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Mr. Babiarz

Matthew Babiarz

Creative Senior Digital Strategist, Mower

Matthew Babiarz is a creative senior digital strategist for Mower, an award-winning advertising, public relations and marketing agency which operates via the philosophy of Brand As Friend®. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Babiarz has helped companies big and small grow through compelling and integrated experiences. Before joining Mower, Mr. Babiarz spent a decade working in content, entertainment, video game marketing and experiential technologies. His Fortune 500 client list includes brands like Hot Wheels, Curious George and Wayfair.

At Mower, Mr. Babiarz brings vision, direction, and acceleration to the strategic process. His ability to rapidly diagnose a brand's digital ecosystem performance and develop innovative plans, makes growth not only possible, but powerful. His trained creative chops power Mower's integrated marketing campaigns through executions like user experience design, competitive audits, analytics mining and strategic social media frameworks. Among the travel-related clients he works with are CIE Tours International, Westchester County Tourism & Film, and Cabarrus County. He has recently completed an audit of 100 hotel brands' social media activity and engagement.

In the B2B space, Mr. Babiarz implemented an enterprise marketing automation solution at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the world's largest education publisher. The solution replaced a long-standing print-based demonstration process that was expensive and cumbersome. The new online and virtual solution enabled the company to save $25MM in annual marketing costs and aided a key digital transformation objective as the company went public in 2013.


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Mr. Babiarz can be contacted at +1 866-639-5951 or mbabiarz@mower.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.