Unlocked Season 4: The ‘Tiny Architects’

Author: Matt Landau
Category: Unlocked Podcast
October 21, 2019

The new season of the Unlocked Podcast consists of 15 episodes delivered week-by-week. You can find all the episodes here

Introducing The ‘Myriad of Tiny Architects’

Charles Darwin once described the coral reef and its “myriad of tiny architects” as the most diverse and innovative place on earth. This season, we wanted to honor that analogy and focus on why rental professionals are so freakishly good at disrupting. How independent vacation rental owners and managers are redefining hospitality as we know it.

Our mission this season is to encourage every professional owner and manager listening to realize YOU TOO ARE A TINY ARCHITECT building your version of something amazing (whatever that definition may be). 

The people we interview are your contemporaries: no trainåing, good instincts, strong vision. The message of this season: Get good at ignoring what everyone else is doing. Find your blueprint. And go. 

​What makes this season different? 

​The VRMB podcast team is constantly experimenting with new techniques, formats, and interview types. Some of them you’ll love, others you won’t. Please let us know about both.

​​This season, keep an ear out for musical interludes, hilarious sound effects, live audio clips in elevators, boats, and conference hallways. 

​And expect some flashbacks to other shows (podcast and TV) that we’ve done in the past as well as specific recommendations to products and services we like. The world has never heard a vacation rental podcast quite like this one…hopefully that’s a compliment. You be the judge.

​What are we using to record? 

​When on the fly (in cars, on boats, in elevators) we’re using this Zoom H1n Recorder which is around $120. Highly recommended for your own local interviews with area experts.

When we’re in a controlled setting, we use Rode Ntg-3 and an ISK. This is a more advanced set-up and here ​is what it looks like: 

​Once the audio is recorded, we use Rev which transcribes from audio to text for around $1/minute. This is a fantastic resource for recording local experts and community leaders, then converting to blog posts.

​What is PointCentral? 

PointCentral is the home automation experts of our industry. ​And because we believe home automation is so important to the future of our industry, we thought they’d make the perfect partner for this project. ​Their President, Sean Miller is featured in the middle of each episode of the new season interviewing me! 

PointCentral provides Smart Home solutions that enable vacation rental managers to remotely control energy and access to ALL their properties from their desktop or mobile device. Cut energy spend, eliminate keys, track access and receive important property information – from a system that is easy to implement and easy on your budget.

You can click here to demo their tools (some ​VRMB perks included).

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