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February 18, 2018

8 Extraordinary Insights into Hospitality Marketing and Distribution: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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8 Extraordinary Insights into Hospitality Marketing and Distribution: Image of couple checking into hotel¡Hola, Big Thinkers! No setup this week. Instead, we’re going to jump straight to this amazing list of 8 extraordinary insights into hospitality marketing and distribution. Enjoy:

  1. Phocuswire has a great look at Google, Airbnb and the evolving distribution landscape that you’ll definitely want to check out. I’d also recommend you review our past posts that explored why Airbnb keeps winning at hospitality and asked whether Airbnb is in the hospitality industry.
  2. While we’re on the topic of Airbnb, don’t miss this article from Deanna Ting at Skift that explains Airbnb’s upcoming launch of a new tier of select properties. Clearly, the company is getting involved more deeply into the overall travel marketing landscape, a topic we’ll talk about more in the next couple weeks here on Thinks.
  3. Shifting gears a bit, Hotel Online has an outstanding piece from  Dr. Meng-Mei Maggie Chen that breaks downmarketing trends in hospitality: from technology to niches and this look at 10 tremendous insights into the trends driving hotel digital marketing in 2018 from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series. Lots of good stuff there, not to be missed.
  4. Speaking of technological changes affecting hospitality marketing, you’ll definitely want to read Tim Peter’s guest editorial at Hotel Executive that explains why, when it comes to technology, it's not mobile first, it's guest first. That editorial also represents an excellent companion piece to Hotel News Now’s Q&A with Tim all about what hoteliers must know about digital marketing. Really good read.
  5. AI clearly represents one of the biggest tech trends affecting hospitality marketing in 2018. No, seriously. Don’t miss this look at why AI will change hospitality marketing forever or this recent episode of the Thinks Out Loud podcast that asks, and answers, will this be the year of AI in digital marketing?
  6. Since we’re discussing AI, you might find these 9 posts featuring chatbots, AI and all the hospitality digital marketing trends of 2018 interesting.
  7. If all these changes scare you, we’d advise you to understand why that’s part of the new reality and that you can deal with it: digital makes marketing easier for everyone, which makes marketing harder for everyone. You might also appreciate this quick and dirty guide on how to keep up with technology as a marketer.
  8. Finally, let’s round-out this week’s look at 8 extraordinary insights into hospitality marketing and distribution with some personal news. You may have heard by now, but we’re thrilled to report that our founder and president Tim Peter has been named among HSMAI's Top 25 Extraordinary Minds for 2017 and will receive the honor at this year’s Adrian Awards in just a few days. There’s still time to attend the ceremony if you’re interested. But look forward to a full report in the coming weeks.

If you’re looking to learn even more about how changing guest behavior shapes hospitality marketing, e-commerce, and distribution, be sure an register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You might also want to take a moment to review the slides from my recent seminar, “Digital Marketing Directions 2016: The Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:

Finally, you will definitely want to check out some of our past coverage of the mobile, local, social web and how to make it work for your hotel, including:

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February 16, 2018

8 Excellent Insights Into AI and the Changing Customer Journey: E-commerce Link Digest

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8 Excellent Insights Into Ai and the Changing Customer Journey: Customer using VR goggles to explore a virtual worldHey, Big Thinkers. We’re going to skip all the setup today and simply show you this list of 8 excellent insights into AI and the changing customer journey. Enjoy:

