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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 January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.