July 3

Airbnb Tools: The Complete List (2020 Update)

The ultimate list of Airbnb tools for hosts

If you want to see the best Airbnb tools in one place, then you’ll LOVE this (updated) guide.

I personally tested and reviewed a tonne of free and paid tools.

And you can filter through the list to find the best Airbnb software for you.

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Dynamic Pricing Tools For Airbnb

Airbnb pricing tools automate the process of optimising prices for your Airbnb listing. A listing with optimised prices will get more bookings, at better prices than one that doesn't.

Price Labs

Top Pick


Pricing Tool for Airbnb | Paid



Unlike the the other pricing tools in the space, PriceLabs uses a monthly billing subscription instead of a commission per booking model.  

This can be especially advantageous to property managers with 100's of listings on their books.


pricelabs integrations


Furthermore, it has over 30+ integrations with many of the best Airbnb hosting tools, property management systems, and channel managers.



Official Website: 

https://hello.pricelabs.co/

Wheelhouse


Pricing Tool for Airbnb | Paid



Wheelhouse lets you customise your pricing strategy to meet your match your hosting goals.  

Whether it's aggressively holding out for the best possible price, or fine-tuning your pricing for maximum occupancy and everything in between.


Wheelhouse pricing strategy tool for airbnb hosts

Build a pricing strategy around your revenue goals. 


Moreover, it'll adjust these prices every 24hours for the next 365 day time horizon, ensuring competitive pricing always.



Beyond Pricing


Pricing Tool for Airbnb | Paid



Beyond Pricing takes from years of experience in the Airline and Hotel industry and applies that same knowledge to Airbnb.


beyond pricing vs airbnb pricing


In operation since 2013, Beyond Pricing has arguably the most accurate pricing algorithm in the space.



Official Website:

https://beyondpricing.com/

Vayoo


Pricing Tool for Airbnb | Paid



Vayoo is a handy little tool that not only focuses on dynamic pricing, but also the visibility of your listing with in Airbnb's search results pages.  


Vayoo for airbnb


Moreover, unlike many of the other dynamic pricing tools in this list Vayoo has an App too.



Official Website: 

https://www.vayoo.com/ *Vayoo has now closed for business.

Rate Genie


Pricing Tool for Hosts | Paid



Rate Genie is not specific to just Airbnb, instead it is a cross platform pricing tool for the entire short-term rental industry.


rate genie for airbnb


And it comes with a flat-rate monthly fee structure from just $9.99.



Official Website: 

https://rategenie.io/

Perfect Price


Pricing Tool | Paid


This tool is VERY different from the others mentioned in this list and is definitely not suitable for the everyday host.  However, if you're managing upwards of 100+ listings then Perfect Price could be worth a look.

Instead of using industry wide data-sets to build out the pricing algorithms for your listing, Perfect Price builds, and refines complex advanced algorithms bespoke to your needs.

This is enterprise level software built for big business, not for your average Ma and Pa operation.


Perfect price enterprise pricing software



Automated Messaging Tools For Airbnb

Automated messaging tools allow you to automate 80-90%+ of all guest communication (if you set it up right that is). 

It works by creating a messaging sequence that gets triggered to send at different intervals throughout a guests stay - right from initial booking to checkout.


Smartbnb

Top Pick


Automated Messaging Tool | Paid



Smartbnb is my favourite tool in the entire Airbnb ecosystem, and there's a good reason why...

Virtually every message I send, every guest review I make, every cleaner reminder I send, is ALL automated.  

The whole lot!

And you'd think it'd be super complicated to set up too, but it's totally not (even my nan could do it).

What's more, it comes with a price tag that makes it a no brainer too.

Put simply, this is the best Airbnb tool on the market right now, and what's even better...

Is it keeps improving.

Bravo Smartbnb team, bravo.

smartbnb messaging tool

*If you want an in-depth breakdown, go check out my review of Smartbnb here.


Official Website: 

https://www.smartbnb.io/


Host Tools


Automated Messaging Tool | Paid



Host Tools doubles down as both an automated messaging tool with dynamic pricing too.  

Does what many of the more expensive tools do for a fraction of the price, and it's simple and easy to use too.


Host Tools automated airbnb messaging



Official Website: 

https://hosttools.com/

iGMS


Automated Messaging Tool | Paid



iGMS (formally Airgms) is packed with all the features you'd expect from an automated messaging tool, plus some neat integrations with other platforms like Home Away, VRBO, etc.

There's more to this software than meets the eye, you've just got to dig in a little to find it.


iGMS messaging tool for airbnb hosts


*Click here to read my in-depth review of iGMS here.


Official Website:

https://www.igms.com/

Your Porter App


Automated Messaging Tool | Paid


This tool is simple, affordable, and effective.  

It has everything a small-scale host could need - Automated messaging, reviews, iCal integration, etc.

Plus, similar to software triple the price you can build out your own branded website and drive bookings minus the commissions taken from Airbnb.


Your porter app for airbnb


And, to top it off they also have native iOS and Android apps to help too.


Official Website: 

https://yourporter.com/

Hosty App


Automated Messaging Tool | Paid



Hosty is one of the few tools in this list that actually offers a free basic plan to hosts with under four listings. 

