Yelp’s purpose is to connect people with great local businesses. It’s a social community where people can share experiences and review businesses that they frequent.
The Parc 55 Wyndham hotel uses Twitter and Facebook to let fans and followers know about special deals, special rates strictly for them along with San Francisco news, events and facts.
Foursquare is a location-based mobile social network that exists thanks to today’s smartphone . If Twitter lets you share your status, Foursquare lets you share your location. You check-in at businesses and friends can see when and where you check in.
The OC Fair & Event Center uses social media to elevate major seasonal and weekly events.
This week, I checked into the Westin Kierland hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona and was pleasantly surprised to find a flyer on the desk in my guestroom. It reads “Get Social” along the top and then outlines the ways guests can read or relay feedback on their experience at the hotel through social media.
The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada is a prime example of a hotel that is taking advantage of the diverse opportunities that reside in social marketing.
Ramada Maingate at the Park has been able to put itself on the map, both in terms of its accessibility to/from Disneyland and amongst the Ramada brand, via social media. The unique way Andrew communicates makes the pages stand out amongst other hotels. He didn’t create a persona; he simply uses his own. This has been hugely valuable in humanizing the brand and thereby creating personal connections with potential customers.
Restaurants can learn a lot from bloggers and the factors that play into their decision to dine or not dine at certain spots.