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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

3 Ways to DO IT RIGHT! at Family Friendly Conferences!

Group events that include families are on the rise in 2015. A healthier economy is nudging accounting departments to loosen organizations' purse strings and make it easier to include spouses and children on conference invitations. In "Family Matters," Rachel Carter's article in Small Market...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

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

Hotels Engaging Social Media-Savvy Guests With Perks and Prizes

They’re everywhere. In your lobby. By the pool. All over your Facebook feed. However annoying, selfies are a boon to your hotel. Why? Because selfies are posted by those hotel guests who are having a good time and want to show their family and friends via social media. They’re posting picture after...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

How Large Hotel Chains Can Bring "Boutiqueness" to Their Brand

If you have traveled as much as I have, you have stayed in all type of venues - from bed and breakfasts to hotel chains with hundreds of rooms. While each niche has its own benefits, it is fair to say that boutique hotels usually bring a sense of charm and personal touch to the guest experience...read more

How Hotels Are Using Guest Service Apps to Woo Current and Future Guests

As in just about every area of life these days, when it comes to hospitality concierge services “there’s an app for that."  Many, in fact. It’s no secret that for both meeting planners and hotel guests, technology has become an essential component, not only in planning a trip, but in arranging for...read more

Marketing Tips & Tricks For Independent & Boutique Hotels

We know the large, branded hotels have a leg up on the competition. They have bigger budgets, name recognition, and bustling marketing departments teeming with talent. Despite all of these odds working in favor of large hotels, hotel marketing teams at smaller, independent and boutique properties...read more

How DMOs Can Overcome The Biggest Digital Marketing Disruptors

Destination travel marketing is caught in a never-ending cycle of rapid change.  Certain “disruptors," such as user-generated content, mobile platforms, OTAs, and an emphasis on the collaborative economy, have caused major shifts in the digital landscape. DMOs must now take action in order to thrive...read more

How 5 DMOs Turned Their Regions Into Foodie Destinations

Food and wine aficionados are one of the fastest growing segments of the market. They include planners, who are hungry for gourmet culinary experiences to enhance their events. So, destination marketers have begun to showcase their destination’s unique food and imbibing opportunities as a way to...read more

Introducing Cvent Connect 2015: This Year's Most Anticipated Group Business Event

Hundreds of hospitality professionals, experts, and owners joined us last year for the Group Business Forum (GBF). Hopefully, you were one of them! While 95% of attendees said they were interested in attending again in 2015, we want 95% of all professionals working for hotels, resorts, destination...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

Social Media Trends for Hotels in 2015

Wondering where to invest your time and energy in 2015? These top social media marketing trends are intended to guide your destination and hotel’s marketing for 2015. High-Impact Photography Investing in photography is more important than ever, and not just any photography. High-resolution lifestyle...read more

Suitcases vs Briefcases: How to Market Differently to Leisure & Business Travelers

When it comes to hotel marketing for leisure and business travelers, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach.  Each of those segments have their own, and often very different, priorities, and, as a hotelier, it is important to understand the differences and how to market to each for...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

Hospitality Marketing Trends You’ll See In 2015

The start of 2015 has arrived, and with it, comes a year of new opportunities, new tools, and a new set of marketing rules. Are you aware of the most current digital and mobile strategies for increasing hotel group business?  Is your hotel and its sales and marketing staff up-to-date on the latest...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 Planner's Guide to Orlando [Infographic]

A few months back, we published the first in a series of infographics we're creating for a few of the destinations that made our Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the US list for 2014. That infographic was for Chicago, today's belongs to Orlando which landed at a very close second. Boasting the list's...read more
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