Hotel management is more and more obsessed with numbers, calculations, determining the best sales channels, and maximizing overall ROI. If something is not guaranteed, they are hard to separate from the money for communication activities. In the fight for profit, one often forgets to take into account hospitality and the guest experience in general. However, hotel management often turns its head in front of negative criticism of guests on forums and social networks, believing that they cannot learn too much from it. And so often one of the most important factors in the hotel industry – service, often becomes “out of service”.PROVIDE THE GUEST WITH AN ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE, NOT JUST THE PROMISED SERVICES The end result of the hotel experience is impossible to put into calculations, but this does not mean that its quality does not play a significant role in the final results. While all parts of the hotel story are important and one should be smart with technical innovations and modern standards, one must by no means forget the feeling, experience and added value for the guest. Because one thing is for sure, when a traveler visits any hotel, he is not an inspector and does not ask for all the technical specifications and services listed on the website or in the reservation systems.What that same traveler expects is that these services will be found no matter what. Instead, he expects a whole host of positive feelings; he expects to be appreciated, pampered, expects to be pampered by all his senses and to ultimately experience everything he does not have the opportunity to experience in everyday life.KINDNESS AND DEDICATION SHOULD BE THE MAIN WORD IN THE HOSPITALITYAs a hotelier, you must not forget that just one nice gesture, just one small extra service or some nice sentence will be the best promotional material for your hotel. Often you yourself are not even aware of how easy it is to get a new hotel ambassador, and how much the positive atmosphere in the hotel contributes to better reviews.Today, when social media and travel forums are a powerful tool in deciding on the choice of hotel, it is especially important to focus on the communication activities of the hotel, from the stage of imagination of the guest to the stage of staying in the hotel. The power of a recommendation, whether online or oral, is extremely important and can easily bring you positive publicity, but also one bad move can easily turn the whole 360-degree business story into a negative. The arrogant way of doing business has not brought great results to anyone in the hotel industry, because guests really care how they feel about returning from a trip.Photo: Unsplash.comAS A HOTEL HOTEL, ASK YOURSELF EVERY DAY A FEW QUESTIONS:Do you pay enough attention to the guest experience?Eg. Have you introduced any “gastro travel” in your catering offer? Does your mini club work inspiringly and does it really help parents? Have you thought about organizing some theme clubs at the hotel? Namely, today people often travel because of hobbies and the desire to socialize with like-minded people… Is your wellness really as extraordinary and unique as it is written in your brochures? Are your receptionists sufficiently educated to tell guests the story of the destination itself and share useful recommendations and advice? Are you fast and efficient and do you provide service 24 hours a day? Does your food and beverage manager have enough authority to cheer up a dissatisfied guest with some free catering surprise during their stay? Do you care in general about how your staff treats dissatisfied guests? And finally, how helpful is your staff to the guest and how common is it for them to laugh when they pass by the guest?What story are you telling the world? What’s your story? Does your hotel have any special features that you are proud of? Did you include stories from the destination in the stories about your hotel? Maybe just the history and tradition of the place or the people associated with the hotel could be a great story? Maybe gastronomic specialties and your catering offer in general are something you should talk more about? Or do you have a unique hotel design, designer furniture or your own brand within the hotel from which you could make an interesting story? Great stories also arise from the style of the hotel, whether you go in the direction of lifestyle, holistic approach, fun, family vacation, honeymoon. Each model provides material for many new stories.No matter what characterizes you best, be sure to make a story about it! Be authentic and honest! And finally, be determined to achieve publicity on a topic that suits you, and that is of course possible if you have a good PR plan. It is important to be inspiring in continuity and always awaken the imagination of a potential guest!How do you connect with your potential guests who are in the process of planning and dreaming about their ideal destination?Do you develop the image of your hotel on a “storytelling model”, ie do you tell stories about your specific services and experiences of the area in which you are located? Do you have great photos and videos that show the experience during your stay at your hotel?Do you connect with your guests through social media? Do you answer questions on travel forums? Do you answer questions with some splint or tailor