To uncover this data point, Local Measure examined every item of content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for two months from the turn of 2017 for 300 hotels in the US, Australia and across Asia.
The results may not be particularly surprising but it illustrates that social media has become, more often than not, a process by which travellers can show off their experience to friends, family and the wider world.
It also shows that dining and bar areas are key places in hotel to ensure the guest experience is happy one and, somewhat sadly, social media-friendly (good backdrops, soft lights, etc, etc).
Over the two-month period, the following posts were the most popular:
- Restaurant/meals – 11,700 posts
- Drinks/the bar – 6,400 posts
- View from the guest room– 4,000 posts
- Key room features/condition of the room – 3,000 posts
- The pool/swimming – 2,800 posts
Content about the staff at the hotels featured in just 800 posts over the same period, with a guest’s arrival at the property featuring 500 times and gym areas on only 300 occasions.
Local Measure CEO and founder, Jonathan Barouch, says:
“With social media an increasingly important channel for communicating guest preferences and recommendations, hoteliers would do well to focus on features that their guests are speaking most about – enhancing these features, without sacrificing other parts of the guest experience which lead to overall guest satisfaction and loyalty.”
About the Writer :: Kevin May
Kevin is senior editor and a co-founder at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and publishes his first book - a biography about Depeche Mode - in early-2017.