Stephanie Smith

Founder and Digital Matriarch at Cogwheel Marketing

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Sparks Smith is Founder and Digital Matriarch at Cogwheel Marketing and partner and consultant at Cayuga Hospitality Consultants. Her focus is helping hotels drive incremental exposure and revenue to their websites and online channels through digital marketing and advertising. The expertise of Cogwheel Marketing is openings and conversions along with knowing the intricacies of the brand systems of Marriott/Starwood, Hilton and IHG.

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How To Audit (And Fix) Hotel Tax Rates To Save A Few Bucks

With the amount of uncertainty in the world due to COVID19, now more than ever hotels must fight for every dollar!

Why You Should Not Invest in Metasearch Right Now

Buckle in kids, this is not a popular opinion. If you had asked me my opinions about MetaSearch pre-COVID, my response would be different. If you need a tutorial on what is MetaSearch, check out this article from Milestone.

Recovery For Branded Hotels And Where To Put Your Marketing Resources

There are plenty of articles telling you how to spend your money right now. While shortage of funds is obviously an issue, you have more limitations if you are a branded hotel like Marriott, Hilton, IHG or Hyatt.

What Is A Good Channel Mix For A Hotel?

A hotel's channel and its respective contribution from the various distribution channels is a sign of the health and diversity of your revenue. Yes, it varies by hotel location, brand, mix of sales and a variety of other factors.

10 Items To Include In Your Hotel Marketing Budget

Here are some must-have digital marketing items to include and how to think through that process. Note fro branded hotels: be sure you understand what the brand does for you, and what you need to handle at the hotel level.
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