The Best Mobile Apps for Small Hotels

Small hotel operators can use mobile apps to improve the guest experience while also increasing the efficiency of their business.

While there’s an app for quite literally anything you can imagine, here are some mobile apps that are best for your small hotel or bed and breakfast.

First things first: What is a mobile application?

A mobile application is a software program designed specifically for mobile devices. Most people refer to them as apps, and they are widely used on tablet devices and smart phones.

In most cases, a mobile app is created for a certain purpose, or it is designed to provide mobile users with the similar capabilities and functions of their laptop or desktop computer.

What are the benefits of using mobile apps?

One of the reasons that mobile apps are so popular amongst those in the hospitality industry is that they are convenient and improve business in many ways.

Here’s a few of the benefits of using mobile apps at your small hotel:

Greater efficiency

Apps can put the power in the hands of your customers, allowing them to check themselves into their room or order room service without ever making a phone call.

This can help save you time when it comes to managing your business.

Also, you can also implement mobile apps that improve the way you run your business, preventing you from wasting time on administrative tasks when you could be interacting with your guests.

Remote capabilities

Many mobile apps are designed to let you run your small hotel from the palm of your hand. Using these apps, you can quickly check data, respond to customers and update your booking information, and you don’t have to be in the office to complete any of those tasks.

Some mobile apps to check out

  • VSCOcam — This app allows you to take photographs and share them with your followers, similar to Instagram. However, with the VSCOcam, you get improved filters and better editing features, so you can capture truly breathtaking moments at your hotel and share them with your guests.
  • Splice — Splice is a video editing app that makes it easy for you to create powerful videos at your hotel. Within a few simple steps, you can create, edit and display video through Splice. You also have the power to create slideshows, and there’s no limit to how long they can be. Through Splice, you can make the video content you need in order to engage your past, present and future guests online.
  • Buffer — This app is a necessity if you are active on social networking sites, such as Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. With Buffer, you can compose posts and add photos as well as videos, and then schedule them for specific times of the day and days of the week. This saves you time while ensuring that your social media strategy is as successful as possible.

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