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How to Have a Better Bed and Breakfast Blog

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Want a better bed and breakfast blog? Here are some top hospitality blogging tips to attracting more readers and more business to your inn.

 

Be sure to blog about WHY people visit you. Because it could be for a variety of reasons, I am going to list some possible reasons.  Each of those reasons can be a blog post! Mentally answer the questions as you read on.

 

Your LOCATION could be a big reason as to why guests stay with you. Whether you offer a secluded place for them to get away from it all (a peaceful place for relaxation and romance) or exciting urban accommodations with lots to do (a thriving place for fun and entertainment), your location could be a factor. 

  • What, if any, major attractions are in your area?
  • What are the top 3 reasons that people come to your city?

 

Your AMENITIES can play a vital role in why people choose to stay with you. Guests appreciate being able to experience luxuries they don’t necessarily have in their everyday lives.

  • What amenities do you have?
  • Do you list your amenities on your website?

 

Your EVENTS that you host can attract guests. Whether you host private parties, weddings, or other special events, this can attract people to become overnight guests. 

  • What events do you host?
  • Do you have a blog post (or web page) about each event you host?

 

Your REPUTATION for hospitality is another compelling reason. Word of mouth can be very powerful as a way to attract new guests. When we have an enjoyable time doing something, it is only natural to bring it up in conversation with another person.

  • What is it about your hospitality that sets you apart from other inns?
  • Do you monitor what is being said about you and your inn online?

 

Your FOOD can be a major pull factor when it comes to attracting more guests. If you are one of the inns that also has a restaurant open to the public, that is another way to become known. First they dine with you, then they decide to become overnight guests. However, those who do not have restaurants can also do extra things like offer 24/7 access to refreshments. 

  • Do you have a wine and cheese hour or a special time of the day for tea and goodies?
  • Are you able to accommodate those with special dietary needs?

 

Your PACKAGES can also contribute to why guests decide to stay with you versus your local competitors. Guests appreciate having things already arranged ahead of time.

  • Do you offer packages that include things like event tickets, restaurant gift certificates, local walking tours, etc.?
  • Do you offer themed packages like romance or adventure?

 

Give people a SNEAK PEEK into life at your inn. Many famous tourist attractions like Disney and The Biltmore Estate offer Behind the Scenes tours. You could share pictures, videos, and stories of what happens at your B&B.

  • Share things that ONLY you or your inn has (more details about your guest rooms, previous residents, the current innkeepers, etc.)
  • Share funny things that happen (amusing little pranks staff members pull on each other, or comical things with guests such as two people who don’t know each other yet show up to breakfast wearing the same shirt)

 

Answer frequently asked questions in your blog posts. If you get asked the same questions over and over, how about answer those questions before your guests even arrive at your inn! 

  • The number of miles (and estimated drive time) to key points of interest that guests may want to visit in your area
  • How you do breakfast at your inn (time, typical menu options, in-room delivery of breakfast, etc.)
  • Checking in and check out procedures as well as coming and going during their stay with you

 

Creatively add other unique content to your blog posts, including any of the following:

  • Recipes of things you make here at the inn
  • Tips about your local area including restaurants and attractions
  • Your very own Top 10 List that relates to your B&B or local area

 

One of the most important aspects of blogging, is to consistently do it. The search engines reward fresh content by making it more visible online. Plus, you are keeping in touch with people and staying on their radar. Remind previous guest about why they should come back again and compel new people to visit for the very first time. 

 

Another strong factor in having a better bed and breakfast blog is sharing pictures and videos. “A pictures is worth a thousand words.” Guests want to know what they can expect before they come to your inn! 

 

You are welcome to put a link to YOUR bed and breakfast blog in the comments below and share what works well for you. If you do not have a blog (or do not consistently blog), feel free to contact me for advice.

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

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Fantastic Fill in the Blanks Social Media

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Fantastic fill in the blanks social media can definitely attract more traffic to your website.  People love to use their imagination and share it with others online.