  1. It’s clear that technology plays a crucial role in shaping customer behavior. And that’s why MarketingProfs leads us off with a great infographic that asks what new technologies do consumers really want? Good stuff.
  2. While we’re looking at technologies that will change customer behaviors and expectations, don’t miss this recent episode of our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast, Thinks Out Loud, that asked will this be the year of AI in digital marketing? Spoiler alert: The answer is yes. But give a listen to the whole thing to find out why that matters for your business.
  3. Marketing Insider Group adds their voice to the chorus singing AI’s praises with this explanation of how AI will make marketing more personalized in 2018 . Well worth your time.
  4. @MarTechExec said on Twitter, "Here’s the irony: as much as the hype has overstated what AI might do for marketing in the next 12-24 months, the reality of how AI is already working in marketing today is often under-recognized" while linking to a fantastic article at Chiefmartec.com about artificial intelligence as one of the 5 disruptions to marketing this year.
  5. Meanwhile, MarTech Advisor outline four use cases of machine learning in marketing that you’ll probably want to know about.
  6. On a similar note, we’d rounded up 11 outstanding insights into AI and digital marketing along with a list of 7 ways you can use AI in B2B sales and marketing that are definitely worth your time.
  7. Of course, with all these changes brought about by major shifts in technology and customer behaviors, you might wonder how you can keep up. Fortunately, Mark Schaefer and Tom Webster’s near-perfect podcast recently tackled the new marketing career and asked, “What do you need to do to remain relevant?” Our own podcast looked at the problem not long ago and produced an episode titled, “How to Keep Up With Technology as a Marketer: The Quick and Dirty Guide.” 
  8. Finally, let’s round out our list of 8 excellent insights into AI and the changing customer journey with two recent podcast episodes that explore 6 proven digital marketing trends and offer the following advice, deal with it: digital makes marketing easier for everyone, which makes marketing harder for everyone

Have a great weekend, everyone. We’ll catch you back here next week!

If you’re looking to learn even more about how changing customer behavior will shape your marketing going forward, be sure an register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

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February 15, 2018

Deal With It: Digital Makes Marketing Easier for Everyone, Which Makes Marketing Harder For Everyone (Thinks Out Loud Episode 213)

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Digital Makes Marketing Easier for Everyone, Which Makes Marketing Harder For Everyone (Thinks Out Loud Episode 213): Team collaborating on digital marketing

Deal With It: Digital Makes Marketing Easier for Everyone, Which Makes Marketing Harder For Everyone (Thinks Out Loud Episode 213) – Headlines and Show Notes

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Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using a Heil Sound PR 30 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone through a Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter Mic Activator and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 14m 5s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

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February 9, 2018

10 Posts Connecting AI and Customer Experience: E-commerce Link Digest

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10 Posts Connecting AI and Customer Experience: Using a mobile phone to understand products in store

Hey, Big Thinkers! Crazy week, so I hope you don’t mind if we skip the setup and get right to this list of 10 posts connecting AI and customer experience. Enjoy:

  1. Kicking things off, Scott Monty wrote a fantastic piece for Brand Quarterly all about reclaiming humanity in business. Really good stuff.
  2. Scott’s piece was part of the inspiration behind a recent episode of Thinks Out Loud, our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast, called “Want to Beat the Machines? Don’t Be a Machine.” Be sure to give it a listen when you get a moment.
  3. Marketing Insider Group takes a great look at how AI will make marketing more personalized in 2018.
  4. Digital Trends adds to the discussions saying, don't be fooled by sci-fi stories — AI for good is on the rise.
  5. Search Engine Watch looks at artificial intelligence and machine learning and asks, “What are the opportunities for search marketers?”
  6. We’ve also rounded-up a set of 11 outstanding insights into AI and digital marketing in the E-commerce Link Digest series and asked ”Will This Be The Year of AI in Digital Marketing?” in a recent episode of Thinks Out Loud.
  7. Retail Dive explains why Amazon Go is more like Amazon 'Uh oh' for other retailers. More importantly, it raises the bar for what customers will expect from everyone over time.
  8. On a highly-related note, Mark de Bruijn has an amazing piece all about providing a seamless customer experience titled, “I want it all, I want it now” that you must see.
  9. Another great Retail Dive joint shows how Amazon's Alexa mobile app has finally found its voice, adding full Alexa capabilities to your mobile phone. Cool.
  10. And, finally, let’s wrap up this look at 10 posts connecting AI and customer experience with a set of 6 Proven Digital Marketing Trends (The Best of Thinks Out Loud). Give it a listen when you get a chance.

Have a great weekend, Big Thinkers. Catch you back here next week!

