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How to Use Social Media to Launch your Website

  2. 2. AGENDA  Social Media Marketing – Why?  Type of Social Media & Traffic analytics Top 10 ways for Hotels to promote Social Media  How Hotels are embracing Social Media  Case of International Hotel Brands  Case of Citymax Hotels  Best Practices  How to track your success?  Challenges ahead
  3. 3. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING Social media can be defined as blending of technology and social interaction for the co-creation of value. It is basically a type of online media that expedites conversation as opposed to traditional media, which delivers content but doesnt allow readers/viewers/listeners to participate in the creation where as Social media allows people/potential end – users to talk, participate, share, network, and bookmark online. A recent (2010) report published by HVS suggest that social media is so influential that the interactive marketing spend will near $55 billion and represent 21% of all marketing spending by 2014. Social media will comprise 3% to 6% of the interactive marketing spend. Additionally, the global average time spent per person on social networking sites is now nearly 5.5 hours per month. (Source:
  4. 4. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING - WHY? Here are just some aspects of what social media can do for you:  Reinforce your message and help it go viral;  Embrace and project your brand’s personality;  Allow for real-time, two-way communication;  Allow you to communicate at point-of-need;  Build business and generate ROI; (Source:
  5. 5. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Some commonly used and prominent social media platforms by Hotels on the internet are Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube Below is the screenshot of the homepage for
  6. 6. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Some facts about Facebook  MENA’s top five Facebook country markets are Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, account for 70% of all users in the region  There are 5 million Facebook users in GCC off which UAE accounts for 31%, Saudi for 45% and North Africa has 7.7 million  UAE has the oldest Facebook community in MENA with 41% of users being over 30 years old,28% being 25-29 years old and 31% being under 25 years and majority (63%) are male  Globally, people spend around 700 billion minutes per month on facebook and the average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  7. 7. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS UAE - Traffic analytics for Facebook (Source: Spot on PR) 69% of UAE Facebook users are 63% of UAE Facebook users are Male above 25
  8. 8. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS LinkedIn ( with more than 67 million users representing 150 industries around the world, LinkedIn is a fast-growing professional networking site that allows members to create business contacts, search for jobs, and find potential clients. Below is the screenshot of the homepage for
  9. 9. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Some facts about LinkedIn:  Launched on 5 May, 2003  On an average 36.5 million people visit LinkedIn each month  On a daily basis 1.9 million users log on to Linkedin globally and 14,900 in UAE  38% in the age group of 35-49 are the dominant users  Globally, linkedIn has approximately 22.6 million daily page views in comparison to 215,000 as seen in UAE
  10. 10. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Global Traffic analytics for Linkedin (Source:
  11. 11. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Twitter, founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006 (launched publicly in July 2006), is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to post their latest updates. Below is a screenshot of the homepage for Twitter
  12. 12. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Some facts about twitter are:  Twitter (TPS) recently published that they have 50 million tweets per day globally — that’s an average of 600 tweets per second  As of (Q2-2010) Twitter had 105 million registered users globally as revealed by co-owner Biz Stone with 30,000 people joining twitter per day  Nevertheless, as of 2009 UAE led twitter usage in the MENA region accounting for nearly 5,778 of the total which stood at 14,296
  13. 13. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Some facts about twitter are:  Majority (35%) of the users tweet 2-5 times a day while only 16% tweet more than 10 times  Nearly 50% of the regional users opened a twitter account for personal reasons as compared to only 10% being used for business  Arab and Asians were the dominant users by nationality closely followed by Europeans expats Source: &
  14. 14. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Traffic analytics for Twitter (Source: & Spot On PR) Visitation statistics for Time spent on twitter globally 2008-09 Twitter users in Middle East, 2009
  15. 15. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS YouTube was founded in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of Paypal. YouTube is the leader in online video, sharing original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email. Below is the homepage for
  16. 16. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Some facts about YouTube:  As of May 2010, YouTube exceeded 2 billion views a day globally  Average time spend by a person is approximately 15 minutes a day  70% of the traffic comes from outside the USA  100 top advertisers have run campaigns on YouTube and Google content network  The number of advertisers using display adds on the site increased 10 fold in the past year Source:
  17. 17. TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TRAFFIC ANALYTICS Traffic analytics for Youtube (Source: Note: The above data in graph is available only for the US demographic
