Hospitality Digital Marketing

eCornell

eCornell

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  • Hospitality professionals working in revenue-generating roles
  • Marketing professionals with less than 2 years of online or new media marketing experience

About the course

Marketing encompasses the various ways you communicate, differentiate, and reinforce your hospitality brand promise to potential customers. In the hospitality industry, the world of digital marketing is opening doors no one knew existed and driving customer engagement, feedback, and endorsements faster than ever.

Whether you are a marketing professional or have found yourself taking on the marketing responsibility for your organization, this certificate program will prepare you to apply fundamental hospitality marketing concepts and principles, focused on the world of digital marketing, in your organization. In this program, you will investigate the current status of your marketing strategy; assess the different levers that can be adjusted to drive revenue and react to demand; and develop a diverse collection of digital marketing strategies to apply, monitor, and evaluate. Through best practices and industry case studies, you will contextualize these concepts and lay a solid foundation for applying them to your workplace.

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Marketing the Hospitality Brand Through Digital Media

Successful marketing and revenue generation in hospitality requires the management of an array of new media including, social, mobile, and search. While these new media enable marketers to reach customers in ways that were previously not possible, successful use must be anchored by core marketing and demand management principles. This course provides you with a grounding in brand management and focuses on the importance of identifying and establishing your "brand promise": the experience your guests take away from engaging with your brand as the basis of new media management.

You'll experience the challenges involved in maintaining your brand's promise across a growing array of new media channels. You'll be exposed to sound marketing concepts, advice from industry experts, and actual experience with new media in exercises and simulations. You'll then take what you have learned and apply it to your existing marketing efforts based on industry best practices and time-tested frameworks for profitable marketing.

You'll learn directly from some of the heaviest hitters in new media for hospitality - CEOs, search, social and mobile media consultants, property-level managers, and more through interactive projects and compelling video exercises. See first-hand how the successful implementation of new media can help you deliver on your firm's "brand promise", enabling you to deal with market uncertainties and guide your organization toward sustained profitability.

Implementing Brand Strategy Through Digital Media

Hospitality marketing is fast shifting from traditional media to digital forms (e.g., social media, video, website and search, plus mobile applications). New-media technologies have changed the ways consumers experience and value a product or service. So how can you draw on these technologies to enhance your operations and provide distinct customer value? And how can you be sure your efforts in new media are producing tangible returns?

In this course, you'll examine innovations and trends in new media, and ways to leverage them to your brand's advantage. You will consider how new media can improve your marketing efforts by managing customer expectations and enhancing the consumer experience, and you'll discuss how to measure the success of those efforts. You'll also determine what organizational considerations will allow you to better leverage the evolving impact of new media and plan the future structure and role of your organization in this important area.

Explore this content through a mix of input from hospitality industry experts, hands-on practical activities, and the presentation of sound principles by Cornell faculty. Experience the content through the use of a fictional hotel case study with valuable feedback provided by your online instructor and peers.

The course Marketing the Hospitality Brand through Digital Media is required to be completed prior to starting this course.

Success Metrics for Hospitality Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is fast becoming the primary means for hospitality and related service firms to reach, engage, and transact with consumers across their multiple devices. Consumer planning, shopping, experience, and sharing through digital media is quickly changing how marketing is done, as well as how marketing effectiveness is measured.

Owners and managers must be able to make effective, data-driven, analytical, and integrated decisions related to digital marketing using the right metrics and reports. These decision support tools may be generated internally and/or by vendors, like digital or social media marketing agencies. Managers must be able to understand, evaluate, and communicate recommendations in line with the firm's overall business and marketing strategies. This course provides managers with the insight and tools to do the job.

In this course, you will make marketing and service enhancement decisions based on the interpretation and the integration of digital media performance metrics. Through this analysis, you will evaluate the effectiveness of digital marketing activities using standard and new performance metrics. You will use digital media reports and available analytic tools to assess the competitive position of a business and articulate recommendations to improve performance.

It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed Marketing the Hospitality Brand Through Digital Media and Implementing Brand Strategy Through Digital Media or have equivalent experience.

Elective (2 Courses)

Services Marketing Planning and Management

Services marketing is often viewed in terms of outcomes, but services marketing is also an ongoing analytic process. In this course, you will learn how to properly analyze frameworks, tools, channels, data sets, customer behavioral data, decision-making factors, and strategies that support broader marketing decisions.

Authored by Robert Kwortnik from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, this course will teach you how to review the way marketing works in your organization and how to create and apply a services marketing process.

Pricing Strategy and Distribution Channels in Hotel Revenue Management

A smart pricing strategy is the best way to increase revenue. This course teaches you how to set prices, develop rate fences (differentiate prices by customer type), and use multiple distribution channels to manage price more effectively. You'll also learn about the impact of variable pricing and discounting on revenue management in the context of price elasticity, optimal price mix, perceived fairness, and congruence with positioning and sales strategies.

Discover the ins and outs of channel management, an essential tool for controlling differentiated pricing, maintaining rate fences, and increasing revenue. Explore various approaches to managing distribution channels including direct sales, agencies, the Internet, and opaque pricing channels. Sheryl E. Kimes, professor at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, will provide you with the knowledge you need to help run a successful organization.

It is recommended to take Introduction to Hotel Revenue Management prior to this course or have equivalent experience.

Search Engines and Online Selling: Stimulating Incremental Demand

Today's consumers rely less upon traditional travel agents and more on web-based research when booking travel. In this online course you'll learn to develop online strategies designed to improve your standing in Internet search results, called Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and increase your visibility to target customers.

Learn how to optimize your position on Internet search results and increase conversions: the moment when a search becomes a purchase. Online travel agencies are especially popular because they provide one-stop convenience and notifications for consumers searching for deals and promotional opportunities. The success of online travel agency is largely attributable to their marriage of leading-edge technology and a keen insight into consumer behavior patterns.

Key course takeaways

  • Assess the role of marketing in your organization
  • Identify how your organization can best counter the challenges associated with marketing for services
  • Discover how to make pricing more variable
  • Know how to react to customers’ perceptions of fairness regarding pricing policies
  • Understand how online travel agents provide value for consumers and suppliers alike
  • Effectively use search engine marketing
  • Create a promotional plan for a hospitality product or service
  • Design your own effective, product-specific advertising campaign
  • Maintain and enhance customer value
  • Organize your firm for long-term competitiveness

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Sheryl Kimes

Education Qualifications PhD, Operations Management, University of Texas at Austin, 1987 MBA, New Mexico State University, 1983 MA, Public Administration, University of Virginia, 1977 AB, Political Science and Mathematics, University of Missouri, 1975 Academic Experience Visiting Professor, Na...

Christopher Anderson

Chris K Anderson is a Professor at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Prior to his appointment in 2006, he was on faculty at the Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario Canada. His main research focus is on revenue management and service pricing. He actively works with industry, acros...

Rob Kwortnik

Rob Kwortnik, associate professor of services marketing, joined Cornell's faculty after earning his PhD in business administration from Temple University in 2003. He also earned a BA in journalism from Temple and an MBA from California State University, Northridge. Kwortnik's research focuses on ...

William Carroll

Dr. Carroll is a Clinical Professor (ret.) at the School of Hotel Administration. For more than twelve years he has taught economics, pricing and marketing distribution courses at the undergraduate, graduate and executive education level. He holds a B.A. degree in economics from Rutgers, an M.S. ...

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