Small Social Impact Hotels Can Kick Butt Using These Approaches
Here’s one of the major challenges that smaller boutique hotels face, which we hear again and again: competing with big-budget hotels.
Since smaller boutique hotels tend to use a DIY approach, they find that they just can’t keep up, particularly in those largest arenas: general (organic) Google searches, listings in OTAs, etc.
Due to this challenge, we have grown very impressed with the effectiveness of a workaround: online word of mouth. Here are some examples of that.
This kind of tool can work wonders. With an advocacy platform, you can convert personal introductions into future guests.
Essentially, you establish incentives for guests (and site visitors) to post about your hotel, sharing about you on social (Facebook, Twitter, etc). Since the messages are between friends, they are meaningful, impactful, and direct.
Here’s one that we love, in particular — and their site is gorgeous:
Flip.to: the advocacy platform for hotels.
Positive Review Funnels
Especially true for smaller hotels: a high number of positive reviews leads to increased bookings.
A review funnel looks something like this:
First, guests are directed to your unique hotel-branded landing page, where you can quickly identify your hotel’s biggest fans.
- Guests who rate your hotel highly are sent to a publicly-visible review site.
- Guests who rate your hotel poorly are sent to a private feedback form.
Happy Guests Write Reviews
Next, guests who rate you highly are directed to write reviews on your preferred review site:
- Trip Advisor
Unhappy Guests Share Private Feedback
Otherwise, guests who selected a lower score are directed away from review sites, and instead encouraged to share their feedback with you directly, off the record.
This gives you the chance to learn valuable input, and even a chance to provide a satisfying solution.
Hand Out Cards To Encourage More Reviews
To help direct guests to this review funnel landing page, you are provided with a branded business card design that contains:
- A short URL
- A scan-and-view QR code
- An incentive to provide feedback
It Works Wonders
For a brand-new boutique hotel, this can be a tremendously effective way to establish a strong position online.
Here’s the positive review funnel that we offer:
Positive Review Funnel – Hotel Grower
We love helping boutique hotels, and we wish you all the best!
We’re always happy to explain things more fully. Just let us know your questions!