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Ms. Horwell

Vanessa Horwell

Founder & Chief Visibility Officer, ThinkInk & TravelInk'd

Vanessa Horwell is the founder and Chief Visibility Officer of ThinkInk & TravelInk’d, a public relations and visibility firm that shuns press releases in favor of storytelling. She has spent the past 18 years working with companies in the US, UK and Europe, developing successful campaigns and strategies for their brands. She founded ThinkInk in 2004, after being fed up with PR agencies that offered mediocre results for big fees. Today, Ms. Horwell is a senior level strategist who works with companies in North America, EMEA and Asia-Pac in developing winning media campaigns, building relationships with influencers, and improving visibility through a unique style of public relations. She also has an entrepreneurial spirit that comes from having raised capital for start-ups, and having grown her own businesses. Ms. Horwell is also recognized in the field of mobile marketing through her ongoing column in the mobile industry resource, Mobile Marketer, the Director of PR for the Heartland Mobile Council (HMC) in North America, and being named to the Mobile Women to Watch 2010 for her contributions to mobile advertising, marketing and media in 2010. Whether she works in mobile, travel or technology, Ms. Horwell’s purpose is to help build reputations and relationships for the company’s clients – with media, potential customers and partners; to tell her clients’ stories to the world, and to make them visible where it counts most. She uses her almost two decades of industry insight to create PR campaigns with a purpose, creating awareness, instilling beliefs, changing behaviors and motivating actions that translate into support for ThinkInk’s clients.

Ms. Horwell can be contacted at 305-749-5342 or vanessa@thinkinkpr.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.