In another post, @smartbnb.io mentioned:
Your reviews, your response time (in particular if you have not activated Instant Book), your rate (up to a point), and the guest’s own experience have an effect on your rankings.
My response rate is 100% and I always reply to new inquiries within a few minutes. I activated InstantBook and I think after I did that, I started getting fewer requests. Could the reason be that now that I have InstantBook, my fast response rate does not give me as much of an advantage? @smartbnb.io, why do you think response rate plays a more important role for search rankings of non-InstantBook properties? And if my response rate is high, can turning on InstantBook hurt my search rankings if I’m placed higher without InstantBook?
This is contrary to Airbnb’s claim that InstantBook helps generate more bookings. But it would make (some) sense for the system to not factor in response time if a listing is InstantBook… What’s your experience, knowledge or take on this?