🚀 New Customizable Widgets Library


Looking for more ways to leverage your Hotel Tech Report reviews throughout your sales and marketing to build trust with prospects? 


Well today's you're lucky day...introducing the new customizable HTR widgets library!

👉 LEARN HOW TO CREATE YOUR FIRST WIDGET


TL;DR

  • Create Custom Widgets in Seconds. Create customizable widgets to showcase your HTR reviews on your website in seconds
  • Tailor to Your Use Case. Create widgets for your overall company (all products) or specific products to add to specific product related landing pages
  • Build Trust with Prospects.  Leverage your reviews to build trust with prospects on your website, landing pages and book a demo pages
  • No Code Editing. Paste your widget once and edit them anytime right from the dashboard with no coding or developers needed
  • Boost Your Landing Page SEO & Click Throughs.  Improve your landing page SEO and Google page click throughs by adding any of HTR's review widgets which contain Google product review markup (show review count and average rating in search results)
  • Ultra Lightweight.  Widgets are designed to be ultra-lightweight and fast loading

Hosted Reports Live Report Limit Reinstated

The rollout of the New Credits & Ledger System brought members more flexibility to use their post credits towards any type of post (eg. press releases, hosted reports or guest posts).

In a short period of time we have seen a flood of hosted reports from a handful of vendors which has caused a few unintended side-effects including (a) other member's reports to get buried and lose visibility (b) dilution of the diversity of the content in the reports library (making it less valuable for hoteliers).

As such, HTR has decided to revise it's policy regarding hosted reports to include:

  1. Members may use their post credits flexibly towards various types of posting
  2. Members may upload new reports using post credits available on their account
  3. Members may post as many hosted reports as they'd like
  4. Members may only host a certain number of hosted reports at a given time in the reports library and this number is based on the number included with your plan (which can be viewed under your plan benefits in the membership portal of the vendor dashboard)

This hybrid policy allows for some of the benefits of flexible posting credits of the new system while also retaining the merits of the initial policy including equal visibility for member content and a diverse array of content for hoteliers.




FAQs

Why is This Update Beneficial for Hoteliers and Vendors?

Ultimately this slight policy update allows all vendors to retain the flexibility of using their post credits towards any type of posting while also ensuring that the report library remains diverse with fair visibility to all members.

  • For hoteliers...ensures that the reports library contains a diverse set of value add content from various member companies across a wide array of topics and categories
  • For vendors...ensures that it isn't a constant race to constantly burn through credits adding more and more new hosted reports to try to keep up and capture mind share in the hosted reports library.  It also ensures that a single vendor (or small subset of vendors) can't hijack the reports library fully and allows for all members to gain visibility for their content.

Have My Benefits Changed from My Plan?

No.  All membership plans include a set number of reports that can be live at a given time in the reports library to capture downloads.  You can find the number of hosted reports that your company can have live in the reports library by viewing your membership plan benefits in the membership portal.


Why Has the Live Report Limit Been Reinstated?

Unfortunately in a short period of time we have already seen an unintended side effect which has been a flood of hosted reports from a handful of vendors which caused other member's reports to get buried.  In addition to hijacking visibility from other members' content, the flood of reports posted from a handful of vendors has diluted the diversity of the content in the reports library on the site making it less valuable for hoteliers.

As such, HTR has decided to reinstate the live report limitations based on membership plans to allow for some of the benefits of flexible posting credits of the new system while also retaining the equality and diversity that came with the initial limit on the number of live reports a single company can host in the reports library at a given time.

This hybrid approach allows for the flexibility of the new credits system while also ensuring that all members get similar visibility in the reports library and that the downloads library retains diversity to increase the value proposition for hoteliers.


What Has Changed About the Hosted Reports Posting Policy

  • Policy #1 (Old Policy): Members had a specific # of hosted reports and they could have that many hosted reports live on the site at any given time
  • Policy #2 (3/10/21- Ledger System Updated Policy): Members receive flexible post credits instead of set quantities of each post type.  Members could then use flexible post credits towards hosted reports with the limit lifted as to the number of simultaneous hosted reports they could have live in the reports library to capture downloads at a given time
  • Policy #3 (4/5/21 - Revised Hybrid Policy): Vendors may use their post credits towards uploading as many hosted reports as they'd like; however, the limit as to the number of simultaneous reports a single company can have live on the site has been reinstated based on your plan

Subsidiary Memberships

Is Your Company a Premium Member with a Subsidiary and You Want to Unlock Membership Benefits for Your Subsidiary without Purchasing a New Membership at Full Price?

Premium Members can now receive discounted Premium Membership for their subsidiaries to access member features, benefits and exclusive discounts without having to purchase an entirely new membership for the separate company.

