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Ms. Roberts

Janine Roberts

Director of Sales and Marketing, Tradavo

Janine Roberts is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Tradavo - a retail services company that specializes in the design, optimization and supply needs of the hotel retail industry. Miss Roberts works with over 2,000 hotels to improve retail profitability and automate the daily management of hotel lobby shops allowing General Managers to focus their efforts on hospitality while meeting the desired retail revenue goals of hotel executives and management companies. In 2008, Janine developed and implemented the Retail Services element of Tradavo to provide hotels complimentary assistance in selecting assortments, merchandising and effectively pricing inventory to maximize profitability. She also created the highly successful Grand Opening Program to help general managers preparing for a pending grand opening to launch their retail operation with all best practices in place upon opening.

Ms. Roberts can be contacted at 303-883-2335 or jroberts@tradavo.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.