Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Whitby

Pamela Whitby

Editor, EyeforTravel Ltd

Pamela Whitby is an independent writer, editor and researcher and is the editor for EyeforTravel Ltd. When Pamela isn't tracking the online travel industry for EyeforTravel.com, she is focused on business in Africa where she grew up. Ms. Whitby has completed editorial and/or research projects for organisations that include BBC Focus on Africa, BBC Online, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, News Desk Media, Longitude Research, Investor's Chronicle and the European Commission. Pamela is an experienced 'generalist' and likes an entrepreneurial endeavour. Ms. Whitby has been involved in two launch publications, has ghost written blogs and co-authored a book on South African's renewable energy sector. She also researched and wrote Is Your Child Safe Online?, a guide for parents. Ms. Whitby grew up in Africa, where she retains strong connections personally and professionally, and has lived and worked in the UK, South Africa and South Korea. See her website for more details. The EyeforTravel North America 2017 Conference will be held this year in Las Vegas (USA) from October 19-20.

Please visit http://eyefortravel.com for more information.

Ms. Whitby can be contacted at +44 779 189 1993 or pamela@eyefortravel.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.