He notes that the hotel has created a culture where “everyone becomes a content generator.” They’ve done this via hosting events, participating in other local events, involving various people and brands, hyper-local stories and face-to-face connections.
The review is great and outlines the hotel’s specific goal and how it actively, continuously reaches it and engages other people. They’re strategies and aggressive inclusion of community is awesome.
The article, though, seems to focus on in-person happenings, and so I decided to peruse their online persona because, while they’ve set an excellent example, many hotels may not yet have the resources to go as “big” as Roger Smith has, and starting online would be a great first first step for those venues.
One of the first things I noticed about Roger Smith’s Twitter account was their description. Rather than highlight any specifics of the property, they list: “The Roger Smith Hotel is a hub for social media in NYC. People. Art. Food. Wine. For Special Twitter rates on Rooms: http://bit.ly/RSrooms.”
By identifying themselves as a hub for NY social media rather than an overnight stop for potential visitors, they’ve made themselves much more broadly appealing since there’s inevitably going to be more people seeking out general NYC news and happenings than there are going to be people specifically looking for hotel information. They also throw in the other topics they’ll discuss: people, art, food and wine. “People,” specifically, throws in a really human element. Plus, the other three are the kinds of widely adored interests are going to appeal to anybody and everybody. Then, to appeal to the potential traveler, they’ve created a special Twitter rate, thus blatantly offering an incentive for the potential visitor to follow the account. This is a great strategy!
They’ve also integrated their Twitter feed directly onto their homepage, illustrating to any site visitor how they’re actively engaging people online.
When I went over to Facebook, I noticed many of their posts linked to a special hotel blog, http://rogersmithlife.com/. The subsection of which is “The Life of a New York Life Hotel.” Again, this straightforward personification allows people to interact with the hotel in a very different and authentic way they would normally. There’s also a banner near the top outlining a special 10% off blog rate, again incentivizing those that partake.
They also offer a Facebook deal for those who check in, and their Facebook page is also replete with a “reservations” page where guests can make dining reservations right there, along with a Foursquare page allowing people to view a list of “tips” from peers who’ve visited the hotel and checked in on Foursquare.
There’s probably much more other hotels could take away from Roger Smith, but, from the previous article as well as just their Twitter, Facebook and Blog presence, they’re definitely setting a stellar example when it comes to authentically engaging consumers.