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Mr. Caughlin

Ron Caughlin

Senior Vice President Brand & Digital Strategy, RadonicRodgers Strategy+

Ron Caughlin has over 20 years of marketing and brand experience in both the agency and client side of the business. His area of expertise includes marketing, brand strategy, digital, PR and social media. Mr. Caughlin has a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto and Master Studies in Communications from University of Calgary. Currently Mr. Caughlin is Sr. Vice President Brand & Digital Strategy for RadonicRodgers Strategy+, a brand and digital marketing agency specializing in Travel & Tourism marketing. Ron leads RadonicRodgers Strategy+ client brand strategy, client training and workshops, digital PR and marketing initiatives at Canada's leading firm in award-winning Travel & Tourism marketing. Mr. Caughlin honed his marketing communications career at some of Canada's top agencies starting with BBDO as an Account Director and then VP, Clients Services at Cossette as well as the Managing Director for CIM, - LAUNCH. He had the opportunity to lead some very notable national clients including the McDonalds national campaign and the Bell power brand strategy and activation. Most recently Mr. Caughlin created the inbound marketing, PR and social media program for TNS Canada as VP, Marketing. In addition, he was the practice lead for the Travel & Tourism and Digital Sectors and led the global Digital Life and Mobile Life studies. Mr. Caughlin built the marketing program from the ground up, at the GTAA (Toronto Pearson) as the Vice President Marketing and created the digital marketing partnership with Air Canada, Tourism Toronto and OTMPC. He also developed the "There's no place like this" campaign for the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership (OTMPC) as Director, Brand and North America Marketing. Mr. Caughlin is also a part-time professor at Humber - School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism where he teaches PR and Social Media, Consumer Insight and Marketing Research, Sport Tourism, Sport Finance, Mobile Marketing and e-Business and Technology. He also volunteers his time as the Sr. Vice President of Global Alliance for IIMP with a framework that consists of a core team that includes 4 vice presidents, each responsible for a different global zone and global team that includes 17 regional directors who are responsible for supervising and monitoring country managers within their regions.

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

Mr. Caughlin can be contacted at 416-695-0575 or ron@radonicrodgers.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.