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Ms. Heydt

Sandy Heydt

Director of Sales & Marketing, The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel

Sandy Heydt is Director of Sales and Marketing at The Logan, Philadelphia's Hotel. Ms. Heydt has 25 years experience in luxury hotel sales and marketing, for both resorts and city hotels. Ms. Heydt's passion for building brands, strategic marketing, team empowerment and collaboration supports the owner's vision and goals as The Logan strives to be the most exciting and successful hotel in the marketplace. Ms. Heydt's knack for introducing and engaging new brands to a targeted customer base and working with operations teams to deliver the brand promise is essential to her success at The Logan Hotel. Prior to joining the team at The Logan Hotel, Ms. Heydt was Vice President of Sales at the AAA Five Star/Mobile Five Diamond Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, and was instrumental in transitioning this former Ritz Carlton to an Independent resort. Prior to that, Ms. Heydt founded and owned Panetiere Marketing Advisors for 10 years, a company that provided sales and marketing consulting and temporary staffing to a variety of hotels ownership groups and management companies. Ms. Heydt personally worked on projects with Destination Hotels & Resorts, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Leading Hotels of the World, Preferred Hotels & Resorts and many private owners and investors. She has also provided marketing support to non-profit arts and educational organizations. Prior to opening Panetiere, Ms. Heydt had the pleasure of working at The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver; Resort Semiahmoo in Blaine, WA; The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia; and the Don Ce Sar Beach Resort in St. Petersburg Beach, FL. Ms. Heydt's earlier career experiences included working as a family counselor and an Executive Director for non-profit organizations. Ms. Heydt attended Temple University in Philadelphia and earned a Masters' degree in Counseling Psychology. Please visit http://www.theloganhotel.com for more information.

Ms. Heydt can be contacted at 215-963-1500 or sandra.heydt@theloganhotel.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.