Hotel News: Pacquiao vs Mayweather Fight Brings Las Vegas Hotel Rate Drop

The excitement for the superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has engulfed the sports world, but travelers are not flocking to Las Vegas as many tourist experts expected due to high ticket prices and limited viewing options.

According to Erik Matuszewski of, the average price of a hotel room in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s boxing match has dropped $150 because fans understand it will be very difficult to witness the fight live.

Tickets for the event itself and the multiple viewing parties around the city sold out quickly, and attending the fight in the building will cost fans just under $3,600 dollars for the cheapest seats on re-sale website

With that price being far too expensive for most boxing fans, viewing the event on pay-per-view is one of the only other options. Unfortunately, MGM Resorts—the MGM Grand Garden Arena will host Pacquiao vs. Mayweather—has exclusive rights to show the event live.

For visitors to Las Vegas, that means the only casinos, hotels and sportsbooks that will be showing the superfight will be the 13 MGM Resorts properties across the city. business development manager, Vanessa Doleshal, told that the average hotel rate in Las Vegas was hovering around $420, but the website has seen a jump in cancellations in the days before a penalty could be applied.

Another possible reason for the lack of tourists making their way to Las Vegas is the timing of the fight. Other sporting events including the NFL Draft, Kentucky Derby, NHL and NBA playoffs and several marquee baseball games are pulling fans in different directions.

Between the expensive tickets and the exclusive rights MGM Resorts hold for the PPV, there is no question that hotels and resorts in Las Vegas are not selling out like many expected. For non-sports fans who want to visit Vegas, the cheaper rates could be a major coup.

Author: Donald Wood,


#Smartphones vs #Wearables. @Apple iOS vs @Android. What’s Going On?

If people are looking to Apple and its new smartwatch to kickstart wider consumer interest in wearable computing gadgets, the maker of the iPhone will have a lot of work ahead of it. New research out from the GlobalWebIndex indicates that in a survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, only 9% report having a smartwatch, and 7% said they owned smart wristbands. In contrast, among online adults, 80% now own a smartphone, according to Tech Crunch.


The proportion of smartphone ownership has reached a new high, but it has not yet overtaken legacy ownership and usage of PCs, which is currently at 91% of all online adults.

Some other interesting data points highlighted in GWI’s research:

— Wearables. Within the wearables category, the biggest number of device owners are affluent males in the 25-34 year-old group who reside in the Asia Pacific region. This points to these smaller, portable and more narrowly functional devices continuing their market placement as niche products that have yet to find a groove to appeal to a wider range of consumers.

— Platform ‘wars’ are over and Android won. Breaking out how different mobile platforms are performing in the smartphone and tablet sectors, it’s no surprise to see that Android is firmly ahead of iOS. What’s interesting to see, however, is just how far they have diverged and when.


We have heard various market analysts point out that Apple’s iPhone sales have seen a big bump in the wake of the launch of the iPhone 6 models, but it’s not clear that the ownership picture as depicted by GWI supports that.

While Android was creeping up quarter on quarter, the difference between Q2 and Q3 noticeably got flatter, which could indicate slowing sales, except that the iPhone numbers appeared to flatten/increase only very slightly.

In other words, if there has been an impact, it will have to be sustained by Apple to show any meaningful shift in ownership. As it stands now, Android’s 54% share represents a 38-point lead over iPhone/iOS, with the gap widening.

Back in 2011, the ratio of Android to iOS users was just under 2:1; in 2014, it has increased significantly to approach 3.5:1, GWI notes.

Whether that divergence will ultimately start to play out in where developers invest their time and efforts will be the really important question for users (and Apple).

— Tablets. In tablets, to me the most interesting point is a historical one: we like to talk about how Apple and the iPad dominate tablets, and while that may be the truth as far as the single brand is concerned, when it comes to platform dominance, Apple hasn’t been in a leadership position since Q4 2011, and really dropped away from a close position in 2013.

