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Ms. Hilger

Stephanie Hilger

Director of Social Media, Blue Magnet Interactive

Stephanie Hilger is the Director of Social Media at Blue Magnet Interactive, a Chicago-based digital marketing agency for the hospitality industry. Overseeing the direction of the company's social media department, Ms. Hilger is responsible for the overall social media performance provided by her team of 20 marketers to over 40 hospitality clients across the country. She is accountable for establishing best practices in social media, upholding company marketing standards, and ensuring that top quality social media services are executed by her team.

In her current role, Ms. Hilger has helped define Blue Magnet's social media marketing service options, pricing, and marketing strategy across multiple channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn and more. She has presented at several industry conferences about the important role of social media marketing in holistic digital marketing.

In addition to helping her team provide engaging social media campaigns for clients, Ms. Hilger also heads the marketing strategy for the company's own social media efforts, positioning Blue Magnet as the most trusted name in hospitality marketing. As a result, the company's blog has become an integral component of new business development, while its social media channels have proven an incredibly effective tool for recruiting new team members.

Prior to her role as Director, Ms. Hilger had provided digital marketing services to a wide variety of hospitality clients including major brand hotels, independent hotels, five-star luxury resorts, hotel management groups, CVBs, convention centers, and event planning companies. Although her passion is in social media, her specialties include search engine optimization, website management, and creating multi-channel digital marketing strategies. She has spearheaded a number of successful campaigns and promotional giveaways in addition to facilitating significant online community growth for a number of clients.

Ms. Hilger has also assisted in numerous website design and development projects and credits her social triumphs to her well-rounded digital marketing experience. Prior to joining Blue Magnet, Ms. Hilger established her digital marketing career as a social media manager and marketing coordinator in a variety of industries including film, real estate, travel, and event planning. Ms. Hilger holds a BA in Marketing Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.

Please visit http://www.bluemagnetinteractive.com for more information.

Ms. Hilger can be contacted at 877-361-1177 x216 or stephanie.hilger@bluemagnetinteractive.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.