Introducing the Direct Booking Engine: the All-In-One Solution to Accept Direct Bookings

book-direct Jul 07, 2020

This is an update to the Uplisting platform that we have been so excited for and are thrilled to be telling you about it now.

We’re officially launching our Direct Booking Engine — the property manager’s secret weapon to accepting direct bookings, becoming their own channel, delighting guests, and creating an amazing booking experience.

Let’s dig into what we’ve added, our approach on every new addition, and how you can get started right away.

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Launch your own channel with a direct booking engine

Your listing 

It’s no secret that enabling guests to book directly from your website or online presence does a few things for the business:

  • Create relationships with repeat guests
  • Generate referrals and word of mouth
  • Control over booking rates and fees

But we also know how critical it is for our customers to do more with less of their own resources. In order to help property managers save time, money, and energy, we’re enabling Uplisting users to create their own booking sites for all of their listings in seconds.

Create pages in seconds

With just a few clicks in Uplisting, you can create beautiful, search-optimised booking pages for all of your listings. And yes — it’s 100% synced with Uplisting’s channel manager, so you’ll never get a double-booking.

Mobile-friendly, and wicked fast page speed

Mobile-friendly layout

Each booking page is also mobile-friendly and built to load as fast as possible. When booking sites take too long to load, you end up losing the customer — costing you both money in the short-term and the possibility of a repeat guest.

The same goes for mobile-optimised websites and pages in general. It’s no secret that consumers do more and more of their research and decision-making directly from their phones (especially as mobile devices and screens get larger).

About 50% of Airbnb’s traffic in January 2020 was mobile. For context, that was 150 million people in January alone. That’s a lot of people!

That said, Uplisting’s direct booking pages are automatically mobile-friendly and fast without you having to hire any kind of front-end development team to optimise them.

Accept payments directly from guests

Secure payments

In addition to creating booking sites within minutes, property managers can also accept guest payments directly from Uplisting. Not only does it help you save time, but it also impacts the bottom line.

The faster and more flexible you can collect payment for your bookings, the faster you can accept revenue.

And yes — the listings are stunning

Stunning listings

When designing the pages, it was important to us to create something that virtually anyone would find both beautiful and actually convert on.

We’ve seen some of the listings pages from other platforms and were shocked by how dated they looked. With our listings pages, you can rest assured that not only are they beautiful, but they’re designed for conversion and for guests to take the next step and actually book.

Consumers expect a beautiful, intuitive booking experience, and one that looks trustworthy instead of a risk. A stunning design naturally means more cash in the bank, and that’s why we went the extra mile.

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Here’s how to create booking sites in Uplisting

Listing pages are created automatically as soon as you connect your Airbnb account. All you have to do is...

Step by step guide (with screenshots)

Step 1: Sign-up for Uplisting

Click here to sign up for your free trial of Uplisting (no credit card required)

Step 2: Connect your Airbnb account

Don't worry, you can disconnect instantly either on Airbnb (here) or on Uplisting (here).

Click the Connect with Airbnb button.

Connect with Airbnb
Connect with Airbnb

Click "Allow". Again, you can disconnect this at any time. Clicking "Allow" lets Uplisting import all your listing information and enables us to sync availability and prices to Airbnb from Uplisting so your calendar is always up to date.

Step 3: Uplisting will import all your active listings from Airbnb within a few seconds

Uplisting imports your listings, photos, descriptions, prices, availability, extra guest charges, discounts, cleaning fee and more. This means you don't need to do anything to create your direct listing website!

Import listings from Airbnb
Import listings from Airbnb

Click the "Get started" button. We're nearly there!

Nearly there
Nearly there

Step 4: Open the Direct screen

This is where you set up your direct booking engine. You can explore the rest of Uplisting later (we have lots more to offer like automated guest messages, channel management with Booking.com and VRBO, etc).

Direct booking engine setup screen
Direct booking engine setup screen

Enter a domain name here. This is most likely your company name, for example, londonrentals.

The link for your booking site will then be: https://londonrentals.bookeddirectly.com.

Click the save domain button.

Step 5: View your ready to go booking website!

That's it from the content side. Can you believe it was this easy?

Click the "Preview direct booking engine" button.

Preview direct booking engine
Preview direct booking engine

You should see something like this! This is your "All listings" page, where your guests can search for dates and filter by city (if you have more than one), number of guests and price.

PS: Check how fast this page loads! We work hard behind the scenes to ensure your website loads quickly and keeps visitors engaged on desktop and mobile.

Home page
Search listings page
Search listings page

And this is what that page looks like on mobile.

Click to view individual listing pages. Looks pretty good!

Listing page

One last step to start accepting payments.

Step 6: Connect Stripe to process payments
To accept payments, you need to connect your Stripe account. Not familiar with Stripe, click here to learn more.

Go to the connect screen, then click on Stripe (or skip to the Stripe settings screen by clicking here).

Go to the Connect screen
Go to the Connect screen

Click the Connect with Stripe button. This directs you to your Stripe account to confirm the connection to Uplisting. You can disconnect this connection on Stripe at any time.

Connect with Stripe
Connect with Stripe

Select the listings you want to connect to this Stripe account. You can connect multiple Stripe accounts, which is why you have this option.

Click Save and connect Stripe.

Done! You can now accept secure guest payments.

Guest payment screen
Guest payment screen

Don’t have an Uplisting account yet?

Start your free 14-day trial by clicking here and start launching your direct booking website today.

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Vince Breslin

I'm one of the founders at Uplisting and am obsessed with helping property managers solve problems and grow their business. Join us at Uplisting and we'll do whatever we can to help.