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Exploring the Power of Creativity in Digital Marketing

Does Creativity Even Matter in B2B Hospitality Marketing?

Creativity separates top-performing brands from average brands in the hospitality industry. B2B hospitality marketing strategies that leverage creative approaches have been proven to increase customer engagement and boost sales.

On the InnSync Show, Cory Falter recently chatted with creative director Michael Duffy about the importance of creativity in digital marketing and how it can help hospitality brands stand out in a highly competitive market.

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Insider Secrets for Becoming a Vendor for Hotels

Can you walk the talk in hospitality?

Hotels rely on vendors to provide them with services, goods, and materials needed for their daily operations. Becoming a vendor or supplier for hotels can be a great way to get your business or product into the hospitality industry, making it easier to reach out to new customers and increase sales. Still, most importantly, your product or service could really help fuel the industry by saving them time, money, and resources.

Cory Falter recently invited Jill Dean Rigsby, CEO and Andy Haynes, Vice President of Strategic Growth of iDEAL Hospitality Partners, on the InnSync Show to share insider tips for becoming a hotel vendor. They shared some great insight!

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Why Some Outbound Sales Prospecting is Colder Than Others

It all comes down to delivering the right message at the right time.

When it comes to sales prospecting, not all methods are created equal. While we have fully embraced inbound marketing techniques to support sales teams, many instances require outbound tactics.

When consulting with our clients on their integrated marketing campaigns, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention outbound prospecting when discussing the modern-day sales funnel. (In fact, we have a whole series on social selling we like to share with our clients).

Point being, inbound should be at the core of any integrated marketing strategy. However, prospecting is still a key component of modern sales teams.

Cory Falter recently chatted with Flip.to’s Allen English on the InnSync Show about why some outbound sales prospecting is colder than others.

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Why Research is So Dang Sexy

Profitability is a sexy word for anyone in business.

When it comes to understanding your customers, market research is essential to the success of any business, no matter if it's market research for B2B or B2C. After all, retaining existing customers is less costly than acquiring new ones.

But market research isn’t just about understanding your target market; it also provides valuable insights that can help you fine-tune your product or service offering, marketing strategy, and business model.

"The problem many companies have is 'any customer is a good customer policy,'" says Tom Herman, CEO at Veda Intell. "And you're going to bring in many people who aren't an ideal fit, increasing churn after a short time."

To understand your target customer, you must understand market and customer research.

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Hotel Sales Demystified

Uncovering misconceptions and unlocking opportunities.

Sales representatives are the lifeblood of hotels. They are responsible for bringing in new business and keeping existing customers satisfied. The hotel sales process can be complex, but it doesn't have to be mysterious.

The InnSync Show’s Cory Falter recently chatted with Tammy Gillis, sales performance expert from Gillis Consulting and Training, Inc., and we're demystifying the hotel sales process so you can close more business deals and grow the bottom line.

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Hospitality B2B Marketing - Debunking Myths and Revealing Truths

It's no secret that there are a lot of misconceptions about hospitality B2B marketing. From FOMO to skewed attribution, marketers are missing the point on how to move the needle effectively. 

We're here to debunk some myths (and reveal some truths) about B2B hospitality marketing and high in a recent conversation between Cory Falter, principal here at Lure Agency, and Susan Barry, president (aka "Queen Bee") of Hive Marketing, on the InnSync Show.

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Want to Hit Your Sales Target? Here's Why You Should Partner with a Sharpspring Agency

Is your sales team still in "spray and pray" mode?

Spray-and-pray marketing is the practice of sending marketing communications to as many individuals as possible (spray), with the hope that it will entice some of them to buy products or show interest in services (pray) – without using measures like conversion tracking to assess campaign success and ROI.

Not only does this method of prospecting burn out your team, but it’s also ineffective and costly.

Modern sales teams are finding success through a thoughtful, personalized approach; by delivering the right message at the right time. This approach is how the best sales teams achieve their quotas, build relationships, and crush their bottom lines.

It’s all about using the right tools and partnering with the right agency.

If you’re looking to modernize your sales team’s approach, you need to partner with a Sharpspring agency.

What is Sharpspring?

what is sharpspring

SharpSpring is an affordable, yet powerful all-in-one sales and marketing platform that helps businesses generate leads, improve conversions to sales, and drive higher returns on marketing investment.

With Sharpspring, there is a seamless integration of marketing automation, email, CRM, sales engagement, social media, and digital advertising all work together to optimize the funnel and drive more revenue.

We believe in Sharpspring’s mission of empowering businesses to succeed.

What is Marketing Automation?

Marketing automation is the use of software and technology to automate marketing processes, including but not limited to email marketing, social media campaigns, lead generation, and customer segmentation.

It allows sales and marketing teams to work together more efficiently by automating repetitive tasks, like sending out mass emails or creating targeted lists of leads.

Sharpspring Account Manager Scott Earnest, says, “It’s multiple tools in your tool belt. It automates your sales process, from interactions with customers to the entire sales process.”

He goes on to say, “you’re constantly dripping content to your customers and your prospects to let them know bout the services that you have to offer and how you can help them out going forward.”

In other words, delivering the right message at the right time automatically.

How Does Marketing Automation Work?

Marketing automation platforms like Sharpspring are built on a foundation of customer data.

This data is collected through various means, including website activity tracking, forms and surveys, email interactions, and CRM integration.

Once this data is collected, it’s stored in a central location (the marketing automation platform) where it can be segmented and used to create targeted lists of leads.

