Monthly Archives: May 2018

Important and Revealing Innkeeper Interests Survey

Conducting an informal survey of innkeepers about their interests, the chart above shows the results. From least to greatest interest, the (rounded) percentage of innkeepers interested in the topic were as follows:

  • Hosting More Private B&B Events (31%)
  • Identifying & Becoming Known For a Specific Niche (36%)
  • Improving Your Success Mindset & Productivity (36%)
  • Maximizing Outreach to Local Businesses & the Community (38%)
  • Giving Frequent Guest Rewards &Referral Incentives to Returning Guests (51%)
  • Earning Free Press Coverage (56%)
  • Learning Additional Ways of Earning Money as an Innkeeper (59%)
  • Offering B&B Specials & Packages (59%)
  • Learning Strategic & Profitable Online Marketing Tips (72%)

Interestingly enough, I have given several Professional Association of Innkeepers International webinar presentations on the following topics:

  • How You Can Profit From Creating Memorable Guest Packages
  • How To Profit From Designing Bed and Breakfast Retreats
  • Creating Holiday and Seasonal Bed and Breakfast Packages
  • How To Host Elegant Private Events at Your Inn

I will likely focus on presenting strategic and profitable online marketing tips in future presentations. This includes the following:

  • Blogging (the search engines place priority on fresh content so having a blog using relevant keywords and then sharing that content in newsletters and on social media is ultra-important)
  • Emailing (they say, “the money is in the list” and innkeepers are wise to get the email addresses of their guests and regularly email them–as long as you always give recipients a way to unsubscribe from future messages)
  • Social Media (know who your audience in and be sure to be where they are online e.g. Snapchat has a younger audience, Pinterest is primarily used by women, videos are increasingly popular with many people who are online, etc.)

In this B&B Innkeeper Interests Survey, I also gave innkeepers the opportunity to reveal other topics of interest to them:

  • Networking among innkeepers to better connect travelers to each other, possibility with loyalty programs
  • Creating cozy spaces, gardening tips for welcoming spaces, favorite recipes for big groups, dealing with complaints, best practices, bulk buying deals
  • Filling inn with guests and guests enjoying meeting people from all over the world
  • Building partnerships with other local businesses or bed and breakfasts
  • Changes in legislation that effects our industry and how associations can help to make sure we’re in complaince
  • Using AirBnB for reservations
  • Advantages to different booking services
  • Attracting and maintaining capable and loyal staff
  • Regulatory changes affecting the industry
  • Rev par, slow season income ideas, pricing strategies, competition, first years of the business
  • Meetings guests’ needs and maintaining high standards
  • Recipes, cleaning tips, and tricks
  • Staffing issues, getting the right people and retention
  • Inspiring and new innkeepers do’s and don’ts, what steps to take (prior, during, and after) you take over a property
  • Actual legislation, including the link to actual documents regarding short term rentals, in different communities
  • Staying ahead of the unregulated short-term rental debacle trying to take away our business
  • Working the social media scene and utilizing the best tools for your type of business structure and hosting learning sessions about how to get on board and usages to maximize the tools offered

A special thank you to Heather Turner (Marketing Director of PAII) and Kris Ullmer (President of PAII) for letting me offer the innkeeper interests survey to their member innkeepers. This information should help us all better serve you in the future. 

Focus and Get More Done in Less Time

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Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Consultant Brian Tracy, in his book “Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” recommends doing your biggest, most important task (“eating your frog”) first. Resist the temptation to start with the easier task.  Develop the lifelong habit of tackling your major task first each morning. The people who consistently take action achieve the most success in life.

Tracy explains that the #1 reason why some people get work done faster is because they are absolutely clear about their goals and objectives and they don’t deviate from them. There is power in deciding exactly what you want, writing it down, setting a deadline on your goal, making a list of everything you can think of to do to achieve that goal, organizing that list into a plan that you take action on immediately, and resolving to do something every single day that moves you closer to that goal!

Plan every day, week, and month in advance and work from a list of actions that you need to take. Lay out all your major goals, projects, and tasks by priority (but what is most important and in order in which the steps need to be taken). 

The hardest part of any task is getting started on it in the first place. Productive people discipline themselves to start on the most important task before them. 

Having a clear idea of what is important to you in the long term makes it much easier for you to make better decisions about your priorities in the short term. Successful people are willing to delay gratification and make sacrifices in the short term so that they can enjoy far greater rewards in the long term. 

Write down your three most important goals in life right now. Identify what is holding you back and work to alleviate those constraints. To reach your fullest potential, you must form the habit of putting the pressure on yourself and not waiting for someone else to come along and do it for you.

Develop a positive mental attitude by becoming an optimist. Optimists look for the good in every situation, seek the valuable lesson in every setback or difficulty, look for a solution to every problem, and talk and think continually about their goals. 

Schedule blocks of time to work on and complete the most important tasks. Highly productive people take the time to think, plan, and set priorities. Focus on specific steps you can take immediately. Concentrate on the things you can do right now to get the results you want and achieve the goals you desire.

Focus clearly on your most valuable task and concentrate on it single-mindedly until it is 100% complete. Become the master of your own destiny. 

I highly recommend “Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” by Brian Tracy. 

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Share Your Valuable Interests as an Innkeeper

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Share your valuable interests as an innkeeper. In an effort to better serve you (just as you seek to better serve your B&B guests), I designed this short (it takes around 2.5 minutes of time to do) innkeeping survey through Survey Monkey.

What is of primary importance to me is knowing which bed and breakfast subjects interest you the most. Also, I give you an opportunity to list any additional subjects of interest to you. 

After putting your name and the name of your inn, you have the option to list your email address. I do this to share practical and useful B&B industry marketing advice. If you sign up, you will also learn the results of this survey listed below.

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1. Which B&B Subjects interest you?

  • Identifying and becoming known for a specific B&B niche (ex: pet-friendly, eco-friendly, and vegetarian)
  • Learning strategic and profitable online marketing tips (ex: blogging, email marketing, and social media)
  • Hosting more private B&B events (ex: parties, weddings, and dinners)
  • Offering B&B specials & packages (ex: adventure, romance, and girls getaway)
  • Earning free press coverage (ex: for a notable achievement or distinction)
  • Giving frequent guest rewards & referral incentives to returning guests (ex: complimentary room upgrade, massage, or bottle of wine)
  • Maximizing outreach to local businesses and the community (ex: hosting charity fundraiser or sponsoring event)
  • Learning additional ways of earning money as an innkeeper (ex: offering additional products and services)
  • Improving your success mindset and productivity (ex: attititude, optimism, goal-setting and achieving)

2. Did I leave out any B&B Subjects that matter to you? I appreciate your feedback.

3. What’s your name?

4. What’s your inn’s name? 

5. If you would like to receive helpful B&B marketing e-newsletters with practical tips, as well as the results of this innkeeping survey, please enter you email address.

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I invite you to contact me (Kristi Dement) for a free twenty-minute (no obligation) consultation.  It is an honor to help bed and breakfast inns and associations grow their businesses. 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography