Editorial Board

Ms. Dietrich

Gini Dietrich

Founder & CEO, Arment Dietrich Inc.

Gini Dietrich is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arment Dietrich, Inc. Arment Dietrich, Inc. is a Chicago-based, integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of the book, “Spin Sucks”, and co-author of the book, “Marketing in the Round”. She is also co-host of Inside PR, and founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Ms. Dietrich’s blog, Spin Sucks, is the number one PR blog in the world. Actively engaged in social media and blogging since 2006, Ms. Dietrich has advised many clients on how to incorporate digital media into a larger, and more integrated, marketing program. She can be found on Spin Sucks, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram. Ms. Dietrich is also a highly sought-after speaker on the topics of social media, integrated marketing communications, public relations, and business growth via the web. Her expertise includes reputation management, crisis communications, social media, lead generation, content marketing, community development and engagement, and public relations. Ms. Dietrich and her firm have won countless awards from PRSA, IABC, and PR News among others Her work in the digital space created the opportunity for her to be named one of the top PR professionals in the world for three years running. Ms. Dietrich is a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she was the sole recipient of the Peter Kiewit four-year academic scholarship. She is a past president of PRSA Chicago. Ms. Dietrich has served on the board of Counselor’s Academy, and also serves on the board of three other organizations.

Ms. Dietrich can be contacted at 312-787-7249 or gini.dietrich@armentdietrich.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.