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Dear hoteliers, I have never considered marketing to be an esoteric or abstract domain in which only Geniuses are capable of producing miracles. While it is true that marketing is an extremely precise, even mathematical science, and must be supported by good ideas, this also holds true for all other professional domains. But what about relationship marketing, that intangible marketing approach whose purpose is to increase the life cycle of your own guests (loyal guests repeating “consumption”…

Dear Hoteliers, When marketing CRM, I often bring the subject up with hoteliers. But most of the time they don’t really understand the concept. Why not? Because in the past, many companies have used the term incorrectly to describe systems that aren’t CRM, or are only a small part of a CRM system. A CRM system is not a mailing solution. A CRM system is not a customer database. A CRM system is not a customer satisfaction…

Independent hoteliers often complain about not having enough time to accomplish certain tasks which they nevertheless consider to be very important for the future of their hotel. Indeed, between upgrading to comply with safety standards, classification, marketing, “special” guests, equipment and logistics problems in the hotel, accounting, human resources, appointments with suppliers, etc., it is simply and physically difficult and sometimes even impossible to manage everything. An independent hotelier rarely has the time to work…

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