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Ms. Heyl

Sherry Heyl

Founder & Consultant, Amplified Concepts

Sherry Heyl is an award-winning marketing professional with 10+ years experience using digital media to build brand equity and amplify brand experiences. Since 2005, she has been developing digital marketing strategies, mostly focused on social platforms that enable organizations to integrate new technologies and capabilities with their existing campaigns and business goals.

Ms. Heyl has developed customized individual training tracks to help marketing managers and business owners add social media as a core competency. As the founder of Amplified Concepts, she uses her expertise in strategy development and project management combined with her relationships with some of the smartest freelancers in the digital world to deliver customized solutions and deep expertise to client projects.

From building up hype and attendance for a nonprofit's first 5K run to leading a press tour of Atlanta for over 50 social media influencers from around the world to developing engagement initiatives such as trivia questions and games, Ms. Heyl has developed, managed and been hands-on with numerous campaigns both large and small.

Ms. Heyl has been involved in many notable projects including: Social Influencers Travel Summit (was developed in partnership with the Atlanta Convention Visitors Bureau to bring together 50+ Influencers from around the world for workshops delivered by their peers combined with a press tour of the city). This event yielded over 93 million impressions and was recognized by AiMA best of Atlanta, PR Daily's Digital PR & Social Media Awards in the category of Digital and Social Media for Brand Awareness

The team also received recognition by PR Daily's Social Media Awards in the category of Best Community Engagement for Pullman Paris Press Tour focused on telling to story of the renovations of the Pullman hotels to the North American Market.

Ms. Heyl can be contacted at 404-386-9801 or sherry@amplifiedconcepts.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.