The Lodging Resource Newsletter: Issue #19, February 2013

Hello again Lovely Innkeepers!

The big news for this past month was TripAdvisor announcing a new feature that will allow Innkeepers to report any issues regarding blackmail threats from their guests

Acorn Internet did a very good walkthrough on: How to Report Blackmail to TripAdvisor

Tripadvisor has also added new badges for reviewers. I personally think the designations are quite amusing. 3 reviews makes you a Hotel Specialist!


Of other interest to B&Bs: We have started two B&B Google+ Communities
(also known as groups or forums). Any B&B/Inn is welcome to join the group, as well as
B&B vendors, please read the rules of the community before posting at:

B&B Public Forum, all posts are public to the world:

B&B Private Forum: (B&Bs/Inns Only)

Pinterest for B&Bs for Sale:
I’ve also started an experiment on Pinterest, if any B&Bs have their inn for sale, please let me know. Since I’ve started pinning my blog posts to Pinterest, I’ve been getting a lot of aspiring and “in my dreams soon” I want to be an innkeeper people following my boards. So my thought was if any B&Bs wanted to have a board, on my boards, they might get some extra “eyes” on their property for sale. If anyone would like a board (and I can add them as a contributor so they can add anything they want to it) please let me know.

Some free helpful tools I’ve come across lately:

Convert PDF to JPG online, PDF to JPG free converter

Rafflecopter is the world’s easiest way to run a giveaway, free Facebook app

All my + (Google+ information and statistics for your accounts) – Photo cropping tool

Templates for Getting Google reviews (Thank you to White Oak Manor Bed and Breakfast for the heads-up for this link)

A Few of our Posts from this past month:

Blog Checklist Worksheet

A tip for innkeepers to leverage the new Facebook Graph Search

Innkeepers, are you REALLY leveraging local?

Bed and Breakfasts, Reputation Management and Deleted Tweets

Travel Bloggers and Bed and Breakfasts

Facebook Local and what it means for Bed and Breakfasts

Just One Thing-Overbooking Your Time

Just One Thing-Glossing Over the Grunt Work

Just One Thing-Does Your Ad Ring True?

Just One Thing-Hacked Twitter Accounts

Forfeng’s Favorite Blog Posts of this past month:

The Small Business Guide to Google Analytics

Google Makes Business Photos Self-Service

Google updates Hotel Finder with date, neighborhood, brand, and travel time search

Bing Adds 5x More Facebook Content to its Search Results

How to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Facebook Graph Search

Best day to post on Facebook fan pages – and other helpful tips for travel brands [INFOGRAPHIC]

5 SEO Tricks for Pinterest

15 ways Pinterest can improve search results

Hashtags-Twitter(and more!)

The Art of Getting Retweets [Infographic]

Simple Tips to Make Your Hashtags Work

Why Companies Must Monitor Twitter Beyond The @Mention [STUDY]

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