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Mr. Luciani

Doug Luciani

Chief Associate, PRofit from PR - Public Relations & Marketing

Doug Luciani leads PRofit from PR - Public Relations and Marketing. Focusing on media relations, marketing communications, e-marketing strategies and media training, the Orlando based firm specializes in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. PRofit from PR's client roster includes hotels and resorts across the United States, and also features businesses in the fields of technology, healthcare, security, real estate and corporate training. As a result of his leadership and success with PRofit from PR, Luciani also serves as the Vice President of Public Relations for Dickinson & Associates Advertising & Marketing and Chief Communications Officer for Florida Vacation Auction. Before launching PRofit from PR, Luciani worked as the public relations manager for MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, (now Interstate Hotels & Resorts after a merger) the nation's largest hotel management company. In that role, he worked to gain publicity and generate revenue for a variety of property types including golf, beachfront, spa, ski and tennis resorts. Prior to joining MeriStar, Luciani served as a public relations representative for VISIT FLORIDA, the Sunshine State's official tourism promotion corporation. In addition to public relations experience, he has nearly six years of experience as a broadcast journalist, anchor and talk show host. Luciani worked for both television and radio stations throughout Florida and Louisiana. During that time, he had the privilege to cover a variety of news and sports stories. As a result he has interviewed and interacted with local characters, national newsmakers, and sports figures. Luciani's work has been recognized with a number of Florida Public Relations Association Image Awards and several broadcasting awards. PRofit from PR and its client Hawk's Cay Resort celebrated their combined success by capturing top honors from Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing corporation, at the 2005 Governor's Conference on Tourism. The team took home the Flagler Award's Best in Show for its budget category. The award recognizes the resort^a's marketing efforts, including public relations, promotions, advertising, and collateral. Luciani has been an invited guest speaker to a number of public relations and business marketing seminars and has led media training seminars approved for continuing education credits by the Florida Bar Association. His work has been recognized with a number of Florida Public Relations Association Image Awards and several broadcasting awards. A graduate of the University of Florida, he is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association, Public Relations Society of America and several regional business development organizations.

Mr. Luciani can be contacted at 407-719-6102 or doug@profitfrompr.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.