Archive for November, 2011

Small Hotels and Local Community Integration

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 by washi No Comments

As consumers become more aware of the environmental and social impacts of their choices, companies are increasingly held to higher ethical standards than before. This attitude also travels with people on their holidays, and social responsibility is set to become a larger component of the hospitality industry in the coming years.

Smaller hotels can have an advantage over the big chains in dealing with local communities and implementing sustainable practices simply because of their size. As a small hotel, it is easier to get an overview and find out where to focus your attention. Similarly it is easier to become an actor within the community.

Becoming socially aware and involved in your local community can have surprising indirect benefits for business. When you integrate with your local community, your guests are likely to enjoy a much more authentic experience of place, a key factor to many travellers these days. There are many ways that your hotel can be a part of your local community including supporting the community’s activities, having a local workforce or buying local food and products to use in your hotel.

Hotel owners need to start thinking of local communities and the environment as stakeholders in their business and realizing their responsibilities. It does require work and it might mean engaging with, for example, local universities or municipalities for knowhow and ways to measure environmental sustainability. For many tourist destinations it is a mix of cultural diversity and the natural environment that make them attractive to visitors in the first place; therefore one should be interested in these issues anyway. If you take care of the local then the local will take care of you.

Does your hotel have a mobile compatible website?

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 by washi No Comments

As more and more people browse on mobile devices as opposed to computers, it is important for your hotel to have mobile compatible website plus a booking engine which works well on all mobile devices. You can easily loose customers to frustration when they fail to access content or can’t book the room on their smartphones. Here are a few articles to get you on your way to achieving a mobile friendly website:

Five Reasons You Must Have a Mobile Site for 2012

Travel Marketers Increasing Mobile Spend, App Development in 2012

Growth in Hotel Booking on Mobile Shows Opportunities for Hotels

Hotel Marketers Go Mobile

Marketers Optimize Mobile Search with Better SEO Practice

What Business Travellers Want from Hotels When It Comes to Mobile

Travel Click Throughs Higher on Mobile

5 Ways to Win the Hotel Mobile Booking Game



Hotels vs. TripAdvisor Reviews

Posted on: November 24th, 2011 by washi No Comments

Good reviews on TripAdvisor can be magnificently useful in advertising and promoting hotels, at the same time bad reviews can damage reputation and revenue. Hoteliers should listen closely to what people say about their hotels and have a strategy in place to respond promptly. Below are interesting posts about different aspects of reviews on TripAdvisor.

Hotel Owners Fear Growing ‘Blackmail’ Threats from Guests Online

New TripAdvisor Complaints Threatens Review Syndication

TripAdvisor’s Travel Trends for 2012

Tips to Help Hotels Generate More Traveller Reviews on TripAdvisor

Digging Deeper: Hotel Review Scores, Hotel Class, and Hotel Performance

Not Just Hotel Reviews: TripAdvisor Now Emphasizes Traveler Photos

The Reliability of User–Generated Hotel Reviews

Case Studies and ROI – TripAdvisor Business Listings

How to Manage TripAdvisor Comments



How to Set Up a Google+ Page for Your Hotel

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 by washi No Comments

Now with over 40 million users on Google+ it is time for your hotel to step up and be one of the first hotels using it as the new marketing tool. Following a few easy steps you will be on your way.

  • First of all you need to sign in to your Google+ profile to be able to set up a business page.
  • Then look for the Google+ Pages tab/logo on the right hand side of your profile and click on it.


  • Choose your page category. Your hotel should be under “Local Business or Place”.
  • Then add your location and phone number. Google will use the given phone number to match the phone number on your listing on Google Places (if available). This makes it much easier because your hotel information will be matched and added automatically.



  • If your hotel does not already have a listing on the map, Google will ask you to provide information.



  • Add the information and choose your business category which is Lodging. Choose who you want your page visible to then, click “Create”



  • Now your page has been crated, it is time to add your hotel’s profile photo.



  • After choosing your profile photo, Google will ask to to share the new page through your own profile (optional).



  •  Now you can start using Google+ to promote your hotel and start building connections! Start by adding photos and videos of your hotel. Remember to double check if all information here is correct and complete.



Effective Hotel Website Content and Designs

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 by washi No Comments

Your hotel website is the first place where you and your guests meet. Most hotels websites we see today are rather similar to one another. Having a quality website, one that stands out from the crowd, will help present your hotel’s personality and, ultimately, convert site visitors into customers. Here are some good guidelines on what makes an effective hotel website:

How “Fresh” is Your Hotel Website?

Six must haves for your hotel website redesign

Redesigning Your Hotel Website for the Social Media Revolution

Hotel web design tips to capture direct bookings

Rethinking Hotel Guest Satisfaction and Hotel Website Analytics

And some articles with fresh ideas from our web development and marketing team:

Building a Hotel Homepage Which Captures Visitors

The Key to Engagement on Your Hotel Website: Say Less, Communicate More

Visual Appeal on Hotel Websites

Is it time for your hotel website overhaul?




Social Media Marketing for Hotels

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by washi No Comments

We all know that social media marketing is an important way for hotels to advertise and to engage with guests. But for many small hotels, it’s not clear how to get started, how to work social media into your larger strategy, and what exactly your business can expect in return. For detailed insights on how social media can benefit your hotel we recommend these articles:

Social Media More Important Than PPC for Travel Industry?

A Guide to Finding Your Hotel’s Voice Online

More Than Marketing: Hotel Social Media Strategy for PR, Service, and Operations

How to Generate Leads with Social Media

Social Touch Marketing for Hotels

When Social Media for Hotels Works

Travel Statistics and Social Media

How to Grow Social Media Leads: New Research

A Sample Social Media Policy for Hotels






Google+ Pages for Your Business

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by washi No Comments

Last week Google launched their new Google+ pages for businesses. We have gathered early articles about the service and put it together here for you to study and see what it can offer your boutique hotel.

The Brand Pages Faceoff: Google+ vs. Facebook

Google+ Pages Now Open For Businesses, Brands, Places & More

Updated: Google+ Pages For Businesses: The AdWords Impact

A Look At Google+ Direct Connect For Google+ Pages

Up Close With Creating & Managing Google+ Pages

Small Hotel Solutions Now Helps You Check Your Hotel’s Online Positioning

Posted on: November 9th, 2011 by washi No Comments

This week we launched our latest service called “Hotel Website & Digital Marketing Evaluation”. It aims to help hotel owners or hotel managers know how they are doing in the digital marketing world.
Our main services are software and website development for small and independent hotels. Our marketing team has been focusing on digital marketing strategies. You need these insights to be able to decide how to develop your website and how to make good strategic use of other online marketing channels. These factors are critical to your hotel visibility and to increasing more profitable direct bookings.
If you want to know how your hotel’s online marketing rates, check out our website and link to the evaluation info here.