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Ms. McCoy

Stevi McCoy

Co-founder, Revel Experiences

Stevi McCoy is Co-founder of Revel Experiences, an engagement marketing firm specializing in experiential solutions. Revel specializes in delivering strategic engagement solutions that drive customer loyalty and bottom line growth. Prior to founding Revel, Ms. McCoy was Executive Director at Circles, Sodexo - the leading global provider of loyalty marketing solutions. For nearly ten years, Ms. McCoy led the sales, design and execution of customer loyalty and marketing programs for key Fortune 50 financial services clients and brands such as BMW, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton and British Airways. She also led the comprehensive corporate rebranding following Sodexo's 2007 acquisition of Circles. Before joining Circles, Ms. McCoy was Senior Director of Marketing and Publicity at Madstone Films in New York, NY. At Madstone she spearheaded the field marketing efforts for a national theater chain and developed promotional and publicity campaigns for art and independent films. Ms. McCoy started her career in marketing and sales at Clicquot, Inc., a wine and spirits importer under the ultra-luxury good conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moet and Hennessy (LVMH).

Ms. McCoy can be contacted at 917-842-9467 or stevi@revelexperiences.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.