This is a review of The Lobby, a blog by the Starwood Hotel company.
The first thing that you notice upon arriving to this blog is that it is visually appealing, and this company has clearly captured a good look and is running with it. The Lobby is a blog that is devoted to the preferred guest loyalty program that Starwood Hotel offers. There are two different ways to focus on the blog content is this specific instance, with the first being on the customers that the program is aiming to reach out to, and the second being focusing on the program itself.
This blog is a rich content environment, with blog posts on a wide variety of subjects including local attractions that locals can experience all over the globe. This blog also gives advice not only on popular dining spots, but also offbeat attractions in many local spots as well. The blog also brings promotions into the mix by talking about some of the specials that are run at hotels operated by the company. This is all content that people will be interested in reading in because it will help them plan their next trip or vacation.
As a whole, this is a pretty solid blog that is devoted to popular destinations, though there are some suggestions that can be made. By looking at this blog and then paying particular attention to the suggestions, you can learn a thing or two about your own blogging effort.
- It would be nice to see more how to and tips articles, such as ‘what to pack when traveling to …” or “Preparations to make before visiting …” with some of the most popular destinations in mind. There are some posts like this, but more just like them would be preferred.
- Despite being a blog that is rich in content, there are no real comments to speak of. This means that the bloggers with this particular blog need to spend more time interacting with their visitors. For example, Starwood would benefit from joining and utilizing Twitter, which they currently do not do.
- Another thing worth noting is the posting schedule. This blog is putting out between 3 and 5 posts every weekday, and that is a lot to contend with. As nice as this blog can be to read, they seem to be putting out too many posts, because unless readers are coming every day or several times daily, they are likely missing a lot of the content because it’s being bumped onto the next page. Posting only once a day is usually more than enough when it comes to posting in a blog.
Overall, the Lobby is a better than average blogging effort with a great deal of potential. In terms of Content, The Lobby by Starwood is worth a 4 out of a possible 5. As for comments, the Starwood blog is worth a 1.5 out of a possible 10. Based on posting schedule, Starwood’s blog is worth a 10 out of a possible 15. As for sidebars, a 11 out of a possible of 15 seems sufficient. This leaves the Starwood “The Lobby” blog with a fairly respectable 53 out of a possible 100, and with some room for improvement.
Originally posted 2009-02-05 05:44:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
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