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5 Do’s and Don’ts of Direct Messaging Your Guests

by February 21, 2017 10:00 am , , , Leave a comment

Last week, we shared the top five reasons not to be afraid of direct messaging your guests in part one of this blog series. Now that you’re not afraid (hopefully), it’s time to actually do it: ask someone out (I mean, direct message your guests – you’ll have to read part one to understand the dating references in this piece). Before we get into our do’s and don’ts, keep this in mind: A lot of articles that focus on direct messaging talk about the basic stuff: be nice and pleasant, don’t try to up-sell in your first message, don’t be… read more »

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5 Reasons Not to Be Afraid of Direct Messaging Your Guests

by February 14, 2017 10:00 am , Leave a comment

Welcome to part 1 of our Direct Messaging blog series!   The Valentine’s Day pressure is real. Ask anyone in a relationship and they’ll tell you that the holiday of love can induce anxiety, sleepless nights and an urgent need to run to the drug store and get some Pepto Bismol. Then you factor in being single and this holiday ends up being the worst thing that Hallmark ever created. But that’s not why you’re still reading this. You’re still reading because direct messaging your potential guests is pretty similar to dating. And just like you shouldn’t be afraid of… read more »

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5 Things Every Hotel Website Should Feature for a Better UX

by January 31, 2017 10:00 am , Leave a comment

Designing a hotel website is like preparing for a first date – you don’t get a second chance to make an impression. While us ladies may take hours to get ready for a date (the hair, the nails, the outfit, and everything else), many guys just literally roll out of bed. Or they claim they don’t, but that’s what it looks like, from their disheveled shirt to their scruffy beard and mismatched socks. You may try to give the guy a fair shot, but he’s already bet the odds against him when he shows up looking like that. I don’t want… read more »

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2 Questions You Should Ask Before Adding Amazon Echo to Your Hotel Room

by January 24, 2017 10:00 am Leave a comment

"Amazon will increasingly subsidize Echo by bundling content (think music, video) with the device,” Forrester Principal Analyst Thomas Husson told Yahoo Finance. "They can afford this since this is not core to their business model: the end-goal is to facilitate interactions."    The last two words of Husson’s quote summarize what Amazon Echo can do for the hospitality industry: facilitate interactions. Indeed, that’s one of the reasons why the Wynn hotel recently announced that it’ll be putting Echo in all 4,748 of its hotel rooms by summer 2017. The question remains: is this beneficial or unnecessary?     There are two… read more »

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2017 Will Be The Year of the Hotel Guest

by January 9, 2017 1:04 am Leave a comment

Hotels will use personalization, engagement, and feedback to enhance the hotel guest experience in 2017   Each year, we at TrustYou get out our Magic 8 Balls and fortune teller caps to see if we can predict the future of the hospitality industry. This year, we see a bright future for hotels and their guests. This prediction unveiled itself without any sort of magic, but rather by consulting with many of the major news publications, plus industry experts and sources. Read ahead to find out what key hospitality trends we expect for 2017.   Personalization Capabilities Improve   From booking details… read more »

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What Hotels Can Learn from Amazon Go

by December 13, 2016 10:00 am , , Leave a comment

Last week, online retail giant, Amazon, wowed the internet community when they released this preview of their new shopping innovation, Amazon Go. The concept is a “Just Walk Out” shopping model that allows customers to buy what they need without having to stand in a checkout line. The news filtered through most major news outlets, all with the collective opinion that Amazon was changing retail stores as we know them today. While the technology can be complicated, most critics agree that customer demand for this type of shopping experience will rise. But why does this shake-up in the retail space also important for… read more »

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How Hotels Can Increase Guest Survey Response Rates

by November 29, 2016 10:00 am , Leave a comment

Guest feedback is essential to any service-based business, so it’s no surprise that hoteliers are always looking to encourage guest reviews via guest surveys. Reviews offer unparalleled insight to your guests’ experience. If you want to increase your guest survey response rates, take the time to reduce barriers to entry and increase efficiency. From post-stay emails to incentives, there are a few easy-to-implement ways to get the most out of your efforts.   Make it Simple and Easy   First, hotels should remove as many barriers to entry as possible for guest survey responses. Guests are far less likely to leave… read more »

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The Top 10 Best Places to Stay in NYC Over the Holidays

by November 8, 2016 10:00 am , Leave a comment

Each year, New York City transforms itself into a holiday wonderland; its storefronts are the subject of movies and it's Christmas Tree is world renowned. And despite Christmas Creep seemingly taking over before trick or treaters have inventoried their Halloween haul, the holiday season really kicks off in New York City with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. For those folks looking to take in the parade, from marching bands and Woody Woodpecker, through to the iconic visit from Santa Claus, identifying the best places to stay in NYC can be intimidating. After all, New York City has nearly 300 hotels to choose… read more »

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Event Recap: Travel Tech Leadership Summit + Oktoberfest!

by November 3, 2016 3:09 pm Leave a comment

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, over 30 leaders from travel, hospitality, and technology sectors arrived at TrustYou's Travel Tech Leadership Summit in Munich, Germany for a day of conversation and collaboration. The 3rd annual Leadership Summit presented by TrustYou was held during Munich's most popular event of the year, Oktoberfest! In true Bavarian tradition, the summit began with a Weißwurstbreakfast, where TrustYou co-founder Jakob Riegger tapped the keg for the attendees to enjoy, while fellow co-founder Benjamin Jost greeted the attendees and kicked off the day's sessions.   Immediately following, PhoCusWright founder Philip Wolf began a moderated, educational session with his co-presenters from Google,… read more »

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How to Use Reputation Management to Influence Hotel CapEx

by October 26, 2016 10:41 pm , Leave a comment

Introduction to Hotel CapEx   Hotels have a lot of options when it comes to allocating capital expenditure, or CapEx, budgets each year. Without proper data and research, it’s nearly impossible to choose the most impactful improvements that will maximize return on investment. Hotels that take the time to analyze their existing data, i.e. guest reviews, have the the opportunity to choose the best projects. Here’s how you can use reputation management to allocate your hotel’s CapEx.   What is a capital expenditure?   A capital expenditure is either a newly purchased asset or an investment in a current capital… read more »