2022_Q2_External Newsletter – Issue 272022-08-04T21:48:22+00:00

The Cloud Five

Issue 27

A quarterly newsletter designed to keep Cloud5 customers and friends in the know including important company updates, exciting wins and things to come.

CLOUD5 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 27

A Message from the CEO, Mark Holzberg

Greetings,

Record-high temperatures and record-high travel numbers are driving much of the conversation this summer. As we enter Q3, I’m glad to see that hospitality is surging beyond anticipated recovery levels. Across business, leisure and group travel, pent up demand is driving bookings, occupancy, and RevPAR levels that experts didn’t anticipate our industry would reach until well into 2023. While we’re delighted to see the industry continue to do well despite the macroeconomic headwinds of inflation, increasing interest rates and a general slowdown in the economy, we are still somewhat uncharted waters, and it is difficult to anticipate how the recovery might unfold in this uncertain “covid/post-covid” environment. That said, we’ll be watching the industry’s KPIs very closely and monitoring key metrics in our own business as well – especially within out contact center which often serves as our bellwether for the health of the industry at large.

Hotels are rising to meet the new demands of post-pandemic guests, and they’re investing in technology to do so. In fact, the second quarter of 2022 was an incredible one of growth for Cloud5 and we’re so honored to welcome more than 83 new customers into the Cloud5 family, a couple of whom we have highlighted further down in this edition.

We’re also excited to announce a few new additions to our portfolio of solutions. As hotels struggle to maintain superior levels of guest service and satisfaction amid an incredibly tough hiring environment, our new Virtual Guest Services solution can offload up to 50% of inbound and on-property calls so hotel staff can continue to deliver flawless, in-person customer experiences. Additionally, the resurgence of in-person meetings and conferences has renewed focus on our Conference Internet Services solution, which we have refined over the past quarter, so it’s optimized to the hotel needs we’re seeing most. Check out more on these solutions in the product development section below.

While the industry rebound is looking strong, we’re still struggling against equipment shortages and longer than normal lead times for the install and upgrade of HSIA networks and other systems. We are committed to continually updating our network as we have news and have included our latest update below in the operations update.

We spent much of last quarter connecting with clients, friends, and industry partners. Our team traveled to more than eight conferences and events in Q2, culminating in a fantastic HITEC 2022 in Orlando. We also hosted the first session of our 2022 customer advisory board. It was a great session and led to many new, exciting insights we’re looking to implement soon. As we turn to the back half of the year, we’re looking forward to seeing more of our customers and working on the issues that are most critical to them – sourcing highly-sought equipment, developing cost-saving, revenue impacting solutions and continuing to provide best-in-class service. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and not-too-hot summer!

Events & Happenings

Event Recap: HITEC 2022

It was so fun seeing everyone at HITEC 2022 in Orlando last month! The Cloud5 team enjoyed chatting with industry friends, clients and meeting new businesses on the show floor.

We’re also proud to share we received the Innovative Technology Award from Hospitality Upgrade!

If you didn’t get a chance to stop by our booth, we shared the latest about our services and solutions like our Flip to SIP program, newly refined Virtual Guest Services and Conference Services. Head to the Product Development section below to learn more, and don’t forget to check out our HITEC 2022 recap video for a peek inside our week in Orlando – you might see yourself!

Let’s Connect at an Upcoming Event

  • 22nd Annual Shaner & JB Griffin Classic
    August 11, 2022 | State College, PA
  • BITAC MDU
    September 11, 2022 | Key Largo, FL

  • US & Canada Topline Leadership Summit
    September 18 – 21, 2022 | Orlando, FL

  • OPTEC – MDU
    November 1, 2022 | Las Vegas, NV

2022 Q3 Hospitality Industry Infographic

As we enter a new quarter, it’s time for the Cloud5 Quarterly Trend Report. Our Q3 trend report highlights news on guest satisfaction, group travel increases, FCC orders set to impact hospitality and more.

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Equipment Shortage Update from Cloud5 President and CEO, Mark Holzberg

As we promised in our communication last quarter, we’re continuing to communicate updates on industry-wide equipment shortages as we have them. We’re meeting face-to-face with manufacturers and diving deep into the news reports to help our customers better understand the trajectory of this challenging situation and plan accordingly.

Click here to read the latest information from our CEO, Mark Holzberg.


Giving Back at the 2022 Marriott Connect Canadian Owner’s Conference

Earlier this year Cloud5 sponsored the Marriott 2022 Canadian Owners Conference. In addition to meeting owners, customers and catching up with industry friends, and our VP of Sales, Beth Milano, stuffed fanny packs for the Camp Thrive community outreach initiative, which is is an after school and summer camp program collaborating with St. Lucy’s Church in Campbell, California. Their mission is to help children become well rounded individuals and understand the value of spiritual reflection, leadership, and communication.

Recent Installs

WELCOME TO THE CLOUD5 FAMILY!

The Canyon Ranch Lenox & Baltimore Hotel Revival

We are proud to partner with properties all over the US and North America for their network and telephony needs and Q2 was a fun one as we added more than 83 new customers to the Cloud5 family. Two of those customers completed installation recently: Canyon Ranch Lenox and Baltimore Hotel Revival.

Canyon Ranch Lenox sits on a historic New England estate, and focuses on nutrition, fitness, and spiritual wellness. Cloud5 provided HSIA services for nineteenth-century mansion, the 10,000+ sq ft spa and fitness center and grounds.

In the heart of Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood and less than a mile from Penn Station, the 107-room, 14-story Hotel Revival is the perfect vantage point to experience all that is Baltimore. Cloud5 supports the HSIA services for this unique and art-centric property.

Thank you to both properties and team for trusting Cloud5 with your business!

  • Cloud5 Flex

Have you heard how Cloud5 is making it easier for hotels to get the new install or upgrade they need? Our flexible financing packages help properties make critical investments in HSIA technology without the traditional upfront investment – wrapping the one-time costs of a network upgrade into an OpEx purchase that’s billed monthly.

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Product Development Update

This year has been one of significant product growth for Cloud5 and we are excited to have updated several solutions to better fit the needs of our clients.

  • Our new Virtual Guest Services solution, powered by BluIP®, to help hotels combat today’s staffing constraints, reduce costs, and maintain high levels of guest satisfaction.
  • Our updated Conference Services solution to help hotels deliver superior, seamless, scalable connectivity as meeting and events experience a dramatic resurgance.
  • Our Flip to SIP program is specifically designed to help hotels transition from POTS lines before their costs increase too drastically and transition to more modern SIP telephony easily and economically.
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