Social media is a powerful channel to connect with hotel guests and new audiences to increase awareness of a property and to boost direct bookings.
NB: This is an article from Amadeus
This article will provide an overview of social media marketing for hotels, including how to get started, different strategies to use, and how to approach each specific platform.
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Why is social media marketing important to hoteliers?
In 2023, over 4.9 billion people are using social media worldwide, a number projected to grow to almost 6 billion by 2027. Having a presence on social media is critical for hotels to reach and engage with new audiences and be top of mind with people as they shop for accommodations.
Most guests will visit a hotel’s Facebook or Instagram page prior to deciding on whether to book a hotel room. It is therefore crucial that a hotel not only has a presence and informs guests on these platforms, but also that the hotel is publishing content that entices people to visit and creates a sense of desirability.
Additionally, social media allows clients to share and post reviews, which in turn provides the type of interactions that can inspire guest confidence, boost social media marketing performance, and support an online review management strategy. Because these are perceived as real-life experiences, these reviews often prove to be more effective than promotional content, paid advertising, and traditional sales messaging.
Finally, when users like and share a hotel’s page, not only does it show how appreciated and liked that hotel is, but it also allows the hotel to collect information resulting in hotel media advertising opportunities based on likes and dislikes, demographics, and many other factors.
Tips to promote a hotel using social media marketing
The following tips can help promote a property through hospitality social media marketing:
- Think of Instagrammability; for today’s traveler, a perfect photo opportunity is critical when it comes to booking their next trip. Hotels need to take advantage of their unique selling points and publicly advertise them online. For some hotels, this may include images and videos of landmark views, infinity pools or sunset dinners.
- Make sure you leverage partnerships with influencers: people with large audiences who post on social media about a hotel and are compensated for their efforts. With the rapid growth of influencer marketing, particularly in the visually appealing travel sector, a property will want to find the right person who can positively represent the brand and drive loyalty.
- Establish a community of brand advocates by monitoring social media mentions. See who is interested in the brand, communicates in a similar voice, or complements the brand’s values. Learn how to partner with brand advocates and the most loyal customers here.
- Take note of feedback gathered from social networks and make relevant improvements to guest experience. Establish a specific timeline to reply to all feedback, whether positive or negative, to demonstrate attention to guest opinions.