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Ms. Miller

Stephanie Miller

Social Media Manager, Madigan Pratt & Associates

Stephanie Miller is an account executive and social media manager at Madigan Pratt & Associates Digital & Advertising, located in Williamsburg, VA. Madigan Pratt & Associates is a full-service communications agency that leads the marketing, advertising, website development, SEO, social media and public relations efforts for award-winning, independent luxury resorts. As account executive and social media manager, Ms. Miller manages marketing communications and social media efforts for many of the agency’s growing list of clients. MP&A is the driving force for some of the Caribbean’s top resorts in acquiring and retaining profitable guests using its successful integrated Customer Relationship Marketing approach. Ms. Miller remotely develops and monitors content on seven social media channels for resort clients. Her current social media portfolio includes The Somerset on Grace Bay (Turks & Caicos), Rosalie Bay Resort (Dominica), Nisbet Plantation (Nevis) and Young Island (St. Vincent & The Grenadines). She is certified in Social Marketing (Hootsuite). She recently received an advanced certificate in Revenue Management, including certification in Email Marketing & Social Media Strategies from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, recognized as the world’s top hospitality school. Ms. Miller joined MP&A with established hospitality, social media and marketing experience. She started her career in hospitality communications for Disney’s parks & lodging line of business at the flagship Orlando, FL location. Ms. Miller received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Auburn University. She is currently pursuing her MBA from Temple University with a concentration in marketing. Please visit http://www.madiganpratt.com for more information.

Ms. Miller can be contacted at 757-645-3113 or stephanie@madiganpratt.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.