Guestline

Guestline are experts in cloud-hosted property management, distribution and digital marketing technologies for the hospitality industry. The solutions enable independent hotels, groups, pub companies and serviced apartments to achieve maximum occupancy at the most profitable rate.

Rezlynx Property Management System

Guestline’s Rezlynx PMS is a fully configurable, PCI compliant property management system to enable any sized hotel or group to manage their bookings and operations efficiently and profitably. It is updated in real-time, and incorporates a comprehensive rate and availability management tool to ensure that revenue is maximised at every opportunity.

Secure Payment Solutions

Our secure payment gateway enables hoteliers to process card payments in a PCI compliant way. Our clients benefit from a safe and secure method of storing and processing credit card details which can form part of the hotel’s overall PCI compliancy policy.

Guestline Support

Offering ongoing UK support 365 days a year, our service commitment goes far beyond just our technologically superior software solutions to deliver outstanding quality and reliability.

Channel and Distribution Manager

Guestline’s Channel Manager distributes your live inventory to a wide range of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and the Global Distribution System (GDS), with minimum effort and cost. It can be seamlessly integrated with Rezlynx PMS so that bookings, regardless of their source, flow directly into the PMS without the need for time consuming manual data entry and allocation.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

How the hospitality industry is embracing social media… and the results are generating revenue

With 2.3 billion active on social media, it is no surprise that online marketing, specifically social media marketing, is a hot topic in hospitality. 91% of retail brands use two or more social media channels and the hospitality industry should be no different.

A fairly unknown and potentially daunting concept to many, here we look at just some of the ways media savvy hoteliers have embraced the channel and the interesting results they have seen. From Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to blogging, let’s dive in and take a closer look at the ways you can adopt some successful strategies for your own property.

Facebook – With 1.86 billion active users, Facebook can provide you with a platform to reach an audience much larger than traditional hotel marketing. Five new profiles are created on Facebook every second, which means your future guests are very likely to be there! Visually appealing and with no restrictions on the length of text you can use in a post, Facebook is becoming an increasingly popular channel for hoteliers to drive brand awareness, direct bookings and a great way to collect much sought-after reviews.

Facebook can be used to share information on your hotels facilities, things to do in the local area and a great place to generate reviews as well as connecting with past guests. To get started, connect with the local businesses around you that could advise their customers on your accommodation offering; is there a local castle, attraction or tourist hotspot near you? Follow their pages and promote their services to your followers; people will repay the favour and especially so if you work on that online relationship! Encourage guests to share their snaps online, offer an incentive to do so and make it clear that the guest will always receive the best deal by booking directly with you. Publish your events on the Facebook page and look into purchasing a Facebook booking app to capture those lookers into bookers!

Insider tip – Incentives really do capture people’s attention, so run a campaign to offer a night's free stay, a bar tab or prize for one lucky ‘liker’ of your page. This will generate likes for your page that will then provide you with an audience to receive your updates in their newsfeed – Win / Win for all involved. Keep an eye on the Guestline blog for an article on running successful Facebook campaigns for hotels.

Twitter – There are 284 million active users on Twitter, and this is where the hashtag # was born. On average, 6000 tweets are sent out every second, making an impressive 500 million tweets per day! Twitter has a 140 character limit on posts which means tweets are short and to the point. Hashtags are a great way to target in on prospect guests and lead generation for your hotel, whilst also building brand awareness, guest interaction and loyalty.

To maximize your marketing efforts with Twitter, ensure your page is up to date and pay special attention to your bio. Make sure you describe your hotel as clearly as possible and it is vital to include your location! (It is surprising how many active hotels on Twitter forget this simple, yet extremely effective step) If a potential guest searches on Twitter for “Hotel in London” and your location is not disclosed, you will immediately miss out on appearing in the results. Twitter is unique in its offering, with a character limit of 140, you need to keep your message sharp – wherever possible try and include a link to your website for the relevant information. Use this channel to strengthen your brand awareness and connect with your guests by using trending hashtags and, as with Facebook, connect with local businesses that can refer business your way. Again, don’t forget to broadcast the fact that booking direct with you means the guest will get the best deal! Maybe you could introduce a special offer, whereby if a guest books direct and tweets the hotel a picture of their stay, they receive a free glass of bubbly! Make sure you capture these people by creating private lists in Twitter- a place where you can manage your followers and directly market to a particular group of users.

Insider tip If there is an event, concert or other publically recognized festival upcoming in your area search the hashtag with hotel – This will show you a reel of tweets where, more than likely, people are looking for accommodation.

