Mastering the CVB-Planner Relationship in the Tech Age

The following information is provided by Visit Anaheim. In an industry where relationships are paramount, how can CVB’s and DMO’s maintain them and show value to planners considering their destination? Our industry focuses on face-to-face human connection and building relationships that last. more

Top 10 Breakout Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss at Cvent CONNECT 2016

Cvent CONNECT 2016 is quickly approaching, and we’ve put together an incredible lineup of speakers for our hospitality audience. Our breakout session topics range from emerging group business trends to new marketing tactics and expert planner panels. Keep reading for our list of the ten more

10 Reasons You Should Attend Cvent CONNECT

At this year’s Cvent CONNECT, nearly 3,000 event and hospitality professionals will meet up in Las Vegas to learn, engage, and network with industry experts and peers. Here are ten things you have to look forward to in June 2016! The Venetian and The Palazzo: These hotels offer a high-end more

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 more

Four DMOs That Are Creating Brilliant Content for Millennial Meeting Planners & Attendees

It takes more than Tweeting and posting images to Instagram to get hotel group business from millennial-age meeting planners. It now requires creating custom content for a generation hungry for destination intelligence that goes beyond staid and uninspiring tourism guides.  By promoting their more

21 Ways to Win Big at Group Business by Visually Telling Your Hotel's Story

Studies show that a good story is 22 times more memorable than just facts alone. Since we live in an increasingly visual culture, telling stories with images is imperative. In his article "6 Powerful Reasons You Should Include Images In Your Marketing," Jeff Bulla shares that articles with more

Destination DC's CEO on DC Cool: Conception, Wins, Challenges & More

It’s been more than a year since Destination DC, Washington, D.C.’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, released its latest multi-year marketing campaign, “DC Cool.” The campaign, which refers to the city as cool, focuses on the unexpected. Since the launch of DC cool, the city has received more

Why Now is the Time to Become Cvent Supplier Certificated

School is back in session, but don’t worry, we’ve condensed a career’s worth of eRFP group business knowledge into just a few hours of training. And unlike History of Film 101 and Calculus 452, you and your team will come away with actionable ideas you’ll rush to put into practice to see a more

6 Places to Find Facebook Content to Engage Your Audience

As you already know by now, it isn't enough to set up your Facebook Fan page and post on the wall every once in a while. It needs constant attention, just like most things in life.  In fact, a site that has cobwebs on it is about as effective as advertising group travel on a local rock more

Standing Out: Why Your Hotel Brand’s Website Just Won’t Cut It

When you’re part of a larger, nationally recognized hotel brand, such as Hilton, Best Western or Sheraton, your quality and hospitality standards are recognized across the globe.   However, don’t think being part of a famed hotel brand means you can sit back on your laurels when it comes to more

14 Social Media Post Ideas When Marketing Hotels Online

Marketing hotels on the internet via social media channels goes a long way in determining how well you’ll engage with your audience and if you’ll create a solid fan base amongst travelers. Yet a common problem for hotel marketers is running out of content ideas. So, whether you’re stuck on what more

5 Habits of The Most Productive & Successful NSO Managers

It isn’t always sales and a drive to success that makes you successful. The most successful national sales managers are interested in building relationships both internally and externally. They are determined to be well known and liked by their colleagues and industry professionals which more

8 Ways Destinations Should be Using Twitter

Despite its confining character limits and its endless scrolling content, Twitter remains one of the best conversation tools when marketing DMOs online. Smart destination marketing staff know that Twitter is best for real-time engagement, not just for touting all that is tops about your city. more

CVBs and DMOs: A Five-Point Checklist to Help Market Your Destination

Group organizers and meeting planners are reliant on your CVB and DMO staff to sell them on all the things your city and region have to offer. Besides the convention space and guest rooms, what else do you need to do for marketing  CVBs online? The answer is: plenty! Here is a step-by-step guide more

Group Business Marketing Best Practice Tip: Start the New Year off right with updated user preferences

We all know that employee turnover can be high in the hospitality industry. With sales and marketing managers coming and going, how can you stay connected while also maintaining security?  The New Year presents a great opportunity to get organized. In the past several months, it is likely that more

5 Destination Marketing Tips for Selling Experiences

Today’s travelers seek experiences. More than the creature comforts and amenities, more than packaged entertainment and big-ticket attractions. Out-of-the-ordinary experiences are what truly compels people to pack up and visit your destination. As a destination marketer, you have your work cut more

Surprise Revelation: How Email Still Trumps Social Media

With the success of social media dominating online discussions, hotel marketing publications and blogs, (and not to mention, the entire world!) let’s not forget another powerful hospitality marketing tool for increasing group bookings at a hotel:  EMAIL. When used correctly for marketing a hotel more

How to Successfully Channel the Power of Travel Bloggers

Savvy hotels and DMO brands are integrating blogger outreach campaigns into their hotel marketing strategy or their online DMO marketing strategy. But many of us don’t understand what blogger outreach is, or what it involves. In a nutshell, it’s taking the time to build relationships more

How to Tell Your Hotel's Or CVB's Story With Instagram Video

Throughout the business world, companies are using Instagram Video to tell their brand’s story, create a sense of place...and just to have fun with their followers. Hoteliers and CVBs can do the same and use Instagram Video to enhance their property’s online reputation by generating buzz more

How to Make Your Destination’s Content Contagious

Today’s travelers and meeting planners are facing information overload. And, unfortunately that means that too much of the valuable content created by hospitality marketing teams go unnoticed. Yet, there are those random videos, photos, and blog posts that not only make it through, but become more
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