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Mr. Kingsbury

Garrett Kingsbury

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Cendyn

Garrett Kingsbury is a creative and strategic leader in the digital marketing industry - developing a craft in driving relevant consumers with some of the world's most renowned resorts in the hospitality industry. He has established a history of combining data-driven marketing with creative strategies for hotels & resorts - attaining and reaching client goals and objectives while driving revenue growth.

At Cendyn, Mr. Kingsbury oversees the Strategy and Social Media teams while managing a handful of the Tier 1 accounts. As a local graduate from Florida Atlantic University, he doubled majored in Business Marketing and Manager, and is located at our Boca Raton headquarters office.

Mr. Garrett has over 5+ years of hospitality marketing experience at Cendyn, working with clients such as AMResorts, The Breakers Palm Beach, The Boca Resort and Montage Resorts. His specialties lie in Digital Marketing, with a focus on Display + Video advertising, Programmatic Buying, Facebook Advertising, Market Research and Media Buying - all with a proven track record of experience and success.

Mr. Kingsbury works closely with his teams to ensure all clients are receiving the quality attention needed to help reach their desired goals. He also works closely with the internal Search Engine Marketing and CRM teams to align their goals and objectives for all clients working with Cendyn's digital teams.

Recently attending the Skift Global Forum Conference in New York City, he has attended several industry-related conferences, including a handful led by the South Florida Interactive Marketing Association and the Videonomics Roundtable Summit in Miami.

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

Mr. Kingsbury can be contacted at +1 561-750-3173 or gkingsbury@cendyn.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.