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Advertising your holiday cottage with Independent Cottages

As cottage owners ourselves, we appreciate the importance of effective advertising. There are so many holiday rental websites out there that it can be a minefield deciding which one to advertise on; our advice is to advertise on more than one! If you are keen to gain a good level of bookings throughout the peak summer months which are easier to let, and also when it is quieter in the winter, we strongly recommend advertising on three to four good websites.

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How do you determine which websites will best promote your holiday cottage?

There are many things to consider when choosing where to advertise, with value for money being a key factor. Our advice is to spend a little time doing some research online. There’s no better recommendation than one directly from an owner who has first-hand experience of dealing with an advertiser, so ask around and seek recommendation from friends and others in the industry. Follow the process a holiday maker would take and search online to see who ranks well for popular search terms. If you have found the website, holiday makers are also likely to as well!

Once you’ve found a website you like the look of, spend some time searching on it to see if it is user-friendly, providing the information that is likely to convert lookers to bookers. Check advertising rates carefully to establish if there are any hidden charges you will face throughout the year for updates to the advert, additional photos or the use of facilities such as adding last minute offers (all included in the price with Independent Cottages). Many large websites have also started to charge additional booking fees to holiday makers. You may be fine with this model but many holiday makers aren’t, and it can put pressure on owners to reduce rates to compensate and retain competitive edge.

Another useful piece of advice is to make contact with the website before you take out a subscription. This will help you establish who you are dealing with, and judge the level of personal service and professionalism you are likely to receive should you need assistance in the future.

As a husband and wife team, we may be small in terms of size but we can assure you that our enthusiasm and passion for the self-catering industry is huge. We pride ourselves on personal, friendly and professional customer service, but don’t just take our word for it, read some comments our customers have made about us in recent reviews.

What Our Customers Say About Us

“They are a true independent, family run business with an honest, hardworking ethos and I have every confidence in them”.

“Excellent customer service from Independent Cottages, very prompt in answering my queries and many helpful tips offered, using their experience in the holiday lettings market”.

“I love the fact that the availability calendar on the site can be integrated with my own website, meaning I only need to update one calendar”.

“Independent Cottages is one of my principal marketing partners and I am very happy with the services they provide. Always responsive and they produce results”.

“It is important to me to have total control over prices and bookings and Independent cottages provide this very crucial service”.

“I've been advertising with Independent Cottages for a number of years now and find them good value for money, I get enough bookings to feel that they are an essential part of my marketing strategy, and above all this is a friendly company to deal with”.

“They provide an excellent service for both owners and customers. We have been using Independent Cottages for a number of years and are happy to recommend them”.

“Whilst some of the other Companies who advertise Cottages for owners charge fees to the guests, Independent Cottages do not and I expect they will benefit from this policy by attracting more guests for the Cottages on the Independent Cottages website”.

“Honest no nonsense site which does not pester for commission on bookings - and value for money... well managed too with more or less instant feedback from the managers.”

“They guided us all the way from start to finish making our business easier to run”.

“The link to my own website and ability to check number of views on the site or clicks to my own website is useful”.

“The special offers facility is absolutely wonderful. It helps me to fill any last minute gaps”.

“We advertise our holiday cottage, Beaumont House in Staithes, Yorkshire, with a number of companies as well as on our own website. Year after year, Independent Cottages consistently brings us more enquiries and bookings, at a cheaper price, than any of the other companies”.

“We have been advertising with Independent Cottages for several years now and that probably says it all”.

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