Mastering the CVB-Planner Relationship in the Tech Age

The following information is provided by Visit Anaheim. In an industry where relationships are paramount, how can CVB’s and DMO’s maintain them and show value to planners considering their destination? Our industry focuses on face-to-face human connection and building relationships that last. This...read more

5 Hotel Marketing Basics to Master Right Now

Because of the ROI attached, it's common that hotel sales teams often get the majority of resources, funds, and staff at your hotel, while your marketing efforts depend on what's left over. It’s for the same reason that you’ll find marketing departments made up of skeleton crews while the sales team...read more

4 Strategies For Hotel Social Media Advertising

Remember when social media was still an unpaid media? To be successful at marketing your venue or destination on social media, you must start viewing channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn as any other ad-supported medium. If your venue is willing to allocate a portion of the...read more

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

Top 10 Moments at Cvent CONNECT 2016

At Cvent CONNECT 2016 this June, hundreds of meeting and event planners flocked to Las Vegas in search of new content, better connections, and greater insight from experts in the industry. Below you'll find a list of the top 10 most exciting moments attendees experienced onsite. Keynote – Reggie...read more

Group Business Trends: Q1 2016 Insights

During our first keynote at Cvent CONNECT, we announced the free, public beta release of Group Business Trends, an interactive portal that includes high-level data in four key categories: ADR, sales behaviors, RFPs, and planners. Built-in filters allow you to see our data on your specific major...read more

Throwback Cvent CONNECT Session: The Keys to Group Business Success

Adapt to the times. In the hospitality business, being stagnant means falling behind, and falling behind means losing the race. Check out this rundown of a session from last year's Cvent CONNECT, and see what you have to look forward to next month.  Bharet Malhotra, SVP of Sales at Cvent, sat down...read more

Site Visit Follow Up: Planner Q&A

Almost two months before Cvent CONNECT, Rachel Andrews, Senior Manager of Meetings and Events, and her CONNECT production and event team flew to Las Vegas for their final site visit at The Venetian | The Palazzo. Below you’ll find a brief Q&A with Rachel, in which she discusses the ins and outs of...read more

Top 2016 Hotel Digital Marketing Trends

With its promised flurry of shiny new software, apps, and marketing platforms, 2016 is already an exciting year. Hotel industry giants with big budgets have already gotten a head start on the rest of us, which allows us to see the technology in action and to review their ROI. Here are some of the...read more

Get Certified at Cvent CONNECT 2016

On the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN), more than 74,000 event and meeting planners are sourcing venues and destinations around the world. In 2015, planners sent more than 1.8 million RFPs to venues and sourced more than $9.8 billion of group business through the network. Since 2009, the CSN has seen...read more

Part 3: The Destination Marketing X-Factor

In the third and final part of our Planner Wish List series, we’ll discuss how to attract more meeting and event planners to your venue. In Rachel Andrews’ original post, she stressed the importance of the overall customer (and attendee) experience when choosing and planning a large event. The...read more

Part 2: Helping Planners Search More Efficiently

In her original post, “What Hoteliers Can Learn from Planner Wish Lists,” Cvent Planner Rachel Andrews dished about her top tips for hoteliers looking to increase group business. When working with planners, she recommends hotel professionals make the sourcing and planning process as easy as...read more

Social Selling: Turning Online Conversations into Offline Revenue

Selling is social. Always has been and always will be. However, today social selling has taken on new dimensions and formats. Now we’re tasked with building and maintaining relationships with clients via social media channels, like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For hotel sales people...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

It Takes a Village: Resort Conference Center Fills Big Need in Tiny Town

Hotel conference centers are plentiful in big cities, but what happens when your property is located in what is basically a hamlet, and you're losing out on valuable group business to bigger facilities nearby? In the case of the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, a strategic expansion of...read more

Skift, The Largest Travel Intelligence & Marketing Platform, Deciphers the Future of Events

Destinations as Knowledge Hubs On a macro scale, the most innovative first and second-tier destinations are positioning themselves as knowledge hubs to expand their spectrum of collaboration with meeting professionals. It is a systemic shift in their value propositions, expanding beyond the focus...read more

5 Keys to Get a Handle on Bucket List Destination Marketing

In recent weeks, I read the Huffington Post article, 17 Places You Have to See Before You Die by Yagana Shah. The list includes places dreamed of, our next door neighbors, castles and churches filled with the evidence of our ancestors, cottages close to the earth and memorable places of natural...read more

Skift, the Largest Travel Intelligence & Marketing Platform, Deciphers the Future of Events

By: Greg Oates How we communicate is as important as what we communicate in today’s events industry, based on the rise of so many different digital channels and platforms. Content is fluid, global, 24/7 and platform agnostic. Therefore, the meeting of the future is an open-source, co-created hybrid...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

What Venue Sourcing Criteria Do Hotels Have Control Over?

With the meetings and conventions industry generating a healthy $117 billion per year, it’s no wonder that hotels and venues across the globe are fighting for ways to differentiate themselves from the pack to snag more of that business. While many factors can impact a planners booking decision, you...read more
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