May 11th, 2009 by Lauren McKay

I’m officially impressed.

About four months back, while staying at the Gaylord National for a conference, I was Twittering back and forth with a coworker about craving cornbread. I can’t remember the context exactly, but I said something to the degree of “Too bad there’s probably no cornbread to be found in this resort in Maryland.”

Spoke too soon…

Within minutes of that post, @GaylordPalms responded with an @ message, telling me where in the hotel I could find cornbread. The Twitterer even told me they could have it wrapped up so I could take it to the airport. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the message in time and had already left for the airport. No cornbread for me, but I was wowed by the quick response by whomever was tweeting on behalf of Gaylord. I, of course, shared the anecdote on Twitter.

Today I arrived at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. A few hours after my check-in, there’s a knock on my door. In walks a hotel employee with a “gift for me.” What to my wondering eyes should appear? A tray with three different kinds of cornbread, butters, and dipping sauces, and a note reading, “Just in case you still have a craving for cornbread. We hope you enjoy your stay. From all your friends at Gaylord Hotels, Opryland, Palms.”

Oh and by the way, the cornbread is simply delicious.

Cornbread courtesy of Gaylord Hotels

Cornbread courtesy of Gaylord Hotels

Thank you Gaylord!

Thank you Gaylord!

So, how did they know you wanted cornbread? Were they following you? Did the co-worker you were tweeting retweet?

Comment by Dina Meek — — May 13, 2009 @ 11:31 am

Dina,

What’s interesting is that Gaylord Hotels was not following me on Twitter prior to my post. What I assume is that the person who Tweets for Gaylord actively searches Twitter for mentions of the hotel and resort.

Because I wasn’t following Gaylord at the time, they couldn’t send me a direct message. I didn’t get my “@ message” until I checked my replies later on.

-Lauren

Comment by Lauren McKay — May 13, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

That is a great example of both the power of Twitter and Over the Top customer service. To send the initial offer for corn bread was great… to remember the next time you came back was Superior Customer service!

Kudos to Gaylord Hotels for doing such a fantastic job!

Comment by Dallas Web Design — — May 13, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

Like this story since we at NetDocuments are attending Gaylord National with the legal IT conference (ILTA) in August. It’s good to see traditional organizations/industries using the latest innovative technologies.

Comment by leonard — — May 14, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

Wow Lauren, great story. I heard of a similar story with biscuit and Popeye’s. It’s great to see companies using such a “simple” tool like Twitter to reach out and provide a better customer experience.

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