DALLAS, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, today announced the company will be recognized Feb. 24 by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) at the 57th annual Adrian Awards Gala, the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition globally. Greyhound won a Silver Adrian Award in digital marketing for its work creating and transforming its blog, The Hound, into a trusted platform for the latest travel information, advice and trends that millions of customers have come to rely on.
Greyhound was one of more than 1,200 entrants for the annual Adrian Awards, which focuses on compelling work in advertising, digital marketing and public relations and categorizes awards into Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
With a complete overhaul of the brand and the launch of its premium Greyhound Express service, Greyhound was seeking a way to inspire travelers while offering up-to-date information on routes and improvements in Greyhound amenities the company offers. Greyhound partnered with agency of record, Edelman, to spearhead extensive market research and launch a new online community for domestic travelers. The result was The Hound, which launched in October 2012.
"We created The Hound to engage with our customers via a central channel that serves as an inspiration hub for travel," said Kim Plaskett, director of marketing, Greyhound. "We're continuing to evolve as an innovative travel partner from onboard amenities such as free Wi-Fi and outlets, to new Express routes and new, modern, environmentally friendly buses, and it's rewarding to see all of that come to life on The Hound. We couldn't be more proud to be honored at the Adrian Awards during this exciting time."
Key features of The Hound include, but are not limited, to:
- A real-time feed of Greyhound's social channels
- RSS feed integration and tracking
- Travel articles and destination highlights
- Visitor ability to upload stories, photos and videos
- Capability to book Greyhound travel
"As the advertising, public relations and digital marketing realms are constantly evolving, the bar is continuously set higher annually in regard to the Adrian Awards submissions we receive," said Fran Brasseux, HSMAI executive vice president. "We look forward to celebrating these remarkable winners at the Adrian Awards Gala in February."
Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,800 destinations across the continent. The company also provides Greyhound Package Express (GPX) and charter services. For fare and schedule information and to buy tickets call 1-800-231-2222 or visit the website at www.greyhound.com. For the latest news and travel deals, follow GreyhoundBus on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GreyhoundBus, Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreyhoundBus, or follow our new blog, The Hound, at http://www.bloggreyhound.com.
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry's leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI's MEET, Adrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at www.hsmai.org, www.facebook.com/hsmai, www.twitter.com/hsmai and www.youtube.com/hsmai1.