innRewards.com is Live!

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Hey, everyone! From idea....to inspiration....to reality! We are extremely excited to announce that InnRewards is now up and running! Weʼve been burning the midnight oil over the last few weeks to make it happen and it is now live and ready to sign up! It will remain free for a while to help get the word out. Thanks to everyone for your feedback! Letʼs make some bookings!!

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It looks good, but it took forever for the background photo to load for me and because I have a large monitor the image did not cover the entire background.

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1. I note the site is not responsive design. The cute logo covers up the top navigation. The site does not look good on my iphone.

2. I am curious as to why you used a fall scene for the background. I would personally like to see that go because it does not represent all inns. The background should be some kind of neutral design in my opinion. I

3. Can you use a bullet list on the intro so people don't have to "read" so much text? Same on the innkeepers page. The Q & A is great..but the Huge paragraph you have to read prior to that  ...ugh. Break it up someway. Just too much.

4. Can you make it so the logo in the upper left is clickable to go to Home page?  Most sites use that these days.

5. When you are looking at an inn listing and click on that inn's website, it leaves inn rewards. Should open in a new window

Love the little house logo! 

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This is stuff I want to hear! I want you guys to tell me what you like and don't like! That's what your suppose to do. We will still be adding some things to the site and I do have some priority things to do. The background pic will be on a rotation of different scenes from around the world was my thinking. I'm working on reducing the image files. I'm working on the site to work with smartphones. I understand the text idea. If people come to the site, how will they know what the site is without having the text there to read? Can you give me some examples of a look and feel of what you are talking about? I really do want your feedback from all of you! The only way this site will work is for all of us to work together and share ideas. After all wasnt that the goal we set out when we decided a site like this was a good idea? So PLEASE list your property and let me know how that part of it works for you. Because I need to learn the backend of this site as well!

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You may have got my email but there is no way for non USA inn's to register as there is no options to choose foreign places

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Hello! I did receive that. I sent a response to you. I will explain here as well.
If you are a property that is not in the US. Please register and fill out your URL. There is a place that says "suggest a catagory" this is where you will list where your property is located We are making a place for you. If you look at the home page and on the left hand side you will see other countries listed. We will add countries as they sign up. My goal is to have a map like the US for every country. There is a ton of work to get to the place we are now. But the foundation is here now. Now we just have to work out the little stuff. Smiling

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You don't have to do away with the text, just break it up a bit so there is more white space, maybe images, and use lists / bullet points. That is key in getting someone to read a site. And we know...people don't read!!!

I think you set yourself up for more work with rotating images etc for the background. We did that years ago for the BBAV site and I  hate it  now. It gets real old and it too does not cover the entire screen of a large monitor. Some sort of design that is just pleasing to the eye and not obtrusive would be a way to go.  HEre's a site for subtle backgrounds: http://subtlepatterns.com  you could edit any and add some color to them.

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I was thinking changing them 4 times a year. I will look into the background. I just thought something different would keep people longer on te site. How big is your screen? I have a 24 and it covers it.

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mine is 24 and it does not cover it. Must be my settings. Don't think the background will do  much to keep people on the site. It is the content that does that. Backgrounds can be distracting.  Take a look at some of A c o  r  n 's portfolio to get some ideas. Maybe just a wash effect with colors going from dark at top to light at bottom..

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Just signed up. Photo is not the best, but like another Inn-mate, just lost ALL my photos.  Recovered, but totally un-catagorized on an external drive.  Will take months to re-catagorize.  It may never happen.  

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Thanks for signing up! Your place looks buetiful. I enjoyed spending sometime on your site last night. I have a brother in-law that lives in CAL not to far from you. They love places like yours. I'm sending him your info.
If your worried about your pictures, you can login anytime and change them yourself or if you need help let me know.
Thanks again!

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You can put a BETA on it somewhere so people realize it is a work in process at the moment.

I am trying to get my blog to show the photo in the feed, I can't quite work out why it isn't. I have adjusted it a few times. 