Do you remember Mad Libs? Those books filled with one-page stories filled with blanks that invited you to insert your own keywords? They were  invented in 1953 by Leonard Stern and Roger Price, who published the first Mad Libs book themselves in 1958.  It turns out that  these guys were ahead of their time in recognizing the power of the ‘blank’.

 

Fill in the blanks social media can prompt people to think about activities they would like to do and places they would love to visit.  For example, Disney posted, “If I could spend a day with a Disney character, I would choose _______.”

This is a great way to encourage creative responses as well as to promote engagement with your posts and tweets.  The blanks are essentially ‘platforms’ for people to share their creativity.

  • My favorite way to relax after a long hard day is to _______.
  • _______ always makes me feel inspired.
  • The best afternoon snack of all time is _______.
  • My favorite board game is _______.

These types of posts often garner fun and short comments, which then encourage your audience to react and interact.  Share a great photo and a good fill-in-the-blank sentence to inspire your audience to engage with you and your brand.

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Fill-in-the-blank posts feel incomplete until they’re engaged with. People love filling in blanks, and the most effective fill-in-the-blank posts are the ones that let fans share their ideas.

Make fill-in-the-blank posts and tweets relevant to your fans and the space you’re working in to see the best results.

Use fill-in-the-blank posts as a two-pronged engagement tactic: interact with your online community and get to know them better for future marketing campaigns.

Use the post tactic in conjunction with a specific event, such as a holiday.

Fill in the blank contests are great as they have the potential to actually get people thinking. The contest consists of a sentence of paragraph, and your fans are asked to add their own unique perspective by, obviously, filling in the blanks.

Fill-in-the-blanks are similar to questions.  They are simple and create engagement.  Some samples of these are:

  • My favorite social media site is _______________.
  • I’ve lived in ___________cities in my life.
  • I laugh every time I think about ______.

Have fun with these, but one piece of advice is to be careful that you don’t leave the blank too open ended for a potentially bad response. Be careful what you make a fill in the blank because people can turn it ugly.  That is what happened when the German grocery chain posted this:

“I became an ALDI-lover when I tasted _______ for the first time.”

Tweet out a straightforward question that’s easy to answer.  When questions are short and simple, it’s easy for followers to respond because they don’t need to spend a lot of time thinking about their answer or trying to fit a longer reply into 140 characters (or fewer if there is a hashtag).

Fill-in-the-blanks social media gets your followers thinking and you challenge to them to show their creative side. The key to making fill-in-the-blank tweets work for your company is to relate them to your followers’ interests.  Then you will have success!

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Important and Revealing Innkeeper Interests Survey

Conducting an informal survey of innkeepers about their interests, the chart above shows the results. From least to greatest interest, the (rounded) percentage of innkeepers interested in the topic were as follows:

  • Hosting More Private B&B Events (31%)
  • Identifying & Becoming Known For a Specific Niche (36%)
  • Improving Your Success Mindset & Productivity (36%)
  • Maximizing Outreach to Local Businesses & the Community (38%)
  • Giving Frequent Guest Rewards &Referral Incentives to Returning Guests (51%)
  • Earning Free Press Coverage (56%)
  • Learning Additional Ways of Earning Money as an Innkeeper (59%)
  • Offering B&B Specials & Packages (59%)
  • Learning Strategic & Profitable Online Marketing Tips (72%)

Interestingly enough, I have given several Professional Association of Innkeepers International webinar presentations on the following topics:

  • How You Can Profit From Creating Memorable Guest Packages
  • How To Profit From Designing Bed and Breakfast Retreats
  • Creating Holiday and Seasonal Bed and Breakfast Packages
  • How To Host Elegant Private Events at Your Inn

I will likely focus on presenting strategic and profitable online marketing tips in future presentations. This includes the following:

  • Blogging (the search engines place priority on fresh content so having a blog using relevant keywords and then sharing that content in newsletters and on social media is ultra-important)
  • Emailing (they say, “the money is in the list” and innkeepers are wise to get the email addresses of their guests and regularly email them–as long as you always give recipients a way to unsubscribe from future messages)
  • Social Media (know who your audience in and be sure to be where they are online e.g. Snapchat has a younger audience, Pinterest is primarily used by women, videos are increasingly popular with many people who are online, etc.)

