Recent Appleton Articles

Twitter spam followers and Google search implications

  It may feel quite empowering to open Twitter in the morning to find that you are being followed by 20 new people.  More often than not, they are nice looking girls with profile pictures (not eggs) and I wonder why they are following me...

Latest trend for 'buying' followers - Is this really a good idea?

  There has been a lot on the press recently about people and businesses buying followers on Twitter.  Who wouldn't be tempted to have a ready audience for your service or product for less than the price of an evening out? If only it wa...

#Hashtags - Do's and Don'ts

  The hashtag was originally a means through which we could, within electronic communication platforms, identify groups and topics of interest and join in discussions with others interested in the same topic. It started on IRC networks b...

The Value of Video for Search Engine marketing

  Internet marketing makes it possible for smaller organizations and businesses to succeed in a big market at the fraction of the cost of conventional advertising. In contrast to standard advertising and marketing programs, internet marketing...

When you don't know what to tweet about - Eight suggestions for you

  I am often asked by my clients as to what they should be tweeting about, so here are some ideas to keep that Twitter 'Writer's Block' at bay.   Eight ideas for what you can tweet about when you don’t know what to tweet about You...

Hotel Insight

How do Yelp filter out the bad reviews? [video]

You may remember I recently posted an interview with a friend who is working for Yelp, and we discussed their review product and how hoteliers can manage their online reputation.  This got me thinking – it’s a big claim when any review site tells you that their reviews are genuine.  But how do companies filter […]

Think Travel with Google – video conference clips [video]

I stumbled upon these two videos uploaded to YouTube over the last few days from a travel/internet conference in South America “Think Travel with Google”.  The first has a speaker, Lothaire Ruellan from Google discussing analytics and data for travel, the second on where Google fits into travel by the CEO of The Futures Agency. […]

Hospitality News

ResorTime Launches New Web Site and Brand Identity

ResorTime L.P., a division of Grand Pacific Resorts, proudly re-launches its website www.ResorTime.com with a Brand Identity backed by a promise to provide unsurpassed value and service to timeshare owners and renters looking for condo-style rental accommodations at exceptional resorts worldwide.

Video: Are Robots like Aloft's A.L.O. Killing Customer Service's Human Touch?

Savioke CEO Steve Cousins discusses how robotic labor is checking into hotels. He speaks on Bloomberg's  "Taking Stock." Last week, Starwood announced the hotel Industry's First Robotic Butler Reports for Duty at Aloft Cupertino in Silicon Valley. In this role, A.L.O. the Botlr will be on call as a robotic operative where it will be assisting the Aloft talent in delivering amenities to guest rooms. Professionally "dressed" in a custom shrink-wrapped, vinyl collared uniform and nametag, A.L.O. will modestly accept tweets as tips as its wheels whizz from task to task.

Hotel Marketing

How hotel marketers embrace consumer diversity on mobile

As the use of mobile devices continues to grow, so do the opportunities for hoteliers to capture additional bookings. By 2015, mobile is expected to generate an average of 22% of online bookings, up from 11% in 2013. As this growing trend continues, it is impossible for hoteliers to doubt the importance of a strong mobile strategy.

Young Asian travelers’ dream destinations revealed

France, the United States, Australia, Japan and Italy rated highly in a groundbreaking report on the dream destinations, travel habits and attitudes of Asia’s future travellers, according a new study released this week by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).