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Ms. Wilkins

Leslie Wilkins

Co-Founder, Pipeline Social Media

As the Co-Founder of Pipeline Social Media, Leslie Wilkins brings with her over 10 years of digital marketing experience that spans from social media marketing and advertising to hotel specific marketing and branding. Since co-founding Pipeline in June 2011, she has been a part of every business-making decision as she succeeded in building an effective team and business model that maintains contemporaneity in an ever-changing social media environment. With a team of twelve, Ms. Wilkins carries out her mission to help businesses and brands fully benefit from the power of social media, website design, optimization, and advertising. Pipeline's skilled team thrives off of the cultivation of a positive working environment built on ethics, trust, and faith.

Pipeline Social Media is a full-service digital marketing agency that enables its clients to expand their digital impact and customer loyalty by combining unique content strategies, results-driven web design, and advertising campaigns. Pipeline Social Media manages 400+ social media channels and websites, and optimization campaigns on behalf of businesses across the U.S.

Pipeline Social Media offers three approaches to help hotels increase their social media presence: full management, hands-on social media training for hotel staff, and monthly monitoring programs to coach teams along the way. Pipeline also designs and develops custom websites and landing pages, search engine optimization (SEO) campaigns, blogging, and email marketing campaigns. Pipeline is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Prior to founding Pipeline, Ms. Wilkins worked in the industries of social media, blogging and hotel real estate brokerage. Ms. Wilkins graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Georgia in 2008. Ms. Wilkins lives south of Atlanta with her husband of eight years. 

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

Ms. Wilkins can be contacted at 678-814-4601 or leslie@pipelinesocialmedia.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.