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  • 10 Tips for Crafting E-mail Standards

    When was the last time you thought about the proper use of e-mail at work?

  • 10 Tips for Surviving a Trade Show

    1. Bring business cards—lots of business cards. And be prepared to manage the ones you receive. Whether you use an app to scan and organize business cards or simply jot a few notes on the back of each, make sure they don't end up floating around your luggage for the next six months. Click here for a recent review of the best apps available.

  • 3 Questions to Ask When Making Tough Decisions

    When did you last spend quality time evaluating all aspects of your business? If you’re in sales, how much time, energy, and effort are you putting into to some client relationships and is your sales volume reflective of that time spent? More importantly, is it a profitable relationship for you and your company?

  • 5 Tips for Trade Show Newbies

    How to Conference like a True Professional: Tips for Trade Show Attendees--New and Experienced

  • 6 Ways to Sabotage Your Leaders and Your Team

    What if your team supported your vision, your ideals, and the excellence you desire for your organization? What if they had an unstoppable sense of ownership, loyalty, and passion to expand your business?

  • 9 Qualities of Truly Confident People

    First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretense of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others. Confidence is quiet; it's a natural expression of ability, expertise and self-regard.

  • B2B Marketing Databases: 5 Tips to Maximize Results

    Managing data can be a little scary—especially if you're not a statistician by trade. But if properly managed, your B2B marketing database can help you to make effective outreaches and maximize your business. Here are five steps to make the most of your B2B marketing database.

  • Be a Mentor (Not a Tormentor) with Your Newer Service Staff

    I was asked to be on an executive panel for service and support professionals for an annual event. One of the more animated discussions focused on ways to best integrate young service staff into the workforce.

  • Bon Voyage Mementos: Market Your Business. Show Your Clients Appreciation.

    Gifts for the trip could be an excellent way to market your business and show your clients you appreciate them. The cost/benefit ratio is important, though, as is choosing items that are highly useful: You don't want items to end up shoved in a drawer or, worse, in the trash. Consider how best to include your logo.

  • Convey the Vision: It’s Imperative

    Imagine this happening at an all-star football game: All of the best players converge, but no one shares the game plan. Even with extraordinary talent, what would transpire on the field would not be representative of the players' true talents.

  • Core Values

    Most companies, at some point or another, have created a mission statement that is meant to define their purpose or vision for conducting business. Mission statements can look great on a plaque hanging in your office or on your website for prospective clients to see, but when was the last time you reviewed it to make sure you and your staff are actually "living" it? Would you even be able to rattle it off without looking? If you haven't visited your mission statement in a while, or ever, there has never been a more critical time to do so.

  • Creating Order From Chaos

    When you work with data—data about people, data about places, data about marketing—finding the information you need can be seamless, or it can feel like a wild goose chase. It all depends on how you organize your files.

  • Customer Emotions: Build or Break Your Profitability

    The emotions of your customers drive your profitability and customer loyalty.

  • Discouraging ID Theft

    People travel for different reasons, but their potential risks are the same. Whether you're on a mandatory business trip, traveling with a group or jetting off on a vacation you've been planning for years, you could let your guard down. 

  • Empowering People and Teams

    "Empowerment can have a greater impact on your bottom line than any other strategy you implement," said leadership consultant Michelle Steffes, CPLC.

  • From the Field: Preventing Negative Experiences

    No group tour provider wants to hear that his or her clients aren't happy with their lodgings. Justin Shuler and Camille Sperrazza share tips for preventing dissatisfaction.

  • Group Travel Thoughts & Trends

    Groups Today sat down with group travel industry association leaders Carylann Assante, SYTA executive director; Pam Inman, NTA president; Peter Pantuso, ABA president and CEO; and Doug Switzer, OMCA president/CEO, to catch state-of-the-industry sound bites. There were some expectations and a few surprises in their comments.

  • Handling Stragglers: Tips & Tricks

    You'd think the excitement of travel—of an anticipated trip—would have people champing at the bit and raring to hit the road. Mostly, that's true. But what if you have a straggler or two who throws things off for fellow travelers? If this is a problem you need to tackle—or nip in the bud—consider these tips, tricks, and tactics.

  • Have You Checked Your Analytics Lately?

    There's so much more going on with Twitter and Pinterest than re-tweets and re-pins. Using awesome free tools, you could get a closer look at how clients are connecting with your sites!

  • Holiday Travel Packing Tips

    As we enter a busy family-travel time of year, many clients may be anticipating the stress of canceled flights and lost luggage. Help them eliminate one of those stressors by sharing these tips for traveling carry-on-only.

Recent Blogs

This Wouldn't Look Better as a Lake

"Wouldn't this look better as a lake?"

I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.

"What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.

"A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."

Get Your Kicks on ... Route 50?

Route 66 sure gets a lot of hype, but have you sent groups along U.S. Route 50 lately? Probably not. In July 1986, Life magazine dubbed the Nevada portion, "The Loneliest Road in America." And yet, from rural mountain ranges to desolate deserts and miles upon miles of rich farmland, Route 50 stretches across 3,073 miles from Ocean City, Maryland to Sacramento, California. It spans 12 states and links four state capitals—offering the most complete cross-sectional journey along the United States midriff.

OMG Experiences (a.k.a. Millennial Travel Trends)

Millennials are one of the largest generations in history (larger, even, than the baby boomers)—and they're entering their prime spending years. Born between 1982 and 1999, millennials were raised on the Internet, fostering a global awareness and an inherent interest in travel. But what are these young travelers looking for? The Millennial Traveler Report conducted by Expedia and Future Foundation discovered a few key generational characteristics.