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August 27, 2017

9 Popular Hotel Marketing and Distribution Posts for You: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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9 Popular Hotel Marketing and Distribution Posts for You: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

Howdy, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had a delightful weekend. Let’s close out the weekend with a great set of 9 popular hotel marketing and distribution posts for you. Enjoy:

  1. Although it’s from a few months back, this list of 6 Quick Hotel Distribution and Digital Marketing Insights from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series seems like a good way to kick things off.
  2. Why kick off that way? Well, according to Skift, “Hilton’s CEO Looks to Airbnb as Hedge Against Power of Expedia and Booking.com,” which just illustrates how much change the entire hotel distribution and marketing landscape is going through right now.
  3. For even more evidence, Tnooz says that “Airbnb Wants to Reinvent Every Aspect of Travel.” And that evidence suggests that Airbnb might just succeed.
  4. Of course, it’s also fair to ask now, “What Business Is Airbnb In? Hotels? Or Hospitality?” Worth a read.
  5. Shifting gears, Travelution says that “Hotels Must Get Social Media Savvy to Tap Into Younger Customers.” That’s true. But age isn’t the only factor that matters there.
  6. If you’re unsure how to start, We Are Social UK explains “How Travel Brands Can Benefit from Social, AI and Chatbots” for you.
  7. And if you’re unsure why you should start, I asked “Is Social a Waste of Time for Hotel Marketers?” not too long ago. The answer, of course, is “no.” But check out the whole post for the details.
  8. Speaking of social, this list of “7 Sensational Posts for Hospitality Marketers” has been burning up Twitter for the last week or so. Take a look to see why for yourself.
  9. Finally, to wrap up this week’s list of 9 popular hotel marketing and distribution posts for you in a nice little package, don’t miss this post that looks at “Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?”

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 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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August 1, 2017

8 Insights into OTA’s, Personalization and Your Overall Digital Strategy: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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8 insights into OTA's, personalization and your overall digital strategy: Man reading the latest OTA and hospitality digital strategy insightsHey, Big Thinkers! Hope you’re having a fantastic day. Don’t miss these 8 insights into OTA’s, personalization and your overall digital strategy as you gear up for the rest of the week, OK? Enjoy:

  1. There’s been a lot of discussion the last couple of weeks around the current OTA vs. hotel brand dust-ups. First, Hotel Marketing published a pair of pieces that claim “New Research Shows OTA Consolidation Harms Consumers” and “OTA Bookings Linked to Lower Guest Satisfaction.”
  2. Tnooz followed that up with “OTA Or Hotel Direct – Putting The OTAs View.” (Full disclosure: That Tnooz headlines continues to bug me. I thought about rewriting it a few times, but it’s general incoherence mirrors the incoherence of the OTA’s argument on this so it felt appropriate to leave it as is.)
  3. Speaking of the incoherence of the OTA’s argument, I took a long look at OTA claims in detail in this post, “OTA’s vs. Brands: OTA’s Say Hotel Companies Are Just As Bad for Consumers as… OTA’s?” This kind of griping and sniping between OTA’s and brands is nothing new—see OTA’s vs. Chain Brands: Expedia Comes Out Swinging and Expedia’s Accelerator Program: A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing for just two examples—and aren’t likely to end anytime soon. But I still argue in favor of a “fair and balanced approach” to managing your OTA relationships—and expect I’ll continue to do that until someone gives me a good reason to switch. The only thing I would argue is that you should approach OTA’s the way male black widow spiders approach their potential mates: carefully.
  4. All that said, there’s a lot you can learn from OTA’s, as BookAssist points out in “Learning from the Giants: How Booking and Expedia Build Their Traffic Online.”
  5. Shifting gears a bit, eConsultancy has a fantastic piece that explains “How Six Travel & Hospitality Brands Use Personalization to Enhance the Customer Experience.”
  6. Personalization for hotels remains near and dear to my heart, as you can read all about in “6 Stellar Insights into Personalization for Hotel Marketing” from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series and in
    “Why Hotel Marketing Depends on Personalization.”
  7. With all the changes hotel marketers have to cope with every day, it’s fair to ask “Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?” As you might expect, I’d argue “no.” Be sure to read the whole article though to see why.
  8. And, finally, since you’re not likely to give up (and good for you!), check out these 7 Must-See Posts Highlighting How to Market Your Hotel in the Future also from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series as a way to round out your knowledge of OTA’s, personalization and your overall digital strategy. You’ll be glad you did.

