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Cvent CONNECT Chronicles: The Age of the Experience Economy

Cvent recently announced the final keynote speaker for Cvent CONNECT, and he’s a world-renowned writer, speaker, and customer experience advocate. Joseph A. Michelli, Ph. D. is the author of business book bestsellers including Leading the Starbucks Way, The Zappos Experience, and Prescription for...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

How to Use Attendee-Generated Content to Attract Planners

  User-generated content (UGC) is content created by people independent from a company (organization, etc) and uploaded online. It's natural. It's authentic. It's trustworthy. It's honest. And it has become the most powerful form of storytelling in sales and marketing. Why? According to SocialBro:...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

How Hotels Can Avoid Being Creepy or Insulting With Personalized Marketing

One of the biggest trends in hospitality marketing today? Personalization, which means tailoring your marketing interactions with guests or meeting planners based on their social media, online and app behavior; family and lifestyles, preferences, travel history and personal tastes. Travelers and...read more

Sales Video Tips for Your Group Business

With the high-stakes competition over increasing group hotel bookings and marketing a meeting venue,  you now have to be more creative and innovative as ever when it comes to grabbing and holding onto planners’ attention. One tool that a ton of hotels haven’t yet optimized is video. And, I’m not...read more

The Cvent CONNECT Chronicles: 8 Ways to Give Your Group Business Marketing a Second Wind

Are you starting to think that your tried-and-true group business marketing efforts don’t seem to be working as well as they used to? Well, you’re not alone, and that's why Cvent CONNECT was created. It's Cvent's improved annual conference focused on group business sales, marketing, and technology....read more

Media Event 101: 6 Keys to Organize and Win Big with Your Next Hotel Media Event

Hosting a hotel marketing media event seems daunting, even frightening, if you're novice. But apply the same organizing principles you applied to your business or marketing plan, and you will be successful. So let's get going advertising group travel that represents your brand. Create excitement...read more

5 Tips for CVBs Who Want Reunion Business

Spring has sprung and reunion season is around the corner! Use these five tips to win group business for your CVB in 2015! 1. Realize that Every Reunion Type Has Different Needs Different than conventional meetings and events, you cannot throw all reunions into the same sand pail. Reunion types have...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

The Cvent CONNECT Chronicles: Certification for Group Business 2.0

  We’re three months away from the most important group business conference of the year: Cvent CONNECT. Although it seems like a long way away, for all the planners and speakers who are preparing for the hundreds of hoteliers attending, it’ll be here in the blink of an eye! In the past, we...read more

9 Marketing Tasks You Should Always Be Doing To Reel in Group Business - Part 2

You can read part one here. Book more meetings. You know that’s on your hotel’s agenda each and every day. But, with all the marketing tasks needed to increase group bookings at hotels  --  blogging, creating videos, putting together email campaigns, posting consistently to social media, etc – it’s...read more

9 Marketing Tasks You Should Always Be Doing to Reel in Group Business - Part 1

With all the social media platforms, emails, blogs, videos, and more that your hotel marketing and sales staff is tasked with creating, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the entertainment of it all. But let’s not lose sight of what your #1 goal is: To increase group bookings at hotels. And, whether...read more

Examples of How Hotels Attract Planners With Wellness & Fun-Focused Activities

Take a walk down your hotel’s hallways at the end of the day, and it's easy to spot guests who are there for meetings. Besides their obvious business attire, meeting attendees most likely look shell-shocked and haggard. Hours and days spent in conference rooms, perpetually plugged in, absorbing...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

How Large Hotel Chains Can Bring "Boutiqueness" to Their Brand

If you have traveled as much as I have, you have stayed in all type of venues - from bed and breakfasts to hotel chains with hundreds of rooms. While each niche has its own benefits, it is fair to say that boutique hotels usually bring a sense of charm and personal touch to the guest experience...read more

Welcome Meeting Planners to the Tech Age With DIY Event Space

Your hotel marketing staff probably works very hard with interior designers, furniture reps, and AV/IT technicians to provide the best floor designs and state-of-the-art technology that money can buy. When you provide site tours, your staff is probably quick to point out all the enhancements in your...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

3 Questions About Your Hotel's Authenticity You Need to Ask Yourself in 2015

Nathan Lump, Editor-in-Chief at Travel + Leisure magazine, offers hotels food for thought. He predicts that authenticity will remain a top trend in 2015. Lump says, "...travelers still hunger for it." This is a strong statement that hotel managers would be wise to heed.  Inspired by Lump's January...read more

Planner Perspective: The Chef Who Books Group Rooms

Is there any reason to include your banquet chef in the sales process? Yes! Food and beverage (F&B) can serve as a key differentiator for event planners who are searching for a venue, and your chef has the power to sell your hotel by emphasizing his or her skills in the kitchen. Here are a few ways...read more
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