Travelers can send text messages to hotels directly from their search results.
Sending a Message is the newest call-to-action in Googles My Business listing on mobile. Not only is this a free opportunity for you to connect with potential guests, but it is a more important new and direct channel for conversion from Google. Logically, when someone searches for a hotel, they are looking for more information of some sort. In a travelers search and evaluation stage, easily answering that vital question Is breakfast included? could be the difference between getting a direct booking and losing out: especially in todays mobile-first world.
In our recent study on travelers preferred communication channels, we uncovered many stats about travelers: 2 out of 3 would rather communicate through written messages than over the phone, 75% of travelers want to communicate 1:1 with representatives at the hotel, and guests are significantly more satisfied when communicating through text messages and social-media compared to those who do not.
Get the new Message button
Google now lets customers message you. By responding to them, hotels can answer their questions, tell their story, and attract more people to their location. All thats needed is to sign into the hotels Google My Business page, navigate to the chat tile – if available – and turn it on. Then just verify the contact number, add a welcome message, and include a reasonable average response time.
Support chat from Google
If youre already utilizing a guest messaging service, like TrustYou Messaging (or would like to try it now), integrating this feature is seamless and involves almost no effort to set it up. Just use the number provided in TrustYou Messaging as the number in the setup described above. Then manage these messages from your single inbox alongside your emails, SMS messages, Webchats, Facebook Messages, and your messages coming from Amazon Alexa.
In addition to the new feature in Google My Business, we have already collected 5 Ways to Step Up Your Listing on Googles hotel finder. Dont forget that Google also supplies some valuable tips: be responsive, avoid private data, and get more traffic to your hotel website!
TrustYou, the worlds largest guest feedback platform, empowers hotels with solutions to drive more bookings and improve their hotel product. Through each phase of the guest journey, hotels can utilize guest feedback to enhance review marketing and achieve operational excellence. Guest feedback influences 95% of booking decisions. TrustYou Meta-Review, which incorporates hundreds of millions of hotel reviews, surveys, and social posts for over 500,000 hotels worldwide, powers guest reviews on dozens of travel sites, including Google, Kayak, and Hotels.com.* These reviews also generate actionable insights for hotels to improve their presence along each step of the guest journey, from booking and pre-stay search queries to real-time guest requests and messages, to post-stay feedback in the form of survey responses and reviews. Through the TrustYou partner program, PMS, CRM, IBE and other hotel software providers can integrate TrustYous guest feedback platform into their products to help their hotel clients positively influence bookings and revenue.
Find more information on TrustYou and the guest feedback platform on www.trustyou.com
*TrustYou Meta-Reviews only contain verified reviews and do not include reviews from TripAdvisor