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The importance of a single source of truth as the centerpiece of a profitable customer relationship management strategy is one of the key takeaways from H2C's Global CRM Study. The vendor-agnostic study combined findings from an online survey of 62 executives of both global and regional hotel chains and interviews with 25 hotel executives and 11 technology providers.
It wasn't long ago that all the information hotels had on a guest could fit on a single registration card. In the late 1980s, the introduction of the property management system marked the beginning of the digitization of data.
Hotels use CRM to engage guests from the moment they book a room, throughout their stay, and on to every return visit. Every touch point along the way, from personalized marketing emails to confirmation to survey or post-stay offer, tells the guest, "We understand you, we value your business, and we're here to help.
How do you communicate with your guests once they've made a booking? Before answering this, think for a minute about all the different ways a guest could book a reservation with your hotel – direct, OTA or travel agent to name a few.