Nickelodeon Suites Resort Partners with Digital Alchemy for CRM and Targeted Digital Marketing

Despite that Nickelodeon Suites Resort (a.k.a. Nick Hotel) is the "official SLIME hotel" of Orlando, Florida, marketing is serious business at the property, which brings Nickelodeon's programming to life for guests and their families.

The property recently chose Digital Alchemy for advanced CRM and targeted digital marketing.  Digital Alchemy also provides secure, cloud-based data collection and warehousing to track, deliver, and retrieve guest information for effective marketing.

“Digital Alchemy's E-Relationship tool interfaces directly with our PMS and Nick Hotel Club database," Tony Aslanian, Nickelodeon Suites Resort’s director of sales, marketing & revenue strategy, explained. “Digital Alchemy mines guest data for stay-date preferences, favorite activities and other information to create customized email messages with very high open and response rates.” The system also sends personalized automatic-response confirmations, pre-stay messages, thank you notes, and guest satisfaction surveys.
Aslanian said, "Seventy-five percent of our marketing budget is digital. Our primary marketing partner is Digital Alchemy. We meet monthly to analyze marketing campaigns and assess results. We review message effectiveness and how we utilize the data to reach target segments. We attribute millions of dollars in revenue to Digital Alchemy’s email strategies. We've seen the $20,000-$30,000 in revenue from typical campaigns jump to $100,000-$150,000 with Digital Alchemy’s best practices."
Prior to Digital Alchemy, Nickelodeon Suites Resorts was e-blasting to its entire database twice a month. But open rates dropped, opt-outs climbed, and ROI sagged. Digital Alchemy recommended that Aslanian’s team segment campaigns based on location, past stay dates, and which guests opened property emails.
The Nick Hotel also created messages that established a conversation with recipients with an appropriate call to action. Open rates for Nick Hotel's newsletter jumped from 9.6% to 30.5% for segmented campaigns in 2015 and ROI also climbed 300% for some campaigns during this time period.
"When we include a specific benefit in the subject line, 'book now and save 20%,’ the ROI jumps," stated Aslanian. "The word 'free'--as in 'book one night; get one free'--also boosts ROI. Video clips generate more interaction. So does a ‘book now’ button.”
Today the Nick Hotel focuses on mobile marketing. "A majority of guests use mobile to access our emails," said Aslanian. "The subject line is important for mobile and the first 20-30 characters must capture the recipient’s attention.  Digital Alchemy designed our mobile guest satisfaction survey. And we created easy 'click to call' navigation. We have an incredible open rate on mobile marketing with over 22% of our revenue booked through the mobile platform in 2015.  This is a 105% increase from 2014."
Digital Alchemy also integrated Facebook messaging with the hotel’s email campaigns. “We have over 125,000 Facebook fans, a very high level of response to our messages, and a relatively low cost per 1,000. We have more than 20 times the industry standard shares for this type of campaign,” he added.
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