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The B&B Team

Rick Wolf and Peter Scherman (that’s Rick on the left and Peter on the right) are both experienced speakers who have presented on a range of innkeeping related topics at the state, regional, and national level. They gather and analyze research for the Innkeeping industry and welcome the opportunity to share it with others. Contact Us

Posts Tagged ‘bed and breakfast’


R is for Rates – To raise or not to raise, that is the question

March 5th, 2012 by Janet Wolf

When it comes to rates, to increase or not has always been a brooding question for innkeepers and a subject of much discussion, especially in tough economic times. In a recent PAII Forum thread the subject of raising rates was introduced and many innkeepers took the time to give their opinions and express their own […]

C is for Cost of Doing Business

September 27th, 2011 by Janet Wolf

Jay Karen’s Video Blog and the following posts on the PAII Forum got my brain a racin’. Like Jay we at The B&B Team visit many Inns and are also a witness to the good, the great and the not so terrific.  On the subject of hangers let me first reveal a story from my […]

Is Living Social or Groupon Confusing Your Performance Indicators?

July 27th, 2011 by Scott Bushnell

Countless inns are participating in the Living Social and Groupon craze (not sure if I should use the word “fad” there, which implies a short-term shelf life) and, as seen in previous postings from Janet and me, there are a number of “rules of thumb” that can make participation worthwhile. One thing that is happening, […]

Where Is This Bed & Breakfast?

June 17th, 2011 by Janet Wolf

Here in Maine we have a great magazine, Down East, which has been the best source for all things Maine for decades.  In every issue they have a feature called ‘Where in Maine?’ Readers can try to identify a place and send in their response and in the next issue the place will be revealed. So […]

Give Me the Simple Life

May 11th, 2011 by Janet Wolf

Ahh…the simple life of an innkeeper. Well maybe not so simple these days with social media, online reservations, website updating, conferences, webinars, the list goes on. So let me tell you a story of a couple of innkeepers of yore. Their names were Maryline White and Louise Shangle, partners in business and life. They owned […]

Living Social Tips from Innkeepers

April 6th, 2011 by Janet Wolf

Attention shoppers…group buying marketing companies have hit the air waves. In radio days the airwaves were the frequency that transmitted the signals that carried information to the world. We all know what claims the airwaves today, social media.  And the latest addition to the social media tool box is… If you haven’t heard, Living Social […]

Graycote Inn – A Retreat from the Everyday

March 10th, 2011 by Janet Wolf

When looking for Maine Bed and Breakfasts for sale one often thinks of Bar Harbor.  It is the iconic Maine coastal town for visitors to our great state. Even though we live in Kennebunkport and are quite partial to our bit of coastal paradise, many folks think of Bar Harbor and Acadia when they think […]

Travel Packaging-Wrap Up What You Do Best

October 26th, 2010 by Janet Wolf

Here in Kennebunkport we have a local family owned restaurant Alisson’s that runs a great business and has been doing it for about 30 years. When we have our Aspiring Innkeeper Seminars here in the Port we always treat our attendees to dinner on Friday to kick off our seminar. Alisson’s serves the locals and […]

The B&B Team Launches New Website

September 10th, 2010 by Peter Scherman

The B&B Team is delighted to launch our new website today. After over a year of planning, the finished product is now available to make it easier to find an inn for sale, get tips on making your inn more profitable, learn about us and our services, and explore the marvelous profession of Innkeeping. As […]

A Good Table

June 17th, 2010 by Rick Wolf

After Peter’s recent posting about the simple joys of sitting on the porch and the numerous comments it elicited, I thought I would share a brief ‘reading’ with you…one I wished I had written, but will be pleased to share with you instead. A couple of weeks ago, Jan and I went to the wedding […]

Do You Know What the B&B Industry’s Competition is Doing?

June 11th, 2010 by Scott Bushnell

On a flight to visit an inn this past week, I was reading an article in the USA Today (June 1) containing some interesting information about the big guys…the hotels…with information that also applies to the B and B industry.  In his article “Hotels try to woo leisure travelers” Roger Yu relates some concepts of the […]

We are a Visual Society…and Your B&B Can Exploit it!

May 10th, 2010 by Scott Bushnell

Check out the statistics: –  32% of all Internet activity is made up of Video –  Consumers prefer video 6 to 1 over text –  Facebook video viewers are up 2000% in the last year –  It was discovered by Forrester Research that videos increase Search Engine Optimization on Google’s (and other search engine’s) algorithms by […]

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