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 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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July 20, 2017

OTA’s vs. Brands: OTA’s Say Hotel Companies Are Just As Bad for Consumers as… OTA’s?

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OTA's vs. Brands: Booking.com and Expedia So the battle of OTA’s vs. brands just keeps getting weirder. The Travel Trade Association (TTA), which represents Expedia, Priceline, and TripAdvisor (as well as Sabre, Amadeus, Travelport and others[1]) responded to the recent AHLA report claiming OTA’s harm consumers by suggesting—and, honest to God, I’m not making this up—that hotel companies are just as bad as they are.

The AHLA report claims that Expedia and Priceline control about 95% of “the online travel market” and that these travel search giants mislead consumers about pricing, availability and a host of other relevant information. The biggest problem from AHLA’s point of view is that most guests don’t realize how much consolidation has limited the actual number of options available to guests when booking hotels online. The TTA’s Stephen Shur acknowledges the point when he tells Tnooz,

“The Federal Trade Commission in a hearing last year testified to Congress that they have no records of consumer complaints on these issues. We checked with the major consumer groups here in the United States, such as Consumers Union, National Consumers League and others, and these issues don’t even fall on their radar. The only place you’re hearing about hotel booking scams is from the hotel lobby.”

Tough to complain about something you don’t know exists, though, amirite? (Also, Is it just me or do you love the “hotel lobby” double entendre there? Just me? OK. Moving on…)

Odder still was Shur’s choice to highlight the number of brands held by six major hotel chains in the US (Choice, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and Wyndham) noting that they own 10 or more brands each, with Marriott carrying a whopping 31 brands in its portfolio. Except, here’s the thing. They’re comparing apples to orangutans. Brands does not equal market share.

So, yes, those 6 chains do each own a whole bunch of brands. But their collective share of global room inventory is less than 30%. Even with consolidation, Marriott’s marriage to Starwood granted the combined hotel powerhouse only 8.3% of global room supply. Big, sure. But not outrageously so. And if you add in major players like Accor, Best Western, and Carlson Rezidor to the Big 6 named by Shur, total combined share of rooms climbs all the way up to… 34.8%. Again, that’s hardly an anticompetitive distribution when spread across nine separate companies. This data shows the full story:

Chain Room Count Room Share Property Count Property Share Owned Properties % of Properties Owned
Marriott 1,200,000 8.3% 6,161 3.9% 22 0.36%
Hilton 812,000 5.6% 5,400 3.5% 141 2.61%
IHG 767,000 5.3% 5,028 3.2% 8 0.16%
Wyndham 697,607 4.8% 7,923 5.1% 2 0.03%
Choice 516,122 3.6% 6,514 4.2% 0 0.00%
Hyatt 171,000 1.2% 657 0.4% 43 6.54%
STR Hotel Industry Totals 14,500,000 100.0% 156,000 100% N/A N/A
Source: All data retrieved from their respective company’s 2016 annual report or, when not available, from publicly-stated information. STR data retrieved from STR Hotel Census Database. All data as of July 19, 2017.

Now let’s not forget that the two major OTAs also sell pretty much all of these companies’ inventory, as well as a hefty chunk of the remaining 65% too. So I don’t think they’re making the argument they claim to be when criticizing the hotel companies.

The OTA’s make a much stronger argument by the way when they cite Phocuswright data showing they outsell hotel brands by only a few billion dollars, controlling 54% of the market compared to suppliers’ 46%. Except if two companies really do control 95% of that 54% (or, more simply, 51% of the total), as AHLA claims, that’s a big frickin’ deal. Here’s why.

The vast majority of the hotels within each of these chains are franchised. They don’t have to stick with the chain if they don’t want to.[2] If you’re a hotel owner carrying a flag from one of those 6 large hotel chains and aren’t happy with the value you receive from said chain, you have a ton of options available to you. You could dump your current flag and instead:

  1. Switch to your original chains’ soft brand(s)
  2. Go to one of the other 5 chains the TTA calls out, either carrying one of their flags or using one of their soft brands
  3. Go to another chain outside that original set of six (Accor, BW, Carlson Rezidor, Magnuson, etc.)
  4. Go to one of their soft brands, or, finally,
  5. Skip the whole thing and fly independent (potentially affiliating with still other soft brands like The Leading Hotels of the World, Preferred, Small Luxury, etc.—or not—as you see fit)

I don’t know about you, but that feels like a pretty good set of options for today’s hotelier.

