful method amplifying gr…
1h 1min

EP80: Brian Olson of Beachcomber Vacation Homes

There was no thought of a pandemic when Matt sat down with Brian Olson of Beachcomber Vacation Homes at last year's LiveRez conference.  The industry was already in turmoil, however, and Brian's 'everything's gonna be alright' philosophy came as a real comfort.   More importantly, his years of ex…
47min

EP79: Karen and John Bobe of Sunset Properties

Before all of this pandemic madness started, Matt went to visit Karen and John Bobe on Alabama's Gulf Coast to soak up the sun, drink bourbon and talk vacation rentals.  Karen and John have 18 years of experience running an extremely professional family vacation rental business.  This episode is ch…
1h 14min

EP78: Harsha L’Acqua of Saira Hospitality

Harsha L’Acqua runs Saira Hospitality, a non-profit transforming the way hotels connect with local communities through education. Her insights into hospitality, staffing and motivation provide a wealth of unique takeaways and actionable ideas for your vacation rental business.  Please visit our s…
1h 8min

EP77: Pierre Becerril of Transparent

Pierre Becerril is CEO of Transparent, a data intelligence provider for the short-term rental industry. Their analytics and dashboards help compare rates, improve pricing, analyse demand, supply and upcoming events and they recently released a free version you can try.  Pierre and Matt sat down in …
55min

EP76: Robin Craigen of Moving Mountains

Robin has spent a lifetime in adventurous areas of hospitality and now runs a luxury, mountain oriented vacation rental business with his family.  In this episode, Robin talks to Matt about finding balance on the journey, company culture and the challenges and hopes for high-touch hospitality in th…
1h 14min

EP75: Nathan Schneider of the Media Enterprise Design Lab

Nathan Schneider is the director of the Media Enterprise Design Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He is also a journalist and author who is currently exploring models for democratic ownership and governance for online platforms and protocols. Nathan has a deep knowledge of cooperative b…
1h 3min

EP74: Sarah Franzen of Natural Retreats

In this episode, Sarah Franzen of Natural Retreats gives us deep insight into the world of revenue management.  This is a practice that includes much more than just dynamic pricing and it should be part of every successful vacation rental business. Please visit our sponsors, which made this episo…
1h 8min

EP73: Margot Schmorak of Hostfully

Margot is CEO and Co-Founder of Hostfully which services more than 17,000 vacation rental properties worldwide.  She is also an Apple veteran and her focus on community-driven products brings a unique perspective to the vacation rental industry.  In this virtual sit-down with Matt, she covers every…
1h 12min