The Top 5 Myths in Hotel Marketing Right Now

The Top 5 Myths in Hotel Marketing Right Now. So we've put together a quick list of 5 current myths we see being perpetuated in the hotel marketing world: Myth #1: OTA revenue has no cost We placed this at the top of our list because it couldn't be any further from the truth. However, remember that OTAs are taking out your expense BEFORE they send your hotel a check. And too many hotel marketers have no idea how much their OTA revenues actually cost. Myth # 2: Your flag provides all your marketing needs Your brand's marketing team is servicing hundreds of hotels (often in the same city!) and providing the same tools to all of its properties. There's never a good time for hotel marketers to sit back smugly and relax, assuming the competition is too far behind to catch up. This way, the lower rates are not announced to your entire target market, just a select group. Research your comp set's guest experience, paying close attention to what's missing. Myth # 5: Your hotel will be the #1 ranked hotel by Google Think of everything you know about SEO, then throw it out the window.

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The Top 5 Myths in Hotel Marketing Right Now

Sometimes, ignorance is not bliss.

In hotel marketing, having outdated assumptions, or all together incorrect information can cost your hotels millions in lost revenue… and perhaps even cost you your job.

So we’ve put together a quick list of 5 current myths we see being perpetuated in the hotel marketing world:

Myth #1: OTA revenue has no cost

We placed this at the top of our list because it couldn’t be any further from the truth. With commissions ranging 15-30% for each reservation, OTAs are the most expensive distribution channel you have. But, it’s easy to miss. After all, OTAs send you money, not the other way around. However, remember that OTAs are taking out your expense BEFORE they send your hotel a check. Meaning, you never see how much they are taking out of your room revenue.

Remind yourself of that each time you get money from your OTAs partners. They are not cost-free. And too many hotel marketers have no idea how much their OTA revenues actually cost.

The Top 5 Myths in Hotel Marketing Right Now
Myth # 2: Your flag provides all your marketing needs

Your brand’s marketing team is servicing hundreds of hotels (often in the same city!) and providing the same tools to all of its properties. Think about that – every hotel in their family is getting the same marketing templates, the same access to the loyalty database, the same website and reservation system.

Whether you are a seaside property in Santa Monica, a mountain resort in Breckenridge, or an urban high-rise in Seattle, every property is given the same assets to market their property, regardless of target market or unique facets.

And, if you have a period of need or want to target a specific segment with a customized campaign? Your far away brand team is often unable to deploy an effective campaign that captures the…

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