Blogging is Brilliant!
It's not easy, and certainly takes a great deal of time management, careful planning and content organisation to get right. However, when successfully crafted, blogs can inspire customer engagement and loyalty, they can provide insights into your hotel or venue for prospective guests, and are fantastic for inbound marketing.
On WordPress alone 87.6 million new blog posts are produced each month . With so much new content being shared in 2017, hospitality businesses need to be relevant, niche and overall interesting to keep the attention of blog subscribers. The following overviews 10 of our favourite blogs, from hotels and venues across the UK.
The Grove | blog.thegrove.co.uk
The Grove is a luxury 5 star country estate hotel, located in Watford, Hertfordshire. Their blog makes our list for two reasons: 1. they don't shy away from longer articles, and 2. they have a clear sense of brand personality (particularly suitable for golf lovers). When writing blog articles it's important to think about word count, as longer content tends to perform better in search engines.
Andrew Brownsword Hotels | brownswordhotels.co.uk/blog
"A renowned collection of privately owned properties situated in some of Great Britain's most memorable locations." - This hospitality blog strikes a chord with us because of its use of very high quality photography. In 2017 photos and videos dominate content marketing , so it's important to be optimizing these wherever possible.
Ace Hotel | blog.acehotel.com
The Shoreditch London Ace Hotel is home to creatives, artists and theatrics. Their blog highlights this wonderfully, talking about the resident artists that stay with them and the creations they produce, whilst continuing to promote the location. This develops an impression and sense of expectation about the hotel to potential guests, before they even book a room.
Eden Hotel Collection | edenhotelcollection.com/eden-life
Each hotel we review approaches blogging differently, and in the case of Eden Hotel Collection their blog titled 'Eden Life' looks to engage readers with an honest insight into hotel life. A stand out for us was their use of guest bloggers, as this not only promotes the Eden Hotel Collection, but also opens the door for guests to equally promote new articles in their social circles, leading to additional influencer associated marketing.
The Admirable Crichton | admirable-crichton.co.uk/blog
Also known as 'The AC' this events company is known for producing some of the world's most stunning and creative events - from intimate occasions to huge parties! When it comes to their blog, for one we enjoy their use of tiled photos on the top page. Another business not afraid to use photography, their blog articles are visually rich but also have engaging written content that you don't just want to skim read.
Beds on Board | blog.bedsonboard.com
Ever wanted to sleep aboard a Sunseeker yacht? Meet Beds on Board, the boat hotel company. The written content within their blog is very good, but we were impressed more by their approach to readers - with two separate blog options, one for guests, the other for boat owners. It's vital to understand the different demographics within your audience and produce content that appeals to them uniquely!
Watergate Bay Hotel | watergatebay.co.uk/blog
"An inspiring group of foodies, surfers, cyclists, music-lovers, beach dwellers, equestrians, creators & friends." - If this sounds like you, then you'll love Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall. Their blog is all about telling the hotels story, whether thats by highlighting their stunning beach location, talking BBQ's or showing off their fantastic cocktail range!
The Idle Rocks | idlerocks.com/blog
Consistency can be the life and death of a good blog. Post too little or too much and you'll lose your readers interest pretty quick. The Idle Rocks have this down to an art, with regular, consistant posts that are wonderfully relevant to the hotel. They also score points for separating out their blog articles into specific groups e.g. 'Cocktail of the Month'.
Bourne & Hollingsworth | bourneandhollingsworth.tumblr.com
Bourne & Hollingsworth take a unique approach to their core blog, treating it more like a social media platform, with polaroid-style images and text snippets that give you the reader, a brief glance into their venues and events. Whilst we generally recommend more written content, this approach may be better suited to 2017's visually driven subscriber / event goer.
Castle Howard | castlehoward.co.uk/news-room/blog
Finally, Castle Howard in York. We love a castle at LeadDigital, and being set within 1,000 acres of country landscape, it's understandable they'd have a lot to talk about! Their blog is promoted across the Castle Howard website, and covers everything from horticulture, to bird watching and gift guides. We rate them highly based on how they personalise each writer on the team, so a clear range of personalities can be enjoyed.
Do you need support improving how readers engage with your hotel or venues current blog?
Looking to start blogging but not sure where to start, or how to get a subscriber list in the first place?
Speak to LeadDigital today. We can help guide and structure your digital marketing, ensuring you reach the right people, at the right time, with the best content marketing designed around increasing bookings & event sales.