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Ms. Kaucic

Grace Kaucic

Associate Marketing Manager, TDn2K

Grace Kaucic is the Associate Marketing Manager at TDn2K (Transforming Data into Knowledge), a leading software and solution provider for the foodservice industry. Ms. Kaucic joined the TDn2K marketing team in 2015 after interning in the operations department. She is now responsible for the execution of digital marketing strategies as well as content creation, including articles, videos, graphics and emails. During her tenure with TDn2K, she has written numerous articles on the restaurant industry, covering topics such as employee benefits, operational performance and digital marketing.

Ms. Kaucic is native to Silver Lake, Ohio and received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from John Carroll University in Cleveland in 2015. During her time at university, she worked as the Op/Ed and Editorial editor for The Carroll News, the university's award-winning weekly newspaper. Upon graduation, she moved immediately to Dallas, Texas to begin her work with TDn2K.

TDn2K is the parent company of People Report, Black Box Intelligence and White Box Social Intelligence. People Report provides service-sector human capital and workforce analytics for its members on a monthly basis. Black Box Intelligence provides weekly financial and market level data for the restaurant industry. White Box Social Intelligence delivers consumer insights and reveals online brand health. TDn2K membership represents 43,000 restaurant units, 2.5 million employees and $68 billion in sales. They are also the producers of leading restaurant industry events including the Global Best Practices Conference held annually each January in Dallas, Texas.

 

Please visit http://www.tdn2k.com for more information.

Ms. Kaucic can be contacted at 214-238-4172 or grace.kaucic@tdn2k.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.