— Mobile internet use. GWI says that 75% percent of smartphone users are accessing mobile internet services on their smartphones — meaning a whole 25% are still not. The average amount of time that people are spending on their mobile devices is 1.85 hours/day, up by about 40 minutes on 2012. Because emerging market consumers often replace PCs with phones, they are using those phones the most, on average at more than three hours/day in the Middle East and Africa.


As you can see in the chart, mobile is used for Internet access far more than tablets, TVs and e-readers, but as with device ownership, it’s not yet passing PC/laptop usage, which is around 90%.

— VPNs, popular content. GWI also delves into what kinds of content is being consumed on the Internet access front, and how users are getting to it. The rising tide of restrictive firewalls in some markets has led to increased usage of VPNs to access the Internet. These VPNs effectively let you appear on the Internet as if you are somewhere that you are actually not. Currently, GWI says that some 27% of respondents, of 400 million users, say that they have used VPNs to go online, with China alone accounting for 150 million people.

Among those users, they are unsurprisingly significantly more avid online consumers of content than those not using VPNs. Google Play scored the highest of all services accessed by VPN and regular Internet users, who would be turning to the search giant’s store not for apps but for video and audio and gaming content.


Time to Update Your #Website: Starting Soon @Google Penalizes Sites That Aren’t Mobile Friendly

Don’t have a mobile website? You can’t hide any longer. Is your website responsive so that it switches to accommodate being viewed on a mobile device or tablet? Uh Oh. Time to call a Web Developer. (Here’s ours – click to email for a price quote.)


On Tuesday, April 21st websites that are not mobile friendly will be penalized. Google searches made from mobile devices will lower the rankings of non-friendly sites, and will boost the ranking of sites that are mobile optimized, according to Digital Music News.

This applies to all industries and all languages, no one is safe from the new requirements.  Around 80 percent of adults have smartphones, so these changes should only help you.

Google offers a mobile friendly testing tool so you can evaluate if your website is up to par. If your site does not pass the test, the tool will tell you what to do to improve it. 

If you’re interested in learning more about mobile sites, check out Webmaster’s Mobile Guide or the Principles of Site Design on Web Fundamentals by Google Developers.

NARIP Free Webinar on Music Producer Deals

Music Producer Deals: Free Webinar with RSVP from @NARIP #musicbiz

Dean Serwin, Esq., Music & Entertainment Attorney

Guest expert, and music and entertainment attorney Dean Serwin lays out the most important deal and leverage points in a music producer’s agreement at NARIP’s next Webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm PST. You will learn what the short- and long-term implications to your artists’ careers may be.

In this session, Mr. Serwin will explain hot button issues in these deals and what rights holders can do to negotiate the best possible deal. Most importantly, you will understand the most important parts of the deal, and get educated about the art of deal making!

Attorneys, non-attorneys, managers and artists are welcome! Click here to register now. It’s FREE with RSVP.


The right time to make a deal.

Major areas of negotiation, including:

  • Producer advance vs. recording fund. Did you know it all comes out of the artist’s recording fund?
  • Producer royalty. Did you know it all comes out of the artist’s royalty?
  • Recoupment
  • Terms & Options
  • Controlled Composition Clause: what you need to know if your producer is also your co-writer!
  • What does the artist’s recording agreement say?? THIS affects the producer’s royalty, royalty accountings, mechanical royalties, CD reductions, “fake” free goods and much more!


  • Producers, Artist Managers & Artist Reps
  • Record & Music Publishing Executives
  • Concert Promoters, Agents, Tour Managers
  • Anyone seeking to make or enhance a career as a producer.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015
5:30 p.m. – Program begins (Pacific Standard Time)
6:30 p.m. – Audience Q & A
7:00 p.m. – Program ends

NARIP Free Webinar on Music Producer DealsWHERE 

On the Internet, join our program from anywhere in the world! You will receive instructions on how to join the online discussion when your registration is complete (click here to register NOW).

All registered attendees will receive an email with a link to view Webinar about 10 minutes before the start of the event.



Submit YOUR questions to be addressed during our program, get feedback and recommendations specific to YOUR situation via Twitter and follow us now: @NARIP Feel free to submit questions in advance and/or during the session. Official hashtag for this event is #NARIPproducer.


