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Forget Cookies – Here's Identity Resolution for Hotels

You can have the best marketing campaigns on the planet, but if they’re targeted towards the wrong audience or at the wrong step in your customer’s journey, your efforts will fall short. Up until the last few years marketers have only been able to target broad audiences based on things like location, interests, or salary. On a very basic level in the hospitality world, this meant targeting people who like to travel and have an expendable income. 

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Hotel Marketing Ideas to Increase Bookings During the Slow Seasons

All hotel managers dread the slow season. As the 2020 slow season approaches, hotel owners need to be setting their sights on boosting online visibility.   

Just because the season is “slow” doesn’t mean that your bookings have to be. When there are more choices for customers, competition is even greater – so you need to be at the top of your game to win people over.

Did you know that the average customer will check out 38 different hotel accommodation websites before confirming a booking – typically 45 days before their reservation?

During these slower times of the year, customers will have more options than ever – as many hotels have the space.

So, how can you attract these precious guests and increase bookings during the off season? 

Here are some strategies to improve your hotel marketing and increase bookings all year long.

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Every Hotel Has A Unique Story To Tell. Here Are Three Revenue-Generating Strategies

Aside from perceived quality, what makes you more likely to purchase a $400 purse versus a $50 one?

It’s simple; emotion.

Humans are driven by emotion, and the slightest detail often triggers us, subconsciously, into a memorized, habitual, emotional response. In essence, that’s what marketing is driven by; understanding human emotions. What does this have to do with your hotel?

Find Your Story – Add to the Bottom Line

For the most part, hotels and resorts will always be competing on price, especially those who utilize OTAs and other third parties for business. The only effective way to avoid that race and ending up on the bottom is to influence your consumers based on “emotions.”

The question begs, how does a hotel tug at the emotional cords of its possible customers? It always comes down to storytelling. Data such as price, location, and amenities will only get you so far. How can you take that data and intertwine it into an emotional story that will propel bookings and sales? Here are three strategies to consider implementing immediately!

Create a community around your hotel’s blog.

First of all, does your hotel have a blog? If not, create one ASAP! Aside from the standard data on your website, a blog is the way you converse with your audience. It’s how they get to know your personality, your quirks, and the people behind the desk. It’s your chance to share your expertise on the city you’re in, traveling in general, and anything else you are an expert in. Offering quality content that adds value to their lives will keep readers coming back for more.

RELATED: Get Out of Your Blog Fog – 5 Reasons You Should Be Blogging for Your Hotel Now

Take this one step further by creating a community around the blog in the form of an email list. Allow the blog emails captured to go into their own list. You know these are your avid readers, the ones who adore the content. How special do you imagine this group will feel when you send them a special discount code, only for them. Not accessible anywhere else. You can even keep track of the most popular blogs, by asking your marketing team to check the data and analytics, and base your discounts and special offers on that. Was your inspirational post on the importance of travel the most popular? Then put together a special package that highlights the touristy things to do in the area and offer it as a privately discounted rate only for them.

View everything as a chance to tell your story.

Having a blog is just one way to tell your story. You can forge an emotional connection every step of the way. What is your clientele passionate about? Likely, whatever they’re passionate about is a reflection of your hotel’s why, its mission statement. Tap into those passions in as many ways as possible. Is your clientele family-focused and wish to make lasting memories? Have board games in each room for use. Consider snapping a Polaroid of the group when they check-in, and leaving it in their room with the welcome packet. Use the hotel’s social media, email, and blog to leverage these other iterations of storytelling. Feature a photo of a family holding their Polaroid on Instagram. Interview a mom on what she enjoys about the hotel and post it on the blog.

RELATED: Super Simple Social Media Strategies You Can Really “Feel”

Allow the marketing to make its own profit.

It used to be that content was created as a marketing tool to drive profits. That is not a bad strategy whatsoever, useful and helpful content distributed to the appropriate audiences helps grow a loyal customer base. All of that content costs time and money to create, though. That same content, poised correctly, can bring in a direct profit.

There are a variety of examples out there, let’s look at LEGO. Have you seen the LEGO movie? Do you have children who have? Friends? Chances are you’ve at least heard of this movie. The LEGO movie is fun, comical, and charming, and by no means free to watch. When it was initially released, one had to purchase a ticket to see it. Now, you can purchase the DVD or find it on a streaming subscription service. The movie is all about LEGOs and is a direct form of marketing, yet it brings in its own profit. How can your hotel marketing team create marketing that brings in its own profit while building an emotional bond with your audience?

Your hotel can be the $500 purse purchase if your audience feels so compelled. Your hotel is not one location within a chain or another option on a boulevard of hotels. No, it’s unique. It has its own story, each team member has a story, and every guest who walks through the doors has a story. And these stories, these are stories worth paying more to learn about, to experience firsthand. Allow your story to drive revenue in a way it never has before.