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2016 Year in Review: Looking Back at TrustYou’s Best Year Yet!

by January 17, 2017 9:17 am Leave a comment

As we shake off the holidays and kick start a new year, we’re excited to look back at some of the highlights from the past 12 months and take a quick peek ahead at the trends 2017 will bring! From welcoming new partners and investing in employees to better support our growing client list, to launching dozens of new, much anticipated, features and three new products that made our platform even more powerful, it’s been a busy year!   Here’s a quick snapshot of some of our proudest moments:   2016 was a year of growth and innovation. We took… 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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3 Ways to Use Hotel Text Messaging to Increase Revenue

by January 4, 2017 10:00 am Leave a comment

Often times, hoteliers, and particularly revenue managers, have to choose between strategies that enhance guest satisfaction versus those that increase revenues. You could offer unlimited, free wi-fi to guests in order to boost satisfaction, or you could charge a few dollars to make a profit from these services.   Personally, I am of the mindset that guest satisfaction does, in fact, have an impact on boosted revenues. Research shows that 76% of travelers are willing to pay more for a hotel with a higher rating. However, finding the direct connection of ratings to revenue is difficult (but not impossible). Therefore,… read more »

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Unusual, Unique, and… Underrated: Europe’s Hidden Hotel Gems

by December 15, 2016 9:06 am , Leave a comment

Looking for some travel inspiration in 2017? TrustYou took a look at some of Europe’s most popular cities and identified the most underrated hotels. According to traveler reviews, these are the hotels worth checking out on the next trip to Rome, Madrid or Paris! The list is based on a mix of the TrustScore, a scoring system that TrustYou has created for hotels based on more than 100 categories, and hotel popularity. TrustYou analyzed only hotels with reviews in the past 24 months and identified less popular hotels as those with  review counts lower than 10% of the threshold. Based… 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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[Infographic]: An Analysis of Hotel Guest Conversations

by November 21, 2016 3:46 pm Leave a comment

Engagement is on the rise between hotel staff and guests through messaging services as conversations increasingly move digital and mobile. Recording these conversations opens the door to further insight into the guest journey by analyzing their sentiment to unveil communication attitudes and behaviors. How to Utilize Real-Time Messaging to Monitor Guest Feedback To illustrate some of the potential, collectable insights, we've analyzed 10,000 messages using TrustYou's state-of-the art sentiment analysis algorithms. The infographic below captures a snapshot of the conversations existing between TrustYou Messaging clients and their guests:     Hotels can learn a lot about their guests by communicating regularly with them on-site.… 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 »