Not a big issue, but if someone else's toilet can be seen then my photo can be! haha

Page down for Blog feeds:

http://innrewards.com/

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That's a good idea! I will do that. I will also check on your blog. I'm cooking breakfast now and will check on it in a few! I know when we had your listing on here while we were testing it it looked great and all your pics were viewable.

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From the site:

2) Will my reward have to be a discount on my rooms or have some type of minimum amount?
No! You control whatever you feel you would like to give as a reward. But you will have to offer something or it negates the purpose of what we are trying to do.

 

I got an email saying the reward needs to be for a one night stay, not just longer stays. I did not understand this, as the site says you control whatever you give, it didn't say a min one night stay gift.  

If this is correct you may want to change this on the site. Here is the conundrum:

           If I put the logo on my website and offer this free gift to one night stays, then that is basically every guest who stays with me. All I am doing is sending them to the innrewards site, and then losing money. AT this point my site is much more indexed online than the new Innrewards site. I don't want to have a conflict of interest on my own site.  Hope that makes sense? I don't want to send ANYONE off my website who is already there.

So for that reason I am willing to put a special reward, but it is midweek and multiple night stays, not one per room for the entire time I do this. I can see in the off season, but we are past that now, and rolling into the peak season reservation wise.

I am sharing this here so it will be clarified for everyone, not just me. Thank you. Smiling

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This is going to be an area we need to really think about. My wife has said the same thing JB. But l told her this. Lets think about this for a second. If we are not careful we are going to be just another Directory lost in the sea of has been places to find lodging. If we make ourselves stand out and give people a real reason to come back to Innrewards then we have succeded. I know in the busy season giving a freebie will seem like a waste of money. Your freebie does not have to cost very much. Free box of choc, bottle of cider, early checkin/late check out..... If we can harness people to come to our site the more business we will all get. If you are slow give a bigger reward. Im hoping people will start talking about it. When a friend talks about going away on a romantic getaway and asks for suggestions, they say "have you tried InnRewards? They have properties all over that give away special gifts and rates for staying with them." As a customer where are you going to look for a place to stay first? A place like all the diorectories that we all really do not like? Or a place that gives everyone a little token of thank you for staying with us? I remember you saying one time the "life is to short to stay at the same place twice." Many people have this same logic. But I would like to try and keep them going to Bed and Breakfast. Who knows maybe one of your guests with the same thinking will stay at my property next.

I am open to suggestions, but lets really think about what will keep guests coming to this site rather then others. We do want to be remembered.

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i was just looking at source code. I see no <title> or <description> tags. Those are absolutely needed for each page.

Have you done a Site verification with google webmaster tools?  What about putting in Google Analytics code as well? 

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Bob wrote:
This is going to be an area we need to really think about. My wife has said the same thing JB. But l told her this. Lets think about this for a second. If we are not careful we are going to be just another Directory lost in the sea of has been places to find lodging. If we make ourselves stand out and give people a real reason to come back to Innrewards then we have succeded. I know in the busy season giving a freebie will seem like a waste of money. Your freebie does not have to cost very much. Free box of choc, bottle of cider, early checkin/late check out..... If we can harness people to come to our site the more business we will all get. If you are slow give a bigger reward. Im hoping people will start talking about it. When a friend talks about going away on a romantic getaway and asks for suggestions, they say "have you tried InnRewards? They have properties all over that give away special gifts and rates for staying with them." As a customer where are you going to look for a place to stay first? A place like all the diorectories that we all really do not like? Or a place that gives everyone a little token of thank you for staying with us? I remember you saying one time the "life is to short to stay at the same place twice." Many people have this same logic. But I would like to try and keep them going to Bed and Breakfast. Who knows maybe one of your guests with the same thinking will stay at my property next. I am open to suggestions, but lets really think about what will keep guests coming to this site rather then others. We do want to be remembered.

I agree, but did you reply to my ONE NIGHT STAY situation, I already give them $10 off to book online. So that is where I am coming from. Sure I can find something negligible to give, but I was hoping to do more than one night stay, as an incentive, or whatever you want to call it.

Please reply, I don't think you did, I will read on...in case I missed it.

