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Below original article source: Hotel Insight Blog

This is why I love Hipmunk.  As you probably know, I’ve blogged about this company several times in the past, and their latest product enhancements are well worth a mention again today.  This time, they have introduced location-based searches.  We are not talking enter the city or airport and off we go – we are talking detailed locations and neighbourhoods e.g. “I want to be in the shopping district” or “I don’t want to be near the nightlife areas”.  Essentially users can now filter hotel results by traveler type and review curated neighbourhood guides to find the best hotels in the best neighbourhoods for their unique interests.  See Hipmunk’s positioning video.

Clever isn’t it?  What I like is that Hipmunk once again try to solve a problem that travellers trying to find hotel accommodation on numerous OTA websites struggle with time and time again – and this one’s pretty hard to get right.

For those who’ve not read my previous posts, Hipmunk is an online travel website using new technologies and search approaches to offer various travel options.  They created “Agony” search and sort options, claiming to ease the pain of searching for and booking flights using their rather different approach to the normal OTA formats.  Similarly, and as I’ve blogged about before, Hipmunk also have an “Ecstasy” sort to find the best hotels and home rentals.

To add some context to the latest announcement, Hipmunk announced its new hotel search product which now helps match travellers to the best hotel in the ideal neighbourhood or area for their specific interests and provides detailed neighborhood guides and local information making it easier for travelers to imagine staying in a given location.  Hipmunk’s new tailored hotels product will not only give travellers more context into booking their stay, it will also allow users to make their hotel reservation faster than any other competitive travel search site.

“Travellers are used to the hassle of toggling between hotel sites, maps, reviews, and online destination guides in order to find that perfect hotel,” said Adam Goldstein, Hipmunk CEO“Hipmunk now serves as your hotel matchmaker, and we’re thrilled to be the first travel site to offer all that information in one place to provide faster and more insightful booking decisions.”

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I never easily trust companies when they tell me the total cost of ownership of their products and neither should you trust us when we say that it costs less than $0.50 / day when you buy a tablet.

But many companies have started renting out tablets especially to travellers. The latest is that XCom Global has started renting out the Google Nexus 7 at, hold your breadth, only $1 a day. If you don’t believe us, check out their website at http://www.xcomglobal.com. This means it must be costing them less than that, right?

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Mr Blynk wishes you a very Happy Diwali :)

It’s festive season, which means more guests, more events, more celebrations. At Blynk, we are always racking our brains to help you personalize your guest experience. The customizations that we built in Blynk iHotel, helps you to do precisely that.

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One of the first questions that pops in the mind of hoteliers, when we give demos of Blynk iHotel is, whether the cost of installing tablets has a reasonable ROI.

Besides all the advantages of enhancing guest experience and marketing opportunities, the investment in tablets can be offset by replacing the following in-room material.

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“Most Innovative Product” Award* Winner, Blynk Systems, today announced the launch of the Android version of their revolutionary Mobile App for Hotels ‘Blynk iHotel’. It’s a Mobile, Tablet and TV based Guest Experience & Marketing App for Hotels. The hotel app developed using this solution now can run on Android based tablets and smartphones as well as the in-room TVs, along with iPads and iPhones.

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Once you have your own shining new mobile and tablet app, then what. How do you promote your app to your guests, how do you spread the word, how do you encourage guests use the app in the hotel. Below are some of the ways you can do this.

We will provide support to promote the app to your guests. Some best practices are as follows:

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29 Oct 2012

Vacationers Love Social Media [Infographic]

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Social Media is the biggest thing in the travel industry. The below infographic shows it’s not just a hype.

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One more thing…

We are excited to announce Blynk’s new website. It has lots more information.

Pricing is now there on the site. We have added a FAQ section. We have also added a Support Desk for our customers. It contains valuable information along with tips on how to promote your hotel app. It also has information on how to install and secure devices in your hotel. The site is now multilingual. It has some nice demo videos of our app too.

This is just the beginning and we will be adding lots more stuff on our website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Blynk iHotel Introductory Pricing

We saved the best news for the last :)

As hoteliers, you now have options to run your hotel app on a range of cheaper tablets starting from $125, or your existing in-room HD TV by spending $100.

And now you can have your hotel app for as low as $49 per month for the Express version and $99 per month for the Pro version. We have also made our lowly Setup Fee of $99 to $199, 100% refundable.

If you can’t believe what you just read, go ahead and read it again. It’s true.

We have launched our completely new introductory pricing for select first few customers only.

For complete pricing details and differences between the Express and Pro versions, please visit our website at http://www.blynk.it/pricing.


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