How is this for telling it like it is?

“Businesses today exist in an era in which it’s nearly impossible to escape the likelihood of being evaluated.” said Linda Shea, senior vice president at Opinion Research, in a statement, “There’s nowhere to hide.”

Like it or not consumers have taken over control of hotel comment cards. And where management use to keep results to themselves, today consumers are sharing results with the world. There is no where to hide!

  • And guess what! Consumers are loving it. According to a Opinion Research Corporation June 2008 report 61% of people surveyed indicate they check online reviews, blogs and other online customer sources before buying a new product or service. That number is even higher for travel products at 82%.
  • Wait – there’s more! People who shop online value the reviews of fellow consumers more than those provided by professionals in the field. That’s according to a 2008 study commissioned by InQuira.

The implications for small luxury hotels is clear – you have to be at the top of your game with everyone you talk to on the phone, send an email to or who enters your lobby.

You also need to have a clear strategy designed to monitor, manage and respond to comments made about your hotel online. It is just too damn important to ignore. Where is your TripAdvisor strategy?

What do you think? Safe travels – Madigan Pratt

AUTHOR: Madigan Pratt

Madigan Pratt is President of MP&A Digital & Advertising, an award-winning agency helping luxury hotels attract and retain profitable customers. Principals with over 60 years of collective experience at some of the world's largest advertising and direct marketing companies lead the agency's team of marketing, creative, public relations, Internet and social media professionals.

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