Instagram – Instagram has gone from being a relatively smaller, IOS only photo sharing social site to a massive channel with Android and web presence. 600 million monthly users are active on Instagram and this number is predicted to grow rapidly.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and Instagram is a sure way to get your property in the picture (quite literally!). Consider your Instagram page as an additional hotel gallery, a place that potential guests will come to in order to see real life, accurate and different images that are not the work of a Photoshop happy marketer. Go behind the scenes at your property and share images the guests want to see – check out what your competitors are doing and ensure you stay current. Don’t forget the ‘ole faithful’ hashtag and be sure to make regular searches for pictures past and present that guests have posted of your hotel, re gram (share) these and interact with these guests. Word of mouth is the best tool for recommendations - with social media recommendations closely on its tail. Capture your properties personality in its best light and share that with your followers. Of course, even the best content is worthless without an audience so be sure to work on growing that following.

Insider tip Although you may not see immediate return on investment or interaction, persevere with Instagram, a constant stream of visually appealing imagery will do wonders for tempting those bookers your way.

Blogging – On average 2.73 million posts are made on blogs every day and this number is increasing at speed. Blogs are proving to be a fantastic way for millennials and reviewers to share first hand experiences, for properties to showcase their offerings and for readers to get a much more detailed understanding of your establishment than a short “typical” social media posting.

Content marketing is becoming one of the most powerful trends in the marketing world and blogs are the perfect platform to deliver fresh and engaging content to your potential guests. Blog posts make for fantastic content to be shared across other social media platforms as above and therefore should be tailored into your overall marketing strategy. Use this channel to tell your story, share information on things to do when guests stay with you, on the staff behind the scenes and remember to update regularly! Regular content will encourage readers back to your blog and ensure your visibility online is rising – Google indexes all of the material it can find online so see your blog as another channel to strengthen your online presence.

Insider tip There is a huge trend at the moment on well-established bloggers offering honest and detailed reviews for properties in exchange for a free stay. This is a fantastic way to generate user created content that can be recycled across other platforms!

It is clear that social media marketing should be a part of all hotels, pubs, apartments and hostels overall marketing strategy and that revenue can be increased through this medium. Guests will be 'snooping' on your property on social media whether you are active or not, so it’s best to be in control of the content they are seeing.

Marina Haigh – Sales and Marketing coordinator from Interstate Europe Hotels explains, “Our ROI has definitely increased from using social media; to be honest I can't imagine a time when hotels didn't! It is so necessary to keep connected and build awareness of brand, but consistency I would have to say is key. Whether you hire a social media company like us or have someone constantly reacting to feedback and guests on social media - it has to happen. ROI doesn't happen straight away, it's about building the trust between our brand and clients, them knowing that we're proactive and responsive through social media channels and keeping them updated means that they'll book with us again.”

If you are not already utilizing the power of social media, ask yourself why? – What do you have to lose?

For more hospitality focused news, articles and updates connect with Guestline on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Guestline and GuestRevu collaborate to drive online reviews for hospitality industry


Guestline’s collaboration with GuestRevu provides the industry with automated guest feedback and online reputation management, directly connected to the PMS. 93% of travellers say online reviews have an impact on their booking decisions, which makes this a particularly attractive proposition for hotels, serviced apartments, pubs and hostels looking to further improve their guest pre- and post-stay experience.
The GuestRevu tool enables hoteliers to generate a higher number of quality reviews, which can boost a property’s review score on TripAdvisor. With the interface, hotel guests automatically receive a customised email after checking out, encouraging them to send feedback to the hotel as well as posting a review directly to TripAdvisor.


The hotel will also receive valuable feedback to help them make the necessary operational improvements and provide the best possible guest experience.

With the average response rate from GuestRevu emails being 24%, the interface is already delivering impressive results amongst Guestline customers.

The Coaching Inn Group saw a 300% increase in the number of reviews collected in just 3 months of using the GuestRevu solution.
"While the explosive growth of online reviews continues to transform the market, hoteliers need technologies to help them stay competitive. GuestRevu’s interface with Guestline provides just the tool needed to leverage this - an automated solution to help hoteliers leverage their guest reviews (both direct and online) and recapture commissions lost to online travel agents.”
Kevin Charity, CEO Coaching Inn Group.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Guestline. Our partnership will give Guestline clients access to world-class guest feedback technology, which will assist them in making more informed operational decisions and help them to effectively manage their online reputations.”
Francine Heywood, Director of Sales and Marketing GuestRevu

Rupert Gutteridge, Sales and Marketing Director at Guestline concludes “ We are committed to offering our customers a wide range of tools, services and interfaces that can assist with the successful day to day management of hotels, hostels, management companies, pubs, serviced apartments and student accommodation. GuestRevu has delivered proven results across a range of our users and we are therefore very happy to collaborate with them and help provide these services to customers..”

For more information on this interface with Guestrevu please click here or email enquiries@guestline.com

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