What Just Happened in Social Media and What it Means for Hotels – October 15, 2019

A lot has happened in the last two weeks in the social media world, and there are some big changes happening that will directly impact hotels, resorts, and other businesses in the hospitality industry. Let’s take a look at each one and discuss what it means for you.

Facebook Offers New Stories Templates & Instagram Direct Features for Businesses 

Facebook has just launched a new customizable Stories template that can be used for Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. This template will help businesses create more high quality Stories content quickly.

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They’re also offering a new integration for direct messaging, allowing businesses to respond to Messenger and Instagram direct messages all from their Facebook inbox. This new functionality comes alongside brand new options to set up saved replies and away messages through Messenger.

What This Means for Hotels and Resorts 

Any features that allow us to market more quickly and at a larger scale can benefit busy hotels and resorts. The Stories template will help create dynamic Stories faster, and since this is a major feature on both Instagram and Facebook, this will be something to use if you’re struggling to create content as it is.

The messaging features are also a great asset. If you’re going to be unavailable for a few hours, you can let guests know when they can reach you. Saved replies can be created for commonly-asked questions like “What’s your checkout time?” or “Are there gluten-free dishes on the in-resort menu?” Create canned responses that can be used to speed up your team’s response time, which is a win-win for everyone involved.

YouTube Testing Ability to Reserve Ad Space

According to Social Media Today, YouTube is testing a new feature that would allow advertisers to reserve ad spaces up to 120 days in advance. This is slightly different than scheduled campaigns, which don’t guarantee placement.

What This Means for Hotels and Resorts 

This feature is still brand new and we don’t have a ton of information about it just yet. That being said, the option to reserve ad space months in advance will potentially make it much easier for any hotels or resorts that want to tie in to major events, or run campaigns during times of peak activity. If you know there would be a big event near you– like the Super Bowl, or a major conference– you can plan accordingly.

Instagram Rolls out Branded Content Tags for IGTV 

Instagram’s branded content tags aren’t available for all users just yet, but they’re getting another functionality while still on their limited-release. They’re now available for select users in IGTV, which will flag any paid partnerships directly on the content.

What This Means for Hotels and Resorts 

Establishing transparency and trust is important to win over the trust of your guests, and sponsored tags will help with that. If you’re working with any influencers, for example, to show off your hotel or resort, make sure they’re using those branded content tags if available to you.

Instagram Releases a “Restrict” Tool to Limit Trolls 

Every platform has problems with trolls and cyberbullies, and Instagram is working to put a stop to it– at least on their platform. They’re rolling out a “restrict” feature, which allows you to essentially automatically hide comments from certain individuals. After you “restrict” them, they’ll be the only person able to see the comments they’re leaving.

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What This Means for Hotels and Resorts 

As a first line of defense, blocking users who are causing problems for your hotel or resort can work, but the restrict option has its benefits, too. Sometimes, certain users need to believe they’re reaching you and your audience, so blocking them might encourage them to take their negativity elsewhere; allowing them to think they’re commenting publicly can keep them content without impacting you or your guests.

LinkedIn Rolls Out All-in-One Insights  

LinkedIn has just announced a new Insights and Research tool, which is essentially an all-in-one hub that will help marketers use actionable LinkedIn data to improve their performance.

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This new Insights tool will include the following information:

●     People Insights, including your audience’s location, the topics that resonate with them most, what content they’re engaging with, the influencers they follow, and their skills.

●     Industry Insights, including trends and research for vertical-specific data in terms of marketing, including high-level B2B marketing trends and ideas to set you apart.

●     Advertising Insights, including analytics on branding techniques and advice on aligning your sales and marketing departments for a cohesive LinkedIn strategy.

What This Means for Hotels and Resorts 

LinkedIn has enormous potential when it comes to helping you reach guests who may need an event venue or lodging for business-related travel. These insights offer new levels of detail about how to better engage with your target audience across the platform and make these campaigns more successful.

