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Ms. Heinicke

Krista Heinicke

PR Manager for Food & Beverage, The Broadmoor

Krista Heinicke is a former international athletic competitor, avid foodie and tireless public relations professional. Ms. Heinicke has been a member of The Broadmoor family since 2009 and prior to that, she held numerous roles in the hospitality industry. Growing up in Michigan and holding her first job at age 11 in the family McDonald’s business and having a mother who majored in Food and Nutrition, food and beverage held a common thread and comforting guide in her life. Ms. Heinicke graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a Communications degree and simultaneously co owned a fine dining French restaurant Chez Pierre in downtown Colorado Springs. Never allowing grass to grow under her feet, she started a family and moved onto the world of retail and hospitality with Williams Sonoma. An opportunity arose to jump back into Public Relations where she worked with a small PR firm in Manitou Springs that specialized in equestrian and celebrity writing where she spent 4 years. As life takes unexpected turns, Ms. Heinicke went back to where she originally started her life in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor. She has worked in all aspects of hospitality from sales to concierge to restaurant owner and Public Relations Manager for Food and Beverage for The Broadmoor. Securing clients stories in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Town and Country Magazine as well as entertaining travel writers from Cooking Light, Chicago Tribune, Ms. Heinicke knows what it takes to build long lasting and trusting professional relationships. Please visit http://www.thebroadmoor.com for more information.

Ms. Heinicke can be contacted at 719-471-6188 or kheinicke@thebroadmoor.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.