In this B&B Innkeeper Interests Survey, I also gave innkeepers the opportunity to reveal other topics of interest to them:

  • Networking among innkeepers to better connect travelers to each other, possibility with loyalty programs
  • Creating cozy spaces, gardening tips for welcoming spaces, favorite recipes for big groups, dealing with complaints, best practices, bulk buying deals
  • Filling inn with guests and guests enjoying meeting people from all over the world
  • Building partnerships with other local businesses or bed and breakfasts
  • Changes in legislation that effects our industry and how associations can help to make sure we’re in complaince
  • Using AirBnB for reservations
  • Advantages to different booking services
  • Attracting and maintaining capable and loyal staff
  • Regulatory changes affecting the industry
  • Rev par, slow season income ideas, pricing strategies, competition, first years of the business
  • Meetings guests’ needs and maintaining high standards
  • Recipes, cleaning tips, and tricks
  • Staffing issues, getting the right people and retention
  • Inspiring and new innkeepers do’s and don’ts, what steps to take (prior, during, and after) you take over a property
  • Actual legislation, including the link to actual documents regarding short term rentals, in different communities
  • Staying ahead of the unregulated short-term rental debacle trying to take away our business
  • Working the social media scene and utilizing the best tools for your type of business structure and hosting learning sessions about how to get on board and usages to maximize the tools offered

A special thank you to Heather Turner (Marketing Director of PAII) and Kris Ullmer (President of PAII) for letting me offer the innkeeper interests survey to their member innkeepers. This information should help us all better serve you in the future. 

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Do Your B&B Headlines Get Attention?

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Do your B&B headlines get attention?  Co-Schedule offers a free tool called the “Headline Analyzer.”  It promises that you will learn how to write headlines that drive traffic, shares, and search results.  This is especially important in the travel industry. 

 

So why are headlines so important? It’s because they’re the first lines of your copy that customers read. They create an initial impression that either draws readers in or pushes them away.  In this fast-paced online world, it is important to stand out and capture the focus of your potential bed and breakfast guests.  

 

The headline alone can make or break your ad, homepage, or e-mail subject line. It sets the tone for the rest of the copy. If the headline pulls readers in, you may make more money; if not, you’ll be left wondering what happened.

 

Headline writing tips to keep in mind:

 

  • Your headline should be unique.

 

  • Your headline should be ultra-specific.

 

  • Your headline should convey a sense of urgency.

 

  • Your headline should be useful.

 

The following headline ideas are just a starting point.  You can be as creative as you want to be.  The goal is to create headlines that motivate people to continue to read about your inn.

 

The Secret [fill in the blank]

 

This is an opportunity to share insider knowledge of your local area to benefit your potential guests. Help your bed and breakfast guests know more about your local area.  Where are great local places for dining, sight-seeing, and other fun activities in your immediate area.

 

  • The Secret To Discovering

 

Who Else Wants [fill in the blank]

 

By asking “who else wants” you are implying that there is a consensus about this desire. 

 

  • Who Else Wants More Fun and Less Stress When on Vacation?

 

What Everybody Wants To Know About [fill in the blank]

 

This headline challenges the reader’s curiosity to see if they are missing some knowledge. 

 

  • What Everybody Wants To Know About Staying at a Bed and Breakfast

 

Now you can have [something desirable] and [great circumstance]

 

This is another version of the classic expression “have your cake and eat it too.”  

 

  • Now You Can Go On Vacation and Enjoy It Too

 

[#] [Facts or Ideas or Lessons or Principles or Reasons or Secrets or Steps or Tricks or Ways] [fill in the blank]

 

Numbers in headlines get attention and people love lists.  They are easy to scan and readers know how much content to expect from the blog post.

