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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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Use Data as a Wrecking Ball: Tear Down Marketing Silos with a Single Focus on Consumers

10/06/2014

I live and work in Indiana, a state rich with both high-tech and agribusiness, so believe me, I understand the value of silos... for farming, that is. Corporate silos are another matter entirely.

Corporate silos are outdated. They’re impractical, and (I can’t be any more direct than this) they have no place in the modern enterprise. Silos, whether within marketing itself or between marketing and other departments, impede virtually everything that’s vital to success in today’s fast-paced and multifaceted business environment.

Even so, dismantling traditional corporate structure isn’t easy. How do you begin?

I tackle this topic in great detail in my book, "Big Data Marketing"; but in a nutshell, it all comes down to one thing: using your customer data as a wrecking ball.

Follow these five steps:

Set a customer-focused vision and strategy: Communicate and drive a shared understanding of expectations, goals and anticipated returns. The key: Identify where customer data lies across the business and integrate it to create a single view of all the interactions customers have with your company. Our research shows that only 18 percent of marketers have this kind of insight. Resolve that today, a single view of your customer data becomes your first priority.

Collaborate so everyone’s a part of marketing: Since every customer-facing function needs to deliver your message, you need robust communication channels for two-way exchanges of information. Some companies use circulated reports with scheduled cross-functional team meetings. Others make this a standing topic in quarterly or operational meetings. Alternatively, you could create an internal collaboration platform like Jive or Chatter to provide real-time updates to the appropriate team(s).

Remain transparent: You need buy-in beyond marketing. To get it, equip yourself with the right tools. Today’s technologies allow you to track your way toward revenue goals, get instant visibility into spending and campaign ROI, and know where you stand on customer satisfaction, market share growth and virtually any other metric. Transparency between sales and marketing is especially essential. It enables sales to provide you with the feedback needed to optimize marketing initiatives.

Share what you did: Communicate results with the entire company so others learn where opportunities exist and what’s been improved. Use data to demonstrate marketing’s contribution to the company’s objectives, and give them what they want – not how many Facebook “likes,” but return on marketing investment (ROMI) or the number of marketing-qualified leads.

About The Author
Lisa Arthur
Chief Marketing Officer
Teradata


As the chief marketing officer for Teradata Applications, Lisa Arthur serves as an industry thought leader driving integrated marketing management (IMM) applications for Teradata Corporation. A 30-year technology industry marketing veteran, Lisa has received numerous awards and is a frequent speaker and prolific writer who masterfully combines a distinctive energy and enthusiasm with her depth of knowledge when sharing her thoughts on today’s most compelling marketing topics.

 
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