On the other hand, if you’re unhappy with Expedia, you could sell your inventory on Travelocity instead. Oh… wait. Expedia owns them. OK, how about Orbitz? Nope, Expedia owns them too. Hotels.com? Also Expedia. And so on. The landscape on the Priceline side isn’t any better, with Booking.com, Agoda, Kayak, Momondo, and the company’s flagship Priceline brand among its guest-facing presence. And these two represent probably 51% of all reservations made online if AHLA’s numbers are right.

Hmm… remind me again who’s better positioned to harm consumers and hotel operators?

Does any of this automatically prove that the OTA’s are evil? Of course not. As I’ve argued repeatedly, OTA’s can represent a reasonable option for reaching guests you’re not able to reach on your own.

What it does prove is that the OTA’s aren’t so great at making an argument about who’s the big bad wolf here. Just like your mom probably told you as a kid, the OTA’s may find that when they’re pointing a finger at the evils of industry consolidation, the rest of their fingers end up pointing right back at themselves.


  1. I’d be curious to know how Sabre and Amadeus feel about this approach, given the amount of effort they’re putting into wooing major hotel chains as clients for their CRS products. ^Back to article
  2. To be fair, this ignores the challenge of getting out of any existing franchise agreement, which can be onerous. ^Back to article

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:

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July 16, 2017

A Dozen Hospitality Digital Marketing, Revenue Management and Distribution Insights: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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A dozen hospitality digital marketing, revenue management and distribution insights: Guests entering hotelHey, everyone! Hope you’ve enjoyed an amazing summer weekend. Now let’s start the week off right with these dozen hospitality digital marketing, revenue management and distribution insights. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, Ellis Kennedy from Rainmaker breaks down “The Convergence of Hotel Marketing and Revenue Management.” This represents one of the most critical trends within hospitality marketing and it’s great to see others beating this drum.
  2. The convergence of hotel marketing and revenue management of course is just one huge trend. This collection of “7 Must-See Posts Highlighting How to Market Your Hotel in the Future” from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series helps outline others you’ll want to watch.
  3. Brand Quarterly “How Hospitality And Travel Brands Can Top Review Charts,” which you know we’re in favor of, seeing as how managing your ratings and reviews well represents “The Single Most Effective Way to Improve Your Brand’s Digital Marketing.”
  4. While you’re looking for effective ways to improve your brand’s marketing, don’t miss these “6 Quick Hotel Distribution and Digital Marketing Insights” too.
  5. On a related note, Econsultancy looked at “How Six Travel &Amp; Hospitality Brands Use Personalization to Enhance the Customer Experience.”
  6. In fact, we’ve outlined “Why Hotel Marketing Depends on Personalization” and rounded-up “6 Stellar Insights into Personalization for Hotel Marketing” for you as well to add to that story.
  7. Digging into the archives a bit, we’ve got a post that calls out “OTA’s vs. Chain Brands: Expedia Comes Out Swinging”—and why it’s still relevant today.
  8. Taking a peek into the corner office, Skift reports on why “Hotel CEOs Love Direct Booking and 4 Other Hospitality Trends” that you won’t want to miss.
  9. Meanwhile, according to CIO Dive, TravelClick CIO’s Joseph Eng says that “Changing User Experience Requires Companies to Go Digital and Employ Data.” Good advice.
  10. Coming somewhat full circle this week, Kiran Sunny writes over on Hospitality Net about “Distribution vs Profitability—The Future of Hotel Revenue Management.”
  11. Alicia Hoisington has an excellent piece on Hotel Management featuring “3 Tips to Increase ROI with Digital Marketing” that includes a number of quotes from our own Tim Peter. Well worth a look when you have a moment.
  12. Finally, let’s wrap-up this list of a dozen hospitality digital marketing, revenue management and distribution insights with this collection of “9 Necessary Hotel Marketing Posts You Can’t Miss.”

