For each of the last several years, I have felt honored to work with the award winning Short Course of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association. TH&LA for the past six decades has annually offered a week-long course at a very attractive rate for rising hospitality professionals.
Last year, one of the topic areas I addressed was marketing. Today's rising professionals are very savvy on social media and a number of related areas. Below are a sampling of questions for your review. Mark True or False and take a moment to think why you answered the way you did.
Small businesses are sitting ducks for legal actions. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, abusive lawsuits cost small businesses $88 billion a year.
Even if you are in the right, it can cost you serious time and money to defend yourself. And sometimes, you can be forced to pursue legal action to enforce your rights. According to an SBA report, legal fees of small businesses can range from $3,000 to $150,000. A better course of action is to avoid legal problems. Here are a dozen ways to keep your business safe, or at least as safe as possible.
Revenue Managers and Marketing Directors understandably are keenly focused on the top-line impacts of revenue decisions - including pricing. Owners and most General Managers are more attentive to figures further down the P&L statement including Gross Operating Profit (GOP) and Net Operating Income (NOI), since performance at this level is most often directly tied to the value of their hospitality asset.
Fortunately, a simple pricing formula has been created that will help clarify the risks associated with a given pricing decision on GOP - before that pricing decision is implemented. While tolerance for risk varies from one individual to the next and from one corporate culture to the next, at least all parties involved may now have a common starting point from which smart pricing decisions can be made.
Customers might get angry for a variety of reasons, some justified, some not. Whether they confront you face-to-face, over the phone or in Live Chat, you are likely to encounter frustration, aggressiveness, irritation and very little patience. Handling such customers is one of the most difficult, stressful and challenging parts of the customer service job.
While unhappy customers tend to spread their negative experiences through word-of-mouth, online customer reviews and comments in social media channels, it can really hurt your brand’s reputation and even lead to revenue loss. On the other hand, the right response to a customer complaint can actually turn those unsatisfied customers into your loyal fans.
Check our Infographic with 10 simple tips on how to handle angry and rude customers effectively and 10 great quotes to remember when dealing with them. Have something to add? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Why are we even talking about SEO in this day and age? HeBS Digital's own experience categorically shows that more than half of website booking revenue across our client portfolio comes as direct referral from the search engines, including organic and paid search.
At the same time, there is a direct correlation between the quality of the website SEO and the results from your paid search (SEM) campaigns. The better the SEO on the site, the better the Quality Index assigned to your paid search campaigns by Google, which means higher ad position, better conversion rates, higher ROIs and lower cost per click.
For the ninth year in a row, HeBS Digital announces the launch of "The Smart Hotelier's Guide to 2015 Digital Marketing Budget Planning," just in time for the 2015 budget planning season.
This article outlines how to structure your budget so that you can shift more bookings to the direct online channel, better utilize your marketing dollars by increasing campaign effectiveness, and generate the highest returns possible from your property website and digital marketing initiatives.