5 Ways to Keep Pace and Stay Ahead of the Curve in the Hospitality Industry

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5 Ways to Keep Pace and Stay Ahead of the Curve in the Hospitality Industry

How to Stand Apart in the Hospitality Industry

  • Invest In Your Website
  • Increase Your Digital Budget
  • Make Your Process Easier (Travel Agents)
  • Use New Tools
  • Real Time
The hospitality industry can be very competitive. Success relies on a number of different techniques. To stand apart from the competition, there are some tried and true marketing and advertising angles that work. Not to mention, with the current popularity of the internet, apps and social media, technology has become a great way to get ahead. Let’s take a look at five ways to keep pace with other businesses in the hospitality industry as well as stay ahead of the curve.

1. Invest In Your Website

A great deal of travel planning is done by using the internet. Your website will see a lot of traffic on a daily basis whether it be people planning a business trip or a family vacation. Investing time and effort in your website can make a big difference in how successful your business is overall. Don’t have the time personally to run a successful website? You can hire a professional marketing company or web design company to assist you. They know the in’s and out’s of web design, SEO content, etc.

2. Increase Your Digital Budget

Most companies in the hospitality sector budget for:
  • marketing materials
  • commercials
  • promotional items, etc.
It is important to make sure you have a good amount of your budget set aside for the digital aspect of your advertising and marketing. There are other methods of promotion that will work well but the digital age is alive and well. A good amount of your budget and focus should go here.

3. Make Your Process Easier

You want a potential client to book with your company. You need to make the process of obtaining information and booking a very simple and straightforward process. A good customer service staff can help with this regardless of what the customer’s need is. Keep in mind, there are still successful travel agents that can book an entire trip for a client. You need to make it worth a person’s time to deal with your company on their own rather than hire out. An easy to navigate website is important as well.

4. Use New Tools

There are a lot of new ways that you can utilize the internet to keep up with your competition and stay ahead of the curve. Social media has become a very popular way to not only stay in touch with loyal customers but to pass on information to other people who might be interested in what you have to offer. You can also run contests and provide discounts to these people using sites like Facebook or Twitter. There are also websites that compile reviews of hotels and such. You can encourage your guests to post a review if they were happy with your services. This will help build a better client base and a better reputation.

5. Real Time

An updated website is incredibly important when it comes to keeping pace and staying ahead of the curve. But it’s important that you have services available real time. This might be a live chat on the bottom of your website that allows people to ask questions with a live representative. Also, you may want to offer live service that allows people to book with you in real time. For more information on hospitality news and information, you can visit Forbes’ Hotel News Resource. Working in this industry can be very fast paced and enjoyable. You get to serve customers and clients and provide them with an exceptional stay. If you are someone who cares a great deal about customer service and a customer’s experience, then this may very well be the field for you. It’s difficult to keep up with your competition and stay ahead of everyone else. Using these tools can make a big difference in your overall success.

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