Lodging Interactive Recognized by International Academy of Visual Arts


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Lodging Interactive, an award winning Interactive and Social Media Marketing Agency exclusively servicing the hospitality industry, today announced it has been awarded a Silver W3 Award for its work on the Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown (www.HomewoodSuitesChicago.com) hotel web site.

 “We are very pleased to add the W3 Award to our award portfolio for 2010. Lodging Interactive competed with over 3,000 entries from top design and agencies worldwide,” said Mr. DJ Vallauri, Lodging Interactive’s Founder & President. “Being selected a W3 winner is a tremendous achievement and confirms our work represents high standards of excellence.”

 In addition to the W3 Award, Lodging Interactive has won multiple web site design awards in 2010. Awards have included the Interactive Media Awards, Web Marketing Association’s WebAward and a Travel Weekly Magellan Award.

Facebook Accounts for 25% of All U.S. Pageviews

"Facebook’s putting up some big numbers in terms of U.S. web traffic. Right now, the site accounts for one out of every four pageviews in the United States — that’s 10% of all Internet visits.

According to data from analysis and intelligence firm Hitwise, Facebook’s year-over-year growth has been phenomenal. We reported in June that the social network was set to eclipse Google in web traffic; now, Hitwise is showing that in the past week, Facebook.com saw 3% more web visits and almost five times more pageviews than Google.com.

By these metrics, Facebook is by far the single most popular website in the United States. Still, other sources with other measurements and criteria show some variance"

Read the entire article on www.mashable.com

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lodging Interactive!

Tomorrow is the day to give thanks for all the good things in life.

To us, you are all part of that good in life.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from the Lodging Interactive family to yours.

Survey: 60% use social media to ‘call’ home when traveling instead of phone, e-mail

"Waiting to hear how hubby's pitch went in London, or if your daughter's enjoying her first Thanksgiving away from home with her new in-laws?

Don't bother waiting by the phone or checking e-mail.

A new survey suggests that a whopping 60% of us now use social media – instead of making a call or sending an e-mail – to connect with our family and friends back home when we're traveling."

Read more by Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY

Company Social Media Policies Challenged

"If your company’s social media policy forbids employees from discussing work or the company on social media sites, it was most likely just overturned by the National Labor Relations Board.

Background story by the New York Times

The National Labor Relations Board regulates unions and employees who may be able to join a union.  Unfortunately that does not apply to anyone with “Manager”, or “Supervisor” in their title, which excludes a great many knowledge workers such as “Community Manger”."

Read more at www.socialmediatoday.com

Major Global Study into the Future of the Hotel Industry: A Gaze into the Future of What Travellers’ Hotel Experience will be Like in 2020

"A major new report, Hotels 2020: Beyond Segmentation, reveals the emerging behaviours and demands of the future hotel guest and what this means for the types of hotels we will see in the future.

The study commissioned by the chosen technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, Amadeus and carried out by Fast Future Research reveals that the industry faces three major impacts in the next decade which it has to respond to:

  • The long-term impact of the recession on travellers' budgets

  • The changing demands of an ageing Western population

  • The shift of demand from Europe to emerging markets of Asia and beyond"

Read the rest at www.ehotelier.com

Google To Facebook: You Can’t Import Our User Data Without Reciprocity

"The war between Google and Facebook is heating up: Google just made one small tweak to its Terms of Service that will have a big impact on the world’s biggest social network. From now on, any service that accesses Google’s Contacts API — which makes it easy to import your list of friends’ and coworkers’ email addresses into another service — will need to offer reciprocity. Facebook doesn’t, so it’s going to lose access to this key piece of the social graph."

Read more on www.techcrunch.com

Foursquare Now Lets Business Owners Oust Cheating Mayors

"Cheaters never prosper. Except in the realm of Foursquare, perhaps, where false checkins can sometimes garner mayorships. Well, those days are over, according to the geolocation service, which is announcing this week that business owners now have the ability to oust mayors who have come by their positions wrongly."

read more at www.mashable.com


U.S. hotel recovery slows

"Economic research firm e-forecasting.com, in conjunction with STR, announced that the Hotel Industry Pulse Index dropped in September. After an increase of 1.6% in August, the index went down 2.2% in September.

HIP, the Hotel Industry Pulse Index, is a composite indicator that gauges business activity in the United States’ hotel industry in real time, similar to a GDP measure for the industry. The latest monthly change brought the index to a reading of 87.9. The index was set to equal 100 in 2000. "

read more at www.hotelmarketing.com

Facebook Deals Threatens Google Places, Foursquare, Gowalla

"Facebook isn't lavishing kisses on Foursquare, Gowalla, Google or any other company with a mind to compete in making money from local businesses with its new Facebook Deals service.

Facebook Deals connects U.S. consumers with local businesses via the Facebook Places check-in social service. iPhone users must install the Facebook for iPhone 3.3 application, touch "Places" and then "Check In."

Nearby stores participating in Facebook Deals will display a yellow icon. iPhone users can view the deal and check in to claim it, then show their phone to the cashier to receive the gift or discount. Starbuck's, McDonald's, Gap and some 20 other stores are currently enrolled in the Deals program.

Consumers who check-in via Deals get free or discounted goods, or have donations sent to charities. Businesses can lure both new and returning patrons, explained Tim Kendall, director of monetization for Facebook, during the Deals launch Nov. 3."

via www.eweek.com