Anyone tested this?

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Anyone tried clicking the link to booking where they are using your inn name? Just curious how much they are willing to pay to keep your info at the top of the page thru ad words.

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Thanks!

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Googling my property, I just noticed I can now book my place through pricelinedotcom. The property description is the booking description. Booking's reach is great, and growing. All these big lodging outfits now seem to be in bed together. (there may be a pun in there too)

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Arks wrote:

Googling my property, I just noticed I can now book my place through pricelinedotcom. The property description is the booking description. Booking's reach is great, and growing. All these big lodging outfits now seem to be in bed together. (there may be a pun in there too)

They are owned by Booking!  When I signed up I told them I did not want to be listed on priceline.  As far as I see, they have honored that request.  You may want to contact your rep and tell them the same.  Good luck!

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copperhead wrote:

When I signed up I told them I did not want to be listed on priceline.  As far as I see, they have honored that request.  You may want to contact your rep and tell them the same.  Good luck!

What's wrong with being listed on priceline?

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Arks wrote:

copperhead wrote:

When I signed up I told them I did not want to be listed on priceline.  As far as I see, they have honored that request.  You may want to contact your rep and tell them the same.  Good luck!

What's wrong with being listed on priceline?

Priceline will lower your rate (they eat it) so they can say they are lower than anyone. They don't understand you're a small property and expect 24x7 coverage which includes calling you at 3am because a guest wants to cancel that day. And then sending scolding emails saying no one is answering the phone. And expect you to drop the cancellation policy for 'their' client.

As an example.

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Madeleine wrote:

Arks wrote:

copperhead wrote:

When I signed up I told them I did not want to be listed on priceline.  As far as I see, they have honored that request.  You may want to contact your rep and tell them the same.  Good luck!

What's wrong with being listed on priceline?

Priceline will lower your rate (they eat it) so they can say they are lower than anyone. They don't understand you're a small property and expect 24x7 coverage which includes calling you at 3am because a guest wants to cancel that day. And then sending scolding emails saying no one is answering the phone. And expect you to drop the cancellation policy for 'their' client.

As an example.

Thanks for answering Maddie. 

They also have (or at least did at one time) have a way to quote your own rate.  I am not sure how that works but I did not want to be BARTERED, like they do in the flee markets in the Caribbean! 

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Arks wrote:

Googling my property, I just noticed I can now book my place through pricelinedotcom. The property description is the booking description. Booking's reach is great, and growing. All these big lodging outfits now seem to be in bed together. (there may be a pun in there too)


Booking says " We work with over 5,000 affiliate partner websites around the world to make sure our listed properties get the maximum exposure possible. Your property is accessible on these partner websites - at no charge to you. We also pay for pay-per-click (PPC) advertising to make sure that Booking.com is always at the top of every guest's Google search. " ... means even above our own websites...

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book and price are owned by the same company. Pretty soon there will be no such thing as competition!

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And another message just popped up that says it's very busy in my town this weekend so prices may be higher than usual. Then it suggests they try a different weekend!

Tons of rooms open all over town and this thing is suggesting people try a cheaper weekend!

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Oh this is a pain. I just clicked and the text says we are fully booked this weekend. I thought you just disappeared from the list if you had no availability!

BTW, I do have rooms open on booking so that is completely wrong.

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Madeleine wrote:

Oh this is a pain. I just clicked and the text says we are fully booked this weekend. I thought you just disappeared from the list if you had no availability!

BTW, I do have rooms open on booking so that is completely wrong.

I was told the same, but asked again when this happened to me, this was the answer:

If a search is by city for certain dates and you are full your business will not appear.  But if a search is by YOUR business name and dates you are 'full' the statement will appear. 

Of course at the time I signed up they were not doing PPC on individual business names so I was not even thinking about a search for my business name. 

This is another ploy they have to make sure you post all of your available rooms. 

I have noticed the messages as well regarding higher prices, busy time, etc.  What is the advantage?  If people are putting in dates, most likely they are wanting THAT time frame, if they get these messages they may just look at another city, state to go. 

Being a little business trying to make it, marketing is just taking it all out of me!!!! 

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