Editorial Board   Guest Author

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 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.