10 Tweeting Tips for Hotels

Tweeting for your hotel and using Twitter to your advantage might just make your guests return! Do not miss out on small opportunities on Twitter with these tips:

What is your Twitter handle?

What is your Twitter handle? (Image from http://www.digitaltrends.com)

  • Keep an eye on Tweets where your hotel’s name is mentioned and act on it. Did one of your guests tweet that they are busy preparing for a difficult meeting late at night and desperately craving chocolate? Why not surprise them with two or three homemade truffles from your in-house kitchen?
  • Studies show that 48% of brand followers mainly follow the brands in order to get discount. Have a look at who the followers are that regularly engage with your brand and offer them a discount voucher to the on-site spa or the restaurant.
  • Use Twitter to share nearby events and entertainment with your guests. If there is a band playing at the pub next door, share the ticket link on Twitter. This shows your guests that you are not focused on your brand only, but you take part and interact with your community.
  • Share links to your other social media platforms and blogs via Twitter, as well as current specials. Your followers will appreciate being first to know.
  • Retweet and respond. By doing this, you not only show that you are interested and you engage with your followers, but it also create more awareness for your brand and it might add some followers to your list.
  • Personalize your Twitter profile. People like to know who they are talking to. Add the name of your guest relations manager or your social media ambassador. The word “social” indicates interaction and therefore guests would prefer interacting with a person rather than the hotel. You may even consider putting a photo of the person on the profile.
  • Promote your Twitter profile wherever possible. Put your Twitter handle (the “@” symbol with your name which your followers use to tag you in their Tweets) up at the reception area, on your menus, and in other public areas in order to allow guests to follow you, Tweet about you and interact with your brand.

I’ve been to many establishments where I wanted to Tweet something about their great service, ambiance or my experience, only to find that they don’t give me the opportunity to find them on Twitter.” -Renate de Villiers, owner of Travelling Mystery Guest.

  • Be active on Twitter. This will increase awareness and it will build your reputation and trust. This also means that you need to interact. One Tweet per day is not going to cut it. Take part in discussions, start new discussions, share interesting things with your followers by tagging them and even try to take part in discussions with hash tags (#) that are trending.
  • Acknowledge retweets and mentions. This just shows your followers that you have noticed them, it will probably impress them and this might in event encourage them to retweet or mention you on a more regular basis.
  • Use keywords in your Tweets (words that will appear in searches) and also use only 120 characters in your Tweets in order to allow space for retweets (i.e. RT @TravellingMG)

Follow Travelling Mystery Guest on @TravellingMG and Renate de Villiers on @RenateTravel.

Happy Tweeting!

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What makes a customer change?

Experts say that our customers are constantly changing. I suppose it is true, as customers are people and people change. But why? What makes customers change? Here are a few reasons for change:

Technology

Like we have different generations (Baby Boomers, Generation X and Y and more) we also have different technologies that the generations are comfortable with. Some parts of certain generations adapt, others not. They say generation Y is the Twitter generation. Boy, would I like to see my mother Tweet! It’s two different generations growing up with different technological habits. For many of our parents television was a luxury. Today we stay up to date with news via Twitter. It’s quicker, allowing for a faster pace and more knowledge on a wider variety of subjects, which means our customers want faster service and are more educated than ever with a pace that increases daily.

Life stages

Loyal customers, those people who return time and again, also change. We need to be sure to change with them in order to keep them loyal. A teenager who came to drink a milkshake at your restaurant close to the university will become a student who would like to enjoy a beer at the same spot a few years from now. It’s about getting to know your customers and giving them special attention. The guy who attended a party at your establishment yesterday might bring his wife and children to your restaurant a year from now. It’s about remembering.

Social Responsibility

Customers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of social responsibility. If they can be part of your initiatives toward having an impact on your community, they might support you even more.

Green considerations

More and more travellers prefer to stay at hotels and guesthouses that take their environmental responsibility seriously. Do you?

Environmental Responsibility

Environmental Responsibility

Previous experiences and expectations

People experience things and then set a certain standard with which they are comfortable. They also hear about places and attractions from friends, which creates a certain expectation. Be sure to live up to that!

Increased health requirements

There has been a tremendous increase in food related illnesses and allergies. We need to be aware of these things and cater for them too.

Economy changes

This one I don’t even have to mention, because we all know what it takes to keep afloat in trying times. Our customers feel the same. We need to be willing to amend and change with them to show them that we care and we understand. We need to learn to put our customers first – even when it comes to financial stability. They are the ones who will keep your business alive if they feel that they matter.

Travelling Mystery Guest offers workshops on customer service, the customer’s journey and more. For bookings, contact Renate de Villiers on enquire@travellingmystery.co.za / 079 110 5674.

The different kinds of hotel guests

I love watching people. In fact, I think human beings are one of the most interesting and terrifying things at the same time. How many times do we tend to say that we wish we could understand someone else?

My point is – no one is the same. No one thinks in the same way and therefore no one acts or reacts in the same way. This goes for hotel guests (your customers) as well.

Types of guests

Types of guests – Image from: http://www.lifehacker.com

I’ve done some research on the kinds of hotel guests you can expect to arrive and came up with the following:

The Free Independent Traveller

Tourism specialists don’t call him FIT for nothing. FIT’s are fit to do everything themselves. It’s all about making their own decisions, bookings and, yes, mistakes. Even though travel agents have much more knowledge on certain topics, FIT’s (currently one of the fastest growing types of tourists) have found that the internet allows for many travel planning opportunities. More and more bookings are done via Facebook these days, so be sure that you have someone who checks your social media pages on a day-to-day basis. These guests can be anything from budget travellers to glamour seekers. Be sure to identify their likes and dislikes as quickly as possible and make suggestions accordingly. Note to self: Identify guest’s favourite social media port and send them links to things they might want to see in your area. With FIT’s it is all about internet savvy and engagement through the right channels.