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Jb, I'm brain storming here. I wonder if you did an added bonus! Book online and save $10 or something like that along with your other reward.

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Bob wrote:

Jb, I'm brain storming here. I wonder if you did an added bonus! Book online and save $10 or something like that along with your other reward.

Bob, it was my understanding that the reward was solely at the innkeepers discretion, as long as there is a discount or gift.  Length of stay should also be at the innkeepers discretion.  Previous discussions were to keep it simple, if you place criteria that has to be met, you are apt to have lots of work ahead of you screening each entry.  And then again as people change their rewards. 

JB's buy 2 nights get 3rd free is great!  She covers the 1 nighters right on her sitewink, so they can choose & still get a deal!

 

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Bob wrote:

Jb, I'm brain storming here. I wonder if you did an added bonus! Book online and save $10 or something like that along with your other reward.

Bob, it was my understanding that the reward was solely at the innkeepers discretion, as long as there is a discount or gift.  Length of stay should also be at the innkeepers discretion.  Previous discussions were to keep it simple, if you place criteria that has to be met, you are apt to have lots of work ahead of you screening each entry.  And then again as people change their rewards. 

JB's buy 2 nights get 3rd free is great!  She covers the 1 nighters right on her sitewink, so they can choose & still get a deal!

 


Actually I am giving a 33.33% discount, and it could up to a $165.00 GIFT.  I thought that was pretty nice! Smiling

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im just wondering if there is another way - ie small treat for 1 night but if you book 2+ etc you get a bigger one? then its also an incentive to booker longer stays - which is what we all want!

For me its a good thing as innrewards is linked to my personal online booking which is commission free - saves me 15% on Boo Kin .com or Late rooms or ex pedia so small box of chocolates or whatever is a better deal

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Sorry I don't see anything posted.  And I have told Bob, we have to be careful what is posted to show up on the home page.

I don't particularly like the blog feed there because everyone isn't as skilled a writer or photographer as JBwink

I would prefer to see blog feeds on the member pages.

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I would also prefer blog feeds on member pages. My blogs are often town related and I do not think someone looking to go to CA or UK will give a rat's about a blog in Shinnston - it will just garbage it up when you get tons of inns registered.

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Sorry I don't see anything posted.  And I have told Bob, we have to be careful what is posted to show up on the home page.

I don't particularly like the blog feed there because everyone isn't as skilled a writer or photographer as JBwink

I would prefer to see blog feeds on the member pages.

Correct, do we want a toilet photo on the homepage? Nope. Not really. I wouldn't.

My blog post "photo" that is not showing is quote religious, so is that okay? Maybe not. Not in a group setting, for me it is part of my whole online persona, funky, off beat whatever I want it to be. 

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This will be changed. I'm having a hard time today with the site builder. He hasn't answered me today. I think my list was to long! Smiling

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Let me in on the backside to have a look around wink

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I would also prefer blog feeds on member pages. My blogs are often town related and I do not think someone looking to go to CA or UK will give a rat's about a blog in Shinnston - it will just garbage it up when you get tons of inns registered.

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I think the home page should be used more as a promotional piece for B & B stays, ie" Better way to stay"   Pros, rewards, what to expect maybe??  

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I dont think I can use th "Better way to stay" slogan. I like that, but I dont think PAII will like that. How about the "Inn Way to stay" or ideas are welcome.

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I'm not seeing anything but the blog posts. No inns listed anywhere but the blog roll. Am I missing something? Also, that background photo has a camper in it! What's the deal with having a camper on a B&B/Inn rewards page? I've seen that photo before, too. Don't remember where.

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PAII is liking that others are using things like the Rocky Mount Better Way To Stay so if we say the InnRewards Better Way To Stay we should be OK. I will ask Jay!

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I only  mentioned better way to stay as an example of  how we should promote the site on the home page. I didn't mean to acutally use the term but to use some ideas to attract folks to read.

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I think this will be a good idea. I will change this for the blog to come from each properties listing. How about leaving the blog feed on the home page and I can use this to highlight inns?

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cheeky beggar! thats one of my amazing new bathrooms! ha ha! ive got to get cracking writing another blog post so that's not at the top!