 

  • 10 Facts About Bed and Breakfasts You Didn’t Know

 

  • 5 Ideas to Make Your Vacation More Memorable

 

  • 7 Lessons About Spending Time With Those You Love

 

  • 3 Principles to Making Love Relationships Work

 

  • 9 Reasons To Vacation More

 

  • 4 Secrets To Melting Stress Away

 

  • 8 Steps To Relaxing While On Vacation

 

  • 11 Tricks To Packing More Efficiently

 

  • 6 Ways To Strengthen Your Romantic Relationships

 

No time to write blog posts?  Bed and Breakfast Blogging is here to help.  Contact us to find out more about our tailor-made marketing services.

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What To Look For In a Bed and Breakfast Blogger

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Do you wonder what to look for in a bed and breakfast blogger?  You may (or may not) have a blog for your bed and breakfast inn.  If you do have a blog, chances are you are so busy as an innkeeper that you really do not want to take the time to write about your inn.  The key is to focus on what you do best (providing excellent hospitality) and let a professional bed and breakfast blogger do the rest!

 

Why do I specify “professional bed and breakfast blogger”?  First of all, you want someone who is a professional blogger.  Someone who understands key strategies to effectively blog online so that search engines notice your content.  Secondly, you want someone who is familiar with the bed and breakfast industry.  Plenty of people can blog, but they need to convey the awesome benefits of staying at a bed and breakfast.

 

Another key factor is how well they can promote your local area.  You want to give potential guests a reason to want to visit your area.  A few important ways to promote your local area that include:

 

  • Feature local places of interest: arenas, colleges, gardens, museums, restaurants, stadiums, theaters, tourist attractions

 

  • Promote local events: concerts, festivals, marathons, parades, etc.

 

  • Recommend fun activities: biking, fishing, hiking, canoeing, touring

 

A professional bed and breakfast blogger should have these personality traits:

 

  • Adaptable: readily adjusts to different situations

 

  • Brilliant: shows great intelligence and talent

 

  • Creative: has original thoughts and imagination

 

  • Dedicated: committed to doing a fantastic job

 

  • Efficient: competent and capable; makes good use of time

 

  • Focused: pays attention to what is important

 

  • Genuine: authentic, real, and sincere

 

  • Honest: truthful, credible, upright, and fair

 

  • Innovative: tends to do things that are new or improved

 

  • Just: guided by principle; does what is right

 

  • Kind: benevolent, considerate, and gentle

 

  • Loyal: faithful to commitments

 

  • Motivational: inspiring; has a positive influence on others

 

  • Neat: organized and orderly

 

  • Optimistic: expects positive outcomes; has a favorable view of events

 

  • Perceptive: shows keenness of insight and intuition

 

  • Quotable: words things clearly and succinctly

 

  • Reliable: dependable in achievement and accuracy

 

  • Steadfast: firm in purpose; unwavering resolution

 

  • Trustworthy: deserving of trust and confidence

 

  • Understanding: superior power of discernment; compassionate

 

  • Valuable: worthy of respect and admiration; contributes profitable work

 

  • Web savvy: has practical experience using the internet and online resources

 

  • X-traordinary: exceptional, noteworthy, and remarkable

 

  • Young at heart: has a youthful outlook regardless of one’s age; energetic

 

  • Zealous: enthusiastic, devoted, and diligent

 

Kristi-Dement

 

If you are looking for a bed and breakfast blogger who can help you add a blog or provide fresh blog content on a consistent basis, please contact Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging for a free consultation.

 

 

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Why Your Inn Will Profit From Blogging

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Your inn will profit from blogging.  If you are not already consistently offering quality blog posts, now is the time to do so.  Let’s examine the benefits of bed and breakfast blogging as well as learn what qualities to look for in a bed and breakfast blogger.

 

 

First of all, search engines like Google absolutely love and reward fresh content.  They give preference to websites which continually add new information.  A blog post is one more indexed page on your website. It signals to the search engine spiders that your website is active.

 

Bed and breakfasts with blogs establish themselves as being an authority on hospitality and their local community.  By offering helpful, travel-friendly advice, bed and breakfasts can get the attention of those wanting to know more about your local area while also telling others what makes your inn an ideal accommodations choice.

 

The more information you provide on your website and the more questions you answer, the more likely web visitors are to take action like contacting you, reading more of your website, following you on social media, and booking a room.

