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Ms. Noble Bean

Nicki Noble Bean

Director of Marketing, The Nonantum Resort

Nicki Noble Bean, Director of Marketing for The Nonantum Resort, is passionate about destination marketing. She launched the resort's brand new mobile-responsive website this past fall, and handles all of the social media, email campaigns, advertising, PR, packages and promotions, and special event sponsorships. She organized and promoted the Kennebunkport Progressive Dinner via Trolley series, in collaboration with numerous local restaurant partners. Ms. Bean serves on the Board of the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce and is Co-Chair of the Chamber's Destination Marketing & PR Committee. Ms. Bean also serves on the Board of the Maine Beaches Association, one of the eight regional partners of the Maine Office of Tourism, which works to promote year-round visitation to the southern Maine coast from Kittery to Kennebunkport to Old Orchard Beach. Ms. Bean is also mother to a three year-old daughter and she and her husband are expecting another baby soon. Prior to her work at the Nonantum, Ms. Bean worked in both the sales and marketing disciplines - going from group sales at the Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston to marketing at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore. Ms. Bean served as Tourism Manager at the Greater Portsmouth, NH Chamber of Commerce, working to promote the Seacoast area as a vibrant year-round destination. There she organized and co-founded Restaurant Week Portsmouth, hosted National Geographic's Geotourism editor for a Chamber Breakfast Forum, and worked closely with a variety of regional and statewide tourism partners, serving on the Board of the New Hampshire Travel Council. Ms. Bean graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in English and Journalism, and began her career in the travel industry designing customized international tours for student groups at EF Educational Tours in Cambridge, MA. Her international travel experience includes London, Paris, Rome, Athens & the Greek isles, Munich, Venice, Lucerne, Vienna, Sydney & the eastern coast of Australia; Tanzania, Kenya; and more.

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

Ms. Noble Bean can be contacted at 207-494-1270 or nicki@nonantumresort.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.