Planner PR 101: 4 Winning Steps to Build Planner Trust

You just booked an event, and the planner is very attentive. She calls you morning, noon, and night (yes, you gave her your personal cell phone number in a moment of madness) to micro-manage the details of her upcoming event. Since the moment she signed the contract, she feels like an extension of...read more

Hotel Marketing Musts for Reaching Chinese Travelers

Travel spending by Chinese leisure and business travelers is enormous.  CNN reported that these ultra-luxury travelers spend about $1,230 per trip abroad, amounting to $102 billion in total for international travel. Furthermore, the United Nations World Tourism Organization predicts that upwards of...read more

5 Big Marketing Milestones That Happened While You Were on Summer Vacation

  Getting caught up in the seasons of hotel marketing and working to pump out new deliverables can be a habitual routine. We’re all guilty. When you can take a moment to pause (which is recommended), you’ll find that rapid changes are happening in the world of marketing. Hopefully you took a...read more

4 Killer Ways to Create a Strong Social Signal

  You have a social team in place. Check. You have one or more bloggers. Check. You are registered on all social platforms. Check, check and double-check. So what's the problem? Your hospitality marketing staff is getting virtually no traffic from this avenue. Little to no leads and very little...read more

8 Ideas To Increase “Bleisure” Hotel Business

Wouldn’t it be your dream to have every traveler extend their reservation? Targeting “Bleisure” business is becoming increasingly popular and more hotels are looking for ways to convert business traveler guests into leisure guests too. Sherry Cummins offers a great framework to develop “bizcation”...read more

How to Keep Millennials from Ever Staying at Your Hotel

Millennials are the future of your hotel. They’re on track to be the largest consumer group in the country. They’re vocal about everything they experience – good or bad. And, when they’re traveling you can be sure that all of their social media updates will be seen by friends and followers that go...read more

Is There Secret Marketing Sorcery to Appeal to Millennials?

35,000,000 Google search results appeared when I searched “Generation Y Marketing.” Researchers and marketing experts are busy writing articles and books about how to market to the perplexing population of 85 million Millennials. Many marketers are baffled that Gen Y has been deemed as the...read more

Mum’s The Word: 9 Rules for Marketing Your Hotel to Moms

Mom. She is her home’s ‘Chief Household Officer.’ She’s constantly pulled in different directions, loves a good value, and is always on the lookout for great recommendations. But most importantly, she’s a gold mine of business when marketing hotels online and marketing DMOs on the internet. Why are...read more

8 Ways to Use Your Hotel’s Post-Stay Email To Your Advantage

If you’re like most hotel marketers, you dedicate most of your marketing chops to building your hotel’s brand, luring travelers to choose your hotel with carefully chosen copy, internet hotel advertising and engaging marketing campaigns. But, what happens after the guest checks out? This is where ...read more

Visit Spokane Pulls Out All the Stops with a New Destination Marketing Plan

In an attempt to advertise for business travel and groups, Visit Spokane is trying new things in new markets.  Spokane, for those of you not familiar with it, is located on the eastern edge of the state of Washington and is 90 minutes from the border of Montana and four hours from Seattle. With a...read more

"What's Out and What's In" for Resorts in 2014

Hawkins International Public Relations, a firm spanning a broad range of sectors including resorts, recently issued a trend report for luxury hotels. Below is a summation of what is "old" and "new" in the industry, along with actual hotel marketing staff examples.  What's Out: Calling or using the...read more

7 Sustainable SEO Methods to Your Ever Loving Quest to Rank #1

What business - hotel, DMO, or convention center - doesn't want to come to the top of the list on Google? Everyone right?!?  However, with Google's secret and ever changing algorithm, it is very difficult to understand what works and what doesn't. Irfan Ahmad, Founder of Digital Information World,...read more

3 Killer Reasons You Need to be Responsive on Social Media

  Hospitality Marketing Staff, I get it -- you have rooms to fill and meetings to book. The last thing you need to do is regularly check and update your organization's Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, Instagram and Vine accounts. Phew! It just exhausts me thinking about all...read more

Google Introduces Business Photos, Wallet and Indoor Maps to Help Hotels Market Themselves

Google is expanding its hospitality presence and making it hard for hotel marketing staff to turn away from these innovative concepts. In fact, four hotel chains are on board with Google's latest offerings in hope that these apps will help with their online hotel marketing efforts.  Best Western...read more

5 Sure-Fire Steps to Increase Hotel Group Bookings

Larry Mogelonsky, President and Founder of LMA Communications Inc., recently shared with ehotelier some of his insights for beefing up sales promotions. Even though many of his concepts are relatively elementary, sometimes we can get caught in the minutiae of every day selling and lose focus on the...read more

Is Less-than-Hospitable Service the New Normal?

Harvard Business Review recently highlighted three companies that routinely give bad service but yet -  run profitable businesses. Which begs the question: Is service level no longer an indicator of how well a business performs? Read the information below and you be the judge. A high-profile...read more

Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing Your Hotel to Growing Consumer Groups

What’s the most coveted and fastest growing consumer group in the country today? U.S. Hispanics. Right now, there are more than 52 million Hispanics residing in the nation. That number will rise to 132.8 million by 2050, which will account for 30 percent of the entire country’s population. Need more...read more

Planner Perspective: Winning Attributes from the World's Best Hotels

Reading familiar names in T&L (Travel & Leisure) magazine's January 2014 issue in the 500 World's Best Hotel's list brought feelings, some indescribable, that years later  have stayed with me. Why is one hotel or resort more memorable to a planner than another? Below is a short list to help you...read more

I am a Business Traveler Hear Me Roar

If the title looks familiar, think Katy Perry. And if you are marketing business travel at your property, your "cash cow" guest isn't going to take it anymore. This traveler over the last several decades looked something like this:  I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath Scared to rock the boat...read more

What Hospitality Marketers Can Take From WestJet's Viral Holiday Video

By now, most of us in the travel and lodging industry have seen the latest Internet sensation to hit social media streams everywhere. WestJet swept into the holidays with an emotional video inducing tears and a renewed belief in Santa and his (credit card-holding) elves. In just three days, the...read more
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