Google's New Local Hotel Search Results: Everything You Need to Know

It was only a few months ago that you were optimizing your hotel’s Google+ and business places page for a higher ranking in Google local hotel carousel. Thanks to Google, you'll be doing it again.   Your hotel marketing strategy on Google changed last week. Google's horizontal carousel display of...read more

Build Your Group Business Strategy Around the Five Stages of Event Planning

Group planners follow basic event management stages for every event. A wise hotelier understands the importance of building a group business brand strategy around them. Use a hospitality marketing mix through the five stages of event planning to increase your group bookings and revenue. Stage 1:...read more

7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Hotel Marketing Agency

If there's anything these past several years have taught us, it’s that hotel marketing moves at lightening speed. Whichever direction you turn, another app, social media platform, or tech start-up is reaching out to you to help you market hotels online. The breadth of work involved with hotel...read more

Hotel Grassroots Marketing: Creative Examples Supporting Local Causes

It was only two months ago that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took over social media and raised $115 million dollars through a grassroots effort that encouraged people to dump a bucket of water over their head and donate money. Many hotel and travel brands showed their support - watch Hyatt Hotels,...read more

6 Strategies to Turn Your Hotel Into a Foodie Destination

Foodies are a hotel marketers' dream. They blog. They Yelp. They post non-stop to Twitter and Facebook. Best of all, they’re willing to fork over serious cash on meals to earn foodie cred. Foodies are self-proclaimed culinary aficionados who start each meal by taking a perfect photo of their dish to...read more

4 More Ways to Drive More Planners to Your Hotel Website for Free: Part 2

Every hotel wants more direct bookings. But, many ignore the most important step to get there: You need more people visiting your hotel’s website in the first place. More online visits mean more booked rooms. Yes – it is that simple. In my previous post, I outlined four tips on how to garner free...read more

How Heightened Emotions Bring Higher Hotel Revenues

When it comes to driving return visits and word-of-mouth (or word-of-mouse) hotel marketing, emotions matter. In fact, more than 70% of your guests’ experience depends on you meeting their emotional needs. How you and your staff make them feel is what creates the poignant memories that stick and...read more

Secrets to Filling Rooms During Your Slow Periods

It’s both dreadful and inevitable.  Whether you’re a boutique property, an upscale resort, or anywhere in between, all hotels endure days, weeks, months when vacancies outnumber occupancies. Every hotel or resort has a slow period, an off-season when a hush falls over your property and your hotel...read more

The Must-Have Hotel Amenities to Win Guests' Hearts

It’s the little things that matter – especially to our hotel guests, meeting planners, and event attendees who come from near and far to stay with us and experience our property. So, what’s behind pulling off legendary customer service and review scores, even at the most basic of properties? It...read more

Build Your Hotel's Brand Story Part 3: Delivery

In Part 1, we discussed integrating the story of your hotel brand into your marketing strategy! In Part 2, we talked about using content in your story that will engage the reader or listener, and leave them wanting more! You documented strategy, you have a great story to tell, now how do you deliver...read more

The Top 5 Nontraditional Hotel Marketing Stunts

If you’re perusing hotel websites as much as I am for a living, then you’re bound to come across some of the wittiest and off-the-cuff hotel marketing ideas on the planet. Whether completely out-of-the-box  or unprecedented versions of the box itself, these hospitality marketing strategies aren’t...read more

Reach Today's Travelers With These 10 Facebook Commandments - Part 1

Take one look at an average hotel’s Facebook page, and you’ll see a lot of sins – social media sins – being committed. Talking too much about your property. Posting irrelevant pictures or videos of cute cats. Continuously pushing room packages. Talking "salesy" and corporate-like. Including too long...read more

How to Build a Google+ Strategy that will Stick

  As many hospitality marketing professionals scratch their collective heads about Google+, the CVB web marketing organization of Visit Greece has created an impressive success story with over 14 million followers (with active postings several times a day), and the founding of two communities.  So -...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

What Airbnb Is Doing Better Than You and What to Do About It – Part 2

Who could have ever predicted that one day a traveler would willingly choose to stay in the spare bedroom of a stranger, rather than at your property? In less than a decade, Airbnb has disrupted the lodging industry with their low-cost alternative accommodations in people's homes.  And now, the...read more

How One Hotel Propelled to a Higher TripAdvisor Ranking

Replying to guest reviews can stop even the most customer savvy hotelier in their tracks.  Why is this? Most of the times, it’s because hotel staff are overwhelmed with the number of reviews that come in, while also being unsure of how to respond uniquely and properly to each review. As with any...read more

How Getting Personal With Hotel Guests Could Mean Boosted Revenues

It’s the universal truth of the hospitality industry:  Our guests want to feel special. One-of-kind, even. But, don’t wait until they’ve already checked in to start personalizing their experience. Personalizing your guests's experience should start at the very beginning - in your hotel marketing...read more

Build Your Hotel Brand Story Part 2: Content

As we discussed in Part 1: Build Your Brand Story-Strategy, crafting your brand story is an important and necessary part of your marketing strategy. But what content elements do you include in your story? Using these four basic elements, start writing and start booking group rooms! The Three Step...read more

Build Your Hotel Brand Story Part 1: Strategy

Ian Rowden, Chief Marketing Officer of the Virgin Group Ltd. says that, "The best brands are built on great stories."  Disney World, Starbucks, Apple and Mrs. Fields Cookies all have great stories! Australian Bernadette Jiwa, The Story of Telling brand story strategist, says "If you don't have a...read more

Hotel Website Features That Make Guests Want to Book, not Bounce

Curious as to what parts of your Website attract the most eyeballs, and the most clicks when marketing hotels online? I chatted with Dean Desilet, strategic accounts manager at buuteeq, the first digital hotel marketing system, to discuss the most crucial components that have the power to steer your...read more
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