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Ms. Holowka

Taryn Holowka

Senior VP of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy, U.S. Green Building Council

A skilled communicator, storyteller and multi-market brand strategist, Taryn Holowka brings 16 years of experience in building multinational brands. Currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Ms. Holowka heads up all global marketing, communications and public affairs efforts for USGBC and its popular LEED green building program. She is also responsible for a variety of other B2B sustainability brands at the Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), including PEER, WELL, SITES and EDGE.

Ms. Holowka is responsible for the successful development, implementation and measurement of product and mission-marketing initiatives both in the U.S. and internationally while managing a dynamic staff of 30+, covering all market sectors of USGBC's broad membership and aligned organizations.

Ms. Holowka's core areas of expertise are strategic communications planning, messaging and product and brand management; project and people management; business development and analytics; emerging technologies; and leadership. Ms. Holowka was also awarded PR News' PR Person of the Year in 2008 and nominated for Marketing Executive of the Year in 2014.

Ms. Holowka holds a Masters in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. She has been a LEED AP since 2004. Prior to joining USGBC, Ms. Holowka worked at the National Environmental Policy Institute (NEPI) overseeing an EPA grant as part of the Clean Air Act. She also was at the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA).

Please visit http://usgbc.org for more information.

Ms. Holowka can be contacted at 202-828-1144 or tholowka@usgbc.org

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.