5 Killer Skills That Overcome Objections and Book Group Sales!

Your well-presented proposal won you an opportunity to come face-to-face with the meeting planner of a Fortune 500 company who is going to book a 2,000 person meeting. You have the rooms for the dates requested, and you outlined the meeting space available and met the group's requests for...read more

Favorite Local and Authentic Meeting Experiences to Inspire You

With meeting planners and business travelers increasingly seeking fewer traditional tourist activities and more authentic local experiences, hotels and venues have been combing their destination for immersive local encounters to enhance their group products just to remain relevant. To get hotel...read more

2015's Best Local & Authentic Meeting Experiences to Offer Planners

In just a few short years, we’ve witnessed a significant shift in the way meeting spaces and group experiences are being created, marketed, and sold. Event attendees are increasingly seeking more local and more authentic experiences, and less ‘touristy’ itineraries, as part of their conference...read more

The Fine Art of Creating an Art Hotel

When Denver's eagerly anticipated ART Hotel opened in June in the Mile High City, it joined the ranks of prestigious establishments where the use of world-class artwork is not a decorative afterthought but a meaningful part of the entire guest experience. In fact for some, it is the experience. ...read more

A Director of Sales & CMP Shares Her Top Tips for Group Sales

The late Stephen Covey, author of "7 Habits of Highly Successful People" and business guru said, "The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule but to schedule your priorities." How many times are you caught up as a director of sales in putting out the fires instead of heating up sales? What...read more

A Lesson in Spunky & Personality-Packed Hotel Sales from Belmond Charleston Place

It must be pretty tiresome for meeting planners to receive marketing message after marketing message from hotels across the nation, all vying for a click, a glance, or reason to pick their hotel over the hotels. As a hospitality marketer and as a hospitality blogger, I’m constantly keeping close...read more

What It Really Means To Build Relationships With Meeting Planners

Salespeople sometimes unfairly get a bad rap. They’re perceived as sleazy, aggressive, spammy and willing to make promises that can’t be delivered to close the deal.  And, for hotel salespeople especially, they have another challenge to contend with – the staggering amount of competition also vying...read more

Venue Sourcing by Meeting Planners of Different Generations

Forget about one-size-fits-all sales and marketing to meeting planners. Today’s generations--baby boomers, Gen X, Gen Y (aka millennials)--have different values, different desires, and different irritations that all play a role in their sourcing and buying decisions. Knowing the preferences unique...read more

Redefining Experiences That Lead to Family Group Sales

It's All About the Experience My favorite summation of what it means to be a meeting planner is coming to fruition in 2015, as more people are beginning to demand adventurous experiences. Benchmark Resorts and Hotels, a division of Benchmark Hospitality International, published Top Meeting Trends...read 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 cities...read more

7 Must-Read Books for Hospitality Marketing & Sales Directors

Whether you’re by the pool or lounging around the house after putting in hours at the hotel, most likely you’ll reach for your favorite book. This summer, skip your usual mystery or romance novel for a book that will power up your hotel marketing and sales techniques, while also boosting your...read more

The 10 Hotel Marketing Basics You Must Have in Today's Market

With such a heavy focus on increasing group bookings at hotels, it’s no wonder that marketing often gets the short end of the stick throughout the hotel industry. It’s the same reason that you’ll see robust sales teams but skeleton marketing crews, or a director of sales and rarely a director of...read more

4 Doctrines of Faith-Based F&B for Hotel Sales Managers

We've come a long way from the days when the Gideon Bible was on every hotel bedside table in America. The tolerance for diversity has opened the doors to a variety of faith-based groups looking for hotels that can accommodate their group business needs. When booking hotel group business that is ...read more

How to Use Mystery Shopping to Boost Group Sales

According to the American Express 2014 Global Customer Service Barometer, customer service directly affects repeat business! The survey revealed that 60% of consumers who originally wanted to purchase something changed their minds after receiving poor customer service. For 37% of consumers, one bad...read more

Cvent CONNECT: Reggie Aggarwal Delivers Memorable Keynote to Attendees

Founder and CEO of Cvent, Reggie Aggarwal, delivered his final address to hospitality professionals attending Cvent CONNECT 2015. In his keynote, Reggie offered a few observations and takeaways from the past couple of days and made an announcement about a tool suppliers can use to assess themselves...read more

Cvent CONNECT Session - Planner Loyalty Drivers: From One-Offs to Repeat Bookings

What is the value of your best customer? The cost to acquire a new planner customer is high. Today at Cvent CONNECT, Carol Lynch, Director of Planner Communications for Cvent's Elite Meetings division, hosted a discussion with Greg Herning, Vice President Hotel Sales at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las...read more

Disney Marketing Tactics for Hoteliers

  No other brand in the world can compare to the omnipotent marketing power of Disney. As both a visionary and innovator, the Walt Disney Company has defied the conventions of hospitality marketing, group business marketing, customer service, and brand loyalty. As an unabashed (and admittedly,...read more

6 Ways Your Meeting & Events Website Annoys Planners

Sometimes a sale simmers out even before it starts. If so, then blame it on your website. Perhaps the meeting planner was led to you by Cvent. Or, by another planner referral. Or, just through an organic online search. However they came to you, the possibility of capturing their event can be stopped...read more

The How & Why of Resort Fees: 3 Points to Consider

Resort Fees? As a planner the budget-eating, hard-to-wrap-my-mind-around mandatory surcharge called a resort fee was the bane of my existence... ...until ...I booked an executive group at a resort that provided a valid, well organized strategy for resort fees. The resort fee, $25 a day, covered...read more

The Art of Hotel Group Business - 3 Success Stories

One of the most exciting trends in hotel design is the inclusion of "open to the public" spaces and new uses for out of the way places. Higher-end hotels have begun to include public spaces like museums and aquariums into their hotel design. Inspired by the concept but challenged to use existing...read more
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