New Display Gives Hoteliers Crucial Insights on RFP Statuses, Marketing Reach and More
Santa Barbara, CA – September 23, 2014 – Elite Meetings International (EMI), the leading provider of group business technology solutions, unveiled SpeedRFP’s new eRFP dashboard for hoteliers. Designed with easy-to-read graphics and intuitive navigation, the dashboard offers a high-level snapshot of hotel proposals, plus features that recommend, offer real-time status, compare proposals, track impressions and sources, compile competitive-set analyses, and more.
EMI CEO Kelly Foy said, “We’re happy to provide this intuitive portal to hoteliers using the SpeedRFP system. Its advanced reporting features will give hoteliers greater management of the entire eRFP process, including how they are faring within their competitive set. We believe it will give hoteliers using the system valuable insights—and a decided edge on their competition.”
Summary of Key Features for Hoteliers
The dashboard’s intuitive design and cutting-edge reporting capabilities include:
- Average response time to all SpeedRFPs, regardless of the origins
- Notification of unanswered SpeedRFPs
- SpeedRFP statistics, itemized by source and type
- Tracking of SpeedRFP submissions and conversions from a hotel’s own website (when a SpeedRFP button has been enabled)
- View of marketing impressions on the SpeedRFP Network
- Competitive-set comparison
- List of companies that have recently reviewed the hotel’s listing
- Search results placement and rank within the market
- Links to managing the listing’s details
Hoteliers have two ways of participating in the SpeedRFP system. First, the SpeedRFP Button offers a turnkey solution for hoteliers who want to maximize the conversion of meeting, wedding, and special event leads from their own website. “Hotels that add the SpeedRFP Button are currently seeing a 50-percent increase in direct RFP submissions,” reports Foy.
A listing on the SpeedRFP Network offers another avenue for hotels to receive SpeedRFPs. The SpeedRFP Network, a database of more than 11,000 hotels, debuted in October 2013 and currently has 115,000 buyer members. According to Foy, more than 89 percent of RFPs sent through the SpeedRFP Network come from direct buyers.
Hotels with SpeedRFP links embedded on their websites include independent hotels and top hospitality chains alike. These include MGM Resorts International, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, the Sonesta Collection, Corinthia Hotels, Caesars Entertainment, and hotels including The Beverly Hilton, The Broadmoor, Hotel del Coronado and many more.
SpeedRFP is the fastest, most efficient cloud-based electronic RFP management system for facilitating group business. The system, which is free for planners, recently surpassed the 115,000-user mark and grows, on average, by 100 users each day. Hotels, conference centers, and destination websites easily plug SpeedRFP into their websites to unify, simplify and expedite proposals for group business. The SpeedRFP Network provides a directory of more than 11,000 hotels, resorts, and conference facilities able to accept SpeedRFPs. For more information, please visit www.SpeedRFP.com, or call 805.879.4479.
About Elite Meetings International
Based in Santa Barbara, California, Elite Meetings International (EMI) provides integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals. EMI supports this community through a combination of innovative technologies, direct sales support, customized marketing programs and face-to-face business-building events. Additionally, www.EliteMeetings.com serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale and upscale properties. EMI’s innovations include AttendeeHub™ (www.AttendeeHub.com), a sought-after program for helping conference attendees identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFP™ (www.SpeedRFP.com), a time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805-730-1000.