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Ms. Daryadel

Madeline Daryadel

Founder/Director, Wedding QuickQuote

Madeline Daryadel is Founder/Director of Wedding QuickQuote with primary responsibility for Sales and Member Satisfaction. Ms. Daryadel has more than 25 years experience in hospitality sales, specializing in group business, and social markets. She began her career at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, FL., moved to Israel where she assisted the Schiff Hotel Chain in the computerization of their accounting and sales systems. Returning to the USA she held several managerial positions at the Bonaventure Resort including Director of Social Catering and Associated Director of Sales. Answering the call of the Caribbean, she was the Director of Sales and Conference Services at Frenchman's Reef and upon returning to the states became the Director of Group Sales at the Crowne Plaza Miami. In 1997, she recognized the unlimited potential of the Internet, and partnered with Gilda Steiger. They founded MADSearch, one of the first search engines for the hotel industry, distributed MADNews weekly and e-mail advertising to over 50,000 industry professionals. In 2005, they joined with Charles Deyo, President of Cendyn to form MAD-Marketing. Madeline's hospitality experience along with her Internet marketing background inspired the creation of Wedding QuickQuote, an instant answer RFP for the wedding, and social event markets. A graduate of the University of Toledo, Madeline resides in South Florida and is an avid reader, plays a bit of golf and hand builds pottery.

Ms. Daryadel can be contacted at 561-314-3252 or Madeline@MAD-Marketing.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.