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Ms. Puckett

Katarina Puckett

Vice President of Marketing, Travel Tech Strategies

Vice President of Marketing for Travel Tech Strategies Katarina Puckett helps local and national hotels and travel industry companies develop an effective online presence. Enjoying a nice balance of analytical and creative thinking, Ms. Puckett finds working in the digital marketing world to be the perfect fit for her. As the Vice President of Marketing at Travel Tech Strategies, Ms. Puckett is able to work with clients to ensure their ongoing digital marketing objectives are accomplished. From assisting hotels (and the like) strategize their online marketing tactics to managing the implantation of these marketing strategies, Katarina Puckett is very hands on with her client relationships. She has worked with business strategies for over 10 years. After receiving her MBA, Ms. Puckett concentrated her career specifically on digital marketing, helping a wide array of clients improve their presence online. Working at Travel Tech Strategies has allowed Ms. Puckett to focus solely on the travel industry and understand the marketing needs of hotels and other travel companies. Travel Tech Strategies offers a full range of marketing services including branding, website design & development, content marketing, advertising, SEO, email marketing, and marketing strategy. Ms. Puckett enjoys engaging with people and building relationships; she believes it is nice to have that human element even when working in such a digital world. Her specialties include hotel marketing, search engine optimization, online PPC advertising, social media marketing, content strategy, design strategy, web analytics, business consulting, project management, brand development, and e-commerce.

Please visit https://traveltechstrategies.com for more information.

Ms. Puckett can be contacted at 9547792801306 or Kat@traveltechstrategies.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.