Easiest way to consider social media: It’s isn’t a revenue generator. You need to disrupt the booking process to create revenue – so ad spend, articles, etc. ┬áBut social media is a telephone, and luxury Continue Reading…

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.

“With the like button, with Tripadvisor, and different applications… they will find their way. You can’t just dismiss the powerhouses of today just because they don’t have the right applications. That would be like dismissing Google in the past because the algorithm was a little off. You have got to understand that these companies have the bandwidth, the smarts, and the money – and travel is one of the largest if not *THE* largest online opportunity, vertical, and once they have their sights set on it, they will figure it out.”