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

Group Business Marketing Best Practice Tip - Spice up Your Profile with Recent Renovations

It must be renovation season! Many of my recent conversations with clients surround the topic of renovations, and the question-how can I advertise this on our profile? While we frequently discuss how to maximize all Cvent profile features, specifically utilizing your profile to highlight a current...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

Will Email Marketing Have a Brighter Future Than Social Media?

It’s ridiculously loud out there. I’m referring to your social media accounts. Your newsfeed, Twitter feed, snapchat, pins, and Instagram are booming with information to be consumed.  For awhile during the “social media boom,” companies were beginning to think consumers didn’t want to be bothered by...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

What Do Meeting Planners Really Want? The Mental Triggers That Get Them to Book - Part 1

What really drives a meeting planner to book? The same mental triggers that drive any person’s actions, especially the decision to purchase. The key to increasing group bookings at hotels is first knowing how to influence and understand your clients, then using those mental triggers within your own...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

What Travel Editors Love and Hate to Find in Your Press Releases

Crafting a well-written press release for your hotel, meeting venue or destination doesn’t require a degree in Journalism or Public Relations. What IS absolutely essential is news about your company that is worth touting. A press release without a news worthy subject (that’s relevant to the...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

Walk this Way! Advertise Convention Centers by their Walkability Scores

Urban Planner Jeff Speck recently wrote a book entitled, "WALKABLE CITY: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time" of which he encapsulated his ideas on how walkable cities can assist in the economic viability of a downtown area and provide public health of its residents and travelers. Last...read more

How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Own Hotel Brand

It's a common scene in hotels and DMOs across the country. Employees putting together their own materials to send to clients and guests. To make it ‘official,’ they simply slap on your hotel or DMO logo. Maybe they even crop or resize your logo to make it fit their needs. And, they pick whatever...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

16 Best Practices to Light Up Your Company's LinkedIn Page

LinkedIn Company Pages are a bit of conundrum for most organizations.  You want followers, but you don't know exactly how to get them. LinkedIn recently published a Best Practices Guide for Company Pages aimed at helping individuals get started. Most of the tips below are simple, free ways you can...read more
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