Is YOUR photo as innkeeper/host on your website to welcome guests?

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Yes
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No
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depends on how well you photograph!

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You are not a hotel, you actually live onsite at your inn, I think people trust more if there is a host image on the website. If not on the website, add it to the blog, have a "Meet the innkeepers" article where you share a bit about the inn and yourselves.

When there is no image it makes people wonder why, is it hired staff vs hands on owners? The same when there is no owner/innkeeper name on the website. I know this is iffy, and I only put our first names on typically (thanks to the world of spam and unsolicited marketing and phone calls).

We are our worst critics. Add a small smiling welcoming image (stand in front of the inn or in front of your sign), it doesn't have to be fancy. In fact, the simpler the better!  Hostess in an apron pouring coffee (an action shot).  

Don't have a super long diatribe about yourselves, but some basic info makes it more inviting.  Personal causes and religious beliefs are up to you if you want antagonism and to lose business because they think they will get proselytized or maybe you think you will attract like minded.  I remember that B&B with the flying angels all over the home page, New Mexico I think? 

Just my opinions on this, for what it is worth. I appreciate seeing the innkeepers on the website. 

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I think you guys don't give yourselves enough credit. I am certain that the mood of your inns and the atmosphere in which you offer hospitality is the clincher for your guests. The 'us' photo is just the icing on the cake.

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We do, casual shot but they have to find it.  Lately several have mentioned it either at booking or when they arrive. Guess we didn't scare them too badly:/  Either that, or they just had to come to see 'those people'. 

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I looked. Mine is a studio shot. I do not have DH - he usually looks like a "MAD Russian". If I changed it, I think I would use our anniversary picture even though it is a studio shot.

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gillumhouse wrote:

I looked. Mine is a studio shot. I do not have DH - he usually looks like a "MAD Russian". If I changed it, I think I would use our anniversary picture even though it is a studio shot.

Mad Russians are not always a bad thing, my son is 1/2 Russian and he always looks like ??? how shall I put this, the Italian Mafia in every picture we have of him.  Might keep the PITAs away.

 

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Other because we don't have a photo of ourselves up on our site yet, but as soon as we get a decent one, up it will go.

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I don't because I want them to come!

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If it makes people more comfotrtable to see what the innkeeper looks like, OK I posted it. It probably scares off more than it brings in - if they even read that far in the first place.

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I feel some times putting Pictures up of B&B owners is like judging a book by it cover. Haven't you found some of the neatest food place look terrible from the entrance or the outside of the building . But yet when you enter the place it is welcoming and the food is great!!

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Absolutely! There are some really great dives out there. I do know there are innkeeper photos out there that would make me think, 'No, not for me.' Mostly the posed shots where the innkeepers look like they're going to a formal dinner. It would make me think the inn is formal and not for me.

Our shots are all casual shots and that's what the B&B is- casual.

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