 

You can share the following information in blog posts:

 

  • Behind the scenes: feature your employees backgrounds and give fun facts about them

 

  • Events: let potential guests know about upcoming local events

 

  • Packages: people are willing to pay more for something that is already planned and included (such as flowers and tickets)

 

  • Recommendations: promote local businesses in your area and let them know you do (they might return the favor)

 

  • Reviews: share rave reviews from your previous guests

 

  • Rooms: show pictures of your guest rooms, tell each one’s amenities, reveal why the room has its particular name

 

  • Specials: offer discounts to mid-week stays or specific groups of people like senior citizens, veterans, and emergency workers

 

The effort you put it now will pay off well into the future because people will be able to view your blog posts years from now.  Providing valuable content means your content will spread. Blog posts can be shared in social media to expose yourself to a whole new audience.

 

Be sure to attract more guests with calls to action.  Encourage them to contact you, connect on social media, and book now.

 

Write for your ideal guest.   Know who you are trying to attract.  Pick a diverse range of keywords related to that topic.  For example, “eco-friendly inns” can also be described as “green”, “environmentally friendly” and use related keywords like “electric car charging”, “energy efficient lighting”, “rain water saving”, and so on.

 

List out relevant keywords describing your guest, your local area, what makes your inn so unique, and different seasons of the year.

 

your inn will profit from blogging

Keywords to describe the type of guest you cater to:

  • adventure seeking
  • antique lovers
  • beach lovers
  • bird watchers
  • business travelers
  • celebrating birthdays and anniversaries
  • engaged couples and newlyweds
  • girlfriend getaways
  • mystery solvers
  • romantic couples
  • scrap-bookers
  • shopping lovers
  • sports enthusiasts
  • wine connoisseurs
  • winter sports participants
  • yoga exercisers

 

Keywords to describe your local area:

  • amazing views
  • amusement park
  • annual conferences
  • art galleries
  • breweries
  • business conferences
  • college campuses
  • concerts
  • sports games
  • theatre
  • tourist attractions
  • trade shows

 

Keywords to describe the uniqueness of your inn:

  • amenities
  • B&B inn association membership
  • awards
  • catering
  • diamond rating
  • eco-friendly
  • gardens
  • handicap accessible
  • historic
  • kid friendly
  • pet-friendly
  • press coverage
  • restaurant
  • retreats
  • Select Registry membership
  • spa
  • tea room
  • Trip Advisor reviews
  • vegetarian or vegan
  • waterfront property
  • weddings
  • wine tours

 

Keywords regarding different times of the year:

  • Christmas
  • Fall foliage
  • New Years
  • Patriotic holidays
  • Valentine’s Day

your inn will profit from blogging

 

Does this seem overwhelming?  Why not do what you do best as an owner/innkeeper and have a professional like me do your online marketing (blogging and social media)?  These are some qualifications you should look for from hospitality marketing professionals:

 

 

  • What is their education background?

 

  • What experience do they have?

 

  • Do they seem easy to work with?

 

  • Will they be dedicated to your bottom line and getting you the results you need?

 

  • Are they active in blogging and social media for their own business?

 

  • Do they have client testimonials?

 

Contact Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging for a free consultation today.  Feel free to add comments or questions below.

 

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How to Use Twitter for Hospitality

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You can use Twitter for hospitality business growth.  Twitter For Dummies (3rd edition by Laura Fitton, Anum Hussain, and Brittany Leaning) is a book filled with practical information whether you are using Twitter for social or for business purposes or both!

 

Twitter’s limit of 140 characters forces you to focus your thoughts into concise, direct sound bites.  You have 160 characters for your bio statement which could also be your mission statement.

 

 

“@yourtwitterhandle is where ___________ (types of people) can find ____________ (the value of following your account)

 

Be sure to link back to your main website so they can learn even more about you and visit/stay at your location.

 

The key is to give your audience a reason to follow your tweets.  What makes you and your place of hospitality so unique?