Lodging Interactive Launches Social Media Marketing News Apple Podcast

Lodging Interactive, an award-winning digital marketing and social media engagement agency exclusively serving the hospitality industry, today announced the rollout of its commingle:engage bi-weekly podcast. The podcast episodes cover the latest changes and updates announced on social media and what they mean for hotels and resorts.

 

“The world of social media continues to evolve and as it does it presents many opportunities and implications for hotels and resorts,” stated DJ Vallauri, Lodging Interactive’s Founder & CEO. “We wanted to create a new way to keep hoteliers informed and educated on the latest social media marketing news, and do so in short 3-5 minute audio clips.” 

 

The podcast is recorded via Anchor every two weeks and is published on all major Podcast networks including Spotify and Apple’s Podcast network. The podcast summarizes the major points from the Company’s bi-weekly social media newsletter What Just Happened in Social Media and What it Means for Your HotelClick here to listen and to subscribe to the commingle:engage bi-weekly podcast to ensure you receive notifications when new episodes are published.

 

About Lodging Interactive

 

Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, Lodging Interactive is a full-service digital marketing, social media engagement and reputation management agency exclusively servicing the hospitality industry. The Company provides cost-effective Internet marketing services to hundreds of branded and independent properties as well as management companies, restaurants, and spas.  


commingle:engage, the Company’s social media and reputation management division, has established itself as the largest provider of reputation management services for the hospitality industry, handling over 200,000 guest review responses annually.  

 

Lodging Interactive is an HSMAI Adrian Award winner and has won awards from the International Academy of Visual Arts, Interactive Media Awards, Horizon Interactive Awards, Web Marketing Association, Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, and Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards have recognized Lodging Interactive as an industry leader.  

 

The Company’s Founder & CEO, DJ Vallauri, formerly served on the Board of Directors of HSMAI’s New York Chapter and is a Forbes.com Agency Council contributor. For more information, please contact sales@lodginginteractive.com, 877-291-4411 or visit the company’s website.

 

Contact

DJ Vallauri
President & Founder
Phone: 877-291-4411 ext 704

 

This Week’s Latest Social Media News and What it Means for Hotels – August 21, 2019

The end of August is fast approaching, and new social media changes are coming alongside the rapidly-ending summer season! Let’s take a look at all the updates that have happened within the past two weeks that will impact hospitality businesses everywhere.

Instagram and WhatsApp Are Getting a Rebrand

Facebook is making its ownership of Instagram and WhatsApp more visible, “rebranding” the apps as “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook.” The “From Facebook” part is already showing up on Instagram, but it reads a little like fine print on the login page. There aren’t any other structural changes aside from this small branding update for both apps.

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What This Means for Hotels and Resorts

This may not seem like a big update, but this is likely laying the groundwork for the seamless direct message and chat integration that Facebook wants to set up between the three apps. Most people know, after all, that WhatsApp and Instagram are already owned by the company, so while some legal matters may have something to do with this amidst all the privacy concerns, it could also indicate a bigger integration moving forward.

Facebook Is Expanding Search Ad Placements 

Search Ads are being tested in the United States and Canada, allowing advertisers to show ad campaigns in relevant searches that users make on-platform. This placement has been testing since late last year, and it’s slowly rolling out to more advertisers in an expanded test.

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Image source: Jon Loomer Digital 

Note that search ads must also appear in the newsfeed as sponsored posts. They can appear as a static image or a carousel ad. Right now, it doesn’t seem like advertisers can bid on select keywords, but instead you’ll appear based on keywords on your business’s Page.

What This Means for Hotels and Resorts

Facebook search ads could be a great way to show up in relevant searches, increasing more traffic from users who are seeking out accommodations like what you offer your guests. Facebook hasn’t had something like this before, so it could be a great opportunity. Since you can’t bid on keywords, however, make sure that the search terms your guests are most likely to use are somewhere on your Page.

