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Mr. Butler

Stuart Butler

Chief Operating Officer, Fuel Travel

Stuart Butler is the Chief Operating Officer at Fuel Travel, a full-service agency and software provider for the hospitality industry. A native of Horsmonden, England, Mr. Butler moved to the United States in 2001 and has spent the past 18 years implementing technology and overseeing marketing strategies for hundreds of hotels worldwide. With a degree in Physics with Space Science and Systems from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a background as a Coldfusion programmer and project manager, Mr. Butler leverages cutting-edge technology and takes a solutions-minded and innovative approach to everyday marketing challenges. He is also a keynote speaker, a co-host on HSMAI's This Week in Hospitality Digital Marketing show, and has published more than 100 episodes of the industry's #1 weekly marketing podcast - The Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast. On the podcast, Mr. Butler and his team of Fueligans discuss industry trends and provide tangible marketing advice.

Fuel helps maximize market share and profitability for independent hotels, resorts, condotels, and management groups by providing a comprehensive suite of marketing services, these include website development, SEO, SEM, Email marketing, Social Media, and Analytics.  In addition, the Fuel Booking Engine, Fuel AI-Powered CRM & Marketing Automation, Fuel Mobile App & Digital Key, and Fuel Gauge Analytics Dashboard software products help properties drive more direct bookings and reduce reliance on third-party channels.

When not helping his clients drive more direct bookings, Mr. Butler enjoys spending time with his family, coaching and playing soccer, and debating the finer intricacies of the Star Wars Universe over a nice cold craft beer.


Please visit http://www.fueltravel.com for more information.

Mr. Butler can be contacted at 843-848-2164 or stuart@fueltravel.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.