 

  • Amenities

 

  • Attractions

 

  • Packages

 

How Businesses Use Twitter:

 

  • To network with customers and see what they’re saying

 

  • To answer questions

 

  • To finely tune a company image

 

  • To poll and pull in feedback

 

  • To bring in new leads and customers

 

  • To take advantage of an innovative form of advertising

 

Twitter Tips:

 

  • Listen: pay attention to what is going on around you on Twitter

 

  • Balance: have a good ratio of conversational to business tweets

 

  • Engage: interact with other Twitter users, follow back people who follow you

 

  • Public relations: plan and promote events, proactively notify the press

 

Valuable Content to Tweet:

 

  • Images: pictures of your hospitality location

 

  • Links to articles: about your business or local area

 

  • Quotes: to make others think or share great reviews

 

  • Data: such as useful facts

 

  • Entertaining content: such as clean humor

 

  • Smart tips: relevant to what you do

 

  • Recognition and curation of other great accounts

 

  • Probing questions: to learn more about your audience

 

  • Smart answers to others’ questions: be helpful and genuine

 

  • Retweets: share the tweets that your happy customers mention you in

 

Whether you are a bed and breakfast inn, hotel, or restaurant, your place of hospitality can use Twitter to attract more guests.  With all of these ways to use Twitter and the types of valuable content to share, you can to use Twitter for hospitality business growth.

 

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7 LinkedIn Groups for Innkeepers

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LinkedIn Groups for Innkeepers can be a helpful way to get support and advice from other bed and breakfasts and others in the hospitality industry.  LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories.  All LinkedIn groups are private and those open to membership must request to join the group.

 

Upon acceptance, each group has their own rules for what its members are allowed to post.  If the group’s profile and rules state that no links whatsoever should be posted, its members must abide by that. If you would rather find and join a group with a less stringent view of links, then simply look for a different group.

Group members are not obligated to post anything.  They can just read what other members have posted.  However, many social media experts advise that newcomers introduce themselves to their group. Not only does this let the group know about their new members, but the group will likely reach out to welcome its new members.

Things inn-keeping groups share with each other include hospitality-related articles, online marketing tips, questions for inn-keeping best practices, and much more! A great way to learn information is to ask questions from your group.

The following is a list of just some of the LinkedIn groups innkeepers may want to join:

Bed and Breakfast Business has over 900 members. “Bed and Breakfast group is a group for BnB owners who want to collaborate and communicate with other BnB owners about their business, best practices, tips, etc…”

Bed and Breakfast and Guest House Owners has over 2,000 members.  “Have you ever wondered how you can make 6 figures…from just 4 rooms? Want to know how to get raving fans coming back again and again?…If you’re a bed and breakfast owner, small hotel owner, guest house owner, then join our group and let’s share and help each other.”

Bed and Breakfast Inns has over 400 members.  “BedBreakfastTraveler.com’s goal with the Bed and Breakfast Inns group is to foster partnership, networking, and collaboration among the innkeeping industry. Through sharing of information, resources, and advice, the collective standards and profitability of the group shall increase.”

Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers has over 3,700 members.  “This group page is for Bed&Breakfast Owners across the Globe. Finding your niche as a B&B Owner and making it a success. Sharing what is your unique about your B&B, it’s amenities in what you offer and why you know that an experience at your B&B will be well remembered, and one that ensures your guest will return time and time again.”

B&B Owners Association has over 950 members.  “The B&B Owners Association has 3 main purposes:  1) To provide an independent, stable and well funded Internet marketing organization for the accommodation & hospitality sectors.  2) To ensure cost effective & comprehensive Internet marketing for its members and a effective global promotional vehicle on which to promote their businesses.  3) To ensure the public and Internet user have an easy to use and easy to find accommodation resource.”

Innkeepers has around 2,500 members.  “Bed and Breakfast Business Owners worldwide are welcome to network and share on this Group, whether you are an established Bed and Breakfast business or you want to own and run a bed and breakfast business.”

