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Ms. Vereb

Francesca Vereb

Senior Director of Product Marketing for Hospitality Cloud, Cvent

Francesca Vereb is the Sr. Director of Product Marketing for the Hospitality Cloud at Cvent, the global meeting, event, and travel technology provider for meeting and event professionals. She is a strategic and data-driven product and marketing expert with an entrepreneurial streak and a passion for the convergence of strategy and execution excellence.

Ms. Vereb thrives while working across business units and at all levels of an organization to develop and grow B2B and B2C concepts and strategies, while translating them into actionable tactics that amplify awareness and yield sustainable growth. In her Sr. Director of Product Marketing role at Cvent, she leads an international team that is responsible for evolving and executing the go-to-market strategy for Hospitality Cloud products, including integrated solutions for group and transient hospitality audiences.

Ms. Vereb works closely with Cvent's technology and sales teams in areas such as value proposition development, demand generation tactics, and sales enablement strategies and content development, with a specialized focus on account-based marketing. She continues to drive high revenue growth in her position, while accessing market and competitor environments to expand market share.

Prior to Cvent, Ms. Vereb served as the Director of Strategic Marketing for Gannett and Director of Global Marketing for Hilton. She also tackled complex marketing initiatives in a tough turn-around situation at a luxury master-planned national developer during the housing crisis, and started her career in strategic ad agencies working in USA, Europe, and Africa where she led campaigns for brands like Red Bull, Cadbury, Intercontinental Hotels, and Pfizer.

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

Ms. Vereb can be contacted at 866-318-4358 or fvereb@cvent.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.