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June 2012 Newsletter

Holiday Cottage Visitors Directory

Our latest blog post was all about the information packs owners leave for their guests. Poor and out of date information in these packs can really frustrate guests, so it's essential that these are kept up to date.

Information packs are also an incredibly useful way of working with local businesses. If there is a particular restaurant or tourist attraction that you'd like to recommend, see if they have any vouchers you could put into the pack. Better still, if you can obtain or create a PDF of the voucher you can e-mail it to your guests as an advance welcome gift. If you can include the name of your property on the voucher, it means you'll be at the forefront of local business owners minds if tourists ask about local accommodation.


Summer Photography

As ever, we’re incredibly keen on owners using the best possible photographs to advertise their properties. Great images create the best emotional response from potential guests, making them much more likely to book a property - so if you have any new photos feel free to upload them on your listing. Again, we do see that listings with good quality photos attract a higher number of click-throughs or enquiries.

If you have a gap in bookings over the next few weeks, why not use it as an opportunity to take some great summer photos of your property – inside and out. Equally, go get some quintessential summer photos of scenic locations and places to visit around your property to spice up your location page. Just make sure some blue sky is included! The best times are early mornings and evenings when the quality of light adds an appealing quality. We provide a professional holiday cottage photoshoot service and have developed a useful checklist outlining the things you can do to prepare your cottage or home prior to taking photos. If you’d like us to e-mail you a copy, just ask! Email Us


Holiday Cottage Focus Groups

We're always incredibly keen to hear from owners about how we can make improvements for My Favourite Holiday Cottages.

We've recently been running a series of focus groups in North Devon to get feedback on ways to improve our services for owners. They have been incredibly useful – not just for us, but for the participants as well.

We're also planning focus groups around the West Country. The sessions are very convivial, with owners enjoying the opportunity to get together and share experiences or pick up some useful tips such as:

  • The importance of optimising your website for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
  • What owners love (and loath) when it comes to online newsletters.
  • Why 2012 has been a strange year so far when it comes to bookings.


On My Favourite Holiday Cottages

New Festivals: We've had a brilliant range of festivals sign up to our Festival Cottages section listed below. If you know any holiday cottages in the areas mentioned below then feel free to recommend us and if they sign up we'll give you a free month on our Featured Favourites section to attract even more visitors to your site. Our newest festivals are:

  • The Cheltenham Festivals of Jazz, Literature, Music, and Science.
  • Priston Festival near Bath.
  • The Summer Nights Film Festival is happening across Derbyshire.
  • Shrewsbury Folk Festival in Shropshire.
  • Wirksworth Festival in Derbyshire.


Top Tip: A note on ‘Duplicate Content’:

When you're making a listing on an online directory or advert site, do you often copy and paste the text directly from your own website? If so, did you know that you could be actually harming your site by using duplicate content? If multiple websites are all displaying exactly the same information search engines such as Google have a hard time trying to identify which website should appear as the best result for a query. If search engines end up choosing an old advert over your website you could be losing out on bookings and enquiries.

How do you fix this? Simple, with any listing you write to make sure it's written differently to what you have written on your website. If you've made this mistake on My Favourites then don't worry! Just login to your account and make some editions to your listing and search engines won't see any more duplicate content. ,



As always, we're always keen to hear back on any comments, queries and recommendations that you have and we hope you have an enjoyable June.

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