Getting your property in front of enough potential customers when they are looking to book is critical for any hotel. One of the most frequent concerns we hear at HiRUM is the frustration felt by so many hotel managers that they either don\u2019t have enough time or don\u2019t feel confident enough to effectively promote their property. Accommodation and hotel marketing can seem like a minefield to many but it doesn\u2019t have to be so we thought we would guide you through how to market your hotel business and outline 4 essential tools for increasing your visibility to potential customers.\r\n\r\nGreat Hotel Website Design\r\nIt goes without saying that a beautiful website is a prerequisite for all properties nowadays. In fact, we\u2019d go as far as to say it\u2019s the single most influential factor in the booking decision-making process. Of course our guide to how to market your hotel business has to begin with your website.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHotel website design is so important for making a good first impression. Your website not only needs to showcase your hotel and present it in the best light possible, using great photos and images, but also be easy for visitors to navigate and mobile-responsive, meaning it can be viewed on any type of device from desktop to mobile. You should also look to ensure that your hotel website is easy for you to manage and maintain.\r\n\r\nNot all websites are built the same, however, and we\u2019d always recommend using website designers who are specialist in the field of hotel web design as they are most likely to know what drives conversion and ultimately help drive more direct bookings for your hotel.\r\n\r\nHotel Search Engine Optimisation\r\nOnce you have your stunning hotel website, you need to make sure that it\u2019s found when travellers are doing an online search. In such a competitive industry, this generally doesn\u2019t happen unless you search engine \u2018optimise\u2019 your website. All this means is ensuring that every page of your website is sending the right \u2018signals\u2019 to Google and the other search engines about what your web page is about.\r\n\r\nTo do this, there are a couple of key steps: understand what keywords are going to be most valuable to you and ensure these keywords are embedded well in your website. While it\u2019s possible to do some of this work yourself, it would probably prove cost-effective in the long run to engage a marketing agency to do this for you.\r\n\r\nSocial Media and Reputation Management\r\nOnce you have your website designed and optimised, it\u2019s time to increase your visibility to a wider market and start driving people to your beautiful online shop. When looking at how to market your hotel business, your Google My Business and social media presence are amongst the key factors to help you do this.\r\n\r\nA Google My Business listing is important to ensure your property displays correctly and frequently in Google Search results, Google Maps and Google+ across all devices. And a social media presence on, for example Facebook, Instagram and Google+ can really help to build your online profile, generate traffic to your website, as well as generating reviews for your hotel.\r\n\r\nTo begin with it\u2019s best to only focus on a couple of social media channels, particularly if you are going to struggle to post things regularly as there is nothing worse than a stale social media profile. If you are posting to multiple social media channels there are tools available to help you do this, such as Hootsuite or Buffer.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s also really important to manage your online reputation so if you do get Google or Facebook reviews for your hotel, whether they be positive or negative, it\u2019s important to respond to them as it demonstrates that you care what your customers think.\r\n\r\nHiRUM's marketing services\u00a0include an integrated Marketing Reach program to manage all these aspects of hotel marketing for you. Find out more below.\r\n\r\nGoogle Hotel Ads\r\nWhen you are looking at how to market your hotel business, of course, you can\u2019t go past Google\u2019s own products. When it comes to increasing your reach and potential to drive new bookings online, Google Hotel Ads are the perfect solution.\r\n\r\nGoogle Hotel Ads allows you to showcase your hotel in local search results on Google.com and in Google Maps, across all mobile and desktop devices. Travelers\u2019 will see your ads when they are actively looking for accommodation in your area.\r\n\r\nIn addition, it offers the opportunity for travellers to book directly with you, bypassing the online travel agencies (OTAs), allowing you to capture more bookings direct, on your own website.\r\n\r\nGoogle has partnered with a select network of integration partners only to connect hotels to this service. HiRUM is proud to be one of these and can provide Google Hotel Ads setup for your property.\r\n\r\nWe also currently have a marketing special offer available: Enrol in our Marketing Reach Program before September 30th and you can connect to HiSITE Channel Manager for FREE for 6 months.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWith our experience and reputation in the hotel industry, HiRUM are the perfect marketing partners to take your hotel business to the next level. Give us a call today on 07 5574 4990 to find out how to market your hotel business.