With in-person events back in full swing and resurgence in business travel, the importance of converting meeting planners on your hotel website takes on a whole new meaning.
NB: This is an article from The Hotels Network, one of our Expert Partners
This emerging scenario presents a golden opportunity to hoteliers whose properties have a dedicated space for meetings and events. So, if your hotel has meeting and event spaces, your website should absolutely cater to both business and leisure travelers. And here is where hotel website personalization comes into play.
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After identifying the meeting planner on your hotel website, it is key to deliver the right message, to the right person, at the right time. By using targeting and personalization tools, you will be able to provide additional information to that available in your Meetings and Events page. Following such an approach guarantees you are delivering relevant messages at specific points of the booking funnel, helping to convert meeting planner lookers into bookers.
Today, we are bringing you some hotel website personalization tips taken from our latest MICE guide to boost meeting sales, and offer inspiration on how to secure these higher yield bookings.
1. Delivering a warm welcome
When a visitor first lands on your Meetings and Events page, you should give them a warm and personal greeting message from your events team. Provide your contact information, as well as including a CTA to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) – this is a great way to get the ball rolling!
2. Highlighting what makes your spaces unique
As a meeting planner scrolls down your Meetings and Events page, you can leverage personalized Smart Notes to highlight the unique features of your properties. But don’t limit your messaging. Make your notes clickable so users are redirected to other relevant pages – perhaps you want to encourage them to navigate through images or videos associated with your meeting spaces, rooms, or related food and beverage menus.
3. A win-win for planners and your database
If the meeting planner decides to visit the rooms page, dining page, or gallery page, you can utilize a form builder feature. A personalized form makes it easy for meeting planners to request more information from your property, while simultaneously boosting your marketing database. A key moment is presented, as the intent to know more is already demonstrated by advancing to this step, and allows you to capitalize on the moment by collecting their contact information for future opportunities.
4. Sealing the deal with a limited-time offer
Finally, if a meeting planner visits your Special Offers page, you can present them with a unique message that provides an exclusive discount and additional benefits based on their profile. Taking it one step further, establishing a time limit for the website visitor to benefit from these perks will create an additional sense of urgency. Be sure to include meeting and event specific perks such as wifi, food and beverage credits, or other benefits guaranteed to entice!
So here you have it, four powerful strategies to engage with meeting planners on your hotel website. By leveraging targeting and personalization techniques, you can successfully convert the meeting planners that arrive on your hotel website and drive your direct channel to new heights by capturing your fair share of this rapidly recovering segment of the hotel industry.
At THN, we have carefully curated a guide on how to engage with meeting planners on your hotel website. Taking a deep dive into their booking behavior, we provide actionable tips on how to drive meeting planners towards a direct reservation. Download the full guide here.