Building Video Into Your Group Sales Strategy

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then video multiplies that by tenfold. Empty ballroom photos can only convey so much. Videos, on the other hand, can place planners in the thick of it. After all, how better to convey the creativity of your staff, the flexible transformations of your meeting...read more

Every Guest Has a Story: 5 Tips for Reading Them Right

You map out your strategic plan, hire the best talent, flip on the switch and BOOM!—your hotel goes into motion. But the old adage, “the best laid plans of mice and men” adapted from the Robert Burns poem, is never more true than when your guest actually walks in the door. Every guest has a story,...read more

10 Gifts To Inspire Your Hotel & CVB Sales Teams for 2016 Success

The season of gift-giving is upon us and what better gift than to provide your sales team with the tools they need to be outstanding performers in 2016! Below are ten gifts to inspire your team and build 2016 revenue this holiday season! Gift #1: A Consistent Product A successful salesperson needs a...read more

Strange Bedfellows Produce Profits: DMOs and Economic Development Agencies Pair Up

It may seem strange, but Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) and Economic Development departments are working together to drive more business to their region or city. But is it really...all that odd?  According to a Destination Marketing Association International poll of 150 CEOs, 74% of DMOs...read more

4 Exercises to Build Group Business Off Peak

Though a predetermined vacation week puts me in the middle of an ocean during peak cruising time, I truly enjoy traveling during less popular (and populated) dates and as a planner I booked many events during shoulder season. Depending on your hotel’s location, you may be heading into that time when...read more

No Debate! 10 Trendy Ideas To Make Your CVB the Number One Destination Candidate!

There is no debate... Group planners want experiences that are trending, interesting and impactful. With the presidential election just 14 months away, the race for the top seat is trending, definitely one of the most interesting in decades and as a result, more impactful. As a CVB, leverage the...read more

Pros & Cons of Piggy-Backing Events at Your Hotel

We emerged from the recession and a period of slow growth as a stronger industry, resourcefully trimming costs and still accomplishing the delivery of fantastic meetings. One of the ways that organizations facilitate the continuation of booking group meetings is to work within a budget. ...read more

The ABCs of Booking Incentive Travel Groups & Capturing Revenue

Per the Incentive Federation's report, U.S. Business Use of Incentive Travel Awards white paper, 46% of businesses use incentive travel as an award. Incentive travel is a 22.5 billion dollar market annually. Are you marketing a hotel that captures a piece of the incentive travel pie and adding...read more

5 Killer Skills That Overcome Objections and Book Group Sales!

Your well-presented proposal won you an opportunity to come face-to-face with the meeting planner of a Fortune 500 company who is going to book a 2,000 person meeting. You have the rooms for the dates requested, and you outlined the meeting space available and met the group's requests for...read more

The Fine Art of Creating an Art Hotel

When Denver's eagerly anticipated ART Hotel opened in June in the Mile High City, it joined the ranks of prestigious establishments where the use of world-class artwork is not a decorative afterthought but a meaningful part of the entire guest experience. In fact for some, it is the experience. ...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

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

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

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

How Your Hotel Can Mimic Snapchat’s Marketing Tactics

By now, you’ve heard of the newest kid on the digital marketing block, Snapchat. Much loved by teenagers and college students, this smartphone-only messaging platform and social network is used to send pictures and short videos that vanish within 10 seconds. Or, you can use Snapchat Stories, which...read more

8 Ideas To Increase “Bleisure” Hotel Business

Wouldn’t it be your dream to have every traveler extend their reservation? Targeting “Bleisure” business is becoming increasingly popular and more hotels are looking for ways to convert business traveler guests into leisure guests too. Sherry Cummins offers a great framework to develop “bizcation”...read more

Where Has All the Group Business Gone?

According presenters at the Hotel Data Conference last September, increasing group bookings at a hotel may just be a pipe dream. In fact, as of September, group business was below 2007 operating and profitability levels and not looking to improve any time soon.  According to last July's data from...read more

Room Service 2014: Relevant Trends that Raise Revenue!

2014 is proving to be the year for creativity and innovation in hotel food and beverage. Four trends are relevant to raising your hotel revenue for group bookings. Efficiency Rules Standard room service, needed by business travelers, is challenged by delivery time. In her article, Room Service-The...read more

Use Place Pins For Planners and Watch Profits Grow!

Imagine a platform prospective planner clients peruse, enticed by images of your property, your food, your meeting rooms and led directly to your location by a simple click of a button! In Cvent's blog, Media Summer Jam: Explode Brand Interest with Pinterest! we discussed using the social media...read more
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