What’s Different About Revenue Management in Franchised Hotels?

The Lightning Round is a signature program at HSMAI’s ROC event — giving six revenue optimization leaders just six minutes and 40 seconds each to share a best practice, strategic insight, or big idea. At ROC 2019, Sharon Paine, vice president of revenue management for IHG, used her Lightning Round to ask and answer the question “What’s Different About Revenue Management in Franchised Hotels?”

KEY TAKEAWAY: One of the biggest challenges in working with franchises, according to Paine, is the many differences between individual hotels, from upscale to midsize, cities to small towns and suburbs. Because some properties rely on transient guests and last-minute bookings more than others, it can be difficult to forecast, which makes it even more important to get pricing right every single day. That means that revenue optimization professionals have to be resourceful, resilient and flexible. They also need great communication skills, and must be able to build good relationships with their different hotels. And finally, Paine said, they must deliver measurable and sustainable results that the owner can see in order to justify the cost of their job.

The Biggest Threat to Digital Marketing and Distribution This Year

The Lightning Round is a signature program at HSMAI’s ROC event — giving six revenue optimization leaders just six minutes and 40 seconds each to share a best practice, strategic insight, or big idea. At ROC 2019, Tim Peter, president of Tim Peter & Associates, used his Lightning Round session to warn attendees about “The Biggest Threat to Digital Marketing and Distribution This Year” — which is that low-cost revenue is going away, changing the way guests find hotels, making it harder to drive organic traffic, and making it more important than ever to focus on strong content.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Having content that will answer guests’ questions and draw them in is a necessity. Beyond that, Peters said, guests need a great customer experience that will encourage them to share that experience with others, particularly on social media. The thread connecting these things is data, which hotels can use to tell a targeted story to guests. While metrics such as dwell time and post engagement are new to the industry, if hospitality professionals stick to making their content, customer experience, and data points strong, they will be able to bring in new guests. “Content will always be king,” Peters said. “Customer experience is queen, … and data is the crown jewels.”

 

Revenue Management — The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Lightning Round is a signature program at HSMAI’s ROC event — giving six revenue optimization executives just six minutes and 40 seconds each to share a best practice, strategic insight, or big idea. At ROC 2019, Paul Murray, vice president of the hospitality practice for Revenue Analytics, covered the good, the bad, and the ugly of revenue management in a Lightning Round session called … well, take a guess.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Murray said that while the industry has seen a decade of growth, it’s now going to be an uphill battle as supply is outpacing demand for the first time in those 10 years — which, on the positive side, will lead to a renewed reliance on revenue management. Owners and investors have recently been putting their money into technology that focuses on automation and efficiency, but Murray predicts the next investment focus will be on revenue management. And finally, consolidation and mergers have led to deeper loyalty power, but produced an environment in which the technology is overly homogeneous, creating a need for tailored and integrated solutions. Murray concluded: “We need to build strategies for long-term success in our industry.”

Get Their Hands Out of Your Cookie Jar!

The Lightning Round is a signature program at HSMAI’s ROC event — giving six revenue optimization executives just six minutes and 40 seconds each to share a best practice, strategic insight, or big idea. At ROC 2019, Roy Madhok, CRME, CHIA, vice president of revenue management for Real Hospitality Group, focused on getting “cookies” — i.e., extra fees — in a Lightning Round presentation called “Get Their Hands Out of Your Cookie Jar!”

KEY TAKEAWAY: According to Madhok, hotels don’t charge enough fees, partially due to their fear of low guest satisfaction. Airlines, on the other hand, raise billions of dollars in fees every year. Madhok recommended charging fees for cancellations, no-shows, and early departures, and suggested recording each fee on a separate line to keep it straight. “Remember,” he joked, “a cookie a day keeps the monster [the director of revenue] away.”

Don’t Let Fear Control You — Takeaways From ROC Keynoter Judi Holler

By Kaitlin Dunn, Writer, Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

Speaker and improviser Judi Holler encourages people to get outside of their comfort zone in order to be more successful in their careers. She offered a variety of tips for doing that during a keynote presentation at HSMAI’s ROC 2019 event — as you’ll see in these videos as well as our roundup below:

  1. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. None of us have a script, so we just have to keep moving forward. We miss opportunities when we stay in our comfort zone, which leads to regrets both personally and professionally. “If you ever want anything to happen, if you ever want to change your life,” Holler said, “you’ve got to get scared, and you’ve got to get uncomfortable.”
  2. Be the boss of your own fear. Fear is what is responsible for robbing you of opportunities. Focus on managing your fear instead of being fearless. “We’re focused on being fearless, but what we should do is chase the goal of fearing fear less,” Holler said. “That is what makes you brave.”
  3. We can’t let mistakes stop us. It’s scary to put yourself out there, but to accomplish anything, you have to. “Scary things don’t get less scary, but you will get stronger,” Holler said. “If you want to become memorable, you’ve got to have the guts to be memorable. It’s not someone’s job to remember you, it’s your job to make sure they don’t have a chance to forget you.”
  4. Get uncomfortable every day, on purpose. Start small, by conducting daily fear experiments. Do something that gets you out of your comfort zone, like asking questions or speaking up, and build up to doing bigger things. “When you can manage your fear, you will become more innovative, outgoing, joyful, and healthier,” Holler said. “You’ll take more risks, make things happen, and realize that your voice matters.”

Best Practices: HSMAI Adrian Awards Advertising Best of Show 2018

An inside look at what went in to the 2018 HSMAI Adrian Awards Advertising Best of Show winners (tie) Marriott International and its agency, mcgarrybowen: Golden Rule Campaign (Courtyard, Fairfield, Four Points & SpringHill Suites); Explore St. Louis: Sterling K. Brown Advertising Series; Marriott International: Marriott Hotels and HK7s Innovation in Advertising Campaign. Enter the 2019 Adrian Awards and show how you’re leading the way in hospitality marketing. http://www.adrianawards.com

 

Driving the Revenue Management Culture Past Rooms

The Lightning Round is a signature program at HSMAI’s ROC event — giving six revenue optimization executives just six minutes and 40 seconds each to share a best practice, strategic insight, or big idea. At ROC 2019, Michael Lau, CRME, CHBA, regional director of revenue management for AccorHotels, presented a Lightning Round session called “Above and Beyond — Driving the Revenue Management Culture Past Rooms.”

KEY TAKEAWAY: “Goals don’t lead to successes, high achievements do,” said Lau, who compared the teamwork necessary to run a hotel to how Michael Jordan worked with the rest of the Chicago Bulls. “The Bulls had specialists and the sum was greater than the parts.” Similarly, everyone needs a foundation of knowledge in the hospitality industry, but it’s important to identify leaders and put teams together with complimentary skills. Lau recommended ensuring operating standards are in place, making reports user-friendly, and providing a framework for the team to operate within, but noted that it’s important to test out what works best for your team and your property to operate at the highest efficiency.