The Hoteliers Guide to Boosting Group Business with Social Media Cvent CONNECT

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

Writing to Sell: Tips for Writing Hotel Ad Copy

Imagine this: You're weeks away from your hotel’s slow period. Your director of sales turns to you at the sales and marketing meeting and tells you to rewrite the verbiage for your PPC campaign and post ads on Facebook to drive bookings during that time. You nervously nod then panic that your ad...read more

How to Use Negative Reviews to Bounce Back With Higher Revenues

Hotel reviews matter. According to a recent study by TrustYou, a hospitality online reputation management tool, not only do your hotel’s review scores influence travel buying decisions, but also a guest’s willingness to spend more money actually correlates with positive reviews, too. They scoured...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

Top Marketing Struggles All Hoteliers Face

There was a time when hotel marketing was simple. A time when you could count all marketing optionswith just five fingers (print media, broadcast media, direct mail, billboards, and public relations), and just as easily predict where your next guest would come from. But now, technology has changed...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

The Six Senses That Sell Group Hotel Room Blocks

In my blog 21 Ways to Win Big at Group Business by Visually Telling Your Hotel's Story, I gave you a winning formula for succeeding at group sales through visual marketing --a marketing tactic that is growing in effectiveness by leaps and bounds.  And for good reason. We live in a visually...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

21 Ways to Win Big at Group Business by Visually Telling Your Hotel's Story

Studies show that a good story is 22 times more memorable than just facts alone. Since we live in an increasingly visual culture, telling stories with images is imperative. In his article "6 Powerful Reasons You Should Include Images In Your Marketing," Jeff Bulla shares that articles with images...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

100 Planner View Points: The Post Event 5

The 100 planner view points gave you insights into marketing to planners, booking group rooms, defining the details, and managing the event live. Executing a fantastic event is great but proper post event follow-up earns you future business with the planner and even the group guests. Below are five...read more

How to Market Your Hotel to Female Meeting Planners & Travelers

Who runs the world? According to Beyonce, it’s girls! And she has a point, especially when it comes to hotel marketing and increasing group business at hotels.   According to Greenfield Online for Arnold’s Women’s Insight Team, women make 92% of vacation decisions. And, in the Meeting Planners...read more

The Secrets Behind Hotel Experiences That Drive Marketing & Revenue

When guests have positive experiences at your hotel, they can make important contributions to your online hotel marketing efforts. That's why it's critical to meet - or, even better, exceed - your guests' needs, so their memories and stories will drive return visits and recommendations.  Whether...read more

5 Attention-Grabbing Words Cruises Use to Book Business

As I was leafing through a magazine, I was struck by an ad from a major cruise line that used simple words to draw me in. I not only read the words; I felt the message: cruises offer a cost effective, easy travel option that fulfills guests' needs and dreams.  In many ways, cruises are...read more

10 Ways to Track Your Hotel Competition

To maximize your hotel's success, you need to know who you're up against.  More specifically, you should be regularly keeping tabs on: WHO your competition set includes WHAT they are doing HOW well they are succeeding Don't be intimidated. Theses answers are readily available. Consistently...read more

Destination DC's CEO on DC Cool: Conception, Wins, Challenges & More

It’s been more than a year since Destination DC, Washington, D.C.’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, released its latest multi-year marketing campaign, “DC Cool.” The campaign, which refers to the city as cool, focuses on the unexpected. Since the launch of DC cool, the city has received unsolicited...read more

Part 2: What Planners Expect in 2015 F&B

In Part 1: What Planners Expect in 2015 F&B, we reviewed the first five trends predicted by food research and consulting firm, Technomic's top 10 F&B trends for 2015, and how they relate to the hospitality industry, specifically group meetings.  Here we review the next five trends and what they mean...read more

How This California CVB's Marketing Campaign is Generating Group Business

That moment when you uncover a destination with an inspiring social media presence and a proactive CVB marketing team is invigorating, especially if it’s not an obvious destination already on your radar. In my opinion, social media is a tool for the undiscovered, less-hyped destinations to truly...read more

A Hotelier's Guide to Digital Marketing Acronyms

Do weekly status calls with your hotel marketing agency leave you baffled? If digital marketing acronyms and hotel marketing jargon are stumping you as much as pronouncing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious five times, I’ve compiled a digital marketing dictionary for you. These marketing acronyms...read more

3 Clues That Wi-Fi is Full Speed Ahead in 2015

Technology intensified is in store for 2015, and hotels that aren't paying attention will lose out on group bookings. In a 2014 edition of MPI's Meetings Outlook, Christina Devlin, CMP, CMM, events manager at Associated General Contractors, Oregon-Columbia Chapter, speaks to the need for hotels to ...read more
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