Creating Extra Interest with Images on Flickr

One of the best ways to capture the attention of your potential guests is to create expectations and excitement with the images you use.  Your listing gives you a great opportunity to display your best vacation home photos and is a great foundation, but to increase interest in your property, consider using Flickr sets to organize even more pictures.

With a basic, free Flickr account you can upload up to 300MB of photos and two videos a month and create unlimited photo sets. A pro account allows you to upload a lot more photos as well as HD videos but to start with the free account should work well.  The ability to organize your images into sets makes it a great tool for showcasing different aspects of your property and the surrounding area.  Here are a few ideas:

Seasonal Sets

Create a set for each season, for example a Spring set could feature spring landscapes and flowers your guests might see while a Winter set might showcase activities such as snow shoeing and cross country skiing.  There just isn’t enough room on a listing to show off the beauty of each of the seasons, so this is such a great way of sharing the best aspects of each season.

Local Attractions

Get out and about and take photographs of what is great about your area.  Is there a scenic spot where guests could take a picnic?  Are there places where they can take children on a rainy day?  Is there something unique about the local area your out-of-town visitors may not know?  A simple photo of a village welcome sign, or the attraction entrance is sufficient because you can use the ‘Description’ text to expand on the image.

Best Beaches

If you are in an area where there are a choice of beaches, use this set to showcase the best aspects of each one.  Use the caption and geotag facilities to allow guests to find them easily.

Antiquing

Perhaps you’d like to attract guests in low season to do antiquing or Arts Tours.  Visit your local stores and galleries and take pictures that will excite antique and art enthusiasts.  Ask the owners if you can photograph interesting pieces to showcase on your site and they will probably be more than happy to let you do that, if it is likely to bring them visitors.

Birds and Wildlife

What birds and animals are your guests likely to see during a stay at your place?  Take some great pictures of the wildlife they might encounter with a brief description of where they might get to see them.