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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.