A Group Hug for the CODiEs and Hotels

March 26, 2010 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

by Mike

Every once in awhile, you need to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. If success is achieved through a dual effort, then perhaps a fist knuckle bump or a gregarious chest bump is more appropriate. When an entire team kicks ass, however, I personally opt for a human pyramid or group hug. TD and I are modest folk, and despite the hounding of our marketing team to constantly promote our employer in this blog, we strive to maintain a non-biased discussion around the issues that we face on a daily basis as professionals within the ever changing landscape of corporate travel.

Whether or not you are a parent that displays your children’s honor roll stickers on the back of your minivan, you understand how hard it is to stifle your pride for these types of achievements. In fact, I thought I knew what parental pride was until I saw my son play the glockenspiel last night in the 2nd grade pageant. We’ve recently celebrated several accomplishments at Rearden Commerce, and as with familial pride, I feel compelled to share.

We Are a CODiE Finalist

No, this award is not named after the son of Kathie Lee and Frank. The CODiE Awards program is presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) “to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement and philanthropic efforts.” Past winners include innovative companies such as Adobe, Salesforce and Intuit. We are quite honored to be selected as a finalist in two categories, Best Business Productivity Solution and Best Supply Chain Solution, from more than 780 nominations. This is clearly a tribute to our amazing product and development teams that have built a world-class product. The results will be announced in May, so wish us luck.

Innovating Alongside the Original Innovator

It’s always a nod to your product or business strategy when an industry giant steps into your space and validates what you’ve already been doing for some time. In this case, we’ve got Google, the granddaddy of them all. Yesterday they announced that they are testing the addition of selected hotel pricing to Google Maps searches. Over a year ago, we integrated Google Maps into our hotel search, and it’s consistently heralded by our customers as a top feature. In fact, since launching this, we’ve seen a boost to our hotel attachment rates – more on that in a future post. While Google’s new initiative is interesting for the general search space, we offer some great features that are extremely beneficial for individuals looking for personalized, contextual search results. Individuals can search hotels by predetermined company reference points, make side-by-side hotel comparisons, and customize grouping and preference by hotel types.  Google simply casts a blanket search: you might get results for both a Motel Six and a Four Seasons, whereas our hotel search delivers results based on personal preferences previously indicated in the personal assistant.

These are just a few of the many accomplishments coming from the Rearden Nation. I’m not going to suggest we sing a round of Kumbaya, but since things are clicking so well, I do think a group pyramid is in order next time I am at HQ. Don’t worry, guys, I’ll be on the bottom row.

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