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Enterprise System Pitfalls: Summary
Today I’m wrapping up a series of posts on the broad topic of Enterprise System Pitfalls. In this series, my hope was to help shed light on the primary problems that cause us to miss budgets, fall short on capabilities, or completely fail when implementing an enterprise system. 

The Year in Review
 
As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to count our blessings. One of mine has been the privilege (and fun!) of being able to reach out to so many interesting companies and get them to tell me what they’re doing that’s different, disruptive, and game-changing. The list of things I have to write about in future columns has only gotten longer in the nine months since I started writing this column.

Sustainable Innovation
 
Sustainability can yield multiple benefits to hotels. Saving energy and water yields direct cost savings. Revenue can be generated by guests who prefer to deal with businesses that minimize their environmental impact. And many would argue that conserving scarce resources is simply the right thing to do.

Meetings Innovation
 
The sale and delivery of groups and meetings is perhaps the most significant and under-automated functions for many hotels. Even though groups often account for 30% to 60% of revenue, most group bookings are still handled manually for most if not all of steps, as they move from a meeting planner’s research to a confirmed booking.

The biggest enemy to any system is complexity. In a system of inputs and outputs, such as an enterprise system, more complexity means more parts are used in interaction with inputs to create the outputs. Every part that must be built and maintained costs time and money



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Online Journey of Today’s Traveler

04/11/2017
by Nimesh Dinubhai

To understand what decisions today’s travelers, especially millennials, are making, we need to dissect, appreciate and understand each step of the journey made before making their booking decisions. Understanding the mindset and decision making factors that guests make will help hoteliers and their web designers create content that is not only relevant, but financially sound.

First and foremost, accept the fact that more than 90 percent of millennials make a majority of their booking decisions from family and friend generated user content. Social media user generated content overpowers brand messages. This means the guests that check in to hotels from Facebook and snap photos of their fun experiences on Snapchat and Instagram are huge deciding factors for whether a hotel or any business makes the cut. We can use this information to help push customers in the right direction. If they are already on all social media outlets anyway, then hoteliers need to be there too posting pictures, advertising specials, events and basically posting anything that will attract guests to look further.

For an avid traveler, my go-to decision making factor starts off with the pictures of the property. Bright, vibrant, contemporary looking properties will always be on the menu; if not on yours, then perhaps at someone else’s. Make sure that the pictures you have of your lobby, guestrooms and any other public area of interest are professionally taken and will reflect your best side. Dark and drab rooms will only get a quick “next” from customers looking for their perfect guest experience.

Websites with just one or two dropdowns cramping all the information in small areas is unappealing to the eye. It may be a cheaper option when you are originally designing your site, but you will end up losing potential customers that are accustomed to sites with links that showcase everything the hotel has to offer and is readily available at a property a few doors down. An ideal website should have separate dropdowns for categories such as: About us, Guest Rooms, Amenities, Dining and Entertainment, etc., that lets customers see easily the many options your hotels have to offer.

When asking your web designer to create your site, do some research first. Look at other hotel sites that you like and jot down what exactly made you like the property and the website. Was it the reviews that lets guest see and even hear guest testimonials, or the glossy pictures, could it be the layout of the site that is visually appealing or perhaps it’s the showcased amenities that are generally a priority for many travelers. In order to attract a customer, we must act like a customer and take the journey with them.

About The Author
Nimesh Dinubhai
President
Websrefresh


Nimesh Dinubhai completed his studies in 2003 and launched Websrefresh to help businesses grow their ROI. He also owns two Arizona hotels, one of which earned the Historical Hotel Award in 2014.

 
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