5 Tips for Leading with a Revenue Strategy Mindset

Taylor Baca, Director of Revenue Management, Balboa Bay Resort, HSMAI Rising Revenue Optimization Leaders Council Member 

As the year winds down, it is crucial to assess the current state of a revenue strategy mindset within your hotel organization. Revenue leaders are tasked with the mission of getting buy-in from all stakeholders and departments within the hotel by breaking down the data and explaining the why behind the strategy. 

Leading a revenue strategy culture can allow for greater sense of purpose and direction, motivating teams to work together to achieve cohesive goals. I brought this topic to the Rising Revenue Optimization Leaders to discuss how we are leading a revenue strategy mindset. Here are our 5 top tips:  

  1. Data-Based Communication of Goals: Effective communication of revenue goals starts with a clear understanding of past performances. However, the key lies in adapting these goals based on updated financial forecasts. This approach allows us to communicate revenue targets to our team in a way that is both informed by past performance and responsive to current trends. 
  2. Cross-Departmental Engagement in Revenue Strategy: Revenue generation is a collective effort, requiring the involvement of various departments such as sales, marketing, food and beverage, spa, and retail. The challenge is to integrate these diverse departments into the revenue strategy discussions. Sharing insights from digital marketing and involving teams like food and beverage in these discussions can lead to a more comprehensive and unified strategy. 
  3. The Role of Revenue Leaders in Data Analysis: Revenue leaders today need to be adept in analyzing and interpreting data from various sources, including marketing, sales, and operational analytics. 
  4. Adapting Revenue Strategy Meetings: Involving teams from the front office, spa, and retail into meetings can provide a variety of perspectives, leading to a more well-rounded and effective revenue strategy. 
  5. Metrics for Success: Assessing the success of a revenue strategy mindset and culture is crucial. This involves tracking not only financial outcomes but also evaluating how effectively the revenue culture has been integrated across departments. Metrics should reflect the collaborative efforts of all departments in achieving the overall revenue targets. 

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Questions for Your Team:  

  1. What data do you use to effectively communicate the hotel’s goals and revenue targets to the team?  
  2. What strategies can we implement to engage other departments including sales, marketing, food and beverage, spa, etc.?  
  3. Should revenue leaders become the data experts? Breaking down marketing, sales, food and beverage, etc. analytics? 
  4. How are we evolving our revenue strategy meetings to involve departments outside of commercial strategy (Food and Beverage, Front Office, Spa, Retail)?  
  5. How can we measure the success of our revenue strategy mindset and culture? What metrics should we track?  


Categories: Revenue Management
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