made approach? Do you have a loyalty program for your guests? Do you inform your old guests regularly about your current offer? Do you remember your guest during the year with a nice gesture such as a birthday card, holidays…?Remember, in the hotel industry, the personalization of the guest is extremely important. Hotel staff should be constantly educated on this issue and find solutions that offer a caring, yet not intrusive approach to the guest. Because every guest wants to feel honored and special, and this is possible even with a small gesture of addressing the guest by direct email or a nice response on social networks.Photo: Unsplash.comDo you listen to what guests say about the hotel experience in reviews on travel forums? Guest comments are important because they speak to their experience of your content. They often provide great guidance for the next steps on how to improve your business in a variety of ways. If you read the reviews carefully, you can reach business priorities, which you should implement as soon as possible.Databases are the key to excellent user experience management. They help detect many at first invisible patterns of behavior and definitely open up new opportunities to improve the service. Sometimes customer reviews and responses will easily help you develop a new effective hotel service.Do you have a clear PR strategy?Remember, PR strategy and activity plan not only serve to attract guests to the hotel, they also serve to better understand the real needs of guests and extraordinary work in the facility when the guest came to enjoy the experience.Without a clear PR strategy, the image of a hotel can very easily weaken and in the long run it will not be clear who you really are and what values you represent. It is probably of little importance to any hotel to be just one of the options in the reservation systems, and in order not to stay that way, it is important to constantly tell stories about your hotel. Stories that will set it apart from others on the market.Are internal and external communication in the hotel equally important to you?When talking about the PR strategy of a hotel, it is important to remember that no PR plan will be implemented with a result if there is no excellent communication between the hotel staff.In other words, if your public relations department does not communicate with other departments, starting from the household, reception and bartender to the sales team, and if everyone does not understand their share of story and responsibility, the effectiveness of PR activities is greatly reduced. It is disappointing that some of the hotels do not have any PR strategy at all, let alone a clear plan. The sales department is often expected to plan and carry out marketing and PR activities and to take all necessary actions for the best promotion of the hotel. And while it’s extremely important that the marketing and PR departments work great with the sales department, these are completely different roles. Three in one can hardly have a long-term positive effect on hotel image and figures.Photo: Unsplash.comMAKE YOUR GUEST FEEL SPECIALKindness, dedication and individual and professional attitude towards each guest should be the foundation of quality hotel business. A fresh dose of positive every day will always delight your guest again and again. Therefore, make sure that your staff is friendly, smiling and ready to offer and refer to additional facilities of your hotel and the area in which you are. The guest always wants to feel special and experience everything that everyday life does not provide.You must never forget how important mutual communication is in all hotel departments. Without understanding and solving problems on one side of the hotel, the other side cannot be expected to function properly. Lastly, remember that word of mouth is still a powerful promotional tool, and social media is a place where good or bad news about your service spreads quickly. Therefore, always pay attention to the excellence of your service because their value will overshadow any promotional material.Author: Marijana Brdovnik, magic4.club – Travel PR & Travel Branding agency
ARLINGTON, Minn. (June 6) – Saturday’s 95.7 The Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature at Arlington Raceway saw Dustin Sargent lead every lap.Trevor Serbus gained ground but had to settle for second. Jesse Cripe was third.Dan Menk was the third and final leader in the MN 93 IMCA Modified main event, taking over up front with three to go and beating Chad Porter and Jerry Wren across the line.Ninth starting Eric Larson picked up the win in the Unhinged Pizza IMCA SportMod feature. Larson gained a commanding lead and in first is where he stayed with Chet Ragan taking second and Chris Isaacson taking third.The Eckblad Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock feature was fast-paced with no yellow flags. Cory Probst took the lead on the sixth lap and won ahead of Shane Honl and Dakota Robinson.Nate Coopman won again in the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compacts, this time ahead of Jed Trebelhorn and Alan Lahr.The B&B Chassis IMCA Stock Car feature was cut a couple laps short after Mother Nature decided to take a shower on the track. Matt Speckman led the entire race. Dan Mackenthun got around Dean Cornelius with two laps to go to take second.