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:

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May 7, 2017

7 Must-See Posts Highlighting How to Market Your Hotel in the Future: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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7 Must-See Posts Highlighting How to Market Your Hotel in the Future: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

Hey, Big Thinkers! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Struggling with the various changes going ’round the hospitality space? Then you’ll definitely want to check out these 7 must-see posts highlighting how to market your hotel in the future. Enjoy:

  1. There’s lots of change going on within the industry these days, so it seems reasonable to ask, when it comes to “Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?” No. But read on to see why.
  2. What sorts of changes are we seeing? Well, for starters, Tnooz reports that “EU Regulators Have Found That Two-Thirds of Travel Websites Are Misleading Consumers.” Seems like a big deal, no?
  3. In other news, Hotel Management shows “How To Use The Internet of Things to Elevate the Customer Experience” while “Adobe Identifies AR, IR and Wearables As Travel Trends to Watch.” That’s almost too much ‘
  4. Another Tnooz article highlights “Travel Content Strategies for a Mobile World,” which is a great idea, since, “For Travel Marketers, Content is Still King.”
  5. On the business travel front, Bloomberg is reporting that “Airbnb Goes After Business Travelers With New Booking Tool.” while “Facebook Begins Retargeting Potential Travelers With Ads Featuring Flight Info.”
  6. Happily, our own Tim Peter appeared on a panel at the Hospitality Law Conference/HotelROI event in Houston to explain “What Hoteliers Can Do to Maximize Their Revenue.” Some of the article details don’t exactly cover what was said, but we’ll have our own report later this week.
  7. Finally, no matter how much things might change, one tactic still remains “The Single Most Effective Way to Improve Your Brand’s Digital Marketing.” Be sure to check it out to see what… and how it can work for you.

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 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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April 30, 2017

5 Must-See Hospitality Marketing Hot Topics: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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5 must-see hospitality marketing hot topics

Howdy, Big Thinkers! No big setup today. Instead, let’s just jump right into these 5 must-see hospitality marketing hot topics. Enjoy:

  1. CNBC says that “Airbnb Doubles Down It Its Efforts to Fight Hotel ‘Price-Gouging’.” Price-gouging? Pardon me while I Airbn-barf.
  2. Given how the “sharing” economy affects hospitality, we’ve looked at Airbnb in detail a number of times in the past, including this round-up of “5 Airbnb, Distribution, and Digital Dispatches,” and these posts that ask “What Business Is Airbnb In? Hotels? Or Hospitality?” and “How Safe Are Independent Hotels from Airbnb?”
  3. Skift reports on “Travel Habits of Americans and Finds 87 Percent Haven’t Yet Messaged With a Travel Brand.” OK. But that also means that about 1 in 8 have. Not too bad for a growing category, really.
  4. These “9 Posts Highlighting Hospitality Digital Marketing Trends,” this set of “7 Sensational Posts for Hospitality Marketers,” and these “8 Outstanding Hospitality Marketing Posts Focused on Guest Experience” all from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest have gotten plenty of play on social media the past month. Check ’em out to see why.
  5. Finally, don’t miss this important post that asks marketers, when it comes to “Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?”

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 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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April 23, 2017

9 Posts Highlighting Hospitality Digital Marketing Trends: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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9 Posts Highlighting Hospitality Digital Marketing Trends: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

Hey, Big Thinkers! We’re skipping any big setup today and just getting you right to these 9 posts highlighting hospitality digital marketing trends. Enjoy:

  1. Sojern and Google collaborated on “3 of the Fastest Rising Hotel Trends.” Really good list.
  2. Siteminder outlined “8 Key Reasons Why the Search Landscape Is Shifting for Hotels.” Don’t miss ’em.
  3. Keeping up with all these changes can be tough. That’s why we asked, when it comes to “Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?”
  4. Did you miss these “7 Sensational Posts for Hospitality Marketers” from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series? Well, now’s your chance to give them another look.
  5. Another outstanding entry from the Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series rounded-up “8 Posts Highlighting the Growth of Mobile in Travel Marketing” that you won’t want to miss.
  6. Changing gears, Tnooz has a report that shows “EU Regulators Find Two-Thirds of Travel Websites Are Misleading Consumers” when it comes to pricing and availability. seems like a pretty big deal, no?
  7. Another big deal? Airbnb, as you no doubt already know. So be sure to check out these “5 Airbnb, Distribution, and Digital Dispatches” for help on how to manage its influence in your market.
  8. TrustYou collected a bunch of additional “Online Booking Trends: Understanding Traveler Behavior” in a handy infographic for you.
  9. And, finally, we’re going to round-out this week’s look at 9 posts highlighting hospitality digital marketing trends with one last Hospitality Marketing Link Digest for you, this one a collection of “8 Outstanding Hospitality Marketing Posts Focused on Guest Experience.”

