5 Millennial Marketing Tips for Hotels

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The hotel industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Travel has become increasingly popular over recent years, expanding much of its popularity with the Millennial generation. Bookings in travel and tourism reached almost $1.6 trillion in 2017, with global hotel industry estimated to exceed $500 billion by the end of 2018. Although this industry is growing rapidly and expected to continue to grow in the coming years, it is still essential that businesses operating within the hotel industry market to their customers effectively to continue to stand tall in this competitive landscape. Here are 5 marketing tips for marketing to Millennials in the hotel industry…

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Screen Shot 2018-12-12 at 5.17.27 PM.pngOne of the most important aspects for customers in choosing a hotel is what it looks like; does the bed look old and dusty? Are the carpets outdated and ugly? How big is the bathroom? Is there a TV? The questions are endless. Customers turn to pictures to answer their questions. It’s easy enough for you to claim, “Beautiful, picturesque views of the countryside right outside your window!”, customers need to see it to believe it!! Posting pictures of your hotel rooms is a great way to attract customers as well as gain their trust that you offer high quality accommodations!

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LOYALTY is KEY

In the hotel industry, customer loyalty is essential. Once customers have had a good experience at your hotel, they are encouraged to choose your hotel brand for their next travel location as they are already familiar with it. Offering discounts for first time customers is a great way to get new customers in the door and enjoying your services. If your hotel is offering a lower rate and your hotel looks high quality in your pictures, they will be more willing to give your hotel a try over others they have already visited.

There is no Such Thing as no Transparency

With all of the reviews on travel sites for hotels, airlines, and so on, there is no such thing as no transparency. Be sure to be 100% honest on your site and social media accounts in regards to the services your hotel offers and the quality of the accommodations. If customers visit your hotel with false expectations, they will be disappointed by what they receive and therefore give your hotel a terrible review. If they go in with more realistic expectations, they are more likely to be presently surprised by extra offerings they are given and added customer service they did not initially expect!

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Maximize Reviews and GET MORE VIEWS!

Reviews are extremely important in the hotel industry as many customers first instinct in searching for a hotel to stay at is to look at third-party sites such as Expedia or TripAdvisor. After looking at price and pictures, the third aspect they’re going to look at is your customer reviews. To insure you build up your reviews and always have relatively new reviews for your hotel, offer incentives such as, “free breakfast in the morning if you write us a review!”

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Utilize Online Efficiencies

With the new technologies and advances in Internet usability, you can greatly enhance your customers experiences in booking a hotel room, viewing new price deals, and so on. Many hotel chains have taken advantage of this by adding virtual 3D visualization of hotel rooms on their sites so customers can get a more enhanced look at what their accommodation is going to look like. Making customers’ experiences on your hotel site easier and more engaging encourages them to directly visit your hotel’s site as opposed to looking for deals online amongst you and all your competitors. This will maximize your hotel’s profitability by increasing your customer loyalty and sales!

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Marketing 101

Today we go through some key areas of your marketing presence. Often times, small business owners ask, “Where do I even begin when it comes to marketing?” In this video we go through 6 key areas, Online Reputation, Listings, Social Media, SEO, Advertising, and Website.

Restaurants NEED To Do This!!!!

Today we go over some comparisons between email marketing and Facebook Messenger marketing. How do the two differ? With Facebook Messenger marketing we are experiencing over 85% open rates on messages. Compare the results in the video to what you are currently doing.

 

Employee Feature: Alli Burns, Marketing Assistant

Hi!! My name is Alli and I’m the face behind many of the MaxExposure blog posts! I have been working with MaxExposure for a little over a year as a marketing assistant. To give you a little background on me, I am originally from Connecticut, I am a marketing major attending Bentley University, I am a big red sox fan, and on the weekends you can catch me watching Friends reruns!

What do you do for MaxExposure?

I am responsible for creating and posting social media content for customers to maximize their social media engagement and following. I am also responsible for creating and publishing content on our MaxExposure blog to give our customers, and blog viewers, social media tips and inform them of new marketing trends to help them improve their own marketing strategy!

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is hearing back from my boss, Aly, that one of my clients is loving the content I am posting for them. To know that I am not only helping a company increase their online following and sales, but that I’ve actually excited them about their social media account, and their business in general, is extremely rewarding.

I’ve also greatly enjoyed writing and publishing our MaxExposure blogs and learning about new marketing topics, tips, and trends that not only can help our customers, but make me a better marketer as well! ((Click here to check out more of our MaxExposure blogs and get tips on how to improve your company’s marketing!))

Why do you feel companies should choose MaxExposure?

I think companies looking to improve their marketing tactics and company profitability should choose MaxExposure because they are a family-run business. Being a family-run business means they are extremely invested in their customer’s satisfaction with our services. In using a larger marketing company, often times your only point of contact is “customer service” calls and email. At MaxExposure, any time a customer has a concern about their products, they have the opportunity to reach out and speak directly with the employee in charge of providing their services.

Speaking with the actual person in charge of the services gives the customer an opportunity to not only consult that employee regarding their concerns, but collaborate with them and get advice from an expert on how to improve.

What is your favorite MaxExposure product?

