Why can't the Marriott.com page, which seems to be getting more useful every day with a full month view of rates for given hotels, meld with the Insiders page?
Here's how I would do it:
What I am suggesting is that the two sites be melded so that I can find my way easily from local interest to reservations and back again.
Well, some accused me of being retired on active duty for thirty years (old joke: man takes taxi from National (now Reagan National in DC) to meeting, passes a large government building and asks the cabby, "how many folks work there?" Cabby answers, "bout 50 percent!") but retirement (if I ever get there) has its challenges. Here's why -- Henny Youngman often quipped, "Marriage is a three ring ceremony: wedding ring, engagement ring and suffer-ring!"
so you are suggesting that Marriott actually bring you potentially negative comments about a location you are considering? why would they do that? It's one thing to allow the community to discuss plusses and minuses of a property, but to bring those minuses to you readily doesn't seem like a great idea for them. A site trip advisor that has no vested interest is one thing, but this is like Macy's sending customers to Gimbels. It worked onMiracle on 34th street, but I don't think its practical in this case. Am I understanding your idea correctly?
Interestingly - that appears to be exactly what Starwood is doing: http://www.smartertravel.com/hotel/starwood-embraces-customers-reviews.html?id=9400979
As the article says - pretty "gutsy"
These are some great ideas steppingstones. One of our focuses for 2012 actually is integration between Marriott.com and Insiders. We've already begun including Insiders posts on Hotel Websites and over the next few months we'll be expanding these feeds to places like the Marriott Rewards landing page and My Account/Upcoming Reservations. We haven't yet figured out the best way to integrate with search but we agree that there is a better way to help users who are researching or booking to use Insiders information as part of that decision-making process. You raise a lot of interesting intersections that we'll evaluate as we work through this. Thanks!
Thanks Heather. I hope that the site will continue to grow and evolve as we move along. Some king of logical search, a la Google's, would be helpful as well as the ability to selectively filter in or out types of comments. Most of all I wish the system would automatically assign tags based on content (this is not a big deal like the AI based natural language program that underlies SIRI, the new i-Phone app, but a simple gmail-type assignment of tags based on content.