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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 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.