A graduate of UCLA Law School who began his practice of law in 1990, Dean Serwin works primarily in the entertainment industry. His experience prior to establishing his private practice included working for a sole practitioner with several platinum artists, as head of legal for a film and TV production and distribution company, and positions at the Director’s Guild of America, BMI and Capitol Records. Dean has lectured extensively for groups ranging from Art Center film students to Harvard MBA’s and from California Lawyers for the Arts conferences to The Learning Annex. Dean’s Hollywood, CA based solo law practice began in 1994 and serves clients in all areas of the music, film, video, TV, internet and distribution businesses including record labels; music publishers; recordings artists; songwriters; music, television and film producers; managers; television, film and internet production and distribution companies; business executives and consultants; authors, clothing companies, as well as others involved within the entertainment industry.


The National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) promotes education, career advancement and good will among record executives. Established in 1998 and based in Los Angeles, NARIP has chapters in Houston, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and London.  NARIP is committed to promoting the cultural and economic benefits of music and copyright in the US and abroad, and to providing a platform to convey insights and perspectives to improve our business. NARIP upholds the contributions of copyright to the fiscal health of the US and global economies and for the good of creators, owners and consumers around the world.

Caribbean Music, Model & Talent Search @IslandMMTS Launches Official #BBM Channel

Island MMTS is the Caribbean’s Top Talent Search and the first of its kind to bring top modeling agencies, record labels, talent scouts, booking agents, entertainment industries and talent managers from all over the world to The Bahamas and the Caribbean to search for aspiring models, actors, music producers, songwriters, singers and singing groups ready to take their talent to the international stage. Island MMTS is poised to bring over 1,500 stopover visitors to The Bahamas for its 2015 International Conference scheduled July 13 to July 19, 2015.

What better way to be #1 and stay in touch all over the globe but with a new, Official BBM Channel?  BBM is available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and Blackberry users for free.

Island MMTS Official BBM Channel Screen Shot

COO of Island MMTS Inc (and Co-Founder of The DS3 Group), PJ Douglas Sands and the Media Team are really excited about the launch. When asked why she felt an official BBM Channel was important to the Island MMTS brand, Ms. Douglas Sands expressed that technology continues to level the playing field.  Island MMTS in particular, is using technology and new media in innovative ways to get the word out. MMTS is a great opportunity for those aspiring to become professionals in the entertainment industry.

Island MMTS has only just begun to take full advantage of the many benefits of a presence on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, Twitter and SoundCloud. Not only do they compliment as a website, but work in tandem with the support of local traditional media outlets such as newspapers, radio, television and magazines.

“Throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas, Blackberry has always been one of the top mobile platforms.  In many islands, it is the most affordable way to communicate.  Island MMTS is happy to be a part of the BBM family which allows those who have Blackberry devices as well as iPhones, Androids and Windows Phone, not only to chat with us in real-time but see what’s going on with our auditions around the region. Launching the Official BBM channel for Island MMTS has been ground-breaking.  No other entertainment company in The Bahamas has an Official BBM Channel.” – PJ Douglas Sands, COO, Island MMTS Inc.

As Island MMTS travels the Caribbean and hosts free auditions in 37 cities this year, social media has documented the conversation we are having with individuals who are hungry to take their talent to the world and be seen by international scouts, major labels and talent agencies.

If you want to subscribe to the Island MMTS Official BBM Channel, download the BBM app or click the BBM Link. You can also scan the QR code below with your mobile device to follow instantly.

Island MMTS Official BBM Channel QR Code

Here is a screen shot from the Island MMTS Official Channel.


BBM MMTS channel screenshot


Lil Wayne files $51 million music contract lawsuit against Cash Money

IMG_0091Hip hop artist Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (better known as Lil Wayne) filed a federal lawsuit in New York City against his label, Cash Money Entertainment, to the tune of over $51 million on January 28, 2015. Carter’s music contract suit includes eight causes of action, including breach of contract, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment.

