The Marketing Tactic Every Hotel Sales Manager Should Be Using
Put those cold calls on hold. Instead, personalize the group sales process with intentional social sellingBy Dave Spector - Partner at Tambourine
Each week we share one impactful hotel marketing tactic that you can implement immediately to drive more conversions and more revenue.
This week's freebie: Put those cold calls on hold. Instead, personalize the group sales process with intentional social selling.
For years hotel sales managers have leaned on old-school sales tactics to engage with meeting planners, primarily cold calls or cold emails that run the risk of annoying the planner or getting deleted.
However, today's meeting planners are relying less on hotel sales teams to help find venues and more on their own online research and planner network.
How can your property's sales managers tap into this trend?
Encourage your hotel sales team to embrace the digital for future relationship-based selling. Recent studies show that 82% of B2B buyers say vendor social media content has a sizeable impact on their buying decisions.
Also, LinkedIn research shares that B2B buyers are 5 times more likely to engage with sales representatives who offer new insights about their industry.
Through social selling, your hotel sales managers can effectively build relationships and nudge leads along the sales process with relevant, helpful and UNSELFISH social media interaction.
- Offering solutions to problems that event planners divulge on social channels like LinkedIn or Facebook groups
- Answering event-related questions about your destination
- Interacting one-on-one with leads, either through direct messages or commenting on their posts
- Leveraging social channels to research clients' background, such as college attended, volunteer work, and passions to further personalize your outreach
- Providing destination suggestions that are helpful for those planning group activities and on-site events
- Publishing thought-leadership articles or videos on your industry
- Keeping in touch with old sales leads for potential repeat business
Make sure your hotel's personality and culture are embedded into every interaction. Spend some time with the group sales managers on how to best communicate that, while also allowing them to share their individual personalities.
Dave Spector is a Partner in Tambourine, a 34-year old marketing technology firm specializing in driving demand, revenue and direct website bookings for tourism and hospitality clients around the world. The firm has offices in Fort Lauderdale, New York City and Bogota. Prior to Tambourine, Dave was chief marketing officer for a global software company, managing an annual marketing budget of $15 million dollars across 17 countries. Earlier in his career, Dave was a founding member of two start-ups that eventually become thriving public companies whose current revenues today exceed $300 million dollars. Dave lives in Delray Beach with his wife and daughter who constantly remind him that he knows very little about anything!Sales & MarketingGlobal