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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February 8, 2018

Want to Beat the Machines? Don’t Be a Machine (Thinks Out Loud Episode 212)

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To beat the machines, don't be a machine: Team collaborating to create customer experiences

Want to Beat the Machines? Don’t Be a Machine (Thinks Out Loud Episode 212) – Headlines and Show Notes

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Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using a Heil Sound PR 30 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone through a Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter Mic Activator and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 13m 46s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.

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February 5, 2018

Tim Peter Named among HSMAI’s 2017 Top 25 Extraordinary Minds

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Tim Peter named to HSMAI's 2017 Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue ManagementTim was among the 2017 25 Top Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Management named by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) that recognizes leaders in sales, marketing, and revenue optimization of hospitality, travel, and tourism organizations. Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI, had this to say about the honorees:

“Top 25” awardees are high achievers who stand out through their creativity and innovation, cutting-edge campaigns and programs, triumph in challenging situations and efforts that resulted in dramatic gains.

Gilbert called the honorees “innovators both at their own businesses — helping them thrive, regardless  of the economic climate — and within the travel industry as a whole, inspiring their peers with creative solutions.”

Tim and the other honorees will be recognized at the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala on February 20, at the New York Marriot Marquis, and in a private ceremony co-hosted by Questex Hospitality + Travel.

To read the full article, click here.

If you’re looking to learn even more about how changing guest behavior shapes hospitality marketing, e-commerce, and distribution, be sure an register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

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January 30, 2018

9 Posts Featuring Chatbots, AI and all the Hospitality Digital Marketing Trends of 2018: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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Chatbots, AI and all the hospitality digital marketing trends: Man using tablet in hotel lobby

Howdy, Big Thinkers! Hope you’re having an amazing week so far. Let’s make it even better with a look at 9 posts featuring chatbots, AI and all the hospitality digital marketing trends of 2018 for you. Enjoy:

  1. Tnooz has a wonderful piece that shares 11 thoughts on the future of technology in travel and hospitality from CES 2018. Given how much consumer tech shapes what our guests expect, you can’t afford to miss this one.
  2. The fine folks at Fuel Travel (hi, guys!) had an amazing podcast episode that outlined the hotel industry's New Year wish list for 2018. Be sure to give it a listen.
  3. Clare Hutchison of Triptease has a great article that looks at what's in store for hotels in 2018 that you’ll want to check out.
  4. Continuing the theme of 2018 hospitality digital marketing trends, Hotel News Now put together a fantastic Q&A with our own Tim Peter all about what hoteliers must know about digital marketing in 2018. Great stuff that’s well worth your time.
  5. And on a highly-related note, Hotel Management listed its view of the top 6 hotel tech trends for 2018. Their views on AI, voice, and blockchain seem very much in line with our’s here at Tim Peter & Associates, so give them a look when you get a moment.
  6. Speaking of AI, you’ll absolutely want to review Tim Peter’s thoughts on why AI will change hospitality marketing forever.
  7. Curious what AI, voice, and chatbots look like in action? Hotel Marketing highlighted a TTG Asia post that saysBooking.com’s service and support chatbot will become more sophisticated. No doubt. The question is how are you preparing to compete?
  8. Along those lines, Skift suggests (rightly, I might add) that brands must rethink engagement with the new digitally connected traveler . Or, put more simply by Tim in a guest editorial for Hotel Executive, it's not “mobile first” – it's “guest first.”
  9. Finally, let’s round out our list of 9 posts featuring chatbots, AI and all the hospitality digital marketing trends with a complementary set of 10 tremendous insights into the trends driving hotel digital marketing in 2018 and these 8 amazing posts that explore how AI will affect the travel industry from the the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series.

If you’re looking for even more hospitality marketing goodness, you might also want to take a moment to review the slides from Tim’s recent seminar, “Digital Marketing Directions: The Key Trends Driving Your Hotel Marketing Next Year” here:

Finally, you will definitely want to check out some of our past coverage of the mobile, local, social web and how to make it work for your hotel, including:

Carolyn Boring

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January 29, 2018

Tim Peter Shares Expertise in Digital Marketing and E-commerce in Hotel News Network Q&A Article

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Tim Peter, Founder and president of Tim Peter & AssociatesTim Peter was recently interviewed by Hotel News Network for a feature Q&A article on what hoteliers need to know about digital marketing as they enter 2018 and beyond.

