5 Keys to Get a Handle on Bucket List Destination Marketing

In recent weeks, I read the Huffington Post article, 17 Places You Have to See Before You Die by Yagana Shah. The list includes places dreamed of, our next door neighbors, castles and churches filled with the evidence of our ancestors, cottages close to the earth and memorable places of natural...read more

4 Exciting Forecasted Trends of 2016 & Advice on Working with Group Planners!

2016 promises to be exciting with the Summer Olympics in Rio, and the Presidential Race in our living rooms (and in our pockets) from now until next November. Meetings and events are also back in the news with a changing landscape that includes increased group business and a shift in control from...read more

No Debate! 10 Trendy Ideas To Make Your CVB the Number One Destination Candidate!

There is no debate... Group planners want experiences that are trending, interesting and impactful. With the presidential election just 14 months away, the race for the top seat is trending, definitely one of the most interesting in decades and as a result, more impactful. As a CVB, leverage the...read more

The Culture of Inclusion Part 2: 3 Keys to an Open-Arms Culture That Raises Revenue

  Travel in the U.S. is on the rise according to a July 2015 press release from the Global Business Travel Association with growth expected to be up 4.9% in 2015 and up 5.4% in 2016. Travel, particularly group travel, is more competitive than ever and the hotel that addresses the need to...read more

DMOs Are Moving Toward Marketing the Attendee Experience

As meeting professionals have become more Internet savvy and additional digital tools have been introduced over the years, Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) and Convention &  Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) are now at a crossroads: either change or become irrelevant. Here is what they are facing:  ...read more

5 Tips for CVBs Who Want Reunion Business

Spring has sprung and reunion season is around the corner! Use these five tips to win group business for your CVB in 2015! 1. Realize that Every Reunion Type Has Different Needs Different than conventional meetings and events, you cannot throw all reunions into the same sand pail. Reunion types have...read more

Walk this Way! Advertise Convention Centers by their Walkability Scores

Urban Planner Jeff Speck recently wrote a book entitled, "WALKABLE CITY: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time" of which he encapsulated his ideas on how walkable cities can assist in the economic viability of a downtown area and provide public health of its residents and travelers. Last...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

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

The Next Step to Marketing CVBs Online Lies in Mobile App Development

Most CVBs know it is important to develop a mobile technology strategy, especially in light of the fact that this year, for the second year in a row, smartphones are due to outsell laptops. As smartphones get lighter, faster and more intuitive, they are most likely going to be a planner's tool of...read more

4 Reasons Why Facebook May Not Factor in Your Hotel Marketing Strategy

Channels come and channels go. Who would have thought, just one short year ago, Facebook might be on its way out? Certainly not me!  However, don't think that all social channels are doomed. With more platforms available to the user than ever before, Facebook may have to fight for their relevancy in...read more

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Alternate Smart Ways to Measure Social Media ROI

One thing that many hotel marketing and destination marketing professionals can agree on: It’s difficult to deliver a concrete return on investment for their social media programs. While most hotels, resorts and destinations sense that value exists in having an engaging and active social media...read more

5 Most Influential Words in Hospitality Marketing

Every copywriter or content marketer knows that there are some words that have more clout over the decision making process than others. Funny thing is, these powerful words don’t sound so powerful or complex. After all, its simple language that makes it crystal clear to our audience what we want...read more

6 Tips Every Hotelier Should Know About Writing Calls-to-Action

Good writing is a powerful force when you're advertising a meeting venue or working to increase hotel group business. Compelling copywriting attractions attention, keeps a meeting planner or hotel guest interested, and ultimately can lead them to book your property. Without crafty and smart...read more

1-2-3 Easy Steps Toward a Great Social Strategy

Social Media Strategy. What do these three words really mean? Well, as a Social Media Strategist, I will tell you they mean different things to different people. However, I recently read "The Ten Commandments of Social Media Marketing" by Melonie Dodaro, from  Top Dog Social Media who presented a...read more

Checking Out Digital Check-In!

A key to repeat business is pleasing the business traveler. As a frequent traveler myself, I like to select my seat on an airplane. I prefer more legroom and an aisle seat. I will even pay a little extra for that comfort. When I take a cruise, I'll pay a little more to select the cabin I prefer,...read more

Revving Up Revenue Part 2: 2013 Revenue Bucket List

The last few weeks demanded a great deal of energy and time from you as the revenue manager at your hotel, but the 2012 reports are on the books and you have done everything you can with your team to build the bottom line most successfully. Just when you thought you could exhale, the fiscal cliff...read more

22 Great Ways to Get Green in the New Year

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are terms that continue to create buzz in the hospitality and events industry. But what do these terms really mean and how can your convention center or hotel property start to engage in this process?  First, the definitions: ...read more

Hotels Sway Planners with Valuable Tangible Goods and Intangible Services

Some hoteliers have identified a strong playing power that wins new group business. A typical contract between a hotel and planner lists services that are contracted for the particular group. However, the hotel winning group business is the one who can add the most goods and services valuable to the...read more

Business Travel Up. Spending Up. Total Travel Outlook: Complicated.

In April of this year, The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) released their US Business Travel Quarterly Outlook which hailed some positive, some negative, and some cautionary statistics and information for those entities that are marketing toward business travel. The GBTA study was...read more
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