5 Things All Hoteliers Should Know About Social Media

#1: Social media is not just about Facebook.

When I talk to the hoteliers about social media, the most common response is “Yes, I know Facebook.” But there is so much more to social media than “just” Facebook. There are many other platforms (Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, Orkut, Foursquare etc.) as well as tools that the businesses can use to steal the spotlight from the competitors. All in all, it is a complex world full of opportunities. 

#2: Social media is not just for teenagers.

 I hear this argument a lot and I bet many who don’t say it aloud think that. To that, I say “let’s talk statistics”. The average Facebook user is 38 year old (http://bit.ly/eelYwV), so definitely far from teenage years. In fact, only 11% of Facebook users are 13-17 years of age, which means that they are the smallest user group on Facebook (http://bit.ly/he6Oqo)! This difference is even more apparent on Twitter, where 13-17 year-olds comprise only 4% of the user base! In short, social media is anything but teenage playground.

#3: Don’t expect overnight miracles.

If you launch your campaign on Facebook, Twitter etc. and expect to hit the goldmine the next day, in 99.9% you will be disappointed. It takes time to get the word out, attract the right kind of people and get connected. You have to be patient and persistent.  If your campaign is working, you should start getting the first signs of success after couple weeks or months (increased bookings via social media, fuller restaurant during the dinner time etc.) and before you know it, you will have large, loyal audience that once didn’t know you existed. 

#4: Your front desk person or 17-year-old nephew can’t do the job.

Because of the budget constraints and misconception of social media, hoteliers often think that they can put their social media campaign in just about anybody’s hands. NOT TRUE. Your social media account is the face of your company. It is your first-hand connection with your past, present and future costumer, so it is extremely important that you make a good impression. Your nephew or front desk person may have a personal Facebook account or make a good impression on you, but this really doesn’t mean that they know what they are doing. Don’t put the face of your company in the hands of the amateur.

#5 Using social media for business and for personal use are 2 very different things.

“Facebook is a waste of time. Why would I spend hours reading what someone’s eating?” Whether it is or it isn’t a waste of your PERSONAL time is a question. However, from the BUSINESS point of view, it is definitely NOT a waste of time. I have seen what social media did for many hotels and I can tell you that it is well worth the investment. Even if you would never ever set up a Facebook profile for yourself, as a professional you can’t ignore this very powerful marketing tool. If you do, your company is missing out on a lot of opportunities (which translates to sales and profit).

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I am a hotel marketer, social media specialist, travel writer, and passionate blogger. All things social media and travel. My specialty is coming up with a social media strategy that brings my clients at the forefront of competitors on social media channels.

7 Responses to 5 Things All Hoteliers Should Know About Social Media

  1. Couldn’t agree more! Great points all around. Thanks!!

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  3. Pascal Soucy says:

    I often hear that to be an effective community manager, one has to have a strong personal online social network, a statement I often argue against. Agree with #4 and #5: people who are good at the personal level aren’t necessary good in business communications, and it’s also true the other way around: people good at creating online communities aren’t necessarily interested or successful in building a large personal social network.

    • Hi Pascal,
      I agree that having strong personal social network really doesn’t guarantee that this person will be a good community manager. Business and personal use are two very different things. Thank you very much for your insight!

  4. Ashley says:

    Great post. I couldn’t agree more. Do you have examples of successful hotel Facebook/Twitter pages?

  5. Pingback: Interview with Lucie Hys – Hotel Social Media Expert « Hotel Insight's Blog

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