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Ms. Sipos

Daphne Sipos

Global Brand Director, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Daphne Sipos serves as the Global Brand Director for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. In this role, Ms. Sipos develops, manages and executes the strategy and creative direction of brand communication and marketing for St. Regis. During her tenure, St. Regis has experienced remarkable growth, with new properties in Abu Dhabi, Bal Harbour, Bangkok, Florence, Lhasa, Mexico, Osaka, Puerto Rico and Shenzhen just to name a few and has established unique partnerships and brand alignments. Ms. Sipos' career with Starwood began in October 2002, when she was hired as a Senior Marketing Analyst. In 2008, she became the Global Brand Manager for the St. Regis brand, and in 2013 she was promoted to her current position. New York City-based, Ms. Sipos is a leader in her field and Luxury Daily has named her one of the Top 25 Luxury Women to Watch. Ms. Sipos received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia with a focus on marketing, management and international business.

Ms. Sipos can be contacted at 212-380-4030 or Email: Daphne.Sipos@stregis.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.