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#007: Elaine Herbert, Owner and Operator of the Yelton Manor, Discusses Why Millennials Are Her Ideal Guests

Nov 7, 2018

For Episode #7 of the Frictionless Innkeeper podcast series, we speak with Elaine Herbert, Owner and Operator of the Yelton Manor Bed & Breakfast in South Haven, Michigan, who discusses why innkeepers need to determine who their ideal guests are, and why Millennials fit the bill perfectly for her property.

A major component for developing a brand vision for any inn comes down to determining your ideal guest demographic. While it may sound cliché, different generations have personality traits, spending power, and guest preferences when they stay at independent properties.

Elaine finds that Millennial guests at the Yelton Manor Bed & Breakfast are ideal. She feels that these guests are trouble-free, respect policies and boundaries, and are warm and friendly overall. Conversely, she feels that Baby Boomers are not a perfect fit for her property, and have more specialized needs and demands.

In this podcast, Elaine shares her candid insights into why Millennials are the perfect guest for her property. Here some highlights from our conversation:

  •      The background and history of the Yelton Manor. (1:00)
  •       Elaine’s perspective on Millennial guests. (2:00)
  •      How Elaine markets to Millennials. (8:42)
  •      Insights into why Millennials want to stay at B&Bs. (16:50)
  •      Why trust is important for Millennials. (26:44)

As always, we would like to thank Elaine for sharing her candid insights, and be sure to listen to her previous interview about how Airbnb has ruined communities worldwide. You can also learn more about the Yelton Manor Bed & Breakfast by visiting their website.