Just Bed and Breakfast Network has around 250 members.  “Justbedandbreakfast.net is the fastest growing worldwide bed and breakfasts directory offering the most complete list of unique properties from historic inns and guest houses to cabins and farm stays. View bed and breakfast descriptions, photos, reviews, and more.”

At the top of the LinkedIn page under “Interests” click “Groups” and this allows searching for these group titles or using other keywords.  Underneath the search box it will list any groups of which you are currently a member.  Underneath that, users can even create their own LinkedIn group should they desire to do so.  They can focus their membership on a specific geographical area or direct the discussion to a specific topic of interest.

Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging may start her own LinkedIn group.  If I did, what kind of topics would you like to see covered?  Please feel free to share a comment below or use my contact form to notify me directly.

Also, if you are a member of one of these LinkedIn groups (or a different LinkedIn group related to hospitality) and think it beneficial for other innkeepers to join, please tell us the name of your group and what you like about it.  I read all my comments and respond when appropriate.  Thank you!

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Everybody Writes: Linked In

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Ann Handley, author of Everybody Writes: Your Go-to Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content gives some recommendations for writing on Linked In.  This is a social media platform for professional people.

First and foremost, you can optimize your profile with keyword-rich descriptions, a stand-out headline as well as a link to your blog and Twitter handle.  Actively share relevant content on a regular basis.

 

Everybody Writes LinkedIn Tips:

  • Use concise introductions
  • Use snappy headlines
  • Include a clear call to action
  • Use active language
  • Cite tangible outcomes
  • Include an image
  • Consider the keywords you want to be known for
  • Align your content to your member’s needs and interests
  • Make your content “snackable” and valuable
  • Manage your updates by measuring engagement
  • Follow up on comments
  • Keep in mind which audience you are targeting
  • Cater your message to a specific audience for better engagement
  • Be consistent and track your results

Top 10 Overused LinkedIn Buzzwords:

  • Responsible
  • Strategic
  • Creative
  • Effective
  • Patient
  • Expert
  • Organizational
  • Driven
  • Innovative
  • Analytical

Other Everybody Writes LinkedIn tips:

  • Claim your vanity URL
  • Customize your profile by moving parts around, embed examples or other media
  • http://help.linkedin.com/ is the link to getting help on LinkedIn

Since we are talking about LinkedIn, I wanted to also share some interesting facts and statistics about this professional social network that were recently compiled by Digital Marketing Ramblings:

  • 380 million people use LinkedIn
  • 107 million of those users live in the United States
  • LinkedIn gets two new users per second
  • Reaches over 200 countries and territories
  • LinkedIn profiles are 11 times more likely to be viewed if it has a photo
  • LinkedIn members are 13 times more likely to have their profiles viewed if they list specific skills
  • 56% of LinkedIn users are male
  • 8.33% of Americans use LinkedIn while they are on the job
  • 13% of all United States adults use LinkedIn daily
  • 29% of all American social media users use LinkedIn
  • 41% of millionaires use LinkedIn
  • LinkedIn has over 6,000 employees and offices in 26 different cities
  • 50% of those accessing LinkedIn do so from mobile devices
  • 3 million active job listings on LinkedIn
  • 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates

LinkedIn Groups may be a great way to post questions and/or share answers. Usually many people are willing to share best practices.  LinkedIn groups for Bed and Breakfast Owners include:

  • Bed and Breakfast Business
  • Bed and Breakfast Forum
  • Bed and Breakfast and Guesthouse Owners Groups
  • Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers
  • ed and Breakfast Inns
  • Bed and Breakfast, Inns, and Vacations Rentals.
  • Bed and Breakfast News
  • B&B Owners Association
  • Innkeepers
  • Just Bed and Breakfast Network
  • and many more!

Be sure to keep Ann Handley’s LinkedIn content advice in mind when you venture onto this professional social media website.  You may become connected via LinkedIn to past bed and breakfast guests as well as potential guests. LinkedIn is a great way to promote your B&B business.

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What Should My Inn Blog About?

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What should my inn blog about, you ask?  Since each inn is unique, your blog should give readers a better understanding of your particular bed and breakfast. Is your location a relaxed beach setting, a scenic mountain location, a rural country farm, a contemporary urban inn, or something else entirely?  Entice your website visitors to stay at your bed and breakfast.  Pictures are a very visual way to attract vacationers.

