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90 – Winter Workshop Takeaways

In this episode of Suite Location, host Ryan Embree addresses essential insights and takeaways from Journey Media Group’s winter workshop. Soon after chatting with many hoteliers in excess of the training course of the workshop, Ryan has discovered some common themes and offers suggestions to other hoteliers out there on how they can get ready for 2022.

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Ryan Embree:
Welcome to Suite Place wherever hoteliers examine in and we test out what’s trending in hotel promoting. I’m your host, Ryan Embree.

Ryan Embree:
Hi, all people. And welcome to one more episode of the Suite Place. This is your host, Ryan Embree. Thank you all for signing up for me today for episode 90 of the Sweet Location. This is a special version of the Suite Spot. This is really the 2nd version of what we simply call just one-on-one electronic marketing workshop takeaways. So for those that are not familiar, at Travel Media Team, we set on seasonal internet marketing workshops for hoteliers. We concept them just about every solitary year: spring, summertime, tumble, and of training course, winter season, which we just completed. So this workshop was named “Create an Occupancy Flurry”, and we have got some sort of takeaways and insights from the inns and teams that I was talking to throughout these workshops. So which is what this episode is all about. I’ll give you some key insights and definitely just styles and trends that we’ve uncovered during these electronic a single-on-one workshops.

Ryan Embree:
So the initial pattern that we’re gonna get a look at is, and I just adore to see it, the optimism coming into 2022, in particular all over important groups like business and prolonged stays. Hoteliers are anticipating the return of these two segments, which have nearly totally disappeared more than the final few decades. We have been leaning so seriously on those leisure vacationers as a crutch to type of fill our rooms. In 2022, a lot of hoteliers that I talked to had the experience that this business enterprise journey was likely to return. These, these stays that could possibly have just been perhaps one particular or two evenings could possibly be into extended stays. And aspect of that is mainly because of what we have talked about with bleisure occurring. So business and leisure kind of blending alongside one another. Some men and women using an prolonged trip, perhaps on a Thursday evening, because they’re definitely ready to get the job done from any where.

Ryan Embree:
We’ve talked about that in this podcast, how that hybrid workspace is, is actually gonna advantage hoteliers because it could extend someone’s holiday a few additional nights. So with that optimism for company, a great deal of the items that we talked about to hoteliers in these workshops had been optimizing on locations like LinkedIn. Imagine about how numerous weddings received canceled, rescheduled. Yearly occasions that have been heading on for many years experienced been canceled. This is your option to endorse your resort, to consider to capture some of that pent-up need. LinkedIn is the channel for that. That’s exactly where all of your event planners are heading to be. That is where your wedding planners are gonna be joining your area small business associations. It, it could lead to a lot of income and a whole lot of bookings, just one specific wedding block is not just a person area, which is likely to relay into a complete mess of bookings.

Ryan Embree:
So LinkedIn and getting energetic on that website is gonna absolutely be very important in 2022. Which is wherever the final decision-makers are, specially for these groups. So if you are seeking to see what form of trade reveals and events are coming your way, LinkedIn is a excellent spot for that. And it is gonna be the hoteliers are jumping on that pattern that are seriously gonna choose benefit as small business journey begins to return. The 2nd craze that we uncovered in this workshop truly nonetheless had to do with staffing. Now, the very last electronic workshop that we had in the drop, we have been in the thick of the staffing shortages, and it is genuinely just about taught hoteliers, how to adapt and change when it comes to selected issues that they are doing at the property. GMs homeowners, director of gross sales are sporting hats they’ve in no way experienced to do ahead of. So what they are accomplishing is they are essentially acquiring a minor bit much more relaxed outsourcing some of their day-to-working day pursuits, specifically all around electronic internet marketing, which obviously Travel Media Team specializes in.

Ryan Embree:
So it is, it’s not out of the dilemma now to outsource your assessment responses, to make confident that you’re having that endeavor done. Outsourcing your social media, earning guaranteed that you’re reliable. I talked to a great deal of groups of inns that lost a whole lot of crucial positions, men and women that ended up managing and publishing on their social media. And the amusing detail is, is when I come to these accounts, I can practically forecast to the day when that human being experienced still left their placement simply because that’s when the posting just stops. Now as hoteliers, we have an understanding of that there’s a staffing shortage: friends and vacationers, they do not. So they’re coming to your Facebook site, just like they did when you have been putting up and they’re seeing now that you have not posted considering the fact that the summer months, that is gonna give an effect to the traveler and it is not gonna be a beneficial one. So we came throughout a lot of situations where just like you’re outsourcing your landscaping, possibly your pool cleaning, more and extra hoteliers are having at ease outsourcing things like their electronic internet marketing to organizations out there.

