Group Business Marketing Best Practice Tip - Sharing is Caring: 3 Tips for Multi-Property Response

The eRFP is your bread and butter. Service with a smile, you breeze through the proposal process with no problem. You’ve attended our public trainings and know what the planner wants to hear. But if you oversee several properties in your area, do you know our insider tricks for multi-property...read more

Less Facebook Engagement, Every Brand’s Current Sorrow

You may have noticed that your hotel’s Facebook engagement numbers are dropping off. I’m here to let you know that you aren’t alone. Hotel marketing managers everywhere are panicked about the slowing fan engagement.    Recent changes to Facebook’s algorithm means that less than 4% of your fans will...read more

Will Email Marketing Have a Brighter Future Than Social Media?

It’s ridiculously loud out there. I’m referring to your social media accounts. Your newsfeed, Twitter feed, snapchat, pins, and Instagram are booming with information to be consumed.  For awhile during the “social media boom,” companies were beginning to think consumers didn’t want to be bothered by...read more

What Do Meeting Planners Really Want? The Mental Triggers That Get Them to Book - Part 2

In my last post, I explored what meeting planners really want and how to use those mental triggers to influence their purchasing decisions and increase group bookings at hotels. Here are four more to add to your hotel marketing strategies and arsenal of secret marketing weapons: Meeting Planners...read more

What Do Meeting Planners Really Want? The Mental Triggers That Get Them to Book - Part 1

What really drives a meeting planner to book? The same mental triggers that drive any person’s actions, especially the decision to purchase. The key to increasing group bookings at hotels is first knowing how to influence and understand your clients, then using those mental triggers within your own...read more

Group Business Marketing Best Practice Tip: Work in Tandem with Your CVB, and Reap the Benefits!

In my experience with Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs), I have learned the importance of keeping them involved in the proposal process because of the insight they can provide and the benefits they have to offer to the planner.  Including CVBs in your normal proposal creation process is easy to...read more

Men vs. Women: How “Emotional” Is Booking a Venue?

About forty years ago, there was a common misconception and belief about gender differences in purchasing decisions. People believed men and women didn’t have the same rational, emotional and relational motives, but it’s been proven wrong. The truth is that men and women have varying motives based...read more

What Travel Editors Love and Hate to Find in Your Press Releases

Crafting a well-written press release for your hotel, meeting venue or destination doesn’t require a degree in Journalism or Public Relations. What IS absolutely essential is news about your company that is worth touting. A press release without a news worthy subject (that’s relevant to the...read more

How to Lean-In and Lead Change at Your Hotel or Resort

Every time that I sign into LinkedIn, it seems that there's another article about accepting change. Don’t let change happen to you or get on board with change now, the headlines read. Well, it is true - it’s important to be a change influencer. Hoteliers who aren’t making changes within the hotel...read more

Sizzlin' Hot Summer Series! Graduate to Higher Revenue!

Students' mass exodus from their schools is a telltale sign that summer is fast approaching, and time for a vacation from the tired and stuffy. Cvent's Sizzlin' Hot Summer Series! provides tips on making the most of summer revenue opportunities, from leveraging the pool, family reunions, nights...read more

5 Habits of The Most Productive & Successful NSO Managers

It isn’t always sales and a drive to success that makes you successful. The most successful national sales managers are interested in building relationships both internally and externally. They are determined to be well known and liked by their colleagues and industry professionals which is...read more

3 Design Concepts That Attract Group Travel

Every group has a personality and beyond that, so does every event and venue. To land business that works well within the brand and design of your hotel, incorporate tips from T&L Magazine's selection of Best Designs in Travel. Choose design concepts that will build upon your physical, and...read more

How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Own Hotel Brand

It's a common scene in hotels and DMOs across the country. Employees putting together their own materials to send to clients and guests. To make it ‘official,’ they simply slap on your hotel or DMO logo. Maybe they even crop or resize your logo to make it fit their needs. And, they pick whatever...read more

Walk this Way! Advertise Convention Centers by their Walkability Scores

Urban Planner Jeff Speck recently wrote a book entitled, "WALKABLE CITY: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time" of which he encapsulated his ideas on how walkable cities can assist in the economic viability of a downtown area and provide public health of its residents and travelers. Last...read more

8 Elements of Designing Timeless Hotels - Is it Possible? You Decide!

I was recently intrigued by an article on Skift, “Can Hotels Move Away From Talking Trends and Start Focusing on Timeless?” The focus was on The Hotels Innovate Forum, a series of forums where thought-leaders discussing hospitality trends in key international markets. At the recent one-day event,...read more

16 Best Practices to Light Up Your Company's LinkedIn Page

LinkedIn Company Pages are a bit of conundrum for most organizations.  You want followers, but you don't know exactly how to get them. LinkedIn recently published a Best Practices Guide for Company Pages aimed at helping individuals get started. Most of the tips below are simple, free ways you can...read more

You’ve Been Reviewed, Now What? A Hotel’s Guide to Improving & Moving Forward

It’s apparent that online word of mouth has become an important part of hotel marketing. Sites such as Facebook, TripAdvisor and Yelp play a role in the research process for travelers and planners choosing a hotel, restaurant, venue, and more.    You may be surprised that a large amount of sharing...read more

Hotel Marketing Videos: Smart Moves to Maximize YouTube Traffic

Research has shown that while 17 percent of people usually spend LESS THAN FOUR SECONDS when looking at a website, those same people are willing to watch a video online for up to 2.7 minutes! What does that say? Video is a powerhouse tool when marketing event venues and hotels online. It’s a gold...read more
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