The Foreign Free Independent Traveller

Pretty much the same kind of guest as your FIT. The only difference is that when it comes to foreign countries, the help of a travel agent might still be called upon. They still, however, compare different places and prices – remember that the I-pad has become number one on many travellers’ packing lists. All it takes is the press of a button. These guests need some assistance and tips from your side. Be creative and give them a customized map of your area with everything you know they’d like to see. Think foreign.

Group Inclusive Tourists

These “groupies” tour in groups in order to save some money. The group doesn’t necessarily have the same common interests, but the travel costs are lower. Obviously these guests won’t be your big spenders, so keep them happy by keeping them comfortable.

Single Ladies

All the single ladies, all the single ladies….put your hands up for these girls who have taken the travel industry by storm. Everywhere I go I see promotions for ladies travelling on their own. Way to go for not letting singleness stand in the way of you wanderlust! Many establishments have special promotions running for this guest type – so many great opportunities here! Focus on keeping them safe, helping them meet new people and pampering them and you’ll be sure to gain a few extra guests!

These types of guests can be segmented even further – check out our next post on the different guest segments.

Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment or connecting with Travelling Mystery Guest on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

March Workshops

Travelling Mystery Guest has quite a few really informative and motivating new workshops for you to attend in March! The company has also taken your busy schedules in consideration and therefore presents the workshops at your establishment at a convenient time for you and your employees. Now tell me that’s not customer service!

Workshops for March

Workshops for March

In March we will be taking a closer look at the most important social media ports and how you can use it to your advantage. You’ll learn more about the importance of storytelling, sharing relevant content with the right audience, engaging with customers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ and much more.

If you can only attend one workshop in March, but you would like to learn more about the other topics as well, stay connected with us online. You will be able to find regular blog posts on similar topics, as well as some slideshares and other tips on a regular basis – it’s unfortunately just not as much fun as actually attending!

The workshops for March include the following topics (and if you would like us to include additional specifics in the workshop, please give us a shout!):

  • Creating the best content, storytelling and sharing with the right audience
  • Marketing your tourist destination on Facebook
  • Marketing your tourist destination on Twitter
  • Marketing your tourist destination on Google+ and LinkedIn

For bookings and more information about the workshops, what they include, how much it costs and more, feel free to contact us on 079 110 5674 / enquire@travellingmystery.co.za. Also follow Travelling Mystery Guest on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest and stay up to date with our whereabouts.

What to look forward to this month

In essence, I’d say there is a lot to look forward to in addition to Travelling Mystery Guest’s workshops… like thunder storms in Jozi, Valentine’s Day, weekend camping (without the thunder storms) and much more. Still, Travelling Mystery Guest also has a lot for you to look forward to, including very exciting workshops on the following topics:

Workshops

Workshops (Picture from Google Images)

And THAT’s why the customer is in charge!

We sometimes tend to think we can sit back and let South Africa do its own marketing with it having won nature’s lottery and all. Unfortunately, with customers becoming more and more educated due to more engagement and involvement via social media, we cannot expect business to fall on our laps. We need to engage with, listen to and learn from our customers. They have the ball in their hands and we need to work on a strategy to ensure that we catch the ball every time. Yes, the customer is in charge. We just need to learn to manage it.

Exceed your customer’s expectations without too much effort

With time mostly not being on our side and the economy being on the down side, it is difficult to see how we can exceed our customers’ expectations without some effort. Travelling Mystery Guest gives hospitality and tourism professionals a few tips on how to identify certain ways in which you can keep customers happy. We need to fall back to the most basic of basics: humanity. We need to remind ourselves that a customer is also just a normal human being and with a little bit of understanding we can keep customers happier than happy. Talk to them like you understand, listen to them like you want to understand and walk towards them as if you are the only one who can help them.

I look forward to all of the above, as well as what you have to say about Travelling Mystery Guest’s workshops. I look forward to experiencing true South African hospitality this month and gaining more insight on customer service and exceeding expectations.

Book your on-site workshop now by contacting Travelling Mystery Guest on 079 110 5674 or enquire@travellingmystery.co.za. Follow TMG on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and stay up to date with the latest happenings.

TMG Special Promotion

You might have noticed that Travelling Mystery Guest’s (TMG’s) website is up and running at last and that we are currently running a promotion to celebrate our launch.

Travelling Mystery Guest Promotion

Travelling Mystery Guest Promotion

The special is aimed at all tourism and hospitality establishments in South Africa, including restaurants, guesthouses, B&B’s, boutique hotels, hotel groups, lodges and any other establishments in the industry. Be one of the first ten establishments to book a mystery guest visit from TMG and receive 25% discount on our full package. This includes a pre-evaluation of your advertising, websites and social media, a mystery guest visit which takes into account the whole customer journey from arrival to departure and even the quality calls thereafter. It also includes a customized constructive report, giving you feedback and tips on how to improve your customer service to ensure that your guests return. It’s all about walking the talk – providing the customer with exactly what you say you do.

To book your mystery guest visit, contact Travelling Mystery Guest on 079 110 5674 or enquire@travellingmystery.co.za. This special is valid until 31 August 2013.

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