Guest Post by: Tim Henthorn | CEO, Accubace
Vizergy, located in Jacksonville, Florida launched TargetingHub™ earlier this year.
This new hotel analytics and planning solution complements the Vizergy Marketing System, enabling it to extract property level data from core property systems and support the planning and advertising initiatives of the hotel.
This need is common to most marketers, and hoteliers are no exception given their data often resides within multiple systems, such as: hotel management systems (HMS or PMS), point of sale (POS) and guest relationship management (GRM or CRM) systems, to name a few.
TargetingHub now makes it possible to extract, load and cleanse this data and ready it for use in marketing programs all within a cloud-based, desktop and browser environment.
TargetingHub facilitates simplified analysis, planning and launching of advertising campaigns across multiple marketing solutions. A hotel’s website, search, social, email and direct mail are the primary channels where these campaigns may be run.
As a result, hotels are able to increase brand awareness, place their hotel into the search stream of the online user and generate direct bookings in support of the marketing objectives within their annual marketing plan.
Role Within a Hotel’s MarTech Infrastructure
TargetingHub is a flexible system in that it is able to retrieve data assets from most software systems with either basic data exports or more sophisticated data interfaces. Further to this, it is able to work within the context of the numerous flavors of marketing technology infrastructures that may exist at the property level.
Whether a property is influenced by the marketing capabilities of a brand, its own marketing and technology decisions, or a combination thereof, TargetingHub is designed to connect to hotel data assets, generate consumer insights and then guide the design of campaigns in selected advertising channels. These channels enable the hotel to reach more guests based either on the characteristics of their previous guests or the demographic and geographic characteristics of similar, prospective guests.
TargetingHub’s data management functionality is useful for many purposes, but the solution is laser focused on generating new customers through the aforementioned advertising channels. As a result, TargetingHub sits in a crucial position for hotels in that it builds upon the value of the existing hotel system data and both simplifies and increases the effectiveness of campaign analysis, design and deployment.
Further to this point, its position within the surrounding ecosystem of hotel technology allows it to work well with low, mid or high maturity marketing technology infrastructures.
Part of the reason for this is that it contains some highly sophisticated software technologies as part of its own architecture, including Vizergy’s proprietary solutions along with multiple, well-known systems with expansive capability sets.
The key facets of TargetingHub provide the capability to extract and manage data assets for the purpose of planning digital marketing campaigns. However, the system goes beyond basic data reporting by generating demographically based consumer insights about the guests that have previously stayed at the property.
It is this information that improves the hotel marketer’s ability to design and plan advertising campaigns, which the system facilitates. Briefly stated, the system enhances the inputs for the advertising solutions, but then goes a step further.
It aggregates data from across the advertising platforms where campaigns were implemented and tracks performance, allowing the marketing function to continuously improve its advertising targeting and results.
A more comprehensive discussion about TargetingHub’s capabilities may be found in Vizergy’s whitepaper, “Easily Find New Hotel Guests with Existing Data Assets”.
This whitepaper was written by Accubase on behalf of Vizergy.
|Customer Data Importing||Customer Data Management|
|Customer Insights Reporting||Customer Demographics Reporting|
|View Advertising Channels||View Advertising Sites|
|Campaign Planning||Manage Ad Targeting Parameters|
TargetingHub requires some configuration, for instance with its need to connect to data sources. While this does require setup, it is able to read data in standard formats, eliminating any reliance on a particular hotel’s choices for interface standards or systems.
The frequency of the data updates may also be throttled based on the needs of the business.
Properties may contain numerous systems or combinations of systems, creating complexity in the location of all viable data assets.
TargetingHub is able to connect to these software systems, providing the marketer access to guest information and their respective reservation activity from any interfaced data source. This allows a hotel to start fast and add new data sources based on business value and return on investment.
When considering multiple properties, TargetingHub is able to be implemented across a portfolio of hotel assets and the resulting solution becomes accessible for further analysis related to both operations and performance measurement of marketing programs at each individual location.
The underpinnings that are less apparent to the hotel deploying this solution stem from software partnerships with IBM, Adobe, Google, Facebook and Sojern.
The solutions from each of these companies enable a sophisticated set of capabilities that are usually only affordable at the brand level with a significant investment in data science tools and resources. The sheer power of this combination of technologies is impressive.
Budgets & Resources
Regarding money, people, time and technology (MPTT), TargetingHub requires the first three and is the fourth.
The monthly cost is low, a few hundred dollars per month, especially when considering the power of the solution and the measurable results it should be able to achieve for most properties.
It does require qualified resources to manage it and provide guidance regarding planning and designing advertising campaigns. The solution speeds the design process as does the experience of the person or team responsible for it. Intelligently designed campaigns are the key to success, but the solution comes with many templates to guide the marketer.
Joe Hyman, CEO of Vizergy, summed it up nicely when he said, “TargetingHub simplifies omni-channel hotel marketing by leveraging hotel data assets and bringing high return direct channels within reach as a viable consumer business throttle.”
When reviewing the overall opportunity, return on investment and total cost of ownership of this solution, Accubase has a number of tools to assist you as you build and manage your budget, marketing plan and resources.
Contact Accubase or Vizergy to learn more and determine if TargetingHub is a worthwhile investment for your property or portfolio of hotels.
For more information about Targetinghub, please call 904.389.1130 or contact Vizergy at firstname.lastname@example.org.