2020 HotelTechAward winner perks update

Original Update: 2020 HotelTechAwards Perks Package

Round 1 of the 2020 winner perks went live February including: 📣 Promotion on the 2020 winner's landing page (+20,000+ hotelier e-blast), 🥇Winners badge added to your profile, 🎟 Tickets to the HotelTechAwards party in London.

...but there were still a few items still pending that are now live with full details below. 


TL; DR

Here's the quick update on each of your remaining perks (more detail on each below):

  • 📖 Lead gen look book: Its live and went out to 25k hoteliers this week.  Winners were also emailed a hard copy and 1-year content license
  • 🖼 Limited edition office print: Winners have been emailed their high res limited edition office (or home office...) print
  • 💸 15% back in free lead credit & 🎁 custom package requests: Winners have been sent an email with their spend amount to verify. Once you do the 15% back in free lead credit will be added to your account.  Also, for companies who requested custom packages, your package is available upon request.
  • 📖 Buyer's Guide exclusivity: The buyers guide exclusivity period has been extended through June 1





With everything going on in the world we've been trying to figure out the best way to close out the final HotelTechAwards initiatives and perks for winners and have been hoping things would clear up a bit but unfortunately it looks like that won't be happening anytime soon.

Since this is our reality for the next several months, we have decided to close out and/or launch each of the remaining initiatives/perks for 2020 HotelTechAward winners.



I. 2020 Lead Gen Look Book

We've been hesitant to release and promote this too overtly during the crisis thinking too much promotion during a difficult time won't leave a great taste with hoteliers.

That said, since there isn't an end in the foreseeable future, we've decided to release the look book and promote it in a tactful way

What to know:

  • It's live. The 2020 HotelTechIndex Report (aka. look book) featuring 2020 winners is now live here
  • It's being promoted. The report is being promoted on HTR, to our email list of 25,000+ hoteliers and via social media (paid and organic)
  • Your copy is ready. 2020 winners have been emailed their hard copy with a 1-year license to leverage the report in your own marketing and demand generation (ie. use it as gated co-branded content to capture leads on your brand.com)




II. 2020 HotelTechAwards Limited Edition Office Print

We initially planned to bring these prints to ITB Berlin but after the conference was cancelled, we have decided to instead send high res digital copies of your limited edition office print.

On the plus side, now you can share it with each of your offices or all of your employees to put up in their new home offices (talk about an epic Zoom backdrop 😉).

  • Make your office look like a million bucks. The concept was to design a limited edition custom print inspired by a famous artist to create something physical that would be awesome to hang in your office that the whole team could enjoy and would commemorate your hard fought victory in the awards.  This year's limited edition print was inspired by Ed Ruscha, a famous California contemporary artist known for his iconic lettered prints one of which recently sold at auction for $30M!
  • Limited edition. There are only 25 prints in the series and each is customized to a winning company with your brand, logo, color scheme and edition number to fit your office vibe.
  • Ready for print.  Prints were designed high res ready for print up to 48" (Width) x 36" (Height).
  • Send us a pic. Send us a pic of your print framed and hung in your office common area or CEO's office to get $150 in free lead credit added to your account.



III. 15% Back in Lead Credit Perk + Custom Packages

  • 15% back in lead credit has been processed: One of the perks of winning was to receive 15% back in free lead credit on any new purchases made between 2/1/20-3/15/20 (up to $2,000/company).  We have calculated your spend and sent an email so just make sure to respond confirming the amount and we'll get your free lead credit added ASAP.
  • Custom package requests are ready: Companies who requested to take advantage of the perk by getting a custom annual package from Hotel Tech Report, your custom package is ready.   Given the current crisis, we have decided not to send these packages out to be sensitive to the fact that times have changed quite a bit since your request was placed.  If you would still like to receive your custom package offer: 
    • (a) Please let us know and we will be happy to send it along for your review
    • (b) We are offering an extension on the additional 15% back in lead credit perk on custom packages through December 31, 2020 for any companies who would still like to move forward with their package


IV. 2021 Buyer's Guides

We've extended the deadline for securing your category's annual buyers guide report from March 1st to June 1st before the guide will be opened up to other vendors in the community Reserve here (use access code '2021EARLYRES15BACK')

2020 Market Leaders Index Report Update

Each year the winners of the HotelTechAwards are featured in HTR's annual product look book and each winner receives both featured placement as well as a hard copy to leverage in your digital marketing and lead generation.

The 2020 Market Leaders Index Report draft is now ready for winners to review! 🎉

  • Launch date: Will be launching the look book on Monday March 23rd so please make sure to flip through to your featured placement and review the copy
  • Revisions: If you have any revisions, edits or changes please note that they must be submitted via the live chat on HTR or by replying to this email no later than 5pm PST next Wednesday March 18th
  • Your hard copy: Once the look book goes live, we will send along a hard copy with your 1-year content license to leverage the look book in your own digital marketing and lead gen campaign

If you have any questions feel free to reach out via the live chat on HTR

2020 HotelTechAwards Perks Package

2020 HotelTechAwards winners' perks package is ready!

If you were a category winner in the 2020 HotelTechAwards please make sure to place your perks request no later than February 1st, 2020 to let us know which perks you would like to take advantage of.

