Cvent CONNECT Welcomes Airbnb's Chip Conley

On day two of Cvent CONNECT, Kevin Fliess, VP of Product Marketing, stood in front a full room of hotel professionals to introduce Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy at Airbnb. Chip has spent over 25 years orchestrating the success of boutique hotels and has shared his marketing...read more

Why the Biggest Threat to Your Business Isn’t Other Hotels

The condos next door, the apartment complex downtown, the warehouse down the street -- hotels' biggest competition is no longer limited to other hotels. Patrick Mayock, Senior Director of STR Research and Development, welcomed hotel professionals to his breakout session, “Why the Biggest Threat to...read more

Hospitality Cloud: Welcome to Cvent CONNECT

After a packed first day at Cvent CONNECT, hotel professionals gathered to hear Cvent's Co-Founder & President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Chuck Ghoorah, and Senior Vice President of Sales, Bharet Malhotra, speak about the state of group business in the hospitality industry and how venues can...read more

Does Your Digital Strategy Byte: Create a Better Online Marketing Plan

With nearly 600 hospitality brands currently in the global market, what makes yours stand out from the crowd? Steven Seghers and Michael Mustafa from HyperDisk Marketing asked this question after welcoming hotel professionals to their breakout session, Does Your Digital Strategy Byte: Create a...read more

Rules of Attraction: How Content Marketing Captivates the Perfect Audience

The term "content marketing" has recently risen as a buzzword in marketing, but if your organization has a marketing strategy, then you're already implementing content marketing. Ari Kepnes, Lead Content Strategist at Contently, spoke to a packed room of hotel professionals on how content marketing...read more

Group Business Trends: Q1 2016 Insights

During our first keynote at Cvent CONNECT, we announced the free, public beta release of Group Business Trends, an interactive portal that includes high-level data in four key categories: ADR, sales behaviors, RFPs, and planners. Built-in filters allow you to see our data on your specific major...read more

What the Innovation Pavilion Means for You

From interactive demos with product experts to lounge areas designed for networking, the Innovation Pavilion is a vibrant hub where attendees can connect, get inspired, and learn new techniques for success. Directly across from the registration desk, this dynamic, multi-faceted space is the perfect...read more

The Making of a Perfect Hotel Social Media Team

Social media was so simple at the beginning. A Facebook page and a Twitter account were mainly used by hotels with a marketing-savvy staff or a front desk agent who liked to dabble in social media. Then came Pinterest and YouTube, which kept hoteliers pinning and filming away. Instagram and Snapchat...read more

Cvent CONNECT 2016 Presents Chip Conley and Jillian Michaels

Some are born great, and others learn along the way. The amount of time Chip Conley has spent orchestrating the success of boutique hotels for over 25 years leads us to believe that he fits into the former. As Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy at Airbnb, he’s spreading his marketing strategies...read more

Site Visit Follow Up: Planner Q&A

Almost two months before Cvent CONNECT, Rachel Andrews, Senior Manager of Meetings and Events, and her CONNECT production and event team flew to Las Vegas for their final site visit at The Venetian | The Palazzo. Below you’ll find a brief Q&A with Rachel, in which she discusses the ins and outs of...read more

Group Business Therapy eBook

In Group Business Therapy, you’ll hear from four hotel professionals who, despite their best efforts, ended last quarter in a slump. Across all properties, group business drastically underperformed. Our eBook examines obstacles each hotelier encountered throughout his or her group sales lifecycle....read more

Top 2016 Hotel Digital Marketing Trends

With its promised flurry of shiny new software, apps, and marketing platforms, 2016 is already an exciting year. Hotel industry giants with big budgets have already gotten a head start on the rest of us, which allows us to see the technology in action and to review their ROI. Here are some of the...read more

How to Convince Your Boss You Should Attend Cvent CONNECT

You know the value you’ll receive from three days of learning and networking at Cvent CONNECT, but all your boss hears is “time off” and “Las Vegas.” Getting approval to take the better part of a week away from work is a challenge, especially when asking for company funding for the trip. Break...read more

Get Certified at Cvent CONNECT 2016

On the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), more than 74,000 event and meeting planners are sourcing venues and destinations around the world. In 2015, planners sent more than 1.8 million RFPs to venues and sourced more than $9.8 billion of group business through the network. Since 2009, the CSN has seen...read more

The Scoop: Cvent Advocates Hub

There’s a bustling VIP community of enthusiastic hospitality customers eager to share their experiences within the Cvent Advocates Hub. So what better way to show our appreciation than to reward these customers in exactly the way they want? Hotel and event professionals around the world are seizing...read more

Part 3: The Destination Marketing X-Factor

In the third and final part of our Planner Wish List series, we’ll discuss how to attract more meeting and event planners to your venue. In Rachel Andrews’ original post, she stressed the importance of the overall customer (and attendee) experience when choosing and planning a large event. The...read more

What Can Cvent CONNECT 2016 Offer Hoteliers?

“At Cvent CONNECT, we were reaching customers outside of the traditional meeting platforms. The most exciting part for us was uncovering a new type of customer, which in this day in age is so hard to do.”   – Darren Green, Senior Vice President, Sales, L.A. Tourism & Convention Board While you’re at...read more

Part 2: Helping Planners Search More Efficiently

In her original post, “What Hoteliers Can Learn from Planner Wish Lists,” Cvent Planner Rachel Andrews dished about her top tips for hoteliers looking to increase group business. When working with planners, she recommends hotel professionals make the sourcing and planning process as easy as...read 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 breakout...read more

Metrics that Matter: Marketing with Guest Personalization

Guest personalization in the hospitality industry is nothing new. Most hotels have big data at their fingertips, but are unaware how to leverage it for a more valuable hotel stay, while others are too overwhelmed on where to begin creating personalized experiences for their guests. Here are a few...read more
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