Instagram and IGTV Desktop Publishing Now Available 

Jenn’s Trends spotted a new Instagram feature: Facebook Page admins can upload and publish Instagram and IGTV posts from desktop by using Facebook’s Creator Studio. This also gives users the ability to manage Instagram direct messages through desktop, too. Previously, this was only available through third-party apps or the mobile app. Note that your Instagram account must be linked to your Facebook to take advantage of this.

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What This Means for Hotels and Resorts 

If you aren’t using a third-party scheduling tool for Instagram and IGTV, you can now use the Creator Studio for free to manage content for these platforms from a desktop. This is much easier for many hotels and resorts to use than a mobile app, and will streamline the process significantly.

Pinterest Rolls Out New Video Features 

Pinterest is increasing video capability on the platform by rolling out new features that are designed to help creators better reach their audiences.

New updates include the following:

●     An improved, easier-to-use video uploader

●     A video tab on platform so users can find video content all in one place

●     Lifetime video analytics

●     Video pin scheduling

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These new features are currently available in France, Germany, and all English-speaking countries. They’ll be rolling out worldwide soon.

What This Means for Hotels and Resorts

Video is a high-engaging medium on all other social networks, and the ability to leverage it well on Pinterest can be a huge asset for hotels and resorts. It will be easy to repurpose the gorgeous video you have of your location, resort, or on-site amenities into a video pin that potential guests will swoon over. If you have these features available to you, take advantage of them now.

Pinterest Releases Story Pins 

Pinterest is catching up on some social trends, slowly rolling out Story Pins. The feature is intended to be “immersive,” and will hold multiple media options including images, videos, text, and destination links to the site of your choice. Story pins all need to contain a title cover, and must have a minimum of 2 slides but can have a maximum of 20.

Right now, only select iOS users and brands have access.

What This Means for Hotels and Resorts

Story content is wildly popular across multiple platforms, regularly capturing user interest on Facebook and Instagram. YouTube is rolling out their own version, and now Pinterest is, too. A great use of this feature for hotels and resorts will be to feature different parts of their property like a walk-through, or to tell a story by showcasing the progress of events happening on-property, too.

WHAT’S NEW IN SOCIAL MEDIA THIS WEEK AND WHAT IT MEAN FOR HOTELS – AUGUST 7, 2019

As we’ve been moving into August, social platforms have really been maintaining their always-fast pace when it comes to releasing new updates to improve the experience. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a few key updates that could impact how hotels, resorts, and other hospitality businesses are marketing on social.

We’re going to look at each one, but first let’s take a look at some key statistics that you need to know about social in 2019.

Infographic From Oberlo Demonstrates The Value of Social 

Oberlo recently created an infographic that detailed the 10 most important social media statistics marketers need to know in 2019. This, of course, includes marketers who work in the hospitality industry, too.

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These 10 statistics are:

●     There are 3.2 billion daily active social media users, making up around 42% of the population

●     68% of adults report that they’re Facebook users, keeping Facebook as the market leader

●     Millennials are the heaviest social media users (90.4%), followed by Gen X (77.5%) and then Baby Boomers (48.2%)

●     Each user spends an average of two hours and twenty two minutes per day on the various networks

●     73% of marketers believe that social marketing has been “somewhat effective” or “very effective”

●     54% of social media users are researching products on the various platforms

●     71% of consumers who had a positive social experience are likely to recommend the brand to friends and family

●     49% of consumers depend on influencer recommendations to make purchase decisions

●     Daily Active Stories users increased to 500 million in early 2019.

●     91% of social media users are accessing the platforms on mobile, and almost 80% of all social time happens on mobile devices.

Facebook Changes Mobile Aspect Ratios 

Starting on August 19th, mobile Page posts and ad campaigns are going to look a little different. The new content will be much more condensed, showing only three lines of text instead of seven before displaying a “see more” prompt, and the aspect ratios for visuals will shift to 4:5 from their previous 2:3. Any media taller than the 4:5 aspect ratio will be hidden on mobile.

