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Milestone Internet Marketing, Inc. Launches eBuzz ConnectTM;

Online Social Media Management for the Hospitality and Travel Market

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Santa Clara, CA – June 17, 2009 – Milestone Internet Marketing announced today the launch of eBuzz ConnectTM Social Media Management System targeted at the hospitality and travel industries.  eBuzz ConnectTM is an online Social Media Management system for hotels, restaurants, and businesses to manage online reputation and social media channels from an integrated single interface.   In addition to Social Media channels, eBuzz ConnectTM also monitors Online Travel Agency channels such as Expedia and Travelocity.   Hotels can measure their performance against social media marketing goals and benchmark their performance vs. competitors using the system.
Why eBuzz ConnectTM?

Social Media Marketing is the next frontier of “organic optimization.”  As Social Media sites continue to grow in popularity, it is important for hotels to include these channels in their online marketing strategies, especially when references from these sites are considered important ranking factors by search engines. Hotels that take advantage of this trend and put an effort in managing their online reputation are seeing significant benefits in terms of online placement and increased revenue. 

Over the last few years, Milestone has collected substantial return on investment data from social media marketing efforts for several hotel industry clients (see GravitiTMfor more information).  eBuzz ConnectTM is derived from the results of these marketing efforts and focuses on the social media channels found most effective for the hotel industry. 

eBuzz ConnectTM Key Features

eBuzz ConnectTMcomes with several features for monitoring and managing online reputation and proactively marketing the hotel on social media channels.  Some of the key features include: 
 

Converting Social Media into Profits
  • Monitor, manage, respond (wherever possible) to reviews and comments on social media channels
  • Monitor performance on OTA channels
  • Reference Guide for Social Media Marketing - which channels to optimize and how to optimize
  • Demystifies how hotels can maximize gains and track performance in social media channels
Flexible and Powerful Reporting
  • Actionable General Manager’s Summary Report
  • Dashboard view and desktop delivery
  • Trend Analysis – data saved for up to 2 years
  • Brand and group level reporting.  Summarize reports by group or region, assign multiple user permissions
Set and Manage Social Media Goals
  • Benchmark performance of hotel on social media channels vs. pre-set goals.  Goals can be relative to competitors or absolute goals.  Track performance pre- and post- changes at the hotel (construction, management change, etc)
Competition Monitoring
  • Monitoring of performance vs. competition 
Impact IndexTM
  • Enables focus on important items.  Sort by importance of reviews using Impact Index Rating

eBuzz ConnectTM System Architecture
The system is designed as a central warehouse for collecting and storing data from multiple Web 2.0 and Social Media sites and the capability to present data to the user in easy-to-read dashboard reports and desktop delivery reports.  The architecture provides an easy to navigate social media dashboard with summarized reports segmented by the type of channel such as Travel Reviews, Blogs and News, Photo Sharing, Videos, Bookmarking, and Social Networks and easy ability to drill down into each of the channels. 

Availability and Pricing
eBuzz ConnectTM is available starting June 23, 2009 at the HITEC Conference in Anaheim, CA.  The system is available at a discounted launch price in the range of $95 to $195 per month per hotel. Multiple hotel pricing discounts are offered and the pricing can be obtained by contacting Milestone sales rep.  For more information about the product and company or to sign up for a free trial, call (888) 350-8396 or email:  sales@milestoneinternet.com

About Milestone
Milestone Internet Marketing, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet marketing solutions for the lodging industry.   Milestone’s portfolio of services included Web site design, search engine optimization, pay-per-click marketing, email marketing, and several Social Media Optimization initiatives like online videos, blogs, RSS, etc.  Milestone currently works with over 700 hotels and drives over $150M in annual revenue for its clients. Milestone is a preferred vendor for several major lodging industry brands and works with some of the leading management companies in the US. Milestone is also well known as a lodging industry educator for its Hotels to HTMLs internet marketing workshops and book.   For more information on our products and services, please visit www.milestoneinternet.com or email sales@milestoneinternet.com or call (888) 350-8396.

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Copyright © 2009 Milestone, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

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Contact:

Teresa Soriano-Villaruz
Tel: 408-492-9055 x 6871 
Email: tsvillaruz@milestoneinternet.com
Web: www.milestoneinternet.com
Blog: http://blog.milestoneinternet.com
 

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Also See: Milestone Internet Marketing, Inc. Enhances Its Google Certifications / June 2009
Milestone Internet Marketing, Inc. Wins Best Hotel and Lodging Website Award / April 2009
Milestone Internet Marketing, Inc. Wins Multiple Adrian Awards for Excellence in Hotel Internet Marketing / January 2009
Milesone Launches Graviti™; Hotel Industry’s First Integrated Social Media Optimization Plan / November 2008
Milestone Internet Marketing wins W3 Silver Award for Hotel Website Design and Promotion / November 2008
Matt Cutts, the Google Guy, Shares Insights on Smart Strategies and Analytics for Improving Hotel Web Site Performance / November 2008
Interview with Matt Cutts from Google Regarding Best Practices for Promoting Hotels Online / Benu Aggarwal / March 2008
Milestone Internet Marketing, Inc. Wins Gold Adrian Award for Excellence in Hotel Internet Marketing / January 2008
Blogging For Lodging; Are You Blogging Yet? / Benu Aggarwal / April 2007
Milestone Internet Marketing Licenses Hotels to HTMLs™ Handbook To Best Western International (BWI) For Online Education / May 2005

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