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Ms. Heinicke

Krista Heinicke

PR Manager for Food & Beverage, The Broadmoor

Krista Heinicke is a former international athletic competitor, avid foodie and tireless public relations professional. Ms. Heinicke has been a member of The Broadmoor family since 2009 and prior to that, she held numerous roles in the hospitality industry. Growing up in Michigan and holding her first job at age 11 in the family McDonald's business and having a mother who majored in Food and Nutrition, food and beverage held a common thread and comforting guide in her life. Ms. Heinicke graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a Communications degree and simultaneously co owned a fine dining French restaurant Chez Pierre in downtown Colorado Springs. Never allowing grass to grow under her feet, she started a family and moved onto the world of retail and hospitality with Williams Sonoma. An opportunity arose to jump back into Public Relations where she worked with a small PR firm in Manitou Springs that specialized in equestrian and celebrity writing where she spent 4 years. As life takes unexpected turns, Ms. Heinicke went back to where she originally started her life in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor. She has worked in all aspects of hospitality from sales to concierge to restaurant owner and Public Relations Manager for Food and Beverage for The Broadmoor. Securing clients stories in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Town and Country Magazine as well as entertaining travel writers from Cooking Light, Chicago Tribune, Ms. Heinicke knows what it takes to build long lasting and trusting professional relationships.

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

Ms. Heinicke can be contacted at 719-471-6188 or kheinicke@broadmoor.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.