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What This Means for Hotels and Resorts: It’s more important than ever to adapt to this new, condensed look. If not, key portions of your post text may be hidden underneath the “see more” prompt and your media could be hidden all together. Adapt quickly, and remember to always grab users’ attention and let them know what’s in it for them right off the bat.

If you have any ad campaigns currently running with media outside of this aspect ratio, change it now.

Facebook Announces Cryptocurrency Plans 

About a month ago, Facebook announced that they had plans to release their own cryptocurrency (sort of), called “Libra.” The cryptocurrency will actually be coming from the Libra Association, which Facebook founded along with several other massive companies like Master Card and PayPal, and it’s supposedly about making it easier for people to send money to each other online.

Right now, we don’t know much more about Facebook Libra, including Facebook’s long-term plans with the digital currency, but you can read a great breakdown on the topic here.

What This Means for Hotels and Resorts: For the time being, we’re not sure exactly what this will mean for hotels and resorts. There’s a good chance that eventually, this cryptocurrency could be used on-platform when users are trying to book reservations or services directly on social. Right now, we just don’t know more, but this is big news, so we’ll update you with new information as it comes out.

Twitter Rolls Out Broadcast Scheduling Feature 

Twitter has just released a new broadcast scheduling feature in their Media Studio, which allows soon-to-be broadcasters to get everything synced up before they go live. When using this new feature, you can also give users a wider time frame to discover your content, sharing a link to what will become the live broadcast at the designated start time.

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What This Means for Hotels and Resorts: Live video is becoming increasingly popular on Twitter, offering a valuable opportunity for brands in the hospitality industry to connect with more guests. The scheduling feature will make it much easier for your team so that no one is left scrambling at the last minute, but its ability to give you more visibility is the biggest advantage. If you’re going live on Twitter, try to make sure you schedule it moving forward.

YouTube Automates Comment Moderation 

YouTube has recently made a few updates to streamline the comment moderation process, automatically flagging inappropriate comments and instantly holding them for your review. This is all done based on the platform’s algorithm, and according to YouTube, has resulted in a 75% drop in comment flags for the channels using the feature during its testing phase.

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This moderation feature is available globally, but only works on comments written in the following languages:

●     English

●     Spanish

●     Russian

●     Portuguese

●     Korean

●     French

●     Arabic

●     German

●     Japanese

●     Turkish

●     Vietnamese

●     Thai

●     Indonesian

What This Means for Hotels and Resorts: Hotels and resorts utilizing YouTube to connect with potential guests will almost certainly appreciate this news. We’d all much rather have YouTube flagging the bulk of inappropriate comments instead of trying to catch them all ourselves or risking potential guests being turned off if they spot the comments first. This is easy to turn on, and keep in mind that if a flagged comment turns out to be fine, you can always approve it right away.

Hospitality Social Media Marketing News July 16, 2019

In two short weeks, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have all either announced updates or made updates to their platforms that will impact social media accounts for businesses in the hospitality industry. Keep reading to see all the changes and what they mean for hotels and resorts.

Facebook Ads Organic “Top Fans” Targeting Option 

According to Social Media Today, Facebook is rolling out a new feature that allows Pages to target their “top fans” with organic posts, showing the content only to them. This could be used to thank them, share exclusive content, or even try to increase the likelihood that big Page supporters see specific updates.

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Image source: Social Media Today 

In order to use this feature, you need to have the “Top Fans” badge enabled for your Page. This can be done under your Settings under the “Facebook Badges” section.

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: This new feature is a good opportunity to foster a community that you may already have on Facebook while leveraging an exclusivity that can bring people closer together. Consider offering exclusive discounts or first-access to amenities around your hotel, or run specials specifically for your top fans. This will keep people engaging consistently.

