PROFILES IN SUCCESS: Independents Use Creative Guest Engagement Strategies to Maximize Revenues, Reduce Costs with Direct Online Channel and Social Media Booking
High Touch Luxury T Bar M Resort Kicks Up Direct Booking Using Maestro ResWave with Campaigns That Generate Impressive Reservations Through Social Channels
Independents Focus on Direct Online Channels in 2013 to Lower Costs
A recent industry report published by HeBS Digital emphasizes the importance of expanding direct online booking channels. The Digital Marketing report states: 'Independent hoteliers must budget for a major expansion in their direct online channel efforts…in 2013 if they want to decrease their over-dependence on the OTAs and the bottom-line killing flash sales sites such as Groupon, Living Social, etc., and last-minute discounters such as HotelTonight.com.' With a feature-rich website, high-quality images, user-friendly Maestro ResWave Booking Engine, social media links, and detailed, up-to-date property information, T Bar M attracts a record number of new guests and groups while increasing repeat business.
Successful guest engagement strategy thrives with Social Media
T Bar M created its successful online engagement strategy on the most popular channels first. "Facebook and Twitter are my top channels, but we also have a presence on Pinterest, Foursquare, Instagram, and TripAdvisor and Yelp," Lopez said. T Bar M uses the Maestro property management system and ResWave online booking engine for both guest and group reservations directly from its website.
All operators have an online ecosystem that determines the quality of guest interactions. Without an understanding of their ecosystems, operators will fail to connect behind-the-scenes activities to customer interactions that lead to long term profit potential. T Bar M stays ahead of its competitors with an effective multi-channel guest-engagement approach.
New Media – Be Where Your Guests Are to Increase New & Repeat Bookings
"ResWave is portable and we have it on our Facebook page so visitors can book without interrupting their social engagement. When it comes to Facebook, I don't want to just accumulate Facebook fans, Lopez said. "I want to post material that fans want to see and interact with them. I want our fans to remember us for their next vacation or event."
T Bar M created two Facebook specials last summer for Fourth of July and Labor Day targeting fans and 'friends of fans,' to attract first-time visitors. "The specials that targeted fans and friends of fans jumped our exposure to many people who had not stayed with us. The reason we target friends of fans is that new visitors usually contact friends who have stayed at T Bar M as a trusted information source. I read all of our reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp and respond to each review. We get 5% of our reservations through social channels."
Lopez worked T Bar M's front desk for two years before he took over Marketing and Social Media. "I watched the number of guests who use smartphones and tablets to book rooms increase," he said. "Our website is mobile-optimized for these travelers. The Maestro ResWave online booking engine is also mobile-ready which makes it easy for guests and group members to book rooms directly from every page of T Bar M's website."
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About T Bar M
Stay at T Bar M Resort and Conference Center when you visit New Braunfels in the Texas Hill Country. Book your choice of accommodations — resort hotel, a spacious villa, or private Sunday haus. T Bar M resort and conference facilities are perfect for family vacations or corporate meetings. We have something for everyone: tennis, golf, a lushly landscaped pool, massage therapy, movies, biking/jogging trails, sports facility and sports fields. For reservations go to www.TBarM.com
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