Tim tells Hotel News Now “that it’s time for hoteliers to up their game to establish ever more critical connections with would-be and returning guests.”

He said digital how consumers interact with business today.

“I don’t think this is new, but it seems hotels are finally realizing just how big mobile has become. It’s long past time for us to stop calling mobile a trend. Mobile is not a trend. It’s a way of life.”

Tim weighed in on the challenges hoteliers are facing and the new emerging technologies that will shape how guests and hoteliers will come together in the coming year.
He added that online travel agencies are getting bigger bites of the business as they tap into the questions guests have and respond by providing the information they need.

“We’re entering an era of ‘conversational commerce.’ Your job increasingly is to provide the right content that enables that conversation — and drives commerce activity.”

Tim added that “hotels desperately need to to update their content game. That’s true whether we’re talking about text, images or video. But start with text and images.”

To read more of Tim’s interview, click here.

If you’re looking to learn even more about how changing guest behavior shapes hospitality marketing, e-commerce, and distribution, be sure an register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

 

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January 26, 2018

11 Outstanding Insights Into AI and Digital Marketing: E-commerce Link Digest

January 26, 2018 | By | No Comments

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11 outstanding insights into AI and digital marketing: AI-powered VR in store

Howdy, Big Thinkers! Not a lot of setup this week. But don’t miss these 11 outstanding insights into AI and digital marketing we’ve rounded up for you. Enjoy:

    1. Miro Walker has a great piece on CMO.com that suggests, because of the rise of AI, personalization, improved CX and other reasons, 2018 is the year to abandon your comfort zone for good.
    2. Walker’s advice makes an excellent companion to this look at the 5 top digital trends for 2018 that we highlighted on our e-commerce and digital strategy podcast, Thinks Out Loud, just recently.
    3. While we’re on the topic of AI, Marketing Insider Group explores how AI will make marketing more personalized in 2018.
    4. Really cool thing here. According to Quartz, Google wants to make building an AI algorithm as easy as drag and drop. Quite an accomplishment if they can pull it off.
    5. The Harvard Business Review askshow AI will change work and offers 5 schools of thought on what that will look like.
    6. Similarly, The Future of Commerce says that the future of customer service = the best of man and machine. I couldn’t agree more.
    7. On a related note, don’t forget that AI won’t steal your job. Smart people who put AI to work will.
    8. You might also want to check out these 7 ways you can use AI in B2B sales and marketing and this examination of where AI will affect sales and marketing first… and most.
    9. One area that’s going to change a ton thanks to AI is search. That’s why Search Engine Land outlines the technology behind AI in PPC.
    10. All of this makes it understandable that you’d ask, whether voice, VR, AR, and AI represent hype or hope for marketers.
    11. Finally, let’s round out this list of 11 outstanding insights into AI and digital marketing with a set of 9 amazing posts connecting AI and marketing.

    Have a fantastic weekend, Big Thinkers. Catch you back here next week!

    You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

    Finally, you might enjoy some of these past posts from Thinks to help you build your e-commerce strategy and your digital success:

Tim Peter

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January 25, 2018

Where AI Will Affect Sales and Marketing First. And Most (Thinks Out Loud Episode 211)

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Where AI will affect sales and marketing first: Woman using AI to analyze data quickly

Where AI Will Affect Sales and Marketing First. And Most (Thinks Out Loud Episode 211) – Headlines and Show Notes

Subscribe to Thinks Out Loud

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Past Insights from Tim Peter Thinks

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about the key trends shaping marketing in the next year. Here are the slides for your reference:

Technical Details for Thinks Out Loud

Recorded using a Heil Sound PR 30 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone through a Cloud Microphones CL-1 Cloudlifter Mic Activator and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 15m 23s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], the Google Play Store, via our dedicated podcast RSS feed )(or sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player at the top of this page.