Facebook Released Information on Comment Ranking 

Facebook recently released information regarding what signals they use to rank the quality of comments on public posts, determining what shows up when someone is scrolling past a post in their feed. They look for the following:

●     Integrity signals, like whether or not the Community Standards are violated

●     What users want according to surveys, which is a signal Facebook has left vague and described as “the types of comments people want to see”

●     How users are interacting with the comment, including whether they’re commenting or what type of reaction they use

●     Poster actions, like hiding, deleting, or engaging comments

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: The recent update was designed to reduce clickbait tactics that some users and Pages utilize to try to get more attention on the platform. Hotels and resorts can use this update to their favor in attempt to get strong comments that benefit you more visibility. If someone comments about how their stay with you was the best part of their whole vacation, give it as much engagement as possible, using a “love” reaction and leaving a comment designed to generate more conversation. More visible positive social proof is always good.

Facebook Is Removing Fields in Page Descriptions 

Starting on August 1st of this year, Facebook will be removing certain fields in the Page description area. We know that the fields that will be removed definitely include (but may not be limited to) the following:

●     Company Overview

●     Affiliation

●     Mission

●     Biography

●     Personal Interests

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: Head over to your Facebook Page now and take a look to see what– if any– information you currently have in these sections. If there is anything of value there that could impact how potential guests perceive your brand or interact with it, try to add it into other sections of the Page description. This information would most likely be in the “Company Overview” and “Mission” sections of your Page.

Instagram Brings Ads to Explore Section 

Instagram has announced that they’ll be bringing ads to their Explore Feed. When users click on an image or video in their Explore feed, they’re then able to scroll through similar content that Instagram has compiled for them. This is where the ads will show up, looking just like Instagram’s current newsfeed ads.

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What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: According to Instagram, more than 50% of all accounts visit the Explore section of the app at least once per month, so this is a good opportunity for more ad placements on the platform. More ad placements can help stabilize the existing demand in the marketplace, which could be good for ad costs.

We don’t know yet exactly how these ads will perform in terms of reach, engagement, brand lift, and conversions, but Instagram Ads typically yield high results across the board.

Twitter Tests Direct Message Prompts 

Twitter is currently testing direct message prompts, which allow you to instantly share links through direct messages to those who you talk to regularly. It’s designed to help users share tweets and connect a little easier. This is similar to Facebook’s “Share” option, which allows users to share a post in a direct message instead of sharing it on the user’s or Page’s wall.

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What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: It’s possible that this could be used to engage with top influencers and brand ambassadors in the hospitality industry, engaging them with content that’s genuinely relevant to them. If your resort Tweeted about a new expansion publicly, you could send a DM to a key few industry influencers that you have some sort of relationship and even ask if they want a first glimpse.

Lodging Interactive Announces Website and Social Media Marketing Promotion

Lodging Interactive, an award-winning digital marketing and social media engagement agency exclusively serving the hospitality industry, today announced its summer 2019 website and social media marketing promotion. For a limited time through August 31st, hotels entering into a new website design and digital strategy agreement will also receive comprehensive social media marketing and engagement services at no charge for one year.

“Most properties and management companies have started to plan for their 2020 budgets. Our website and social media marketing promotion offers tremendous value for those properties looking to upgrade their websites and social media marketing,” said Mr. DJ Vallauri, Lodging Interactive’s Founder and CEO. “Our promotion is valued at $18,000 in savings over a one year period.”

Lodging Interactive websites always include the following:

  • Award-winning stunning website designs.
  • Fully responsive mobile website.
  • Real-time, AI powered ADA WGAC 2.1 compliance.
  • Complete Search Engine Marketing (SEO & PPC).
  • Property owns the website, all code and creative development.
  • Each website is fully managed by professional webmasters.
  • High-speed website hosting.
  • Booking engine integration.
  • Digital account management and strategy.
  • Monthly business review phone call and comprehensive KPI reporting.
  • 24/7 online KPI reporting portal.

The following social media marketing services are included at no additional cost:

  • Social media management and strategy for hotel’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • Original social media content creation and image sourcing for each post.
  • Social media monitoring and responding to all persons posting in a timely manner.
  • Social reputation protection to mitigate negative situations to protect the hotel’s reputation.
  • 24/7 online KPI reporting portal.