  • Silver Members: Get 50% discounted Silver Annual Membership for additional subsidiary companies you would like to access member benefits, credits and discounts
  • Gold Members: Includes free Silver Annual Membership for up to 1x subsidiary company
  • Platinum Members: Includes free Silver Annual Membership for up to 3x subsidiary companies

Learn more about discounted subsidiary membership

Site routing issue

It has been brought to our attention that some users may be experiencing a site routing issue.  HTR's hosting provider had an issue this morning that overwrote our DNS settings and was quickly resolved but may take up to 24-hours to propagate.

The issue has been resolved but we appreciate your patience as it may take up to 24-hours for some users to be able to access the site without the error message.

New Ledger & Credit System for Members

With the rollout of Premium 3.0 came lots of new benefits included with membership packages ranging from guest posting to review incentive cards, sponsored articles, advertising, lead credit and more.  

One of the requests that we've received from lots of members since is the ability to have a more streamlined and centralized place to track and use their various benefits so today we're excited to rollout the all new ledger and credit system 🧮 🚀

  • WHAT: New dashboard home, credits system, ledger and self service guest posting
  • WHY: Make it easier for members to track, manage and use their benefits


New Dashboard Home

Along with the new ledger and credits system comes a newly redesigned dashboard home page that brings a simplified view to the ways you can leverage HTR to educate buyers, build your brand and grow your install base.



New Credits System

In order to simplify benefit tracking, benefits can now be tracked according to the type of item that they are (eg. advertising credit, content credit, posting credit, lead credit).  Credits of each type can be used interchangeably for items that require the same credit type (eg. if you purchase 30 ad credits to run a sponsored retargeting campaign, you can instead decide to use those same ad credits for a different advertising product like an eblast).  

Credits will automatically accrue with your membership and be valid for use throughout the duration of your membership the same as they have been.


New Ledger System

If you are currently a member or have purchased ala cart credits off platform before you know how much of a pain this was.  Now, you can view your credit balances for each type of credit (eg. Advertising credit, Content Credit, Lead Credit) etc right from the settings tab of your vendor dashboard.  The new ledger system is also integrated into Membership Plans so when your plan renews, transactions are automatically created logging the benefits that you received with your membership plan and you will see your credit accounts increase respectively in real time.



Self Service Guest Posting

If your company has post credits available on your account you can use them to post guest posts to build your brand as a thought leader and boost the visibility of your content to reach HTR's audience of 100k+ hoteliers each month by submitting guest posts right through the vendor dashboard.





FAQs

How did my company get starting balances?

If your company has starting balances it means that either a) you have purchased items in the past that have been converted 1-to-1 into the new credits system to simplify tracking and usage or (b) you have an active membership plan that is accruing credits automatically according to your plan benefits.

Can I see my company's history retroactively?

Unfortunately no.  The ledger system is setup to track all transactions (credit purchases and usages) on a go forward basis so any past purchases will not be viewable in the ledger.  That said, you will have a starting balance transaction that will include your company's current credit balances as of the launch date of the new ledger system.  If you have questions about your starting balances or past transactions please feel free to reach out via the on-site live chat and a member of the team will be happy to assist.

Has pricing changed with the new credits system?

No, prices haven't changed.  All prices are the same as they were previously, the only difference is that now you will add credits to your account that can be used interchangeably towards various items instead of having to buy a specific item giving you more flexibility.

Have my membership benefits changed?

No, your membership plan is exactly the same and includes the same benefits as always.  The only difference is that you can now use use credits accrued from your benefits on other items as well.  For example, let's say your plan includes 10 press releases/year which is equal to 10 post credits.  If you want, you could now instead choose to use those 10 post credits towards another type of posting like Guest Posting instead.

Duplicate Lead Notifications (RESOLVED)

Several vendors reported an issue receiving several duplicate lead notification emails.

These reports all came in within an hour of eachother and appear to be due to a backed up queue and we believe this is an isolated incident but the issue is still under investigation.

This issue should not occur again but if it does please report it to HTR via the on site live chat so we can further investigate the matter.

Apologies for any confusion or frustration that this may have caused 🙏



🏆 Top Hotel Tech Products of the Year Announced

Running a hotel is hard and 2020 was the most challenging year in history.

But with every crisis comes opportunity and here at Hotel Tech Report, we've spent the last 3-months scouring the globe for the best tech products to bring your hotel back stronger than ever in 2021.

During the 3-month 2021 HotelTechAwards period, 318,466 hoteliers across 127 countries visited Hotel Tech Report and spent more than 3,000 hours contributing 10,227 verified hotel software product reviews to help you save time, make better vendor decisions and determine the best hotel tech products of the year.

HTR's community of hoteliers from the world's leading hotel companies surfaced innovative products ranging from contactless check-in solutions and next-gen guest messaging all the way to automated revenue management systems and business intelligence software.

We are excited to share with you the best hotel tech products of 2021!

View the full announcement eblast

(RESOLVED) Site Performance Issues

We are currently experiencing performance issues due to unprecedented site usage.

