I know it might sound needlessly hopeful, but Tripadvisor forums can transform your brand, and help you become more successful in the long term. Having hotels move away from ineffective social campaigns on Facebook, to ROI producing ones that root you as experts in travel and hospitality, is something we have needed to do for years. The internet doesn’t happen on Facebook, Facebook users aren’t consumers. The internet happens on forums, and those forums are populated with potential guests that are ready to spend money. Help out that person asking questions with an interest in having hospitality change lives, and that virtual stranger might just end up as a physical guest. Even if we are exhausted by the end of a work day, it’s still our job to mentor up and coming hospitality professionals, and to help connect them with the spark that you once felt about hospitality. These forums might be a simple, easy first step to making that hourly desk agent who thinks of hotels as a “job”, into understanding that hospitality is a noble profession. When you start helping people, and you feel that positive reaction for having done so, it gives life a sense of purpose and hope…. so let’s get excited about hospitality, let’s realize we can make the world a better place with all that we do…. and helping a stranger in a Tripadvisor forum can be one small part of that.

I think it’s time to realize we can not readily energize a fan base for something like a hotel, and the real way these “Best of the City” local contests are *truly* won is with your staff. Consider what it’s like to receive endless credit card offers in the mail, or to have someone call you multiple times and talk only of themselves. Trying to urge your fan base to do work for you might only not work, it might be counterproductive. Those who will vote for you on the best-of list are already prone to do it, so they don’t need encouragement, which means you may just be spamming your precious contact list, instead of proselytizing them to action. So how are you going to win these “best-of” lists? You’re going to do it when you understand the future of social media in hotels, and when you understand that PR & Marketing need synch with all operations, and now it’s time to consider how PR & Marketing will fit into the world of Human Resources.

I have been RACKING my brain over this – How do you become accessible to emerging tourist markets? —->Brazil, China, and India?  That’s just the powerhouse economies, and we shouldn’t forget Mexico Continue Reading…

The Story of Hotel Coffee. This is something I have done in the past – talking about the history of hotel systems and amenities, and where we are today.  It’s likely horribly self indulgent, as well Continue Reading…