Do you want to know how to manage this as a hotel owner? This article will give you just the right insights in this challenge by giving you a few of the best practices and seven valuable ideas to apply today.
57% of internet users say that they won't recommend a business with a poorly designed website on mobile
38% of people will stop engaging with a website if the content or layout are unattractive
$2.6 billion in lost sales each year through slow-loading websites
Those are some impressive numbers. But how do we overcome these hurdles?
Hotel website design can be done in several ways, for example by finding your way to a specialized company in digital marketing for hotels. Another option could be by getting in contact with a web design agency, usually this is a more costly option. If you decide to go with a specialized web agency in your industry you can benefit from the specific experience that this company has. When it comes to the Hotel industry one of the advantages of a specialized agency will be the experience with seamlessly integrating booking engines as well as understanding the hotel guests and their needs, resulting in the best hospitality experience possible.
Thomas Dieben, CEO of BeCurious Hotel Internet Marketing: "The design of a hotel site is effective when it matches the identity and style of a hotel. The own hotel website is pre-eminently a medium for enticing potential hotel guests with a unique and appropriate online experience. Hotels that are successful in this area have the ultimate tool for securing direct reservations as the unique hotel experience is hard to find on the hotel profile pages of OTAs."
The hotel website design should, as Thomas mentioned, perfectly match with the unique style of your hotel. Your brand identity should be visible and the benefits of directly booking through your website should be highlighted. If it is done right it will result in a beautiful website with the best conversion rate possible.
The result of finding the right website design for your hotel is that you will be meeting, or even exceeding your guests expectations resulting in more direct bookings and being able to focus on what you do best.
As a hotel owner or manager you focus on conversion but also on being cost effective, template based websites can be just that. Hotel website templates are a common way to start the design of your website. Templates are easily adjustable and can be fully customized to your hotel. A few examples of template based website providers are Wordpress, Wix and Squarespace. Together with a Content Management System (CMS) they offer you an easy option to create and maintain a website. There are however also template based websites that we suggest with a user friendly CMS solely for hotel owners and managers, Porter is one of them. Porter hotel website templates are designed with the hotel guest in mind and are easily manageable.
Back to being cost effective! The design of a hotel website with the use of a template is worthwhile since the setup fee will be lower or in some occasions there will not even be a setup fee. Wondering what the right template for your hotel could be? Keep reading and find the right template for you and your hotel.
A few great hotel website design ideas are:
Another big pro is that you do not need any knowledge of computer programming to maintain a multilingual template based website. With the use of a content management system you can easily change content on your website, in any language that you like. Just in case you do want something changed to your website that involves any development, some hotel template providers offer service and support.
Enough talking, now it’s time to show you some stunning examples of hotel website templates.
This is the Stockholm template which uses full screen heading images, a clear navigation with 'book' button, striking reservation panel and the possibility to promote specials. If you own a modern yet elegant hotel this is a perfect fit for you.
This is the Monaco Hotel Website template and it's designed and developed with the 'mobile first' philosophy in mind. The clear call-to-action buttons make sure that websites based on this template have a high conversion rate.
So now that you have seen appealing template examples and read 7 valuabe ideas it's time to get to work and make your online presence a succes!