How to Make Your Digital Marketing Less Digital

Humanization of Hotel Marketing - What it Is & Why It's Important

What is humanization? In a digital world, humanization is the act of making your brand relatable, approachable, and friendly. It's about creating connections with your customers and making them feel like they're part of a community.

Humanizing your hotel marketing is important because humans are social creatures. We crave connection and belonging. And when we feel connected to something, we're more likely to be loyal to it.

In a world where endless choices and companies are vying for our attention, humanization can be the deciding factor in whether or not someone chooses your brand.

Let's explore some ways to humanize your digital marketing with some tips from the director of field marketing support with Pyramid Global Hospitality, Evan Crawford.

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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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Supercharge Your Marketing with Social Proof - Here's How!

It's Not What You Say; It's What Your Customers Say

Social proof is a psychological phenomenon where people copy the actions of others to appear more normal. The greater the number of people doing something, the more normal it appears to be, and hence, more people tend to do it. Social proof isn't just a sales trick. It is a social reality that the decisions of others significantly influence human beings. We see what our peers are doing and make our decisions based largely on what we see. Their actions validate our decision to take action.

To put it in a sales context, the potential buyer is considering their options and evaluating options. Their mind is full of doubts. They're looking for reasons not to trust you or buy the product. Social proof helps them understand what your business offers from the point of view of another customer just like them. It's part of any rational decision-making process.

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3 Quick Actionable Tips You Can Take Today to Get High Quality Leads

It's no secret that you need quality leads to grow your business. But how exactly do you get them? There are a lot of different methods and approaches, but today we're going to focus on three quick tips that will help you find high-quality prospects using LinkedIn in less than 10 minutes! These lead generation ideas for B2B are tried and true for growing your network and eventually, your bottom line.

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7 Reasons an Integrated Marketing Agency Will Help You Crush Your Goals

The Secret Sauce to Digital Success Should Include a Valued Partner

In a world where everything is changing, the days of one-way communication are over. Today's successful business owners have to be creative and create deep connections with their customers if they want any chance in today’s marketplace. So what then? You might ask yourself... Enter the integrated marketing agency!

You may want to consider hiring an integrated marketing agency because they can use their cutting-edge technology and creativity in order to provide you with a well-thought-out, cohesive campaign for your business. This will make it easier for you so that all the hard work of converting leads into clients is done by professionals who have perfected this art form. It's the secret sauce of Science + Soul Marketing, just like we do here at Lure Agency.

Hiring an integrated marketing agency is the best way to get your brand the attention it deserves; because you're busy working in your business, your agency partner can get you new business with a marketing strategy and then execute it.

We will discuss seven reasons why you should choose such an agency for ultimate success, plus explore a few questions to ask and examples of other brands who have used them with successful results in this blog post.

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Influencer Marketing Can Boost Your Hospitality Business – How to Do It Effectively

What do you think of when you hear the term “influencer?” What about a “travel influencer?” 

There’s a lot of fuss surrounding this new career, as well as the worth of influencer marketing for hotels and the tourism industry. The question is, should your hotel be working with influencers – or is this just a passing advertising trend that doesn’t hold real value?

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Content or Paid: Which is a Better Hotel Marketing Strategy?

When you’re evaluating your hotel marketing strategy and budgets, you’re likely facing a big decision: do you dedicate more funds to content creation or paid ads? Is there a right or wrong decision? Which serves hospitality businesses better?

Unfortunately, there’s not an easy answer to any of those questions. Deciding where to allot money for marketing is a personal decision based on your hotel brand identity and needs.

Although we can’t give you a black and white response, we can help you understand more about each type of marketing. Let’s talk about the differences between content marketing and paid advertising, then dive deeper into each one. 

Hopefully, this piece will help you understand what your hospitality business truly needs more - and where your spending should go when it comes to digital marketing for hotels. Read more


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How to Increase Hotel Group Sales with Expert Timing

Ever heard the saying “strike while the iron is hot?” The old cliché couldn’t be truer when it comes to hotel group sales.

Booking more than a couple of rooms at once isn’t just a matter of luck - it’s a matter of precise sales timing. Hotel occupancy rates have already declined by more than 42 percent due to the coronavirus, which means expert timing and strategic marketing tactics are essential right now.

To increase your hotel group sales, you need to think about when to ramp up your marketing - and when to hold back. Going full throttle all of the time wastes your resources, but choosing select months to increase group advertising is smart.

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