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Ms. McCoy

Stevi McCoy

Co-founder, Revel Experiences

Stevi McCoy is Co-founder of Revel Experiences, an engagement marketing firm specializing in experiential solutions. Revel specializes in delivering strategic engagement solutions that drive customer loyalty and bottom line growth. Prior to founding Revel, Ms. McCoy was Executive Director at Circles, Sodexo - the leading global provider of loyalty marketing solutions. For nearly ten years, Ms. McCoy led the sales, design and execution of customer loyalty and marketing programs for key Fortune 50 financial services clients and brands such as BMW, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton and British Airways. She also led the comprehensive corporate rebranding following Sodexos 2007 acquisition of Circles. Before joining Circles, Ms. McCoy was Senior Director of Marketing and Publicity at Madstone Films in New York, NY. At Madstone she spearheaded the field marketing efforts for a national theater chain and developed promotional and publicity campaigns for art and independent films. Ms. McCoy started her career in marketing and sales at Clicquot, Inc., a wine and spirits importer under the ultra-luxury good conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moet and Hennessy (LVMH).

Ms. McCoy can be contacted at 917-842-9467 or stevi@revelexperiences.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.