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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.

Please visit http://www.revinate.com for more information.

Ms. Murphy can be contacted at +1 415-671-4703 or carrie@revinate.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.