The basic plan - although limited in features - will still handle the automation and delivery of messages plus a few other basics too. 

If you wanted to move up to the next tear and get task management, and automated reviews, and a whole host of other features you're still only looking at a very affordable $5p/m


hosty app for airbnb



Official Website: 

https://www.hostyapp.com/

Airbnb Channel Managers

Channel managers give you one centralised location to control all of your listings across multiple different platforms, synchronise calendars, pricing and more.

Tokeet


Airbnb Channel Manager | Paid



Tokeet really delivers as a channel manager enabling hosts to maximise the exposure of their listings across multiple channels, including booking.com, Trip Adviser, Everipedia and many more.

And unlike many other tools in this space they actually have options for small scale hosts too.  


Your porter app for airbnb


So, even if you only have just the one property, you can still leverage the exposure across multiple channels.


Official Website: 

https://www.tokeet.com/

Guesty


Airbnb Channel Manager | Paid



One of Guesty's most unique features is the flexibility of it's custom website builder.

Sure you can use their own custom templates, or if you'd like complete flexibility you can even add it to a pre-existing site using their custom widget.


guesty channel manager for airbnb



Official Website: 

https://www.guesty.com/

Airbnb Digital Guidebooks Tools

Digital guidebooks are more than just fluffy, pretty little add-ons for your guest.  In fact, used correctly they can reduce your workload as a host, and add a tonne of value to your guests.

Touch Stay

Top Pick


Digital Guidebook | Paid



I really like the interface that Touch Stay uses for their digital guidebooks.  It's elegant, sophisticated and slick (a little like me. lol).

It's got a great user interface for your guests, and packages all of your information in a really nice way.

A great little tool.


Touch Stay digital guidebook

Official Website: 

https://touchstay.com/

Hostfully


Digital Guidebook | Paid



Digital guidebooks can add that little extra to your guests experience.

Hostfully has a really neat digital guidebook creator that'll help you package your house manual, check-out times, house rules, etc. in an interactive way.


airbnb digital guidbook

Airbnb Cash Advance Tools

It's now possible to get a cash advance on the future earnings of your Airbnb rental.  A few different services have sprung up in this space recently, and I'm sure its something that's only going to grow.

Payfully


Airbnb Cash Advance | Paid



Payfully helps hosts access the money tied up in bookings before the booking date. Essentially they provide a cash advance service for hosts that may need to manage their cashflow at different times of the year.


payfully cash advance service for airbnb



Official Website: 

https://www.payfully.co/

Airbnb Market Research Tools

If you're looking to invest in a property to list on Airbnb, then it's a good idea to understand the competition and demand in your area.  That's where market research tools like these come in handy.

Airdna


Market research tool | Paid


Airdna provides short term rental data and analytics for property managers to make informed, smart investment decisions.

It analyzes market data from over 10 million short-term rental properties worldwide.  


Airdna rental statistics

And it tracks over 25 different metric sets like occupancy rates, average price per night, rental revenue and much more.


Official Website: 

https://www.airdna.co/

Tools For Airbnb SEO

Airbnb SEO is the process of manipulating your listing to impact your position in Airbnb's search results pages.  These tools help to give you feedback so you can make improvements and track your results.

RankBreeze


Airbnb Seo Tools | Paid


RankBreeze helps you track your performance in Airbnb's search results pages.  Using this data you can make adjustments to your listing to improve your listings performance over time.

Rankbreeze airbnb seo tool

They also offer an additional copywriting service whereby they'll help in writing search friendly listing descriptions to squeeze out any extra ranking opportunities.


Official Website: 

https://rankbreeze.com/


My recommended toolset

There are a lot of great tools on this list, but here's my recommended basic tech stack for new hosts:

  • Automated messaging - I've been using Smartbnb for the past 4 years and it's been amazing.  I rely on it more than any other tool on this list: Smartbnb (from $18p/m)
  • Dynamic pricing - Price Labs makes optimising your prices an after thought.  Set it up once, and it'll do ALL of the heavy lifting for you.  A great piece of kit: Price Labs (from $4.49p/m) 
  • Digital guidebook - A digital guidebook is more than just a pretty add-on.  In fact if you use it well, you'll get better reviews, increased guest satisfaction - and way better reviews.  My favourite digital guidebook solution right now is Touch Stay: Touch Stay ($99p/year)
  • Airbnb SEO - There's no better SEO tool for Airbnb than Rank Breeze. It's head and shoulders above the rest right now: Rank Breeze (from $19p/m)

So…What Do You Think?

Now I want to hear from you.

What do you think of this list?

Or maybe I missed one of your favorite tools.

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below.

About the author 

Rowan Clifford

Hey, I'm Rowan.  I'm a bit of a nerd, and froth a little too hard when it comes to Airbnb. And, I LOVE anything that makes my life as a host easier and more lucrative (which is pretty much exclusively all I write about on this blog). Tools, tips, tricks and sneaky hacks are my kinda thing...

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  • Wow Rowan. You’ve outdone yourself here. This is a fantastic and thoroughly in-depth post. You’ve given me , much to think about and implement for my business.

    Thanks heaps Loren

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