Not surprisingly, AI is attracting significant attention in the media as a rising business trend: twice as many articles mentioned AI in 2016 as in 2015, and nearly four times as many as in 2014. From traveler focused Chatbots to automated room service, mobile apps that personalize the visitor experience in a city, driverless cars or the robot run front desk, the possibilities for AI in travel have focused mainly on cutting costs, improving the travel experience and driving efficiencies. RMG CEO Jim Harenchar provides his take on the opportunities and possibilities for AI in the travel/tourism sector and how YOU can prepare for the impact of AI. AI Tourism white paper final 10.26.17
A new study conducted by Forbes CMO Practice and Neustar shows that marketers who invest more than 10% of their working media budgets in marketing performance measurement (MPM) are three times more likely to exceed their growth plans by 25%. The high performers, who are more likely to invest in campaign attribution tools and marketing mix modeling, also achieve 7.5% better growth outcomes than their peers. Click here to read the short article overview http://bit.ly/2ys4yIU. At RMG, we've been leading the market in developing targeted marketing communications for 31 years. Are you getting the ROI you expect from your marketing campaigns?
According to the recently released The State of the American Traveler Q3 2017 tracking survey from Destination Analysts, Inc., American leisure travelers continue to be optimistic about the amount of travel they will enjoy in the upcoming year. According to the tracking survey, leisure travel optimism is at the same level as last summer, with 32.9 percent of Americans planning to increase the number of trips they will take in the next 12 months. Leisure travel spending expectations are also at a high, with 34.4 percent of American travelers expecting to increase their leisure travel spending, up from 32.8 percent last summer. The report delivers a high level picture of six important segments that are frequently discussed by travel industry professionals. The graph below shows the relative sizes of the segments studied in this report: Sporting Event Travelers, (which comprise only 16.5 percent of the traveling public), Festival & Special Event Travelers, Millennial Travelers, DMO Resource Users, Parks & Monuments Travelers and Affluent Travelers. From the data, we found the insights captured regarding Millennial travelers to be very enlightening. Does this confirm or surprise you? THE STATE OF THE AMERICAN TRAVELER SURVEY is conducted quarterly by Destination Analysts, Inc., a San Francisco-based tourism [...]
RMG’s marketing & media blitz helped put Chesapeake, VA client DroneUp in the national spot light https://www.droneup.com/. RMG mapped out a tactical media, press and social blitz that catapulted DroneUp from a Chesapeake, VA start-up, to national media darling with spotlights on FoxNews, CBS Evening News, Seattle radio and dozens of newspapers. President & CEO Jim Harenchar headed a wildly successful PR & media campaign. “In talking with DroneUp CEO Tom Walker, we recognized Hurricane Harvey and Irma represented the opportunity to validate our airspace management platform and provide precious needed support to the impacted communities,” said Harenchar. DroneUp’s Facebook went viral. Starting with under 100 likes, it skyrocketed to over 700 likes and thousands of shares. “At one point, we went from 3k post reviews to over 10k, in 1 day and created over 2.5m impressions in a 72 hour period” said Harenchar. “Our social media team understands how to do our research to find our targeted audience and end users, and in this case the numbers literally exploded in hours.” DroneUp is a first-to-market integrator that provides singular air-space management to commercial customers and federal, state, and local emergency managers seeking to employ Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (“UAV”) technology. [...]
The 2016 International Visitation Data has been released. This research shows that 75.6 million international visitors came to the US in 2016 for business, medical, education and leisure purposes. Who are they? We'll share... Stay tuned!
