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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 February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.