My Toolbox – The 14 Best Social Media Tools for your « Hotel » Community Manager

As a savvy hotelier, you can develop a link network and benefit from creating consumer awareness of your Hotel on Social Networks and Consumer Reviews.

With the increasing number of Social Networks, people are spending their time online differently. Today it’s about conversations—interactions that go beyond the one-on-one to one-to-many through a series of social networks relationships that connect Hotels to customers, places, and events like never before.

To avoid being left behind, hotels need to consider being on the sites where consumers now spend their online hours.

The challenge is to understand these evolving channels and how they can be used to reach new markets. It’s why in one of my former post I explained why hotels need a Community Manager in order to manage their E-Reputation and their Social Networks, This professional has an unknown function of many hoteliers who have yet to appeal to interest him, especially the independent 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, hotels affiliated with large chains often benefit from a management of their online reputation by their network.

Althought is not enough. In the past months, in my twitter stream you often found posts related to Social Media Tools used by Social Media Pro. In this post I present you my Toolbox .

I have noticed that in Hospitality Business we always need :

  • To find Content

  • To Create Shorten URL

  • To Spread our Social Network Account

  • To Get A Social Media Communications Dashboard

  • To Get A Post Scheduler Application for our Social Networks

  • To Spy on your Competitors

  • To Know your Twitter Community

  • To Know your Facebook Community

  • To Control Applications Access Permissions on your Social Networks

  • To Get an Hotel Web-Based, analysis Tool

  • To Measure your influence

  • To Backup messages

  • To Create QR Code

  • To Post your Blog Post automatically on different Social Networks

But even if you are working in another business the rule is the same. You do remember that being on Social Media is an engagement, to create a Twitter, a Facebook or a Google + Account just to get one, there is no interest. If you create an account on any Social Networks you must be sure you get ressources to manage it, Social Media is a long journey not a Sprint.

To Find Content

Paper.li

You want to get content about your city, about certain topics Paper.li is your content service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily. Paper.li believes people are the ones qualified to organise and oversee the content that matters most.

To Create Shorten URL

Bitly

Bit.ly a URL shortening service. You can go to http://bit.ly website and type any URL and bit.ly creates a mapping to a much shortened URL of the form http://bit.ly/18l5h which is a simple HTML redirector to the actual website.
In addition to its main URL shortening service, the website provides tools to view statistics related to users that click on generated links.

To Spread Your Hotel Social Network Account

Visibli

The Live Stream Toolbar by Visibli is designed to appear at the top of the browser window ( Mine is the red one a the top of your screen) whenever a user clicks an external link from your website – this has been shown to result in an increase in user retention from external links by 25%-40%.

The Toolbar leverages the Echo Stream Client to display real-time updates from a Publisher to further catch users attention and continue to show them the vibrant activity on your site even when they navigate off-site. You can check mine at the top of this post, and I can assure you this tool increased my visibility. If you are interested they get a paid version where you can have a lot of statistics.

A Social Media Communications Dashboard

Hootsuite

HootSuite is a social media communications dashboard used for online brand management. It publishes to websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Foursquare, MySpace, and WordPress. It also publishes to Flickr, Tumblr, and YouTube via HootSuite Apps.

It is also a Twitter client. HootSuite is competing in a marketplace for social media dashboard tools or platforms, where marketers are focused on social media management for their clients’ web engagement activities.

A Post Scheduler Application for our Social Networks.

Buffer

We designed Buffer to offer you a both personal and yet more efficient solution to handle twitter. Buffer makes your life easier with a smarter way to schedule tweets. Work out all your tweets at one point in time during the day. Then fill up your Buffer with your tweets and Buffer schedules them for you.

Simply keep that Buffer topped up and you will then be tweeting consistently all day round, all week long. Buffer Can be use in Hootsuite. For one month they get one solution also for facebook.

To Spy on your Competitors

Social Mention

You need to track what the Web 2.0 is saying about you or your Hotel Competitor, Social Mention is a social media search and analysis platform that aggregates user generated content from across the universe into a single stream of information.

It allows you to easily track and measure what people are saying about you, your company, a new product, or any topic across the web’s social media landscape in real-time. Social Mention monitors 100+ social media properties directly including: Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google etc.