My favorite MaxExposure product is the new Website Builder product! A lot of small businesses have outdated or nonfunctional websites so being able to see the transformation of their online company image has been amazing! 

 

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Social Media Marketing Tips for Restaurants

The phone most definitely eats first. Look up the term “foodie” on Instagram or Facebook and you will find thousands of accounts, photos, and videos dedicated to food. Using social media to help market your restaurant is a no-brainer. Here are 5 tips to spice up your social media…

Instagram Hashtag

When posting on Instagram, create a hashtag unique to your restaurant. Any time you post a picture using that hashtag you are encouraging followers to use the hashtag if they make a post about you too. You can say something like “use our hashtag for a chance to get featured!” or “receive a free coffee when you use #XXXX on Instagram!” This way your account will include content both from your business and your customers.

Photography

Pictures are going to be essential for any of your social media posts and you want them to look good. The best part is you don’t have to be a good photographer to take great pictures of food. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps. Download a photo editing app on your phone such as Lightroom or Vsco- you can play with the brightness, sharpness, and clarity of the photos as well as adding filters. Additionally, use the same background for every picture. If you take a photo on a white table always take the photo on the same white table that way your feed will be aesthetically pleasing.
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Giveaways

People love getting free stuff. Hosting giveaways such as a free gift card or a free meal can help create buzz about your business. It can help you increase followers and interactions on your page. You can do something during different holiday seasons, or just randomly. Here is an outline of potential terms:

TO ENTER
1. Like this photo
2. Follow our account
3. Tag a friend you’d share this meal with (1 tag=1 entry)
4 random winners will get a FREE appetizer and drink on their next visit!!!

Interacting with Customers

Make sure that you respond to customers’ comments and complaints on social media. The responses should be personalized and not generic. Try to get to responses within an hour of receiving the comment. If you aren’t confident you will check these interactions often, a good tip is to create a rotation with your employees to have the job of checking and responding to any social media interactions for the day. ((if you want to insure quality and fluidity in your customer interactions, check here to check out our reputation management package!))

Influencers

We have talked about Instagram influencers in the past and food bloggers are a goldmine! Don’t be afraid to reach out to food bloggers to partner with them to get the word out about your restaurant.
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Restaurants, GET MORE SALES!

Today with go through our Facebook Messenger program, designed to drive more sales to your restaurant. Are you using Facebook Messenger to drive sales? If not, you may be missing out. Compare this program to your current marketing efforts. This program gets new customers who have never heard of restaurant to go in, existing customers to come back more frequently, and has a trackable ROI.

Stop giving out FREE WIFI!

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Today we go through how you, as a business owner, can leverage your wifi and gain valuable customer information. You can also use it to drive traffic back to your business. Instead of just giving wifi for free and not getting anything in return, give it out with the purpose to help your business. Check out our demo and how we use Facebook Messenger to automate this process for our clients.

How to Effectively Market your Home Improvement Business

The home improvement industry is an extremely fun one, especially for customers in the target market. Customers love learning about and purchasing home improvements because their home is something they live in and enjoy every day. Accenting on this rather than simply trying to market your business in particular will differentiate your company from other companies in the home improvement industry because you will not only engage and attract customers, but excite them. Below are five social media marketing tips for your home improvement industry…

 

Showcase Customer’s Home Improvement Projects

Customers love seeing what you’ve been able to do for people in renovating and improving their homes. This way, when they see something they like, they’ll hire you and maybe show you a picture from your Instagram and say, “I want to do something like this.” Posting pictures of your previous home improvement projects gives them an idea of what they may want you to do for them in their own home. The customer whose home you are posting about will also love that you recognized their improvement project enough to publish it to your company’s social media. This will enhance your relationship and customer loyalty with them as they feel like they are appreciated and important to your business.

 

Give Ideas for DIY Home Improvement Fixes

Although giving customers quick DIY home improvement fixes is not going to generate profit for you in that fix, it will show the customer you care about them. You are not only showing that your company is knowledgeable in home improvement projects, but that you are willing to help customers with the small stuff that they don’t need to hire a company for. They may use your quick home improvement fixes for the small projects, but they will also be familiarized with your company, and turn to you for the bigger projects they prefer to hire someone for.

 

Post Pictures of Employees

Customer service is extremely important in the home improvement industry. New customers are going to be wary about letting “strangers” into their homes, so be sure to show your employees rather often on your social media. This will build a sense of trust with your customers because they will get to actually see who’s going to be showing up at their door for the project.

 

Be Specific in your Written Content

When customers are looking at doing a home improvement, they do their research. They find out which material is most durable for their wood floors, which tile grout is easier to clean, and what brands of windows are the most secure. Customers familiarize themselves with many of the home improvement materials and terms so being sure to say “mahogany” instead of just “wood floors” will reassure your customer that you know what you are talking about, and that they know what they are purchasing.

Enlist the Help of an Expert

Even though you and your employees know the home improvement industry front and back, marketing your home improvement company is an entirely different battle. This is when it can help to hire an expert on marketing and social media to insure you maximize your online presence and customer following. Marketing experts will post the most effective content, on a regular basis, and allow for your own input as well such as new company images or products you want to showcase.

If you are looking to maximize your home improvement company’s outreach on social media, click here to check out our Home Services package today, or give us a call for more information!