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best places to stay in NYC

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 »

leadership-summit

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 »

hotel CapEx

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 »

guest feedback

Hotel Case Study: How One Hotel Group Leveraged Guest Feedback to Increase Bookings

by October 19, 2016 10:00 am , Leave a comment

Three years ago, Petit Palace Hoteles, a young, modern hotel chain located in Spain, made the decision to utilize guest feedback to improve guest experiences, increase the number of returning visitors, and boost the number of direct bookings. In late 2013, Petit Palace Hoteles partnered with the world’s largest guest feedback platform, TrustYou, and the results have been nothing short of remarkable. To start, some of Petit Palace Hoteles 31 properties, increased revenue up to 200% with increased reputation scores and visibility. To achieve this success, the hotels integrated guest feedback into every stage of the guest journey with the… read more »

post-stay feedback

Win Direct Bookings with Post-Stay Feedback

by October 12, 2016 9:00 am , Leave a comment

In our ongoing blog series, we have already discussed how hotels can drive direct bookings during the search and booking and onsite experience phases of the guest journey. To help complete the cycle, we will continue with strategies that impact post-stay feedback. Did you know that nearly half of a hotel’s published online reviews are solicited from the hotel itself? While this may be a lot of work for the hotel, the end result is well worth the effort. Solicited guest reviews are positive 81% of the time and result in 8% higher scores for the hotel. Therefore, hotels should make… read more »

hotel tech stack

Hotelier Q&A: The Hotel Tech Stack And the Best Hotel Tech Investments

by October 11, 2016 6:37 pm , Leave a comment

A lot can change in just a few years – especially in the hospitality industry. For today's hotelier, creating and maintaining a hotel tech stack is a constant challenge. David Tuza began his career in hospitality as the 10th employee at a then little-known company called SiteMinder. Pretty soon, the Australian-based company known for its cloud-based hospitality software had gone global, expanding to over 400 employees with over 22,000 hotels under its belt.   After spending seven years at SiteMinder, Tuza joined Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited as their Technical Operations Manager, where he lives and breathes everything hotel technology.… read more »

OTA

How to Turn an OTA Acquisition into a Loyal Guest

by October 5, 2016 7:11 pm , Leave a comment

So you get a booking from an OTA. You’re excited, but also wish that the booking had come direct so you didn’t have to pay commission. It’s ok...there’s still a way to turn that OTA booking into future direct revenue.   The answer is simple: control the onsite experience. OTAs are not going anywhere soon, but there is a way to counter their strategies and make the most out of their acquisitions. The major advantage that hotels have over OTA is the onsite experience, which in turn can drive guest loyalty.    Here are a few ways to improve your hotel’s… read more »

trustyou 6.0

TrustYou 6.0: Introducing a Brand New TrustYou

by October 5, 2016 12:50 pm , Leave a comment

This past year, we as consumers have experienced some extreme updates of some of our favorite apps and devices. From Instagram to Snapchat, to the new iOS 10, 2016 definitely seems like the year of positive changes. To provide our users with a similar exciting experience, TrustYou is proud to release our most significant updates to the product’s user interface! We are happy to introduce, TrustYou 6.0.   Enjoy the New [TrustYou]ser Interface   Over time, web and app-based interfaces (interface = how the product looks and how users interact with it) evolve and change to adapt with user preferences.… read more »

guest engagement

How Guest Engagement Can Help Your Hotel

by September 1, 2016 10:00 am , , Leave a comment

Have you seen the phrase guest engagement mentioned more recently? You may have seen it here, here, or even here. As with every new buzzword in hospitality, guest engagement is getting a lot of attention, for good reason.   Guest Engagement Is…   Guest engagement stems from the marketing principle of “customer engagement”, which has been defined as the act of “creating deep connections with customers that drive purchase decisions, interaction, and participation”. When applied to the hospitality industry, the strategy asks hotels to establish a relationship with guests in order to influence their behaviors on-site. For example, imagine a… read more »

post-stay feedback

Part 4 of the Hotel Mobile Technology Series: Harnessing Post-Stay Feedback and Reviews from Mobile Users

by August 30, 2016 9:00 am , , Leave a comment

Mobile devices make instant gratification possible. Travelers can immediately snap a photo on their cell phone during a trip and email it to family or upload it to Facebook. In fact, over half of U.S. travelers who use mobile internet during their trip are making trip-related updates on social media. But how can hotels encourage this type of on-site and post-stay feedback through the traveler journey? We’ve already shared how to harness social media as a marketing tool before a customer’s trip and to improve their experience during their visit. The final stage in the traveler journey is sharing the… read more »