Safeguarding the Future of the Concierge Through Technology: Why Your Concierge Needs a Modern-Day Toolset
February 7, 2017 5:47am
Few roles in the hotel have been as affected by technology as that of the concierge. Mobile internet and apps have decreased the reliance of most guests on the concierge, while at the same time changing the relationship concierges have with their own workplace tools.
ALICE Concierge is a modern-day toolset for concierges that acknowledges the demands of today’s guests, as well as concierges’ own expectations of technology. It’s a product attuned to the challenges and opportunities of the modern concierge role, and the importance of the concierge role to the hotel when it comes to guest engagement and service differentiation.
What about the concierge role has changed?
What does a modern day concierge tool, like ALICE Concierge, look like?
Here are the essential features of a modern day concierge tool:
What it is: Request Tracking helps your concierge to manage, assign and track all guest requests and internal incidents, all within ALICE.
Why it’s important: Your concierges are being asked to book all sorts of activities by guests, even before those guests arrive on property.
From dinner reservations that need to be made months in advance, to car services that need to be booked the day of, a concierge team has to work together over the course of a guest’s journey to book and track all the services being requested. No one wants to disappoint a valued guest and a request tracking tool ensures nothing slips through the cracks.
With all requests logged and worked on in ALICE, every team member in your hotel can answer whatever questions guests might have about the status of their requests. Even other departments, such as the night shift when the concierge team goes home.
What it is: Reminders lets your concierges set when and how often they want to be reminded about a task that needs to be taken care of. This is to ensure all important steps are taken and completed ahead of time for a given request. Reminders also add context to requests, by including relevant info like guest information, phone numbers, internal notes and social links.
Why it’s important: Basic reminders - the kind that pop-up one time in advance of an appointment - aren’t useful to a concierge. Most guest requests require multiple steps to fulfill them, and hence, multiple reminders attached to one request. ALICE’s customizable reminders lets concierges link multiple reminders together, in a way that makes the most sense for the particular task at hand. Say, for example, a guest requests a dinner reservation for a few months out. Most restaurants will not accept a reservation for more than a month in advance. Concierges may want to set a reminder for their team to book the restaurant one month prior to the requested date, another to confirm with the restaurant a day before and a third to print the confirmation in advance of the guest’s arrival.
Local Vendor and Contact Database
What it is: Local is your digital black book. Powered by a Google database, Local lets concierges and front desk staff save information for any business or contact they or their guests call upon. Simply enter a fragment of a restaurant name or any other business, and Local will automatically find the business address, phone, hours, website, categories, and all their social links (Yelp, Facebook, Opentable, Foursquare, and more). Then your concierge can can add other notes, such as their contact person or favorite menu recommendations. Your concierge can also create an endless number of lists from this information to save and print out for guests asking for recommendations.
Why it’s important: Your hotel’s neighborhood helps set it apart. As such, it’s to your advantage to build up a local database of area information that can be used by guest-facing teams to create memorable trips, filled with great activities and dining experiences. By putting all this information at your concierges’ fingertips, ALICE Concierge’s Local vendor database saves concierges valuable time and helps you impress your guests.
In-App Messaging and SMS
What it is: Guests can communicate with your hotel’s concierges in real-time, with ALICE’s in-app messaging functionality and SMS texting (the latter does not require guests to download an app).
Why it’s important: Studies show that increasing guest engagement leads to improved guest satisfaction and customer loyalty and messaging is fast becoming the new interface for communication between businesses and consumers. Through ALICE, Guests can communicate with your concierge team on their own terms, via rich in-app messaging or easy SMS texting. Room not ready? “We’ll text you when it is.” Stuck in town? “Text us and we’ll send a car.” Additionally, request status updates and notifications give guests peace of mind that the work is being done for them.
Itineraries and Letter Confirmations
What it is: Print, email, or text your guests their itineraries and letter confirmations with your hotel's custom branding. The itinerary tool allows you to place all guest booking and events into a branded PDF document for your guest in chronological order, and even include walking, biking, bus or driving directions from your hotel.
Why it’s important: Guests often ask for confirmation of their booked activities. The Itinerary feature enables concierges to place any pertinent guest information in an organized and hotel-branded document they can email, print, or text to the guest. This ensures guests have easy access to the confirmed reservations and bookings made by the concierge during their stay. Concierges love how quickly this document can be generated, customized and sent to guests or printed through ALICE, instead of creating their own in Microsoft Word.
Logbook: Packages and Lost & Found
What it is: The ALICE Logbook allows your hotel to record all incoming and outgoing packages and lost & found items. Our easy to use solution can be shared across multiple departments to optimize communication, and ultimately, customer service to your guest.
Why it’s important: Inventory management can be a surprisingly large part of a concierge’s job, but most concierge tools don’t provide concierges with the tools they need to manage inventory as well as perform their regular concierge duties. Every minute spent logging a package is less time with guests. Every five minutes spent finding a package results in a more frustrated guest. Leveraging innovations from residential buildings that receive hundreds of packages a day, ALICE has built a quick and easy solution to save time in logging and finding a guest’s belongings.
You can learn more about ALICE Concierge by clicking here. Schedule a demo of ALICE Concierge here.
By joining all the departments of your hotel onto a single operations platform for internal communication and task management, ALICE helps your staff act as a team to provide consistently excellent service. ALICE’s main product - ALICE Suite - brings together your front office, concierge, housekeeping, and maintenance teams, and connects your guests to your hotel with our app and SMS tools. The ALICE platform is also available as specialized software and mobile applications for your staff (ALICE Staff), your concierge (ALICE Concierge) and your guests (ALICE Guest). Each module is fully integratable with PMS, POS, and all other third party management systems. ALICE is ideal for 3-5 independent and managed hotels, but is also designed for vacation rental companies, luxury residences, and concierge companies looking to provide exceptional service through mobile staff technology and guest communication channels. For answers to our frequently asked questions, check out our new FAQ page.
Contact: Lola Feiger
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