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Influencer Marketing – Can Your Hotel Benefit From It?

by November 16, 2017 9:52 am , , Leave a comment

We are quickly approaching 2018 and it has already been awhile since the conventional advertising strategies have become almost obsolete. A thing of the past. A simple banner or a TV commercial is no longer enough to attract and retain customers and most brands are aware of this. With the rise of social media and channels such as Youtube, publicity and advertising reached new heights and they have often been given actual faces: the ones of influencers. There’s no good reason why the hospitality industry could not profit out of this new marketing strategy. Putting a well-known face to your… read more »

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These Categories Are Most Positively and Negatively Impacting Hotel Ratings

by April 27, 2017 2:00 pm , , Leave a comment

Friendliness of staff most positively impacts hotel ratings, while bathrooms are dragging hotel ratings down most often.   Guest reviews have gone beyond simple 1-to-5 star hotel ratings. With the introduction of guest satisfaction surveys and review sites like TripAdvisor, hotel guests started leaving detailed reviews to help future travelers make decisions. Now, recent research confirms that over 95% of travelers are reading those reviews before booking a hotel. However, travelers are not the only ones who can benefit from this level of detail.   With TrustYou’s advanced text analysis, we can pinpoint positive and negative sentiments for 100+ categories… read more »

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How Loyalty Programs Help Your Hotel’s Reputation

by April 4, 2017 10:10 am , , Leave a comment

  Hospitality has always been a highly competitive industry, especially nowadays - with additional options from  Airbnb and similar companies. Therefore, hoteliers need to step up their game and engage with their customers at a deeper level than ever before, through loyalty programs. This is the reason why so many hotels are investing in such programs; the name itself refers to keeping travelers loyal to a certain hotel, brand and/or service.   Why do guests join a loyalty program?   Some people find comfort in familiarity. They like to go to the same destination and therefore, they prefer booking the… read more »

[Infographic] Online Booking Trends: Understanding Traveler Behavior

by March 30, 2017 9:04 am , Leave a comment

When it comes to booking a hotel, predicting traveler behavior is difficult. While research studies exist, the facts often remain a mystery to those who don’t have much time to sift through it. With this limited time in mind, we’ve packed the latest traveler behavior research from our new white paper into one convenient infographic. It contains interesting stats such as: 86% of online travelers choose hotels over other accommodation types, 81% of travelers prefer using Google during their travel/accommodation search process, and 88% will sort out hotels from their searches with poor review scores.     All of this… read more »

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Are Chatbots the Key to Guest Satisfaction?

by March 2, 2017 5:24 pm , Leave a comment

If you ever had to call customer support, regardless of the specialty, you are familiar with the generic robot voice and elevator music at the beginning of the call. “Thank you for calling X. For Y related inquiries, please press 1”. Truth being told, no one can deny the functionality and the value of the chatbots. They help you get past the basic part of your demand, getting you from A to… well, M. But in the end what you really want, the reason why you made the call, is to talk to an actual person. To have a fellow… read more »

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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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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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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 »