Modernizing vacation rental in Cannes
Located on the French Riviera, Cannes has long been a tourist destination par excellence, so it’s no surprise that the city’s vacation rental industry has been well established for many years. That said, the market has changed a great deal over the last decade, and many of the big players are struggling to adapt to new opportunities and technologies.
Gregory Gerson realized there was a gap in the market for a modern, nimble business that could take advantage of new tools and new ways of advertising – and Immogroom was born. Immogroom’s progressive approach to vacation rental management has seen great success in the last two years, to the point where the company has begun to encounter considerable logistical challenges as a result of its rapid growth.
CEO and Founder, Gregory Gerson, explains: “For a lean team like ours, managing so many properties is no easy feat. In fact, when we got to about 60 properties we realized our system was breaking down. The huge workload was beginning to impact our service quality, and we had reached the point where we either needed to hire more in-house staff, or completely change our approach to work more efficiently.”
Aiming to maximize productivity and cost-effectiveness, Immogroom chose the second option. But with an archaic PMS and operations built on Whatsapp and a shared Google calendar, the company lacked the tools to support such a business transformation. Immogroom needed new technology for a new approach.
Unlocking potential with BookingSync
Changing its property management system (PMS) was critical for this transition.
“We had a PMS in place,” comments Gerson. “But the vendor wasn’t updating it and it had become obsolete. We needed a modern, VR-focused PMS. What’s more, we wanted an open API that would give us the freedom to pick the best solutions on the market for specific functions.”
After extensive research, Immogroom concluded that BookingSync was the ideal fit for its requirements.
Immogroom used BookingSync to build a striking new website that delivers an improved and engaging customer experience, streamlining the property selection and booking processes for customers. Additionally, the software helps with marketing, pricing strategy, and more.
“BookingSync is a tremendously powerful tool,” confirms Gregory Gerson. “And not only is BookingSync constantly improving the platform, they’re also continuing to integrate new partner apps. Coupled with the open API, these integrations make it easy for us to stay on top of the latest technologies.”
Integrating Properly to transform changeover management
Alongside the flexibility and power that BookingSync provides for inventory management and distribution, Immogroom also knew that it needed to update its changeover management process – and this would take 21st century tools. Properly, the industry’s leading solution for managing short-term rental cleaning, provided Immogroom with the solution it needed.
Gregory Gerson says: “We weren’t satisfied with our existing approach to changeover management. Our cleanings were inconsistent, and we were paying cleaners a flat fee per apartment, which incentivized speed over quality.
“We expanded our field teams to handle the increasing numbers of cleanings and welcomings, and it quickly became clear that we needed a better way of managing these people.”
Immogroom found that Properly was the best solution on the market for cleaning and changeover management – and the only platform designed specifically for the needs of the vacation rental industry.
With Properly, Immogroom’s cleaning consistency issues are a thing of the past: cleaners can follow clear visual checklists to provide the perfect clean every time. What’s more, Immogroom can track cleaners’ progress in real time through geolocation functionality and instant verification photos, guaranteeing quality and transparency.
This transparency has also enabled Immogroom to switch to a pay-per-hour model for its service providers. Gregory Gerson explains: “We can see exactly when and where service providers are cleaning, so we can be sure that they are giving each property its due attention – and we can pay them accurately based on their work. It’s a fairer approach for both parties.”
Properly also integrates seamlessly with BookingSnyc. Bookings, properties, and listing photos can be effortlessly imported from BookingSync to Properly, enabling Immogroom to create visual checklists in Properly using photos and information already available in BookingSync.
Bookings, properties, and listing photos can be effortlessly imported from BookingSync to Properly.
Gregory Gerson adds: “The BookingSync integration was especially useful when we first implemented Properly. We had more than 60 properties to set up in Properly, so having the photos already available was a massive time-saver.”
Streamlining operations and boosting bookings
With Properly and BookingSync in place, Immogroom’s logistical challenges are behind them. The new tools are helping the business reach new heights of efficiency, paving the way for further growth.
“Today, one person is able to manage all of our day-to-day operations,” says Gerson. “Without BookingSync and Properly, that would be the work of four people – our entire team.”
And efficiency isn’t the only benefit; Immogroom’s service quality is also improving across the board. Cleanings are more consistent and thorough thanks to Properly, and BookingSync is driving substantially enhanced communications with customers. With better emails conveying more useful information to guests, and better advertising directly integrated into popular sites like Booking.com, Immogroom is attracting more customers than ever.
“Last week, we had to manage 70 arrivals and departures on the same day,” reveals Gerson. “The amount of preparation and flexibility it took was vast – and everything went flawlessly. I have no doubt that coordinating so many tasks and people – or even achieving so many simultaneous bookings in the first place – would simply have been impossible without Properly and BookingSync."
"I have no doubt that coordinating so many tasks and people – or even achieving so many simultaneous bookings in the first place – would simply have been impossible without Properly and BookingSync."