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What Comes After Millennials – Is Your Hotel Ready For Gen Z?

by June 27, 2017 12:16 pm , Leave a comment

It’s safe to assume that, in the last few years, the word “millennials” became a staple in everyone’s vocabulary. Especially when it comes to hospitality and travel, gen Y, as they are also called, is still a pretty hot topic.  Accommodations all over the world are striving to change and adapt, in order to fit the needs and expectations of millennials. After all, they are the largest cohort in history. But, as a wise man once said, the only constant in life is change, so it should come as no surprise that millennials are already becoming a thing of the… read more »

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How to make your hotel’s social media a source for travel inspiration (II) – Instagram & Pinterest

by May 30, 2017 10:07 am , Leave a comment

In our previous post, we began to dive into social media and how you, as a hotelier, can transform it into a source for travel inspiration. More specifically, we talked about how you can optimize your hotel’s Facebook and Twitter profiles, in order to make sure that they appeal to travelers and are going to be a reason for them to choose and book your hotel. Now it’s time to explore two more social media channels with very high levels of popularity: Instagram and Pinterest. Slightly different from Facebook and Twitter, these platform are all about visuals. Looking back in… read more »

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How to make your hotel’s social media a source for travel inspiration (I) – Facebook & Twitter

by May 23, 2017 9:55 am , Leave a comment

When it’s a well known fact that social media validates a brand and increases its awareness, are you sure that you are making the most out of your hotel’s social media presence? Social media allows hoteliers to bring their business forward, to advertise its strongest suits, and to communicate with travelers and/or guests, in the easiest possible way. This can result in increased bookings and ultimately, more revenue. So we’ll be talking about the most important things that you have to keep in mind when launching your hotel’s profile on Facebook and Twitter. Also, keep an eye out for our… read more »

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Direct Messaging Guests: The On-site Experience

by May 9, 2017 7:59 am , Leave a comment

We have previously talked about direct messaging, so you might already know why it’s important to not be afraid of direct messaging your guests and the do’s and don’ts of the process. And with technology driven millennials taking over, it’s also good to know that 77% of consumers with texting capabilities, aged 18-34, are likely to have a positive perception of a company that offers text messaging features. That being said, it’s time to focus on what we consider to be the best and most important stage of direct messaging: the guests’ on-site experience. There’s no time like the present,… read more »

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The Importance of a Hotel’s Presence on Google

by April 19, 2017 8:27 am , Leave a comment

What would our lives be like without Google? Ever since the world wide web took over, online research has become a necessity, almost a reflex. We use it for school, for work, for our own entertainment. And to be honest, we don’t even stop and think about it. Looking up information on the web feels like the most natural thing in the world. Hospitality makes no exception. Sites like Google continue to create ways to fit into all phases of the traveler’s search-shop-buy experience. Starting as a search engine, it is now so much more than that and hotels should… 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 »

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[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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5 Tips For Incorporating Reviews Into Your Hotel Marketing Strategy

by March 21, 2017 11:34 am , Leave a comment

In today’s business world, when taking into consideration the connectivity of people and the mobile-first society, it’s safe to say that guest feedback is the thing that can make or break your hotel marketing strategy. Especially when it comes to hospitality, reviews are something that help or harm the success of your hotel. They also either encourage more bookings or prevent travelers from booking. Excellent, good or not so great, they are all there in the virtual world, representing your hotel’s reputation. The good news is that, once you learn how to manage them, you can use them in your favor… 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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Motel One Fulfills Guest Expectations with Guest Satisfaction Surveys

by January 19, 2017 2:35 pm , , Leave a comment

Post-stay feedback surveys are one of the most effective feedback channels and are the easiest way to get direct insights about guest experiences.* In early 2016, TrustYou collected data from over 4 million reviews and found out that nearly half of all hotel reviews are solicited by the hotels themselves. Here is the break down: 44% - Surveys collected by hotels 41% - Online Travel Agencies 15% - Travel Sites and Social Media TrustYou client, Motel One, began utilizing the guest feedback platform and survey solution back in 2013. They sought to prove that a budget-friendly, unique, and consistent hotel… read more »