Channel managers synchronize with as many sales channels as possible however not all synchronizations are technically the same and not all synchronizations exchange the same amount of information. Online listings are essentially based on four types of information: availability, prices, reservation details and content.
The more information it is synchronized and the more independent a property manager is from the channel’s extranet. In other words listings can be managed directly from the PMS Channel Manager without having to enter the channel’s own extranet to apply the desired configuration.
When an integration is by us considered complete it means that both systems, ours and the channels, are able to send and receive, in other words synchronize in real time, all four types of information mentioned above.
Furthermore, channels that are fully integrated generally have an additional important advantage which is the possibility to create a new listing from the PMS Channel Manager itself directly in the channel. This feature is extremely important because it avoids property managers from completing the same operation twice. Basically, they can create and configure the property only once, in the PMS channel manager.
In fact, one of the characteristics that is carefully kept in consideration when selecting a PMS Channel Manager is the number of fully integrated channels it offers. Being leaders in the business, Icnea is among those solutions that have the most fully integrated channels in the market! Let’s find out what channels:
This connection allows users to choose whether to synchronize all elements - availability, prices, reservation details and content - or only some of them - availability, prices and reservation details - depending on what the property managers want. Some synchronize partially because this way they can differentiate the listing from the rest of connected channels.
Before being able to use the available full integration the channel requires the account to have at least one property connected despite the synchronization being partial - availability, prices and reservation details - and connected via mapping system. Once the account has at least one property synchronized the property manager will then be able to create all the rest from the PMS channel manager and synchronize all four elements.
This particular connection is often updated thanks to the channel’s development team which is constantly improving their system to be able to synchronize more information each time. In this case also, listings can be created directly from the PMS channel manager. In this case content is updated only once a day - characteristics, photographs, titles and descriptions - while availability, prices and reservas synchronize in real time.
One of the first channels we fully integrated. Property managers can create new listings directly from our platform and transfer their portfolio into the channel quickly and comfortably.
This channel is growing really fast in the short term rental market. Content - characteristics, photographs, titles and descriptions - is updated manually while availability, prices and reservations update in real time.
This channel has a different target compared to other fully integrated channels we propose. Homelike offers properties all around Europe destined to those who travel for work and need a medium-long property to stay in to work in total comfort. Being this integration full, all listings can be created directly from Icnea’s PMS channel manager.
This channel is dedicated for vacation rentals and all listings can be created directly into the channel just like in the other channels listed.
This connection synchronizes all information but it updates content - titles, descriptions and photographs - once a day while availability, prices and reservations update in real time.
The second fully integrated channel that we propose which is specialized in medium-long term vacation rentals. Availability, prices and content are updated automatically on a daily basis but reservations are not immediate, these enter the system as on request reservations so they must be accepted before they go in the calendar.
This channel is focused on leisure tourism and offers properties all around the world. This connection synchronizes all elements - availability, prices, reservation details and content - so all can be managed from the PMS channel manager and new listings can be created directly from our platform as well.