Posts Tagged ‘BedandBreakfast.com’
BedandBreakfast.com Becomes PAII’s Largest Platinum Key Supporter and Offers Limited-Time Deal to InnkeepersWritten by Jay Karen on July 14, 2010 – 2:37 pm
BedandBreakfast.com®, the largest international travel website in the B&B industry and a division of HomeAway, Inc., has partnered with the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) to become a Platinum Key Supporter and the organization’s largest patron. The partnership aims to help the organization grow and promote awareness that B&Bs are a “Better Way to Stay” than a cookie-cutter hotel.
“By signing on as our newest Platinum Key Supporter, BedandBreakfast.com demonstrates its commitment to PAII and our goals to best serve our membership and the industry,” says Jay Karen, PAII’s president and chief executive officer. “BedandBreakfast.com has always been at the forefront of promoting the industry, and this relationship is another great example of being an advocate for B&Bs,” finished Karen.
“We feel that over the last several years Jay Karen has taken PAII to new heights and we believe that if the organization and BedandBreakfast.com join efforts, we can together convince more consumers to try B&Bs and inns as a great alternative to chain hotels,” says John Banczak, vice president of BedandBreakfast.com at HomeAway, “Once a traveler tries a B&B, they become B&B customers for life – our mission is to get more travelers to make that first B&B trip, ” says Banczak.
Tags: BedandBreakfast.com, PAII
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Ok, so I have to confess about something. Everyone who knows me and PAII also knows that you would be hard-pressed to find someone more out front than moi with regard to representing the B&B industry’s interest on most matters – especially the phenomenon of online consumer reviews. Two years ago I engaged our industry in the discussion and began “lobbying” various entities (i.e. TripAdvisor, Yelp, etc) for changes I felt were needed. At the same time, I brought up a criticism to BedandBreakfast.com’s top brass, Eric Goldreyer and John Banczak, about their review policies. We were actually having drinks in the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin, just blocks from their office, having pretty lengthy and serious discussion about many matters.
My criticism at the time was this: I did not particularly like the fact that they required a guest to furnish proof of stay when wanting to post a negative review about a B&B, but didn’t necessarily require it of those wanting to write a positive review. While I realize this was an “innkeeper friendly” policy, and noted that they aimed to please innkeepers, but felt in the long run it might be a disservice. My concern was two fold. First, I felt it in someway violated the “spirit” of Web 2.0. Why treat one guest differently than another? Web 2.0 is supposed to be this great “democratization” of web content, right? But I was also concerned that their site would be filled almost exclusively with positive reviews, because it was more difficult to post a negative review. Who was going to spend time digging up a receipt or other form of proof of stay? If guests browsing the site only saw positive reviews everywhere, when they anticipated encountering a spectrum of reviews, they might not consider the review portion of BedandBreakfast.com very legitimate.
After a couple of years of hindsight and speaking or emailing with hundreds of innkeepers on the topic of online reviews, I think requiring proof of stay when wanting to post a negative review is a good policy, simply because the damage that a false negative review can cause is too detrimental. I think the online review phenomenon is certainly a net-positive for our industry – no question about it. But when transgressions can be prevented, they should be prevented. Innkeepers work too hard to fall victim to fraudulent, false reviews. Maybe I was thinking as much as a consumer as an industry representative…concerned that I wouldn’t see negative reviews that might have made it to the site if it weren’t for a restrictive procedure.
Tags: BedandBreakfast.com, Online Reviews, Reputation Management, TripAdvisor
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2011 Innkeeping Show Dates and Location, HomeAway Purchase of BedandBreakfast.com, TripAdvisor Promotion, 2009 Operations Survey and MoreWritten by Jay Karen on March 10, 2010 – 3:41 pm
Well, there is a good bit on my mind these days, as you can tell from the long title of my column this month. I’m busy with last-minute preparations for the Innkeeping Show in Austin, which starts in a few days (although you will get this while we’re all in Austin learning and laughing together). This column will focus on my two cents about the big purchase in our industry that was announced recently, as well as some other exciting news. Be sure to click through and read this month’s column!
Limited-time TripAdvisor Promo with PAII
We’ve worked out an arrangement with TripAdvisor, so that all innkeepers in the B&B industry can continue to receive the 50% off deal for their new Business Listings Program through April 8th . You must use discount code TRIPDISC to get the deal. If you haven’t investigated their new Business Listings program, I encourage you to check it out. Basically, for a fee you can now add your email address, phone number and hyperlink to your inn’s web site on your TripAdvisor property page. This is a new program for the entire lodging industry, and they’ve had several thousand properties already sign up. I think innkeepers should sign up for three reasons: 1) you’ve poured a lot of time and effort into your own web site, and by having a direct link, you stand a better chance of getting TripAdvisor guests over to your site, 2) through your web traffic analytics program, you now have the ability to directly track the traffic coming to your web site from TripAdvisor…many innkeepers are now reporting this web link as one of their top sources of traffic, and 3) the 50% off price is low enough to give this a shot for at least the first year. Properties with fewer than 11 rooms would normally pay $600 and properties with 11-25 rooms would pay $1,000 for this link – innkeepers can pay $300 and $500 respectively with this coupon code. Go to www.tripadvisor.com/BusinessListings to sign up!
Tags: BedandBreakfast.com, Innkeeping Show, PAII, TripAdvisor
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I reported recently that TripAdvisor was going to work on my suggestion to change a small, but very important, part of a property’s page. And,…I’m happy to report, the change has been made! This is good news.
Every property page has a “Best Deals” box on the right side, in which are likely included sponsored links to various properties in your area. Prior to the change, the title of the box would have said something like “Best Deals: 1889 WhiteGate Inn,” only to find links to competing properties that are completely unrelated to the 1889 WhiteGate Inn. It was misleading and felt unfair to the people at the inn who worked hard to develop their business and brand. I understand that business on the web and within TripAdvisor can buy Pay Per Click advertising using terms that might contain competitors’ names. For example, if you Google “iPhone,” the first ad you’ll see on the right side is for Blackberry (I can’t imagine what they’re paying for that, by the way). It would be wrong if the Blackberry ad said, “Best Deals for iPhones” and took you over to the Blackberry page. That’s sort of what this “Best Deals” box felt like.
The small change TripAdvisor made (thanks to the staff I’ve been working directly with and their CEO), is that the box now says, “Best Deals: Asheville,” in the case of the 1889 WhiteGate Inn in Asheville, NC. It no longer conspicuously uses the name of the B&B to drive traffic to competing properties. I believe this results in a better experience for the web site visitor and is much more palatable for innkeepers everywhere. Thank you, TripAdvisor, for listening and acting!
And, while I had seen these changes in the works while I was at the TripAdvisor offices earlier this month, I see today that BedandBreakfast.com members now have a direct link to their listings on that directory within that “Best Deals” box. These links to the BedandBreakfast.com listings (while they say “Official Website”, which isn’t totally accurate unless your BedandBreakfast.com listing is your inn’s official website) are a good way to maintain the industry’s competitive approach to hotels. Before this addition, you’d most likely only find competing hotels in that “Best Deals” box. Efforts to keep potential “inngoers” looking at potential inns instead of being baited to hotels are good in my book! Read more »
Tags: BedandBreakfast.com, Online Reviews, TripAdvisor
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