Social Mention currently provides a point-in-time social media search and analysis service, daily social media alerts. Don’t hesitate to read my former post 7 tips to Spy on Your Hotel Competitor.

To Know your Twitter Community

Socialbro

Sincerely the best tool to manage your Twitter Community, in two click you will browse your Twitter Community You Get accurate information about your community using different search criteria that will help you to make strategic and error-free decisions.

You Take advantage of knowing exactly who shapes your community: where your followers are from, which language they speak, their activity on Twitter, etc.

To Know your Facebook Community

Facebook recently rolled out some new metrics that give better insight into what your community wants from your page, enabling you to grow your fans and interactions.

You know it’s important to measure your Social Media marketing performance, and the new Facebook Insights will make this easier for you. You want to know more about it read this post

4 Ways the New Facebook Insights Can Grow Your Fans from Social Examiner

To Control Applications Access Permissions on your Social Networks

Mypermissions

When you are working on Social networks you can usually give permission to certain applications to connect to your Hotel account to perform certain actions. Messages on your Facebook wall, on your Twitter feed, using your data from LinkedIn … This is often temporary uses for the service. But these permissions remain active and accumulate over time.
Do you really want to give free access to your accounts on forever with third party applications? Logically not. Especially since this is the period of good resolutions. To help you in your quest for cleaning, This site offers access permissions with one click settings-sharing social networks.
Choose the site in question from the proposed 8 (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google …) by clicking the appropriate icon. If you are logged in, you can then click delete permissions that you do not want to leave. You can do it on a regular basis!

A Hotel Web-Based Analysis Tool

ReviewPro

I have already seen 3 different solutions, and up to now their latest version seems to be a step ahead compare to others, especially because it is user friendly.

ReviewPro offers a web-based, analytical tool that allows hotels to efficiently aggregate, organize and manage their online reputation and presence in leading social media sites. They provide the analysis, business intelligence, competitive benchmarking and reporting needed to help you more effectively manage your organization.

ReviewPro solution is designed to serve the needs of individual hotel operators, multi-establishment chains and asset managers.

You want to know more about Semantic Analysis tools dedicated to Hotel business, read my former post The 4 Steps to manage your E reputation.

To Measure your Influence

Klout

Klout is a San Francisco based company that provides social media analytics to measure a user’s influence across their social network.

The analysis is done on data taken from sites such as Twitter and Facebook and measures the size of a person’s network, the content created, and how other people interact with that content. The company has been subject to substantial criticism, both for its business model and its operating principle.

To Backup Messages

TwimeMachine

Twimemachine will pull your older tweets into a single web page for you. Starting with the most recent and displaying them in reverse chronological order.

Twimemachine doesn’t do much other than this, and it is restricted to 3,200 tweets as per Twitter’s restricted API access. However, it is a fantastic way to quickly view all of your old tweets in one place.
You Want to know more about Backup, see my former post Hotels : 3 Ways to Keep a Backup of Your Old Tweets .

To Create a QR Code

QR Hacker.com

There are a lot of QR codes generators out there, but unfortunately most of them just generate a basic, a black and white QR code.
Recently I stumbled upon QR Hacker.com, so here are a way you can design your own QR code without the need or knowledge of a Photoshop, Gimp or design, because you certainly don’t have design skills, You are not an IT Specialist, a Webmaster, a Designer or if you get them all you are a lucky man.

Don’t hesitate to browse my former post The 3 Steps to Create a Cutomized QR Code for Hotelier.

To Post Your Blog Posts Directly

Twitterfeed

If you are using Twitter or Facebook as a method of marketing your products and services you will want to dig into TwitterFeed. TwitterFeed is a free service that will automatically post your blog posts directly into your Twitter account, so that your followers can read the blog posts that are of interest to them.

I am quite sure you know many other applications, but if you use these ones on a daily basis it will help you to increase your community your E reputation and your influence in this Web 2.0 Universe.

What do you think about my Toolbox? Let me know! Please leave your comments below.

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Posted by Alain Classe

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Posted on 2012, January 9, in Community Manager, Distribution Marketing, E Reputation, English Posts, Facebook, Google +, Hotel, Monitoring, Qr Code, Social Media Analyser Tool, Tips and Tricks, Tools, Tutorials, Twitter and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off.

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