How to Answer Your Guest’s Questions Before They’re Asked: Surprise and Delight
By Raj Singh, CEO at Go Moment
From personal referrals to online reviews and hotel website recommendations, hotel guests have many expectations of their stay well before arrival. From the time they step foot in the lobby, they are assessing whether the hotel meets these expectations, and envisioning how their stay might unfold. Is the hotel clean? Does it have the amenities I prefer? What's nearby that I should check out? Will I stay here again?
While hoteliers may be able to anticipate these requests based on experience and insight like this, the solution to these requests demands some amount of patience on the guest's part and time and effort on the busy hotel staff. However, this insight also creates an opportunity for the hotel to wow the guest by managing these requests proactively given how often they arise.
Automation for greater guest satisfaction
To better manage some of these situations, hotels have adopted consumer technology thus making guest request management a whole lot easier. Through an AI-powered smartconcierge, hotels now have the opportunity to impress their guests by automating responses to common questions and requests. For instance, if a hotel guest asks for the wi-fi password, the smartconcierge quickly responds via text message in a conversational tone that makes the guest feel like they're messaging with a hotel staff member. It's a win-win with the guest pleased to have their request handled so quickly, and the hotel freeing up time for the busy front desk staff.
Taking it a step further
Once the smartconcierge has engaged with a guest, it collects and analyzes data, allowing it to anticipate what that guest may want next. For instance, if a guest requests information about the fitness center location or hours, the smartconcierge may take it a step further and provide details about a resort hike or spa specials thus personalizing the guest experience while also driving incremental revenue. The smartconcierge can also be prepared to help with requests like ordering meals or drinks, scheduling dinner reservations, taxi bookings and answering multiple questions about the hotel's amenities.
Through these AI-enabled experiences, hotels can promote greater guest engagement and then encourage satisfied guests to review their hotel on the spot, thus generating more positive reviews and brand loyalty.
To better manage guest requests, deliver on your brand promise and exceed guest service quality expectations, make sure your hotel is tapping into the latest technology like smartconcierge. Your guests are seeking the technological conveniences they're accustomed to at home - personalized real-time experiences that make their lives easier.
Product design expert Raj Singh is CEO at Go Moment®, a Google-backed company dedicated to making customer service instant. Go Moment's award-winning smartconcierge Ivy®, as seen on NBC, is the world's largest guest engagement automation platform for hotels. Singh brings cross-discipline design, technology, and marketing experience from hundreds of large-scale technology projects for leading brands like Virgin, Lady Gaga, and HEB Grocery Company.More from Raj Singh
About Go Moment
Ivy, powered by Go Moment, is the world's first smartconcierge for hotels. Ivy brings together human expertise and machine intelligence in a seamless experience for the guest. Via messaging, Ivy answers routine guest questions like Whats the Wi-Fi password? in less than one second, reducing calls and disruptions to the hotel staff. Ivy provides conveniences like fulfilling guest requests, booking restaurant reservations, and accessing offers that enhance the guest experience from anywhere, at any time. Ivy has served tens of millions of guests, and shes often recognized in TripAdvisor reviews for providing exceptional service.
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