Premium Member Pre-Sale & Waitlist Are Now Open for 2022 Budget Season Buyer's Guides

TL;DR

  • What is it...Once a year limited availability sponsorship opportunity for a single vendor to be the exclusive sponsor in each category of HTR's official budget season buyer's guide
  • What's included...High quality turnkey co-branded content, exclusive native advertising placement in your category for a full year on Hotel Tech Report and 1-year content license to leverage the guide throughout your marketing to generate leads
  • When is it available...Pre-sale is now open for Premium Members to reserve 2022 Budget Season Buyer's Guides and regular sale opens for the rest of the community on June 1st
  • Limited availability...Since there is only one spot per year in each category, guides are offered on a first-come-first-served basis
  • A few reasons to become a sponsor...Buyer's guides are one of HTR's best value offerings because they not only include turnkey content production but sponsorship also includes year round exclusivity as well as targeted native advertising front and center to own your category for a full year on HTR.  Budget season is still a few months away so now is the time to solidify brand visibility.  Standing out with a clear message to buyers this budget season is going to be absolutely critical in what is sure to be a noisy world of COVID recovery marketing.

👉 RESERVE YOUR CATEGORY 👈



Related article: Buyer's guide sponsorship FAQs

What is a buyer's guide?

The goal of the budget season buyer's guides is to create a living document that continues to evolve year over year becoming the ultimate primer for each category.  HTR partners with one sponsor per category each year to be the exclusive sponsor of that year's budget season buyer's guide.

While the design and production of each buyers guide is handled by HTR, sponsors are featured prominently throughout the guide and on Hotel Tech Report for a full year through the following year budget season and additionally are able to contribute ideas, insights and content to infuse the guide with their unique expert perspective on the category.

Key Dates & Deadlines

*Underlined = sponsor involvement

  • May 1 -June 1: Premium Member early reservation period
  • June 1-June 30: Regular registration period
  • June 15-July 15: HTR designs and produces buyers guides drafts
  • July 15-July 30: Sponsor feedback and content collaboration period (Round 1)
  • August 1 - August 8: HTR implements round 1 feedback
  • August 8 - August 15: Sponsor review period and final revisions (Round 2)
  • August 15 - August 30: HTR implements final revisions
  • September 1: Guides go live as they finish production and being being promoted on HotelTech Report and sponsors receive hard copy along with 1-year content license
  • Sept 1, 2021-Sept 1, 2022: 1-year buyers guide placement and promotion on Hotel Tech Report through 2022 budget season


Buyers guide sponsor FAQs

  1. What does it mean to be a sponsor?
  2. What are the benefits?
  3. What is the process once my company registers?
  4. How much does it cost?
  5. Is there a performance marketing model available?

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New Credits Systems

What Are the Credit Types?

  • Post Credits: Self service DIY content that can be posted by members right from the vendor dashboard which include: press releases (1 post credit), hosted reports (1 post credit) and guest posting (5 post credits)
  • Content Credits: Content that is produced by HTR in collaboration with the vendor requiring additional communications, processes and planning which include: Ghost Written Articles (2 content credits), Sponsored Articles - Short Form (2 content credits), Sponsored Articles - Long Form (4 content credits) and Buyers Guides (3 content credits)

What's Changing?

  • The Media Shop now had post and content credits separated
  • What is changing for members? Members still receive the same exact benefits from their membership plans but when checking and using balances, you will do so for post credits and content credits separately

Will My Balances Be Impacted?

No, your balances will not be impacted.  Companies will maintain the same dollar value balance, the only difference is that content credits now have a base price of $1000 instead of $250 previously.  Here's an example of why this doesn't impact your balance in terms of dollar value: 

Example: If your company had a previous content credit balance of 10 credits this had a dollar value of $2500 (10 x $250).  Since content credits are now valued at $1,000, your company would still have $2500 worth of content credit on your account, but it would now be 1.5 credits instead of 10 credits ($2500/ $1000=1.5 credits).


Do Premium Members Still Receive Discounted Preferred Pricing?

Premium Members still do receive the same discounted pricing on all items as they did previously as well as all of the benefits included with your membership which can be found in your membership portal.

Why is this changing?

Over the course of 2020 tons of new benefits have been added to membership including: lead credit, post credit, content credit, advertising credit, awards credit and more.  As these credit types have grown, so has the complexity in managing, tracking and using credits.  Therefore, in Q1 '21 HTR is rolling out a new dashboard home page and ledger system (sneak peek) to make this process more seamless, easy to utilize and transparent for members.  This update is in preparation of the upcoming improvements to the dashboard and credit management system.

