i like the idea of 1 and 2 above.
i am not sure that 3 will be the answer but is worth trying if it helps get people to come back to the site. will we be able to stop or opt out of this feature
i get very wary when i see references to "social media" as i dont particularly want to use or be associated with these sites. in the current age employers are checking on peoples social media usage and i get concerned that my reputation could be compromised by other users posts where i have been linked to them in some way.
i do have a facebook page but it is set up with a different e-mail address and username and is used primarily to get freebies. it is not used generally for much else as i do not want my log-in name for here and other sites to be splashed all over facebook etc
so if i post something on here will others be able to share my posts on facebook either deliberately or by accident?
The idea is to bridge any gap and reach the wider audience on social media. We have scoured other very prominent forums who are trialling the same.
Unless it is you sharing it there is no connection between your account on here and your Facebook page so identity etc never compromised.
Lets see how it goes. Obviously you are correct we want to grow with HT as just HT etc
We are also adding images/videos to reviews and forum posts, as well as changing forum layout and inserting a media gallery which we are just bottoming out on the design front..
Alot more to follow..
There are more on the way - they will bring things up to date in no time. Videos will be added to reviews and also videos and images will be allowed to be implemented into forum posts.
We are also developing others things such as a media gallery for people to share travels etc..
Just copying Trip Advisor will get you nowhere as they are too far ahead now.
What doesn't TA offer, well when you read the reports you have to read into the needs and expectations of the author and they are not always the same as mine it seems.Some give hotels a bad report because the weather was bad or they had a bad journey to get there. Irrelevant. I once stayed at a dreadful hotel that got good rating because of the stunning view from the garden but most reviewers had only stopped for a drink. The rooms were disgusting!
Maybe a simple tick box against a longer list of expected and delivered with no need for too much comment might be better.Theses scores could be then cumulated to give an overall view.
Score on things like bedrooms, public rooms, bar prices, food quality, food price, entertainment,proximity to local amenities, weather,peace and quiet, swimming pool, other guests, star rating match, etc.
Thanks for taking the time to leave some feedback. All noted.
Happy new year to you and yours
surely even going "back" to having destinations in line like before, in boxes style,scroll down to whatever, click and your onto whatever your looking fore, plus with FRANKS suggestion life would be a lot easier.
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