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Mr. Dennis

Brandon Dennis

VP of Marketing, Cloudbeds.com

Brandon Dennis is the VP of Marketing for Cloudbeds.com. Cloudbeds creates hotel management software for hotels, including a property management system, channel manager, and commission-free booking engine. Prior to Cloudbeds, Mr. Dennis worked as the marketing manager for buuteeq, the digital marketing system for hotels, which was later acquired by Priceline in 2014. Mr. Dennis graduated from The University of Washington with a BA in history, focusing on ancient Greek and Roman history. During college, Mr. Dennis produced short animated movies for YouTube. Taking advantage of the infancy of YouTube and Facebook, his movies rode a wave of discovery that catapulted his viewership into the tens of millions and helped forge an online following that is still vibrant to this day. For a brief time after college, Mr. Dennis worked as an editor for Amazon.com before moving to San Francisco to start his career. He worked as the creative director for startup Wegame.com for two years before moving back to Seattle to be closer to family. Next, he managed the community for gaming startup Sabi Games before joining buuteeq in 2010. He worked as a marketing manager at buuteeq until its acquisition by Priceline in 2014. In 2015, he joined Cloudbeds as the VP of Marketing, where he helms the company's marketing strategies. Outside of Cloudbeds, Mr. Dennis hosts a weekly live Internet show called Scotch & Smoke Rings. He published a young adult fantasy novel in 2012 called The Tale of Cloran Hastings. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. You can follow him on Twitter @cloudbeds. Please visit www.cloudbeds.com for more information. Please visit https://www.cloudbeds.com/ for more information.

Mr. Dennis can be contacted at +1-888-392-9478 or brandon.dennis@cloudbeds.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.