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Re: Instagramís Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 02:52:20 PM »
Kate Jones, marketing and communications manager at the Dusit Thani, a five-star resort in the Maldives, said that her hotel receives at least six requests from self-described influencers per day, typically through Instagram direct message.

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Re: Instagramís Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 05:39:27 PM »
Yup. That pretty much describes it.

The thing is, the vast majority of these "influencers" have followers in their demographic. A luxury hotel, like the one I am sitting in at this moment, overwhelmingly has an older demographic who can afford to pay $500/night. So they say, "I have 200,000 followers," but they have 26 followers who would ever consider paying for a luxury hotel.

They always hit you with what a great value it is.

Now, some of them treat it like work. They have a lot of followers and they are good photographers/videographers and they will offer you exposure, plus full use of photos and vidoe they shoot. Sometimes we'll take them up on it. The thing about a hotel is that the inventory expires every night. If you are not going to sell out, the marginal cost of putting someone in a room is only about $50. So if they turn over even a couple of decent, usable photos, that can be worth it.

One rainy day with a half-empty hotel, we got a last-minute pitch from two couples and the man in one couple had a million followers on YouTube and the other had something like that on Instagram, and they treated it like a media site visit, meaning they endured a property tour, posted video of suites they toured, but did not get to stay in, and so forth. The true cost there was only a few hundred dollars since they didn't displace revenue.

[update: actually, I just looked him up - the YouTuber has 2,000,000 followers, but again, most of them are under 25 and will not be potential customers for another twenty years]

Some of them don't get this though - they will pitch you for a stay in high season when you're going to sell out. Then the cost of that stay can be $1000 in lost revenue. More if they insist on free meals too. Most of them are living in fantasy land and I can't believe that hotels will even consider this in most cases.

As a general rule, they are a plague. But the good ones can be worth it.

Now the travel bloggers... they're actually worse. No clue about value.
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Re: Instagramís Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2018, 06:27:04 PM »
>demographic

We know a certain DK mommy blogger that once got a huge comp from Disney.  The demographic was a match, traffic was good.

I never bothered with hotel comps but I did use "I own BigDog domain" to try and get better access/co-operation from attractions. Early on, most didn't have a clue, but later it did work pretty well for my freelance writers as press credentials.

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Re: Instagramís Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2018, 07:31:38 PM »
In the affiliate space we are seeing influencers with their own AGENCIES
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Re: Instagramís Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2018, 01:41:43 PM »
>>affiliate space

Most of the ones we see have no clue how to actually value their "influence". "I have 2000 followers. Give me $2000 and I will post on IG and wear your shirt while I go to Disney World" They want free product and a lot of money. We have dipped out toes in the water with a couple that looked like great fits for us. Spent about $500 in money and gear and they have sold about $300 worth of stuff for us. I know some merchants do see good results with some influencers but we have yet to see one that is worth it.

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Re: Instagramís Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2018, 03:21:56 PM »
>In the affiliate space we are seeing influencers with their own AGENCIES

No kidding?  Really?  Show me.

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Re: Instagramís Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2018, 02:55:44 AM »
>show me

Mentioned here

Wane of social media 'influencers' as big brands drop 'stars' over fears of fake followers

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/22/wane-social-media-influencers-big-brands-drop-stars-fears-fake/