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Ms. Puckett

Katarina Puckett

Vice President of Marketing, Travel Tech Strategies

Vice President of Marketing for Travel Tech Strategies Katarina Puckett helps local and national hotels and travel industry companies develop an effective online presence. Enjoying a nice balance of analytical and creative thinking, Ms. Puckett finds working in the digital marketing world to be the perfect fit for her. As the Vice President of Marketing at Travel Tech Strategies, Ms. Puckett is able to work with clients to ensure their ongoing digital marketing objectives are accomplished. From assisting hotels (and the like) strategize their online marketing tactics to managing the implantation of these marketing strategies, Katarina Puckett is very hands on with her client relationships. She has worked with business strategies for over 10 years. After receiving her MBA, Ms. Puckett concentrated her career specifically on digital marketing, helping a wide array of clients improve their presence online. Working at Travel Tech Strategies has allowed Ms. Puckett to focus solely on the travel industry and understand the marketing needs of hotels and other travel companies. Travel Tech Strategies offers a full range of marketing services including branding, website design & development, content marketing, advertising, SEO, email marketing, and marketing strategy. Ms. Puckett enjoys engaging with people and building relationships; she believes it is nice to have that human element even when working in such a digital world. Her specialties include hotel marketing, search engine optimization, online PPC advertising, social media marketing, content strategy, design strategy, web analytics, business consulting, project management, brand development, and e-commerce.

Please visit https://traveltechstrategies.com for more information.

Ms. Puckett can be contacted at 954-779-2801 ext 306 or Kat@traveltechstrategies.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.