Comments Lined up in the slot to Eric Dungey’s left, freshman receiver Taj Harris burst out of his stance and down the field, streaking past Clemson safety Nolan Turner in coverage.Dungey saw the wideout dart open and flung the ball to Harris, who ran under it, making a bobbling catch for 51 yards on third down to set up Syracuse’s first touchdown against then-No. 3 Clemson.“I was running, running, running, running,” Harris said of the play postgame, “and I put my hands out and just waited for it to hit my hands.”Harris’ catch is just one highlight play from Syracuse’s (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) freshman class. Safety Andre Cisco, cornerback Trill Williams, running back Jarveon Howard, Harris and a handful of other freshmen have all made steady contributions, large and small, early in their SU careers, bolstering a roster that in years past lacked depth.“We’re trying to be a different class here,” Williams said. “Bring a different dynamic to the team.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut before the group stepped on campus, head coach Dino Babers acknowledged the difficulties of playing college football as a true freshman during his National Signing Day press conference. He referred to the 2018 recruiting class as a “break” class, meaning the players could take a break from playing football regularly to learn and develop.Harris remembered asking Babers about the opportunity to play early. Babers, as Harris recalls, said that if he was serious about contributing right away, he needed to study the playbook and refine his craft as much, and as soon, as possible.The gap started closing as soon as most of the freshmen stepped on campus at the beginning of summer. Before official conditioning workouts began, Williams, Harris and Howard, along with a handful of others — all freshman, sophomore or transfer skill position players and quarterbacks — gathered on South Campus to practice.A common drill pitted wide receivers and defensive backs in one-on-ones. Harris particularly remembered lining up against Williams and experiencing the 6-foot-2, 202-pound defensive back’s jam at the line of scrimmage. Harris learned it’s part of Williams’ trademark physicality.“He’s gonna lay the boom on a lot of people,” Harris said. “He’s jamming cats up at the line, chest work.”The freshmen entered their first fall camp at SU, where they started making an impression. Williams, said junior cornerback Chris Fredrick, led all players in camp interceptions. Harris developed a connection with Dungey. Cisco, who enrolled early and practiced in the spring, was the starting free safety during fall camp.”This is the most ready I’ve seen freshmen come in,” senior wide receiver Jamal Custis said on Aug. 16.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorIn the season opener against Western Michigan 15 days later, Cisco recorded an interception — his first of a college football-leading four — less than five minutes into the game. He snagged two more against Wagner and another against UConn.While Cisco’s ballhawking has been a boost to a team striving for turnovers, other parts of his game, particularly deep ball coverage and run fits, have come along slower. The freshman got burned badly against the Broncos and is prone to taking bad angles against the run. Cisco has recognized the issue, though, due to the difference in speed from high school to college. In response he’s played deeper from the line of scrimmage to accommodate.Williams’ arc of progression has been longer, playing in spurts at cornerback or nickel throughout Syracuse’s first five games. Cisco benefitted in part from a thin safety depth chart. Williams hasn’t had that luxury, stuck behind Scoop Bradshaw, Chris Fredrick and Antwan Cordy at cornerback and nickel back, respectively. Published on October 3, 2018 at 10:46 pm Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham Even in limited reps, Williams has been consistent in coverage and sturdy against the run while making occasional splash plays.Against Clemson, Williams picked off Tigers quarterback Chase Brice for his first career interception. Before the drive, on the sideline, Williams remembered teammates saying he was due for an interception. When Brice badly overthrew an out route to his right, Williams pounced.“What a coincidence,” Williams said.Aside from the defensive back duo, Howard, a big-bodied running back from Mississippi has arrived as Syracuse’s power run option. Against Florida State, Howard took a shotgun handoff from Tommy DeVito and followed left tackle Cody Conway. With a defender closing the edge, Howard hit a cut inside and rumbled inside the five before getting chased down from behind.So far, the freshman has toted the football 24 times for 187 yards and hasn’t scored.And there’s Harris, who caught his first touchdown against Wagner on a 24-yard crossing route. But the freshman wide receiver from Beverly, New Jersey, had his best performance to date against the Tigers, notching career highs in catches (three) and yards (66).Harris, just like the other freshmen, is trying to use each rep to prove he deserves the next.“You’ve got to earn it,” Harris said. “And if you earn it, you get a shot.” Facebook Twitter Google+