Give Thanks for Lead Scoring (And Win Better Group Business)

The family laid out quite the spread this year – buttery mashed potatoes and steaming yams, corn bread and warm rolls, bacon green beans and roasted Brussels sprouts, turkey and glazed ham. And out of the corner of your eye you get a glimpse of the dessert table overloaded with sweet treats 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 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, more

How Independent Hotels Can Step Up Their Game Against a Big Brand Neighbor

Like it or not, if you’re an independent or boutique hotel, you will have to compete with big brands with larger staff and massive hotel marketing budgets. Whether it’s a Sheraton, Hyatt, Marriott, or Best Western, you’re bound to battle with hotel brands that are larger than life. It may seem more

6 Tips on Establishing Your Hotel as the Heart of the Group Business Networking Scene

The real business at a meeting or conference is the business happening in, around and after the meeting! Years of professional business networking traditionally includes the usual suspects: Membership  meetings of industry associations... Industry trade shows and; Other invitation-only events. more

Gen Z: What Hoteliers Need to Know About the Next Generation of Travelers

While hotel executives have been fretting over the millennials, a new generation is growing up behind the scenes: Generation Z, born 1995 and beyond and making up about 25 percent of the U.S. population. Within the next three years, Gen Z’ers will be college grads and moving onto their more

Quick Tips for Those New to Booking Hotel Group Business

Of course, it’s no news flash that groups are coveted, lucrative business for hotels and venues. They simultaneously book hundreds of room nights. Their attendees spend money on your ancillary products for the duration of their stay. And, they stick around before or after the meeting to explore more

Must-Have Hotel Group Business Marketing Tools to Outdo Your Comp Set

Before you book business with a meeting planner, you first have to catch their eye. So, when it comes to putting together your marketing materials for group business, you can never get too creative. These FREE – or almost free – tools, as recommended by tech marketing speaker Beth Ziesenis, more

How to Win Millennials Travelers Back from Airbnb

In just a few short years, Airbnb, VRBO and other homeshare services have become serious contenders in the competition for hospitality dollars--- game changers in a game where they get to play by their own rules. What started out as a lower cost alternative to traditional hospitality options more

Why Online Reviews Determine Your Hotel Group Sales Success

By now, you’re well aware of how your guest reviews impact your leisure business. So, it shouldn’t be too much of a startling surprise to find out that those same reviews can also impact whether or not planners book business with you, too. With so much competition in marketing for group travel, more

The 3 Keys to Ensure Your Hotel is on Page One in Every Planner Search

"What a beautiful website!" "The better to capture you my dear." Or is it? Your hotel invested a lot of resources putting together a web package that is, you believe, award worthy, right? Web content that is rich and robust. Plenty of gorgeous images, organized content, a meetings page for planners, more

A Director of Sales & CMP Shares Her Top Tips for Group Sales

The late Stephen Covey, author of "7 Habits of Highly Successful People" and business guru said, "The key is not to prioritize what is on your schedule but to schedule your priorities." How many times are you caught up as a director of sales in putting out the fires instead of heating up sales? more

Four DMOs That Are Creating Brilliant Content for Millennial Meeting Planners & Attendees

It takes more than Tweeting and posting images to Instagram to get hotel group business from millennial-age meeting planners. It now requires creating custom content for a generation hungry for destination intelligence that goes beyond staid and uninspiring tourism guides.  By promoting their more

7 Must-Read Books for Hospitality Marketing & Sales Directors

Whether you’re by the pool or lounging around the house after putting in hours at the hotel, most likely you’ll reach for your favorite book. This summer, skip your usual mystery or romance novel for a book that will power up your hotel marketing and sales techniques, while also boosting more

The 10 Hotel Marketing Basics You Must Have in Today's Market

With such a heavy focus on increasing group bookings at hotels, it’s no wonder that marketing often gets the short end of the stick throughout the hotel industry. It’s the same reason that you’ll see robust sales teams but skeleton marketing crews, or a director of sales and rarely a director more

How to Get More Pleasure, Not Pain, From OTAs

Oh, the pleasure and the pain of working with online travel agencies (OTAs). On one hand, an OTA’s global reach exposes you to audiences you would have never otherwise touched. On the other, you’re losing tremendous amounts of money, since you’re paying out a commission on top of a hefty more

A Hotelier's Strategy for Meeting Tragedy Head On & Surviving Successfully

Although it can be difficult and uncomfortable to think about, it's important to have a plan for coping with tragedies in your hotel's community. Here are some tips for managing very personal and unfortunate situations so that you can mitigate damages to your hotel and avoid further more

Cvent CONNECT Session - Planner Loyalty Drivers: From One-Offs to Repeat Bookings

What is the value of your best customer? The cost to acquire a new planner customer is high. Today at Cvent CONNECT, Carol Lynch, Director of Planner Communications for Cvent's Elite Meetings division, hosted a discussion with Greg Herning, Vice President Hotel Sales at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino more

Disney Marketing Tactics for Hoteliers

  No other brand in the world can compare to the omnipotent marketing power of Disney. As both a visionary and innovator, the Walt Disney Company has defied the conventions of hospitality marketing, group business marketing, customer service, and brand loyalty. As an unabashed (and admittedly, more

6 Ways Your Meeting & Events Website Annoys Planners

Sometimes a sale simmers out even before it starts. If so, then blame it on your website. Perhaps the meeting planner was led to you by Cvent. Or, by another planner referral. Or, just through an organic online search. However they came to you, the possibility of capturing their event can be more
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