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Ms. Miller

Stephanie Miller

Social Media Manager, Madigan Pratt & Associates

Stephanie Miller is an account executive and social media manager at Madigan Pratt & Associates Digital & Advertising, located in Williamsburg, VA. Madigan Pratt & Associates is a full-service communications agency that leads the marketing, advertising, website development, SEO, social media and public relations efforts for award-winning, independent luxury resorts. As account executive and social media manager, Ms. Miller manages marketing communications and social media efforts for many of the agency's growing list of clients. MP&A is the driving force for some of the Caribbean's top resorts in acquiring and retaining profitable guests using its successful integrated Customer Relationship Marketing approach. Ms. Miller remotely develops and monitors content on seven social media channels for resort clients. Her current social media portfolio includes The Somerset on Grace Bay (Turks & Caicos), Rosalie Bay Resort (Dominica), Nisbet Plantation (Nevis) and Young Island (St. Vincent & The Grenadines). She is certified in Social Marketing (Hootsuite). She recently received an advanced certificate in Revenue Management, including certification in Email Marketing & Social Media Strategies from Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne, recognized as the world's top hospitality school. Ms. Miller joined MP&A with established hospitality, social media and marketing experience. She started her career in hospitality communications for Disney's parks & lodging line of business at the flagship Orlando, FL location. Ms. Miller received a bachelor's degree in public relations from Auburn University. She is currently pursuing her MBA from Temple University with a concentration in marketing.

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

Ms. Miller can be contacted at 757-645-3113 or stephanie@madiganpratt.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.