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Putting Google Maps to Work for Your Hotel.
By Josiah Mackenzie
Wednesday, 26th August 2009
 
Claim your hotel (or business) -

Start off by claiming or listing your hotel in Google Maps, this step is crucial for optimizing your local search visibility.

In my experience, even 15 minutes making sure all the details & keywords are correct pays dividends for months after.

Use the map on your website

Many hotels are using Google Maps on their directions or ‘find us' page. It provides an extra layer of functionality to a traditional map image: allowing your visitors to see satellite and street view, as well as custom directions from anywhere they are.

Google provides a little widget that makes this process super-simple.

First, you just search for your location – and click the Link link. (See image one at the end of the article)

Following the customize embedded map link will lead to a page where you can edit the view, and obtain the website code. (See image two at the end of the article)

Make a custom map

A logical step in concierge marketing, a custom map can show guests the special attractions in your area. Here's a good example that Xotels created for the Puerto Antilla Grand Hotel in Spain – it shows golf courses in the region.

You may want to take this a step further and add rich media to the map.

A 3rd-party tool such as Trippermap allows you to add your own photos to a custom map – which could work well for custom city tours. (See image three at the end of the article)

Advertise on Google Maps

If you're advertising in Google AdWords, your text ads will have the opportunity to display to people searching the maps.(See image four at the end of the article)

For additional coverage, some businesses are painting logos on their roofs – like this Target store in Chicago:

Chris has a (spoof) tutorial on how to optimize your roof ads for Google Maps. www.naturalsearchblog.com/archives/2006/04/13/optimize-your-roof-ads-for-google-maps

Original article: www.hotelmarketingstrategies.com/putting-google-maps-to-work-for-your-hotel

About the author
This blog is written by Josiah Mackenzie, who enjoys exploring the relationship between emerging technology and the hospitality industry. 


www.hotelmarketingstrategies.com




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