Lodging Interactive Offering FREE Social Media Analytics Reporting Tool

According to Social Media Examiner, the world's largest online social media magazine, marketers today are placing high value on social media, with 83 percent rating the network as being important for business. As hoteliers prepare for 2013, it's important to have a solid understanding on the value that social media is bringing to each property and/or brand, and how to measure its return on investment. CoMMingle by Lodging Interactive is offering a FREE social media reporting tool to hoteliers that delivers weekly analytics about a hotel's activity on the top social media networks, including: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and blogs. This offer is made to the first 100 hotel marketers that sign up.

"The importance of building a social media presence is growing across all hotel segments," said DJ Vallauri, Lodging Interactive Founder and President. "Hotels that are active and visible on the social network will certainly have a competitive edge. But how does a hotelier know if his or her social marketing efforts are paying off? How many people are talking about the hotel or promotion on Facebook? What is your weekly total reach? Are fans engaged? Are they talking about your posts? Who are 'they'? Do you know who likes you . . . or dislikes you and how often daily? Do you know the country or city where your fans originate from?  The analytical questions are endless.”

"At Lodging Interactive, we understand how taxing social media tracking can be," Vallauri said. "According to the 2012 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, 59% of marketers are using social media for six hours or more each week, and 33% invest 11 or more hours weekly posting and monitoring mentions. However, only 30% of businesses are outsourcing some portion of their social media marketing. That means, many hoteliers are attempting to manage and analyze their social media programs on their own. To aide in their efforts, CoMMingle will provide a weekly analytical report to track performance. Hotel marketers simply need to sign up to start receiving these free reports. There is no log-in required to view the data. It's simple, it's no cost, and it brings all analytics together into one report delivered direct to the hotel." 

Lodging Interactive is an award-winning, interactive and social media marketing agency exclusively servicing the hospitality industry. CoMMingle by Lodging Interactive is an outsourced social media marketing agency that develops customized solutions for hotels, restaurants and spas. The company works with its customers to grow and better manage their use of social media channels, provide reputation and consumer sentiment monitoring, and social search engine optimization.  
The social media reporting tool being provided by CoMMingle free of charge to hoteliers includes (but is not limited to):

Facebook Management:
• Weekly total reach and the number of people talking
• Total likes, Friends of Fans, People Talking About This During the Past Week, and Weekly Total Reach
• Page Post Report
• Fan Report by Country, City, Language, and Like Sources
• Who was Reached and How
• Who is talking about your page and How they are talking

 Twitter Management:
• Number of tweets
• Number of replies
• Number of retweets
• Number of Followers
• Number of those Following

YouTube:
• Number of video views
• Which video was viewed the most (if hotel has more than one video)

"There is valuable information for everyone through this free reporting tool," Vallauri said. "Social media novices will quickly see if their commitment is paying off (or not paying off). Those more experienced can use the data to develop more comprehensive plans across more channels. The bottom line is, social media is key to increasing online exposure, building traction, driving traffic, developing market intelligence, generating leads, maintaining loyalty, improving search rankings, growing business partnerships, reducing marketing expenses and boosting sales. Hoteliers who may be struggling with analyzing the effectiveness of their social media strategy to reach these goals can rely on CoMMingle to help in a variety of ways. This free report is a good first step."

To sign up for the FREE Social Media Analytical Reporting Tool, click here.

Lodging Interactive Fall Podcast IDs Top 4 Must-Have Digital Marketing Tools for 2013

With Fall now upon us and hoteliers knee-deep in the budget-planning process for 2013, there's no time like the present for hotel owners and managers to focus on their social media marketing initiatives for the coming year. HotelCast 2.0, a free podcast produced by Lodging Interactive, is LIVE and offering up-to-date information on the latest tools and comprehensive strategies needed to implement an effective online marketing plan.

"Making a few postings on your property’s Facebook page or sending out a few tweets is barely scratching the surface of what a successful social media marketing strategy should be," said DJ Vallauri, Lodging Interactive Founder and President. "Social media has become an everyday part of consumers' global travel habits. Hotels that are not fully utilizing its power are missing the boat when it comes to attracting and retaining customers. In just 10 minutes, HotelCast 2.0 will identify how hoteliers can start putting the power of online and social media marketing to work for them. And, if the people or financial resources aren't readily available, we offer a solution for that too."

As part of its Fall podcast, Lodging Interactive identifies four key ingredients to initiating an effective, yet affordable, digital marketing campaign. From refreshing websites and taking a hands-on role in managing guest reviews to mobilizing web content and monitoring social media channels, the podcast lists ways properties can make the 2013 budgeting process a little easier and a lot more effective.

"Social media management and online marketing can be overwhelming for even the most experienced marketer," Vallauri said. "Time and budget constraints are just a small part of the problem. The good news is, Lodging Interactive and our outsourced social media marketing agency, CoMMingle, can help by taking the necessary tasks off hoteliers shoulders. CoMMingle provides website solutions, full guest review management, and complete social media marketing and engagement at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time social media person."

Click to listen to HotelCast 2.0

A big part of social media marketing for hospitality is managing guest reviews. In HotelCast 2.0, hear what noted travel writer and guide book author Arthur Frommer had to say about online guest reviews. If your hotel hasn't taken the proper steps to manage this controversial  subject, Lodging Interactive has the solution, its Guest Review System and even offers a free trial! HotelCast 2.0 tells listeners how they can manage guest reviews at NO cost, with NO contract to sign, and with NO cancellation restrictions.

Finally, is your hotel taking advantage of the power of QR codes to engage with new and existing customer? HotelCast 2.0 identifies how businesses are using these little boxes of code to open up a plethora of social media marketing opportunities. With consumers scanning QR codes 5.3 million times in the month of June alone, there's no time to waste with getting on board.