Meeting these specific demands is not as daunting as one may think. Today, a growing number of hotels worldwide are already meeting guests' expectations/demands with the MiKEY module of the Intelity Guest Service Platform. MiKEY enables the Mobile Check-in, Mobile Check-out, and Mobile Key functionality that today's hoteliers are looking for. Presented as a mobile app that is downloaded on a smart device (phone or tablet), guests can book a hotel, check-in remotely, skip traditional front-desk check in and use their smart device to securely unlock their room door. The Intelity MiKEY solution integrates with a hotel's existing Bluetooth Low Energy door locks to streamline the check-in experience. The transmitted key code is safely stored in a key vault on the mobile app. When a guest arrives at his or her room door, they touch the MiKEY icon within the app, and their personal digital key information is transmitted via Bluetooth over a secure communication channel to unlock the door.
"Findings from this study show that more than three-fourths of consumers surveyed would like to use innovative and new technologies when interacting with hotels because they feel it positively impacts their overall experience," said Gregg Hopkins, Intelity chief sales and marketing officer. "If the technology-driven service is delivered 'seamlessly, flawlessly and friction-free at every touchpoint,' it's a win-win for guests and staff. The key to successful technology implementation stems from a proper balance between people, business process and technology. This balance is the fundamental core of the Intelity Guest Services Platform.
"Our solution facilitates mobile guest service when it's wanted and enables personalized staff interaction when it's not," he said. "Hoteliers who will be budgeting for a hyper-mobile, personalized engagement strategy in 2018 will find that MiKEY equips them with the service platform their guests expect and demand, and their staff needs and appreciates."
Guests Want Even More . . .
Hyper-connected guests are expecting/demanding even more mobile capabilities while on property. Here are a few mobile features guests say are important while on property, identified by the Hospitality Technology study, published with research support from UNLV's Willian F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Drake University:
Making room reservations via a personal mobile device is also a top priority according to the study, with 51% of travelers saying the ability to make reservations from their mobile device influences their booking decision. Good news for travelers, 86% of hotelier respondents said they are offering this capability today. Other top reservations/booking features that guests expect/demand include the ability to modify and manage existing reservations (46%), manage loyalty points (43%), search and find hotels using location-based integration (37%), complete guest satisfaction surveys (33%), and access property maps (30%).
"Intelity has mobile solutions that provide two-way communication with guests along every step of their journey, including location-based technology for more targeted guest interaction; this is important, especially when 57% of study participants said they search for hotels with location-based integration and 35% are influenced to stay at a hotel with location-based marketing practices," Hopkins said. "We also have solutions that enhance the in-room experience providing self-service room controls on a bedside tablet . . . solutions for the lobby that decrease demands on the front desk, such as kiosks that provide details on hotel services, area events and flight information . . . and solutions for the web that help hoteliers stay engaged with guests before, during and after their stays.
"Intelity also has mobile solutions for staff that enable them to communicate in real time via direct-to-guest messaging," he added. "And, coming soon, we will have solutions for Apple TV that provide passive-to-interactive entertainment, including the ability for guests to access personal content via iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and other over-the-top services. So, while mobile technology continues to dictate the experience guests expect and demand, Intelity stands ready to deliver those experiences . . . flawlessly. If you are budgeting for mobile in 2018, budget for Intelity."
Intelity, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is the creator of the world's first and most widely used integrated guest services platform, ICE (Interactive Customer Experience™). With certified integrations to all major hotel back-end management systems (POS, PMS, Ticketing, Spa and Room Controls), Intelity's complete guest service platform is a centralized property-automation system that delivers concierge-level services, guest request tracking and fulfillment, business-intelligence analytics, marketing/messaging capabilities, and a full content management system. Since beginning operations in 2007, the Inc. 5000 company has gained a reputation as a leader in hospitality technology with installations across six continents, including most major brands and many celebrated independent properties. Intelity was recently designated as the "Official Mobile & In Room Technology Provider" for Forbes Travel Guide, as well as the "Best Mobile App in Hospitality" from Travel Weekly's Magellan Awards and the "World's Leading Hotel Brand App" from the World Travel Awards. For more information, please visit www.intelitycorp.com.