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Ms. Murphy

Carolyn Murphy

Marketing Specialist, Revinate

Carolyn Murphy is a Marketing Specialist at Revinate, a San Francisco-based software company. Revinate helps hotels know more about their guests so they can deliver personalized experiences that create valuable relationships and lifelong customers. Using guest data combined with Revinate's marketing engagement platform, hotels can better understand and engage their audiences, increasing loyalty and revenue. Over 25,000 of the world's leading hotels trust Revinate to help them reinvent the guest experience. At Revinate, Ms. Murphy is responsible for content marketing, educational webinars, social media, and university relations. With experience in teaching English literature and composition at the college level, Ms. Murphy is passionate about learning and communication. She also enjoys helping others grow their knowledge and skills to become their best professional selves. Ms. Murphy started her tech career in the booming startup scene in San Francisco. She has gained extensive experience with email marketing in both B2B and B2C capacities, marketing automation and personalization platforms, and she taught herself basic HTML and CSS. Since joining Revinate, she has become fluent in online reputation management and has extensive knowledge of email marketing best practices for hospitality. She has also had the opportunity to speak to students in programs like the Michigan State University School of Hospitality Business. Born in Silicon Valley, Ms. Murphy currently resides in San Francisco. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside and her master's degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Ms. Murphy can be contacted at carrie@revinate.com

Ms. Murphy can be contacted at carrie@revinate.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.