Paper Trail
Carter signed with Cash Money in 1998 at the age of 18, and his popularity grew rapidly. In 2003, “Weezy” reached a separate agreement with Cash Money to form his own subsidiary label, Young Money, whose roster now includes Nicki Minaj and Drake.

Over time, Carter renegotiated his contracts with Cash Money to include more favorable terms, such as bigger cash advances, larger ownership interest in his sound recordings and more funding for the Young Money label. According to his complaint, the 1998 and 2003 contracts were amended at least six times between 2005 and 2012.

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Music Contract Mishaps
In this week’s lawsuit, Lil Wayne claims that he was consistently short-changed by Cash Money. The label allegedly underpaid Carter by millions of dollars and failed to provide him with monthly accounting statements. Cash Money purportedly racked up seven figures in marketing expenses without seeking Carter’s required approval. In addition, according to Lil Wayne, Cash Money failed to maintain a million-dollar escrow account or make $200K quarterly overhead payments to Young Money, as were required by contract.

Carter alleges that Cash Money violated numerous other provisions of their agreements, including requirements that the label list him as a co-author on sound recordings, give him a say in signing new artists to the label and provide him with access to the company’s books and records.

Protect Yourself
Having a well-drafted label agreement in place with a recording artist is the best medicine for reducing headaches and avoiding conflicts with your talent. However, as Lil Wayne’s recent lawsuit demonstrates, no contract is dispute-proof. For music companies encountering problems with their artists or agreements, experienced and attentive legal counsel is essential.

About the Author:
David Klein is a Managing Partner at Klein Moynihan Turco LLP and one of the most recognized attorneys in the technology, Internet marketing, sweepstakes and telecommunications fields. Skilled at counseling clients on a broad range of technology-related matters, David Klein has substantial experience in negotiating and drafting complex licensing, marketing and Internet agreements. He has an in-depth understanding of Internet and new media law and is established as a leader in structuring and implementing major technology agreements.

Webinar, Comparison of #Music Placement Services & Platforms from @NARIP on 8/6/14

You are cordially invited to NARIP’s Free Webinar: A Comparison of Music Placement Platforms & Services with Charlie Mac of Mac A Million Dollar Man scheduled for Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM PST / 9:00 PM EST.

Music placement is fiercely competitive. For those who use third parties or licensing platforms, which services are best? What are the terms? Who pays more? How do they work? What’s the difference?

Music publisher, music supervisor, A&R executive and music creator Charlie Mac of Mac A Million Dollar Man Musick speaks from his direct and ongoing experience with dozens of music placement companies, third party licensing reps, music libraries and platforms.

He will detail the pros and the cons of many of these services, and how his company has generated revenue and thousands of placements across multiple platforms in the U.S. and around the world. Get the facts from Charlie who has hundreds of placements including his clients’ music and his own in dozens of projects across multiple platforms, enabling him to share an overview and analysis in this special NARIP program.

Click here to register now.

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Sonic Bids
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Pay To Play

Genres of music that work best and pay the most on various platforms
How they work
How they pay
How to collect
Effective administration
Making a living and putting it all together

Submit YOUR questions to be addressed during our program, get feedback and recommendations specific to YOUR situation from Charlie and Tess via Twitter and follow us now: @NARIP Feel free to submit questions in advance and / or during the session. Official hash-tag for this event is #NARIPplace.

Charlie Mac, CEO, Music Supervisor, A&R, Mac A Million Dollar Man Musick
Tess Taylor, NARIP President, program moderator

Artist Managers, Producers & Artist Reps
A&R, Artist Development and Marketing Executives
Record, Distribution & Music Publishing Executives
Music & Entertainment Attorneys
Anyone seeking to maximize music placements, time and revenue.



Official hash-tag for this event: #NARIPplace

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
6:00 p.m. – Program begins (PST), 9:00 p.m. EST
7:30 p.m. – Audience Q & A
8:00 p.m. – Program ends

NOTE to registrants:
On event date, look for an email about 10 minutes BEFORE start time of 6:00 p.m. PST with a link to the live stream of NARIP’s Webinar. You can also check back at this link on The DS3 Group’s website where the webinar will be viewable.

