Do I know you? Personalization without a guest profile.

In a noisy distribution environment, hotels are in significant danger of becoming commoditized. Differentiating themselves not only from the competition, but from the third party distributors, will be crucial to maintaining a competitive edge, or even just maintaining profitability. In an effort to connect better with guests, most hotel companies […]

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How is innovation shaping the hospitality industry?

Innovation within hospitality drives awareness, service delivery, guest engagement, and brand differentiation. SAS asked a panel of experts to comment on how innovation is shaping the hospitality industry.   According to many of our experts, analytics is at the heart of innovation. Learn more in this white paper on building […]

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The 360-degree view: Gaining a complete picture of your guests

For hotel companies, it is challenging to find new ways to differentiate in an ever evolving marketplace. There is a lot of talk in our industry about the increasing numbers of third party channels and distributors to have entered the marketplace, and how that impacts the hotel company’s core business. […]

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Top 10 Global Trends that will Impact Hospitality in 2015

We asked our partners at the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research to comment on what they are seeing in terms of trends that will impact the hospitality industry in 2015. Cathy Enz, full professor in strategy and The Lewis G. Schaeneman Jr. Professor of Innovation and Dynamic Management at the […]

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The 15 actions for Hospitality Executives to take in 2015

By now you have seen dozens of articles with trends and predictions for what the hospitality industry should expect in 2015. I’m not going to add to those, or rehash them exhaustively here. You’ve all probably read them yourself and gathered the highlights: optimism, more acquisitions, transaction volumes will stay […]

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The Analytic Hospitality Executive in 2014: A Review

Well, Analytic Hospitality Executives, the year has once again flown by, and here we sit just before the holidays looking back on 2014, and figuring out what it all means for 2015. I traveled even more than usual this year (if that’s even possible), spending a significant amount of time […]

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Web analytics for hospitality: It’s time for better data and better integration

There’s a lot of talk about modernizing hospitality marketing – and most of it is dependent on finally cracking the nut between online and offline guest data and bringing predictive analytics to play. But there is a fundamental problem hampering our ability to do this and it starts with how hospitality […]

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How Business Travelers Buy: Hotel Pricing in a Social World

With the growing popularity and availability of online reviews and ratings, consumers have more information than ever before when purchasing a hotel stay.  In order to build effective pricing and positioning strategies, hotel managers need to understand how consumers are using all of this user generated content with price to […]

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What can hotels learn from casinos? Focus on the service environment.

What can hotels learn from casinos? In my first post on this topic I explored how casinos apply predictive analytics to help them focus on their customers. In this post I will explore how casinos use analytics to help manage the service environment with the dual goals of improving profitability […]

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What can Hotels learn from Casinos? Focus on knowing your guests.

Did you know that total consumer spending on gambling at commercial casinos in the US was calculated at $37.34 billion in 2012? $8.6 billion of this revenue was returned to states and local communities in the form of taxes and other levies. The US casino entertainment industry also provides jobs […]

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