The Hoteliers Guide to Boosting Group Business with Social Media Cvent CONNECT

Barter and Trading in Hospitality Marketing: Top 3 Questions Answered

Hotels and resorts are no strangers to bartering and trading. Media and other professionals in the community are looking to barter their services for your amenities. Bartering and trading is a beautiful thing when everyone wins. When money can’t be exchanged, I do a lot of bartering and trading....read more

11 Hacks for Writing Group Business Proposals

Ever feel like all the work you’re putting into your RFP responses may not be paying off? You’re probably right. Planners are receiving at least 10 other competing proposals, so – rates and dates aside – you need to make sure yours sells as powerfully as you would in person. The only way to do that...read more

Hotels Winning at Bleisure Marketing

  Mixing business with leisure while on the road is not a new concept for travelers attending meetings. What IS new is how the hospitality industry targets these travelers when marketing meeting venues and marketing hotels online. After all, what hotel wouldn’t want their guests to extend their...read more

5 Ways Hotels Committed to Going Low Carb on Earth Day 2015!

Everyone's going low carb these days, but on April 22, 2015, a significant anniversary for Earth Day, low carb has a different meaning! Hotels are committing to reducing carbon footprints at their properties. Earth Day was formally founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as a way...read more

5 Hot 2015 Destination Meeting Trends that are Driving the 1st Quarter and Beyond

A number of destination and meetings industry experts weighed in on what is trending in 2015. American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Meetings Forecast predicted that the European market will do more with less in 2015 due to declining budgets. But meetings and events in the United States are...read more

8 Ways to Make Your Hotel Less Stuffy & More Likeable

The keys to surviving in business today? Be authentic. Be real. Today’s consumers have low to no tolerance for stunt marketing or corporate language. Instead, travelers want to know the PEOPLE behind the brand. They want to hear from them and see them in action. In other words, they want to see your...read more

How to Make Your Hotel’s Slow Season Busier

Ski resorts know this too well. After the snow has melted and the last snowboarding guests have checked out, these resorts are left to scramble to keep occupancy up, even though their best asset (the snow) has all but disappeared. But you don’t have to be located in the Rocky Mountains to feel this...read more

10 Steps to Host a Bridal Show at Your Hotel (Playlist Included)

Let me share a quick story with you about my experience with annual bridal shows. A few years ago, I caught wind of a struggling show on an island that was a popular destination spot. Although vendors loved it, attendance was dwindling, and the local tourism organization didn't want to continue to...read more

Top Marketing Struggles All Hoteliers Face

There was a time when hotel marketing was simple. A time when you could count all marketing optionswith just five fingers (print media, broadcast media, direct mail, billboards, and public relations), and just as easily predict where your next guest would come from. But now, technology has changed...read 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 images...read more

Hotels Engaging Social Media-Savvy Guests With Perks and Prizes

They’re everywhere. In your lobby. By the pool. All over your Facebook feed. However annoying, selfies are a boon to your hotel. Why? Because selfies are posted by those hotel guests who are having a good time and want to show their family and friends via social media. They’re posting picture after...read more

The Cvent CONNECT Chronicles: Taming the Wild West of Group Business

  We were there. We understood the group business market. We were masters of marketing tools we used for decades. And, as an industry, we were good at bringing in a steady flow of new group business every year.  We had made it. Then something happened. We encountered a new frontier: the internet. It...read more

Hotel Branding Basics Every Hotelier Needs to Know

Your hotel is so much more than a place to sleep. A hotel is an integral component of the travel experience, one that can make or break the entire trip. Which is why your hotel must start sharing its unique experiences from the very beginning – way before the guest chooses your hotel and checks in....read more

Marketing Tips & Tricks For Independent & Boutique Hotels

We know the large, branded hotels have a leg up on the competition. They have bigger budgets, name recognition, and bustling marketing departments teeming with talent. Despite all of these odds working in favor of large hotels, hotel marketing teams at smaller, independent and boutique properties...read more

Introducing Cvent Connect 2015: This Year's Most Anticipated Group Business Event

Hundreds of hospitality professionals, experts, and owners joined us last year for the Group Business Forum (GBF). Hopefully, you were one of them! While 95% of attendees said they were interested in attending again in 2015, we want 95% of all professionals working for hotels, resorts, destination...read more

5 Attention-Grabbing Words Cruises Use to Book Business

As I was leafing through a magazine, I was struck by an ad from a major cruise line that used simple words to draw me in. I not only read the words; I felt the message: cruises offer a cost effective, easy travel option that fulfills guests' needs and dreams.  In many ways, cruises are...read 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 unsolicited...read more

Part 2: What Planners Expect in 2015 F&B

In Part 1: What Planners Expect in 2015 F&B, we reviewed the first five trends predicted by food research and consulting firm, Technomic's top 10 F&B trends for 2015, and how they relate to the hospitality industry, specifically group meetings.  Here we review the next five trends and what they mean...read more

How To Reel In More Lucrative Business Travel Bookings

Is your hotel open for business? That is, the lucrative business travel market and the approximately $289.8 billion the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) estimated that business travelers spent in 2014.  Here are six simple tips to help you gain a chunk of that $289.8 billion (yes, you read...read more

Hospitality Marketing Trends You’ll See In 2015

The start of 2015 has arrived, and with it, comes a year of new opportunities, new tools, and a new set of marketing rules. Are you aware of the most current digital and mobile strategies for increasing hotel group business?  Is your hotel and its sales and marketing staff up-to-date on the latest...read more
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