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Ms. Hilger

Stephanie Hilger

Director of Social Media, Blue Magnet Interactive

Stephanie Hilger is the Director of Social Media at Blue Magnet Interactive, a Chicago-based digital marketing agency for the hospitality industry. Overseeing the direction of the company's social media department, Ms. Hilger is responsible for the overall social media performance provided by her team of 20 marketers to over 40 hospitality clients across the country. She is accountable for establishing best practices in social media, upholding company marketing standards, and ensuring that top quality social media services are executed by her team.

In her current role, Ms. Hilger has helped define Blue Magnet's social media marketing service options, pricing, and marketing strategy across multiple channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn and more. She has presented at several industry conferences about the important role of social media marketing in holistic digital marketing.

In addition to helping her team provide engaging social media campaigns for clients, Ms. Hilger also heads the marketing strategy for the company's own social media efforts, positioning Blue Magnet as the most trusted name in hospitality marketing. As a result, the company's blog has become an integral component of new business development, while its social media channels have proven an incredibly effective tool for recruiting new team members.

Prior to her role as Director, Ms. Hilger had provided digital marketing services to a wide variety of hospitality clients including major brand hotels, independent hotels, five-star luxury resorts, hotel management groups, CVBs, convention centers, and event planning companies. Although her passion is in social media, her specialties include search engine optimization, website management, and creating multi-channel digital marketing strategies. She has spearheaded a number of successful campaigns and promotional giveaways in addition to facilitating significant online community growth for a number of clients.

Ms. Hilger has also assisted in numerous website design and development projects and credits her social triumphs to her well-rounded digital marketing experience. Prior to joining Blue Magnet, Ms. Hilger established her digital marketing career as a social media manager and marketing coordinator in a variety of industries including film, real estate, travel, and event planning. Ms. Hilger holds a BA in Marketing Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.

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

Ms. Hilger can be contacted at 877-361-1177 x216 or stephanie.hilger@bluemagnetinteractive.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.