Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast joins state association

The Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association has welcomed the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast, located in Nevada, Iowa, into  membership.

The Iowa Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association has been affiliated with the Professional Association of Innkeepers International for over 26 years and has served the tourists and lodging industry in the State of Iowa well for over 27 years.

The Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast offers four spacious rooms, each with their own theme.  The gracious Queen Anne Victorian home is listed on the National Historic Register.  As with all the Iowa B&Bs, the Queen Anne serves a full breakfast to guests and it is always included in the price.

The king room bed.  Very large and comfortable with a private bath.

The King Room. A very large and comfortable bedroom with a private bath and sitting area.

 Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast
1110 9th Street, Nevada, IA. 50201
Phone: 515-382-3022  Fax: 515-382-3022  www.QueenAnneBedandBreakfast.com

Highly Recommend Amelia Painter

I have worked with Amelia Painter for over nine (9) years.  As president of the Iowa Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association (IBBIA) I work very closely with her.  She spearheaded publishing several association cookbooks.  She also designed and manages the Association website which is highly regarded.  IBBIA was also a contact for her as she worked on her book on Innkeeping, which has become one of the Innkeeper’s bibles.

Amelia is amazing to work with.  Her work ethic is second  to none.  She is very prompt and is exceptionally creative.  She usually produces way beyond expectations.  Often she posts notes and messages to IBBIA members that aides them in marketing their B&Bs better and helps them stay on top of industry trends.  Her voice has become very important in the Bed and Breakfast Industry.
She is an excellent writer and these skills have been utilized in  nearly everything IBBIA has published and has sent out to its members. She is able to take a topic and make it interesting and understandable, even  when she is writing about technology.

I personally think that Amelia is responsible for much of my success in marketing my own bed and breakfast business, the Garden & Galley Bed and Breakfast.  Her advice and her design of my website has been invaluable to my B&B ans to me.

Indianola Iowa Bed and Breakfast owner, Esther Hoffa

Esther and her beloved Sam, who passed away after many faithful years of greeting and entertaining B&B guests.

Esther Kauffeld-Hoffa, is the Innkeeper at the Garden & Galley Bed and Breakfast located at 1321 South Jefferson Way in Indianola, Iowa, and she has served as President of the Iowa Breakfast and Breakfast Innkeepers Association since 2008.

Visit the Garden & Galley online at http://www.gardenandgalley.com or call Esther at (515)-961-7749 for additional comments about Amelia Painter or the Iowa Bed and Breakfasts Innkeepers Association.

Google+ is THE social media you want to embrace

Google+ is huge for social media and the search engine marketing world. With the 1.116 billion accounts and 540 million monthly active users, the social network is in line to surpass Facebook and become the most widely used google-plus-logo-tiltsocial network in the world.

With a clean interface, Google+ features include Hangout and Communities. And, since it is a Google product, the search integration is superior. Google Plus is the place to be if you want your business to be ahead of the marketing arena.

Learn more about Social Media today here: http://socialmediatoday.com

Every B&B Innkeeper Needs to Blog

A-pile_quartersIf I had a quarter for every time I’ve urged an innkeeper to connect a WordPress blog to their website, and then post on it regularly, I think I’d be included in the Forbes magazine annual list of the 400 richest people in America this year.

Just this morning I received an e-mail from yet another client asking, “How in the world will I find time to create posts on my blog, on top of everything else that must be done for the B&B?”

So, guess it is time, once again, to share a few tips. The first tip is all about time. It is my opinion that most innkeepers can easily find 30 minutes a day to post new items on their blog, if they are motivated to do so.

Practically every innkeeper running a successful business in our digital age must check their email daily for inquiries about reservations and new reservations, so why not make it part of the routine to create a blog post immediately after checking e-mail? Sounds simple, right? YES, it really is just that simple.

Don’t Waste Time

  • It is easy to loose yourself, and your time, web surfing. Don’t fall victim to this time-waster.  Use your computer as tool, not an excuse to waste your time away.
  • Take advantage of WordPress plug-ins that push your message to several of your social media accounts at once. Jetpack is a very stable and popular plug-in you can investigate and consider using. It is a GREAT time-saver.

Keep A List Of Ideas

  • Most innkeepers carry a notepad of some sort on their person most of the time.  Start a written, or digital, list of ideas or topics you’d like to post about.
  • Organize your writing as you post.  Bullet lists like I am creating here make it easy for your readers to quickly take in information.
  • Keep your posts short.  I try to keep mine between 400-500 words or less — often it is much less.
  • Be concise and make every word count!

Use the WordPress Draft Function

  • If you start a post and suddenly find yourself stuck for words, don’t worry! Simply click on the “Save Draft” button and leave it for now.  You can come back later, and finish the post, then publish it.
  • It is also nice to save a draft and return with an image to include.
  • You can begin one or more drafts at a time, getting ideas that easily flow into your posting system quickly.  Flush them out later.

These are just a few of my tips.  If you have a couple of your own, please feel free to submit them here. Who knows your tips may end-up in my next book with a complimentary plug for your B&B.