The Secret Sauce of Sykes Holiday Cottages - Interview of the CEO

09.25.2019 - By The Secret Sauce Podcast

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Interview of Graham Donoghue, the CEO of Sykes Holiday Cottages, one of the largest property management company in the world, representing over 17,500 short-term rentals across the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. The company has been sustaining an incredible growth over the last 3 years and aggressively fueling this growth today via M&A; and organic growth. 80% of their bookings come from their direct channels and they have 47% repeat guests. 
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These are the topics covered:
 • Net promoter score for property managers
 • Tracking 21 million properties globally
 • Acquiring other management companies in a controlled way
 • Holding onto brands & people, providing tech & customers
 • What to do with 22,000 organic leads a year
 • Repeat customers as a measure of brand success
 • Not competing with large OTAs in big cities
 • From a pricing brochure to making 2.5m price changes a year
 • Making company culture "phenomenal"
 • An analyst in each department
 • Thoughts on OTAs and U.S. based managers
 • Thoughts on Consolidation and guest experience

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