New Buyers Guide Placements

New placements are now live bringing buyers guide sponsors added front and center visibility in category for a full year on Hotel Tech Report through value add native placement.  2021 Budget Season Guides coming September 1.

Want to be the exclusive sponsor for your category? Check availability



2021 Buyers Guide Sponsor Process

Related article: Buyer's guide sponsorship FAQs

The goal of the budget season buyer's guides is to create a living document that continues evolving over the years becoming the ultimate primer for each category.

While the design and production of each buyers guide is handled by HTR, one of the benefits of being a sponsor is getting to contribute to the content and updates as outlined below.

  1. Category questionnaire: If you are in a new category that doesn't have an existing buyers guide, HTR will send along a link to a short questionnaire where you get an opportunity to influence the content of the guide and infuse it with your expertise
  2. Annual updates:  If your category has a buyer's guide from last year, you will be sent a link to provide any suggestions, revisions or changes to the existing guide's content to update it to the current year and keep it fresh and current.
  3. New value add content: Each year HTR looks to make the buyer's guides more robust and valuable to hoteliers by adding a new piece of content that sponsors will get featured placement in and be able to contribute insights towards.  Last year it was sample ROI pitches/calculators to help buyers understand how to pitch the category internally to stakeholders.  In 2020, the new content will be robust RFP feature checklists (more info will be provided after buyers guides have officially gone on sale towards the end of June).


2021 Budget Season Buyer's Guide Sponsor Key Dates: 

🎟 Registration

  • Feb 1, 2020 -June 1, 2020: 2020 HotelTechAward winner early reservation period
  • June 1-June 15: Premium Member early reservation period
  • June 15-July 15: Regular registration period (1x/category, first-come-first-serve)

🎨 Production

  • July 1-July 15: Sponsors content collaboration and submission period. Sponsors will be sent submission link and instructions the first week of July
  • July 15-Aug 15: HTR design and production period
  • Aug 1-Aug 15: Sponsors are able to review draft guides and submit revisions via Dropbox comments (link and instructions will be sent to sponsors)

🚀 Go live

  • Aug 15-Sept 15: Guides go live as they finish production and being being promoted on HotelTech Report
  • Sept 15, 2020-Sept 15, 2021: 1-year buyers guide placement and promotion on HotelTechReport through 2022 budget season

2021 Budget Season Buyer's Guides Go on Sale June 15th

On June 15th, the 2021 budget season buyer's guides officially go on sale to all vendors in the HTR community with one spot per category to be the exclusive sponsor in your category for a full year on HotelTechReport.

While its certainly not a typical year for any of us we do think this is one of HTR's best value offerings with turnkey content production, year round exclusivity and targeted brand placement all bundled into one package (with optional performance and localization add-ons).

Budget season is still a few months away so now is the time to solidify brand visibility.  Standing out with a clear message to buyers this budget season is going to be absolutely critical in what is sure to be a noisy world of COVID recovery marketing.

Please keep in mind that since there is only one spot per year in each category, guides are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.




Key Dates & Deadlines

  • Feb 1-June 1: 2020 HotelTechAward winner early reservation period
  • June 1-June 15: Premium Member early reservation period
  • June 15-July 15: Regular reservation period
  • July 15-Aug 15: Production period
  • Aug 15-Sept 15: Guides go live as they finish production and being being promoted on HotelTech Report
  • Sept 15, 2020-Sept 15, 2021: 1-year buyers guide placement and promotion on HotelTechReport through 2022 budget season

What's new in 2021?

We've made some major enhancements to buyers guides to give sponsors even more visibility and value including:

  • 🎨 Enhanced branding to make sure your brand resonates and stays top of mind
  • 🙌  New front and center in-category native brand placement 
  • 🎁 Optional performance based add-ons
  • 🇸🇧 Localization & translation to leverage your guide in local marketing (optional add-on)
  • 💸 Performance to enlist HTR to run turnkey campaigns to your guide and generate downloads for you (optional add-on)

Buyers guide sponsor FAQs

  1. What does it mean to be a sponsor?
  2. What are the benefits?
  3. What is the process once my company registers?
  4. How much does it cost?
  5. Is there a performance marketing model available?

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