True hospitality requires an understanding of how to meet and exceed guest expectations. However, in a world where technology solutions are abundant, but the connection between them is sparse, understanding behavior is much easier said than done. The idea of leveraging data for personalization is not a new concept, especially considering consumers interact with brands through multiple touchpoints. But these sources operate in silos, leaving you with an incomplete picture of each guest. Without an understanding of guests’ preferences, sending unique offers to convert into sales or providing a great on-the-spot experience is nearly impossible. Luckily, customers don’t mind either: according to Deloitte, 79% of US consumers are willing to share personal data for a clear benefit.
Why are loyalty programs important to hotel chains? They promote guest retention and direct bookings. Almost every major hotel chain has a loyalty program, which means it’s difficult for consumers to differentiate one chain’s program from another’s when the action required to receive rewards is pretty much the same across the board. But the industry is ready for a change. Skift recently published their State of Loyalty in Hospitality 2017 report, which examines some of the latest trends and strategies among loyalty programs in the hospitality industry. In this blog post, we’re highlighting a few of the key takeaways from the report and offering some actionable suggestions for hotels to employ in order to increase revenue and improve the guest experience.
According to Travel Daily News over the next three years 52% of airlines are planning major AI programs. Airlines are particularly interested in leveraging AI for prediction and warning systems; however there are numerous other ways airlines can leverage AI to improve the customer experience and differentiate themselves from competitors. To do this though, airlines must first have access and insight into individual customer data. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at some specific ways airlines can benefit from AI and data management strategies to improve the customer experience. Keep reading to learn more!
The hospitality industry faces several challenges due to a lack of unified, actionable data. Alas, this means no delivering real-time offers during a guest’s stay or sending a customized survey shortly after checkout. Happily though, the days of marketers forced to rely on IT teams to achieve their customer data management and engagement initiatives can be put in the past thanks to a burgeoning category of technology called Customer Data Platforms, which were designed to solve that exact problem (plus so many others!). Want to learn more? Keep reading to learn five CDP use cases for the hospitality industry!
The hospitality industry recognizes that understanding the guest and reacting to her behaviors at the right time with the right message over the right channel is critical to building customer engagement and loyalty. Serving a multitude of service options to multiple guests every day results in a lot of customer interaction points. Hotels increasingly have large amounts of data about customers, their history, preferences and activities. Being able to react in real time to newly gathered information captured in ongoing dialogues opens up new opportunities about what offers should be extended and how guests are treated.