  18. 18. TOP 10 WAYS TO PROMOTE HOTELS ON SOCIAL MEDIA Do Your HOMEWORK Top 10 ways to promote your hotel could be: I - CREATE and upload custom pages on Facebook example of a page by Citymax for „Maxx Music Bar & Grill/Al Barsha‟
  19. 19. TOP 10 WAYS TO PROMOTE HOTELS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  Create & Promote destination blogs such as for local events, news  Create and promote videos on YouTube is the fourth largest search engine and drives significant traffic  Create an account on Flickr/picassa for photo sharing and post hotel and destination photos on the sites  Create a custom profile on Twitter with the hotels phone number and website address in the background
  20. 20. TOP 10 WAYS TO PROMOTE HOTELS ON SOCIAL MEDIA II - MANAGE & PROMOTE  Integrating and Cross-Linking Channels - Cross-link Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube to your Facebook account. Integrating and Cross-linking the channels will help you in optimization, keeping it fresh as well as in expanding your network. Bring live feeds from your social media channels into your website. Example: Grow Fan –base on facebook and other platforms where your hotel profile is listed  Use online news channels for press releases and articles
  21. 21. TOP 10 WAYS TO PROMOTE HOTELS ON SOCIAL MEDIA III - MONITOR  Create a Social Media Reviews platform on your website to encourage users to upload viral content on your website  Monitor social media channels and review site  Awareness of no. of followers  Conversion through promo codes & Google analytics  Relationships  Engagement
  22. 22. 1.Grow Fan-baseUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA – INTERNATIONAL HOTEL BRANDS Starwood hotels & Resorts was one of the first hotel companies to introduce a social networking website. Some initiatives by Starwood so far have been:  In June 2006, travelers from around the world vied for a chance to win a vacation in its “Sherabration Sweepstakes” by sharing a personal travel story  Then, to publicise its $6 billion makeover, Sheraton gave away 2,100 free nights at 86 new or newly renovated hotels was initiated in October 2009  The company also launched a new social media platform „Sheraton shared moments‟ via multiple online communities including Twitter, Facebook users share travel experiences with friends/family and public to win a dream holiday at one of their properties in December 2009
  23. 23. 1.Grow Fan-baseUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA – BY INTERNATIONAL HOTEL BRANDS  Aloft by Starwood introduced Second Life ( and a first hotel at doing so. Since its debut in 2006 it takes the inputs of second life residents/consumer feedback on design features and incorporates it into real aloft projects. Below is a screenshot of the actual website
  24. 24. 1.Grow Fan-baseUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA – BY INTERNATIONAL HOTEL BRANDS Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts (hereafter IHG) partnered with Communispace to build and facilitate three private online communities of some 300 members each, all members of IHG’s loyalty program. At the core of the approach to social marketing is the idea that IHG puts its customer at the center of everything. The company recently extended its social marketing footprint by launching a public community open to Priority Club Rewards members. IHG also utilizes third-party social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Below is a screenshot of the winter offer by IHG
  25. 25. 1.Grow Fan-baseUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA - BY CITYMAX HOTELS Citymax has consciously made an effort to actively use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to maximise our reach to the target audience. We however, would like to give our hotels and F&B outlets an individual identity and hence have separate pages for each. Below is a screenshot of these
  26. 26. 1.Grow Fan-baseCASE OF CITYMAX HOTELS
  27. 27. 1.Grow Fan-baseCASE OF CITYMAX HOTELS Citymax Hotels also intends to reach out to the regional GCC market and is profiled on Maktoob by yahoo:    Our consumer/guest feedback for Citymax, Al Barsha suggest that they are happy with the hotels location close to Mall of the Emirates (MOE) and pricing. Moving forward we intend to be in all Saudi forums such as   
  28. 28. 1.Grow Fan-baseSOCIAL MEDIA – BEST INDUSTRY PRACTICES Social media makes your brand real. Hotels are now increasingly making social media an integral part of their outreach. Some general tips for using social media:  Be authentic and create compelling content to bring your brand to life  Live your brand and show your personality  Be engaging and generate feedback  Know your audience  Repackage what you have, e.g., link across platforms and take your content from other areas such as press releases and websites  Combine social media with offline in-person events to solidify relationships  Other useful tips are interact with people/potential guests, tell stories, optimize different channels, aim at user-generated content and lastly, be curious and experiment Source: (
  29. 29. 1.Grow Fan-baseTRACKING SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS To tackle the overload there are ways to track and monitor among the various social media – and most of them are free. Third-party tools and technology such as Google Alerts at or eBuzz Connect can be very useful. Twitter offers myriad tracking apps such as Trendistic, Tweeteffect and Twinfluence. Checking for feedback can become your 2010 real-time research and development model. Other aspects to consider are:  Benchmarking – note the obvious numbers  Note the less obvious benchmarks- rankings/ferrals and customer satisfaction scores  Note ROI benchmarks - How much are you paying to acquire customers via marketing or other channels
  31. 31. SOURCES & REFERENCES USED SOURCES  How are hotels embracing social media in 2010 – by February 2010      
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