Perks package request link: https://partners.hoteltechreport.com/hotel-tech-awards/2020-perks/

2020 HotelTechAwards Data freeze period for participating companies to verify your stats

TL;DR

  • Data has been exported: As of the cut-off time stated in the official 8/1/19 awards announcement, data has officially been exported from the platform and no new data will count towards the awards as noted in the closing bell announcement
  • Data freeze period: No reviews or partner recommendations will be published between the data export cut-off (12/15) and this Friday (12/20)
  • Data verification window: All companies participating in the 2020 HotelTechAwards will receive an email with their live score after the data export with an opportunity to audit their own score and data from the export
  • Winners determined: After the data verification window closes, Hotel Tech Report will be determining winners and auditing all data over the holidays. Winners will be notified in the first week of the new year

Awards closing bell

Several vendors have reached out asking for extensions to gather more reviews or get last minute reviews verified after the awards closing bell. Unfortunately we are not able to offer any extensions or changes to the competition guidelines.

Announcement & Guidelines: (8/1/19) 2020 HotelTechAwards: New scoring variables, key dates, award types and more

Per the guidelines outlined in the August 1, 2019 announcement, the awards period closes December 15, 2019 and data is exported from the platform the following morning (shown here).

Please note

  1. There will be no exceptions or extensions to the deadline. The guidelines for the awards have been clearly stated for all companies to follow the same rules and therefore we are unable to offer any extensions. All companies had the same 4-month window to collect reviews.
  2. Unverified reviews as of the closing date will not be counted. Unverified and rejected reviews are not factored into the HT Score algorithm and therefore do not count towards your HT Score in the HotelTechAwards final calculation. All participating companies have had the same 4-month window to gather verified client reviews per the guidelines and we are not able to offer any exceptions or extensions as these would be changes to the guidelines and not fair to companies who followed them. If reviews were rejected or are pending verification from the user after the closing deadline, they will not count.

IMPORTANT: Under no circumstances can there be changes or exceptions made after data is exported on December 16th. All companies had the same window to collect verified reviews and we have the data export date in place to ensure that the competition is fair for all companies and we appreciate your understanding of the importance of this.

IMPORTANT: Hotel Tech Report cannot share information other than what is in the Review Manager

We've had extremely high levels of inquiries about off-platform review campaigns. Please note that Hotel Tech Report does not have any visibility into your review campaigns unless they are run via the Review Manager.

The only information we are able to share about reviews is what is visible in your Review Manager.

Read more: Visibility into off-platform review campaigns

⌛️ HotelTechAwards final countdown, only 4 days left to win!

Check out the awards score card below to make sure you've maximized your bonus points and chances of winning (there's still time!)

Its the last 4 days of the 2020 HotelTechAwards and the closing bell is set for this Sunday December 15th at 5pm PST.

At that time, data will be exported from Hotel Tech Report for final scoring.  The public announcement of this year's top products and companies will be made in mid-January and winners will be notified ahead of the announcement in the first week of the new year.

Most importantly, make sure to check out the awards score card below to make sure you've maximized your bonus points and chances of winning (there's still time!).

1-point spreads will be the difference between winning and losing in lots of categories so remember, every point matters!

Good luck going into the final stretch collecting last minute client reviews and securing your bonus points to lock in​​ your company's victory!

Issue with partner recommendations (RESOLVED)

What was it? There was an issue with partner recommendations where some users weren't able to complete their recommendations.

Who found it? Shout out to our bug hunter of the day Marius @ hotelkit and Krasimir @ Clock for pointing this out 🙌

  • The Bug: Some users skipped the question about which products they wanted to recommend
  • The Fix: The first question is now a required field with validation to prevent this issue from happening.

Hoteliers reporting verification link broken (RESOLVED)

Have you had clients report that the verification link they received after leaving their review is broken?

Don't worry, you're not alone.

  • The bad news: We've had several reports of companies saying their customers are getting an error page when they click the verification link.
  • The good news: Don't worry, the links are working properly and these users' reviews have been verified. It just means they likely clicked the link more than once and these are single use links.
  • The problem: Once the single use verification link has been clicked once, the review is verified and the link dies. If the user tries to click it again, unfortunately it will lead to an error page if clicked after it has been used already which is what has been confusing some hoteliers.
  • 🛠The solution: We will be updating the UX of this to make it clearer that the verification works even if the user clicks it multiple times by making sure even after links are used and they die, they will now lead to a non-404 page regardless so it doesn't seem like an error to users who, for whatever reason, click the verification link multiple times.

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