If you are registering after the start of the event, an auto-response email will be sent to you from This email sometimes gets caught in spam filters so be sure to check there if you do not see it in your inbox. You can always check back here to view.

FREE for NARIP members and non-members but please RSVP below – just scroll down.

Because you are registering for this program, we offer you the opportunity to pre-order the MP3 recording of the program for only $20 (regularly $39.95). To pre-order now, select the Premium Ticket option below, the mastered recording will be emailed to you within 1 week after our program (if not sooner).

1. Online – click here to register.
2. By phone – just call 818-769-7007 with any major credit card.

Call 818-769-7007 or contact NARIP.

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Charlie Mac, CEO, Music Supervisor, A&R, Mac A Million Dollar Man Musick

Charlie Mac is an entrepreneur, music publisher, music supervisor, music producer, composer, songwriter, recording engineer, public speaker, consultant, author and A&R executive with 15+ years experience in the music business. His last major film as a music supervisor was executive produced by Spike Lee (Lionsgate’s “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Kills You”).

He is CEO of Mac A Million Dollar Man Musick, Senior VP of A&R for Makaveli Music Group, and music supervisor for Black Noise Media. He has had made multiple music placements on and with brands such as MTV, Epic Records, VH1, Gunit, Shady, Aftermath, Bio, Atlantic, 40 Acres, Cash Money, DTP, Def Jam, Nbc, Warner Bros. Records, CMT, Elektra Records, Asylum Records, Interscope Records, Discovery, Luke, NBA, Geffen Records, Google, Jive, Muzak, TLC, Konvict, Rocnation, Time, Nike, Violator, Mercury Records, Viacom and others.

Charlie Mac’s music and that of his clients has been featured in hundreds of productions and shows which have aired thousands of times nationally and internationally, in commercials, games, trailers and in other media.

As an independent A&R, Charlie provides critiques and artist development to help artists become commercially successful in today’s music business. He teaches that taking a proactive stance for their art the first step to push their careers to the next level, offering hands-on, cost-effective, creative marketing methods, which result in generating royalties from their recorded material. Through a music licensing service provided on the Web site, major, independent, and unsigned artists of any genre can submit music for licensing and placement opportunities.

Charlie Mac founded publishing company Mac A Million Dollar Man Musick in 2004 and has consistently identified songs that have become successful in music licensing. He has placed music behind such stars as Kimora Lee Simmons, 50 Cent, Katy Perry, Ludacris, T-Pain, Q-Tip, Common, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Redman, BOW WOW, Flo Rida, Mike Jones, Brooke Hogan, Tony Danza, Cam’ron, Tom Arnold, Rick Ross, Tim Westwood, The Cool Kids, Ashley Tisdale, Fat Joe, Michael Gudinski, Gene Simmons, Dr. Drew, Niecy Nash, Mos Def, Eddie Griffin, Mack 10, Steven Seagal, Donald Faison, Joe Zee, Kim Kardshian, Trey Songz, Robert De Niro, Eminem, John Goodman, XZIBIT and others.

Mac A Million Dollar Man Musick has secured significant placements in global markets in over 50 countries including in the US, in Europe and around the world.