“Our agency is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive digital marketing solutions for the hospitality industry,” added Mr. Vallauri. “For nearly 20 years we have supported hundreds of hotels in the areas of website development and strategy as well as reputation management and strategic social media marketing. We continue to grow by investing in innovative new services for the hospitality industry.”

Interested properties should visit https://lodginginteractive.com/products-services/website-creative-design/ or call 877-291-4411

About Lodging Interactive

Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, Lodging Interactive is a full-service digital marketing, social media engagement and reputation management agency exclusively servicing the hospitality industry. The Company provides cost-effective Internet marketing services to hundreds of branded and independent properties as well as management companies, restaurants, and spas.

commingle:engage, the Company’s social media and reputation management division, has established itself as the largest provider of reputation management services for the hospitality industry, handling over 200,000 guest review responses annually.

Lodging Interactive is an HSMAI Adrian Award winner and has won awards from the International Academy of Visual Arts, Interactive Media Awards, Horizon Interactive Awards, Web Marketing Association, Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, and Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards have recognized Lodging Interactive as an industry leader.

The Company’s Founder & CEO, DJ Vallauri, formerly served on the Board of Directors of HSMAI’s New York Chapter and is a Forbes.com Agency Council contributor. For more information, please contact sales@lodginginteractive.com, 877-291-4411 or visit the company’s website.

Lodging Interactive Launches All-Inclusive Website, Social Media and Reputation Management Packages

Lodging Interactive, an award-winning digital marketing and social media engagement agency exclusively serving the hospitality industry, today announced the launch of its all-inclusive full-service digital marketing packages. For one monthly price properties can now choose from a variety of digital marketing packages. Digital marketing packages include website design and digital marketing, social media marketing and engagement, and guest review responses services.

“For nearly twenty years we have continued to develop hospitality focused digital marketing products and services to ensure our clients maximize their online visibility and revenues,” said DJ Vallauri, Lodging Interactive’s Founder and CEO. “Today’s hospitality digital marketing landscape is very complex, and our all-inclusive marketing packages simplifies things a great deal for hoteliers.”

Lodging Interactive’s all-inclusive marketing packages include:

  • Website Design & Development
  • Website Digital Marketing Services (SEM)
  • Social Media Marketing & Social Engagement Services
  • Reputation Management & Guest Response Services

Packages details can be found by visiting: https://lodginginteractive.com/turnkey-packages/.

“And while we continue to offer customized digital marketing solutions for hotels, now any hotel regardless of budget, can compete effectively online with our all-inclusive marketing packages,” added Mr. Vallauri.

All website design agreements include ADA WCAG 2.1 compliance using the most sophisticated AI machine learning technologies and are developed using open source technologies without any

proprietary content management system (CMS). “Many competitors build hotel websites that use proprietary content management systems. Doing so makes it difficult, if not impossible, for hotel clients to leave the agency with their websites. In essence, the website cannot operate without the agency’s proprietary content management system behind it; we refuse to do this. We believe our clients should always have the ability to move the website to another agency if they’re not satisfied with our services,” stated Mr. Vallauri.

To learn how the Lodging Interactive all-inclusive packages can benefit your property or for more information please visit LodgingInteractive.com or call 877-291-4411.

About Lodging Interactive

Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, Lodging Interactive is a full-service digital marketing, social media engagement and reputation management agency exclusively servicing the hospitality industry. The Company provides cost-effective Internet marketing services to hundreds of branded and independent properties as well as management companies, restaurants, and spas.

commingle:engage, the Company’s social media and reputation management division, has established itself as the largest provider of reputation management services for the hospitality industry, handling over 200,000 guest review responses annually.

Lodging Interactive is an HSMAI Adrian Award winner and has won awards from the International Academy of Visual Arts, Interactive Media Awards, Horizon Interactive Awards, Web Marketing Association, Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, and Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards have recognized Lodging Interactive as an industry leader.

The Company’s Founder & CEO, DJ Vallauri, formerly served on the Board of Directors of HSMAI’s New York Chapter and is a Forbes.com Agency Council contributor. For more information, please contact sales@lodginginteractive.com, 877-291-4411 or visit the company’s website.

