As a hotel sales expert, I know prospecting is the fuel that drives room night bookings and revenue growth. But with so much competition, simply waiting for leads is no longer enough. Hotels must take a strategic approach to identifying and engaging high-value prospects across multiple channels.
In this comprehensive guide, I’ll share tips to master effective Hotel Sales prospecting in the digital age, ultimately filling more rooms profitably. Let’s get started!
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How Is Hotel Sales Prospecting Done?
Sales prospecting involves proactively seeking potential new business to generate leads and bookings. This means courting key segments like corporate, SMERF, weddings, tour groups, and more for hotels.
An effective prospecting strategy requires the following:
- Identifying your best potential customers
- Crafting tailored outreach messaging
- Optimizing your website for conversions
- Leveraging digital channels like social media
- Tracking prospecting KPIs
Follow this roadmap to ignite your efforts. More bookings await!
Identify Your Target Customer Profiles
Avoid shotgun-style prospecting by defining detailed profiles of your ideal prospects based on the following:
Target companies that fit your capacity and booking minimums. For example, 100+ local employees are needed for corporate meetings.
Prioritize prospects located in your geographic target area for the most accessible conversion.
Identify verticals that drive room nights like tech, healthcare, and consumer goods.
Past Booking Data
Analyze your best past accounts for standard size, seasonality, spending levels, and other patterns.
Look for prospects scaling quickly to drive increasing room night demand over time.
With precise prospect profiles defined, you can tailor messaging.
Craft Tailored Messaging That Resonates
Speak directly to what matters most for each target profile in your messaging:
Ensure your site communicates offerings, specialties, and value to your ideal prospects.
Create tailored email templates for different targets that address their needs. Test different offers.
Social Media Content
Develop campaigns with messaging and visuals tailored to corporate, weddings, and leisure segments you want to attract.
Direct Mail Letters
Craft dynamic, personalized letters that align with target priorities for direct mail outreach.
Optimize Your Hotel Website
Your website is ground zero for prospecting. Ensure it captures leads:
Strong Calls to Action
Make it easy for prospects to inquire, request proposals, or book tours.
Tailored Landing Pages
Build dedicated pages for meetings, weddings, groups, etc., that speak to their needs.
Highlight meeting and event spaces with specs, photos, and virtual tours. Allow online booking.
Create targeted packages like “Summer Dream Wedding”.
Lead Capture Forms
Collect prospect contact details like name, company, and event needs to nurture leads.
Leverage Social Media Prospecting
It would be best if you were leveraging multiple social platforms to engage prospects:
Facebook Lead Ads
Target local customer profiles with lead gen ads.
Serve ads with attractive social content to users near your hotel.
LinkedIn Sponsored Content
Promote relevant posts to corporate and professional groups.
Industry Hashtag Campaigns
Identify relevant hashtags your prospects use and tap into those conversations.
Remarket your brand across channels to previous website visitors.
Social allows you to get your brand in front of qualified prospects wherever they are digitally.
Track and Iterate Based on Effective Hotel Sales Prospecting KPIs
Consistently analyze key prospecting metrics to understand what works and what doesn’t. Important KPIs include:
- Traffic from targeted digital campaigns
- Lead form submission rates
- Sales inquiries from targeted segments
- Click-through and response rates on digital ads
- Lowering customer acquisition costs
Optimize efforts towards top-performing tactics.
Let Emersion Wellness Boost Your Prospecting ROI
As you revamp prospecting, tap into Emersion Wellness for data-driven support. Our expertise helps you:
- Build tailored prospect profiles
- Create targeted campaign content
- Analyze performance to double down on what works
- Train your team on new prospecting strategies
We become your revenue growth partner through more innovative prospecting. Contact us today to get started!
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