Ryan Embree:
Now quantity three was applying suggestions and facts to make adjustments. A person of the issues the pandemic has taught us is that we want to pay attention to our visitors a complete good deal extra. Not that we weren’t before, but making use of some of the info and making use of some of the insights and clues that friends are supplying us just about every single working day when they leave opinions, when they have interaction with our social posts. So these are all clues. Your guests are hoping to inform you what can make them tick. So heading to a social media put up and seeing that on this day, posting about loved ones-welcoming gatherings had it’s possible 17 likes and then submitting something else, a very little bit extra business skilled didn’t have as much engagement, that should inform you anything. It suggests that a ton of households are subsequent. You have an viewers of people that are leisure travelers that are wanting for relatives-friendly fashion factors, and then you get started to adapt.

Ryan Embree:
And, and that’s what a social system is. You start off to adapt based on that engagement, you start out truly expanding your viewers and giving the material that they want to see. Exact same is true with critiques. They are seeking to tell you exactly how they come to feel. 1 of the issues that we launched previously this year was our state-of-the-art sentiment. So we reviewed that with a ton of inns that I went above and you’d be astonished once all of that information is aggregated in a single individual place, like TMG’s OneView, you’d be surprised some of the insights that we located, some of the resorts didn’t sense like they experienced a problem with breakfast. Nonetheless when we looked up the tag breakfast in their critiques, it was just about two points reduce than their all round evaluate rating. So this tells you that there’s a little something lacking there. And I reminded these hoteliers that it does not automatically suggest that you’re undertaking a undesirable work at the home.

Ryan Embree:
Probably you are performing a undesirable job of location anticipations. As a important big difference between individuals two matters, hoteliers are making use of spots like evaluation response, their internet sites and social media, to established the expectations of the new regular as vacationers arrive back again into the journey planet, as enterprise vacation returns. What does that breakfast look like now? Is it nevertheless a get-and-go, is it a hybrid? Is it a buffet? Your visitor requirements to know this in advance of they get there for the reason that you possibility not assembly or exceeding their expectations. So once again, making use of that sentiment to make adjustments to your property, and it’ll also give you some clues on the favourable aspect, what to sector what to publicize for the home. 1 of the resorts I was on the lookout at experienced an fantastic score when it came to their location. So we dove in a very little deeper. I questioned that hotelier, what is it that men and women enjoy about your site?

Ryan Embree:
We clicked into their opinions and that sentiment tag, and we had been in a position to see that they were being conveniently nearby a bunch of diverse dining places that were really rated. So figuring out a way to associate with all those dining places, to be endorsing and advertising that you’re in the vicinity of all of these restaurants and your friends are just footsteps absent from that. So these are the variety of insights and info that not essentially hoteliers weren’t on the lookout at prior to COVID, but they are seeking at a good deal far more carefully now since it’s providing them some definitely, definitely superior information that they can use to make improved operational selections for the residence. And and lastly, and this was, this was just so excellent to see was it felt like the hoteliers that I spoke to, there was a reduction of trying to find regularity. Now it sometimes feels like because 2020 it’s been a decade.

Ryan Embree:
At times it feels like it’s been just a couple times, but we’re about to go into 2022. And for the first time, naturally, there are some variables there with, with some variants and matters of that mother nature. But for the initial time, there is that experience of optimism like I talked about, but also a sensation of seeking ahead to striving to come across some consistency. Probably they have that personnel in place, and they’re hoping to set new requirements of overall performance for them, new suggestions on how they’re gonna manage visitors. Who’s heading to be the a single accountable for publishing on social media, to responding to testimonials, to examining rates on the internet. There’s, there is just this sense of regularity. Previous 12 months at this time, we were being just talking about the vaccines remaining on the horizon. They’re listed here, they’ve arrived. So 2022 appears to be like it’s gonna be a minor little bit more steady and much less volatile than we have viewed for the earlier two several years.

Ryan Embree:
And I feel that indicates superior information for the lodge business. So I totally love carrying out these workshops. I believe they are super insightful. And, and just to kind of get to listen to from our hoteliers and what they are experiencing on a day-to-day basis, as we transfer toward 2022, it’s gonna be so crucial for hoteliers to be hunting at these points on the web, generating individuals variations like we talked about recovery is listed here, the attendees are there for the using and far more and additional are gonna start off coming out of their doorways and into your lobby. Place oneself to gain these bookings as best you can. They are likely to be on the lookout closer and nearer at your testimonials. They are likely to be seeking closer and closer at your social media. So if you are not well prepared, you could operate the possibility of getting rid of occupancy and current market share as more and much more journey will come on board.

Ryan Embree:
So certainly remarkable workshop. If you are intrigued in these workshops, we do them when every quarter. So we’re gonna be accomplishing a spring workshop in this article in March, which I’d love to converse with you. Clearly, we know which is when occupancy commences to ramp up again and men and women are excited. They’re starting to see their occupancy starting off to see individuals prices up. We like to see it. I want to thank everyone for listening to this episode, and we’ll discuss to you following time on the Suite Place.

Ryan Embree:
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