From the web site<br /><ul><li>This 5-star hotel and residence offers European hospitality with an unmistakable French touch. The hotel consists of 318 beautifully appointed guest rooms/suites, while the residence offers 112 fully furnished and equipped deluxe Studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments.
The ultimate in comfort, we offer 318 luxuriously elegant rooms and suites.
Take a trip. Escape. Go and visit somewhere new and see if we are there… Give in to that irresistible wanderlust. Discovering and staying in the most exceptional hotels in the world has become the modern-day Graal, a game, a quest…</li></li></ul><li>The Customer Experience <br />of the Brand<br />Tripadvisor<br />
From Tripadvisor<br /><ul><li>It's getting old, the rooms are unappealing and it will never be more than a business hotel
Being a Sofitel hotel we expected something quite 'flashy' unfortunately we were let down. The rooms, although comfortable and clean, were not of the standard we expected and were definately not what we expected after looking at the photos on the hotel's website.
Booking my stay via the Sofitel website after a pleasant experience at several other Sofitel locations over the past 2 years with my new job I was looking forward to a 5 star luxury stay after a stressful business trip. My expectations were reasonable, however certainly not met by this hotel.</li></li></ul><li>
Things to Remember<br />about Social Media<br />
The Essence of Social Media<br />It’s social<br />A key feature is online democracy – with content being provided by the network for the network – represents a fundamental and revolutionary change in online behaviour, expectations and the online customer experience. The end of the ‘read only’ internet<br />Power shift<br />Social media empowers customers, empowers the network. Recognizing this shift is the cornerstone of future success <br />Declining effectiveness of traditional approaches <br />Does anyone listen to sales/brand messages anymore?<br />
Source: The Future of Advertising, APA, 17/02/09 as published on Slideshare (www.slideshare.com) <br />
The Essence of Social Media<br />Pull v push<br />Consumers/users decide what information they wish to access<br />New ‘mindsets’ are required<br />Marketing as a conversation with your customers, a conversation with your network – dialogue not broadcasting<br />But this is something that most of us are not very good at doing<br />We prefer ‘telling’ people<br />SM ‘winners’ and ‘losers’<br />‘Winners’ will be those organisations who fully utilise the interactive power of Web 2.0 technology for engaging with and energising customer and network relationships<br />
The Essence of Social Media<br />New performance measures<br />Requires new performance measures <br />Quality of your network<br />Relationship strength<br />Ability to leverage<br />Social media monitoring tools<br /> <br />Redefines the concept of a web site<br />The need for new business/marketing models<br />
Performance Measures - The ‘4Is’<br /><ul><li>Involvement – network/community numbers/quality, time spent, frequency, geography
Interaction – actions they take – read, post, comment, reviews, recommendations
Intimacy – affection or aversion to the brand ; community sentiments, opinions expressed etc
Influence – advocacy, viral forwards, referrals and recommendations, social bookmarking </li></ul>Social Media Monitoring Tools –Audit, Assess, Impact<br />
Business Impact<br />The need for new business/marketing models<br />Traditional approach:<br />Product development – Differentiate – Market and Promote - Sell<br />New model based on: <br />Communities, networks, openness, peering, sharing, collaboration, customer empowerment, ‘think and act’ globally<br />Engage and energise<br />‘Create the Buzz’<br />
Bob Dylan<br />Come gather 'round people<br />Wherever you roam<br />And don’t criticise<br />What you can't understand<br />Your sons and your daughters<br />Are beyond your command<br />Your old road is<br />Rapidly agin‘<br />Then you better start swimmin’<br />Or you'll sink like a stone<br />For the times they are a-changin’<br />
The key social media actions and initiatives required for ‘getting there’
Organisational, people and resource issues</li></ul>Ensure that your social media strategy is fully aligned with and<br />supportive of your overall strategic goals and objectives with<br />clear targets and ROI criteria<br />