The Sarah and T Podcast dropped its 100th episode today, and enterprise-level vacation rental managers are better for it. Currently in its fifth season, the Sarah and T Podcast launched in the fall of 2017 by hosts, Sarah Bradford of Steamboat and Winter Park Lodging Company and Tim Cafferty of Sandbridge and Outer Banks Blue. The show addresses, in a uniquely candid and fun-filled format, the broad range of challenges professional vacation rental managers face every day.
Bradford and Cafferty are masterfully fluent in the language of large property managers, and their hands-on knowledge about all aspects of the company resonates with the industry.
Steve Milo, founder and CEO of VTrips, told the duo during the 100th episode, “I just find the banter between you two when you’re talking about a random topic to be fascinating. I was really interested in your take on revenue management and paying third parties to do pricing, and I was fascinated by the conversation. I always gain insight anytime I listen to one of your podcasts. I’m a big fan.”
Milo is not alone. Industry veterans including Clark Twiddy, Matt Landau, Miller Hawkins, Amy Gaster, Carrie Efird, Filipa Leitão de Aguiar, Brian Harris, Nicole Twigg, Lance Stitcher, and Brandon Sauls lined up for the opportunity to offer their thanks, as well. We joined the chorus.
Clark Twiddy, president at Twiddy and Co., shared his appreciation saying, “Let there never be any doubt that one person can change an industry because you have.”
Claire Reiswerg of Sand ‘N Sea in Galveston, TX was also on air to offer her gratitude and take much-deserved credit for introducing Sarah and Tim to each other. “As I keep listening to you, this is part of my legacy as a vacation rental manager that I introduced you two and helped spawn this incredible podcast for the industry.”
Bradford and Cafferty have brought on big names such as customer service guru John DiJulius, author John Ruhlin, Vrbo president Jeff Hurst, HomeAway cofounder Carl Shepherd, Airbnb’s Clara Liang, and Netflix star Peter Lorimer. However, unlike other large podcasts, it doesn’t take a big name to make the episodes valuable.
Matt Landau, who recently also reached the 100th episode benchmark with his Unlocked Podcast, appreciates the work involved and congratulated the pair, adding, “We as independent property owners and managers need to be very careful about where we give our attention and who we look up to. And it’s not necessarily the institutions and the organizations that the media tells us to; rather it’s the managers next to us who are actively problem solving and doing the hard work.”
Vendors in the vacation rental industry have also discovered the podcast and are finding it valuable to listen in. ICND CEO Brandon Sauls talked about how the podcast has influenced his company’s decision making. “You have a great pulse on the industry. . . The podcasts are a great way for us to hear the property managers’ perspective and help us move and tool our products as we take tidbits from the things we’ve gotten from your podcast.”
At VRM Intel, we echo what Lance Stitcher, cofounder at Seaside Vacations, said: “You guys motivate me to make my business better every two weeks. You have been a great source of shared information for the entire industry. You’ve made my business better. You’ve made all our businesses better. You have lifted the industry up, one podcast at a time.”
So, along with thousands of industry professionals, congratulations and thank you to Sarah Bradford and Tim Cafferty, and we look forward to having the duo emcee the 2021 Vacation Rental Data and Revenue Management Conference, Aug 17 – 18, in Charleston.
Want to catch up on the podcasts? Here are some fan-favorite episodes:
- A Talk with Property Owners in our Program
- You Never Get a 2nd Chance to Make a 1st Impression
- CEO of Vrbo Talks All Things VR
- Would You Do That To Your Mother?
- John Ruhlin: Doctor of Gift Giving
- Review of 2020 and Predictions for 2021, Plus Most Listened to Episodes
- Top of Bed: A Recommended Approach
- What Gets Measured, Gets Treasured
- 11 Ways to Keep Owners (very) Happy
- 7 Ways to Know The Face of Your Company is Who You Want it to Be
- John DiJulius: Delivering World Class Customer Service
- 10…No 11 Reasons Why Owners Will Leave You
- VR Website Pet Peeves
- What you SHOULD do on your website