The inbox is a unified messaging platform that allows you to control all of your vacation rental business’ communication from one place. This feature centralizes communication with guests from all sources such as Airbnb (including multiple accounts), Booking.com, HomeAway, Agoda, Expedia, etc.
The goal of the inbox is to provide you with all of the required information, response methods, and editing capabilities inside the inbox directly. This enables you to provide your guest with the best service quickly and effectively.
The inbox enables you to work with it as a ticketing system. Each ticket preview provides you with essential information that can quickly be scanned to determine the desired order of handling. The best part comes when you are done with a conversation - simply archive it, and stay focused on what still needs to be done. This way, the inbox will act as a to-do list of open conversations that still require your attention.
The inbox main capabilities
- Unified Inbox - control all of your guest communications from one place. This applies to all sources (including multiple Airbnb accounts).
- One thread - see full conversations with guests that include communication using Airbnb messages, emails, SMS, and even your automated messages, all in one thread.
- Ticketing system - highly detailed conversation tickets that enable you to prioritize at a quick glance and simplify decision making. Also, you can archive conversations once handled.
- All the data you need - new widgets that provide you with all the information you need right inside the inbox such as reservation info, guests' details, listing data and quick links.
- Real-time updates - new incoming messages will appear in the Inbox in real time, no need to refresh.
- Saved replies - search, preview and edit saved replies before sending.
- Better user experience - new enjoyable sleek design to help you handle your guest communication more efficiently.
- Team collaboration - assign a ticket to a team member, see which team member replied and quickly filter conversations by an assignee.
- Guest Service Communication integration - easily monitor conversations made by our Guest Service Experts and jump in whenever you wish.
- Direct Reservation Management - pre-Approve Airbnb inquires, Approve/Decline reserved reservations directly from the conversation itself.
Left bar - conversation tickets
- Status folder - Use the bottom status icons to switch between showing open conversations to showing archived ones .
- Assignee filter - Use the filter to show only tickets assigned to you, tickets assigned to a specific assignee, or the ones that are not assigned. You can always switch back to showing all.
- Conversations list - each conversation ticket preview contains the last message time, unread/read indication, guest details, listing details, reservation progress bar (upcoming stay, currently staying, checked out).
Center - conversation thread
- Action buttons - Use the top left action buttons to perform various actions such as mark as read/unread, assign/unassign to a team member, and archive.
You can easily move an item from the open conversations list to the archived list and back. When the item is in the open conversations list, you have the 'Move to archived' action , and when in the archived list you have the 'Move to open' action in the actions button section.
- Thread - in the thread you can track all of the communication with the guest, it means that if you started the conversation on Airbnb, sent check-in instructions over email, and lock-box code in an SMS, it will all show as one coherent conversation.
- Saved replies - search, preview and edit saved replies before sending it.
- Expand - expand/collapse the reply box in case you have a long reply.
- Reply methods
- Airbnb - sends the message over Airbnb's platform. Currently, the functionality of sending messages inside a platform's messaging system is limited only to reservations originated from Airbnb.
- Email - sends a direct email to the guest, based on its default email address (can be edited in the Guest widget on the right bar).
- SMS - sends an SMS message to the guest's default phone number (can be edited in the Guest widget on the right bar).
- Internal note - Internal note allows you to add notes in conversations for internal communication with your teammates or a note-to-self.
Only your teammates will be able to see notes, and it won’t be sent to your guests.
Right bar - widgets
- Summary - basic information about various topics, reservation selection in case the guest has multiple reservations, and reservation button management if relevant:
- Pre-Approve - for Airbnb reservation in status Inquiry, you can automatically Approve a future booking request if such is made by the guest.
- Approve / Decline - for a Reserved reservation you can Approve or Decline it.
Note #1: in case of an Airbnb reservation the host has 24 hours to confirm, otherwise it is declined.
Note #2: in case of a HomeAway reservation the host has 24 hours to decline, otherwise it is confirmed.
- Reservation - detailed information about the reservation (status, source, check-in, check-out, and extra information), and a link to open the reservation in a new tab.
- Guest - guest details with an edit capability.
- Listing - detailed information about the listing (place, space, amenities, and extra information), and a link to open the listing in a new tab.
- Links - external links to useful online services. When clicking on the link, the listing address is sent to the online service provider and you get an immediate automatic data for your specific listing. The online services cover maps, yellow pages directory, weather, parking and taxi fair services.