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 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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March 21, 2017

Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?

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Hospitality Digital Marketing and Distribution: Is it Time to Give Up?

I had a discouraging discussion with an outstanding general manager recently who complained that her property’s struggles with rapidly shifting guest preferences, an evolving distribution landscape, and ever-rising distribution costs – particularly in the form of OTA margins and increased search spend – had made it almost impossible to compete. While running her hands through her hair – or possibly pulling it out by the roots – she pleaded, “Why do we even bother? How can we possibly be expected to keep up?”

While its hardly a welcoming thought, maybe it’s worth asking his question: Is it time to give up? Should we just outsource all our marketing activities to OTAs? After all, they are fantastic at marketing and merchandising hotels online, arguably better than many hotels will ever be. Should we simply hand over responsibility for filling our rooms and place our focus elsewhere?

Um… no. In fact, hell no.

Now, let’s be fair. OTA’s are undoubtedly very good at what they do. That’s a fact. But that doesn’t mean for a moment that you can’t drive profitable business on your own. What we need to do is stop behaving like OTAs are our only option. Direct channels and email and search and ratings and reviews and a host of other time-tested tactics and strategies play important roles in delivering strong business results. The key is focusing on those channels that do that most effectively.

First, though, hotels need to be clear about their distribution strategy. To paraphrase NYU professor Clay Shirky, distribution once was a career. Now it’s a button. Online, the distinction between marketing and distribution is essentially non-existent. Once you add a buy button to any marketing message – email, search, display, metasearch, etc. – you’re really just one click away from the sale. And at that point it’s not a marketing channel; it’s a distribution channel. There are certainly some in the industry who will try to confuse you with fancy marketing terms, but the simple fact remains that marketing and distribution are inextricably linked online. You can – and must – measure exactly which channels work best for your business.

The most effective way to ensure that you’re thinking about distribution correctly – and getting the greatest benefit for your property – is to ask three simple questions about your marketing and distribution channels:

  1. Where do your guests find you ?
  2. Where do guests choose to book you?
  3. How much profit do you make from each of those?

Notice I’m not talking about revenue from these channels. It’s time to look past revenue and instead focus on profit. Recent data shows that distribution costs have outpaced rate increases, putting heavy pressure on your properties’ profitability. If you focus solely on revenue, it’s easy to miss the underlying costs impacting your business – and give too much credit to channels that aren’t actually helping you grow.

You may find that for your property, OTAs play an incredibly valuable role in driving profitability particularly during shoulder or slow seasons. That’s OK. As I’ve said before, there’s no need to make OTAs the bad guys here. However, what we don’t want to do is become so dependent upon them – particularly during periods where we can drive more profitable revenue through other channels – that we neglect direct business completely. Understanding which channels work for your property represents the first step in creating a marketing and distribution strategy that actually increases your hotel’s overall profitability.

After spending time digging into the data with my GM friend, we discovered several underutilized tactics driving fantastic returns that simply required greater attention. We also found a few areas that consumed lots of her marketing team’s time for very little benefit. It’s much easier to keep up when you’re only focusing on the areas of greatest return.

Outsourcing your sales and marketing to an OTA is certainly one approach to fill your rooms. And they still will play a role. But realistically many other options exist that can help you grow. The key is focusing on profitable revenue. After looking at the data, I asked the GM, “Is it time to give up?” Her response: “Absolutely not. It’s time to get to work.”