Contact

DJ Vallauri
President & Founder
Phone: 877-291-4411

Hospitality Social Media Marketing News Issue June 16, 2019

Dying to know what’s new in social media and how it could affect your hotel or resort? This month we’ve got changes from Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, along with a few issues of note on Facebook. Let’s take a look at each and what it means for you.

Advertisers Report Continual Issues with Facebook’s Ads Manager

Issues have been ongoing with Facebook’s Ads Manager that have dated all the way back to last November when there was an outage only a few days before Thanksgiving. Advertisers have continued to report problems with performance of the platform, including major inconsistencies and results, and struggling to publish or turn off ad campaigns.

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: A large number of hotels and resorts depend heavily on Facebook Ads for their advertising strategies, so this isn’t great news. As a note, not all advertisers have been affected with these issues, but they’re something to watch for just in case you are.

The best thing you can do right now is monitor your campaigns particularly closely. If you can’t seem to turn off a campaign, drain its budget immediately after sending a Facebook help ticket, and watch out for unreliable campaign performance. Until the issues are resolved, this is the best we can do to be proactive.

Horizontal Video Comes to IGTV

Landscape-styled videos are now supported on Instagram’s long-form video sister app, IGTV. They’ll be formatted similar to a YouTube video, which can take up a small portion of the screen when viewed vertically but will take up the full screen when the phone is rotated horizontally.

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Image source: Instagram 

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: If you’re using IGTV and have videos that will look better with a vertical layout, this is your chance. For hotels and resorts in particularly picturesque locations, this option can help better capture more of the beauty in the background to entice guests to come stay with you.

Twitter Releases Live Streaming with Guests

Twitter has just rolled out a new feature allowing mobile users to host a live broadcast and inviting up to three guests to join them. The guests will join on an audio-only basis, so they’ll be able to be heard but not seen.

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Image source: Twitter 

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: Live video is a strong social strategy for hotels and resorts, and having new ways to make these videos even more engaging for potential guests is great news. Consider using this feature to allow guests to ask questions or to interview influencers about their experiences.

YouTube Announces Image-Only Discovery Ads

YouTube Ads have, until now, been a video-only platform, but this is changing soon. YouTube has just announced new image-only discovery ads, which will show up in the YouTube home feed and discover sections. Users can click to head straight to an advertiser’s site, shop, and more.

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Image source: Google 

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: Video ads have proven to be incredibly effective on YouTube, but not every hotel and resort wants to continually invest large sums into creating new video campaigns for advertising purposes. This new images-only option can make YouTube Ads more accessible on the platform, allowing you to reach guests at a slightly lower time and financial cost. Consider testing these new ad placements out and see if they work for you.

YouTube Is Altering Public Subscriber Counts

YouTube has announced an update that will impact how viewers see subscriber counts on the channels they’re viewing. Channels with fewer than 1,000 subscribers will have their exact number of scribers displayed, but those with more than 1,000 subscribers will have their follower counts rounded. An account with 5,005,000 followers, for example, would show an estimated count of 5,000,000.

Creators will still have access to the exact numbers in their analytics, found in their Creator Studio.

This update is set to roll out in August of 2019.

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: Social proof is an important part of all social media marketing, so this update could have minor impacts on hotels and resorts marketing on YouTube. If the rounding doesn’t work in your favor, lowering your subscriber count slightly, that might affect how users perceive your videos, but as long as the content is good that’s what matters most. To ensure best results on the platform, create videos that your audience wants to see and use keyword-heavy titles and descriptions to increase their visibility.

Read The Latest Hospitality Related Social Media Marketing News – June 1, 2019

Social media evolves so quickly that so much has already happened since our last edition of our biweekly newsletter. Facebook is shaking up the algorithm again, Twitter has rolled out new retweeting features, and Instagram Stories just got even more impressive reach. We’ll go over all of this and more in this newsletter, and explain what exactly it means for you.

