Summer Newsletter - December 2012

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Published: 1/12/2012
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Updates for Look After Me Hosts - December 2012

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Founder's Update - Julia CharityPhoto of Founder, Dr Julia Charity

A very warm welcome to you all but especially to our new hosts all over New Zealand. Lot of news this time with the launch of our new webite, our refreshed brand and lots of Press Coverage all over New Zealand.

What's New at Look After Me

Website upgrade: A few months ago we upgraded our website. The changes have made it easier for hosts to load property information and to make edits. It is also easier for guests to  find accommodation by searching lists, or looking at Maps.

We have done our best to iron out any blips before going live, but if you discover something not working as well as it should - we'd be most grateful if you told us about it so we can fix it straight away.

Refreshed brand: We've kept our 'Lady in the Hammock' logo but given her a newLook After Me Logo - Lady in the Hammock (Ahu) look and colour. We ran a competition on our website and on Facebook and took a public vote to decide her name. We 'christened' her Ahu - a beautiful Maori name that means 'to look after.' 

Shop Banner Webshop: We also wanted to make it easier for you to order supplies, like the toiletries and confectionery for guests, so we've added a 'shop' to our Website. Please check it out by clicking this banner - we've got lots of 'FREE' stuff on there for hosts like our business cards, flyers and Compendium Covers.

Official Partner of the NZ Cycle Trail: We are proud to announce our  partnership as an official accommodation provider to the NZ Cycle Trail - a network of 16 trails all around New Zealand. Please contact us if your property meets our minimum criteria of:
  1.  lock up storage, like a garage;
  2.  bike washing facility (a hose);
  3. knowledge of where cyclists can get repairs and
  4. a willingness to carry cycle trail information.
We will add your property to our search term 'NZ Cycle Trail' and put a special logo on your property profile.

Host only Event - Look After Me Long Lunch 17 March 2013
Save the date! Sunday 17 March 2013.
12 noon - 2.00 pm,
Look After Me Long Lunch,  Rotorua.

Come to Rotorua and make a weekend of it! We have planned this weekend around the International Festival of Walking (Saturday and Sunday). We have also booked a special cruise on Lake Rotoiti at fantastic price and/or an early morning fishing cruise for any one keen to join in.

There will also be an opportunity to visit a few of the Rotorua based Look After Me homes.

The Look After Me Long Lunch will be a special fundraiser for the 'Sleeping Bag Project' - raising funds to buy sleeping gear for the homeless.

We'll send you full details in January, but if you can't wait, please email us, and we'll send you the invitation and details right now.

How you can help...
Thanks to all our hosts for these great ideas about promoting our accommodation to potential guests. Working together ensures we actively encouraging guests to try homestay. 
  1. Check your profile is up to date and is well presented. We advise that you ask  3 - 5 friends to check your profile and give you honest feedback on presentation and price. Sometimes changing a single photo has given hosts new bookings!
  2. Are there events in your area coming up? Let's work together to promote Look After Me as a provider for accommodation for that event. Please send us an email and let us know.
  3. Would you like a snazzy new 'Look After Me' signature at the bottom of your email? Let us know and we'll send you one of our templates where you can add in your address, a photograph of your property.
  4. Some of our hosts are using our templates to create their own flyers and business cards! We supply standard ones for free, or the templates for you to customise and print (at your own expense).
  5. Connect with us on FaceBook, like our page and others will hopefully see our promotions and deals.
  6. If you or anyone in your family is travelling, why not book Look After Me accommodation. It really is beautiful, affordable and memorable!

What our Guests are saying

Thank you!       Thank you!           Thank you!

You are all doing a wonderful job of looking after our guests - we really appreciate it. Our guests are raving about what we offer and many have made repeat bookings. We just need to keep spreading the word. Here is a small selection of what they are saying. More can be found on our Testimonials page.

"I am getting very addicted  to the idea of staying in a Look After Me home!”    Mary Taitoko, Thames

“…probably the best value I’ve ever had.. I will definitely stay there again.”     Lindsay Evans, Pandora Jewellery

“My experience staying with Lynn was absolutely second to none….     Michelle, Auckland

“A nice and cosy place surrounded by warm and beautiful people.”     Thomas & Antke Trapp, Germany

“..We’ve already re-booked for later in the year.”    Kirsty

“I would rate my Look After Me experience as 10/10” Tania, Picton

Press Room

Look After Me Founder with TV's Reporter Carlie JacksonWe have good relationships with national and daily newspapers, TV, radio and magazines and are always looking for a new story that helps New Zealand learn about our beautiful, affordable accommodation. Browse our Press Room, or check out a few of our stories:

Did you catch our story on TVNZ Breakfast earlier in the year about how we are helping with providing accommodation in Christchurch?Petra and Riodan discuss Look After Me Homestay

Our Work Placement Programme made front page news in Rotorua!

Hear from Founder Dr Julia Charity - scientist turned entrepreneur. Her hopes, dreams and challenges for Look After Me Homestay Network revealed to Nevaeh Magazine (story starts page 16).

Special Deals

For November and December only, we are offering new hosts a special price of trying it out for six months for a special price of $69.  [still $129 for one year).

Who do you know that might be interested in becoming a Look After Me host?  We offer a small referral fee - please contact us with the names and a contact for potential new hosts and we'll get in touch.

Coming Soon

Photograph of the new love me range of TeaWe are working with local tea maker 'The Magic Urn' and various herbalists to produce a new range of 'Love Me' herbal teas. These include a beautiful lavender sleep tea, for restful nights, a 'love Me' tea for hormonal imbalance, and a 'Cleanse Me' tea inspired by NZ's native kawa kawa.

With our rebrand, we have developed a new range of guest toiletries featuring 'Ahu' and these will be released on our Webshop in early 2013.