With a 46% increase in hotel related searches*, It is crucial that all hotels have a mobile strategy in place to ensure they maximise the potential of the mobile platform. Dublin based Net Affinity who have been at the forefront of mobile technology for the hospitality industry have released a no nonsense infographic outlining 6 essential tips for a successful mobile strategy. (*Google Insights into Hotel Vertical In Irelands- Q4, 2013) 1. Have a Mobile Website A mobile website is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity! - In the past 12 months, hotels have witnessed an average of 46% mobile traffic growth - 1 in 3 visits are from a mobile device 2. Create Mobile Specific Rateplans Mobile Bookings are poised to grow exponentially over the next few years and with this comes a need to have mobile specific rateplans. - It is predicted that by 2015, 20% off all hotel bookings will be made via mobile devices.* 3. Upload Quality Images Imagey Sells! Upload a selection of your high quality images to your mobile website. - Image Galleries receive the 2nd highest interaction on a mobile device.* 4. Develop a Mobile Marketing strategy With exponential growth in mobile traffic and bookings, consider having a mobile marketing strategy to be found via paid and organic search results. - Google Search Mobile queries grew by 46% in 2013, with 43% of all hotel search queries now made via a mobile device.* 5. Hold availability for last minute mobile bookings Mobile bookings lead time is getting shorter; to grow your mobile revenue, try holding some last room availability where possible. - Currently 31% of Mobile Hotel bookings are made for a stay within a 72hr period.* 6. Go Social with Mobile 2015 is the year to leverage Social media via mobile, Ensure you are encouraging social media interaction via your mobile website. - Mobile Monthly Active Users on Facebook increased by over 45% YOY to 874m. - Mobile Monthly Active Users on Twitter increased by over 37% YOY to 184m. Get the full story at Netaffinity