Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Colbert

Shannon Colbert

Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Endeavor Hospitality Group

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Endeavor Hospitality Group, Shannon Colbert is accountable for all areas of hotel sales, brand marketing, revenue generation and revenue management. Coming on board the team in June, she is based out of the company's Manhattan headquarters in Midtown.

Prior to joining Endeavor Hospitality Group in 2018, Ms. Colbert spent five years as the director of sales and marketing for Hazens Group, Pyramid Hotels, a hotel group with over 100 hotels and resorts under their hotel and asset management umbrella. During her time there, she opened and repositioned the Four-diamond Luxe City Center Hotel as a chic boutique hotel in a then fledgling Downtown Los Angeles.

Ms. Colbert had previously honed her hospitality skills in a senior management capacity with Viceroy Hotel Group's Avalon Beverly Hills, and The Ambrose Collection in Santa Monica. She began her hospitality career as a regional group sales manager for Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California.

Ms. Colbert graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in Communication, going on to earn a master's degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate University.

Ms. Colbert can be contacted at scolbert@endeavorhg.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. 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.