VT360. I first joined my County Board of Realtors as an allied member. It was the best thing I have done. I made a deal to join if I could introduce myself and have a 15 minute presentation at my first meeting. I also setup a couple of tours on my laptop..Realtors could pass by and play with the tour. My next best move was to not over sell my product. I approached everyone as just a friend, and not trying to get their business (southern hospitality..it worked). The best thing I had going for me was the fact that the i*ix dealer in the area is not real good at the job..and not many like her. I promoted enhanced windows on every room without charging for it, and they loved that. It saves them around $40 on each tour that way. After some time had passed, I compliled the numbers I posted earlier, and promoted those numbers. I also made sure to setup a presentation for each office in the County a year after I had been in business. Word of mouth has worked from there...Not sure if there are any good tips in all that..but maybe it will help you a little.
Eagle,..Check this. I actually had a home to sell from another homes VR..The two homes were very similar, so the Realtor used VR to sell the other home...The first home had already sold....However, we are talking about $80 new 3 room log cabins in the mountains. There are many many vacation rentals around here, and retired Fla folks buy the cabins up..place them on vacation rental programs, and make around a grand a week.
Another thought for those that have a website and vacation rentals in your area. I promote myself in that area also. I have a few companies that are under contract with me to stay on my program a minimum of 5 years at the cost of $100 per rental..per year. I host the tours, and give upgrades as they are available. They pass the cost on to the homeowner. I make sure they know that they are not buying the images. They are buying the service, hosting, maintenance etc. This prevents the homeowners from hopping from one management company to another and expect to take their tour with them. If they move..they have to get a new tour if that company is on my program. I never recycle VR's
Good luck to all of you..I would like to know what has worked for others as well.