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Ms. Fairman

Tracy Fairman

Co-owner and CEO , EproDirect

Tracy Fairman,co-owner and CEO of EproDirect, has been involved hospitality sales and marketing for over 20 years, previously with Marriott and Adam's Mark. Ms. Fairman established EproDirect in 2002 as a marketing & technology company that focuses on the meetings and conventions segment of the hospitality industry. Ms. Fairman was honored in 2007 with HSMAI's “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality & Travel Sales & Marketing” Award. She earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) from the Convention Industry Council in 2013 and her CHDM (Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer) from HSMAI in 2014. Ms. Fairman is involved in many industry organizations and currently sits on the Marketing Section Council with ASAE and CMP Conclave Education Task Force with the CIC.

Ms. Fairman can be contacted at 561-417-5513 or tracy.fairman@eprodirect.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.