B&B Guidebook Review
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Date last reviewed:
- Area Covered:
- Listing Type/Number:
- About 1400 [by sample count] with full (picture) listings; has a great deal more with contact & description only. Standard listings have a minimum of 1 picture, description, activities, link, weather & map links. Some listings may have more pictures.
- From main page have several options:
- "Quick Search" box: Enter city in search box, get list of cities by that or similar names; select correct city and get list of inns with thumbnail picture, short description & link, listing order determined using a priority system. Click on inn for detailed page; may also select "Nearby Listings" which provides other featured inns within 100 mile radius in order by distance. "All Listings" gives all inns listed within 100 miles, by distance. City page also has list of "nearby" cities in the same state.
- Map Search gives world map, click on US to get US map/state list. Select state gives state map showing regions (plus major towns in some) plus list of cities by region. Selecting region or city gives inns in that region or city.
- Special searches include Keyword, Region, Amenity & City and all go to different areas of the same search page.
- Under Keyword Search, enter text keywords.
- Region Search requires selection from drop down menus of regions that are also shown on maps (above).
- City Search is a text search similar to that found on the home page.
- Amenity Search has an extensive list of amenities/policies within a selected distance from a named city/state. Result is inns that to meet criteria.
- Quality Assurance:
- Gives affiliations and inspected status. Allows for guest reviews/ratings. Identifies membership in PAL associations.
- Has on-line availability using several systems for a growing number of inns; also has reservation request via email. Has 'show nearby inns' option on inn page. Has has specials, recipes, honeymoon finder, gift certificates. Basic listings have some long-closed inns.
- Innkeeper Info:
- Promotion: Submits inn pages to search engines. Doing Pay per click on search engines, also doing print promotion. Has Innkeeper resources section. Placement based on 'pay-to-play' which makes it less desirable for smaller inns or those in non-destination areas.
- Standard rate is $249 for pic, details, amenities, link. Input data & pay online.
- Contact: 800.582.1643; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Web Presence Evaluation:
- No. 12 of 78 guides evaluated by Inntelligent.com (4 star).
- Composite of INNSTAR/Inntelligent ratings: 8/10.
- Google® page rank of home page: 3/10.
- Standard listing provided 2% (105) of my B&B's website's guide-sourced unique visitors Jan-Dec 2005.
- Listing provided no proven guest-nights at my 1-unit B&B.
Ratings Summary (see criteria for details)
A (of 20) - 14
B (of 20) - 18
C (of 30) - 23
D (of 10) - 9
E (of 5) - 4
F (of 10) - 10
G (of 5) - 3
Z1 - (2) (Long-closed inns in basic listings)
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