We took the leap...

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...it may have been off a cliff. Yes, we bought our B&B. It is a former B&B and has been in foreclosure for over a year so we are still aspiring. Have several months of cleaning, repairing and furnishing before we get to open. But we are on our way Smiling

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I'm late to this party, but I wanted to congratulate you! It's such an exciting time for you. I'm looking forward to hearing your stories!

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Congrats, time to start planning....

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I hope it is everything you dreamed it would be and more!

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...would love to give and get a few "likes" from fellow innkeepers. 

I just gave you your 41st Like. I guess it's as "me". Don't know how to like you as my inn's FB page!

Hijacking sachi3679's thread a little further, let me mention that on my own inn FB page, Likes were very slow to come after I set it up so I clicked one of those "boost this page's activity" ads FB offers and, over a few days, with a daily budget of $5, I saw my FB likes go from 23 to about 150. I targeted the ads to people over age 30, within 100 miles of me, and picked a few other target options they offered to try to have the ads show only to people more likely to come to my guesthouse.

I mainly did it to just get a decent looking number of Likes so I wouldn't look pitiful, and it worked and was cheap and easy.

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Thanks Arks,  I liked you back...also as me.  And put you on my timeline so other folks I know who might be going your way will see you.  Lots of snowbirds up this way take their time going south and meander along the way.  I thought some might like to meander over to your lovely place!  

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There is an innkeeper from the same town on this forum. FYI. Not super active, but here on and off. Many on this forum are friends with this inn. Name starts with a FLOWER.

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Hmm...I think I found it. Looks like a beautiful inn if that is it.

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I just saw this JB...do you mean the same town as me?   Really?  I have a hard time believing that and have no idea who it might be.  Give me a better hint? 

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Silverspoon wrote:

I just saw this JB...do you mean the same town as me?   Really?  I have a hard time believing that and have no idea who it might be.  Give me a better hint? 

Nope I mean in the NC mountains...

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Silverspoon wrote:

I just saw this JB...do you mean the same town as me?   Really?  I have a hard time believing that and have no idea who it might be.  Give me a better hint? 

No, as Sachi

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Congrats. Wish I had had this group when I started. We will ALL help as much as we can.

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Wahooo!  Now the work begins!   But, there is nothing like building a dream....go for it!yes

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Congratulations!  You must be so excited!!!!   What repairs do you have to do?

What area of the country? Was it a working B&B when you bought it?  You say "former."

Are there other B&Bs in the area?

 

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Mostly the main house need a new roof and downspouts but the big thing is going to be the electric as it is kind of all over the place.  The house is from the 30's and I think every owner tried to add something new in the way of electric.

There are other B&B's.  We are just outside the B&B capital of the world (Asheville NC) but there are only a couple others in the little town we are in.  It is not currently working - has been in foreclosure and largely vacant for a little over a year.  And there are several really nasty reviews online from when it was operational in regard to dirt and poor upkeep.  Needless to say, we are changing the name =)  The property is gorgeous, though and so is the structure of the house, it just needs a lot of cleaning and painting and something done about all the 70's tile in the bathroom.  Salmon pink is so not it. 

(If you are curious, this is the TA page for the old B&B: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g49648-d80690-Reviews-Mountain_Creek_Bed_and_Breakfast-Waynesville_North_Carolina.html)

Also, sorry if that link is wrong.  In spite of being a child of the 90's, the last time I had a website, it involved the words geo and cities. 

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Nice area. We looked there a loooooonnnnng time ago. Think I do know the property though. I know several of the nearby innkeepers.

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It is a great area. It was the original area we wanted but had pretty much given up on due to our budget and then this one popped up. The house is apparently pretty famous in the area. Nearly everyone we talked to in town about knew it and were excited to see it reopen. We won't actually be moving there until June but we will definitely want to get in contact with some of the other inns in town.

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Congrats!

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dum de dum (this is a drum roll) nice one and good luck!

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Ha, thanks for appreciating my sense of humor Smiling

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sachi3679 wrote:
Ha, thanks for appreciating my sense of humor Smiling

We are excited for you!

cleaning up aside, do you have your marketing plan in mind, facebook, website etc? When you get it together and are ready to share, pls let us know, we are happy to Like and Share your place online! 

Don't be shy, this is an important step and we are here to help.We're all in this together...welcome to the "perspiring innkeeper side" we look forward to your guest stories! 

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Yes, we are going to get a blog going with renovations and a website up as soon as we can manage.  We closed two weeks ago and my husband and I went to see it him last weekend to figure out what needs to be done.  Not shy, just a bit overwhelmed at this point, but so excited!

Thanks for the kind words

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As well if you have the web site up you can have a page for people to subscribe to your mailing list - means people are keen to come as soon as you are open, we use mail chimp and they give you code for your web site so people just need to fill in their name and email to be put onto your list - we get people who havn't even stayed signing up so they are kept informed of events and special offers as soon as we send them out.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

...do you have your marketing plan in mind, facebook, website etc?  

Yes, it's definitely not too early to get a website up so it can start being discovered by search engines and real people. If you can't get inside photos yet, at least post photos of the outside and describe the place, what you are planning, and anticipated open date.

Be sure to give your website photos titles that include your town and inn name, so Google Images can find them and tie the photos to your place.

Of course, if you don't have a name for the place yet, that needs to be one of the first things you do so you can post it. And it's good to have a logo of some sort if you're planning to get customized soap and other amenities, and if you're going to get some personalized coffee mugs made.

You're about to have a lot of fun, and spend more money!

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

sachi3679 wrote:
Ha, thanks for appreciating my sense of humor Smiling

We are excited for you!

cleaning up aside, do you have your marketing plan in mind, facebook, website etc? When you get it together and are ready to share, pls let us know, we are happy to Like and Share your place online! 

Don't be shy, this is an important step and we are here to help.We're all in this together...welcome to the "perspiring innkeeper side" we look forward to your guest stories! 

So much to learn!  It never occurred to me to ask you all to 'like' and share my Facebook page.  How do you do it when everyone wants to stay anonymous?   Sachi, forgive the hijack!  

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Good question.  I just got our FB page going and would love to give and get a few "likes" from fellow innkeepers.  Can we do this using messages?  I am not a sleuth, so although many of you may have figured out who I am, I can't say the same for all of you.

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Silverspoon wrote:

...would love to give and get a few "likes" from fellow innkeepers.  

I just gave you your 41st Like. I guess it's as "me". Don't know how to like you as my inn's FB page!

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Silverspoon wrote:

Good question.  I just got our FB page going and would love to give and get a few "likes" from fellow innkeepers.  Can we do this using messages?  I am not a sleuth, so although many of you may have figured out who I am, I can't say the same for all of you.

Yes you can. I will send you a quick note...hold on a sec...

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Silverspoon wrote:

Good question.  I just got our FB page going and would love to give and get a few "likes" from fellow innkeepers.  Can we do this using messages?  I am not a sleuth, so although many of you may have figured out who I am, I can't say the same for all of you.

Yes you can. I will send you a quick note...hold on a sec...

 

me too.  me too!

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yes good for you. Have fun and keep your eyes on your goals! 

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Big Congrats! Now the fun begins, enjoy every moment Sachi. yes

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hurray for you. can you tell us where? We want details when you can share. Good luck.

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So glad you did it.  Welcome to the next stage in your life.

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Congratulations, and good luck!

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