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People today expect to be connected always and everywhere; sometimes it’s hard to believe that there was a world before smartphones and Wi-Fi. In the time since Wi-Fi became ubiquitous in hotels, apartments, and public spaces, it has fueled the evolution of connectivity in a lot of ways. Just like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the most basic needs start at the bottom, and you can’t get to the next level without a strong foundation. 

By now, everyone is aware that hotel giant Marriott International announced on Friday a massive data breach that goes back more than four years and may have affected up to 500 million customers worldwide. 

After two years of preparation, the FlyZoo Hotel — a futuristic property that uses interactive technologies to do everything from greet guests to deliver room service — is ready for business. 

Mobile technology is fast becoming central to the entire travel experience. Consumers are increasingly using their smartphones to research trips, book accommodation, check in at the airport, and access their hotel room. But one of the next big roles mobile has to play in the travel process is mobile payment. The idea of an entirely cashless society might still seem some way off, but mobile payment is gaining popularity. As it becomes more widely used, its fast and frictionless nature will bring benefits before, during and after a trip. 

Digital marketing, also known as internet marketing, plays a significant role to boost hotel website traffic and online bookings. Recently, many big announcements were made in the digital industry, for example when Facebook introduced a new video format for marketers, or when Google announced a board core algorithm. If you are a new hotelier and want to stay ahead in the industry, then you should know what’s going on in the hotel digital marketing industry. 
 



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Pitfalls of a Pricing-Only Approach for Hotels

08/04/2016
Not All Revenue is the Same

What happens when hotels use revenue management approaches that focus only on pricing and exclude other analytical aspects? 

Quite simply, it leaves them at an unfortunate disadvantage. Hotels that optimize both pricing and inventory (i.e., business mix, stay patterns, strategic overbooking) improve revenue performance over hotels optimizing pricing alone.

A pricing-only approach focuses attention on pricing single arrival dates. This leads to key factors being neglected, including length of stay, derived rates and other rates – such as contracted rates that need their availability managed to prevent overselling cheaper rates.

The best overall revenue optimization is achieved through finely balancing the management of all business – not just the priceable business. A dynamic pricing approach analytically assesses price sensitivity while accounting for season, day-of-week, days-to-arrival and length of stay. Additionally, this approach helps manage rate availability, overbooking and stay patterns to drive the most revenue overall.

An easy way to think about the differences between a dynamic pricing approach and a pricing-only approach is to look at the quality of your revenue. Pricing-only approaches will fill your hotel fast and easy. While it may seem great having those initial bookings, hotels relying solely on pricing-only strategies see the inevitable crash and burn, eventually losing higher paying customers and revenue. Dynamic pricing approaches, on the other hand, use both pricing and availability to fill hotels while providing long-term sustainability for healthy revenue performance and growth.

Not all revenue is the same. For healthy revenue performance, it is critical to use analytically-derived dynamic pricing strategies to fill your hotel with quality business that provides the greatest revenue performance.

About The Author
Charles Wang
Regional Head
IDeaS Advisory Services


Charles Wang is the regional head of IDeaS Advisory Services and leads team members in demonstrating the capability of improved revenue performance and building data-driven and process improvement revenue management cultures for clients within the Asia Pacific and Greater China region.

 
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