What's New With the Virtual Concierge Service
Respond to Guest Questions with Your Own Voice (August 2019)
We know that one key to success in the vacation rental business is maintaining a personal connection with guests. One way to do that is to have them hear your own voice as part of their experience in your property. With this feature of the Virtual Concierge, you can record an audio file and attach it to a content item. When guests ask about that item, the VC will say "I'll hand it off to your host for that information", and then your own voice will provide the response to the guest's request.
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Host Welcome Message (July 2019)
Now your guests can get information you consider important, without depending on them to ask for it. When a guest uses the Virtual Concierge for the first time after their arrival, they will hear the custom welcome message that you have defined. This is a one-time only welcome for each group of guests. When they use the VC again, they will get the normal greeting.
Host Notifications When Guests Check-out, and a 3-Question Guest Survey (May 2019)
When guests tell the Virtual Concierge "We're checking out", you will receive an immediate notification. This can potentially allow you to send in the cleaning crew early. Further, you can also receive immediate feedback about your guest's stay. Guests will be asked if they are willing to provide feedback via 3 quick questions. You can use this information for continuous improvement and growing repeat bookings.
Proactive Check-out Reminders (May 2019)
Now on the day of departure, your guests can get proactively reminded about important things to remember as they leave the property. With check-out reminders, the Virtual Concierge will send a notification to your Amazon Echo device(s) at 10am on the morning of the check-out day. When a notification arrives, the device chimes and the light indicator pulses yellow. Guests can then say "Alexa, use the concierge service" to hear your custom departure instructions.
Calendar Integration (May 2019)
Hosts can now link their reservation calendars. This release also includes the ability for Alexa or Google Assistant to provide custom welcome messages using your guest's name.
Mark Cuban & Bradley Metrock Discuss Virtual Concierge Service (April 2019)
The value that voice tech brings vacation rentals is recognized, and growing! Here is Virtual Concierge Service being discussed by Mark Cuban and podcast host Bradley Metrock. It is in the context of the top 3 voice-oriented businesses that Mark would advise a younger self to pursue.
Google Places Integration (March 2019)
The Virtual Concierge can now search for local places and businesses and provide your guests information even if that information is not provided in your custom content. For example, if your guest says "where is the nearest museum?" and you do not have museum information in your content, the Virtual Concierge will now search for and provide the information for the nearest museum. This is another step in providing your guests great local knowledge. This feature is currently only available for the Amazon Echo and in the United States.
Yelp Events Integration
You can sharing information about local events through the Virtual Concierge. Your guests can say "tell me about events in the area", and they will get a list of top events happening nearby. This information is constantly updated and requires no data entry on your part. Events are provided based on their proximity to the address of your property. They are sorted by date and presented to guests with events underway at the time of their request listed first.