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Ms. Ruble-Dotts

Ranee Ruble-Dotts

Founder & Creative Director, Paper Moon Creative

Ranee Ruble-Dotts is the founder and creative director for Paper Moon Creative, a boutique design and marketing communications agency based in Portland, Oregon. With more than 20 years of experience, she specializes in branding development, print design, web design, e-mail marketing, copy writing, and media relations.

Primarily serving the travel and tourism industry, Ms. Dotts clients include the California Hotel and Lodging Association, California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns, Visit Santa Cruz County, Santa Barbara Hotel Group, and many others.

Ms. Dotts got her professional start in design in 1991, at the age of 17, just as Apple computers and desktop publishing were fast replacing old typesetters and stat cameras. In her hometown of St. Louis, she landed a summer internship at Hartmann Publishing, which published the city's alternative newsweekly, The Riverfront Times and the city's glossy St. Louis Magazine. She was offered a job and stayed for five years, designing print advertising, editorial page layouts, and all manner of printed marketing collateral while she finished high school and then college.

Prior to founding Paper Moon Creative in 2005, Ms. Dotts held senior-level marketing and communications positions with the City of Big Bear Lake and the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council (now Visit Santa Cruz County).

Ms. Dotts holds a B.A. in Media Communications from Webster University in St. Louis and M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. Since 2008, she has taught the branding and packaging design courses for Portland Community College and the Small Business Development Center's "Getting Your Recipe to Market" program for food entrepreneurs.

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

Ms. Ruble-Dotts can be contacted at 503-788-3938 or ranee@papermooncreative.com

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.