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People today expect to be connected always and everywhere; sometimes it’s hard to believe that there was a world before smartphones and Wi-Fi. In the time since Wi-Fi became ubiquitous in hotels, apartments, and public spaces, it has fueled the evolution of connectivity in a lot of ways. Just like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the most basic needs start at the bottom, and you can’t get to the next level without a strong foundation. 

By now, everyone is aware that hotel giant Marriott International announced on Friday a massive data breach that goes back more than four years and may have affected up to 500 million customers worldwide. 

After two years of preparation, the FlyZoo Hotel — a futuristic property that uses interactive technologies to do everything from greet guests to deliver room service — is ready for business. 

Mobile technology is fast becoming central to the entire travel experience. Consumers are increasingly using their smartphones to research trips, book accommodation, check in at the airport, and access their hotel room. But one of the next big roles mobile has to play in the travel process is mobile payment. The idea of an entirely cashless society might still seem some way off, but mobile payment is gaining popularity. As it becomes more widely used, its fast and frictionless nature will bring benefits before, during and after a trip. 

Digital marketing, also known as internet marketing, plays a significant role to boost hotel website traffic and online bookings. Recently, many big announcements were made in the digital industry, for example when Facebook introduced a new video format for marketers, or when Google announced a board core algorithm. If you are a new hotelier and want to stay ahead in the industry, then you should know what’s going on in the hotel digital marketing industry. 
 



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Is Your Website Voice Search Optimized?



Okay, Google (Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Bixby, Alice etc.) find me a hotel in…

 
If the 2017 holiday season taught us anything, it’s that consumers are not just eager but ready for voice search engine technologies. They were the season’s hottest trend in gift buying, whether it was smartphones with voice search capabilities or digital virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.
 
Even though the voice search technology is still near its infancy, all major technology companies are investing in the development of voice search and virtual assistants. Nearly half of Americans are now using Intelligent Personal Assistants in one form or another and, by 2020, experts predict that 50 percent of all search inquiries will be made with voice search.
 
If your website is not yet voice search optimized, you need to invest now or risk your site being lost in an Internet no-man’s-land. When it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), and all services that have SEO value like choosing a hotel, you are competing with all other hotel websites to be a site preferred by voice assistants.
 
Step one is hiring a web specialist to get you in the game. Ask them to make sure that your website can handle natural language processing and is adaptable to unique speech patterns, adding new long-tailed conversational keywords and questions to your site that is far more amenable to voice search apps than traditional keywords. Tell them you want each landing page to be voice mobile search friendly and doesn’t block mobile resources like JavaScript and CSS. Finally, ask them to eliminate any web elements that hamper website access via mobile search.
 
The clock on voice search optimization is already ticking. Make sure your hotel will be the one Google, Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Bixby, Alice and all those other friendly digital voices choose when their owners are searching for a great place to stay.

About The Author
Nimesh Dinubhai
President
Websrefresh


Nimesh Dinubhai completed his studies in 2003 and launched Websrefresh to help businesses grow their ROI. He also owns two Arizona hotels, one of which earned the Historical Hotel Award in 2014.

 
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