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Ms. Brett

Beth Brett

Co-founder and Principal, Blink Creative Group

Beth Brett and her business partner, Emma Haber, are the co-founders and principals of Blink Creative Group, a full-service communications enterprise with a focus on hospitality and lifestyle brands. As strategic storytellers—who can implement all facets of communications from branding and PR to partnerships and events as well as creative writing and social media support—clients seek out their firm for thoughtful and thought-provoking brand experiences. As industry veterans—each with more than 15 years of extensive media and marketing expertise working with world-renowned brands—their agency offers authentic and unparalleled communications solutions. Before founding Blink Creative Group with Ms. Haber, Mrs. Brett served as the communications director for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. For eight years, Mrs. Brett was a lead publicist for The Getty, where she forged strategic partnerships and managed PR for every major program at the world-renowned arts institution. Prior to her Getty post, she was a communications specialist for Hospital Special Surgery, one of the nation's top hospitals. After graduating from Princeton University, Mrs. Brett began her career in New York at SERINO/COYNE, where she worked on creative campaigns for live entertainment brands. With a master's degree from Stanford's Journalism School, Mrs. Brett has also written feature stories for The New York Times, Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle and ESPN the Magazine.

Please visit www.blinkcreativegroup.com for more information.

Ms. Brett can be contacted at 310-850-2701 or beth@blinkcreativegroup.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.