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Strategies and Tactics for Online Reputation Management
Across all segments of the hotel and hospitality industry, online reputation has become one of the most powerful drivers of revenue and growth. Whether you’re managing a boutique resort with a dozen rooms or an international destination brand with tens or hundreds of hotel properties around the world, your ability to monitor, influence, and improve the way your hotel is perceived online by existing and potential guests can spell the difference between winning and losing. This is where hotel reputation management comes in.
To ensure that your online reputation is driving guests to your hotel — instead of away from it — we created a list of hotel reputation management best practices and tactics.

1. Claim your business listing- Whether you like it or not, whether you are aware of it or not, your hotel is probably already listed on a number of social media platforms, online review sites, and search engines.
The first step to protecting and improving your hotel reputation is to claim your business listings. Not only does this give you more control over what’s being said by guests about your hotel; it also effectively plants your flag on key digital properties (outside of your own website, that is) so that you can more easily listen to the conversation and respond to guest feedback.
This isn’t to mention the obvious: claiming your listings and filling these with information about your hotel will also help you be found more easily by potential customers who are using social media, online review sites, and search engines to find great places to stay.
2. Get your hotel noticed by adding high-quality photos- High-quality photos aid travellers looking to make a booking decision while browsing properties online.
In fact, according to TripAdvisor research, hotels with at least one photo receive 225 percent more booking inquiries than those with zero photos. If the business’ page features more than 100 photos, they receive 238 percent more booking inquiries.
3. Be where your guests are- In the real world, a good hotel manager doesn’t hide away in the office; instead, he or she is present in the lobby, or walking around the hotel, in order to connect with guests as well as get the staff together to deliver the best possible guest experience. Do the same in the online world: be where your guests are and know which channels they are using to make booking decisions. That way, you can join and engage in conversations with your guests — wherever these conversations are taking place — and build your hotel reputation on channels that are most important to them.
4. Track and respond to online reviews, social media comments, and guest feedback- Tuning in and responding to what guests are saying online about your hotel helps increase customer lifetime value and reduce churn. By demonstrating that your hotel cares about guest feedback, perceptions immediately improve, and you can more effectively convert casual browsers to actual guests.
A study by TripAdvisor establishes a clear link between responsiveness and business performance:
  • Hotels that respond to at least one online review experience a 17 percent boost in engagement from customers. The higher the response rate or response-to-review ratio, the higher the engagement levels.
  • Responsive businesses also experience an upward trend in overall rating. Hotels with a response rate of 5 to 40 percent have an average rating of 4.0 out of 5, compared to an average of only 3.8 for those that don’t respond at all. Hotels with a response rate of 65 percent or above have an average overall rating of 4.15 out of 5.
Responding to reviews, social media comments, and guest feedback isn’t always easy, particularly when what you’re hearing isn’t positive. In order to protect your hotel reputation, minimise the impact of negative comments, and reinforce positives in the guest experience, always show appreciation for feedback and say thank you in your responses. Consider investing in reputation management services that will make it easier for your to listen and respond to your customers. 
5. Supercharge your social media presence by sharing your best reviews and testimonials- If your hotel consistently receives 5-star ratings and reviews on online review sites, don’t hesitate to show them off. Share guest testimonials and your best reviews on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles, or even on your company blog.
Why? Because smart hotel reputation management leverages the word-of-mouth potential of what your happiest guests are saying online, which can be far more powerful than traditional sales messages and promotional brand content.
6. Create a page for systematically collecting reviews and feedback- It’s easy to think that the number of reviews and ratings that guests post online is outside of your control. However, you can be proactive in encouraging your hotel guests to be more vocal about their experiences. One of the most effective ways to generate reviews is to create a dedicated reviews landing page for your guests. This page can be facilitated through the use of reputation management softwarecustomer feedback surveys, an embedded reviews widget on your property website — or you can also build one for your own. Once you have set the page up, you can share the link across your social media profiles or send friendly (and bespoke) e-mail reminders to your guests after they have checked out.

7. Gauge guest satisfaction and loyalty with the NPS survey- The Net Promoter Score and System (NPS) is a widely used management tool for organisations looking to gauge satisfaction and loyalty.
By asking guests one question — “On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely are you to recommend this hotel?” — you can identify which ones are happy and satisfied with their experience (and therefore likely to share reviews and testimonials that strengthen your reputation) versus which ones aren’t.
NPS survey results help you categorise guests into Promoters, Passives, and Detractors. To calculate your Net Promoter Score, simply subtract the percentage of Detractors from the percentage of Promoters.
  • Promoters (score 9-10) are loyal enthusiasts who will help fuel your growth by buying and referring other customers to your business.
  • Passives (score 7-8) are satisfied customers, but their lack of enthusiasm may render them vulnerable to offerings from your competition.
  • Detractors (score 0-6) are dissatisfied, unhappy customers who may impede your growth and spread negative word of mouth.
In the context of your hotel reputation management strategy, the NPS methodology provides the information you need to ask the right guests (your Promoters) for reviews, while isolating those that require follow-up due to their concerns or issues with the guest experience (Detractors).
 8. Use analytical tools to achieve a deeper understanding of guest feedback- In today’s increasingly data-driven marketing landscape, analytical tools and methodologies like text analytics and sentiment analysis help companies get more out of the information shared directly by customers. Simply put: analysis helps your company understand - in seconds and at scale — what your guests really mean whenever they share their thoughts in their own words. It helps you discover, for example, specific hotel amenities or features or operational aspects your guests love, like, dislike, or hate.
By having the ability to analyze guest feedback, you can gain deeper insight into the guest experience and foster improvements in areas where they will have the most impact.  
9. Invest in tools that drive efficiency- Managing your online reputation is a lot of work, and may occasionally feel like managing a hundred other properties all at once. You definitely don’t want to be logging in and out of every social media channel, online review site, and search and booking platform manually. To stay efficient, consider investing in hotel reputation management software that centralises your reviews and ratings, analyses guest feedback, delivers actionable insights on the guest experience, and helps your hotel stay on top of (and respond to) what guests are saying online.
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