By Ruben Reyes, Assurance & Marketing Program Director Does the idea of having to figure out the formula for determining your break-even point post-pandemic have you tossing and turning at night? If it does, then you are not alone. In the 20 some odd years that I have been working in the lodging industry, I…

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By Penny Duelk, Assurance & Marketing Program Director “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” That quote was credited to Albert Einstein, but some argue who said it first. Either way, it is quite befitting when it comes to hoteliers who question why they are not increasing revenue or,…

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Previously, we presented an outline for preparing a local marketing plan for your hotel. Understanding you most likely have a limited budget, here are a few tips to generate awareness and revenue at little or no cost for your hotel.   1) State Division of Tourism listing and marketing opportunities Your State Division of Tourism…

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By Bridget Lohnes, Creative Services Manager Your Google My Business page is a free opportunity for connection with customers across Google Search and Maps. Maintaining and ensuring the content is current and accurate is key to successful online customer connection, which, in turn, will help increase your hotel business. Google My Business is constantly changing…

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By James Kennedy, Assurance & Marketing Program Director Now, more than ever before due to the pandemic, travelers are ultra-discriminating with cleanliness, especially at hotels. Often, if a guest is unsatisfied with a stay, he or she will voice frustrations in an online review, whether you’re informed about the issue or not. Here are some…

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By Al Cohen, PR Consultant Perhaps you’ve recently changed brands, completed a renovation, hired a new GM, received a perfect quality assurance score, partnered with a local charity or are offering a new sales package. This is all newsworthy information and you should be getting the word out about it. But how? The press release…

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By Peter Frantz, Marketing Consultant We all know it’s been a difficult year, but there are many good signs toward recovery. According to a recent Expedia traveler survey, people have missed traveling and want to reconnect with friends, family and colleagues. Pent-up demand indicates that even the travel sectors hit hardest by COVID-19 may start…

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By Ruben Reyes, Assurance & Marketing Program Director Customarily, hotels use historical data from their property management system or central reservation system to forecast their rates, which are dependent on the demand for room inventory in their market. They also take into consideration their competitive set, high demand dates, advanced bookings, special events and holidays…

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By Bridget Lohnes, Creative Services Manager Gone are the days when you didn’t need a photographer to help you attract a guest to book a stay at your hotel. The photographer has become a vital part of your marketing strategy and you should choose wisely. Here are four reasons why you need recent professional photographs…

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By Penny Duelk, Assurance & Marketing Program Director Many of you know the saying, “You made your bed, now lie in it!” I will now challenge you to stay overnight in one of your rooms. Lie in one of your beds…go ahead, relax and watch your favorite TV channel. Feeling a little uncomfortable about the…

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