Part 2 – Luxury Hotel White Paper “Tapping Your Best Commodity” By Jim Harenchar I’ve Got My Data, Now What? Consumers have access to an unprecedented number of options to shop and book hotels, with new choices continually emerging. Not only does the popularity of different channels vary due to technology enhancements, but it is increasingly difficult to treat the channels as unified booking sources. Phocuswright research indicates a recent inverse relationship between OTA and supplier-direct website booking trends. But the environment is more complex, with metasearch impacting OTA share and hotel call volume impacted by mobile device use. As channels become more complex and layered with nuance, traditional market segmentation and demographics are insufficient when considered in isolation. Instead, leading hospitality digital marketers are focusing on behaviors and signals indicating intended behavior. “Market segments don’t stay in hotels– people do” Marketing Vice President | Luxury Hotel Group Demographics are not as helpful to travel marketers as in other industries. Age, education, ethnicity, family size, gender, income, race and religion categories stay the same for a traveler. But a guest’s specific interests for their last trip may be radically different from their next one. Personas are aggregated representations of [...]
Marketing firm spreads out with Seattle acquisition, Florida office: Two years into its latest iteration, a recently rebooted local marketing firm with roots dating back three decades is extending its national reach with a West Coast acquisition and a new office in The Sunshine State. Response Marketing Group, led by principals and longtime collaborators Stuart Holt and Jim Harenchar, has acquired MOR Direct, a three-person marketing firm based in Seattle, and opened a Florida office in St. Pete Beach. Read full article in the Richmond BizSense by clicking here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Response Marketing Group (RMG), headquartered in Richmond, Va., is pleased to announce the opening of two new offices.
RICHMOND, VA (JULY 31, 2017) Response Marketing Group (RMG), headquartered in Richmond, Va., is pleased to announce the opening of two new offices – Seattle WA and St. Pete Beach, FL. The expansion in to Seattle comes as a result of a recent acquisition made by RMG of MOR-Direct in Kirkland. MOR Direct is lead by agency president Mark Magula, who will now be responsible for business development and client relationships as Vice President, Western Operations for RMG. MOR-Direct is a full-service agency specializing in direct mail, email, web, print, DRTV and radio. RMG founder Stuart Holt had worked with Magula in the past and felt the agency represented a growth opportunity for Richmond-based RMG to expand their offerings as well as geographic market area. MOR-Direct has had wonderful success serving clients such as Mutual of Omaha, Comcast, University of Phoenix, Brooks Brothers and Microsoft. Holt felt the SmarTest™ Blueprint created and offered by MOR-Direct as a testing and rollout strategy to define best performing packages for marketers, was a compliment to existing RMG services. “We believe strongly that measurement is critical in evaluating success and MOR-Direct and SmarTest™ allow marketers to increase response rates, lower cost per acquisition and [...]
Response Marketing Group's President & CEO Jim Harenchar, presents at the Kindred Resort & Hotels First Annual Director of Sales and Marketing Conference in West Palm Beach, July 19th. Harenchar’s focus is helping resorts improve understanding of individual channel and marketing performance, thereby driving a deeper understanding of conversion, engagement, and marketing ROI. Below you will find an abbreviated version of Mr. Harenchar's presentation. RHA pres deck short 7.28.17 To get more details, or a copy of the full presentation, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ###
Tapping Your Best Commodity: How To Use ALL Of Your Data Assets to Increase Guest Engagement and Revenue
Hoteliers - You May Be Spending Too Much Of Your Precious Marketing Budget On Unmeasureable Channels! Ten years ago, I got to know the owner of a local car wash, and I remember him saying, “one thing great about the car wash business… the internet cannot provide car washes!” Of course, he was right, but what he did not anticipate was competition and how the internet would provide at one’s finger tips the location of all his competitors and their pricing. This would in turn change his margins and profits. And it did. This is not new news to you as a hotelier. The hotel and tourism business is experiencing change just like many industries thanks to the internet. The internet is providing buyers with information in lightning speed and in a depth never imagined. What may be viewed as great opportunity may also feel like a curse. For airlines, hotels, golf tee times, and other similar businesses it seemed like a godsend when the ability to sell off unused inventory was instantly provided. The variable cost was minimum to the revenue gain. Or at least that is what everyone felt was the gain. But low and behold, now years of training consumers [...]