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Ms. Wenzl

Megan Wenzl

Associate Editor, ReviewTrackers

Megan Wenzl is the Associate Editor for ReviewTrackers, an award-winning customer feedback software that helps businesses transform the customer experience. The platform collects review data to surface customer insights that enable brands to listen, comprehend and make data-driven decisions about what their customers truly need or want. As a writer who is naturally curious, Ms. Wenzl is constantly seeking out news on the latest industry trends and market movement. Ms. Wenzl has a strong passion for creating and circulating stories that raise questions and move others to seek new answers - to think outside the box. With her Associate Editor role at ReviewTrackers, Ms. Wenzl is primarily responsible for honing the voice of the brand through insightful writing that is based off of data and creative logic. Ms. Wenzl has an extensive writing background. She's written about a range of different topics including customer experience, customer service, online reviews, productivity, leadership, and root beer floats. Beyond her work on the ReviewTrackers blog, Ms. Wenzl has contributed to a wide variety of external publications. Ms. Wenzl has been published in Eater Chicago, Sprout Social, Toast, and MLive/Muskegon Chronicle. It was her experience at MLive that helped her learn valuable communication skills. She has a master of arts degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago. While earning her bachelor of arts degree in history from Western Michigan University, she worked for the student newspaper, where she learned how to write for a public audience. Ms. Wenzl continues to develop her writing and storytelling skills at ReviewTrackers. While the medium will continue to change, Ms. Wenzl will always have a passion for writing.

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

Ms. Wenzl can be contacted at 866-854-7670 or megan@reviewtrackers.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.