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Mr. Day

Ryan Day

Founding Partner, The Portal Live, LLC

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ryan Day earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Kendall Collage of Art and Design in 2004. Embracing his passion for innovation, he soon after opened a successful design firm, Ryan Day Design. From its inception, the firm focused on providing clients the highest possible return on their advertising investments by creating fully integrated multiplatform marketing campaigns. Mr. Day draws on his experience to develop elegant solutions to enhance productivity in complex, interconnected consumer ecosystems. Mr. Day works with clients to implement sustainable systems-based solutions that address the ongoing frustrations business owners face regarding low returns on conventional advertising, and inadequacies in the ability to reach motivated consumers. Mr. Day founded The Portal Live, LLC in 2005 after studying conventional and emerging advertising models including in-room hotel publications, in-flight print media, location-based digital advertising, intuitive mobile marketing, and social media communications. This provided the guidelines to develop a system that would consistently provide boutiques access to new highly motivated consumers, while ensuring hotels enjoyed increased revenue. Recognizing significant opportunities in emerging mobile web technologies, Mr. Day launched Touch Tech Media Lab, LLC in 2013. The company creates custom multi-platform web applications and mobile websites designed specifically to increase exposure, usability, and conversions among mobile customers. Supported by a team of software developers, Mr. Day now looks to establish Touch Tech Media Lab, LLC as an industry leading developer of custom digital solutions for small to medium sized businesses. Mr. Day remains as a partner and continues to follow the market and drive Touch Tech Media Lab forward, connecting local consumers with regional businesses via mobile web technologies.

Mr. Day can be contacted at 954-254-3099 or rday@TouchTechMediaLab.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.