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Recovered, but totally un-catagorized on an external drive.  Will take months to re-catagorize.  It may never happen.  

Do you have Pica sa downloaded on your computer? All my photos were in folder names assigned as I off-loaded them from my camera. As I type, England2011 is being restored to my Pi cas a program that I reinstalled. Pi cas a is free.

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Great job Bob! I hope we will give you some time to get it established and the kinks worked out before we bombard you with constructive criticism (but you know how we are...). Once it's well established it will be so useful to so many.

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Sorry to have to be the one to criticize first...it was not meant to be critical, only to be helpful. If a site is live, it should have the kinks worked out beforehand. I have been preoccupied lately otherwise I would have volunteered to look at it before it went live.

I like the site, but it needs to function well if you are to get more innkeepers involved.

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Alternate backgrounds:

What about the universal sign for hospitality - the pineapple!  I know I had saved a background of white/gray wallpaper style.  but can't find it now!

Or cups of coffee wallpaper style 

or a pic of a nice table setting. 

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In IE I get nothing from the map. On Firefox it works great.

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May be your settings in IE.

I have just tried it in IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari and it works fine for me in all of them.

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My listing is there now, although the rules thing still needs to be sorted out.

If you have read the http://www.maxoccupancybook.com/ you will see that too many post the FRONT IMAGE of their B&B online, on directories, so there is a slew of them. For that reason I did not post a front image of the inn on Innrewards. Once there are 25 inns in my region, I want to stand out.

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Hmmm wish there was a way that photo for the listing could be larger. I could barely tell what that was Sad  Are you limited in the amount of text you can input??  I don't know as I have not tried it.  any way to put in say 3 photos across the top and the text below???  Just thinking of ways to make the listngs look more appealing. Maybe more spacing between the text and the Buttons?  Seems so tight to me.

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I can make the image larger and add more text if everyone thinks that is an issue. Adding more pics might be a little harder. I really want people to click to the owners website rather than spend all their time on their listing on Innrewards. Owners website has that personal touch.

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More pics are  not really necessary IF you have a good sized image as the main image for the listing.

Can you add some space between the listing info and buttons?  That would open it up a bit.  

Again, I say lose that background. Not representative of inns.

Make inn website link open in a new window.

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Hmmm wish there was a way that photo for the listing could be larger. I could barely tell what that was Sad  Are you limited in the amount of text you can input??  I don't know as I have not tried it.  any way to put in say 3 photos across the top and the text below???  Just thinking of ways to make the listngs look more appealing. Maybe more spacing between the text and the Buttons?  Seems so tight to me.

One nice size picture would be nice and a little more text, 250+/- characters is not enough.  500 would be sufficient to get your hook in! 

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I agree we should move them to the individ pages. In fact, make it another line we can fill in when we register, if we have a blog link, which you have asked already, then it will feed to the member's page/listing only.

Otherwise you will need to patrol these all the time. 

There is nothing wrong here, people, this is how you work out the kinks, when we all put our info in, then they can tweak it! This is a good thing! yes

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Your right on. Im listening to all of this. This is how we get stuff done.

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So, I just went and registered. I was a little confused about the links at the top. When it gets established, I think visitors will try to register. Is there some way that it could be more obvious that the "register" and  "add URL", are exclusively for innkeepers? Maybe "add your property" and/or "register your property?"

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

So, I just went and registered. I was a little confused about the links at the top. When it gets established, I think visitors will try to register. Is there some way that it could be more obvious that the "register" and  "add URL", are exclusively for innkeepers? Maybe "add your property" and/or "register your property?"

Agreed.  I was confused as well. 

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Once a property has been reviewed and listed, can we change our reward and have it done instantly, or will it always go to you to approve?

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Yes, you will have total control of your listing.  I have it set to approve each listing for the first time. This way we don't have hotels and motels and people trying to list things that should not be listed.  I also add your property to a google map on your listing.  If you ever need help with anything I am her for you. 

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Are these changes instant? I just changed my reward and added a photo, clicked apply changes, but nothing has changed.

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