We know that the Hotel Customer Experience today starts Online, and in many ways is influenced by your Hotels customers Social Network activities.

Still some of the key challenges today is;

  • Why don’t we see increased booking conversions?
  • How can we increase occupancy and revenue with Social Media?
  • How can our Hotel tap into New Media market segments?
  • How do we address concerns gone viral?
  • How can Social Media help us improve our Review Ratings?

The AIDA model

Hotel Customers goes through a four-step process before they make an educated booking decision;

A – Awareness

The first process is awareness.

This is a split process where the customer first identifies a need that will require a Hotel Reservation. The second part is where the Hotel triggers the awareness that meets the Customers needs. If the Customer is not aware of your Hotel then you will experience some challenges with persuading them.

I – Interest

The second part of the process is interesting.

This is also a split process. The first part consists of listening to their challenges. The second part it to engage with them, and demonstrate things that can solve their challenge.

D – Desire

The third part is the desire.

This is the part where narrow down the interest, and create a desire towards what you want them to do. Here you can show how others approve your service, and also show how you solve their challenges.

A – Action

The fourth part is action.

If all the previous elements are in sync the customers are then in a position to make an educated booking decision. You want to be in a position where you can ask your customer for a Direct Booking on your Hotels Website.

Social Networking & Collaboration the spice that trigger Reviews

According to TripAdvisor 44% of US Travelers will in 2013 made an educated booking decision based on online reviews. In 2012 TripAdvisor reported that 42% use Social Media for Travel planning, and 40% for Travel Inspiration. 76% said they share their experience with their Social Networks.

The primary reason travelers share their trip experiences on social networks is to update friends and family on their whereabouts, according to 36 percent and 27 percent noted the fun to share all their exciting photos and news. Thirty-seven percent think social networks have made travel planning easier.

Like many Facebook user, I have connected my Facebook account with my TripAdvisor account. This shift has started to develop new unique patterns. My Social Networks friends opinions will have more weight than a standard opinion. And when I see that someone from the Hotel took the time to respond to my Social Networks friends opinion this adds even more value when I make my booking decision.

Case Study

My friends at Software Advice a company that provides free reviews of hotel management software, did a case study “How the Four Seasons Hotel Maintains Top TripAdvisor Ratings”.

The Four Seasons Hotel in Austin had dropped from 20th to 27th on TripAdvisor’s Popularity Index. This triggered action from the management team where they started to monitor Social Media Mentions. The Team also utilized the power of Social CTA (Call To Actions) in emails.

But the team discovered there was a connection between Social CTA and Reputation Management. They teamed up with Revinate to go beyond the Like, Follower, +1 and Connections.

The key to understanding here is that Social Networks is very Dynamic, all content and interaction here is live. And the time frame for capturing and responding to vital information is very short.

Reviews with 3 stars or less has a response time within 24 hours. The team has put in place a great content strategy for their responses:

  1. Thank the customer for their time writing a review
  2. Acknowledge any positive comments
  3. Apologize for the specific complaint or issue
  4. Explain a specific, forward-looking plan of how the hotel will fix the problem
  5. Invite the customer to come back

Customer Experience contains new elements that like Social Network and Collaboration. A customer today no longer share their experience with their ten closest friends they share it with thousands of their Social Network Friends.

Even brands like Four Seasons that is known for their maintaining a high level of service can’t afford to monitor and measure their online reputation. Services like Revinate allows them to identify and respond to concerns within proper time frames.

Social Networks like Facebook and Google+ has now added Five Star rating to their service. 2013 has just shown us the tip of the iceberg where Reviews and Reputation Management is heading.

I will say so strong that if your Hotel in 2014 leaves Review and Reputation Management strategies off the table you’re on the path to closing the doors. With the explosion of Mobile devices, Hotels will miss the boat if they don’t get on board soon.

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Revinate – Designed to specifically meet the unique needs of the hospitality industry, Revinate is an easy-to-use software service that tames and demystifies the all-important realm of online reputation management of social media by monitoring all online guest reviews and mentions of a hotel or restaurant, giving employees the chance to both turn disappointment into delight and make operational improvements that increase loyalty and drive sales.

About the author

Are Morch is the founder and owner of Are Morch – Hotel Marketing Coach. Get more from Are on Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Pinterest | Instagram| Podcast