Tess Taylor, President
National Association of Record Industry Professionals

Tess Taylor is president of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (, the biggest music business network in the world. She is creator of NARIP’s Music Supervisor Sessions which have yielded over 100 music placements for participants and sold out in LA, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Paris and London. She is also President of the LA Music Network ( and helped launch the Mowglis who won the 2011 LAMN Jam Music Contest. They were signed to a management deal, then signed with Universal / Photo Finish Records. They’ve been featured on prime time network TV and now get radio airplay on primary stations across the US. One of the nation’s leading authorities on careers in the music and record industries, Ms. Taylor has been called The Job Whisperer and has connected countless people to jobs and opportunities through her work in the US and abroad, cultivated collaborations for over two decades, helped launch hundreds of projects and several companies. Called a “super-connector” and dubbed “International Music Ambassador” by Neophonic music supervisor P.J. Bloom (Glee franchise, Nip/Tuck, CSI: Miami), Ms. Taylor works with international groups to connect their members to opportunities in LA and the U.S. She has consulted leading businesses such as InsideSessions (a joint venture between the Universal Music Group and Penguin Putnam), The Walt Disney Company, BMG Entertainment (formerly Sony BMG) and Concord Records. Deeply annoyed by people who think music should be free, Ms. Taylor is a vigorous defender of intellectual property rights and debated Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow on “free music” twice. She won both times. She lectures nationwide and around the world (in 12 countries to date), including at the Harvard Business School, in Berlin, Bangalore and beyond. From 1988 to 1993 she was employed at MCA Record, last serving as Associate Director of Marketing. A classically trained pianist, she studied music at the University of Vienna and is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Univeristy of Redlands’ Johnston College where she received her BA in music, German and literature. She loves traveling the world, nibbling dark chocolates and drinks lots of tea. She also loves fine fountain pens, Glenn Gould, Pete Townshend, crime novels and hiking with her English cocker spaniel Haribo. She encourages pet adoption.

In addition to running NARIP, Ms. Taylor provides private, fee-based consulting services for companies and people who want more personalized attention.

The National Association of Record Industry Professionals promotes career advancement, education and good will among record executives.


#Video: @PJSandsDS3 Interviews @SkyhiRolo Who Performs #WhatUp at #AlmostFamous @SkyhiMuzik #DS3 #BossTV

almost famous flyer1 6-29-14PJ Douglas Sands of The DS3 (Entertainment) Group takes us up, close & personal with Skyhi Muzik’s Rolo .

Get an exclusive look at Skyhi Muzik’s newest Southern emcee Rolo  who recently performed at The Almost Famous Houston Showcase held at Kornbreads 2k, 9373 Richmond Ave in Houston, TX.

Hosted by 97.9 FM KBXX’s Kiotti, the Almost Famous Showcase is held monthly. It provides independent artists with a platform to, not only perform in front of fans hungry for new Hip Hop and R&B, but an opportunity to perform in front of major label representatives, heavy hitter producers and deejays like Def Jam Wale and Mike Mogul plus win $1,000 cash and a $1,000 marketing package.

Having the top urban station in the region’s deejays and radio programmers in the building does not hurt either.  Every hungry artist should take advantage of credible showcases to build fans, capture photos and video content, increase reach via social media and capture important data from an audience that just might be feeling your music for life.


If you like Bun B, Slim Thug or even 2Pac, you should really like Rolo! Have a listen to his new singles, What Up, Spin It and NFL Replay here.

Rolo’s new hit single entitled #WhatUp is the first record off his highly-anticipated mixtape entitled #GetAcquainted set to release wherever all good digital music is sold 7-14-14. Check him out at

Google Glass Enters the Hotel Industry with Starwood Hotels

By Mark Rowh, Lodging Magazine

Few would disagree that keeping up with mobile technology poses an ongoing challenge for the hotel industry. In one move to stay ahead of the curve, Starwood Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled its new Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) app for Google Glass. Users can explore destinations, book stays, and check point balances, among other features.

Recognizing that the wearable technology market is rapidly growing into a multi-billion dollar industry, Starwood wanted to get in at the ground floor and start learning on this new platform, says Chris Holdren, senior vice president of SPG and digital. The goal is to explore new technologies and learn from guests’ interactions with them.

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“Travelers are more tech-savvy and mobile than ever before, and we want to be where guests are,” he says. “That means identifying and building apps on emerging platforms.”

Developed by an in-house team, this is the only Google Glass app presently available that enables booking a stay at any of Starwood’s hotels around the world. Designers feel the personalized interface is ideal for any Glass Explorer, providing ready access to account information along with features such as voice command search and geo location, search and book options, and photos of a selected hotel’s amenities.

While the number of potential users may be relatively small, company officials expect interest to grow. In the meanwhile, the SPG app for Google Glass will complement other digital offerings from apps to messaging to mobile web.

