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Ms. Parisi

Kelly Parisi

Solutions Development Manager, Spear One

Kelly Parisi joined Spear One, a Dallas-based meeting and incentive firm, 5 years ago. While relatively new to the industry, Ms. Parisi offers a unique perspective as a millennial voice. In her current role as Solutions Development Manager, Ms. Parisi evaluates hotel & industry trends, develops program budgets and finds the right solutions to match customer needs. Ms. Parisi also leads ideation sessions with team members to continuously improve programs and deliver 'wow' experiences for customers. Ms. Parisi also holds a key role as Marketing Manager, identifying strategies to differentiate Spear One from their competitive marketplace. With experience in website management, email marketing, event planning, content creation and social media, Ms. Parisi is responsible for delivery of a unified, positive brand impact as well as producing sales leads. She has also lead efforts in product development and quality standards development, which drives Spear One forward and ensures consistency within the organization. In addition to these roles, Ms. Parisi designed, implemented and currently manages an internal employee education & development program at Spear One. The goal of the program is to foster the mission of continuous improvement among employees. With monthly collaborative thinkstorms termed “11:11” meetings, bi-weekly trainings from internal and external speakers, a dedication to achieving industry certifications and more, employees earn over 1,600 hours of education each year. Through past positions at UnitedHealthcare and a private community planning consulting firm, Ms. Parisi is an expert at delivering detailed, comprehensive responses to RFPs for both publically-traded companies and government agencies. Ms. Parisi is a Connecticut native and a graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island. She currently holds the designation of CEP - Certified Engagement Practitioner and attends a variety of industry events to further her education & understanding of best practices. Ms. Parisi's insights are published in a variety of industry journals as well as the Spear One blog.

Please visit www.spearone.com for more information.

Ms. Parisi can be contacted at 972-661-6081 or kelly.parisi@spearone.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.