From there, sales teams can use the marketing automation platform to automate repetitive tasks, like sending out mass emails or creating targeted lists of leads.

The result is a more efficient sales process and higher conversion rates.

Why Partner with a Sharpspring Agency?

When you partner with a Sharpspring agency, you’re getting more than just a marketing automation platform.

You’re getting a team of experts who know how to use the Sharpspring platform to its fullest potential.

The right Sharpspring agency will work with you to create a personalized sales and marketing strategy that will help you achieve your business goals, while also providing ongoing support and training to ensure that you’re getting the most out of the Sharpspring platform.

When you partner with a Sharpspring agency, you’re investing in your business’s future.

What to Look for in a Sharpspring Agency

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Not all Sharpspring agencies are created equal.

When you’re looking for a Sharpspring agency to partner with, you should look for an agency that:

– Has a proven track record of success

– Offers a comprehensive suite of services

– Provides ongoing support and training

– Is invested in your business’s success

What is Included in the Sharpspring Marketing Suite?

Sharpspring is a fully-featured marketing automation platform that includes everything you need to generate leads, improve conversions, and drive higher returns on your marketing investment.

Marketing Automation and CRM

Marketing Automation

  • Email marketing
  • Automation & Workflows
  • Forms
  • Landing Pages
  • Social listening & Engagement
  • Retargeting Ads
  • Blogs
  • Chatbots

Sales Automation & CRM

  • Customizable CRM
  • Lead Scoring
  • Pipeline Management
  • Sales Optimizer
  • Smart Mail
  • Meetings
  • Video Calls

Tracking & Analytics

  • Life-of-the-Lead
  • Custom Reports
  • Cloud Dashboards
  • Campaign Tracking
  • Asset Tracking
  • Multitouch Attribution
  • Monthly Usage Report

All at a fraction of the cost of other sales and marketing platforms!

What to Expect from a Sharpspring Platinum Agency

What should you expect from a Sharpspring Platinum Agency? In addition to more leads and higher-value relationships, you can also expect to fuel your business growth.

Pricing – Plans Designed to Scale

Here at Lure Agency, we offer these flexible options:

Software license Only

A software license gives you full access to the SharpSpring Sales & Marketing platform. Signing up through an agency offers sales and marketing teams more perks than signing up directly.

Self-Managed Plan

The self-managed plan is for robust in-house sales & marketing teams. You’ll get full access to the platform plus support from us that includes: onboarding, training, strategy sessions, and ongoing support.

Co-op Managed Plan

The Co-op Managed Plan is for small sales & marketing teams with limited resources, we will support you with everything from the Self-Managed plan plus creative direction and content creation.

Fully Managed Plan

A Fully-Managed plan is for businesses with sales, but no marketing support. You can expect everything from the Co-op Managed plan plus creative execution, email deployment, funnel optimization, and keyword research. You’ll be armed with all the resources your team needs to fuel your growth.

What Results Can I Expect from Working with a Sharpspring Agency?

When you partner with a Sharpspring agency like Lure, you can expect to see results like:

– More leads

– Higher-value relationships

– Increased sales

– Improved conversions

– Higher returns on your marketing investment

Are you looking for a full-service marketing agency?

If you’re looking for a full-service marketing agency that can help you generate more leads and drive higher returns on your marketing investment, then you need to partner with a Sharpspring agency.

At Lure Agency, we offer a comprehensive suite of services that includes everything from lead generation to conversion optimization. We also provide ongoing support and training to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your Sharpspring investment.


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How to Know Your Digital Marketing is Set Up for Success

Are you leaving money on the table? 

It's a tough question, but one that needs to be asked when it comes to your digital marketing. Do you have an effective marketing strategy in place? If not, you could be leaving money on the table. 

Consider your website to be your hardest-working salesperson; one who works 24/7 without asking for a raise or time off. It is the face of your business online - it's where prospects go to learn about what you do and reach out to start a relationship. It's your storefront, your home base, your lead magnet. It's a one-stop shop for growing your business. 

So how can you tell if your site is set up for success? We like to look at both the Science and Soul of your brand.

Here are a few factors to think about to determine whether or not you have an effective marketing strategy.

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How Video Testimonials Can Boost B2B Sales in the Hospitality Industry

Video Testimonial Marketing - The Game Changer for B2B Hospitality Brands

The hospitality industry has enjoyed unprecedented growth over the past decade, even with the impact of COVID-19 on travel and entertainment. Thanks to social media and ever-evolving digital marketing trends, people are talking about hospitality brands in a whole new way. 

After the pandemic, the hospitality industry is poised to recover and keep growing substantially in the coming years. That means your hospitality brand needs to be on top of the latest trends if it’s going to compete. 

This brings us to today’s topic: video testimonial marketing

We all know the importance of customer feedback in hospitality. Up to 96% of travelers consider reviews to be an important part of their research, but we’re not just talking about Yelp reviews or TripAdvisor content. 

In the world of TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram Reels, video content is making enormous waves. Video testimonial marketing is the way of the future, and we’re going to explain what they are, why you should care, and how they can dramatically boost your B2B sales.

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hospitality sales | lure agency

Hospitality Sales 2022: Challenges, Opportunities & Predictions

Seasoned Sales Trainer Doug Kennedy, President at Kennedy Training Network, Inc. and Cory Falter, Principal at Lure Agency recently explored some of the biggest challenges, opportunities and predictions in hospitality sales.

Here's what they had to say.

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