Two Roads Hospitality, the Denver-based lifestyle hotel management company that includes Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, and Joie de Vivre Hotels, has contracted with Vermont-based Inntopia for a custom CRM database, marketing automation, and guest recognition platform to be installed across most of its North American properties in 2018.
“We chose Inntopia for three reasons,” said Two Roads Hospitality CMO Sherri Gilligan. “First, their technology is better than anything else out there in hospitality CRM. Second, their company culture is very similar to ours, and we know that our people will work well with theirs. Third, they were willing to collaborate with us to build and support a platform that not only allows us to optimize our marketing, but also gives us a way to really get to know our guests and utilize data to provide them with a more personalized on-property experience.”
Inntopia’s Marketing Cloud platform has been serving the destination travel industry since the early 2000s. It consists of a central CRM database and marketing insight platform, robust hygiene and integration tools, as well as a two-way connection to IBM’s enterprise-class Watson email marketing platform.
Inntopia Marketing Cloud connects to each hotel’s property management system. It uses this data to build an intelligent and powerful central customer database.
Each hotel’s marketing department then uses that database to identify trends among different market segments, see guests’ lifetime preferences and spending behaviors on-property and across the Two Roads portfolio, recognize VIPs, and build highly targeted segments that can be reached via email, text message, and other marketing channels. The Watson artificial intelligence and machine learning assists in automation and allows for much deeper customer understanding.
Guest data is synchronized automatically between the hotel’s property management system, the Inntopia database, and the IBM Watson email platform, which allows marketers to build sophisticated, automated campaigns that are more likely to convert past guests into future guests.
In conjunction with the partnership, Inntopia is releasing a new feature that will allow front desk staff to click a button within the reservations interface to pop up a window with useful information about the guest from the Inntopia CRM database. This feature will allow valuable insights previously available only to the marketing team to be used in real time by front line employees to deliver personalized service and enhance the guest experience.
Inntopia has agreed to hire several new employees to facilitate a smooth rollout of Marketing Cloud across Two Roads Hospitality’s large and diverse collection of hotels and resorts. These employees will be dedicated to Two Roads during the implementation phase, which will improve that work while ensuring that other Inntopia clients continue to receive the level of personalized service that they have come to expect.
Two Roads plans to add interfaces between Inntopia Marketing Cloud and other operational systems, such as SpaSoft, after the initial rollout is complete.
“A hotel group like Two Roads can derive a lot of benefits from standardizing on enterprise technology, and CRM is one of the best examples of that,” said Inntopia CEO Trevor Crist. “We’re honored to be brought on board as a true partner, and excited to help them enter a new era of success built on the guest data that was already in their operational systems, waiting to be put to use.
Inntopia connects the software systems that manage lodging, skiing, golf, and other functions into one-stop shopping, automated marketing, and powerful business intelligence. Built to solve the complex challenges of destination resorts, Inntopia’s software and expert consulting have become the gold standard for destination hotels and resorts, DMOs, resellers, and other players in the travel industry.
Headquartered in Stowe, Vermont, Inntopia sells three core products—Commerce (one shopping cart to sell lodging, activities, and transportation at the same time), Marketing Cloud (the CRM for travel), and Business Intelligence (powerful, predictive benchmarks for destinations and properties).
About Two Roads Hospitality
Created in September 2016, Two Roads Hospitality is an international lifestyle company encompassing an unrivaled collection of distinctive properties, passionate people, and remarkable experiences around the globe. The company is named for the recently merged Commune and Destination Hotels, bringing together over 40 years of combined expertise exclusively dedicated to the boutique and lifestyle space. Comprised of Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, tommie and Alila Hotels & Resorts, the company is the leading operator of independent and lifestyle hotels with more than 85 properties in seven countries and growing, also boasting an extensive roster of award-winning restaurants and bars, stunning vacation residences, world-class golf courses, and indigenous spa and wellness offerings.
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