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Top of the Social Scene

In General on December 31, 2014 at 13:39

Are your hotels’ social media channels hot, or not?

Are you almost finished writing that social media plan you’ve been working on for the last year? Well, if it hasn’t been evolving with the latest trends, you might need to go back to the drawing board. Few things change as quickly as social media, and to be efficient and effective, your strategy should be developing at the same pace. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening as it relates to hotels and hospitality, and how you should be spending your time and money. Read the rest of this entry »

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Strange Bedfellows

In General on August 1, 2014 at 12:11

A LOOK UNDER THE SHEETS AT THE EVER-EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HOTELS AND OTAs.

Of the two great innovations that technology has enabled in the hotel business in the past 15 years, only one has been truly disruptive: the rise of Online Travel Agents.

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Making the most of your relationship with OTAs

In General on August 1, 2014 at 12:03

What makes the disruptive innovation of OTAs so fascinating is that they are simultaneously the hotels’ biggest competitor, and potentially their largest online sales channel (for all but the largest chains). The OTAs and the hotels clearly need each other.

Accepting this fact, how can hospitality brands make the most of their online friends-cum-enemies? Read the rest of this entry »

The QUOcast, a podcast about hospitality

In Podcast on June 28, 2014 at 16:20

The QUOcast, a podcast about hospitality

Something we’ve started experimenting with recently, a podcast about hospitality. Discussion includes “the death of the brand”, and an interview with Minor International’s Dilip Rajakarier.

http://quo.li/quocast

The High Cost of High Tech

In General on April 12, 2014 at 11:40

And even higher cost of underwhelming your guests with dated technology.

Checking into a hotel, the staff on the desk informed me that the minibar was “pressure-sensitive,” so if you took something out and then put it back, you’d still be charged. I couldn’t help but wonder why the minibar was smart enough to know when I had taken a beer, but not clever enough to forgive me after my moment of weakness.. I nodded in acknowledgment, thanked him politely and then shuffled off to my room, pondering the changes in technology and human behaviour, and how they affect the bottom line. Read the rest of this entry »

Hotel Website Design Trends 2012/13

In General on February 4, 2013 at 20:30

A review of 2012, with a look forward to what 2013 has in store

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Fullscreen images

Fullscreen images have really come into focus in the past year or so. This is because the public in general now have faster internet connections. This, combined with more easily accessible Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) makes serving large images easier.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Death of Hotel WiFi Fees?

In General on January 13, 2011 at 21:24

Verizon iPhoneVerizon announced yesterday the availability of Apple’s iPhone 4 on its network. While this was good news for those in America waiting for an alternative to the pain of using AT&T’s network, for most of the rest of the world, it had little impact: the Verizon iPhone uses CDMA, a different technology to the GSM that is common in most of the world.

Looking at the screenshots reveals a setting for creating a WiFi hotspot.
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LEED Hotels

In General on November 11, 2010 at 07:35

LEED -- Leadership in Energy and Environmental DesignDuring a recent trip to the US, I had the pleasure to stay in several excellent hotels. Two of them were LEED certified. What surprised me were that they were the only hotels of their kind (in the 2 major markets they were in).

“Eco” has been a buzzword for a while nowwith every hotel thrusting its eco credentials forward, even if it is only a sign in the bathroom asking you to reuse towels (incidentally the most self-serving of all eco-friendly options, something I find quite cynical on the part of the hotels). Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile Websites: What are the Hotel Big Boys Doing?

In General on October 21, 2010 at 22:42

Mobile WebsitesI’ve been working on mobile sites for some clients just recently, and this has been informative, if slightly depressing! In a previous post i talked about how little distinction there is between hotel sub-brands. If you look at the mobile space, there’s very little distinction between the main brands themselves. Follow me while i take a look. Read the rest of this entry »

Hotel Brands: Are Your Customers As Confused As I Am?

In General on October 5, 2010 at 15:24

Confused?Recently I stayed in a hotel that was part of the Marriott empire – not a Marriott itself, but one of its sub-brands. The experience was a constant surprise – some of the things I expected were missing, but other things I didn’t expect were there. I clearly didn’t understand what the brand was offering. So what was happening?

The more I thought about it, the more it came down to two things. Read the rest of this entry »