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Cash June 2nd, 2017

Warren Buffett’s Strategy Is Proven To Pay Off Long Term

As the age old question has been asked for many years, would you rather have $1,000,000 today or a penny doubled every day for 30 days? If you're in business, you know that the more sustainable and lucrative model is to take the compounding interest return of a penny doubled every day. Unfortunately, we don’t always see this approach in businesses today as many businesses want it all now with instant gratification. Read More »

Digital Marketing May 24th, 2017

Digital Marketing: Then And Now

Digital marketing has been used to promote and leverage business services and products since the early 90s. Just take a minute to think back to ads presented to you in the 90s and compare it to the most recent ad you have seen today. Are you visualizing any changes and differences? Read More »

Travel March 24th, 2017

The History of Vacation Travel Bookings & Why It Still Matters Today

Looking back at the behavior of vacation travelers and how they have booked their travel over the last 50 years has been an eye opener for me as a digital marketer in the travel industry. Read More »

reasons to use online marketing January 10th, 2017

What is the Difference Between Marketing Cost and the Cost of Using OTAs?

What is the main difference in marketing cost and the cost of using OTAs from a hotelier's perspective? IMEG client data shows there is a 10% - 15% difference in the cost to generate an online booking with marketing strategies versus using a OTA. The average OTA fee to generate a online reservation is between 18% - 25% depending on your relationship with the OTA. Read More »

2016 Presidential election November 12th, 2016

Did the 2016 Presidential Campaigns Prove the Importance of Digital vs. Traditional Marketing?

Digital Marketing Investments Through October

Both candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton invested millions of dollars into their marketing campaigns throughout the 2016 presidential race. How much of that budget was invested in digital marketing? According to reports by Bloomberg, Trump’s campaign invested 59 million dollars into digital and Clinton’s campaign invested 17 million. Bringing the difference in budget between the two of 42 million dollars. Read More »

Hotel deals online November 10th, 2016

How OTAs Grow Your Business

OTAs can grow your business by generating bookings with your brand by driving traffic to their sites like Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, Hotels.com and Booking.com. In return for their booking production, they charge you 15% - 25%. Good or bad deal? Read More »

increase tripadvisor ranking October 25th, 2016

How to Increase Your TripAdvisor Ranking

Since February 2000, TripAdvisor has grown at an astonishing rate. Now, the world's largest travel site brings in over 170 million reviews related to hotels, vacation rentals, attractions and restaurants. Averaging nearly 280 million unique visitors each month, it's safe to say a brand's presence on the site is comparable to the importance of the way you dress for a job interview. A study of an online panel totalling 2 million people was completed by comScore for TripAdvisor. This case study revealed that 50% of travelers who book online visited TripAdvisor during their online journey. With this size segment of data, there is no argument that TripAdvisor plays a major role in the guest’s decision about where to stay. As a brand, what strategies are there to increase and sustain your presence on the site? Read More »

know your customer October 24th, 2016

Is Data Being Held Hostage in the Hotel Industry?

Data is everywhere, and, most likely, the data that businesses have stored about you have led to your transactions with them. This is not a bad thing, it just means businesses know more about us as consumers and what we value. This leaves less friction B2C and higher conversion rates, growing revenue at an optimal rate. Any business that is focusing on growing revenue is using data on the consumer's actions online to market to back into their values. Read More »

Guest Loyalty Program September 16th, 2016

The Future of Points-Based Hotel Loyalty Programs

The History Of Loyalty Programs

Large flag hotels like Holiday Inn and Marriott have been implementing their loyalty programs since the early 1980s, not long after American Airlines launched AAdvantage in 1981. Since the creation of these strategies, these companies have continued to evaluate and refine their approach to produce the best return on investment. Read More »

online reputation management July 12th, 2016

How to Manage Your Online Reputation for Higher Revenue

Reputation is one of the most vital variables to success in the travel and tourism industry. Hotel brands that understand the importance of what their guests are saying about them have shifted to using custom-built tools to handle the volume of reviews that are written across the internet on sites like Expedia, TripAdvisor, Google, Booking.com, Orbitz and many more. Read More »

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