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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

How to Use Destination Short Storytelling to Snag Group Business!

"Think Different" and You develop loyal customers who chomp at the bit for your next product Who stand in line for hours just to get a piece of your newest action And pay more for your products than competitors are charging Then show everyone your product with pride And continue to grow your...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

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

4 Steps to Determine Your Hotel’s Story

“Storytelling” has been marketing’s buzzword for the past year. Why? Because people today don’t want just facts. They want to connect. They want intrigue. They want something to brag about. Brand storytelling is what can truly attract meeting planners to you. Yet, many hotels and venues are still...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

Want to Help Planners Hold Attendees' Attention? Redesign Your Meeting Spaces

If your hotel marketing personnel books a lot of meetings, they are no doubt seeing a variety of requests for different room settings in unique locations within your venue. This should come as no surprise as we become more of an on-demand society--where everything (hypothetically) will be produced...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

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
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