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

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

A Global Planner's 5 Must-Haves In a Hotel Contract

  A group event contract-the purple elephant in the room. You can't avoid it if you want to develop a relationship with a group planner. Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Do you use a standard contract regardless of the client? Do you adapt for certain clients but not all? Using a standard...read more

5 Reasons Why Planners Use CVB & Destination Apps

A wide open space of opportunity greets every planner at the beginning of the group event planning process. One of the biggest decisions is choosing the destination--an overwhelming task with many roads to choose from. Planners rely heavily on smartphones to keep informed and connected. Apps have...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

The Planner Perspective: Was that "No" a "Maybe?"

The Convention Industry Council has spent considerable time, research and effort defining and recording industry communication in the meetings and events industry so that we operate on the same page, avoid mistakes and continue to grow our business. But one word not included in the CIC Glossary...read more

What Do Meeting Planners Really Want? The Mental Triggers That Get Them to Book - Part 2

In my last post, I explored what meeting planners really want and how to use those mental triggers to influence their purchasing decisions and increase group bookings at hotels. Here are four more to add to your hotel marketing strategies and arsenal of secret marketing weapons: Meeting Planners...read more

How to Lean-In and Lead Change at Your Hotel or Resort

Every time that I sign into LinkedIn, it seems that there's another article about accepting change. Don’t let change happen to you or get on board with change now, the headlines read. Well, it is true - it’s important to be a change influencer. Hoteliers who aren’t making changes within the hotel...read more

NEW Research: How Do Event Planners Choose a Venue?

There’s a lot of market research about how consumers make personal purchasing decisions. Apart from that discussion, you’ll find research about how people make B2B purchases, such as a planner booking a venue for group business. I find it interesting that the research appears to remain separate. Is...read more

Men vs. Women: How “Emotional” Is Booking a Venue?

About forty years ago, there was a common misconception and belief about gender differences in purchasing decisions. People believed men and women didn’t have the same rational, emotional and relational motives, but it’s been proven wrong. The truth is that men and women have varying motives based...read more

8 Elements of Designing Timeless Hotels - Is it Possible? You Decide!

I was recently intrigued by an article on Skift, “Can Hotels Move Away From Talking Trends and Start Focusing on Timeless?” The focus was on The Hotels Innovate Forum, a series of forums where thought-leaders discussing hospitality trends in key international markets. At the recent one-day event,...read more

Group Business Marketing Best Practice Tip: Sell your venue through your location – the importance of local attractions

Whether it’s shopping for a house or shopping for a hotel, key words in real estate always seem to be “location, location, location!” When planners are searching the Cvent Supplier Network, they are looking for that perfect venue for their event. They want the appropriate meeting space for sessions...read more

A Mobile Bird In the Multi-Generational Hand

Today's Baby Boomers never dreamed of phones that fit in the palm of their hands with the capabilities of a computer, especially since most had never heard of a computer (and some didn't grow up with telephones)! Gen-Y knows nothing else as they have always had mobile devices for easy communication...read more

CVBs and DMOs: A Five-Point Checklist to Help Market Your Destination

Group organizers and meeting planners are reliant on your CVB and DMO staff to sell them on all the things your city and region have to offer. Besides the convention space and guest rooms, what else do you need to do for marketing  CVBs online? The answer is: plenty! Here is a step-by-step guide to...read more

How to Modernize Your Website Press Room For The 21st Century

It started as a search. I was looking to see how popular it was for hotels to distribute a specific type of press release. Then I was in awe. There are hundreds of hotel websites with archaic online press rooms. They are regularly updated with press releases, but the press room desperately needs...read more

20 Most Popular Posts of 2013

2013 was a great year for the Cvent Hospitality blog, so to thank everyone, we're looking back at the 20 most popular posts of the year. Enjoy! Mistakes Hotels Should Never Make On Facebook No one – especially your property – wants to be THAT business on Facebook. The one whose mistakes are causing...read more
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