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Ms. Mitchell

Hayley Mitchell

Social Media & Community Manager, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

As Social Media and Community Manager for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Hayley Mitchell is responsible for the day to day management of online reputation on social networks including online review sites, Facebook, Twitter, Location-based marketing and Fairmont’s own community website, Everyonesanoriginal.com. Beyond monitoring, engaging and reporting, she is tasked with the long term social strategy for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel brands, which includes social campaign management, understanding social media in new markets and determining where and when these brands should be involved. Before returning to her hometown of Toronto to join FRHI in 2010, Ms. Mitchell worked in Arizona in the travel and luxury publishing industry for 7 years. As Director of Custom Publishing for a boutique magazine firm, Ms. Mitchell was charged with contracting, concepting and creating luxury in-room magazines for hotel brands including JW Marriott, Waldorf-Astoria, KLS Resorts, Sheraton and Hilton. Her skills in content creation, engagement, and communication, paired with her knowledge of luxury and travel transferred nicely from print to web, and from working with hotels to working for them. Ms. Mitchell holds an honors BA in both English Literature and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

Ms. Mitchell can be contacted at 416-874-2457 or hayley.mitchell@fairmont.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.