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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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Five Steps to More Bookings

03/27/2017
by Nimesh Dinubhai

Hotels need to be there when customers are looking for them, and they need to turn those searches into bookings. It is no longer enough to attract visitors to your website. Converting most visitors to customers must come not just from direct traffic but also on other platforms.

There are several ways to increase bookings to your hotel. These five are the easiest and most effective to implement.

1. Value proposition

Identify and elaborate clearly what it is that you are offering to your customers. Clearly define your target market. Then get a strong value proposition outlining the benefits that you provide, what makes you unique and why the potential customer should ditch the competition and pick you instead. It should be easy to understand and use descriptions how you provide your benefits. Do not be vague. Give specifics.

2. Good design

The design of your website provides an outlook at how your hotel delivers its services, how it looks like and the amount of care it takes to ensure the customer’s comfort. Some tips to consider when designing your website is having a great landing page, simple but aesthetically pleasing overall design that is easy to navigate and with little clutter. The online booking system should be simple and secure. Ensure the call to action copy and button are clear prominent and convincing even the color of the button.

3. Mobile optimization

You can significantly add to the number of your bookings with a website that it optimized for mobile devices. Many people access online services from searching to transactions from the comfort of their mobile phones. Do not just get the same concept from the existing site instead try and create a mobile device concept tailoring all the major aspects to be easily found and used on mobile phones. This avoids cluttering and a shrinking feel. Over 25 percent of all online travel market money comes from mobile phones.

4. Hotel photography

When people get to your hotel’s website, the HD photography is the first chance of showing them what they are getting. High-quality photos covering the best places and offerings in your hotel create a huge impression. They give meaning to your words and are persuasive. Great photography will lead to increased bookings.

5. Online Marketing

Online marketing should be the backbone of all your efforts to increase your bookings. It starts with research and a target market. From there all efforts are about giving your self-visibility and finding potential clients where they are and convincing them that you offer the best service. It is about creating awareness, nurturing leads and building relationships.

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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