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Mr. Ahler

Patrick Ahler

Partner & Vice President of Marketing, Lights On Digital

Patrick Ahler is a dedicated performance marketer, with 15 years of experience specializing in consumer behavior, multi-channel optimization strategies, and delivering top ROI. He has served in a wide variety of roles including: entrepreneur; executive; coder and designer; and project manager in the production of hundreds of web projects. His success is a direct result of his extraordinary interest in problem-solving and his genuine desire to help others.

Mr. Ahler is an expert at empowering clients to make better decisions through quantifiable results backed up by easy-to-use data. He believes that all businesses should have access to high-quality digital and revenue-management solutions.

Mr. Ahler has worked with major Hawaii hospitality brands including Aqua Hospitality and information technology companies such as Superb Internet. He has also served as president of Empowered Internet Solutions and as a systems administrator for Vikus Corporation.

He holds a bachelor's degree in computer systems administration from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee.

Mr. Ahler is co-owner and one of the founders of Lights On Digital, a Honolulu-based digital marketing agency. It was established in 2014 with roots in the hospitality and visitor industry. The company pairs an in-depth understanding of hotels and resorts with the know-how and cutting-edge tools of a leading tech company.

Lights On works with more than 1,500 hotel rooms across 25 properties in Hawaii, mainland U.S., and internationally. The company recently earned two Adrian Awards from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), and two Horizon Interactive website awards. In 2017, it was honored with a Pele Award from the Hawaii Chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

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

Mr. Ahler can be contacted at 808-213-3010 or patrick@lightsondigital.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.