The 10 Hotel Marketing Basics You Must Have in Today's Market

With such a heavy focus on increasing group bookings at hotels, it’s no wonder that marketing often gets the short end of the stick throughout the hotel industry. It’s the same reason that you’ll see robust sales teams but skeleton marketing crews, or a director of sales and rarely a director of...read more

How to Use Mystery Shopping to Boost Group Sales

According to the American Express 2014 Global Customer Service Barometer, customer service directly affects repeat business! The survey revealed that 60% of consumers who originally wanted to purchase something changed their minds after receiving poor customer service. For 37% of consumers, one bad...read more

Disney Marketing Tactics for Hoteliers

  No other brand in the world can compare to the omnipotent marketing power of Disney. As both a visionary and innovator, the Walt Disney Company has defied the conventions of hospitality marketing, group business marketing, customer service, and brand loyalty. As an unabashed (and admittedly,...read more

3 Ways to Leverage Brand USA's Effort in 2015 to Book Group Rooms

Countries like France and Italy have long enjoyed traveler praise for their culinary prowess, but the United States also has a rich, cultural culinary history, and it is time to let the world know! Brand USA recently launched a marketing campaign to spread what we who live here know: that even...read more

6 Ways Your Meeting & Events Website Annoys Planners

Sometimes a sale simmers out even before it starts. If so, then blame it on your website. Perhaps the meeting planner was led to you by Cvent. Or, by another planner referral. Or, just through an organic online search. However they came to you, the possibility of capturing their event can be stopped...read more

The How & Why of Resort Fees: 3 Points to Consider

Resort Fees? As a planner the budget-eating, hard-to-wrap-my-mind-around mandatory surcharge called a resort fee was the bane of my existence... ...until ...I booked an executive group at a resort that provided a valid, well organized strategy for resort fees. The resort fee, $25 a day, covered...read more

The Art of Hotel Group Business - 3 Success Stories

One of the most exciting trends in hotel design is the inclusion of "open to the public" spaces and new uses for out of the way places. Higher-end hotels have begun to include public spaces like museums and aquariums into their hotel design. Inspired by the concept but challenged to use existing...read more

Drones: Coming Soon to a Hotel Near You - 5 Questions Answered

Just when you thought Back to the Future 3 was just a fantasy, the hover board cousin flies onto the scene in 2015! Most of us heard about mainstream drones for the first time when one flew onto the White House lawn (not a wise thing). This event piqued my curiosity, so I did a little research on...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

Edge Out Competition By Onboarding Brand Ambassadors in 4 Steps

DID YOU KNOW?...Your employees are your front line brand ambassadors! Oh sure, you know that HR is handling new hire orientation for you. But are they really? HR takes the work photo, completes the paperwork, gives the obligatory tour and sets the new employee down with some good reading-the...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

5 Ways Visual and Experiential Storytelling Inspires Hotel Shoppers

There is nothing quite as captivating as a good story - one that draws you in, makes your heart beat a little faster, and keeps you engaged. Your hotel outlets can tell the continuing tale of your hotel story, drawing in planners and group guests to make a lasting impression and bring them back...read more

The Cvent CONNECT Chronicles: Attract Planners with Robust Meeting Experiences

Attracting planners in an environment where there's a trend toward commoditization (hotels that look at what other hotels are doing then copy) is difficult. During Cvent CONNECT, a number of sessions will discuss ways to differenciate yourself through branding and experiences. Let's look at a few...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

Survey Says: There is a Direct Link Between Answering Reviews and Occupancy Rates

A recent survey of over 4,400 hotel properties found that hotel marketing staff that actively engage on social media reviews double their rate of occupancy versus those that don't respond to social at all. In addition, Medallia went on to conclude that the quantity of social media comments and...read more

Creating Repeat Group Business One Touchpoint at a Time

Every hotel wants to stand out. To rise above their competition. And, not just during a meeting planner’s research phase, when they’re sourcing venues and whittling down their destination choices. You want to stand out when the planner’s group is actually in-house as well, when you have more...read more

Immediate Steps to Bring in Hotel Revenue

About 90 percent of companies fail to leverage a revenue gold mine that’s right at their own fingertips. Even when that gold mine easily holds the keys to increasing both revenue and marketing impact. What are these companies not doing?  Look at their existing customer data. It doesn’  take a team...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
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