Facebook’s New Algorithm Prioritizes “Worthwhile” Content

Facebook announced two algorithm updates recently. The first prioritizes content from friends that an individual might want to hear from most. The second prioritizes links that a person might consider “most worthwhile.”

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: The second algorithm update that focuses on “worthwhile” links is something that hotels and resorts should pay attention to. Offer links that your audience will find value from– like links to travel information they may need or fun things to do around your resort– instead of just spamming links to your site. This will not only help you get more clicks, but rank higher in the algorithm.

Facebook Clears Up that Clear History Tool

Facebook plans to release its “Clear History” tool in the coming months, which will allow users to manage and even disconnect their off-Facebook activity from their user profile. This is designed to be an improvement in transparency. They’ve acknowledged that it may impact targeting, but it will not impact analytics.

What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: We’ve all been worried about what exactly the “Clear History” tool will mean, because many of us use Facebook’s advanced marketing to show relevant ads to niche audiences. Some of Facebook’s most powerful tools– including the pixel– may not be effective moving forward. Retargeting is going to look a lot different on platform, which may mean that we’ll need to rely more on other platforms like Google Display Ads to make up for it.

Facebook Launched Automated Ads Builder

Facebook has released several new automation ad tools designed to help businesses improve and streamline their Facebook advertising.

New tools include:

●     The ability to create up to six different versions of your ads automatically with suggestions from Facebook on CTAs, text, and other creatives based on your Page. Once active, they’ll show you the best-performing option.

●     Tailored audience suggestions based on data from your Page.

●     Recommended budgets based on your goal.

●     Fast notifications regarding your ads, including ad performance and suggestions to improve them.

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What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: For hotels and resorts just breaking into Facebook Ads, automated ads can help you get used to the system and yield some early insights into creatives that may be effective. These ads are not, however, typically going to be a true replacement for custom-written copy that contain intentional messaging and offers to drive action. This is a useful feature, but shouldn’t be used as a substitute for manual ad creation for the most part.

Facebook Updates Video Ranking

In addition to updating the big algorithm, Facebook is also changing how videos are prioritized in the feed.

Video will now be prioritized based on the following criteria:

●     Loyalty and intent, which includes repeat viewership

●     Viewing duration, with more weight on videos keeping users engaged for at least one minute

●     Originality, so videos that are “unoriginal” or that are involved insharing schemes will be demoted

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What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: Video has been a crucial part of social media marketing, and as long as hotels and resorts are creating quality content that their audience wants to see, this algorithm update could help. Try incorporating more live video into the mix, and have videos like “Ten Things to Do in Santa Monica” or “Rental Car or Uber: What’s Right for Your Vacation?” that will give guests information they’ll need when visiting you.

Twitter Retweets Now Support GIFs, Videos, and Images

Previously, when users on Twitter retweeted a status, they could only comment with text. Now Twitter is allowing users to include images, GIFs, and videos in their retweet responses.

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What This Means for Hotels & Resorts: Twitter has been working to find ways that encourage users to have more meaningful conversations on the platform. Hotels and resorts can use this to their advantage. Not only will visual components add a level of originality to a retweet and help it stand out, but the right images and videos can help you to promote your location too.

Share images or videos pertaining to your resort when appropriate, and use GIFs and images to contribute to the conversation in a branded way.

Instagram Adds to Explore Tab

Instagram is shaking up their Explore tab. There will now be a navigation bar that features pinned shortcuts to Shopping and IGTV, which will then be followed with topics tailored to each user’s interests like “travel” or “food.”

The explore grid will also now feature Stories, giving them even more visibility.

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What This Means for Hotels & Resorts

Instagram’s Explore section is used by more than 50% of its audience every month, and this is one of the top ways users discover new brands and accounts. The ability to more easily connect with users interested in “Travel” is a great opportunity, so try to increase the likelihood of appearing here by using plenty of travel-related hashtags like #wanderlust and #tuesdaytravels.