Before booking, travellers don’t just look at hotel websites – they also look at review platforms like HolidayCheck. By integrating a widget onto your hotel site, you can show all the important and relevant information about your hotel, like the recommendation rate or ranking, and thus convince your potential guests directly. All the guests who have already stayed in your hotel can also now give reviews directly via the widget and won’t be redirected to another site.
Creating your widget – here’s how:
1. You’ve got two ways to get to the site to create your widget. You can go to holidaycheck.de/widgets, or on the lower part of the HolidayCheck website, under „Für Partner“, choose the „Widgets“ link. You can find this option at the very bottom of the page.
Please note that widgets can only be created in German. Please find a step by step manual below.
2. Enter your hotel name in the search bar right of „Direkt loslegen“, choose your hotel with a click from the options listed, and select „Widgets anzeigen“. You’ll now automatically be redirected to the configuration page.
3. Please do these three steps, one after the other.
Step 1: Choose your individual widget („Wählen Sie Ihr individuelles Widget“)
Consider what you’d like to show potential guests with your widget. You can choose your recommendation rate („Weiterempfehlungsrate“), average rating („Gesamtbewertung anzeigen“), your ranking („Ranking anzeigen“), or a selection of your recent reviews („Bewertungen anzeigen“). Confirm your selection by clicking on the relevant field.
4. Step 2: Adjust your advertising („Passen Sie Ihr Werbemittel an“)
Here you can continue to edit the content of your widget, and how it looks. Then choose from 3 different sizes („Wählen Sie die Größe Ihres Widgets“) and finally, decide which colour you would like for your widget.You can choose between blue („Blau“), grey („Grau“), and white („Weiß“).
5. You can also decide whether you’d like to collect reviews directly through your website („Möchten Sie mit Ihrem Widget Bewertungen sammeln?“). Our tip: make the most of the new review function on the widget. Select yes („Ja“), so that your guests can give reviews through the widget, without having to be redirected to an external website.
6. Now you just need to choose which language you’d like for your widget. Unfortunately, we no longer offer an English or Polish version – but if you have lots of German guests, choose „DE“ and address them directly.
7. Step 3: Are you happy with how your widget looks? You can then confirm your selection in Step 3, by clicking on your widget preview. You’ll then get a pop-up with the personalised HTML code for you to integrate into your website’s source code or Facebook page. You can find a detailed instruction here. If you have questions about this step, it’s best to ask your system administrator or the programmer who looks after your website.
7. You can preview the appearance of your widget at http://htmledit.squarefree.com, for example. When you insert the generated HTML code, the preview of your widget will be displayed in the lower window.
Are you using our old widget? To carry on being able to benefit from the advantages of having a widget, we recommend that you now change over from your old one.
To ensure that the integration of the HoliayCheck widget complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we recommend that you add the following passage to your
hotel’s data protection declaration:
Web widgets of HolidayCheck AG Bahnweg 8 CH-8598 Bottighofen Switzerland are integrated on our website. Web widgets are small programs that are integrated into the website and that display information from other websites.
The content that is displayed on our website (reviews, recommendation rate) is always called up to date from the HolidayCheck servers. For this to technically work, data must be exchanged between the two servers involved. This includes the date and time of the visit; the page from which the call is made; the internet protocol address (IP address) used; the browser type and version, device type, operating system and similar technical information.
The legal basis is our legitimate interest in accordance with point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR. By provision of these services, we supply up-to-date and correct contents on our website. The processed data only serve to provide the content or transmit data that you provide when you place an evaluation directly on our website. They will not be processed any differently in particular not in order to analyze user behavior.