 

Why do people visit your local area?  What local leisure activities can guests participate in?  Does your area have any local tourist attractions?  Blogging about this will give you fresh content and keywords for search engine optimization.  Moreover, knowing this information helps you target different types of guests:

 

  • Adventurers

 

  • Antique lovers

 

  • Art and drama lovers

 

  • Board game players

 

  • Business groups

 

  • Business travelers

 

  • Class reunion attendees

 

  • Environmentally conscious people

 

  • History buffs

 

  • Hobby lovers

 

  • Honeymooners

 

  • Mystery lovers

 

  • Pet owners

 

  • Readers

 

  • Relaxation seekers

 

  • Shoppers and antique lovers

 

  • Sight seers

 

  • Spa lovers

 

  • Special occasion reasons (birthday, anniversary, family reunion)

 

  • Sports spectators

 

  • Vegetarians

 

  • Wedding guests

 

  • Wine lovers

 

Do you offer any special packages or retreats?

 

  • Girlfriend getaways

 

  • Quilting retreats

 

  • Romance package

 

  • Writers retreats

 

  • Yoga retreats

 

How does your inn serve breakfast?  Some B&B inns have their own restaurant.  Some bring breakfast to your room on a tray while others have a common dining area for guests.  At some bed and breakfasts, guests can choose from a menu what they would like to have while at others everyone the same delicious gourmet cooking.

 

Be sure to ask guests if they have special dietary needs.  Your blog can feature pictures of your breakfasts as well as recipes of guests’ favorite dishes.

 

What kind of amenities can your guests enjoy?

 

  • Game rooms

 

  • Gardens

 

  • Hot tubs

 

  • Luxurious linens

 

  • Pool

 

 

Potential guests also like to know more about the owners, innkeepers, and staff members of bed and breakfasts.  Be sure to put their pictures on your website including their name, a couple sentences about what they do, and what they recommend guests try when they visit.  You could even feature staff members that receive a lot of compliments from your guest feedback.

 

Be sure to tell guests what you, as an innkeeper, love the most.  Let them know that you will be attentive to their needs, but also give them the privacy they desire.  If you have a historic bed and breakfast, be sure to share your inn’s history.

 

Do you have any accreditations or affiliations?  Membership in a bed and breakfast association and/or having received a certain award or level of distinction will set you apart from other bed and breakfasts.

 

Do you have your own bed and breakfast shop?

 

  • Coffee mugs

 

  • Cookbooks

 

  • Robes

 

  • Soap

 

How does your inn celebrate the seasons?

 

  • Spring

 

  • Summer

 

  • Fall

 

  • Winter

 

How does your inn celebrate holidays?

 

  • New Years

 

  • Valentine’s Day

 

  • Labor Day

 

  • Thanksgiving

 

  • Christmas

 

Your inn can blog about remodeled or redecorated rooms.  Improvements to your inn are worth talking about.  Previous guests may want to return based on your description of the new changes.

 

Do you offer any incentives for frequent stays and/or referrals?  Reward your guests for returning and recommending your B&B to friends. On the topic of frequency, be sure to have a frequently asked questions section on your website.

 

Let guests know how to connect with your bed and breakfast on other social media websites. Have a presence on one or more of the following websites can make a big difference in your visibility online.

 

  • Facebook

 

  • Google Plus

 

  • Instagram

 

  • Linked In

 

  • Pinterest

 

  • Snapchat

 

  • Tumblr

 

  • Twitter

 

  • YouTube

 

When you share your blog on social media, this lets people know more about you and your bed and breakfast inn.  Give website visitors an “inn-side” look at your B&B from behind the scenes.  Having a blog and being active on social media is a great way to draw more attention to your website.

 

Don’t have the time or desire to write a blog or stay active on social media?  Let Kristi Dement at Bed and Breakfast Blogging do all the hard work for you.  Her clients see results with consistently booked rooms.

 

 

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