In researching prospects for the initiative, Starwood execs noted that mobile technology is already having a huge effect on business, with mobile bookings growing five times faster than web bookings did 10 years ago. In fact, analysis of trends in use of mobile technologies was a key factor in the decision go with the new app.

“Mobile is the only technology used through someone’s entire travel experience,” Holdren says. “Our guests stay connected through their mobile devices during their travels.”

He notes that smartphones and tablets now capture nearly 1 in 5 online travel dollars, with more than 53 percent of travel inspiration now beginning on a mobile platform. He also notes that in 2013, 40 percent of all industry-wide travel searches were done via a mobile device, up from 25 percent in 2012.

“More than half the world will access the Internet through mobile this year, with it being the most common way to access the Internet in emerging countries,” Holdren says. “So it’s imperative to be where our guests are.”

SPG for Glass uses voice search to let members look for any of the chain’s almost 1,200 properties across its nine brands. Searches can be done in four ways:

  • “Near Me”
  • “By Destination”
  • “By Airport Code”
  • “By Hotel Name”

After a hotel is chosen, the app offers directions, a few photos and the opportunity to book a room either by phone or email. Starwood also promises SPG members that its app will recognize their upcoming stays and push relevant information about the stay 48 hours before arrival.

Other travel-inspired Google Glass innovations that have popped up recently include Hotel Near Me, a hotel reservation app for Google Glass launched by Destinia, an online travel agency; a Google Glass-assisted hotel check-in solution that’s being developed by hospitality industry software solution provider, Itesso; and TripIt’s Glass app, which enables users to view their flight details and car rental, hotel, and other travel reservations.

While unable to predict whether other major hotel companies will follow suit, Holdren says Starwood is accelerating its efforts in digital innovation. The company’s other recent moves include keyless mobile check-in and introduction of a Chinese Android app. He notes that as mobile browsing and booking continue to play a larger role in the travel experience, digital innovation will be increasingly important in offering guests the best, easiest-to-use tools on the latest platforms.

Starwood's Google Glass app

Starwood’s Google Glass app

Webinar: How To Create A Music Marketing Plan – Part 1 @NARIP #MusicBiz #NARIPplan

Are you an independent artist seeking knowledge on how to get your music to the masses?  Join NARIP for a free Webinar on July 9, 2014.

Get a music marketing plan started in one session or improve the effectiveness of the plan you have. Lack of a good plan impedes more careers than lack of talent.

Enjoy our LIVE stream which starts at 6:00 p.m. PST (9:00 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 . We go live a few minutes before 6:00 p.m. (just refresh this page). Please tweet questions to @NARIP. Official event hashtag is #NARIPplan. Scroll down for more information and special offers from NARIP.

TWO Special Offers For NARIP Members & Participants in TODAY’S Webinar plus FREE Gift:

Special Offer #1:

Join NARIP NOW and Get a FREE Audio Recording of Music Marketing Plan Expert Panel featuring Ariel Hyatt, Jason Spiewak and Rick Goetz in NY ($39.95 value!)

Learn more from Jason Spiewak along with music marketing experts Ariel Hyatt, Steve and Rick Goetz, who will give you the facts you need to take your artist to the top in this special NARIP session. View audio program details HERE

Offer Details: *For NEW members only. Just click HERE to join NARIP now for as little as $9.95 a month with no commitment, write the code NARIPplan in the COMMENTS section of your membership registration and we will send you the program for FREE.

You can attend many NARIP events online, so you can make great use of your membership even if you are not in one of NARIP’s chapter cities!

Special Offer #2:

Buy audio of today’s NARIP program for only $20 (regularly $39.95).

Go to the registration page for this Webinar HERE and buy the Premium ticket. Within 10 days, the audio from this event will be sent to you from

Webinar Feedback For NARIP: Complete Survey To Get FREE Gift

After the Webinar, take our 2-minute survey and get a FREE gift from NARIP – Tess Taylor’s Recommended Reading & Resources as seen (and heard) in today’s Webinar.  Click here to take the survey now.

DEADLINE for Special Offers, to complete Survey and get FREE gift is 6:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, July 10 (we will send free gift to all those who complete survey on Friday).