  • Reported: Wednesday December 9, 2020
  • Status: Error Message Issue Resolved (Actively Monitoring CPU performance), Site may still be loading slow for some users (actively working on a fix)


📣 Updates

  • DB has been migrated to larger 2XL dedicated server
  • CPU usage levels are in a healthy range and we are monitoring them closely
  • Site performance issues have been resolved
  • Data Impact: Data should still have been captured properly for things like reviews and partner recommendations even if the user encountered an error message upon pressing the 'submit' button.  If you would like HTR to manually investigate specific user contributions please reach out via the live chat and we are happy to investigate and confirm their submissions once you are able to provide the emails of the users in question

💡Issue Detail

We have increased server capacity which should temporarily resolve most issues and server capacity is now in healthy levels (see below) so the site should be back online but you may experience intermittent slow load times while we implement a more permanent fix.

We apologize for the inconvenience and are working diligently to resolve this issue ASAP.  Please note that data is still being captured and stored properly including reviews, partner recommendations and integrations despite lag or error messages users may encounter.


Winners Guide to the Final Week of the HotelTechAwards!

HotelTechAwards final week game face be like...

It's the final week of the 2021 HotelTechAwards and things are really heating up 🔥 with tons of close races!

By now you've had 13 weeks to collect as many reviews and bonus points as possible, but to help you into the final stretch we've put together a guide to help you pick up last minute bonus points and maximize your chances of winning with recommendations for each day of the final week.

  • 🗓 Tuesday December 8: Launch Your Final Review Campaign!
  • 🗓 Wednesday December 9-10: Submit Verifications for Unverified Reviews
  • 🗓 Thursday December 10: Max Out Your Partner Recommendations & Integrations
  • 🗓 Friday December 11: Make Sure Your Team Has to Completed the Company Culture Survey
  • 🗓 Monday December 14: Final Checkins and Report Card Audit
  • 🗓 Tuesday December 15: Awards End, Data Freeze & Dark Period!




🗓 Tuesday December 8-9: Launch Your Final Review Campaign!

The most successful review campaigns include at least one followup and are launched on a Tuesday or Wednesday (check best practices) so with only 7-days left, if you're going to run a final campaign--today's the day! 

🧮  Review Volume Impact & Milestones

  • Minimum review threshold: Meet the minimum review threshold in your category to make sure you aren't penalized for being under the category average
  • Customer Advocates Bonus: Get the most reviews in your category to earn the Customer Advocates Bonus
  • Geographic Reach bonus: Get 5 or more reviews from 3, 5 or 7 countries to hit Geographic Reach bonus milestones
  • Tie Breakers: In races where two companies have the same amount of points when data is exported, ties are broken based on the product with the most reviews

🚀  Resources to Boost Your Review Volume

  1. Review Campaign Best Practices
  2. Top Ways to Collect Reviews for Basic Members
  3. How to Setup Automated Review Campaigns
  4. Pre-written Copy/Paste Starter Templates
  5. How to Motivate Your Team with an Internal Contest


🗓 Wednesday December 9-10: Submit Verifications for Unverified Reviews

In most cases users verify their review simply and easily right away by clicking the verification link but in some cases a hotelier may just forget or accidentally not click the verification link.  On December 9-10 the Review Manager will be unlocked for all participants to be able to submit manual verifications for reviews that were rejected. 

👉 Click here to learn how to get unverified reviews verified




🗓 Thursday December 10: Max Out Your Partner Recommendations & Integrations

Partners are a critical part of the hotel tech stack and ecosystem and you earn bonus points for the strength of your partner ecosystem via (1) verified integrations and (2) partner recommendations

🧮  Impact & Milestones

  • Verified Integrations: Make sure to list and verify each of your integrations.  Milestone bonus points awarded when you meet the average number of integrations and when you become the most integrated product in your category
  • Partner Recommendations: Reach out to partners to request partner recommendations.  Earn bonus points when you achieve 5, 10 and 15 partner recommendations for your product

🚀  Resources to Maximize Your Partner Ecosystem Points

  1. What if a company won't verify our integration?
  2. Inviting an Unlisted Integration Partner
  3. Hotelier Reviews vs. Partner Recommendations
  4. How to get partner recommendations (copy/paste template inside)




🗓 Friday December 11: Make Sure Your Team Has to Completed the Company Culture Survey

Remember, the Company Culture bonus is awarded to companies who make the 10 Best Places to Work list and is added off-platform after data is exported.  While these bonus points are nominal, they can be MAKE OR BREAK IN CLOSE RACES!

  • If your company makes the list...you get bonus points for Company Culture
  • If your company doesn't make the list...NOTHING HAPPENS!

You have nothing to lose so its worth a chance and can be what 

👉 Click here to get the company culture survey to send to your team



🗓 Monday December 14: Final and Report Card Audit

Hopefully by now you've done everything in your power to maximize your points so today is a good day to just check your Reputation Report Card to see if there are any last minute bonus points you can still pick up for any of your products.

👉 Check Your Reputation Report Card




🗓 Tuesday December 15: Awards End, Data Freeze & Dark Period!

👉 Key Dates, Rules & Processes Leading into the Announcement of Winners

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