In this session of Vacation Rental Success, I’m delighted to welcome Evelyn Gallardo who I met for the first time at the Home Away Summit in Phoenix. She was a member of a panel delivering a social media workshop over the afternoon on the first day, and had my attention from the get-go after getting the audience of 200+ to grunt like a gorilla in the first minute. The story behind that was fascinating and in this episode Evelyn tells us about her connection with the gorillas of Rwanda, Dianne Fossey, and her ultimate move to Costa Rica as a wildlife photographer and vacation rental home owner.
I knew that this episode was going to be of huge value because of the breadth of social media reach Evelyn is achieving but it wasn’t until we got talking that I realized we’d have to break this into a couple of parts. The value that Evelyn brings in her knowledge and educational takeaways is pure gold and I’m so happy she made time for this interview and the subsequent episodes we’ll be recording soon.
In this episode you’ll learn:
- How a face-to-face encounter with a mountain gorilla was a turning point in Evelyn’s life
- How she went from sharing her passion of endangered primates with schoolchildren to educating guests in her Costa Rica vacation rental property
- The value of using virtual assistants for taking on the tasks you don’t have the skills for, or just don’t want to do
- Why responding to Flipkey reviews can create trust
- What types of video work best with prospective vacation rental guests
- Why you should be following and learning from some key internet marketers
- How Evelyn wrote a best-selling a live-like-a-local guide and how you can do it too
And here’s the resources we discussed:
Elance – Virtual Assistants
Odesk – Virtual Assistants
Guru.com – Technical virtual assistants
Travelling in Costa Rica – 3 Hidden Truths ( over 32,000 views)
3 Insightful Tips on Tipping the Staff at a Vacation Rental (Youtube video)
Lou Bourtone – for video training
James Wedmore – free video training
Melanie Duncan – Pinterest
Amy Porterfield – Facebook
Cliff Ravenscraft – Podcast Answerman
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