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 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 26, 2017

8 Outstanding Hospitality Marketing Posts Focused on Guest Experience: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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Hey, Big Thinkers! Hope you’ve had a fantastic week. No big setup this week. Instead, we’re working to provide you a great experience by getting you right into these 8 outstanding hospitality marketing posts focused on guest experience. Enjoy:

  1. Leading off, Skift explains “What Marriott Learned From Starwood’s Loyalty and Digital Expertise.” Key insight:

    “‘Now that people are using mobile at more and more points throughout the travel process, we want to look at those points and figure out which ones we can add value to,’ [senior vice president of digital George] Corbin said. ‘To have relevance, we need to have personalization.’

    Signs of that personalization include changing the screen of the app depending on whether you have an upcoming stay, allowing guests to make service requests before they even arrive at the hotel, and making sure relevant content appears in the mobile app’s feed for guests, depending on where they are during their stay.”

    These insights align heavily with our past assessments of “Why Hotel Marketing Depends on Personalization” and “Today and Tomorrow: Mobile and The Changing Customer Journey,” which you might also want to check out when you have a moment.

  2. SEO Roundtable highlights a fairly significant user experience change as “Google Launches Hotel Rich Cards In Search Results.” These provide guests additional information about your hotel and likely represent a positive way to differentiate your property to guests — to say nothing about providing an additional revenue opportunity for Google in time.
  3. The fine folks at Fuel Travel and Flip.to —long-time friends of the blog — have new research that shows “How Hotels Can Adapt To A Dramatic 88% Drop In The Number Of Sites A Traveler Visits Before Booking.” We plan to look into these numbers in more detail over time, but it definitely signals a massive shift in what we “know” about guest behavior. And it also suggests your marketing will have to adjust to the new reality.
  4. Speaking of new research, Tnooz takes a look at “The Airbnb Effect on Hotels — Experiences, Tech Provision and Convergence.” It’s slightly disappointing that some hotel operators need Airbnb to remind them the importance of guest experience, but better to learn it there than not at all.
  5. While we’re on the topic of Airbnb, you’ll no doubt want to check out these posts that ask “What Business Is Airbnb In? Hotels? Or Hospitality?” and “How Safe Are Independent Hotels from Airbnb?”. They also uncover what the answers mean for your property.
  6. Building on the Airbnb theme, another great Fuel Travel post about “Travel Trends For 2017: Hotels Respond To OTAs & Sharing Economy” is well-worth your time.
  7. Before closing, how about we by recap some of the most popular Hospitality Marketing Link Digests of the recent past, including:
  8. Our annual recap of the HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy Conference is coming up in just a few days, but let’s round out this week’s collection of 8 outstanding hospitality marketing posts focused on guest experience with this round-up of “8 Outstanding Lessons from the 2016 HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy Conference” for you. Great stuff that you can put to work for your business today.

Hope you have a great week ahead, Big Thinkers!

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 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:

Tim Peter

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January 29, 2017

5 Hospitality Marketing Trend Posts You Won’t Want to Miss: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

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5 Hospitality Marketing Trend Posts You Won't Want to Miss: Hospitality Marketing Link Digest

Hiya, Big Thinkers! We’ve got a great collection of 5 hospitality marketing trend posts you won’t want to miss for you this week. So let’s get straight to it. Enjoy:

  1. A recent post from Snapshot demands “No More Spaghetti: Where Hotel Technology Must Go in 2017” that’s well-worth your time.
  2. CustomerThink outlines “7 Mobile Marketing Techniques for the Travel Industry” that are also worth a look.
  3. While we already mentioned this next post in last week’s collection of “6 Quick Must-Read Hospitality Marketing Posts,” you’ll definitely want to check out TrustYou’s prediction that “2017 Will Be The Year of the Hotel Guest.” There may simply be no more meaningful long-term trend for your hotel.
  4. And since we’re mentioning previously-profiled posts, take a quick peek at these “6 Quick Hotel Distribution and Digital Marketing Insights” and this set of “5 Fast Travel Distribution and Digital Marketing Insights,” both from our ongoing Hospitality Marketing Link Digest series.
  5. Finally, be sure to read Tnooz’s look at “Personalized Inspiration: Empowering Ultimate Travel Search” for insights into why personalization matters in travel. And for further thoughts on that very same topic, we’ve covered the topic as well, explaining “Why Hotel Marketing Depends on Personalization” and declaring “Personalization Starts With a Person.” Good stuff all around.

Hope you have a great week ahead, Big Thinkers!

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 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: